Well, we've had a hot spell in Oklahoma and it looks like we're in for a long, hot spell! I'm glad I've got my watering systems running so I don't have to constantly drag hoses all over....now I just have to water the potted plants every night! I set my zones on timers to come on early morning and water so I don't have too. It saves me so much time and my plants and garden thanks me!
Looks like it is going to be a lean tomato year this year because of the heat. When the nights are over 85 degrees, tomatoes don't set fruit well. I have about 15 tomatoes on 20 plants! Not good odds but nothing I can do. My okra is going great though and my eggplant likes hot weather also!
When the days get over 100 degrees, I really have a hard time getting motivated to cook. I hosted families from England and Australia last weekend and cooked for 13. I had work ladies and kids over Monday and made lunch for 12. I'm kind of burned out now. It's too hot to cook so I look for easy no-cook or low cook meals. Salads and sandwiches fit the bill. I absolutely refuse to turn on the oven...not so with my son. He's on the bad list right now because I came home and he had cooked a frozen pizza in the oven so the air conditioner is running! We have a convection oven! USE IT!!!!!
He also is on the bad list because all his and his buddies dirty dishes are all over.....that will be remedied soon.
I don't clean up after him, he's almost 15, he knows where the dishwasher is!
Back to dinner, tonight, we are having a chilled pasta salad. I've got some leftover crab salad from the luncheon so I'm going to toss it with cooked rotini pasta and add a light ranch dressing. I've got cucumbers from the garden and I'm calling it dinner!
Tomorrow night, we're having grilled chicken taco salad. I grilled extra chicken on Saturday so I have plenty in the freezer for at least three or four meals. It really does get too hot to grill in Oklahoma! I usually grill early in the day from now until about mid-September....I get tired of my face melting off standing over that hot grill!