We’re Having a Heat Wave

          11 Ways To Beat the Heat


I read it was 110 degrees at Yankee Stadium yesterday. The entire East coast and the Midwest is suffering with extremely high temps. And it will be this way for the next three or four days. I am sure some high temperature records will be broken this week.

Growing up I remember setting the grass sprinkler out on hot days like this and running through the sprays of water with my brothers and other friends in the neighborhood. Such fun.

The heat did not seem to bother me as much back then. What did you do growing up to keep cool on hot days?

Here are some tips for keeping cool.

1. Wet your wrist and other pulse points with cold water. If you use ice be sure to wrap it in a cloth.

2. Drink lots of cool water, even if you do not feel thirsty.

3. Buy an inflatable pool or have a water hose fight with your kids and/or friends. I have done this as an adult with children in a former  neighborhood I lived in. Believe me. It is as much fun now as when I was young. Actually, more.

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing,” wrote George Bernard Shaw.

Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.

4. If you have a basement spend as much time there as possible.

5. Go barefoot around the house as much of the body’s heat is lost through the soles of the feet.

6. Keep the shades or curtains drawn during the day.

7. Wear light colored clothes.

8. Eat small frequent meals with less protein can help the body cool down.

9. Eat spicy foods.

10. Eat ice cream or a popsicle. (Like I need an excuse to eat ice cream!!!)

11. Don’t turn on the stove or cook anything.

How do you cool down? What do you do to stay cool? Share your ideas in the Comments section below.

Featured Recipe:   Classic Tuna Fish Salad

Since I do not want to cook anything today due to the heat I thought this was the perfect time to share this recipe with you.

This is what you will need for about 3-4 people:

2 – 6 ounce cans tuna fish drained and chunked

½ cup chopped celery

1-4 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon chopped black olives

1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish

1 hard cooked egg chopped

2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Here is what you do:

Combine all ingredients……….

…..and mix well. Chill several hours.

Serve on a bed of lettuce, on crackers, as a sandwich, or in a tomato cut into sixths or eighths as pictured.

VARIATION:  For a sweeter salad use 2 tablespoons sweet relish


2 – 6 ounce cans tuna fish                            $1.00

½ cup chopped celery                                  $0.30

1-4 tablespoons mayonnaise                         $0.22

1 tablespoon chopped black olives                  $0.21

1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish                    $0.07

1 hard cooked egg chopped                           $0.22

2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning             $0.11

2 teaspoons lemon juice                               $0.22

Total cost for 4 people = $2.35
Cost per person = $0.59

There are other no-cook recipes that are great to fix on a hot and humid day right here on More Thyme Than Dough. With links, they are:

Marvelous Mandarin Orange Salad ; Sly Lemon Pie ; Lemonade ; and  No Mayo Tuna Salad.

Cold Cherry Soup requires minimal cooking, but since it is served cold it is SO worth it on a hot day.

Stay cool and Bon Appetite!!!

 Quote of the Day:      What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.      Jane Austen

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