Saturday, August 23, 2014

Oh Baby, It's Hot Outside!

Hello Everyone!

Well, summer has arrived with a
vengance. We are having a slight
heat wave with a heat advisory
possibly till Tuesday! The heat
index could top 108 today. Now,
you have to understand that up
until a few days ago, we were
having summer temps in the
upper 80's. And... now we
are having the temps we
normally have here in the

So to combat the heat and the
(restless natives) my students.
I broke out the Jelly Belly Ice
Shaver. This one is hand cranked
but I think they have an electic
one also. Picked this up at Target
earlier this summer. Too much fun!

The original recipe was trippled
times two so that we would have
enough to go around.  We had 20
enjoying shaved ice.
So three cups of water heated to a boil.
Three for each flavor.

(Wrong pic) Six pkgs. Kool-Aid.

Three cups of sugar! Yes, that's right.
Put in the boiling water and remove
from the heat. Then add three pkgs
of Kool-Aid.

Let cool down and put in a
pour bottle. Store in the

Ta-Da cherry flavored shaved

For the grape I just made it "like"
Kool-Aid. Each was a little different
but the flavor for both was great!
My kids loved it and so did the staff!

If you are doing this with mulitple
flavors, I would do it like I did the
grape one, that way you won't have
the "wait" time in between flavors.
The only thing you won't have is the
heaviness of the "simple syrup" that
the red one made.

Here is the original recipe:

Shaved Ice Syrup

2 C  sugar
1 C water
1 Pkg of Kool-Aid

Bring water to a boil, add sugar
and stir add Kool-Aid and remove
from heat. Let cool.

I cut the sugar amount in half and believe
one cup is enough. You could even do
a half cup sugar or do a sugar free version
with a sweetener of your choice.


~Keep on Dreaming~


  1. What a sweet thing for you to do!
    I am sure it was appreciated by all :)

    It's hard to believe it's been so hot there!
    We woke up to storm clouds, and wind, and rain.... temps in the low 50's.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Thanks!
      I would love the 50's right now.
      By midweek we should have cooler

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

      M : )

  2. Lots of fun and I'm guessing that the kids think you are the BEST...... and of course, You Are!
    It's HOT here too.....and we have so much humidity!! I feel exhausted just walking outdoors..

    1. You are so sweet, thanks!
      Yes, I am so ready to go back
      to cooler temps!

      M : )

  3. What lucky students you have! Great way to stay cool!

  4. We have been spoiled with our cooler temps this summer. (until this week) Do you remember making snow cones when you were a kid?

    1. Yes, this heat can go away soon!
      I do remember making them.

      M : )

  5. It's been hot and humid here, too, lately, after a pretty mild summer. At least the heat can't last too long. Soon we'll be complaining about cold in northern Illinois!

  6. What a great idea for your class! I feel for you, Melinda, it's so miserable out!

    1. They sure had a good time with this
      but they don't care to be stuck inside.

      M : )

  7. It’s great that you found a way to make yourself comfortable in summer. Summer is the time when the need for cool air and refreshments is on high demand. So it’s best if you plan ahead on what to do, or check your AC units beforehand, so you won't have to deal with the sweltering heat, should it break down. Cheers!

    Will Merritt @ Patterson Heating & Air, Inc.

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