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post #16 of 34
Welcome to the great state of Texas.

I live in east Texas where the weather is hot and humid. When I bake, it is usually early in the morning. We do appreciate our A/C.
You will adjust over time. Run to the store and buy a container of Blue Bell ice cream. It is a Texas tradition. They make a wonderful peppermint flavor in December, but any flavor will be the best ice cream you have ever eaten. Next, make a gallon of sweet tea, and a gallon of sweet fresh lemonade. You will be amazed how much better the day will go. icon_lol.gif

-Debbie B.
post #17 of 34
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You are so right. We've already discovered the wonder that is Blue Bell. We bought the Neapolitan first and I couldn't decide if I like the vanilla or the dutch chocolate or the strawberries in cream part best....kept eating one part and saying this is my favorite, then eating the next part and deciding no, that one was, and on and on. That is almost my favorite thing about texas so far. I think my favorite is the really beautiful songbird that lives outside our apartment. No clue what kind it is, truthfully, I've never even seen it, but it sings so pretty. Maybe I'll just become a birdwatcher in the off-cake season.
post #18 of 34
Everyone complaining about hot weather can come visit me, if we're lucky we'll hit 80 today and I don't think we've hit 85 yet this year.
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post #19 of 34
If you ever want to tour the Blue Bell facility, they are just down the road from you in Brenham, TX. I would call ahead for the days and hours that they are open to the public. When we went many years ago, they had a cute little ice-cream shop at the end of the tour route. Surely they still have it. It would be a shame if they weren't open to the public anymore.

One way that I like to fix my ice-cream (when I treat myself to caffeine and ice-cream) is to buy the Blue Bell Jamaican Almond Fudge. Put some in the blender to make a shake. Add a small amount of espresso, or strong brewed, cooled coffee, then add whole milk or heavy cream to blend. icon_lol.gif

Their homemade vanilla is fantastic on cobblers!
I could just go on and on. icon_biggrin.gif

-Debbie B.
post #20 of 34
if the heat keeps up, I am going to have to bake in the wee hours. i have a huge company cake to make for next week and New England is hot, hot, hot! I don't have air cond! I love going to work just to escape the heat.
post #21 of 34
I'm probably going to wake up tomorrow morning around 4am to make cookies that I need for this weekend. I need to make 2-3 different kinds. I would have been making a cake, but my boyfriend's aunt (not the one who's throwing the party) has a baker friend who is making a beautiful cake for free, which they didn't find out about until after I came up with a design. I'm kind of okay with it though, since it's so hot, and I would have to take it 2 hours... The other baker has to go 2 1/2 hours or so... I think the cookies will be much easier.
post #22 of 34
I'm probably going to wake up tomorrow morning around 4am to make cookies that I need for this weekend. I need to make 2-3 different kinds. I would have been making a cake, but my boyfriend's aunt (not the one who's throwing the party) has a baker friend who is making a "beautiful" cake for free, which they didn't find out about until after I came up with a design. (They don't know what he's planning on doing.) I'm kind of okay with it though, since it's so hot, and I would have to take it 2 hours... The other baker has to go 2 1/2 hours or so... I think the cookies will be much easier.
post #23 of 34
Turned the air to 65 last night. I held off baking as long as possible. Big weekend cake orders. Well oven just shut off. and its 89 in here. 102 outside.
My DH brought a portable air conditioner to help. at least my decorating area is getting cooler now. Huh! Sometimes he does worry about me. lol.
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post #24 of 34
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Originally Posted by mbelgard

Everyone complaining about hot weather can come visit me, if we're lucky we'll hit 80 today and I don't think we've hit 85 yet this year.



Oh you are so lucky! Where I am, we have had nothing by 100+ this month.
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post #25 of 34
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Originally Posted by mbelgard

Everyone complaining about hot weather can come visit me, if we're lucky we'll hit 80 today and I don't think we've hit 85 yet this year.



We hit 102 F today, expecting 104 tomorrow. What's your address. I'm on my way.

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post #26 of 34
I live in arizona as well and pretty much the only time I dont bake or cook is when the complex is between the times they turn on the A/C thankfully my utitlities are included in my rent so during the summer I am down to 65 all day long.. I will be sad when we move out LOL I dont plan on living here forever but we plan on moving to colorado so it will be much better all year round.

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post #27 of 34
I live in the great humid state of Florida! I close all of my blinds, turn on the range fan, lower the A/C & use a box fan if necessary. I agree with the consensus to bake either early morn or late at night. It also helps to keep your hands cool (stick in the ice bin every now & then). HTH
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post #28 of 34
Ladiessss, please send some of that 105 degrees to the St of WA pleaseeeeeee...it's 58 here today and raining icon_sad.gif buuuuuu... I took a walk during my lunch hour and came back with my feet wet icon_sad.gif
So far, we've had 72 hours (yeah, hours!!) of 80 degrees so far this summer icon_cry.gif
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post #29 of 34
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Originally Posted by Rosie2

Ladiessss, please send some of that 105 degrees to the St of WA pleaseeeeeee...it's 58 here today and raining icon_sad.gif buuuuuu... I took a walk during my lunch hour and came back with my feet wet icon_sad.gif
So far, we've had 72 hours (yeah, hours!!) of 80 degrees so far this summer icon_cry.gif



I'll trade you 15 degrees for about 15 hours of rain.

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post #30 of 34
I live in Saudi Arabia where it is HOT! We have temperatures as high as 120 F during the day. Luckily, most homes are fitted with central air conditioners. However the problem is with humidity (85-100%). As soon as the cake leaves the house, water droplets form on it's surface and fondant starts to droop.
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