Saturday Night Italian Salad

Saturday Night Italian Salad is my father’s own creation. For as long as I can remember, at least once a month on a Saturday evening  my dad would cook steaks on the grill.  He always prepared this salad, the perfect culinary accompaniment to grilled steaks.  I asked him to make it last week when we were grilling steaks. It is as good as it ever was, and we enjoyed each bite.  I thought I would share it with you.  This salad is basically a meal in itself, or at the very least, your daily dose of greens and vegetables.


Saturday Night Italian Salad


3  bags spring mix salad mix

1  package cherry grape tomatoes

1  package yellow grape tomatoes

5-7  garden tomatoes, quartered

1  4 ounce can chopped black olives, drained

3  4 ounce cans mushrooms, drained

1 14 ounce can quartered artichoke hearts, drained

1  15 ounce can extra long asparagus spears, drained

1  14.5 ounce can cut asparagus spears, drained

½- ¾  bottle Italian salad dressing


Place lettuce greens in a large bowl. I cut the greens into smaller pieces.


The chef prepares the tomatoes.

Add tomatoes, drained black olives, artichoke hearts asparagus and mushrooms.

asparagus-mushrooms (1)

Toss with desired amount of dressing.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.


Holiday, Summertime, Music To Work To & It’s The Weekend!~ A Top 10 Playlist

Okay, I’ve about had enough of website “housekeeping” for one holiday break.  My eyes are bugged from proof reading, correcting images and freshening things up around Places In The Home.  All the mechanics of this blog run together quickly, and I try to stay on my toes.  I must have slipped back in March when I tried to improve the header.  Did any of you notice I misspelled the word “diversified” in the header tagline?  I did, four months later. Note to self: get it together. As I get it together today I find I need caffeine and music.  None of the soft, smooth and settled stuff will do today.  Pump up the volume, I’m still in a 4th of July/It’s summertime mood!  Here’s a summer holiday top 10 music playlist and videos for this weekend.  Be back Monday.

The Beach Boys- All Summer Long

Heavy Shift- 90 Degrees in the Shade

Gwen Stefani- Hollaback Girl

Beyoncé~Jay-Z- Crazy In Love 

Celine Dion- The Best 

Carly Rae Jepsen- Call Me Maybe

Sly & the Family Stone – Hot Fun in the Summertime 

Jake Owen- Beachin’

Cher- Strong Enough

Creedence Clearwater Revival-  Born on the Bayou 

Color Drenched and Fun Kissed 4th of July Celebration

Our 4th of July celebration is shaping up to be fun kissed~ Keeping It Summer Simple.  Old Glory is waving from the large Oak tree in our front yard and the menu is planned.

american flag hung in tree

The tablescape, simple as it will be, will show the colors of a patriotic palette.

red white and blue paint colors

We are having out of town guests over for the holiday.  There will be plenty of food and fireworks (okay, sparklers) with the emphasis on a relaxing celebration.

red white blue garden flag

This trend shows no sign of slowing, 200+ years and flying strong!

patriotic tablescape

The color combination is synonymous with regal grandeur.

grand hall

Interiors of the Winter Palace Ridder Inc.


Traditional Home

I don’t know what is more impressive, the tablescape, the gorgeous blue sky, or the renowned Hotel Del Coronado.  What do you think?

Hotel del Coronado

I love the super chic Caskata Rigging Blue Canape Plate set from Anthropologie for a 4th of July celebration table and taste.


The navy, red, and gold anchor bracelet from Allison Cole Jewelry is essential for any nautical lover!


There’s something about a cool treat with a boozy pop in patriotic colors and a summer holiday that is so go team USA!

red white blue boozy snow cone

Boozy Snow Cones

Tomorrow is the big day!

Love your style!








Southern Living Recipe: Smoky-Sweet BBQ Rub

The 4th of July week long summertime celebration is upon us!  Fire up the grill or turn up the oven, whatever floats your barbecuing or baking boat. Chicken, beef and pork will shine in the cookout spotlight this week, and most cooks have never met a seasoned dry rub they didn’t like.

I found this adorably staged recipe image in the June issue of Southern Living (surprise!).  The image caught my eye, but the recipe grabbed my attention.


Smoky-Sweet BBQ Rub is music to this Southerner’s ears.  It is made up of dry ingredients that luckily grace the shelves of my cupboards. The super cute presentation suggestion puts this one on the hostess gift list.  Now if you will excuse me, I have a brisket that needs a smoky-sweet BBQ rub down.

