I haven't even bothered to look at the temperature lately -- it's hot, I already know that. We don't have air-conditioning in our house, so the girls are actually finding it a bit of a relief to go to school these days. As a consolation, we've been experimenting with the ice-cream freezer, just throwing into it whatever we've got. Watermelon was pretty good, I must say, although I haven't got the proportion of purée to simple syrup right yet (3 parts to 1 is too sweet). One of the two great successes is the elderflower syrup from IKEA, mixed up 1 part syrup to 6 parts water. We've yet to try the lingonberry syrup, which is delicious but the elderflower is my favorite in any form. The other success, pictured above, is root beer. Wow. Couldn't be easier -- just pour the maximum amount into the ice-cream freezer and start it up. Frozen deliciousness! and even better on a really hot day.