Hello, dear friends! Like most of the country, New York has been experiencing extremely high temps, lots of humidity and daily hot weather alerts. My neighborhood looks like a ghost town, people only coming out only to walk their dogs or hop in the car to drive to their destinations.

I’ve all but given up on cooking even though the AC keeps things very comfortable. I’ve been making ice pops in every flavor – yogurt with fresh cherries, orange-mango, coconut-pineapple – so refreshing.
We’re eating lots of fresh fruit and salads and, just to keep things balanced, plenty of ice cream! I’ve been heading over to one of the local farms a couple of times a week for fresh peaches, greens, tomatoes and corn. They had zucchini at 3 for $1.00 this week so I was “forced” to make a couple of loaves of zucchini bread with pineapple, raisons and walnuts. I made my glutton free, sugar free version and it tastes delicious with a little butter or cream cheese. There’s an extra loaf for the freezer. We’re having roasted veggie sandwiches with goat cheese for dinner tonight so I’ll get to use the last of the zucchini.

I’m not really complaining – I’ve had plenty of time for reading, working on the afghan that was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my daughter last year and a little bit of sewing. Notice there’s no mention of house cleaning here – I’m doing the bare minimum in that department – just not in the mood. I’m blaming the weather.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer and coping as best you can with the heat. What have you been doing to keep cool?



    • says

      I know exactly how you feel, Amalia. My biggest accomplishment in the kitchen this month was making the banana bread. I don’t feel like eating big meals – we do a lot of grazing.

  1. says

    As you know (thanks for the visit), I’m still turning my oven on (I know. I’m nuts). Thank goodness we have central air, and a lake just a few steps away.

    I wish we could package this time of year. Not for the weather, but the fruit and veggies. Everything is so delicious and plentiful. I’ve never made ice pops, but it’s on my to do list.

    • says

      The fresh fruits and veggies are our mainstay these days. And, yes, Doreen, I do wish we had them all year long.
      Like you, I have central air and consider myself blessed. Stay cool! xo

  2. says

    Much the same here . . . dreadfully hot and steamy.
    It is the humidity that “does me in!”
    Your fruit, yogurt ice pops sound like a great idea . . .
    Pitting cherries not much fun though . . .
    We are doing veggie meals too . . .
    Cooking anything has come to a standstill . . .
    I will stop by for a piece of that zucchini bread . . .
    Smile . . .

    • says

      i have a cherry pitter which makes that job so much easier. The humidity is a killer, isn’t it. I think it should be over some time next week. After that, we’re looking at temps in the high seventies. Woohoo!!!!

  3. says

    Same weather here..except te last 2 days with much needed rain..and I have not minded either..the days fly by..always something interesting to occupy my time with..never bored:) Like you.

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  4. says

    We have been lucky with the heat staying away until now. It has been a on again off again summer weather wise. I’ve spent the time down sizing my closets and painting for a show in town. Getting ready to downsize can be a huge task and makes me wonder where all this stuff came from.Then I laugh as I know the answer…….. Your food makes me want to come visit. Ha lock your door.

    • says

      Decluttering, to get ready to downsize, can be daunting, Sharon. I set the timer for 15 minutes or so and do a little at a time. It’s so worth it in the end. Best of luck with your art show. Your pieces are beautiful!

  5. says

    our ” heat dome ” as they call it has left for only a couple of days!
    sitting here by an open window with a somewhat cool breeze coming through.
    our normal summer is in the 100’s but this little respite is SO necessary for my sanity!
    I reveled in each of your pictures. no words were even needed. but I love your words.
    and how lovely to hibernate. been doing it myself all summer. :)

    • says

      So glad for you, Tammy, that you finally got a break! You’ve been suffering so much longer than we north easterners.
      I can’t even imagine opening a window at this point, but according to the weather channel, (not sure how reliable this is) that as of Monday, the 22nd, we will be having daytime temps in the 70’s all week. Hallelujah!!!!!
      Something to look forward to. xo

  6. says

    It’s really been terrible, hasn’t it?? My daughter asked if we could go to the park today and I told her it’s just too hot. It looks like it’s going to be hot and humid again this whole week too. Yuck!! This is why you’ll never hear me complain about the winter!! : ) We’ve been having bbq’s with friends and hanging in our pool almost every night for the last week. Making the most of it!! xo

    ~ Wendy

    • says

      Hang in there, Wendy. In another week it’s supposed to be in the 70’s – that sounds so good, doesn’t it? I’m definitely looking forward to it.

  7. says

    I felt a bit cooler just looking at your yogurt pops and the fresh fruit! I’m cutting down on carbs drastically so I have to steer clear of fruit but I do love my vegetables! I’ve been Pinning zucchini recipes and have a whole fridge full. Need to get going on that.

    The heat has me very unmotivated. Makes me feel better that I’m not the only one!

    Thanks for your visit today! :)


  8. says

    Your pictures always glow with goodness.

    And as with everyone else, we’re in summer eating mode while withstanding the triple-digit hairdryer heat of Texas (although today it is raining, so we have a brief reprieve).

  9. says

    How aptly you put it when you said “Hibernating ” as just the other day I was thinking that this was just about the same as being cooped up from a blizzard or something. All of your fresh food delights look wonderful though. I am having a garden tomato with my scrambled eggs this morning…

    • says

      I love just picked tomatoes this time of year. I don’t have space for a vegetable garden, but fortunately I live near several farms. To me, a tomato sandwich with mayo is such a treat.

  10. says

    Hibernating is about all one can do in this summer’s heat. But….you do look like you’ve found some great ways to get through it! Hope the weather takes a turn for the better soon. Fall is on the way!

    • says

      It’s getting a bit better each day , Julie, and yes, I am looking forward to fall, but I don’t want to wish summer away. I love the long sunny days!

  11. says

    Hi Susan, I love the idea of the yogurt pops, I am making some this weekend but I love what you have done! gotta try that one… Have a great week xoxo

    • says

      Love the yogurt pops, Eva. Just plain greek yogurt, vanilla and agave nectar. I softened the cherries before I added them. So refreshing and healthy!

  12. says

    We’ve been hibernating, too, Susan. Too hot. Of course, for us that means floating in the pool when we’re not in the ac. Your way looks like it tastes much better!! :)

  13. says

    Oh my goodness, I don’t think I could bear such heat. I struggle in any temp’s over 23c or 24c. Ib Scotland we have a very occasional heatwave but the climate is generalky temperate. Sounds like you are doing a great job of keeping cool and eating well. X

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