Cold & Flu Season


16 Responses to Cold & Flu Season

  1. Susan (Grayslake, IL) says:

    This is my grandmother’s old recipe to treat the flu … thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Jodie Fletcher says:

    The “Hot Toddy” recipe you shared is truly wonderful! A variation on this theme I learned when I was in college, and waiting tables at Steak n Ale from the Barkeep. It goes like this: In a large mug make some strong herbal tea then and add 3 – 4 lemons and a generous shot of Amaretto! YUM! The sweetness from the liquor eliminates the need for honey or sugar and does the same throat coat. Enjoy

  3. Belinda says:

    Love the recipe and the remarks along with it. I can remember my granny making us a hot tody with similar ingredients,only ours was made with alum..

  4. Helen (nee) /Ellerbach (former name) HA on your website says:

    Oh, Susan and Willard, I have missed you:

    Long story – Have CFIDS – for many years now and had to retire from my teaching job which I adored – in 2005. Now living in Denver metro area near my .

    Taught in Rapid City, SD – high school reading, (Reading Specialist) for over 20 years. Also taught a number of other subjects – what is not to love about teaching!

    I moved here in 2008 and 2 1/2 years ago, even with anti-depressants for the CFIDS, I just wanted to be left alone. This malaise left me about 2 months ago. The CFIDS still tries to keep me down, however, I know when to kick it in the patoot.

    Coming to your site this evening was just the topping on the cake!

    Have been contemplating working on my Ph.D. So many choices and my mind at 73 is still raring to go and learn. Will never stop learning.

    Being a 55 1/2 year survivor of open heart surgery in May, 1960, not giving up yet, or ever–HA. I am lucky to be alive as I died on the operating table and no, I did not see the white light.

    Have one beautiful daughter 43, and 3 adorable grandsons. Alec entered Colorado State University the fall and the 2 younger are still in grammar school. My son-law is wonderful also. I have much to be thankful for.

    God bless and have a blessed Christmas and a bountiful 2016.

    Helen White
    Littleton, Co


    Zac an abandoned cat, found by a neighbor new Years Eve 2013. It was freezzing outside, so neighbor took him in and put out flyers after Christmas. No one claimed him – which surprised me, as he was is stellar condition. I just happened to answer the add and he was mine! Zac is 98% white with a black heart on lower neck and back, forehead by ears, smaller hearts, and some black on his hind legs. How anyone could abandon and animal is beyond me. It is my New Year’s resolution to get with the Colorado Legislator for my county and have the punishment for these abuse laws be much stricter. If it does not work out in 2016, I will try every year.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS girlfriend.! Also, to your friends and family AND hugs to fur baby!


    Helen White

    • sbranch says:

      Very interesting newsy letter Helen, thank you. I laughed at the white light comment, I’m sure you’ve been asked a hundred times! Thank you for rescuing Zac . . . and for all your good thoughts. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and God bless. xoxo

  5. Joann says:

    I remember my great aunt taking a big spoon of something in a pretty bottle….. she once asked me to taste it. I think that’s why I don’t drink! LOL

  6. Jan Steffens says:

    What does the “sock around your neck” do?

  7. Sharon McLaughlin Broderick says:

    Was you grandmother a McLaughlin? Happen to be from New York? My grama had 8 girls, one son, right smack in the middle of the girls. He was my father. Very rare to see that spelling of McLaughlin so its nice to share a bit of ancestry as I live in Oregon.

  8. Maggie S. says:

    darling. comfort is of a kind.

  9. neva says:

    I remember this hot toddy recipe from childhood days. My Mom always made us one during our cold/flu season. Thanks for bringing back some sweet memories.

  10. cat thompson says:

    my ma used to say put vicks on the bottom of your feet put socks on and go to bed and you will be well by morning . I think it might work because I usually was feeling better by morning

  11. Julie says:

    For tasty crackers with soup: Preheat oven to 300. Place saltines, lots of them, on a sheet pan. Top each one with a thin slice of cold salted butter. Bake for 10-12 minutes. You won’t be able to eat just one!

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