5 Things to Help You Get Over the “CRUD”

Remember my post of 5 Ways to Destress During a Busy Time? I thought it was time to do another post relevant to this week. Ever since 2017 hit, it seems like I’ve had a cold that I just can’t shake. A few days will go by with nothing and then – BAM – I’m feeling drained and snotty for a week. It’s been an endless cycle thanks in part to the crud going around. Between the crud circulating at my work and Robb’s work, we just can’t get away from it.

So here are a few of my favorite things to help you get over the crud! Keep in mind that these are the things that I have found to help me. Everyone is different so I recommend checking in with your doctor first if you aren’t feeling well because it could be the sign of something more serious.
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  • Ricola Natural Herb Cough Drops – These cough drops are one of the few things I can pop into my mouth when I start hacking that will help calm me. They include a mixture of herbs such as horehound, lemon balm, and mallow. I love the taste of these (maybe one day I will make some of my own).

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  • The Southern Belle’s Garden Irritated Lip Salve – This lip salve has been one of my top selling products. I keep it on hand to use daily but love using it when my lips are extra chapped from “mouth breathing” when I’m sick. I combine lemon balm, tea tree essential oil, peppermint essential oil, and a touch of clove to create this lip balm that you will want to make sure you have on hand year around.
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  • Elderberry Tea – Elderberries are a great source of Vitamin C and have been used medicinally for hundreds of years of treat cold and flu symptoms. I like to fix myself an tea using elderberries when I start feeling a bit under the weather. I’ll add about a cup of water and 1 tbsp. dried elderberries to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain out the berries and add a bit of honey (to taste).

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  • Young Living THIEVES Essential Oil – Young Living has a whole line of THIEVES products (from a Foaming Hand Wash to Toothpaste) but I prefer the versatility of the essential oil. THIEVES is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary essential oils making it a great oil to support healthy immune function.3423

    When diffused, THIEVES helps purify the air, and can be very energizing and uplifting however one of my favorite ways to use it is as a non-toxic cleaner after a bout of sickness. I’ll soak my toothbrush in water with a few drops of THIEVES VITALITY or mix a cup of water and a cup of white vinegar with 20-30 drops of THIEVES essential oil in a spray bottle to use as a surface cleaner.

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  • Epsom Salt – I use Epsom Salt in a lot of my products for The Southern Belle’s Garden. I love using it in the bath because of how it helps to detoxify the body. Adding a cup of epsom salt to a hot bath will promote sweating and I always feel better after sweating. Be sure to drink plenty of water after though.

What are your “must-haves” for when you are feeling under the weather?


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Expressing My Excitement to Come!

(Note: I’m filling this posts with pictures of some of the food I made when I lived in Raleigh – pulling these from my defunct flickr stream)

When I lived in Raleigh (in what seems like another lifetime now), I tended to shop at either Food Lion or Harris Teeter (depending on where I was living at the time) with visits to Whole Foods every other week. Mostly to enjoy the prepared foods bar, but also to view what new and unusual products they had in the produce section. Typically it was items that I could either not afford on a student’s budget or thought I didn’t like (such as mushrooms) but it was fun to view them. I think that was the budding foodie in me starting to emerge. About once a month or so, I would venture over to Trader Joe’s – that was back when “Two-Buck Chuck” was actually $2. If you are a Trader Joe’s fan, then you’ll know what I’m referring to.

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A delicious chicken & vegetable soup I made using brother, corn, potatoes, carrots, spices, and a rotisserie chicken back in October 2010.

Since moving back home, my grocery store choices have been limited to Food Lion, mostly to supplement what I can’t grow myself. Sure there are a couple of other grocery options (Farm Fresh and a small health food store), but I find their prices are typically higher for the same products I find in Food Lion. As the years passed, I found myself missing my Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Finally, my mom and I ventured up to a Whole Foods in Virginia and you would have thought that I was a kid in a candy store. It was heaven even though I didn’t buy much, if anything. Fast forward to dating my boyfriend. We were bored one weekend and after driving up to Bass Pro Shops, we traveled a bit further to Trader Joe’s. I think that it when he started to see the magic.

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My dinner in March 2010 – pork roast and frozen potatoes from Trader Joe’s (the potatoes were delicious) and cucumbers from a family recipe.
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Trader Joe’s purchases from March – the potatoes and pork roast pictured above are included.

Half a year later, I took him up to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s and he realized that they really had some awesome things and that it wasn’t just for “hippies”. Though we spent more than we probably should have at both stores (but how could he resist the olive bar??), we made a vow that we would try to go a few times per year.

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Chicken katsu with tonkatsu sauce and cucumbers from the same family recipe as before. I crave this meal (from October 2009) even now.

So guess what time it is now? YES, it is time for our quarterly trip. Our last trip was over the summer so I wasn’t able to get the frozen items I wanted but I have a few days off from work between Christmas and New Year’s making it the perfect time for our little adventure. We are making the effort during the next two weeks to empty our fridge, freezer, and pantry of as much food as possible with no trips to the grocery store.

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Preparing for the Superbowl in February 2010 – I made shrimp dip, pigs in a blanket, velvetta cheese dip, and we had oreos.
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Shrimp dip (as mentioned above) – this recipe will be coming soon!

Taco Tuesday

Guys. It’s Taco Tuesday. When I made the rough draft of my meal plan for the week, I did not realize that I would actually be serving tacos on Tuesday. But in an effort to use up some of the many pounds of North Carolina shrimp in my freezer, I decided to go with shrimp tacos.

It also seemed like a rather fitting dish to celebrate the ending of Summer. When I awoke this morning, the air in the bedroom was crisp and I snuggled back under the warmth of my covers for a bit. I do love Fall. It is my absolutely favorite season, right after Summer.

My boyfriend arrived back home yesterday after being out west in Idaho the past few weeks on fire duty. On my way to pick him up from the airport, I made a stop to Target. They always have the best food items there that I can’t seem to find around here – Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, pancetta, etc.

I found the Frontera Key Lime Cilantro Taco Skillet Sauce that is made for shrimp and fish. I didn’t realize it until I got home that this was a line developed by the Rick Bayless. I knew that this would be a good dish. I followed the directions pretty much spot on, only I used a can of diced green chiles instead of fresh peppers.

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I feel like I cheated on my tacos using a store bought sauce. But I did make my own pico de gallo using fresh tomatoes and jalapenos from our garden, a diced onion and a splash of lime juice. Our tomatoes are fading fast and I wanted to enjoy them at least once more. We never seem to have cilantro on hand when I need it though.

I served my tacos on flour tortillas with lettuce, fresh avocado, the pico de gallo, and another squeeze of lime juice. Delicious!