I"m feeling much better today, thank you. But for the past three days I've felt under the weather and haven't left the house, changed out of my jammies, or consumed anything beyond hot tea and tiny little Vitamin C -packed citrus fruits.
(With the exception of yesterday afternoon when my parent dropped off a care package on my front steps containing soups, Gaterade, turnip greens and other comfort food essentials.)
Severe cold? Flu? I don't know. It's cold and rainy and I feel miserable. I'm just ready to feel like my old self and get back to work painting, teaching, decorating the display window downtown for Christmas, preparing for my upcoming Studio Sale.
I'm even excited about our family's non-traditional Thanksgiving Pizza plans later this week and spending next weekend volunteering at the 150th reenactment of the Battle of Spring Hill. And then the Columbia Christmas Parade which is always the first Monday evening in December. And from there the fun doesn't stop until after New Years. It's just not a good time to be sick.
My sister-in-law's mother gave me a hot toddy years ago when I was sick and it hit the spot! Helped with the cough, sore throat, and allowed me to sleep. Today I researched the ingredients of a Hot Toddy and didn't have the main ingredient in the house, so I kept searching for what I thought would be a perfectly healthful Hot Toddy and came up with this warm beverage....
Hot Buttered Rum
1 teaspoon black strap molasses (contains iron for energy) or 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature (full of fat-soluble vitamins and CLA)
1/4 cup honey (antibacterial properties, antihistamine, and cough suppressant)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (antibacterial properties, anti-inflammatory, antioxident)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (aids sleep and helps with stomach discomfort)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (combats stomach discomfort, reduces inflammation, used for ions to help with the symptoms associated with the cold and flu viruses)
Pinch salt (helps to clear sinuses)
3/4 cup spiced rum (good for whatever ails you!)
2 cups boiling water
4 sticks cinnamon, for garnish
Mix the brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl until blended and smooth.
Add the rum and then 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until the butter mixture dissolves.
Divide the buttered rum among 4 mugs. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and serve.
Or if you are a traditionlist, here is a traditional Hot Toddy, not sure if this is how Ms Ann makes hers, but I'll find out.
½ cup Hot Apple Cider
Serve in a warm coffee mug and sprinkle with cinnamon. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
I think I'm feeling better already.