~Lazy Days of Summer~


Endless Summer



I am adding this post to Michael’s Foodie Friday, at Designs by Gollum.


Insalata Caprese

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer.

-Artist: Nat King Cole
-peak Billboard position # 6 in 1963
-Words by Charles Tobias and Music by Hans Carste

I can hear Nat King Cole, singing this song, as I write this post.


Lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer will arrive soon, here in the St Louis area.  Even though it is another three weeks until Summer officially arrives, we are beginning to feel the promise of heat and humidity. 

It’s time to start thinking about lighter meals, with less time spent in the kitchen.

Over the weekend I made one of my favorite salads, Caprese, using tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil.  Our tomatoes won’t be ready for a few more weeks.  I purchased vine ripened  tomatoes with a nice flavor. Basil, growing in our back porch pots, is abundant.

Insalata Caprese recipe can be found at Epicurious.

strawberry salad

  Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad, from Saint Louis Bread Company

Tuesday, we spent the morning running hither and yon, in Saint Charles County, stopping for lunch at Saint Louis Bread Company; a favorite of ours.


J ordered Tuna Salad.  My lunch was the Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad, with chicken. 

I’m going to try making this salad at home using, lettuce, strawberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple, blueberries and pecan halves. I’ll add sliced roasted chicken and light poppy seed dressing. 

I’m sure it won’t be as good as the salad at “breadco”.



Tuesday night supper, on the patio.

We stopped by Lowe’s, this week, and picked up an indoor/outdoor fan on a stand.  Having the fan on the patio will make summertime outdoor dining much more comfortable.



We’re making a couple of changes in the bonus room/studio over the garage.  More about this in an upcoming post.


Thank you  Gypsy Purple for mentioning Back Porch Musings’ black and white table, featured in THIS post.


Edited Wednesday evening to add my version of St Louis Bread Company Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad.


Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Pat, I so remember that song and the particular summer when I bought that "record!" Oh wow, my mouth is watering and now I am so hungry! Each dish looks scrumptious and the photographs of them are incredible!!
Great post!


Annie Joy said...

I love your fruit-patterned plates. I visited a friend in St. Louis a while back and she took me to the St. Louis Bread Company. Wonderful food! Annie

Blondie's Journal said...

The salads look too pretty to eat! I look forward to my tomatoes just to make the caprese salad. Okay, and gazpacho!


Anita said...

Looks so inviting and yummy!!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Pat, Everything looks delicious and your photos are beautiful!

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, Nat King Cole - what a voice and I too love this olden song! Your table looks delicious - food wise and prettiness wise! Love caprese salad and we have this quite a bit! I've never added nuts and that looks good!
Hope your week goes well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Traci said...

Those salads look soooo good! I'm ready for lunch!

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

I love summer time cooking! Your salads look scrumptious. Great idea with the fan!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Everything looks yummy! I remember the song. :)

KATHY said...

Your salads look so good!! I love your beautiful tablescape.Your porch is just gorgeous....Kathy

Terri and Bob said...

I didn't know of that song... it was nice to learn something new today! The porch is lovely and the place setting is gorgeous.

Bob and I love to munch on an antipasto platter for dinner. We love cheese and sausage!

thestonerabbit said...

It's always such a treat to visit you, Pat!! Your food photos made my mouth water...especially since I'm dining on a bowl of non fat yogurt with ground flax seeds for my lunch as I read your post! :)

We used to have St. Louis Bread Co. in KC, but now, they're called Paneras Bread Co.

Looking forward to your new projects...and I think that fan on a stand is a tremendous idea. We installed one in the ceiling of our back patio, but I think the kind your picked up is more effective!

Have a great least it's not in the 90s here today! L, dana

Dana and Daisy said...

Pat, I love Caprese salad! Also, you probably have already noticed, but I think we have the same patio table! I love that you can change the tiles out and have a whole new look!

nannykim said...

Oh I love basil with tomatoes and mozzerella--I am mostly off of cheese and how I miss the combo. But basil with tomatoes is still great!

BECKY said...

Wow Pat! I am sure feeling hungry right now!! That food looks amazing!! I'm sure it tasted amazing, too!

As always, your tables are divine!! Such impeccable taste!!


Miss Janice said...

Okay Pat! I'm sitting here munching on Kashi dry cereal, trying to be good...then I see these awesome photos with your tasty looking food. Yum yum! I love those plates!

Country Dreaming said...

I came over from Embellish for a visit.
Looks truly yummy.
I'm from the Kansa City area but have not been to the St. Charles area--I've been to St. Louis many times and love to visit.


S. Etole said...

I always find such loveliness here ...

Sewconsult said...

The salads look delicious & the platter of cheese, etc made my mouth water. Oh, my! I'll be over in a few minutes.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Pat, you are torturing me with all that delicious looking food! I need to find a good vegetable stand to get some tomatoes like those - yummy! Linda

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Your table and food look so fabulous Pat!
You are a master at this!

kim said...

Pat, I am so glad you dropped by. I was reading your post earlier when a storm blew in and I had to shut down and unplug. The power went out twice and back on. I love your outdoor table setting and I must try that recipe. I would have chosen the salad you did, too at St. Louis Bread company.

Stephanie said...

