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.)
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.
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!)