We’ve had a bit of a heat wave in northern California this summer, and if it’s one thing I don’t like, it’s heat or humidity. So here are a few tricks I use to keep cool in the summer.
Air conditioning is one thing, and yes, we have it, but when it kicks off at the desired temperature, the air is still and stuffy. So, I use a fan in the bedroom at night. Even when the a/c is running.
It’s old school, but it works.It’s a well-known fact that we sleep better when our bedroom is cool, and I need all the help I can get. Yes, I’ve had many ceiling fans in my life–after all, I did live in Florida for a long time–but they just aren’t as effective as a good old standing fan. Especially if it has a remote control, which mine does.
If your mornings are cool that means you don’t live in Florida (ha!). But here in northern California, our early mornings are cool and so are the nights. I open my windows the minute I get up to let the night air cool the house, and the shut them tight at the first sign of heat. That little trick significantly reduces the need for A/C.
Also, the special shade-producing retractable screens on our French doors also keep our west-facing family room cool, a much-needed daily assist when the heat of the setting sun blasts that side of our house.
Ok, so I love stone fruit. And some bubbly.
Nothing says summer the way peaches do. So chill a bottle of Prosecco or other sparkling wine or water. Also chill a can of peach nectar. Apricot or guava will do just fine, too. Pour the sparkling stuff into half the glass and fill the other half with the fruit nectar. Hang a slice of peach on the side and sip the cold punch. Have enough of it and you won’t feel the heat. Not at all.
In fact, have enough of this drink and you won’t feel anything!
How about a few more recipes for keeping cool this summer? Here’s something I did last year with a delicious watermelon and feta salad recipe, along with a few other yummies. Take a look!