I don’t know what the weather is like where you’re at, but we are about to hit a major heat wave here in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, with forecasts to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). Considering I am happiest at about 20 C (under 70 F), I am really not looking forward to the next couple of weeks!
The main floor of our house keeps fairly cool, but the upstairs bedrooms, including my home office, get untenable without the noisy window A/C units installed. Note to self: remove those from storage and make sure they’re working!
Some of the ways I’ll keep cool:
• Hang out downstairs!
• Go the lake and immerse myself
• Take a cool shower before bed
• Stay inside during the heat of the day
• Drink lots
Ah, yes, drink lots. Always good advice. That reminded me of the many jars of raspberry vinegar concentrate I have in my canning cupboard. Making raspberry vinegar is quite simple. It’s a refreshing drink made from three simple ingredients: raspberries, regular vinegar, and sugar.
You can substitute blackberries for raspberries. Friends with a huge patch let me pick lots last year, and they are SOO good in blackberry vinegar.
I’ve been making this favorite family beverage for over 30 years, so it’s not surprising my mind went to the recipe when planning a farm-set summer romance novel a few years ago.
Raspberries and Vinegar became the first novel in my Farm Fresh Romance series, and I gleefully wove the recipe as well as sweet/tart characters into the plot. More than one glass of the beverage went into the writing of this story.
Sweet like Raspberries. Tart like Vinegar.
Josephine Shaw: complex, yet singleminded. A tiny woman with big ideas and, some would say, a mouth to match. But what does she really know about sustainable living as it relates to the real world? After all, she and her two friends are new to farming.
Zachary Nemesek is back only until his dad recovers enough to work his own land again. When Zach discovers three helpless females have taken up residence at the old farm next door, he expects trouble. But a mouse invasion proves Jo has everything under control. Is there anything she can’t handle? And surely there’s something sweet beneath all that tart.
This novel is the springboard for the entire Farm Fresh Romance series which includes Wild Mint Tea (#2), Sweetened with Honey (#3), Dandelions for Dinner (#4), and Plum Upside Down (#5, releasing in August). There will be one more book after that.
If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for? Make a batch of raspberry vinegar, find a cool place, and start reading!
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The audiobook and paperback versions are also available.
Now I want to know how you stay cool when the temperatures soar! What’s your favorite way to chill out?