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Saturday Upsides – finding the Positive!


I’ve been thinking about starting “Saturday Upsides” posts ever since Bonnie started them a month or so ago. This Saturday (yesterday) seems the perfect situation to highlight for my first post like this. But first, the back-story….

Bonnie from Recipes Happen had the idea to do Saturday posts that look for the positive in things/situations that might, on the surface, look not so positive.

Now for my Saturday story. Yesterday (Saturday), I woke up feeling horrendous. Near-migraine, chills, stomach pains…and all this had been building since Wednesday night. But I thought it would eventually just go away. Not so! So a 7 am trip to the walk-in clinic confirmed I needed antibiotics and bedrest.

Okay, that means my Saturday would be spent in bed, cuddling with my dog Selah. That’s not so bad, right?

Selah, my 9-year-old Shih-tzu.

That in itself could be considered the upside of my Saturday. But I did have one other upside. I found enough energy to gather 3 very simple ingredients to make what I had always wanted to make–a mixture of honey, ginger, and lemon to use in hot water for when I’m feeling icky.

This concentrate is so easy to make.  Just take two lemons, slice them very thinly, and place into a 500 or 750mL jar (size depends on the ratio of honey to lemons you want, I chose 750mL). Chop up 2tbsp of fresh ginger and add to the jar. Pour unpasteurized honey over the top, making sure you mix to get rid of air bubbles.

Two tablespoons of this mixed with hot water is so good.

Actually, a tablespoon of this with a shot of rum or whisky is also quite medicinal.  😉

So, my Saturday that could have been me moping away the day had two upsides: I cuddled all day with my dog, and I tried a recipe that I had wanted to make (and it took only one minute of my time!) that will help me feel better!

Want to join the Saturday Upsides conversation? Just add Bonnie’s picture and link (see above) to your post and join us!  (And thanks Bonnie for starting the trend!)


Author: tjthiessen

explorer, administrator, consultant, student, leader

8 thoughts on “Saturday Upsides – finding the Positive!

  1. How interesting! I must give this a try. We have lots of lemons in southwest AZ. This is my first time on your site. I learned of you on October Unprocessed at Looking forward to continuing healthy eating.

    • Hi Jane! thanks for checking out the blog!
      I’m looking forward to October…trying to figure out what my limits are for processed foods. Will probably use yeast, spices, but see if I can avoid all else. I’ll try to do a weekly menu posting and see how long we stick to the plan!

  2. Thanks for sharing!
    So glad you joined!! 🙂


  3. Pingback: Saturday Upsides: Cream of Asparagus Soup | Recipes Happen

  4. Hoping to continue the Saturday Upsides…great idea!

  5. This recipe reminds me of my mom’s remedy for childhood colds and coughing. She’d always give us take a tablespoon of honey and another of lemon juice right after. Are you refrigerating it, or no?

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