We’re Having a Heatwave and This Is What We’re Drinkin’

~The temperature is rising and Ms. Crabby-pants is here! At 7 am, the temp in the house was already 79.5 degrees – really cooled off over night. And no, we don’t have air conditioning. 8-( Then I went outside and it was 78 in the shade – this spells another horrid day! Triple digits at our house yesterday. I know, I know, wah, wah, wah! Inside our two-storied house it is so hot that the solid, hydrogenated, coconut oil I use for cooking has melted. It melts between 97–104 °F (36–40 °C). Does anyone know of a place I can move to that doesn’t ever get under 50 degrees or over 80 AND isn’t humid? Lethargy has set in, I just sit in front of the fan. 😎 Forget knitting or crocheting — way too hot! Getting a lot of reading and drinking done! Have to keep hydrated, so plenty of fluids! I have a stock of these drinks in the refrigerator so I can mix-it-up during the day.

My water concoction. A sprig of mint, I grow both Chocolate Mint and Orange Mint so I alternate. Take the leaves off of the stem sprig and bruise them with your fingers. Squeeze either a half of a lime or a lemon. Fill the cup with ice and water. I put the concoction into a shaker and shake, shake, shake. This helps the ice help bruise the mint some more.  Pour into glass. This is so refreshing, why drink regular water? I make a pitcher full and refrigerate.

Daughter Darcey, owner of theDealyo, scored a coupon for products at Teavana for half-price.Precious daughter gave it to me, she knows I’m wild about that place. They had the most fabulous taste treats! I walked out with: Youthberry, Wild Orange Blossom, Citrus Lavender Sage, Opus Rouge, and German Rock Sugar. Just typing these names is sending me into a heavenly state! I’ve been making iced tea using combinations of the blends. Generic recipe: 1 scoop of each of the two teas to blend, 1 teaspoon of Geman Rock Sugar (I don’t like overly sweet tea), steep for 5 minutes then pour over ice. One combination is Youthberry and Wild Orange Blossom, the second is Citrus Lavender Sage and Opus Rouge. Such a wonderful smell will pervade your living area from these teas.

The Pineapple Sweet Tea featured at Serving Up The Skinny, owned by my wonderful daughters, helped me make it through our triple digit heat yesterday! You can find the recipe at their site. If it’s Happy Hour and you are looking for something stronger you must try their Frozen Peach BelliniSingle Serving Margarita or Todd’s Pimms Cocktail. I do have a complaint about daughter Emily, she posted the Frozen Peach Bellini the day AFTER my stay with them. What the heck? Although I did get to taste the fabulous Chocolate Shortbread Squares,a recipe her wonderful mother-in-law, Jen, brought back from England. You should visit their site good recipes and humorous writing. The picture is from their site and was taken by daughter Sarah.

  Already too hot to drink hot coffee. Oh, I can hear the disagreement now! Curls being the main critic, “You are so crazy”, she would say and my mom and sister Lindsay echoing her sentiments! While writing this blog, I am drinking iced coffee. That’s my speed in hot weather. I have an iced coffee blend to die for. Measure out the normal amount of coffee, use half the amount of water, and brew. Pour coffee over ice. I usually have mine black, but you can add sugar and milk if so desired. I don’t desire. 😎 Another container of iced coffee sits in the refrigerator. 😎

 I always have a pitcher full of regular, black, unsweetened tea in the refrigerator – even in winter. I am my dad’s daughter. He loved ice tea, yes ice tea he was from Texas. Now I know southern ice tea is sweetened, but during college I got used to drinking it unsweetened to keep down expenses. 😎 I used 8 teabags for 8 cups of water, that means 1 cup of water per teabag. When working, I taught school at a high school in the mountains, it would be snowing and I’d be walking in with my ice tea in hand. Principal thought I was nuts! This love of ice tea is a gene I’ve passed on to my kids! The Hubs  and my mom won’t touch the stuff with a ten-foot pole. Hubs won’t drink coffee either so what does that tell you? Nuts?

Whenever we have lemons, I make tons of lemonade. I usually add berries or cherries to brighten the taste. We’ve published two different lemonade recipes on Curls and Q so I won’t reblog the recipes.

And now for the answer to “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” Look at the left-hand side counter, to the right of the white, hand towel on the counter. What do you see? Why, isn’t that a modern, plastic, water bottle? 😎 Laughing out loud! When I pointed it out to my son-in-law, who’s parents were born in the United Kingdom, he informed me that the Brits had the plastic water bottles way back then, it took the American’s half a century to catch up! Smart aleck! How did the photo shoot people miss that? Too funny! Glad they did. 😎