Gypsy Cold Care tea cured my head cold

WIAW #22: Gypsy Tea Cured My Cold

Monday, I came down with a cold for the first time in years. I had a headache and a runny nose and pretty much stayed in bed all day. Tuesday, I woke up still stuffed up but feeling better. And when my appetite showed up yesterday morning, I knew I was on the mend.

I was trying to remember if they say to “Feed a cold, Starve a flu” or “Feed a flu, Starve a cold”. (Similarly, I always forget if it’s “Beer before liquor, never been sicker” or “Beer after liquor, never been sicker”, which is why I stick with wine.)

Apparently, the saying is Feed a cold, Starve a flu… but the scientific research is unconvincing. A small study published in 2002 suggested that “Eating may influence short-term immune function, but whether this has any effect on the course of a cold is unknown.” Generally, I think it’s best just to listen to your body and eat when you’re hungry.

Speaking of eating when you’re hungry… it’s Wednesday, which means I’ll be sharing a breakdown of every little thing I ate yesterday.

What I Ate Wednesday: Sick Day Edition

(Alternate title: Gypsy Tea Cured My Cold)

8:00am – Gypsy Cold Care tea

Gypsy Cold Care Tea cured my cold
A single bag of this tea was hiding in the back of our wooden tea box. Neither Andrew nor I had any idea where it came from, and suspiciously there was no list of ingredients. Its origins may have been questionable, but it was good tea. Coincidentally, about an hour after I finished the tea is when my appetite officially returned! Maybe I should try to find more of that tea.


10:30am – Avocado toast with a fried egg on top. Tiny smoothie on the side.

Avocado Toast to fight cold symptoms


I’m going to share something with you guys, and it’s kind of gross. No, it’s really gross. I don’t know how often you’re supposed to dust ceiling fans, but I’m pretty sure we don’t do it enough. You know how when the fan is in motion, you can’t really see the dust, but when you stop the fan, you see a ton?! Well, I was starting to see the dust even when the fan was in motion… Not good.

Face Mask for Ceiling Fan Cleaning

The last thing I needed was dust flying into my nose making me sneeze even more, so I pulled on my protective face mask and attacked the problem. Fun tip: if you save old pillow cases, they’re really handy when cleaning dusty fan blades. Just encase the blade and wipe dust outward into the pillow case..


1:30pm – Leftover Tuscan White Bean Soup from Pitfire Pizza and salad on the side.

Tuscan White Bean soup from Pitfire Pizza


4:30pm – Study snack: raw almonds, hazelnuts, dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries.

NASM Study Snack trailmix


7:45pm – Slow cooker chicken and kale salad for dinner. This was my first time cooking an entire chicken in the slow cooker. The chicken cooked all day, and we left the bones in to make chicken broth overnight. Basically, what I’m saying is we used every part of the buffalo.

Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner


Holiday Cards

Andrew and I started doing family holiday cards two years ago, when we were engaged. More than anything, I liked the idea of using them to make a scrapbook for ourselves, something to be able to look at years from now and talk about how young we looked.  I also knew that both sets of parents would love getting a card with a picture of their children on it, and now we’ve widened the circle to include other family members, as well. I still feel a little cheesy doing a holiday card each year, but it’s so easy and cheap that I just say why not.

House Cat Holiday Card

Since Kevin and Kevin are our (fur) babies, I like to include them on (the back of) our holiday cards. Getting them to pose for a decent photo, however, is like herding cats. I’m telling you, it’s amateur hour. Eventually, I got a good shot of Kevin, finalized our card and ordered 10 copies, which should be plenty. We’ve been using Shutterfly for the past few years, but I’m completely open to other services like Mint or Snapfish. Sometimes, I get annoyed with Shutterfly for not letting me combine coupon codes. Tis the season to be saving!




Question: Do you send out a holiday card each year? What service do you use?


As always, you can see what others are eating on this particular Wednesday on Peas & Crayons.


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