The salads and your table loo k scrumptious! You really make me want to come for a visit on "the porch"! We haven't done tomatoes in a few years, though we have a generous neighbor, but this year we bought a few of those upside down planters to try. Cannot wait - though I will have to for 2 months or so!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Your food always looks so delicious! J is one lucky man. It's already so hot here, Pat!

Cindy ~ Open Ended said...

St. Louis Bread Comapny...Yum!!
Your husband is a lucky man. The food and the table looks lovely Pat!
Now I am hungry!:-)

xinex said...

Your salads look so appetizing and wonderful!...Christine

Rowan said...

The strawberry porry seed salad sounds really delicious. I remember the Nat'King' Cole song well, always liked it. I'm hoping that we'll be getting a few lazy, hazy days of summer here this year, all too often UK summers are grey and cool but we live in hope:)

Kris said...

Hi Pat- I remember stopping in St. Charles and it feeling pretty balmy by noon. Your photos and description are so beautiful one feels the essence of being light, airy, cool, crisp and refreshed with a tasty, healthy wonderful meal. Very soothing to a hot tired soul! As always, I love your post. P.S. I know that salad. Panera Bread has it also and it tasted great on Tuesday which added to the pleasure of your post.

Tammy518 said...

I love your light meal on the porch.

I was drooling over the strawberry salad and figured I'd never be able to get it since it's from the St. Louis Bread Company. When I looked closer, I realized the symbol is the same as Panera, which we do have. Yay!

Your version of the salad looks yummy. I think I'll try this too. I've made salads similar to this with red wine vinagrette or raspberry vinagrette, but I'll bet it's great with the poppy seed dressing too.

Kris said...

Hi Pat - Thank you for kind reflective comments. We took a ride and passed by Chateau on the Lake and the views were outstanding! Am I right that there are also a few gorgeous homes built in the woods near that same hilltop? I remember thinking to myself as we passed by, "I wonder if those are the Osmond brothers home away from home"? :)
I saw some of the prettiest, most colorful wildflowers along the roadside on that ride. Loved it. I can see where it would be your choice. Quite wonderful. Enjoy your fall excursion. I always love visiting your blog spot when I want a sweet get away. :) I know you will always have something I just love, love, love.
Nat King Cole's Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer - 1963, "the best"!

gnee said...

Get rid of this cold and rain...I am so ready to join you on the patio for this fresh deliciousness!

JKW said...

You didn't tell what version you liked better. Yours looked better to me. Love you pictures and your stories. Blessings, Janet

Prairie Girl Studio said...

hello pat!
so lovely to have you come by kim's and my 2bbb blog ~ thanks for your kind comment!
so happy to find your most joyous and colourful blog ... your header is sensational ...
and your images and foods are delightful and divine!
best wishes,

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I always love seeing your pictures. Every single thing you prepared is something I'd love. I really love platters of cheeses and olives...yum.

Mary Lou said...

IT looks like that is a cousin to Panera and I think they have a salad just like it. NOW I'm hungry for it! It won't be as attractive as your porch and table. I almost felt like I was there. thanks for having me!

Melanie said...

I had never heard of St Louis Bread Co, but the salad looked just like the one at Panera Bread. Then I saw the sign for the St Louis Bread Co and realized it IS the same restaurant as Panera - Panera has the same logo and script! I'm guessing Panera changes names in certain places? (I'm in IL.)

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh I love this post! Caprese is my FAVORITE salad, but your strawberry poppyseed looks and sounds fabulous. Your settings always have such a peaceful feeling
xoxo Pattie

W.C.Camp said...

Great song and great table setting. Truly amazing what you do with a table. I wonder though, did you eat that WHOLE LOAF of bread?
Beautiful pix AGAIN. W.C.C.

bj said...

Wonderful post, Pat.
I love salads with all the goodies; pecans, cranberries, oranges..etc..and lots of pecans and....ham. Ham is the meat of choice in just about anything I fix. If I could have only 1 meat, it would be pork!!:)

honeysuckle said...

I can almost taste the Caprese Salad. I was in St. Louis last month and saw and heard how wonderful the St. Louis bread co. was. It was lovely there and looked like spring and almost summer had arrived. Enjoy your beautiful area.

susan said...

Pat-I bet your salad IS as good as the ST. Louis bread co! However, I enjoy everything more when someone else makes it :)I had gazpacho for the first time this summer yesterday---heaven! We love our deck fan--it even seems to help blow the "skeeters" and flies away! Now you have me humming :)

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I always get impatient at this time of year for the tomato plants to get going. Your salads look wonderful.

Sheree said...

Hello Pat! I happened across your blog quite by accident and your St. Louis Bread Co mention caught my eye because I knew that meant you were located somewhere in my neck of the woods! Just wanted to say hello and comment on how beautiful and welcoming your blog is. Also for everyone's questions about Panera/St. Louis Bread Company, I found this link with the history, and you were right Pat, St. Louis Bread Co. is the original and was bought. Hope it's ok to include this link, if not feel free to edit it out!

Risa said...

thanks for posting those salads! they look delish!

Kathysue said...

Oh Pat you have made me so hungry for a good salad with fresh ingredients. I am definitely going to go to the Farmers market this weekend!! Love the salads you mentioned and as always amazing images, Happy Wednesday!! Thank you for always leaving such sweet comments on my blog post,you have been so supportive to me and I truly appreciate it!! Kathysue