Hot in Any Language

Está muy caliente (Spanish)
C’est très chaud (French)
Es ist sehr heiß (German)
È molto caldo (Italian)
Είναι πολύ θερμό (Greek)
Это очень горячо (Russian, for the spammers)
It’s hotter ‘n hell out there. (Southern U.S.)

Memphis weather map

Hot no matter how you say it!

This summer has been one long heat wave. I’m trying not to complain, since I spent most of February and March complaining about the cold. But, dang, it’s hot!

Yesterday’s walk in the park was certainly no walk in the park, I assure you. I got a late start at 9:00 a.m., and by then, the temps were already at 90° without the humidity factored in. It was like walking through soup. But I persevered and walked four miles. It took me almost 70 minutes to do it, but I got it done.

And then I went home and died. Well, first I stopped and got an enormous glass of iced tea and a tiny bag of pretzels, and then I went home and died, resurrecting myself only when the hunger noises grew too loud to sleep through.

I was going to get a walk in early this a.m., but I had to deliver cake balls to my parents for serving at Ronald McDonald House today. Since Memaw lives across the patio from them and knew I was there (thanks, Daisy Dog), this also required a visit to Memaw’s watermelon. (It really is the best watermelon I’ve had this summer. It’s so cute how proud she is of this thing. I only hope we don’t have to go through this with the other six melons still on the vines in various ripening stages.)

Anyway, all that visiting meant that it’s already too warm outside for this gal to be exercising, so I think I’ll head to the gym later today for an elliptical 5k. I haven’t done one of those for a while. Should be a nice change of pace! I’ll toss in some easy core stuff to round out the trip.

I snacked way too much on the cake ball chocolate yesterday (those finger licks add up, you know), so today’s special post-workout treat will be much lighter. And icy cold. Ahhh….

The local paper had a recipe for frozen fruit cups last week, which I adapted and healthified (somewhat). The original recipe included sour cream and 3/4 cup of sugar(!), but I fixed that. Here’s what I came up with:

Cammy’s Banana Split Frozen Yogurt Cups
16 oz. plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream, if you don’t mind the calories)
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/8 cup of sugar (see note 2 below)
1/8 tsp. salt
8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 c. sliced strawberries
1/4 c. chopped pecans
3 peeled bananas, sliced or chopped

Mix all the ingredients together. Pour into muffin tins lined with paper muffin cups. Freeze until firm. Store in a freezer container and use as needed.

Notes:
1) I used mini-muffin cups and got 18 cups out of it. Based on the ingredients I used, this means that each cup has about 55-60 calories.
2) I added the sugar last, because I wanted to taste the concoction without it first. It definitely needed *something*, so I used my smallest measuring cup to slowly add in some sugar, stopping at a scant 1/8 cup. I think next time (and there will definitely be a next time) I’ll omit the lemon juice and use some of the pineapple juice instead. I may not need any sugar at all that way. We’ll see.
3) This recipe is easily adaptable for other fruits and nuts as well. You could also stir in protein powder for some additional nutrition. I have all sorts of combinations in mind for future versions, including one with coconut. Yum! Oh, and I’m not sure why the recipe called for only 1/4 cup of strawberries. It would benefit from 1/2 cup or more, easily. I’ve been using fresh sliced strawberry as garnish, which is also nice.
4) The cups freeze solidly, so they’re not an eat-from-the-freezer kind of thing. I pull one out while I’m making dinner and it’s nice and frosty/creamy when I’m ready for dessert.
5) I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m wondering if 1-2 mini-cups added to a green smoothie base would be tasty. I may try that later this week.

Another change for the next batch will be the cupcake liners. Yesterday’s garage sale find was a set of flexible silicone baking cups. These cups, in fact: Wilton Easy Flex Silicone 3-Inch Reusable Baking Cups, 12 Count

Amazon price: $9.99

Cammy garage sale price: $0.25

Have I mentioned lately how much I love garage sales?

Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!
¡Tenga un gran fin de semana!
Avoir un grand weekend !
Haben Sie ein großes Wochenende!
Avere un grande fine settimana!
Έχουμε μια μεγάλη Σαββατοκύριακο!
(Skip the Russian spammers, because I don’t want them to have a good weekend!)



17 thoughts on “Hot in Any Language

  1. Hey Cammy!
    I’m a reader who doesn’t have a blog of my own, so I appreciate so much your hard work in keeping one up! I’m sure it’s way more work than I can even imagine, so feel free to ignore this favor I’m about to ask: I remember that you won a Vita-Mix from a blog contest a while back, and I was wondering if you might do a post about how you’ve been using it! I just got one and would love some ideas! :)

  2. I’ve also been invaded by Russians and am seriously annoyed.

    Here are the Afrikaans translations:

    “Dis baie warm.” en “Geniet die naweek.”

    Bly koel, Cammy!

  3. Cammy I feel your pain as I am so close to you. It’s miserable and I hate it. The heat doesn’t usually bother me, but day after day of unrelenting heat is ridiclous. Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. We are having a very cool period of time here, we usually have temperatures like yours but without the humidity.

    You are going to turn me into a garage sale junkie if you keep this up – another great bargain!

    Glad to hear that the watermelon was a good one!

  5. I love hearing about your Memaw and her watermelon. Both of my grandmothers have been gone for 40 years or so, but I remember my Tennessee grandmother was famous for her watermelons. I don’t recall that she grew them herself, but when we visited there were always watermelon parties in the back yard. Hot, hot, muggy weather. No air conditioning. Tons of southern cousins, and a huge chilled watermelon. She would referee seed spitting competitions (how far you could spit a seed from a set mark).

  6. Today we were packing the car at 11:00am in Minneapolis and it was delightfully cool outside. I was so sad to leave knowing I was heading south to the unpleasant summer heat again:(

  7. The fruit cups sound yummo. I remember seeing a recipe for something similar last year and I forgot to give it a go…thanks for the reminder.

  8. Although my limit is usually four ingredients to a recipe, those fruit cups do sound very refreshing and delicious. Awesome price on the Wilton baking cups. Except for the heat, I’d say a very good weekend for you. Happy August!

  9. Well.. 2nd try to post a comment! Love garage sales because I can find great things for our little farm. Never knew farmers had garage sales too. I know… I’m a dip!

    Gonna try the frozen fruit cup thing when I can. Will post my version on your recipe when I do.

    Hmmmm… watermelon sounds really good! Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

  10. YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate to tell you about the nice weather we are having here.. much cooler than normal in southern CA….. That is too hot your way!

    Loved that the watermelon was as good as it looked YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. as soon as I spied our forecast for the week on friday I started obsession about WHAT ON EARTH Id do with the child … ALL WEEK :)

  12. Mmmm cake balls and fruit cups! Sound so good.

    Good choice to go to the gym – when it’s that hot, you definitely don’t want to risk getting heat stroke or something. Eep.

  13. Oh those frozen fruit cups sound divine. I like the idea of having a frozen dessert at the ready. And yes, I can see all the variations that could be done. I really like versatile recipes like that.

    And IMO the daytime temps would be bearable if only it would cool down a little more at night. That is a horrendous forecast. Right now it is very hot during the day, but for some reason it is really cooling off about 7pm, and that is when I take Noah out for walk number two–I’ve really been enjoying it.

    I haven’t gotten too much into garage sales, but I sure do love the thrift stores.

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