cherry kale panzanella #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Cherry Kale Panzanella is a light but hearty dinner salad packed full of kale, cherries, peaches and crusty skillet croutons. The whole family will love it!Cherry Kale Panzanella Salad by Jelly Toast

It’s hard to believe that the end of July is upon us and that the new school year is right around the corner. Where has the summer gone?! When it comes to summer vacation, and really anytime throughout the year, my husband and I truly try to make the most of the time that we have together, especially because we realize how fast this time can seem to fly by. We seek out activities that we all can be a part of and that get us moving.  Camping, hiking, golfing and evening walks after dinner help us avoid the pitfalls of summertime boredom – which can be SO easy to fall into, believe me. Continue reading

chocolate avocado smoothie + weekend stuff

This Chocolate Avocado Smoothie is creamy and dreamy – full of bananas, avocado, chocolate and coconut, this sweet smoothie could easily double as a healthy dessert!

Chocolate Avocado Smoothie by Jelly Toast

You might be thinking: chocolate and avocado?! What is she crazy? But trust me…oh, trust me – I’m totally not crazy. At least about this smoothie.

The other day I had the urge to make a mid afternoon smoothie because I was having a serious sweet tooth craving and it was either make a smoothie or eat my weight in frosted animal crackers. I was a little low on greens, and besides, I was in the mood for something that felt like dessert, and as much as I love me a green smoothie, they are not often dessert-y. Continue reading

roasted peach bourbon cocktail {cocktail friday}

Sweet roasted peaches team up with fresh thyme and bourbon in this Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail. This cocktail is perfect for a mellow summer night.

Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail by Jelly Toast

If you haven’t noticed, I have a thing for seasonal cocktails. But who wouldn’t? It doesn’t make any sense to go around serving spiked eggnog in the middle of a July heatwave, but it does make perfect sense to pair sweetly roasted peaches with some fabulous bourbon to unwind on a mellow summer Friday. Continue reading

thursday thoughts

morning campsite by Emily Caruso

My favorite thing about camping might be the food, although that isn’t shocking. Everything seems to taste better cooked over a campfire.

I’ve read a few books recently by Jonathan Tropper. I started with This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel and then moved on to How to Talk to a Widower. There were some similarities, but I would recommend them both – especially if you’re looking for something that is simultaneously sad and hilarious.

And now for a list of randomly entertaining articles/quizzes/and wacky things that will blow your mind. Ok, most likely they won’t blow your mind, but they’ll keep you sufficiently occupied for the next 15 minutes:

Celebrities with look-alike faces - Woah, there are some weird pairings here

This is just too funny - especially if you’ve got kids

Food’s Americans will miss when they travel out of the country - Where are my OREOS!??!

How much do you know about the Friends weddings? - Um, everything?

Cereal quiz – Oh yeah, this is straight from my childhood breakfast table.

Happy Thursday!

breakfast fajita tacos

Breakfast Fajita Tacos by Emily Caruso

A lazy Tuesday morning in the summer calls for a little something special for breakfast. I may have made that up, but if I get it printed on a T-shirt it can become an official saying. T-shirt’s don’t lie. And neither do I when I say these simple little breakfast fajita tacos are pretty awesome. What makes them breakfast-y? The eggs. Why are eggs doomed to be pigeon holed into breakfast fare for all time? It doesn’t make sense, but we don’t really play by the rules over here so….

Eggs = anytime food.

Now that would make a good t-shirt.

Breakfast Fajita Tacos by Emily Caruso

I’m excited to be spending the day over at Chez Us hanging out with Denise and Lenny, sharing my recipe for these breakfast tacos that are packed full of fluffy scrambled eggs and fajita veggies. Head on over to check out the full recipe for my breakfast fajita tacos and have an awesome Taco Tuesday!

steak skewers with chimichurri #SundaySupper

Summer BBQ season is in full swing and these juicy, marinated Steak Skewers with Chimichurri sauce make the perfect grilled family meal.
Steak Skewers with Chimichurri by Jelly Toast #SundaySupperAs much as I grumble about how Summer brings me down, I can always get on board with a cookout. Who doesn’t like smokey, grilled food and more pasta salad than you can shake a stick at? As a kid, I remember my mom making the most amazing pasta salad made with thick spaghetti noodles, broccoli, tomatoes and carrots. We ate it often during the summer months making me quite the happy camper. It was also during these months that my dad would break out the grill to whip up bacon wrapped steaks, BBQ chicken and his specialty: shish kabobs.  Continue reading

pineapple strawberry smoothie {smoothie saturday}

Fresh Pineapple and strawberries and combined with banana and super hydrating coconut water to create this sweet and refreshing Pineapple Strawberry Smoothie. Pineapple Strawberry Smoothie by Jelly Toast

I’ve been a bit MIA the last week and a half. I’m telling myself it was because after returning from NYC as well as from a trip to visit my in-laws that I was just too wiped out to get my act together and create some great food. In reality I think I’m in my summer slump. It happens this time just about every single year. While most people are basking in the summer sun, just lettin’ off steam (I couldn’t resist the line) I am feeling drained of all creativity and ambition and just counting the days until I snap out of it and get back on my feet.

I never used to think that I was a creature of habit, but I so am. This summer lackadaisical schedule is for the birds, but for the life of me, I can’t seem to shake it.  Continue reading

sweet cherry mojito {cocktail friday}

Fresh, dark cherries mingle with mint and lime in this beautiful, summer Sweet Cherry Mojito.

Sweet Cherry Mojitos by Jelly Toast

Ahhhhhh…Welcome, Friday!  It’s great to see you after a long and busy week.

Sweet Cherry Mojitos by Jelly Toast

I’m happy that this busy, crazy week is finally winding down. Last Friday was my birthday as well as the day that my dad underwent surgery and I’m thrilled to be able to say that he’s doing very well. He’s home and resting up, which in my book calls for a bit of a celebration.

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roasted berry goat cheese popsicles

Roasted Berry Goat Cheese Popsicles are a sweet and tangy combination of slightly spiced roasted berries and savory goat cheese sweetened with a touch of honey. The results are fruity and creamy and just plain delicious!Roasted Berry Goat Cheese Popsicles by Jelly Toast

In our house, we have several shows that we like to watch all together as a family, but it’s hard to find things that the entire family will actually enjoy. We usually catch up on our Phineas and Ferb on Saturday mornings and I’ve been known to sit in for a bit of Littlest Pet Shop. Don’t judge.

Recently, our fave show to watch is American Ninja Warrior. Have you ever watched this? The things that these people can do with their bodies is freaking unbelievable. My kids lose their minds over it and cheer for their favorites (which they totally have and actually legit remember the contestants names). But of course, it’s on too late at night for our kids to stay up and watch it, so basically all day Tuesday I avoid any Twitter updates and such about the contestants as to not have any spoilers.

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chocolate coffee milkshake

This Chocolate Coffee Milkshake for #MilkshakeWeek is full of cold brew coffee, rich chocolate ice cream and chocolate covered espresso beans. Then, a splash of Kahlua transforms this shake into a decadent cocktail.

Chocolate Coffee Milkshake by Jelly Toast #milkshakeweek

Today is a big day. It’s Friday, which means it’s Cocktail Friday, but it also happens to be my birthday and the Friday of #MilkshakeWeek. So, yeah. Lots of things going on. As soon as I heard that milkshake week was happening, I knew I wanted to post something with coffee, chocolate and a bit of booze.

It is my birthday, after all.  Continue reading