~Good Ol’ Summertime Table & Food~


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I’m combining Tablescape Thursday & Foodie Friday with a table set for summertime and cool summer foods. Visit Susan to see beautiful tablescape's and Michael for delightfully delicious dishes.




tableO1 A slice of cold Watermelon on a hazy, lazy, crazy day of Summer.

tableS2Two scoops Blue Bunny Orange Dream Ice Cream, topped with a dark chocolate and almond Lacey (Whole Foods); garnished with orange peel and a tiny sprig of mint.

Tip: For something different, try barware when serving desserts .

flowers2 Melon and berries, served with Cream Fraiche.

tableS1Fresh fruit, poppy seed Scones and a wedge of Laughing Cow Original Light cheese.


Seven Layer Salad

1 head iceberg lettuce~chopped

1 head cauliflower~chopped

1 bag frozen peas

6-8 slices bacon~microwave, drain, crumble

6-8 scallions, sliced thin

1 16 ounce jar light mayo, sweetened to taste (artificial sweetener may be used)

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

In a large bowl, layer lettuce, cauliflower, scallions, and peas. Mix sweetener with mayo, stir well and spread over peas. Top dressing with grated cheese, then bacon. Garnish with a few sliced scallions. Do not mix. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Mix salad, just before serving.

When I make this, for family gatherings, I serve the onion on the side, at the request of a couple of our children.

This salad looks gorgeous in a trifle bowl. I’ve made it this way a few times. However, I have to transfer to a larger bowl, for mixing, just before serving.

This is a family favorite.


tableZZ I served Seven Layer Salad, with Texas Toast, for our Tuesday night supper. The salad is delicious as a meal or as a side dish.




Sparkling Water


Confectioners Sugar

Lime slice and cherry for garnish

Pour small amount of sparkling water into 10 ounce glass , add 2 heaping teaspoons confectioners sugar, dissolve; add juice of 1.5-2 limes, stir thoroughly. Add ice, fill with sparkling water, stir, garnish, enjoy!

I’ve added Grenadine to Cokes, for cherry Cokes; this might work for cherry limeades, also.

6/4/09…Just had a call from one of our daughters. She and our son in law will arrive, at the lake, late this evening.  They put in a Friday dinner request; Seven Layer Salad!  I’m on my way out for ingredients.

 Just a Note:

Marty, of A Stroll Thru Life, is hosting a Cloche Party, June 19th.  For details, stop by Marty’s.



marty39 said...

Oh my word, the food looks sooooooo good. I love fruit and you have so many pretty things there to choose from and the salad sounds wonderful. I've copied the recipe and I can't wait to try it. This just sounds like such a cool and refreshing meal on a hot day. Love your gorgeous tablescape too. BTW, thanks for joining the Cloche Party, I think it will be a lot of fun. Be sure to tell everyone so a lot of people can join us and we can see all their wonderful creations. Several have mentioned they also want to share their apothecary jars. So if you have some that you've decorated and want to share, please feel free. Thanks again, Hugs Marty

Brenda Eason said...

That is one of my favorite salads. It just makes so much and not many in my family will eat.
I tell you I can't count the watermelons we have bought.Having a pregnant girl around sure helps. I just love them.
Hope you are having a blast.

Allidink said...

Beautiful tablescape! I love the beachy theme :) Yummy looking food!

All the best,

ESSA said...

I feel so refreshed! thank you Pat!

Angelika said...

You're soooooooo inspiring me! Your photography is amazing and the way you present the food and the delightful table layout is just so beautiful!

Thank you for sharing.

Denise said...

Ooh! I just ate dinner and now I'm hungry again! LOL


imjacobsmom said...

Pat, this is one of my SIL's favorites - now I have the recipe to make it for her when she comes for a visit! Thanks. ~ Robyn

Cindy said...

So lovely and fresh, it's fun to eat light! And Good!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, there is simply no end to your talents. You do such beautiful tablescapes and food! Loved seeing all of this, and the food looks so light and refreshing. Just what I need after making a pig of myself today. If you only knew what I consumed! ;-)


Sheila :-)

"Blossom" said...

These are the squeeky clean glasses that I have ever seen.
Your photos of foodie friday and your tablescape is just jumping out of my computer. This is one of the most lovely-est I have seen in a while. So pretty.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh do it all so well! I love the pic of lunch with a cornr of your laptop showing!

