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 http://www.spoonflower.com .

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

Honeydew and Cucumber Smoothie – will cool and refresh you!

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions

  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!

V28

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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