Cinnamon & milk sore throat tea

I’ve been feeling kinda crummy lately and after dealing with a sore throat, coughing and sneezing I finally went to the doctor. I was forced to, but I digress. The doctor told me I have a virus (which is apparently going around) and allergies.

She didn’t really instruct me to do anything other than what I was doing. So since I had no official prescription I did what I was doing — homeopathic remedies.

I’ve talked about this before and I’ll say it again. If I can find a natural remedy for an illness or health issue rather than resort to medication then I’ll try it. I admit on my first few days of sickness I tried the store bought lozenges and expectorants. They worked temporarily and so I hit the Internet first and my pantry second.

Google sore throat remedies and you come up with lots of pantry items that have been shown to help cure a sore throat — honey is at the top of the list. No matter what sore throat remedy I try I always include honey even if it’s a honey cough drop.

My quick go-to remedy is simply any hot tea and a honey lemon cough drop. I suck on the cough drop a bit and then drop it in to melt. I breathe in the menthol from the cough drop and drink in the tea.

I wanted to try something different because I was sick the other day with a sore throat and I was nauseated. My mom said drink some warm milk and then she quickly followed that up with eat a spoonful of honey. She always suggests a spoonful of honey. I think she saw that on Dr. Oz.

It takes me back to when we were kids and she would suggest we use Vaseline — on everything. We would get a burn. Vaseline. We would get a paper cut. Vaseline. We would get a scratch. Vaseline. You get it.

So I’d like to say I created the following remedy, but it was a Pinterest find. Surprise!

The ingredients are simple: milk, ginger, honey and cinnamon.


Contrary to what people think that drinking dairy will increase phlegm production warm milk can be of benefit if you have a dry or raw sore throat.


Loosens and expels mucus as well as fights bacteria. It has powerful antioxidant effects. It will soothe a sore throat and reduce coughing. Fresh ginger is also said to be effective against the RSV virus (a common cause of respiratory infections).


Has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also reduces throat irritation and coughs. Even a spoonful of honey alone can soothe and coat your throat.


Has antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties. It’s full of antioxidants and reduces inflammation. It also thins mucus.

A few ingredients that I had in my pantry and fridge created this warming, soothing cinnamon & milk sore throat tea.

So if you have a sore throat and try this cinnamon & milk sore throat tea please let me know how it turns out because it did wonders for me. Or if you have your own sore throat remedy leave me a comment below, post to facebook or tell me via twitter or snap a pic via instagram.


Broccoli, Potatoes and Jonas

When you are hunkered down because of a snowpocalypse aka Winter Storm Jonas there’s nothing better than a bowl of yummy soup. So since I knew the weather would be pretty bad I planned to try out a potato and broccoli recipe that I’d been eyeing on Yummly.

If you don’t know what Yummly is then you are definitely missing out. It’s a free site that is a collection of recipes all in one place. It’s sorta like Pinterest in that the pictures, in this case, recipes, take you to the original site. When you want to add a recipe to your collection it’s considered a yum. I’m new to the site and unlike Pinterest I haven’t gone ham yet and yummed thousands of recipes, but there is still time. I’ve downloaded the app and have over 160 yums. I use the app when I’m in the grocery store and have only a few minutes to come up with dinner. I search for food combinations or dishes or you can even type in random items like chicken, vegetables and cheese and lo and behold — recipes appear.

So I chose to re-create a broccoli and potato soup because honestly because I had most of the ingredients.
I took a page from Cooking Classy who had the original recipe. I took several liberties and made this recipe my own. And if you know me and know how I cook then you know I very rarely measure. So I’ve linked the original recipe from Cooking Classy’s Cheesy Vegetable Chowder.

But first… let me tell you what I did differently. The ingredients I used are mostly the same, but the amounts are different. Here is what I did and in honor of Winter Storm Jonas I’m calling it:

Jonas Broccoli Potato Soup


• 3 TBS butter

• 2 medium carrots peeled, chopped

• 2 stalks celery, chopped

• 1/2 cup onion

• 2 TBS minced garlic, jar

• 4 cups chicken broth

• 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped

• 1/4 tsp dried thyme

• salt and pepper to taste

• 2 cups of milk (I used 2%)

• 1 TBS cornstarch with 1/4 cup of milk (I had no heavy cream)

• Campbell’s Broccoli Soup

• frozen broccoli pieces


I chopped all of the veggies. Sauteed the onions, celery and carrots in some butter and let it cook until the onions turned transparent. I added in my garlic and stirred some more.

I chopped some celery, carrots, onions and potatoes for the base of my soup.

I chopped some celery, carrots, onions and potatoes for the base of my soup.

Slowly added the chicken broth, thyme, salt and pepper.


Stir all the ingredients together and let it boil.

Stir all the ingredients together and let it boil.

Place a lid on it and bring the veggies to a boil for about 15 minutes. I added in my potatoes and broccoli at the same time and let it continue to boil. I then put in my version of heavy cream, which was whisked until thicker.

Add in the cream, cheese and give the soup a stir.

Add in the cream, cheese and give the soup a stir.

In a separate saucepan I mixed butter and flour, whisking until it became the consistency of mashed potatoes. I then added this roux to the pot as thickener. To give it a creamy texture I added the can of broccoli soup. I let it simmer and topped it with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Soup's on: Enjoy with some crackers and a buttery yeast roll.

Soup’s on: Enjoy with some crackers and a buttery yeast roll.

What’s your favorite soup when it’s cold outside? Share your go-to recipes with me via instagram, twitter or facebook.



Breakfast Smoothie: the good, bad & the dirty

Ok so my title is slightly misleading. There is only good that can come of a delicious smoothie but there is also some dirty. It’s been awhile since I made a smoothie and now I’ve got the hubby liking them too, but my blender is one of the hardest appliance to clean if food is left to sit for too long. I’ll tell you how to clean it, but first let’s get it dirty. 

This recipe is easy and one you can make in minutes. It’s food and a Tip Tuesday. 

Simple smoothie with berries, milk, & yogurt

Simple smoothie with berries, milk, & yogurt makes for a dirty blender.

My recipes are simple and usually include the same four ingredients: milk (we use 2%), fresh or frozen bananas (tip: buy overripe bananas at the produce market at a discount, slice and freeze into little baggies for later), a handful of mixed berries (we like blueberries, strawberries and blackberries), yogurt (your favorite flavor, but I like strawberry or vanilla). Blend until smooth. As you can tell I don’t measure.

Now that you’ve made a delicious smoothie it’s time to clean up with these three items: tap water, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 squirt of dish detergent.

Baking soda, water, and dish detergent. Blend.

Baking soda, water, and dish detergent. Blend.

Fill your blender halfway with water and add the other two items and give it a whirl. Rinse with clean water and set aside to dry. Now, I usually clean my blender this way when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to scrub.

Rinse blender with tap water and it's all clean.

Rinse blender with tap water and it’s all clean.