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Autumn, Sore Throats, and Tea Time

Our house is full again. We host Chinese students learning to speak English at a local university. I love to cook, and I love to learn to cook new things from them. A go to recipe that many of our girls have happily made with me is a simple mix of raw honey, freshly chopped ginger, and fresh sliced lemon.

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A couple of teaspoons of this in hot water is great to soothe sore throats. The ginger gives it a nice little kick. It’s also a tasty addition to any cup of dark leaf tea. Yum.


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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!)