The seven layer salad and some garlic toast sounds like such a yummy and fairly light dinner!

But my fave is the pellegrino limeade. Oh. Heaven to Betsy.

Brenda said...

Your husband must be mighty pleased with who he managed to marry. What a cook! Who taught you to cook so, girl? You come up with things I haven't even heard of. I would be fat as a tick if I lived in your parts. Cause I'd be sniffing around for some of that food of yours. I love that shot of the glass with the other glass seen through it. A very nice touch!

Mama said...

Looking through your blog is like reading through my very favourite Home and Garden Magazine Pat, only much better, it has everything, interior design, gardening, cooking, photography, travel, and even a family and pets section and the best thing is I don't have to wait a whole month before it arrives :-)
Beautiful summer table and delicious food, Kathy.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Oh Pat....gracious me!!!!! How delicious and beautiful everything looks. I am hungry.



Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I just love 7 layer salad. I have only recently been making scones. I'll have to try the poppy seed scones. I may have to sneak more strawberries. Once I start eating, I don't think three is enough.

dana said...

Pat, I don't know where to begin!! This was a terrific post! Your photos are just fabulous--that watermelon just popped out of my computer screen! I had to dab the juice off my keyboard--REALLY!! :)

Your lake photos make me long for a trip to the Ozarks this summer--I hope we can do that--we used to go every year to Bull Shoals when our kids where young.

Your tablescape and that amazing food--OMG, all were just lovely!! I haven't fixed that salad in a long time--I love it, too, so I must make it soon! Thanks!!

Happy Wednesday! Dana

Cindy said...

Fabulous pics as always, I so enjoy them. Your table just says summer in the best most beautiful way! Cindy

A Touch of Country said...

I love the aqua placemats and the starfish you added to the tablescape!

Very pretty and calming. I had to chuckle though, because I was scrolling fast in my google reader and your first glance....looked like mashed potatoes with a hamburger shoved on top! I had to scroll back and do a double take...hee hee. It was so pretty once I stopped to look at it.

Lisa said...

Everything looks beautiful!

You've done a beautiful job with the tablescapes, and the food looks delicious.

Thanks for sharing :)


ellen b said...

Wait! Why is my mouth watering even though I had dinner already. Wonderful table with some great refreshing food!! Love it.

Charli and me said...

I love the colors of your napkins and placemats. Very pretty as always ♥ Thank you for the recipes. I will try them. Everything looks just beautiful.

Lady Katherine said...

I love the shell dish! I seen them one at a time only in the stores! I love to have a set, Watermelon, yummy! The fruit, the salad says wonderful. I just told Hubby I wish I was at your house!

Maryrose said...

Oh my, I am on food overload. Everything looks devine. I gained 10 pounds just scrolling down. Your table is wonderful. Thanks for the recipes. Everyone in blogland is so sharing, makes me smile.

Debbie @ said...

Pat this looks so yummy. That food looks delicious I can almost taste it! Beautiful table as always. I always love to come to your blog to see what you will do. You have inspired me many times, and I recently bought a pair of tall shutters for my back porch because I loved what you did with yours so much! Your outdoor settings are always wonderful!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your photos are beautiful! The food looks perfect for warm summer days. Yummy!

Shelia said...

Even, Dear Pat! How can you continue to outdo yourself like this! :O How pretty your table is. I love your flowers and those little shell dishes are just precious! All your colors and those napkins, my oh my.
Now that seven layer salad is one of my favorites. I have made it in some time, but your looks so delicious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Peacock Blue said...

Your photos are gorgous! I love how you pulled the green, red, and blue from your napkin! And the food looks yummy!


Pat - I'm on my way over for dessert! Your pictures make me crazy for something sweet. I love the way you combined the colors in your table. It is beautiful - as always.


Kathy said...

Oh my goodness... You "Foodie" girls leave me feeling like I need to make a trip to the fridge!!! Your tablescape is wonderful, very inviting and the ice cream, MMMMmmm,Keep up the great Scaping...xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... Stop in for an All White tablescape visit!!!

BECKY said...

Hi Pat!! All of this looks so delish!! I have never had this type of seven layer salad!! I have only had the one with guacamole, beans, cheddar etc...We might have to try this one!! And the Pellegrino limeade...right up my alley. I LOVE Perrier!! It's awesome because I'm the only one in the house that does, so I know no one will ever drink the last of it!! HA!

