When Shilo and I were traveling around Europe in April, we bought a loaf of bread, avocados, and eggs in every city. Avocado toast was our constant. Why? Well, contrary to popular belief – avocado toast was an extremely affordable meal for us. AND avocado toast is freaking delicious. It makes sense why my generation is obsessed with it.
I have a hard time letting go of the foods of summer, which is why I wanted to create a version of it that transitioned from Summer to Fall. Avocado toast should be a year-round thing anyway. Add some ricotta (yum), kale pesto (heck yes), crushed Habanero Harvest Snaps (spicy perfection), and pepitas – you’ve got yourself an avocado toast that will last you all Fall season. Get ready for deliciousness, millennials.
This post was sponsored by Harvest Snaps. Thank you for supporting the partnerships that allow Brewing Happiness to grow and exist. xoxo.
Fall Avocado Toast
ALERT ALL MILLENNIALS: This Fall Avocado Toast with Kale Pesto and Ricotta will help you transition your favorite snack from Summer to Fall.
- 4 slices seeded bread
- 1 large hass avocado
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 cups kale, stemmed and chopped
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 pinches salt
- 4 tablespoons pepitas, roasted and salted
- 1/2 cup Habanero Harvest Snaps
Add your kale, olive oil, pine nuts, nutritional yeast, garlic cloves, lemon juice and salt into the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade. Pulse until combined, but not smooth.
Toast your four pieces of bread until desired level of browned.
Spread a heaping spoonful of ricotta cheese onto each piece of toast.
Top each piece of toast with 1/4 avocado, sliced.
Add a spoonful of kale pesto to each piece of toast.
In a small bowl, crush your Habanero Harvest Snaps.
Sprinkle crushed Harvest Snaps and pepitas on top of your toasts.
I HAVE SOME REALLY BIG NEWS Y’ALL. Two years ago I packed up my apartment in Los Angeles and I headed back home to Georgia. It was a reset button. I needed a break, and I needed to figure out some major life pieces. It was never running away for me, it was always temporary.
In that time…
I moved into my own loft in Atlanta.
I moved out.
I moved in with my sister and her husband.
I traveled. A lot.
I got my heart broken.
I dyed my hair.
I cut my hair.
I was creatively fulfilled.
I became me.
And now it is time to take everything I’ve learned in the last two years and implement them in my life. Somewhere new. Somewhere big.
That’s right. I’m moving to New York City – well, Brooklyn, specifically. It won’t be official until January, but I am visiting Brooklyn during October looking for a place. Since I wanted to bring you along and tell you all about the search (and hopefully meet some new friends) while I’m there in October, I figured I had to tell you now.
Why Brooklyn, you ask? The idea sparked last year when my best friend and I started dating boys who coincidentally moved to Brooklyn right after we started dating. So I spent a lot of last fall and winter traveling back and forth to the city – riding the subway, working in coffee shops, making food in a tiny apartment, and falling in love. When the relationship ended, I realized that I was still in love. With the city. With the cold air. With the challenge of a new city.
Why not go back to LA? To be honest, I miss the West Coast all the time, and it would make a lot of sense for me to just go back there. I work there. I have friends there. I know how to succeed there. But I’m young and I’ve got life to live, and I want to try out a few more places before I return there. The West Coast feels like home, it feels like my forever place. I’ve got some mistakes to make, and some things to learn before then. So New York seems like the perfect place for that.
Am I scared? Of course. I’m scared shitless. I’m afraid of failing. I’m afraid of having no money. I’m afraid that I won’t like it. I’m afraid that I won’t have any friends. But even through the fear – I must go.
It’s time for me to spread my wings and attempt to conquer a new city. It’s time for me to be a struggling artist who lives off Fall Avocado Toast. It’s time for me to chase some big dreams. Don’t worry – Brewing Happiness is coming along with me. I am only going to attempt to expand what I am doing now. I am thinking dinner parties, workshops, and soooo many new recipes.
The possibilities seem endless in a city that big. I think there are great things on the horizon. I’m excited to tackle them. I’m terrified to try.
If you live in the city, LET’S BE FRIENDS. (Help me conquer my fear of having no friends.) And please, stay connected by following me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook if you aren’t already. I’ll do my best to update you on the whole process. xo.