Sunday Musings: A Day of Making

It’s a late post for me today but we have been a little busy this morning. We rather broke our rule of no shopping on Sundays and ran into town to pick up a few needed things for the week that we forgot and for something I wanted to make today.

I have been reading a lot lately about home remedies for colds and sore throats. My interest was really peaked watching Season 1, Episode 6 ”A Cure for All Ills” of All Creatures Great and Small on PBS. In this episode Siegfried has the flu and Mrs. Hall gives him a bottled tonic to take, a simple blend of ginger, thyme, garlic, honey and whiskey.

I had to investigate and found many recipes, all used along with bourbon or whiskey for an old time remedy, a Hot Toddy. If you are interested in herbal blends for old fashion hot toddies, visit the Herbal Academy for a nice variety of receipes. So this morning I made my first bottle of ”Ginger Thyme Simple Syrup” (bottled purchased from my local Fry’s Grocery Store).

I want to learn more about herbal remedies and using my herbs that I’m growing to be able to aid in soothing sore throats, colds, congestion, aching muscles and to help combat inflammation. The Herbal Academy has so many wonderful courses and I have been thinking about taking their Introductory Course to see if this is something I really want to pursue or not. While I decide, I will continue reading a few books that I’ve added to my shelves.

They only other thing I am making today is a Honey Oat Loaf . This will be baked in our cast iron oven and my hubby will be baking it for me on our grill. I love this recipe … it turns out perfect and is great with butter or sandwiches. I am still try to master bread, which is a bit challenging but love this particular recipe as it is super easy and simple.

On another note …

I think today is going to be a lovely day to sit outside and work on the mate to my Christmas At Hogwarts sock.

The heel is finished and I’m working the gusset decreases. I’m thinking this sock will be finished by tomorrow!

My sock project is sitting next to my recently potted aloe. Aloe is another plant I keep handy for burns, scrapes, wounds and for other medicinal purposes.

The gel within the skin of the aloe vera plant contains many beneficial vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, E, and folic acid, iron, sodium, copper, zinc, calcium, potassium, chromium, magnesium, and manganese. This healing plant is known for its benefits to both the inside and outside of the human body.


What are you doing today ?

8 thoughts on “Sunday Musings: A Day of Making

  1. Hot toddy was given to us from the time we were little. I still use it today to break fevers, sooth sore throats and coughs. Please keep us informed of all the remedies you discover. Sounds quite interesting.

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    1. Marsha, my mom once said the same and my grandmother (her mom) would drink them when she wasn’t feeling a 100%. I definitely will, I’m excited about learning more about natural remedies 😊


  2. That makes me think of the syrup we used to make for colds and sore throats but I haven’t done it for years. I need to find that recipe because I can’t remember what was in it. I am all for herbal remedies

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    1. I hope you find it Juliann. I’m all for herbal remedies too and truly believe that what was used long ago was beneficial, especially when it comes to colds, flu and sore throats.


  3. Your loaf of bread looked so yummy on IG, so thank you for sharing the link to the recipe! I really want to get better at baking bread this year; I’m still very much a novice.

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    1. Thank you so much and it’s super easy, and so good. I’m still a novice too and want to learn how to make different kinds of breads this year.


    1. It was really lovely Anne and today is another nice day, but I think we are getting cooler temperatures later this week. I’m envious of your winter mornings 😊


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