Heirloom Tomato Rustic Italian Pasta Salad

Summer is the season for cold salads, vino in my glass, and outdoor picnics. This Heirloom Tomato Rustic Italian Pasta Salad is perfect for BBQs, picnics, or outdoor meals. Farmer’s Markets are loaded with fresh produce right now, and heirloom tomatoes are my absolute favorite! With just a few simple ingredients, you can prep and have this Salad made in under 30 minutes.
Rustic Italian Pasta Salad
Ingredients for Pasta Salad


  • 1 bag or box of farfalle pasta
  • 1 carton of mini heirloom tomatoes, sliced in halves or quarters
  • 3/4 of celery heart stalk, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 can of sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/2 red oninon, sliced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bottle of tuscan italian dressing from trader joe’s
  • 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese


  1. boil pasta until al dente.
  2. while pasta is cooking, chop and slice washed vegetables and place in large mixing bowl.
  3. drain olives and add to the mix.
  4. drain pasta thoroughly, and keep in strainer.
  5. drizzle 1tsp of extra virgin olive oil, and stir pasta in strainer.
  6. add 3/4 of the cheese to the vegetable mix.
  7. add pasta and stir into mixture.
  8. add dressing and stir.
  9. add remaining parmesan cheese and mix together thoroughly.
  10. let cool down in fridge for at least an hour before serving.
  11. enjoy with a glass of vino!



Surprise Your Partner :: DIY Pregnancy Announcement

When you and your partner decide to start a family, you both are excited, nervous, and even scared of the unknown. The one thing you do know is that your love is so great that you want to share it with a child of your own. This special time in your life is like nothing you’ve experienced before, just like being in love for the first time.

Share those butterflies with your partner by surprising him or her with the same excitement you felt when you saw that positive pregnancy test. If you are a horrible secret keeper, this may not be the approach for you, but I only had to wait a few hours! This Pregnancy Announcement is something you prep before you know you are pregnant, but for heaven’s sake do not torture yourself by waiting too long to tell your partner. I did have a silent scream in the mirror when I found out, and did a little dance in the bathroom…had to be discreet with my husband in the next room.

This DIY project is something that you and your partner will remember forever, so choose items that mean something. My husband and I met in Franklin, TN., 20 twenty minutes South of Nashville. We now live back in my hometown San Diego, so I wanted to mesh places that mean something to us.

My husband is Johnny Cash’s biggest fan, and has always said, “when we have a baby, he or she will wear a Johnny Cash onesie”. Hello Amazon, and a week later this adorable “Crawl the Line” onesie arrives. Now to mesh San Diego with Nashville. Home Goods is a Designer’s Secret BFF. I discovered this sea themed Secret Book Box, and it would fit the onesie perfectly. Then all you need is to write a little note announcing you are pregnant, wrap it up pretty, and voila!

I took my husband┬áto our spot in La Jolla where we carved our initials when we first moved here together. I then “took his picture” on my phone, while video taping the entire reaction. Cost of these items for the DIY Pregnancy Announcement: $25.00. My husband’s reaction when he found out I am pregnant: Priceless.
Surprise Gift, DIY, Pregnant, Baby Announcement-Darcy Oliver Design
Pregnancy Announcement, Baby, Johnny Cash, Onesie-Darcy Oliver Design

No Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake

If you love Strawberry Shortcake, then you’re going to love this simple and festive Strawberry Icebox Cake! With only three ingredients to make this cake, you’ll have plenty of time to prep for the rest of your dinner. Make this cake the night before to let the ingredients settle beautifully together, but do not worry…this cake will also be ready to serve after 4 hours in the refrigerator.
strawberry icebox cake-Darcy Oliver DesignRECIPE FOR STRAWBERRY ICEBOX CAKE:

  • 1.5 cartons of strawberries, sliced
  • 1.5 tubs of extra creamy cool whip
  • 4 sleeves of graham crackers


  1. keep cool whip in fridge or on countertop until you can whip it when it is not frozen.
  2. slice strawberries.
  3. spread a thin layer of cool whip on bottom of casserole dish.
  4. lay down 6 graham cracker, 3 side by side.
  5. spread a thin layer of cool whip on top of graham crackers, and top with strawberries.
  6. spread a thin layer of cool whip on top of strawberries, and repeat process 4 times.
  7. top layer should include cool whip and strawberries.
  8. take extra cool whip and lightly “ice” the sides of the cake.
  9. cover and refrigerate over night or at least four hours until the graham crackers are softened.
  10. keep refrigerated until served.
  11. you can drizzle chocolate sauce on each slice if desired, and enjoy!