Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away.....

I'm crabby. I have a sore throat. The kids are fighting and they are driving me crazy. They want to do craft projects that not only require my supervision, they are frustratingly difficult for even an adult to accomplish. The kids begin to lose patience easily and before I can vacuum up the tiny beads and throw away the celophane wrappers, they are on to the next game of hitting each other over the head with my throw pillows.
AARGH! I'm even more short tempered than usual. I'm trying not to shout and aggravate my achy throat or make my voice shatter through my stuffy head. This stupid craft- a pseudo stained glass kit with little, itty bitty beads that must be carefully placed in a metal frame, then baked in the oven at a high temperature. I can think of a lot of better things to bake in the oven rather than trying to melt toxic plastic to make a tchotchke that will inevitably end up lost in a pile of rubble along with the broken prizes from Happy Meals and birthday party favors my kids won't let me throw away.
As I open the oven to check on the plastic creations, the fumes almost knock me over. Thankfully, we don't have a parakeet. Otherwise I would have to add the explaination of the bird's death to the list of fun for the day. The smell makes me dizzy but I come to my senses and decide to brew myself a cup of my favorite ginger tea. On second thought, since I've made it past 12:00pm with two crazy kids cooped up on a rainy day, I think I'll add something special to the hot beverage to help me during the long afternoon to come.
I feel better already!

Soothing Ginger Toddy
1 cup hot brewed ginger tea
2 tablespoons Canton Ginger Liqueur
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
optional: sugar to sweeten to taste

Brew tea according to package directions. Add ginger liqueur and lemon juice. Drink up.

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