Thanks for sharing!! I so appreciate all the time you put into your post!! Always a pleasure, sweetie!!
Love and hugs,

niartist said...

Oh Pat - not only is it BEAUTIFUL, it's GORGEOUS too! You always do such a great job! Definitely inspiring - you never let me down!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Pat, It's all so scrumptious! A feast for the eyes & tummy! Thanks for the recipes. ☺♥☺ Diane

xinex said...

Hi Pat! Your food and presentation are mouth watering...Christine

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Its official--- Im totally hungry.

Lovely post and suggestions!


Chandy said...

My goodness, Pat, you totally blew me away with that table! I love the shell plates and all that great summer food. Mmmmm....

Gorgeous tablescape yet again! :-D

Kammy said...

Hi Pat !
I am really loving your large photos ! The food pictures are once more incrediable ...Love the table. I am finding out that seaside stuff has an unlimited color wheel of combinations ! Thanks for sharing !
Hugs~ Kammy

Mary said...

Well I was already drooling at the beautiful tablescape, and then came the food! LOL Your tables are always a joy to behold, Pat!

Linda said...

Pat, That is superb - you are an amazing photographer! And certainly a wonderful chef....and that salad is a classic - yummo! Linda

yellowfarmhouse said...

Another great post Pat - eye candy for the eyes and for the tummy, now I'm hungry, lol.

Hugs - karen

Sandi McBride said...

7 Lay Salad is one of our faves, too...beautiful table settings!

Bertie said...

OK now you've done it....I'm hungry again. Be right back.......

Just lushious and so beautifully presented.

Thanks for sharing!

Aunt may's Cottage

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Yum, 7 layer salad is one of our favorites around here.I am going to try the limeade,sounds delish !

Janie's World said...

oh, everything looks so yummy! We all love 7 layer salad and Texas toast!

Scribbler said...

Amazing photography -- the food just leaps off the screen!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful flowers. Really like those shell bowls. Now I am hungry.:)

Chari said...

Hi Pat...

My friend...what a beautiful "Summery" table!!! I love that pretty white pitcher full of the bright that big, red gerbera daisy in the front of the bouquet!!!

I just love your color combinations for this tablescape...they're so different and I love that! Love the pretty turquoise, corals, and has such a fresh look to it! Love how you even mixed and matched the flatware're so creative, my friend!!! Ohhh...and all of the fresh fruit, salads and desserts look scrumptious...mmmm!
Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL!!!

And...once again...spectacular photos!!! I always love coming to your place...if for no other reason then to just enjoy all of your beautiful photos!!!

Warmest wishes,

Rowan said...

I'll start with the fruit and poppy seed scones followed by a large helping of orange dream ice cream and a chocolate and almond lacey - maybe even two? Looks wonderful:)

Linda said...

Pat, everything looks so beautiful. I love all the beautiful fruits, they look so wonderful and refreshing. The seven layer salad looks so yummy, I can just tell it's delicious. hugs, Linda

Terri and Bob said...

You had me at the flowers!

Beverly said...

They say that presentation is everything, and you have a total hit.

It all looks so cool and refreshing. And, I love layered salad.

Thanks for this wonderful post, Pat.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Your table is BEGGING me to come over to eat tonight! Oh, ok, I am on my way over for some of that salad.

BEAUTIFUL, Pat! You sure have a way with beautiful tables and photos!

Nnairda's said...

The strawberries look extra nice in the seashell dish. Beautiful table setting as usual!

I love how you dressed up the icecream...simply beautiful!


Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

You are making me hungry! And your tablescape is so lovely. I would love to sit at your table & have lunch. Your photos are spectacular as always.

Julie said...

bad bad bad post for me - who is participating in our office diet for 6 weeks!

Tamara Jansen said...

all those pictures are sooo gorgeous!

Patty said...

Wow these photos are amazing! I love that table, the colors are so fresh looking, very beachy. The food is just WOW. Beautiful post!

Fifi Flowers said...

J'adore salads... especially throughout the summer when it's too hot to eat... I will add this recipe to my recipe drawer... thanks for sharing!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh my! I don't know which is prettier -- the food -- or the dishes -- It's all grand. Those photos could be in a book! Lovely

Kathleen said...

What a perfect summer meal! And served in such a lovely manner..
I know you have white dishes,( many, many, white dishes! :) ) so please join me for a
Let There Be WHITE event, tables, food, flowers, anything involved with the table..
Details at my place..

