Gas Pains

Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Cool Dog

Beating the Heat, Canine Friends, Girlfriend, Sister, Pupsicles

Hot enough for you yet?

Over the years I've done any number of things to keep cool.

On occasion the outdoor spa has been drained of it's 103 degree contents and replaced with water out of the hose bib.  50 degrees of bubbling relief.  Lately I've taken to giving myself a good dousing with the hose.  If I've been out weeding the garden and am drenched in perspiration - after giving the veggies a good soak I turn the pistol grip to 'shower' and put it over my head doing the same for myself.  50 degrees of soaking relief. 

Just remember to take your boots-off.

The dogs are another matter.  Large breed dogs don't handle the heat very well.  They don't have enough sense to prehydrate.  And even though they're convinced they want to chase a Frisbee or some tennis balls - Girlfriend and Sister need to be reminded that crazy-dog exercise during the heat of the day is verboten.  Thus we restrict our walks to very early in the morning or late in the afternoon as the sun is setting. 

Even then they get a thorough soaking from the hose.

They also know that they're going to get a frozen treat that is irresistible.  So mouthwateringly refreshing and appealing that they come running at the mere mention of - Heh!  Who wants a pupsicle!

I read about this recently in Wisconsin Outdoor News.  They're easy to make and dogs love 'em.



32 oz. low-fat plain yogurt
2 mashed bananas
½ c Smucker's Natural Chunky Peanut Butter (my personal favorite for sammiches)
2 T honey
1 oz. blueberries

Whisk everything together and spoon into ice cube trays and freeze.  When solid just pop them out of the tray and keep in a bag in your freezer.  Makes about three trays.  Sometimes we substitute a fist-full of dry roasted peanuts for the blueberries.

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