Weekend Recap & My Favorite Summer Recipe!

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!! {P.S. sorry for the late post, Monday's just aren't agreeing with me lately :( }

Well, Andrew & I hosted our very first BBQ in the new house this past Saturday & I would say it was an absolute success.

Unfortunately I do not have many pictures during the event {We were busy mingling with family & friends, drinking some beer & playing ladder ball!}, however I have a few of the house all set up & looking fantastic... I was quite proud of it all

Yummy food, there was way more by the time people started showing up
& bringing dishes to share!
I made labels for all of the condiments
Hot dogs & Hamburgers galore!
The drink station :)
Our living room all ready for the guests!
By the end of Saturday night just about all of the food was gone, the punch, devoured... All we have left is a refrigerator full of beer... & let's be real, there could be worse things! ;P

So, since I had such a lack of photos from the weekend, I decided that I would share a recipe with you all. This is by far my most favorite summer dish to whip together, either for Andrew to pick on while he's home {which is majority of the time, he doesn't like to share this with people... ever} or to bring to family gatherings! It is my grandmother's summer pasta salad. {Now I am sure people have made this before & it's not an original, however she is the one who inspired me to start making it myself so to me, it's hers}

What You Will Need:

1. Grape Tomatoes, cut in half
{this is extremely important}
2. Broccoli... cleaned & torn apart
{You can buy them already to go if you wish} 
3. Cubed Colby Jack Cheese
{Cut in fourths}
3a. Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
{I failed & didn't have enough
cubed cheese and seeming
as it was so late, I didn't have
time to get more SO this had to do }
4. Old Dutch Sweet & Sour dressing
Wish Bone LIGHT Italian dressing
{Old Dutch is essential! Any Italian will do}
5. Shell Noodles
{I buy the medium shells, make the whole box}
 What to Do:

1. Boil & drain the noodles {Pictured above}

2. After you cut the tomatoes in half, put them in a large bowl

3. Add the broccoli 
4. Mix in the cheese
5. Add the noodles in with the tomatoes, broccoli & cheese {Mix well} 
6. At this point I add in the dressing, now it is really just up to you as to how much you put in. For a double batch I used the entire bottle of Sweet & Sour and roughly 3/4 of the bottle of Italian. Playing around with the amounts is really the best way to decipher what you like and don't like {Personally, I like way  more sweet & sour than Italian... Andrew is a bit opposite so I have to find that perfect medium.

7. Refrigerate {since this recipe takes such little time to prepare, refrigerating isn't absolutely necessary but it will taste a bit better once it has a little chill to it... I would say about 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the batch you make}

If you get the urge to try this recipe out, please let me know how it goes :)

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  1. Ah! You did SO great!! Love all of the little touches you added. What a great party!

  2. Looks like a great party! Did you paint those Chevron canvases in your living room? I just painted some of those as well :)

  3. Looks like a great party! And the salad looks yummy

  4. That looks great! Colorful and tasty, need to keep this in mind!

  5. This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :) What a fun party! Love, your newest follower. <3

  6. Everything looks like it came out great, but it's definitely hard to host a party and make sure you take enough pictures :-P

    That recipe looks amazing! I'll definitely have to try it out, thank you so much for posting.

  7. Your new place looks so cute! That pasta salad looks amazing too!

  8. Ahh!! Past salad is one of my favorite summer foods as well. Yours looks SO good! :)


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