Smoky-Sweet BBQ Rub


¼  cup kosher salt

¼  cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

2  Tablespoons plus 2 tsp. smoked paprika

2  tablespoons granulated sugar

2  teaspoons garlic powder

2  teaspoons freshly ground pepper

1  teaspoon dry mustard

1  teaspoon ground cumin

1  teaspoon ground ginger


Stir together all ingredients. Store in an airtight container up to 1 month.

The jars shown in the Southern Living image are from Hobby Lobby.  The jar I used is from Dollar Tree, and the grapevine wire is from Hobby Lobby as well.  bbq-rub-tagDownload the BBQ rub gift tags here.



Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious! Copper Home Decor Accessories

Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious! That’s one way to sum up the beauty of the copper home decor accessories.  The patina, richness and versatility of copper lends a distinctive presence and truly unique color palette choice to interior design accents and home decor accessories. Copper is not only a timeless trend choice, but a gorgeous heavy metal of ever current never outdated mass appeal.

copper home decor accessoriesMaison Boheme

A bold neutrality (isn’t that a design oxymoron?) accurately describes the pop of color copper kitchen accessories.

copper kitchen accessoriesTraditional Home

The KitchenAid® Metallic Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer in satin copper blends style and quality with kitchen must have.


Currently Coveting Copper!

kichler-42909aco-505Kichler Antique Copper Ryegate Indoor Pendant 

copper sinkTraditional Home

A stroke of antique treasure hunting afforded me the perfect opportunity to own a large double handled solid copper serving bowl.  As soon as I unpack it (gotta find it first) from storage it will again grace the kitchen gallery wall.

IX_2_36_MainFVintage Copper Cookware


My Rustica

When it came down to countertop selections for our kitchen remodel I knew the direction I was going in, but how much of my choice to incorporate into the scheme was the question I struggled with.  Dave the Builder and I drove to Home Depot and soon the question was answered. We selected copper half round rope metal molding wall tile trim to enhance the tile back splash.  


From the kitchen to the front exterior of the house, copper accessories make their presence known.  When we moved into our home I accessorized the exterior with copper and copper inspired treated items. I chose treated items for their resistance to weather and time.  The copper mailbox, copper address plaque and wall mounted copper garden fountain look as new today as they did when purchased.

copper-mailboxSignature Hardware


copper garden fountainSignature Hardware


I was so tempted to go with copper gutters!  Copper items left to nature’s patina process only get better with age.

exterior copper guttersHouzz

copper gutters


A copper boiling pot makes a perfect decorative accessory.

traditional family room

The point of new, vintage or antique copper is copper style, copper patina and the Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious decorative effect.

copper faucetvia

The wide range of availability and price points of copper interior and exterior decor items is in our favor.  Copper remains an elegant and traditional choice of color and material to enhance any space and complement any taste.

Go 4th & Plan A Patriotic Party! 4th Of July Celebration Ideas

The holiday of the summer is fast approaching.  The 4th of July is a special holiday, one that celebrates the birth of American independence. I’ve got a sampling of 4th of July celebration ideas to share with you for your star-spangled spectacular.

The 4th of July goes well with summer fun, food and family. What better reason to throw a party with a festive “pop” of  holiday red, white and blue color!

A different kind of hot dog, these Claudia Person platters from West Elm make a great tablescape starting point.


Outdoor celebrations around our house involve the double D rule (no, there is nothing going on that wild).  Dollar store disposables are the first line of defense against wasting quality party time cleaning.  Paper or plastic tablecloths come in patriotic patterns and color, plastic cutlery packages serve the party purpose, and a red Solo cup is so versatile and beloved it even has a song written about it. “Red Solo cup, I fill you up, Let’s have a party!” Sing it, Toby Keith.

Red Solo Cup

Blue ticking fabric paired with red gingham ribbon from Hobby Lobby will result in a festive and durable dinner napkin presentation. Get your Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon ready!   Miniature life preservers or fishing bobbers  make cute themed napkin rings.


I love this printable from HMH Designs!  Printable, patriotic & place card ready.

patriotic printable

Did someone say watermelon?

I like to introduce a new twist on an old favorite at parties and holiday celebrations.  I think we’ve got a Southern Living summer winner with Watermelon-Peach Salsa with Tomatoes.  Find the recipe here.


Great idea for inquiring culinary minds~ print the recipe on white or colored paper and tie with a ribbon in a complementing color.

summer recipes

Just add water, sun and a warm summer night!  4th of July swag bags full of dollar store finds for beach, lake or backyard fun go over real big with kids of all ages.


What’s your plans for the 4th of July?

Love your style!

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