Happy Hour: Allergy Edition

This week allergies hit hard at our house. While my babydoll has issues throughout the spring, I generally only suffer a little bit when the trees decide it is time to fling pollen into the air and give everything a nice yellowish coat.

In case you are wondering, that time is now.

I feel a little guilty complaining about it since so many people, including my babydoll, suffer much more than I do. Still this has been a week of clogged noses and dulled taste buds.

When we looked at putting together cocktails and a happy hour snack, neither of us were too enthused. We have a very nice cheese that we wanted to try, but as scent plays a big role in taste, I think it would be unfair to judge it now. Besides when I asked, my babydoll grunted and took a couple of pieces of salami out of the lunchmeat bag in the fridge and called it ‘snack meat’ before shuffling off to the living room to find a movie for us to watch tonight. I believe I heard ‘This is fine for me’ drifting back as he shuffled away.

Yup, it is going to be a quiet evening at home for us my darlings.

So I am making my favorite ‘I just want to breathe again,’ mug and I will curl up with my babydoll on the couch. I’m sure at some point there will be food, but for the most part I will be content with my beverage of choice. Many, many cups of my beverage of choice.

That’s right, it is time for Twinings Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tea.

I know it is in pretty much every grocery store in the country. (Incidentally, I get nothing from the link, it is not an affiliate link in any way, it is just the Twining’s website, you know, in case you can’t get to the grocery store). It is also relatively inexpensively priced.

As many of the teas I typically favor aren’t in grocery stores and tend to be on the higher end, I know you may be surprised. I know I really like ordering special teas from places like The Art of Tea. They are quite delicious and it seems like everytime I am on their site I find another one I want to try.

However, sometimes you just need lemon and ginger. Twinings is really good with this combination. And to be honest, lemon and ginger are my go to flavors when I don’t feel well. Head cold? Sinus infection? Stomach ache? Headache? Feeling a chill? General malaise? Well just hit that with a little lemon ginger and you’ll be fine.

I’m not sure when it became my go to comfort/cure all, but at some point it did. With this I generally add a slice of lemon to bump up the lemon flavor and I always sweeten it with local honey. Especially if it is allergy season.

I read somewhere once that locally produced honey can help build up your tolerance for local allergens. While I haven’t done any true study of it, I have moved around a lot and I do like honey, and supporting local producers. I have noticed that my allergies are always more severe when i move to a new area and then after about a year, less so. Throughout I consume local honey. It may just be my body adjusting to a new environment, but the honey may also play a role. Either way, I use my local honey to sweeten my Twinings.

And of course, to make myself feel better I use my Frankenstein mug. It makes me smile. My babydoll may remind me that it isn’t Halloween, but I don’t really care. And yes the mug does tell me “You’re the Ghouliest” with every sip. And that makes me happy. When I feel better, the Twinings will go back in the cupboard and the fancier teas will return. But for now, it is Lemon and Ginger all the way.

And if you are looking for something fun to watch, Peppa Pig and Sponge Bob are both now on Paramount+

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