Southern Hotness!

Yikes! As I write this it is 98 with a heat index of 105! That is actually not as hot as it was supposed to be today. Of course, the day is not over.

When it is this hot, turning on the oven is just not something I want to do. Actually, cooking with any kind of heat is to be avoided if you ask me. I really would prefer not to do laundry or start the dishwasher either. So, I guess, it is really just an excuse to be lazy! LOL!

Okay, so maybe we’ll order take-out but I can still serve it on pretty dishes, can’t I?

Mikasa platesMy Mikasa Studio Nova Garden Bloom plates on a clear placemat that is rimmed in gold, with my gold flatware and, of course, a wine glass.

That is a nice place to serve some take-out!

Take-out at homeI still have some pink flowers leftover from last week so I just dressed up the table a bit by adding them along.

Cool tablesettingOne of the things I like about the placemats is that I don’t have to launder them! I can just wipe them down and they are ready to go again.

green placesettingA great way to beat the heat – don’t cook and eat inside!

Green, pink and purple placesetting.

What is your favorite way to beat the heat?

Today’s Lagniappe: Italian Spinach and Mushroom Salad
From Wishbone.

  • 1  package (10 oz.) fresh spinach leaves, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1  package (8 oz.) sliced mushrooms
  • 1  can (19 oz.) chick peas or garbanzos, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3  cup  bacon bits
  • Seasoned croutons
  • 1/2  cup  Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing

1. Combine all ingredients except Dressing in large salad bowl. Drizzle with Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing; toss gently. Serve, if desired, with additional Dressing.

TIP: Make it a main dish salad…just Flash Marinate! Brush meat or poultry repeatedly during grilling or broiling with Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing for that marinated taste; then slice and add to salad.

Go check out some wonderful, inspirational table ideas at

Tablescape Thursday with Between Naps on the Porch
with Between Naps on the Porch
Pink Saturday
Pink Saturday with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound






19 responses to “Southern Hotness!”

  1. Travel Avatar

    Hi there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

  2. Rebecca Avatar

    Just stopping by on my 1st PS -can I stay for dinner? Glad to meet you-hope to be seeing more of you!

  3. Rebecca Avatar

    Just stopping by from PS to say hello-Can I stay for dinner? It my first PS-glad to meet you!

  4. Ellie Avatar

    I’ve been trying NOT to cook all week! I’m not ready for summer to end, but a break from the heat would be nice!

  5. Mid-Atlantic Martha Avatar

    You’re right! It IS too hot to cook! Beautifully set table you have awaiting your take-out.

  6. Melody Avatar

    Love those plates. Mikasa/Studio Nova always has the prettiest everyday tableware. Jim Always laughs at me. Special plates for pizza….regular plates for Wendy’s…deep dishes for Chinese.

  7. Barbara Avatar

    What pretty dishes! It looks like the perfect place to enjoy a cool, take-out meal. Everything tastes better at a pretty table.

  8. Marydon Avatar

    The most lovely setting … very inviting.
    Have a lovely summer’s day ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  9. Becky Avatar

    I have the very same thoughts…way too hot to cook…so salads are perfect!!! I love those placemats…cool…yesterday was the hottest day so far here in TN…my dogs don’t even want to go out…

  10. Jacqueline Avatar

    Those are such fun placemats. I love them too. I agree, it is too hot to heat up the kitchen and I am really not happy with my fancy Wolfe stove that is featured in my header as it does not vent the heat outside, just onto the floor, is that dumb or what! Too hot to heat up the kitchen.

  11. I Love My Three Sons Avatar

    What a special setting for take out! Looks like a special meal (hope it’s Chinese!)!
    Thanks for Sharing!

  12. Entertaining Women Avatar

    You make take-out look cool! I like the clear placemats; I can imagine a number of looks for them. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  13. Linda Avatar

    I think it is very good of you to set a pretty table even for take out! I’m not very good at that! Only chinese food gets its own special setting. I love spinach salads and your recipe looks tasty! Linda

  14. marlis Avatar

    beautiful plates. and I’m with you, no need to eat out of take out containers.. beautiful.

  15. Donna Avatar

    Pretty table!


  16. Joni Avatar

    I love those beautiful floral plates! Joni

  17. Beth Avatar

    Pretty table! I really like your china. Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings, Beth

  18. Mimi Avatar

    Cute, cute plates.

  19. Nana Avatar

    Even for two, we can set a beautiful table! Love, ~Nana~

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