Muscle Beach

Happy July! Summer is here and life could not be better. Sunshine, dresses, and…. Annette Funicello.

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Love summer!

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Last week I hosted a vintage summer party for my beautiful friends and it was inspired by all things summer. To prepare for the party I researched mid-century foods and recipes. Jell-o became a central part of the party as it is a necessity for any vintage party.  The dishes were fun to make and I loved putting together the playlist.

Some of the tunes came from Beach Party. This album is the perfect

 Menu:

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Food:

Cherry Coke Jell-o
Groovy Jell- Salad
Pigs in a Blanket (vegetarian)
Green Olives (a must for any mid-century shin dig)
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Smores Bars
Fruit Salad
Cheese Plate (Swiss, Cheddar, Pepperjack)
Finger Foods: Cashews, Chips, Chocolate Covered Raisins

Drinks:

Gin & Tonics
Summer Sangria

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Recipes:

Lime Jell-O blended with cream cheese and walnuts. Served wit cool whip, cantaloupe, and watermelon.

Lime Jell-O blended with cream cheese and walnuts. Served wit cool whip, cantaloupe, and watermelon.

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how very American… cheese!

Wrap veggie hot dogs in crescent rolls and bake for 10 minutes

Wrap veggie hot dogs in crescent rolls and bake for 10 minutes

Summer is the best for fruit!

Summer is the best for fruit!

Gluten free and delicious! Due to time constraints I used the Duncan Hines gluten free yellow cake mix, it was great!

Gluten free and delicious! Due to time constraints I used the Duncan Hines gluten free yellow cake mix, it was great!

Cherry Coke Jell-O This was a party favorite! Combine cherry jell-o, coke zero, and cherry pie filling!

Cherry Coke Jell-O
This was a party favorite! Combine cherry jell-o, coke zero, and cherry pie filling!

Smore's Bars (another favorite). These no bake treats are great.

Smore’s Bars (another favorite). These no bake treats are great.

Summer sangria! White wine base.

Summer sangria! White wine base.

This was Stephen's area :)

This was Stephen’s area 🙂

Happy Summer!

*If you want any of the recipes message me and I would be happy to pass them along. Most I just found on google searches.

Where in the world…

Things are good, really good. A response to this greatness is my inability to keep up with posts. Between work, Smarty Pants Yoga, and being sick, I haven’t cooked anything new (I have been eating the recent posts on rotate) nor have I been able to practice yoga (it is killing me but beautiful husband says I must rest… dang).

Even though I have been sick I have used the forced time at home to finalize some of our spaces. We still have a ways to go but this past weekend I made some major progress! The Uptown neighborhood hosts an amazing Vintage Garage Sale every few weeks and I hit the jackpot this past Sunday!

I have realized that a clean space is a critical piece to my happiness. I endure chaos on a daily basis between work, multitasking, and 150 individualized emotional messes. Coming home to a space that lacks chaos let’s me take a deep breath and relax, even if just for a minute.

Here are some shots of our new finds!

Bedroom:

Side table! Brown and gold antique

Side table! Brown and gold antique

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The cats love our new space

Living Room:

Vintage bar cart!

Vintage bar cart!

Mid Century magazine rack

Mid Century magazine rack

New vases and center napkin.

New vases and center napkin.