November 2009

With Gratitude

November 26, 2009

I have to laugh today, because I am pretty sure that I am the only person on Earth who is having trouble importing my blog to WordPress. I am not sure if I am having some kind of weird blog karma, or what, but really this is becoming a bit of a joke.


So, we are still here, and very ready to enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends. I wanted to say again how much gratitude I have for each and every one of you. I wish you all a wonderful holiday, safe travels, and as much relaxation as you can soak up.

{ 25 comments }

A Cure for The Common Cold

November 24, 2009

My blog is moving to WordPress late tomorrow night. It will go down in the evening, and I believe that it will be down for 24-48 hours. I have loved my time at Blogger, but I am really excited to move to this new space. The web address will stay the same.

If there is one thing that is certain this time of year, it is that colds and the flu are starting to creep into our daily lives. I really dislike being sick. I know that sounds silly, but I just can’t stand it. Although the idea of a nice few days in bed always sounds good, I inevitably end up feeling like that old Robitussin commercial where the mom gets sick, and the dad and children (while trying to be helpful), end up destroying the house. Two days in bed sick ends up being 7 days of clean-up and laundry, so really, there is no benefit from any angle that you look at it.

I recently found a wonderful post on how to combat getting a cold or the flu, but really, the search has been on in my household to understand how to naturally combat symptoms once someone gets sick. Having children with Celiac, I am constantly having to ask myself what the true ingredients are in any kind pf product. Can my kiddos use a cough drop for a sore throat? Is there dye in this medicine, or a potential gluten binder in that one? I have used homeopathic remedies for most of my babes life, but even those are starting to be questioned as I see my oldest son have some strange reactions while taking them.


So I have moved on to trying to create homemade herbal remedies that I know exactly what the ingredients are, and which ones might be best for my loved ones. Yesterday I discovered a wonderful recipe for making herbal cough drops. I have to tell you that nothing that I have done lately has been easier, or has yielded such a great result. I was lucky enough to have all of the herbs required to make the drops (I used apple mint, peppermint, thyme, sage and rosemary), as well as a new jar of honey.


I steeped my herbs in a very large Ball mason jar for a few hours, and then got everything cooked up, and set in the pan. When I say this was easy, I really do mean in. Nothing boiled over for me, the drops reached 300 degrees within 25 minutes, and it set perfectly in the pan. By the time that I went to sleep last night, everything was safely packed into the freezer, ready for friends and family who need it.

Lisa’s blog is really amazing, and I would encourage everyone to take a look around, and see all of the herbal recipes that she has shared. I have just ordered elderberries from Mountain Rose Herbs to make Lisa’s Elderberry syrup, which I am excited to try in the coming weeks.


Of course, the most sure fire way to cure a cold is with the old fashion trick of Chicken Soup. Good for the soul, the sinuses and the belly, nothing beats out a bowl of this amazing warmth. I discovered a new version that will now be a staple in my household, and I say discovered because I accidentally used a different type of rice in my regular chicken soup recipe. I make my soup either in the crock pot (if I am facing a very busy day), or on the stove, but both are made the exact same way. In the last 45 minutes of cooking, I always add in two cups of rice, but when I made the soup on Saturday, I grabbed the bag of Arborio rice, rather than just normal long grain. The result was the creamiest, thickest chicken stew/soup, and it was one of those stick to the ribs, leaves you feeling all warm and cuddly inside recipes.


I had a huge amount of soup made for the coming week, and yesterday I decided that it was finally time to try and make some gluten free drop biscuits to go with the leftovers. I have missed biscuits since beginning a GF diet, and it is something that I really thought would be out of the question to bake. Recently I was scanning the back of the Pamela’s GF all-purpose flour mix, and they had a recipe for drop biscuits in the upper right hand corner. The recipe looked really simple, and I decided to give it a try. I had a craving for herb biscuits, so I added some dill into the dry ingredients, and some salt as well (I have no idea why the recipe doesn’t call for it). The result was so good, and exactly like the regular biscuits that I grew up with.

You all know how much food plays a role in our daily lives, and I am not kidding when I say that these are flaky, crisp, and perfect biscuits. I am sure that you can come up with your own all purpose flour blend to create these as well, but I love the idea of using Pamela’s for ease. I topped the biscuits with my thyme butter, put them on top of the chicken stew, poured myself a glass of Fume Blanc, and called it a perfect way to end the day.

While there is no way to cure a cold, there certainly are a lot of ways to ease the symptoms.

Herbed Chicken Stew

2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
celery
carrots
onions
1 tbsp. thyme
1 tbsp of rosemary
1 tbsp of oregano
broth or water

Roughly chop celery, onions and carrots and saute them in olive oil until the onions are translucent. Add chicken breasts, sauteed vegetables, and herbs to either a crock pot or soup pot. Cover with broth, and cook on low for 8 hours, or simmer until chicken is cooked through and tender. 45 minutes prior to the soup being finished, add in 2 cups of Arborio rice. Watch the rice carefully, stir the soup often. As soon as the the rice is ready, take off of stove and serve with warm herbed biscuits.

{ 38 comments }