What to do if it’s the day before a holiday, and you’re sick with a cold? The situation calls for a bit of pampering…
We started by pulling out some homemade chicken stock from the freezer. (Yes – there’s enough room in a fifth wheel trailer freezer for a few things!) Then we added an entire bulb (8+ cloves) of garlic, 2 onions, some carrots and celery to the thawed chicken stock, and let it simmer in the 6-quart crock-pot for a few hours. Add some noodles, and that was lunch. It felt good on the throat.
We like to drink coffee in the morning, but the afternoon is reserved for tea! On a normal day, Tetley Orange Pekoe is our first choice. And if there are any ginger snaps to dunk, then it’s even better! But we weren’t feeling so well…
What to drink when you’re sick?
Today was different. Sniffles. Sore throat. We needed something to enhance our health! What’s good to drink when you have a cold?
Hot lemon and honey, right?
I got the honey and lemons out, and heated some water. But just those two ingredients seemed a little boring. (Many of you would consider adding a dash or more of whisky, wouldn’t you… Sorry. We’re keepin’ it family friendly here.)
I looked in the cupboard, and the ‘fridge to see what else was available. Eventually I decided on adding a few more ingredients, known for their healing properties. Here’s what I ended up doing.
Lemon Ginger Crock-pot Tea dressed up with a hint of Cinnamon & Mint
30 oz of hot water (using hot water speeds up the process)
start with just the lemon peel, and try to avoid the white pith – I used my potato peeler.
remove the white pith from the de-nuded lemons – cut it off or peel it
cut up the rest of the lemon into chunks & add to the water
an inch of fresh ginger, sliced thin
a cinnamon stick (or more)
Let the mixture heat – but not boil, in the slow cooker/crockpot. My small slow-cooker does well on high – yours might need to be on low so it won’t boil. (I find every slow-cooker/crock-pot is different.) Let it heat for about an hour!
You can drink it just like that, but adding some honey to sweeten it is even better.
Pour the hot Lemon-Ginger tea into your cup, over the teabag. Steep the tea bag for a short bit (just a minute or so) for a zing of minty-ness! Use the cinnamon stick to stir the honey to your desired sweetness.
We left the crock-pot heating all afternoon, and enjoyed at least six small cups of the lemon-ginger tea. You’ll need to strain the last bit of liquid – to separate it from the lemon/ginger.
It ended up tasting so good, I’m going to make this again, even if we aren’t sick!
Not only to do the dishes, or make the bed, or pay the bills, or fix lunch, or parent the kids, or phone the vet, or pick up groceries, or clean the toilets, or fill the gas tank, or… (fill in the blank for all the daily chores).
It’s autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. The leaves are turning bright yellow, red and orange, then falling to the ground. We see pumpkins in the fields, and on door steps in suburban neighborhoods. The season to buy! buy! buy! is creeping up on the calendar.
Do you have any plans for the holidays? And if so what about time for you and your spouse?
How will you keep your marriage strong?
As fun as the next few months will be, there will also be stresses. I don’t need to make a list, do I? I’m sure you can fill in the blanks with all the mishaps and misunderstanding from other years.
What’s your strategy to stay connected and aligned with your spouse during the next two months? It’s not enough to “wing it” in these busy days ahead – you need to have a plan.
And every plan works well if there’s a bit of fun incorporated!
Quick! Can you mark in some dates with your spouse in November and December? Yes. Really quick – before all the holiday invitations start to show up.
Demonstrate to your spouse how much you value her/him by making it a priority to spend time together.
How can you spend time together – really inexpensively – to stay aligned and in tune with each other? Keep the dates cheap, but fun. Simple, but fun. Private, but active. And allow you two – husband and wife – to slow down and talk about what’s going on in your lives; to catch your breath and stay connected.
Make memories together – as a connected couple!
5 Autumn Ideas to Stay a Connected Couple
Here’s the criteria: fun, cheap, private and active.
1. Sparklers in the dark.
Buy a package of sparklers, and go outside after the kids are in bed and it’s dark. Light those sparklers, and play! Run around the yard, write your names in the air, and kiss under them. (Use good judgement and watch out for your hair/clothes – those sparks can ignite!)
Set up your camera with a timer – create fun photos to share with family & friends. Capture your memories of the evening!
The leaves might be falling off the trees, but it’s also time to plant some hope for spring: daffodils, crocus and tulips! Buy a few bulbs, and dig in the dirt one morning or afternoon to plant them. Talk together about next spring, and your hopes for that time. Digging in the dirt is therapeutic! If you don’t have your own yard, talk with your church, or a local daycare to see if they’d mind you planting a few bulbs.
You can enjoy the moment and still look to the future when you’re planting some bulbs!
Just take your laptop, and a DVD out to your vehicle, bring some drinks and some snacks, add blankets, and snuggle together! Or you can have a fully outdoor experience by pushing two loungers together and zipping up two sleeping bags to snuggle in as you watch your movie.
Remember those teenage years? Oh, the fun you can have under the blankets, while watching a movie! (nudge, nudge, wink, wink)
Yes… Yes. I know you love your coffee in the morning. So do we! But if you’re going to get up to watch the sun rise, maybe your spouse needs a little more incentive. Try a version of hot chocolate oatmeal in your slow-cooker! I’ve put some recipes on a Pinterest board for you try! Start it cooking before you go to bed, and it’ll be done by morning. Some of the recipes are with stevia & coconut milk, others incorporate yummy extras like cherries, or pecans & toasted coconut. (Click here to go to the recipes.)
Take your hot chocolate oatmeal outside, and watch the sun rise – start the day together.
Why do we only think to bake stuff with our kids? Put your kids to bed, then, why not make it a date! Just you and your spouse – to bake and decorate cookies together. (And you might playfully add some decorations to each other… you’re alone, remember?)