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pat, this is so fresh looking-the food and the table. Those napkins are some of the pretties I've seen. I love the summery colors in them. That salad sounds scrumptuous! Thanks for the recipes. laurie

Michelle (hometc) said...

Those are beautitiful photos and some nice looking desserts!

Mary said...

Every element you've shared with us is gorgeous to look at and I'm sure it all tastes as good as it looks. Thank you for sharing with us. Have a wonderful day and a great weekend.

Gollum said...

Pat, I know what I'm having for dinner tonight--everything on your menu! This is a gorgeous, mouthwatering post! I am wild about your dishes--and those napkins!
Publix, here I come with my grocery list!

XX 00

Tammy518 said...

Pat, the food all looks wonderful! I always love fresh fruit. I am obsessed with Sonic's cherry limeade, so I just may try your recipe. The salad looks absolutely scrumptious, and I'll definitely be making that one!

Really Rainey said...

I've never heard of seven layer salad... I must give it a try! Your table scape is so lovely... I just adore those shell bowls!
Have a great week end!
~Realy Rainey~

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

GORGEOUS-all of it, espceially the photos. eye candy! Now I am ready to eat!

Linda/"Mom" said...

* ALLLLL this and "my" "always-there-Pellegrino" too??? Does it G-E-T any BETTER than this, Pat??? Me thinketh NOT!!! Just WONDERFUL!!!

Thanks mucho!
Linda *

The Decorated House said...

Hello Dear Pat~
You and I could cook and eat for each other anytime! We eat the same kinds of food and shop at the same stores.
However I never have time to set a table and take pictures. I can't imagine seeing sweet Molly's face she was ever as much work as this Cody puppy!
The food looks delicious!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Love Foodie Friday. Thanks for sharing~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Susie Q said...

Delicious food and equally delicious photography! I will be right over for dinner!: )


Lynn said...

I love salads that can be made the night before. I am copying this one down.

Joy said...

Yum some of my favorite foods.
Did you get to the book sale this weekend? My dh and dd helped set it up. She was chosen as one of the Friends of the library scholarship recipients. We were so happy!

Terry & Dennis Macri said...

Because of stomach issues, I am on a fruit and vegetable diet. Your strawberries look so nice in your shell bowls.....and I love blueberries. I am going to have to be on the lookout for pretty dishes to make my hohum diet look spectacular. Good job!!

ButterYum said...

Wow... you sure get a lot of traffic on your blog. Fantastic!

I make a layered salad that is very similar. I love to serve it in a clear trifle bowl (to show off the layers). It looks so festive and is always a huge hit.

Great post!

Nancy Jane said...

Pat- That salad looks wonderful. I love the idea of using a trifle bowl. Have a nice weekend. Nancy

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Pat, Everything is so pretty and Yummy looking! I had forgotten about the seven layer salad! What a great reminder...we are hosting a graduation cookout Sunday at our lake house and I am working on the final menu tonight! So glad you posted this! I'll be sure to include it! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

The Redhead Riter said...

Great blog!

I've given you the "One Lovely Blog Award". Please stop by and check it out.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Everything looks delicious... I love fresh fruit! I am going to make the seven layer salad sounds perfect! I hope you had a happy Foodie Friday and are having a great weekend ~ Susan

jeanne said...

Hello Pat your fruit is divine. I had a nice bowl of fruit for breakfast. Mmmmmmmm. No strawberries though. Your variety of dishes is an attractive part of the fruit. Presentation is everything. Smile. I have often made 7 layer salad. I never thought of putting it in my trifle bowl. A great idea. Mine has a lid too. How wonderful to have your daughter and her hubby for a visit. Enjoy!

We are in Jackson Hole, Wyoming today. I posted some photos from our trip to St. Charles. I think some of them were taken in the ice cream store. Then some more photos of Yellowstone. Now, a new adventure in the Tetons.

Until next time.


Rosemary said...

Looks beautiful and sounds beautiful. I have to try your salad, yummy!!
A cloche party sounds like fun.
Hope you are having a nice weekend.

sunnymama said...

This all looks so delicious! I especially like the fruit pictures, mmmm :)

Miss Janice said...

When I see your photos, I feel like my camera takes photos like a polaroid:) These are just awesome and the food...looks so good. That seven-layer salad looks perfect for summer. Love it all!

Gayle said...

Your pictures are GORGEOUS. Not to mention, everything looks delicious.