It’s That Time of Year Again


Cold and Flu Season


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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but alas, cold and flu season will be upon us before we know it.

Yes, too soon cold and flu season will be here. The low temperature last night was 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Wednesday and Thursday this week the daytime highs here will only be in the forties. I am shivering just thinking about it.

Make a Cold/Flu Kit Ahead of Time

This year though you can be ahead of the game by simply making a Cold/Flu Kit for everyone in your family. Then when the flu hits you will have everything together in one place for every member of the family. Then when you or a family member gets the flu you won’t have to go out and gather all the things you will need. Just pull out one of your kits.

You will want to make adult kits and children kits.

You can even make up a couple of Flu Kits for neighbors, friends, or other family members who live else where. You can be their life saver by delivering a Flu Kit at the first news they are sick.

Simply purchase a plastic bucket or other container for each kit you want to make. You can go to a dollar store to get the buckets. I like Dollar Tree simply because EVERYTHING in the store is $1. No other store guarantees that.

You can also get many of the items you put in the kit from Dollar Tree as well, such as tissues, books, and games books.

(DISCLAIMER: I have no monetary or other interest in Dollar Tree and I have not been paid any remuneration to write this.)

If you are creative and/or have the time you can make them in paper bags or small cardboard boxes. You can even decorate them. Go all out. Have your children draw and color flu bugs to put on your kits.

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Below are some things you might want to consider putting in your Flu Kit.


Zinc Lozenges ~ or your favorite

TheraFlu ~ or your favorite medicine


NOTE on TheraFlu ~ Do not buy Over The Counter (OTC.) It is worthless. If you want to use TheraFlu go to the pharmacist and ask for TheraFlu behind the counter. You will have to sign for it, swearing that you will not use it to make illegal drugs. I swear by both zinc lozenges and TheraFlu. They have cut my healing time in half in the rare year I get a cold or flu.



Couple cans of ginger ale

Pain killers – Aspirin ibuprofen, etc.


Dark chocolate

A water bottle or heating pad

Chap stick

Paperback books – children and adults


Crossword puzzle books or other game books.

For children – easy puzzle or coloring book

Canned chicken soup

A few green tea bags

Warm socks

A funny get well card

What did I forget?

What would you add to the list?

My hope and prayer for you this year is that you make half a dozen kits or more and never have to use one of them.
Featured Recipe        Pork Chops with Apples and Onions


 For some reason I always think of this dish as a fall dish. Maybe it is the apples. Maybe the pork.

What ever the reason it is tasty and quick and easy. It is relatively easy on the budget too.

I usually use thick cut pork chops with the bone in. But today they looked a bit small and anemic. On the other had, the thick cut boneless chops looked divine. Plus, they were on sale. So today I am using those. You could use any type of pork chop you wanted. However, if you use thin cut chops cut the cooking time down by a minute or two on each side.

Today I used a Gala apple, but it is good with any apple you like.

This is what you will need for 3 servings:

3 thick cut pork chops

3 tablespoons flour

¾ cup chicken broth

½ cup apple juice

1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 medium onion

1 apple of your choice

Salt and pepper to taste


Here is what you do:

Peel and thinly slice the onion.

Wash and slice the apple.


Place the flour on a sheet of wax paper. Add the flour and season with salt and pepper to taste. Coat both sides of the chops with the flour mixture. Shake off any excess.



Add the broth, apple juice, and mustard in a bowl and whisk together till the mix is smooth. Set aside.



Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat until hot but not smoking.


Add the pork chops and brown on both sides, about 4-5 minutes each side. Do not over cook as the pork will become tough.



When done transfer to a plate and tent.



Now add the onion and the apple to the skillet and cook over medium heat until the onion and apple are just tender, about 5-7 minutes. If necessary add a bit more oil to the pan.


Stir in the broth mixture and simmer until the liquid is slightly thickened.



Return the chops to the skillet for a minute or so just to heat them up.


Place the chops on a serving plate and spoon or pour the sauce over the chops.



Serve, eat, and enjoy!


Bon appétit!!!

3 thick cut pork chops                     $4.91

3 tablespoons flour                         $0.15

¾ cup chicken broth                       $0.60

½ cup apple juice                           $0.20

1½ tbspns Dijon mustard                 $0.09

1 tablespoon vegetable oil                $0.05

1 medium onion                              $0.12

1 apple of your choice                      $0.62

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost =$6.74
Cost per person =$2.25

Quote of the Day

If a doctor treats your cold, it will go away in fourteen days. If you leave it alone, it will go away in two weeks.

Gloria Silverstein


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7 comments to It’s That Time of Year Again

  • I love the flu kit idea and this pork – well what can I say. It’s a dish that incorporates my favorite apples and onions!

    • Roberta

      Wishing you good health and a long life so that you can have as many and as much apples and onions your heart desires! The Flu Kit is super handy for sure. 🙂 Glad you like the idea too. 🙂

  • Great idea about the FluKit. I would add Probiotics and Vitamin D. Also adding turmeric to your food helps strengthen your immune system all year long. (Same with the Probiotics and Vit. D). We swear by these three prophylactic ingredients around here!

    • Roberta

      Thanks for the additional suggestions, KC. I have just started to add turmeric to many of my recipes and foods.

  • Helpful! Yeah, flu season – hate it.
    The pork chop recipe looks perfect for these cold evenings – yes, finally cold here.

  • I love that you added chocolate to the flu kit! I love pork chops with apples and onions…yum!

    • Roberta

      But of course, Kate. Dark chocolate is healthy for you. Plus it is so delicious it just makes us feel better. 🙂
      Good to see you. How is school? Hope all is well.