Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 24, 2017

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #8

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #8

What is your favorite way to keep cool during the hottest part of summer?

My two cents, but please share yours:

I’ve doubled the ice cubes in all of my drinks and indulged in lemon sherbet several times for dessert.


  1. Don’t get out of the house except to get in the air conditioned car to go to some other air conditioned place.

    • Absolutely, David! I call it Texas hibernation. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

  2. Run the whole house fan when I get up. Turn that off and close all windows, doors, blinds, and curtains by 10 AM. Turn on the ceiling fans. If it’s really bad, turn on the standing fan. Open up again in the evening. Do any active work early. Garden may suffer from lack of care, but I may suffer from overheating, so there it is. 😉

    Cold soup is a great thing. Made a tasty carrot soup the other day, very refreshing.

    • The cold carrot soup sounds really good, Aunt Mary. Please share your recipe here, if you feel comfortable doing so. Cheers, Ashley

      • A Cold Carrot Soup:
        Put a cup of water in the saucepan.
        Add about 1/4 of an onion, cut up.
        Add a couple cups of carrots, cut up.
        Cook until tender.
        Cool a bit.
        Put the whole business in a blender with 2 Tb chutney.
        Blend to how you might like it (I go for smooth).
        Pour back into saucepan.
        Rinse out blender with 1 cup water and add to pan.
        Mix in 2/3 c powdered milk.
        I like to heat it up again, powdered milk can taste odd.
        Cool and chill.
        You can adjust s&p or garnishes at table – much depends on your chutney. 🙂

        Actually this is one of the variations of a basic cold soup recipe. For some veggies (like cukes) you may want to put 1 Tb flour in some of the second cup of water for thickening (which is another reason for heating the second time). Or use a bouillon cube in the first cup of water. A bay leaf (to be removed before blending). Orange juice concentrate for sweet potato or tomato or beet. Can substitute small can evaporated milk (rinsed out with a bit of water) or cup of regular milk.

        Works ok in winter heated up too. Then can add cheese! 🙂

        This mixture should fit rather well into a 1 quart jar for fridge storage. I can get 4 or 5 “cups of soup” from it.

      • Thank you so much for this recipe, Aunt Mary. There are so many mix-and-match variations to play with–love it! Cheers, Ashley

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