Tis the season and it’s time to give a gift again! Whatever the occasion or holiday may be, it is always important to give a gift that has meaning behind it. Giving Christmas gifts is always a bit more difficult because not only are people receiving gifts, but they are giving them as well. We all have one of those people in our family that spots something, says they like it and then they go and buy it for themselves! I have now decided that all of the gifts that I give people will be unique, meaningful and have a purpose. Now, with that out of the way, I have to think of some unique and meaningful gifts for the herbalist, home remedy and old wise tale enthusiast.
The first thing that the hubs moved to my little apartment when we were dating was his precious grill. There is sat on my tiny porch untouched and under a nice warm cover until he came over and fired it up. He had his stainless steal (perfectly polished) grilling tools meticulously placed in their appropriate spot and seasoning organized in the lower shelf. Seriously, it was like another truck to him. Everything about that grill screamed a big juicy steak because that is what he cooked on it; steak and chicken. Requesting that he throw some salmon on the grill with some veggies got me a glance that basically said… no, not a chance. I am happy to say; now he cooks several different things on the grill, including lots of vegetables!
What to get someone who loves tea:
Whether it's for a friend, your mom, your grandma or even a sister or niece, tea is the perfect gift. The gift of a hot beverage is a long-standing tradition and both young and old can enjoy tea.
Yes, coffee is a huge game-player when it comes to hot beverages, but don’t think that tea is going to slink off to the sidelines. While it seems everyone needs their ‘morning coffee’ and others need their hourly coffee; there are still people that drink and love their tea. I am one of these people. I grew up drinking tea, my parents drink tea, for Buddha sake I grew up in ‘New’ England people. Yea, you know that thing they call the Boston Tea Party? OK, they were fighting the taxes, but let’s face it, they were making a statement with tea! Yea, I hear ya, I’m moving on and writing ‘’will no longer babble” five times on the chalkboard.
We can finally say spring is on its way because the last few days of been wicked nice. While the Midwest doesn’t get the ‘5th’ season like New England, it is still quite a sloppy mess with puddles of water and such. What am I saying? Puddles of water… have I gone wimpy? For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, the 5th season back home is called mud season. And this isn’t just a little mud on the highway; this is slow moving mud that has been created from the great mountain thaw and has been known to move cars off the side of the road. It is mud that consumes you and the ones you love.
Flu season is upon us, and I can confidently tell you I have never had a flu shot nor do I ever plan to get one. I will spare you all of the reasoning and just say; my grandparents didn’t get a flu shot and I don’t remember them getting the flu either. More importantly, I can report to you that I have never experienced the flu. You know those old ‘wise tales’ people tell you about things to help you get over a cold and so on? Well, they came from somewhere and obviously because they work!
Elderberry is known to knock out the flu after it has already entered your body. The great part about elderberry is that it is all-natural and it will not hurt you if you take it before you are ‘really’ sick like over the counter drugs. At the slightest bit of ache or sneeze, this tea is made every hour and I’m telling you first-hand that it works! The tea hating hubs will actually make it on his own when I’m not there, because he knows it works!