Double Ear Infection Whammy + Perfected Egg Drop Soup

What happens when you mix 6 degree weather with Floridians who have never even THOUGHT of how 6 degree weather might feel? You end up with sore throats that lead to sinus congestion that lead to double ear infections!

Two weeks ago we came back from spending a glorious five days with Scratch Mommy and her family up in the snow. It was Andrew’s first time seeing snow ever and Scott and I had never seen snow falling before. His little Floridian self didn’t know how to handle the snow, so much of the time we were out there he was crying (partially my fault because I didn’t think to bring waterproof mittens).

Seriously, this photo basically sums up our time out in the snow. Look at his face… poor kid. And yes, I AM wearing plastic bags over my shoes.

When we came back from the wintery and freezing cold Indiana, both Andrew and I were hit with double ear infections! His sickness started at 1am the morning we were leaving to go on the airplane (vomiting all night and crying about his ear). I was so concerned about him being on an airplane with him feeling so bad — and I was sleep deprived — that I completely forgot about my sore throat and congestion.

The moment we got on the plane I was unpleasantly greeted with serious sinus congestion and pain while going up and coming down. Andrew slept right through the flight with no problems.

The next morning is when we were both hit with a double ear infection and literally were glued to the couch. At that point, I lost almost complete hearing out of both of my ears. After three days of pain, we went to our DR to confirm the illness: Andrew had a ruptured ear drum and the other was infected and I had a sinus infection plus a really bad double ear infection. He gave us some immune boosting supplements and drops to put in our ears and sent us home.

Thankfully, Andrew healed up pretty quickly. Myself, on the other hand, continued to get worse. Everything that was supposed to soothe my ear (garlic oil drops, lavender essential oil rubbed on the outside) made my pain jump from a 6 to a 15. I literally had to take four advil every 4-5 hours because of the immobilizing pain I was in.

I began to get fever chills and that’s when I threw in the towel to natural remedies and asked my DR to call in antibiotics. I was tired of being in excruciating pain and I didn’t want any long-term damage to my hearing. Although I’m extremely natural minded, this time, I was incredibly thankful and blessed for antibiotics and Advil. Without the two, I would still be in crazy pain. 2 weeks later here I am with still partial hearing loss and pain in my ears but Andrew has pretty much healed up.

With all this sickness, zero strength to do much, and basically nothing in our refrigerator, I’ve been relying on nourishment from our 8 wonderful girls. Scrambled eggs, over easy eggs, eggs with rice, egg drop soup — you name it, we’ve had it.

Egg drop soup has been one of my favorites because of how easy it is to make and how comforting it is on the soul — especially a sick soul. And I have to say, I’ve really perfected this recipe and I’m excited to share it with you!

The key steps in making a perfected egg drop soup is to 1) dice the onions real small and cook them long enough to where you almost caramelize them and 2) season the eggs with salt and pepper before dropping into the soup.

Here’s to nourishing eggs and healthier (warmer) days!

Perfected Egg Drop Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • ¼ cup onion, diced (I like to use my small food processor to get the onion pieces diced up well)
  • 3-5 medium baby bella mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 4 cups broth (learn how to make it here or buy it here from my favorite broth company)
  • 2 Tbs organic soy sauce
  • 4 eggs, scrambled and seasoned with salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a pot, on medium heat, melt butter
  2. Saute onions and mushrooms for about 8-10 minutes. Your goal is to almost caramelize the onions and mushrooms and get them soft.
  3. Pour broth and soy sauce; add unrefined sea salt and pepper if you want; let the soup come to a boil
  4. Meanwhile, scramble 4 eggs in a bowl; season the eggs with salt and pepper and mix to combine
  5. When the soup is at a rolling boil, slowly pour the eggs into the soup; do this until you've used all the eggs
  6. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, remove from burner, and serve

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Aside from being a wannabe backyard homesteader who wrangles chickens and free-range kids, Loriel is the owner/creator of the professional natural lifestyle blog Naturally Loriel, owner of the organic spice blend business Naturally Free, and freelance professional food photographer.


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  1. March 10, 2015 @ 10:34 pm Jess

    <3 It was a fantastic visit! Super fun with great company, kids hit it off, snow craziness (lol), and lots of yummy (and random) foods. Such a wonderful visit…can't wait for the next. …and we will leave all of the sicknesses BEHIND for the next one, because that part sucked!

    This egg drop soup sounds UhMaaaZing. I'll be making it sooooon. Oh…and I'm out of your Caesar dressing! Going to bring home the food processor for it. 😉

    Thanks for another fantabulous recipe (and a great story). <3

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