Some cool treats for The 4th of July

Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is finding ways to stay cool while celebrating Independence Day.

With much of the US stuck in this seemingly endless heatwave, I thought I’d share a few links to other blogs with recipes for some refreshing summer treats I’ve made and highly recommend.

I just made the amazing watermelon slush from Lifescript.com. I even braved the heat long enough to snip some fresh mint to add to my extra-large glass of slush (the first of at least two, I hope!)

 

If my freezer cooperates, tomorrow I’ll probably make the popular one-ingredient ice cream that blogger extraordinaire  Cathy Miller mentioned a month or so ago. There are dozens of “recipes” online, but it’s basically sliced frozen banana whipped into a cold, creamy confection that makes you forget it’s healthy to eat. TheKitchn.com offered up a few interesting variations on this oh-so-simple treat, so I might give one of those a try this time.

Let’s not forget our furry family members. I’ve made these “pupcicles” for Doggie Lily and she loves them. Lily’s veterinarian sent the link, so I suppose you could say they’re veterinarian recommended. They’re basically banana, yogurt and OJ. The hardest part was finding enough ice cube trays to hold the mixture, so I wound up using ice cube trays and muffin tins (the silicone ones would be ideal) but I only put about three-quarters of an inch of mixture into each cup.

Do you think dogs get “brain freeze” too?

What are some of your favorite quick and easy recipes for keeping cool in the summer heat?

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About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on July 4, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Let me know how you like it, Paula. I haven’t tried it yet. Boomer brain already forgot about it. LOL! 😀

    • Paula Hendrickson

      I tried it a week or so ago, and it was good. I topped it with a quick faux chocolate sauce my sister used to make (basically a spoon of unsweetened cocoa power, a pinch of sugar, and whisk it up). But I’ll add chocolate to almost anything.

      Try it Cathy. You’ll like it!

      • I am waiting for my bananas to really ripen. Can hardly wait to try all of the treats. Paula, you know I love treats! Thanks.

      • Paula Hendrickson

        I bought semi-green bananas Monday and they’re rapidly approaching the over-ripe stage. It’s too hot to bake banana bread, so I’ll be making more banana “ice cream” tomorrow. (If my freezer cooperates.)

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