recipe // full moon martini

Enjoy this cocktail as a nightcap while stargazing with loved ones this full moon! Get the full recipe for the Full Moon Martini on Jojotastic.com

While I was on my road trip, I woke up in the middle of the night because the moon had totally illuminated my sleeping spot — turns out it was a ginormous full moon, hanging low in the night sky. Totally breathtaking. It was just an impactful, yet simple moment. When I returned, I was so moved by this memory that I asked our recipe contributor Claire McAleese to whip up a martini inspired by tonight’s full moon.

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recipe // Gin & Tonic with citrus ice

Celebrate the last days of summer with this super simple recipe for Gin & Tonics with citrus ice! Get the full recipe for this classic cocktail on Jojotastic.com

This Gin & Tonic recipe comes with a bit of a backstory. While shopping on Amazon for novelty molds for our fancy margarita jello shots, I sort of fell down the black hole of novelty ice cube molds, too. Literally, I scrolled through hundreds of options and basically tried to buy them all. Gwen intervened and told me to reign it in! But before that, I found these super cute citrus sippers which allow you to mold your ice around a straw. Pretty genius, huh? With the help of resident recipe expert Claire McAleese, we whipped up a batch of Gin & Tonics with a few special additions.

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recipe // fancy margarita jello shots

Have some fun this summer with these fancy margarita jello shots! Get the full recipe on Jojotastic.com

Summer, can you just never end? Lately, it sort of feels like I’m using these long summer days to relive my wilder days, so when it was time to think up a cocktail for this month I immediately reverted back to my college days and had one idea: jello shots! There’s just something about these jiggly, boozy, brightly colored treats that make me happy (and a bit tipsy). With the help of Claire, we fancied up this old favorite with a delicious margarita recipe topped with Maldon salt, of course.

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recipe // coconut water + pink lemonade popsicles for Popsicle Week

It's #PopsicleWeek! Head to jojotastic.com for this not-too-sweet and super-hydrating recipe for coconut water + pink lemonade popsicles. They've got bits of lemon zest and strawberry for a refreshing light treat on those hot summer days!

You guys, it’s the most fabulous week of the year: Popsicle Week! As a refresher, every year Billy from Wit & Vinegar gathers his favorite bloggers and we share yummy popsicle recipes. It’s pretty great, not gonna lie. This year, we’re sharing the not-too-sweet and super-hydrating recipe for coconut water + pink lemonade popsicles. They’ve got bits of lemon zest and strawberry for a refreshing light treat on those hot summer days.

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Tasting Rome + giveaway

enter for a chance to win a copy of Tasting Rome! check out recipes from this gorgeous cookbook over at jojotastic.com

Hands down, my favorite part of traveling is the food. Digging into a region’s cuisine or trying a city’s signature dish at a hidden gem is so rewarding and has made for some of the best memories — and meals — of my life. It’s a feeling that Katie Parla and Kristina Gill convey in their new stunning cookbook Tasting Rome.

This love letter to the food culture of Italy’s capitol, transports you to the trattorias, food stalls and home kitchens across the city. With classic recipes and bold new flavors, I already know I’ll be reaching for it’s gold leafed pages again and again.

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recipe // rosé sangria with summer fruits

This Rosé Sangria with Summer Fruits recipe is exactly what you'll want to sip all summer long: slightly tart, minty and sweet, and super refreshing. Get the full cocktail recipe on Jojotastic.com

If there are two things I love love love they would be rosé and sangria. So why not combine them?? Today’s recipe is exactly what you’ll want to sip all summer long: slightly tart, minty and sweet, and super refreshing. I’ve been entertaining more than ever lately, thanks to my awesome deck makeover and this recipe has come in handy on multiple occasions. It’s super fast to whip up a batch at the last minute, plus you can make a LOT of it all at once. This way you can be the hostess with the mostest without worrying about whipping up individual drinks for your guests. You know, so you can actually enjoy everyone’s company!

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a perfect picnic for date night + Columbus Craft Meats

need an affordable date night idea?? how about a sunset picnic with lots of yummy @columbusmeats paired with cheeses, fruit, nuts, and more toppings! see my picnic + charcuterie essentials on jojotastic.com #salami #craftmeat #nobaloney

Thanks to #thejoysofhomeownership, we’ve been on a bit of a budget, but that’s no excuse to eschew date night. Instead, Sean and I have been thinking up ways to spend time together that are budget-friendly, but still enjoyable. One of our latest favorites is packing a picnic and heading to a local park to watch the sunset, so when Columbus Craft Meats reached out to partner I was totally stoked.

Keep reading for my favorite picnic pairings and essentials…

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