I think we would all agree - it's been a HOT summer. I should have shared these ideas sooner as summer is winding down and fall will be falling soon. I love practical tips. I'm also sharing some cooling recipes to help you 'chill' on a warm day, or to enjoy any time of the year.
Freeze a cotton sock filled with rice, then slip it under the bottom sheet. The rice will hold a chill longer.
A simple way to lower body temperature is to apply a bottle with ice-cold water on points like your ankles, wrists, or behind the knees.
When all else fails, take frequent cool showers to keep your body temperature down and rinse off the sweat.
1 (8 ozs) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed, optional
In large bowl, mix butter and brown sugar until smooth. By hand, stir in coconut, peanuts and corn flakes (and cinnamon); mix until well blended. Pat 1/2 of mixture into a 9" X 13" X 2" pan. If using whipped topping, blend with softened ice cream; spread over crumbs. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over top and pat down. Cover tightly and freeze up to a month.
PARLOR COFFEE FLOAT
1 1/2 c. strong brewed coffee, chilled
1/4 c. chocolate syrup
1/4 c. half-and-half
1 c. chocolate or coffee ice cream
Whipped cream, to serve
Maraschino cherries (optional)
In a blender, combine the coffee, chocolate syrup, half-and-half and 1/2 of the ice cream. Blend until smooth and frothy. Pour into 2 tall glasses and top with a scoop of the remaining ice cream. Top with whipped cream and a cherry, if desired. Yield: 2 servings
KID-FRIENDLY ICE CREAM IN A BAG
1 c. light cream (Try half vanilla flavored creamer)
3 Tb. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
qt. size ziploc freezer bag
2 gallon size ziploc freezer bags
Mix first 3 ingredients together and pour into the quart bag. Squeeze the air out and place it into a gallon bag. Squeeze out the air and seal. In the bottom of the second gallon bag, place some ice cubes and rock salt. Place the other bags on top, then fill in the sides with more layers of ice cubes and rock salt so that it is higher than the level of cream. Then toss the bag back and forth - it took us about 10+ minutes. Kids and adults will love it.
And for my sugar-free friends....
PEANUT BUTTER MAGIC SHELL (Sugar Free)
2-3 tsp. peanut butter
1 Tb. virgin coconut oil
sweetener of choice, to taste (stevia drops, maple syrup, agave, etc.)
Use about 3 Tb. agave or 8 drops of liquid stevia...adjust to taste
Combine all ingredients and stir until it makes a thin liquid. (Warm the coconut oil first if it’s solid when you open the jar.) Pour over ice cream, and watch it harden into Magic Shell!
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