RECIPE // Favorite Recipes to Cool You Down

Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Happy Labor Day!

I hope you’re feeling rested, relaxed, and just a little more sun-kissed than you were last week! 🙂

I’m currently typing this from our living room in Church Hill, where it is approximately 280 degrees. Our AC unit has been acting up over the past couple of weeks, leaking through the ceiling in our dining room. After an unsuccessful try from the repairman last week, apparently, the dining room ceiling decided this evening it had had ENOUGH, and collapsed. So, my husband, Millie and I are currently sequestered in our living room downstairs with fans (and wine) running to keep us cool. Not fun, especially in this late-August Southern heat and humidity.

Hopefully, all will be fixed early this week. But in the meantime, I am daydreaming of cool swimming pools, popsicles, and cooler temperatures!

If you’re hating the heat like me tonight, here are three recipes for you to try to keep cool during the couple of weeks of summer.

1. Southern Living‘s “Swamp Breeze”

I first had this frozen cocktail at an engagement party for my best friend Charlotte in her hometown of Burlington, North Carolina. Delicious, tangy, and oh-so-cold. Click here for the recipe.

2. Aunt Peggy’s Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad

Aunt Peggy’s Cucumber, Tomato and Onion Salad

This one comes from Paula Deen’s kitchen. Doesn’t this look refreshing?! Click here for the recipe.

3. Lavender Rose Ice Cream

Lavender Rose Ice Cream |

Gorgeous AND refreshing? This Instagram-ready dessert is sure to cool you down on a hot day. Check out the recipe on!

What are your favorite recipes to cool you down on a hot day?




  1. Thanks for sharing my ice cream! I feel you–it’s been stupid hot where I live too. 🙂 Hope you’re able to find some relief soon…or at least, get more ice cream!


  2. Very great deserts for summer!


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