These women look happy in the sunshine.
These women are also paid models.
And probably don't also have tonsillitis.
Hey, guys! So, it's crazyhot here right now. Well, if 37 with Humidex is crazyhot to you -- that's 98.6 to you Americanos -- and it is crazyhot to me, (with my genetic composition designed for wandering the foggy moors, not dealing with temperatures above, say, 10).
|This is what I am genetically designed to live like. FOGGY MOORS!|
1. Pudding Pops!
A few people have recently tweeted me about how to make these, which is fun, both because it's the easiest thing in the world to make and because I didn't realize everybody didn't eat these growing up.
Rather that putting together a sort of sad pictorial of my haphazard pudding pop style (hint: I don't really clean out the container between uses - it's just pudding, after all), check out this post from Kristen at The Frugal Girl.
You can either be hardcore frugal style with this (i.e. making your own pudding from scratch, reusing old popsicle sticks in cups) or be super lazy like me, and buy a popsicle mold thing from the dollar store and fill it with instant pudding.
Chocolate is classic, obviously. Banana pudding turns out to be REALLY good (and brings back memories of delicious childhood antibiotics) and now I'm thinking of delicious banana/chocolate hybrid pudding pops.
Fresh lemonade is THE BOMB. It's super-easy to make, and can be very frugal if either a) you live somewhere lemons grow in your backyard or b) you can get lemons cheap at the store because they're a teeny bit old.
I like this recipe (from AllRecipes), but it's all just about proportions. Water + lemon juice + crazy amounts of sugar (or whatever sweetener you like, or none, if you have crazy tastebuds). Add ice and then just CHUG IT DOWN.
* note: you can also add WATERMELON ICE CUBES for the full "party in your mouth" experience.
|Do I need to add anything to this? Watermelon = love|
OK, so you need more than sugar and fruit to survive. You also need delicious protein! Namely, delicious hummus. There are loads of great recipes online, but I like this one. Add jalapeno peppers and/or spicy red pepper flakes on top for extra oomph as well as for bonus sinus-clearing benefit (in case you happen to have tonsillitis or, you know, whatever).
5. Pasta Salad
Now, the first step of this - boil water and cook noodles - can be off-putting on a hot day. Which is why I recommend you cook the noodles LATE AT NIGHT. You may want to point a fan at yourself while cooking the noodles and/or have a shower after to get rid of the cooking-in-summer sweat.
Anyway, this has the added benefit of, you can let the noodles chill overnight so in the morning you just need to mix in the rest of the stuff. This is a recipe I got somewhere one time, no idea from where, and have amended so many times I'm sure it doesn't even look like what the original recipe was.
Boil a bunch of noodles in water (with olive oil, so the noodles don't stick)
Cool noodles in cold water in a strainer, or in fridge overnight
When noodles are cool, mix them with a bunch of chopped up cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, sliced up onions and olives (if you like olives - I omit them.)
Sauce: mix a small container of tzaziki with feta cheese and parsley and olive oil until it's like a sauce.
Mix it all together and enjoy the DELICIOUSNESS!
And if you'll excuse me, I have to go and take a bath in ice cubes. OK, not really. But doesn't that sound appealing?
|Hmm... it kind of does, and it kind of doesn't.|
Maybe a lukewarm shower would work just as well?