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Hey y’all! Cold and flu season is in full swing isn’t it? It seems every time I turn my head someone I know is sick.
We weren’t lucky enough to escape the wrath of flu season either. We had an early morning emergency trip to the doctor and 3 days on the sofa when Dean was struck with the flu and of course I was not spared, so we just survived on the couch together.
Those were some of the most miserable days! We could barely eat and only wanted warm comforting foods. I think i just lived off an assortment of Bigelow Tea those few days.
Tea is perfectly comforting when you are sick. The warmth from the mug just seems to warm you right up and the steamy tea itself has an instant calming effect and helps me feel like I can breath better.
I know when I was sick I just wanted soups but I also wanted sweet since it seemed like sweet was all my pour stuffed up self could taste.
I want to share this recipe for Salted Caramel Rice Pudding with you so if you get sick you will have just the right thing to make to help you feel better.
When you are feeling bad what could be better than a warm bowl of creamy rice pudding? It is pure comfort in a bowl. It chases away my chills.
I steep two bags of Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea in the water before cooking the rice and it adds such a fabulous flavor to the pudding.
The rice simmers in that mixture along with some milk and butter, yum!
Add in some sweetened condensed milk for creamy sweetness.
After you add in a little cinnamon and beaten egg the luscious pudding is done.
The rice pudding comes together in minutes on the stove and then gets stopped with a little store bought caramel and you can add a sprinkle of kosher salt if you like.
It is amazing!! Sure to cheer you up on a sick day.
- 1 cup White Rice
- 2 cups Water
- 2 Bigelow Salted Carmel Tea Bags
- 2 cups Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
- 1 Tablespoon Salted Butter
- Pinch Of Salt
- 8 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk, More If Needed
- Dash Of Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 whole Egg, Beaten
- Caramel Sauce
- Steep your 2 bags of Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea in the 2 cups of water.
- In a medium saucepan or pot, combine the rice, tea steeped water, milk, cream, butter, and salt. Bring it to a gentle boil, then cover the pot, reduce it to low, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring twice during this stage.
- Remove the pot from the stove and add the sweetened condensed milk, and cinnamon.
- Return to low heat for 5 minutes to finish cooking.
- Remove the pot from the stove and slowly drizzle in the beaten egg, stirring constantly.
- Serve immediately in a small bowl. Drizzle with a little store bought caramel sauce and a sprinkle of salt to really put it over the top.
When I feel under the weather I load up on tea more than usual but my favorite is Bigelow I Love Lemon Tea. It is full of lemon flavor thanks to lemongrass and other natural sweet lemon flavors and it packs a daily dose of vitamin C which we all need whether we are sick or trying to avoid getting sick lol. Plus it is delicious!
Pairing this lovely lemon tea alongside a piping hot bowl of Salted Caramel Rice Pudding is sure to make you feel comforted and on your way to feeling better.
So next time you are at Walmart make sure you stock up on Bigelow tea this cold and flu season.
I am a huge fan of Bigelow, I love that they are so giving to the troops, so focused on green living and that their fabulous teas are 100% American made, by an American family for the American Consumer. You can taste the quality in their delicious teas and that comes from all the hard work they put in perfecting their blends and then protecting that flavor in foil pouches that lock in all the freshness and flavor.
I have been lucky enough to visit Bigelow Headquarters in New York and I cannot wait to visit their lovely tea plantation in Charleston which is the largest American working tea garden.
What are some of your tips to make it through this cold and flu season? Do you use tea to soothe your symptoms?