Summer Solstice Party Menu

I celebrated my birthday with a Summer Solstice Party. With lots of prep work and zero cooking except for grilling, this  easy summer menu feeds 20 people easily and keeps you enjoying the party, not slaving in the kitchen, while looking like WAY more effort than it is.

If guests ask what they can bring, suggest beer, vodka, a prepared salad or a desert. For dessert, my sister brought these Lemon Bars which were a huge hit. I couldn’t eat them so I made my standard Peach Cobbler, which I’ll post separately soon. Another friend brought some wonderful prepared salads from Whole Foods which added a nice touch to the menu.

If grilling isn’t an option, the meat and fish can be prepared in a hot heavy skillet on the stove.

Enjoy!

Menu

Grilled Tilapia Tacos  | Party Guacamole and Chips | Chicken Apple Sausages

Bar

Lavender Infusion Cocktails |  Ginger Infusion Cocktails |  Cucumber water | Light Beer | Iced Tea |

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Atomic Bombshells BONUS MATERIAL – New Tiki Party Swag!

This is a post with bonus material to go along with my new article on Tiki Parties in Atomic Bombshells Issue #6! A couple of these signs you may recall from my tiki birthday bash post a year or so ago, but most items I’ve been keeping to myself and are Brand Spanking New!

Get my complete guide to creating your tropical paradise in Atomic Bombshells Magazine, plus lots more lovely pinups, curvy classic cars, and more!

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Atomic Bombshells Magazine #6 Summer 2013

Printable Menus, Decorations, and Signs:

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Gluten-Free Red Velvet Jaws Cake

Update: JAWS-SOME!!! This recipe was featured on Offbeat Home & Life! 

August 4th marks the return of Discovery Channel’s popular Shark Week.

I was born the month Jaws hit theaters across the U.S., and it has always been my favorite movie. Throughout my early years, I took great pleasure in drawing sharks, reading marine life books, and obsessively watching National Geographic Shark Specials. My heroes were Ron and Valerie Taylor and Dr. Eugenie Clark. I wished that I didn’t suck so badly at school work, because I wanted to be a marine biologist.

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So it’s not really a shock that for my birthday this June, I made myself a gluten-free red velvet Jaws Cake. If you’re entertaining or celebrating in honor of these fascinating underwater creatures this month, here’s how to make one! I’ve also pinned several cute shark party themes and ideas here, which would work well for a Shark Week Party, child’s birthday, or even a wedding, bridal shower, bachelor party, or baby shower. (You can also check out my Shark Watermelon One-Two Punch recipe which was featured on OffBeat Bride in 2011.)

Chomp Chomp,

-Beretta

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Bunny Cake

In June, my niece decided she wanted to celebrate her Half-Birthday, since her regular birthday, like many in our family, falls in December and gets absorbed by the Holidays.

Even though I have a sordid history of not being able to bake well, I decided to take on the challenge and make her a 3-D bunny cake.

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5 Summer Dessert Ideas

What summer BBQ or al fresco dinner would be complete without a few yummy dessert options? These are full of warm weather goodness, and quite easy to throw together.

Raspberries at the La Grande Farmers’ Market. lagrandefarmersmarket.org, used under Creative Commons

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Kimpossible: Off-Roading and Roughing It in So Cal.

Meet Kimpossible!  Kim has been one of my favorite people and closest friend for several years now. We’ve spent years experimenting with new recipes, working out, and ushering each other through major life changes.  Kim is an “outdoor girl”, and since I’m going camping this summer, I’ve asked her to share a few ideas for camping foods.You’ll see more of her in my book, but for now, she’s gonna tell us about eating healthy, driving jeeps over huge boulders, and gettin’ stuff done.

Tell us about yourself!

I have been working for an environmental engineer for the past 10 years. I have an amazing boyfriend named Randall, and we live together with his 2 kids, ages 12 & 15. We spend all of our free time camping, hiking, and off-roading (“Jeeping”) in the mountains and deserts of Southern California. When we’re not actually gone, we’re planning the next trip.

A Refreshing Summer Cocktail Meets Puppy Play Dates in D.C.

Meet Anna!  This featured artist is an old friend of mine from high school. Thanks to the Internet, we’ve remained in touch over the years. She c0-owns an award-winning little pet boutique called Metro Mutts in Washington, D.C.  I couldn’t let the  summer slip by without sharing more about her store – and one of her delicious  cocktail recipes  – with you!

Anna, with some of her Pineapple – Infused Hooch!

Tell us about Metro Mutts.
 I am Co-Owner of Metro Mutts in Washington, DC.  We are a high-end pet boutique with a focus on made in the USA products and healthy foods for cats and dogs.  We also do “Yappy Hours”, host adoption events, have puppy play dates, and  offer pet sitting and dog walking services.  The business has grown tremendously and we now have a second location in DC.

Drive In Magazine Issue #9 – Tiki Drinks and Pretty Pinups

I’m pleased to announce that I am featured in the May 2012 Issue #9 of Drive- In Magazine with a refreshing Tiki cocktail recipe…and showing off my favorite swimsuit, too!

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Cover of Drive In Magazine Issue #9

This issue has lots of great recipes for all your summer hosting needs, plus some pretty pinup gals in their finest tiki wear! Pick up a print and digital copy for $15, or get a digital PDF for just $4!  Click here to buy.