Designing and Staying Cool

If you have ever had a ‘yen’ to create your own fabric, you can do that at Spoonflower!   It is pretty easy to do.  You can design it for yourself, and also make it available to others.  What a deal!  I spent just a little time on the site, and created this little bit of a design.

I don’t think I would use this for a fabric design, but I was just playing around with their tools, to see how it was done,  and this is what I came up with.  Now I am going to think seriously about creating some fabric.   You can see some of the incredible designs people have made (and are available for sale) by going to their website, at .

The hot weather is still with us!  These two ‘cooling’ drinks may help:

Honeydew and Cucumber Smoothie – will cool and refresh you!

  • 1 medium-sized honeydew melon, sliced and cubed
  • 1 medium-sized cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Sprigs mint, optional garnish
Time estimates
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 15 minutes

  1. Peel and chop honeydew into bite-sized chunks and freeze for about 2 hours.
  2. Combine all ingredients in blender. Process on pulse for 20 to 25 seconds. Change setting to mix or smoothie for about 10 more seconds, or until smooth.

Serves 3

Sometimes, a hotter, spicier drink can make us cooler:

I’m not sure if you can do this next one in a blender…and I’m skipping the jalapeno!

This is a juice that is similar to V8 juice that you can make in your own kitchen,  without any ‘extra’ additives!


3 large Red Beets
2 medium Carrots
2 stalks Celery
4 Plum Tomatoes
4 cups Parsley, leaves and stems, roughly chopped and packed into the measuring cup
1 Jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed
12 Red Radishes

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