Elderberry Syrup

There is a cold going around our area and it has come home to our house.  I’m not feeling it yet but the other half of the grove is under the weather.  Stuffy, sneezing, and all around miserable feeling.  The modern routine of over the counter (OTC) medicines are being used but I thought I’d try adding a little extra into the mix.

Online and in the local pharmacy they are really pushing this new OTC named Sambucol Cold and Flu.  I’ve also heard from a few friends that they’ve been making their own version of the remedy at home.

Receipts for making Syrups

Receipts for Making Syrups – found in the Standard Hand-book of Household Economy for the People – 1865

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Road Testing Our New Sleeping Bags – Chilly Experiment!

Tonight is the night. I finally broke down and purchased some new sleeping bags for camping. Our ‘wally world’ bags have served us well but are 12 years old, inefficient and worth the $20 we paid for them when we got them. They are not the type of bags someone would take on a hiking trip since they are heavy and don’t keep you warm unless its summer.
The new bags I got for us are from Sierra Trading Post and are [amazon_textlink asin=’B071VP834M’ text=’Mountainsmith Redcloud’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’fromthealdergrove-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9667cc7e-3028-11e8-ae55-6fddb7e91c25′] 20’s. (If you sign up with my Sierra Trading Post link you can save $10!) This will be our first night out in mummy bags and add to that the weather is supposed to be quite chilly. Here’s the forecast for tonight in central Alabama.

Conditions for tonight”s MountainSmith road test!

Our accommodations for tonight will be our 8 year old Sir Edmund Hillary Tent (Sears) and two sleeping bag pads.  The documentation for this tent states that it will accommodate up to 4-6 people, but honestly I’m not sure how well that many people would fit in the tent unless it’s two adults and four children under the age of 6!  The view from the tent is of our picturesque surroundings (aka our back yard) and the resident wildlife (aka squirrels and the occasional bird).

Fingers crossed that I’m not running inside at 2am for the warmth of my bed!  Hubby laughs at me since he’s used to camping in snow…this southern girl may be in for an awaking tonight!

Stay tuned!

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