Flu Tonic

I can’t believe it has been so long since I posted. Real life has just exploded, as it sometimes does. We are moving right along on the greenhouse, both ends of the house are finished, the fans are installed and now Cal has to make doors and then we cover it. Yea! So exciting.

At the same time, the new house is coming along. It looks strange not to have the old farm house sitting there. I wish I could have fixed it up, but who can pay twice the price of a NEW home, just to keep the sentimental value of an old one? I did get Cal to remove the two leaded windows for me to keep. I am not sure how to use them, but at least I have them safely tucked away.

Everyone here is fighting cold after cold. I can’t say that I agree with our local public school. If there were upwards of 50 kids out of such a tiny school, I would think closing for two weeks would far outweigh any financial gain that staying open would offer. Our town is loaded with H1N1, and some other run of the mill flu. Everyone has it. My boys are slowly trading around something, not like a flu though. I wish the littlest would not bring on super high temps when he gets sick, but at least I know what to expect with him. I dose them all with elderberry tincture and other herbal remedies. They may be sick, but I know their immune systems are working hard at getting rid of whatever it is they have. I can’t imagine how sick they would be if they were rubbing elbows with all the public school kids.

On that note, here is a flu tonic that tastes like heck, but really does rev up your immune system. Use it as a spicy base for a salad dressing or be brave and take a shot every couple of hours from the first sign of a cold symptom. Cheers!

Flu Tonic

1 quart jar with lid
Cider vinegar
1/4 cup chopped ginger root
1/2 cup fresh chopped onion
1/4 cup fresh shredded horseradish root(the real deal)
3 cayenne peppers or 1/8 cup red pepper flakes
6 fresh garlic cloves, peeled

Roughly chop all ingredients and fill the quart jar about 3/4 full.
Pour cider vinegar over all to cover
Add a plastic layer to top before adding lid. This prevent corrosion of the metal seal-yep, it is that strong. 
Seal tightly
Shake every day for at least 2 weeks
After 2 weeks, strain and measure vinegar
Add equal part natural sweetener, such as honey , Agave syrup or maple syrup. I have added molassas but my children do not like it as well. Try it!

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