Warm Garlic Beverage

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Warm Drinks Are Great For Throat

I was talking to my friend, Alice, and I was asking her if she had any healing remedies in her family. She told me her sister drinks the following. I tried it and I decided to publish it especially during this pandemic. We need to do everything we can to build our immune system and garlic has many benefits.

Drinking warm beverages in general is great and also consider gargling with salt water.

Alice’s Sister’s Garlic Brew

  • 3 cups water
  • 3 or 4 cloves garlic cut in half
  • 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • honey

Place water and garlic in a pan and bring to a boil then turn it off add the lemon juice. After 15 minutes pour in a mug and add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon honey. Stir and drink warm.

Just know that Warm Beverages are great for keeping your throat healthy.

Valeria Star lives in Nor Cal and coping with this pandemic. She likes to sing and dance.Wishing everyone health and healing during this difficult time. In the name of the Father Son and the Holy Spirit may we all be healed.

Ideas For Quarantine

Well I never thought I would say I was on lock down but that is where we find ourselves in March 2020. In Northern California we received a stay at home order and now we can only go out for essential functions such as grocery shopping or banking, Dr appointments. But this is putting a major damper on people who love to socialize with other humans.

A friend and I were laughing and said that we have been prepping for this type of lifestyle for years. I just started doing the stay at home thing during the summer of 2019 for financial reasons. But my friend had essentially been doing it for years. So here are a few of the things you can do at home or what I do.


You definitely need a rebounder for this one but you can definitely get your Doctor’s approval for something like this and also be uber careful because it is easy to fly off a rebounder. But it’s really great exercise. I like to put on cool music and bounce baby bounce.

Beautiful music

You can Ride a Bike

You Can Color

Coloring is so relaxing and therapeutic. Definitely do this!!

You Can Sing

I sing karoke on Smule. It’s just for fun.

You Can Tap Dance

You Can Walk Your Dog

You Can Start a PodCast.

A Podcast is pretty fun. I recommend it for people to give a listen and see if it is something you might want to try.

Well take care and hope you can chill and relax during this time. This too shall pass. Oh yeah you can read the bible too because some good ol fashioned prayers would be much appreciated.

Valeria Star on Lock Down in Nor Cal

Benefits of Salt Water Gargle

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Say What, why gargle with salt?

Some things are oldies but goodies and now more than ever we need to look at the benefits of gargling with warm salt water. Recently I was chatting with a friend who recently came down with good ol’ Mononucleosis. This moved on to the recent viruses that are pandemic and the topic of salt water gargling came up. He said, “Gargle with salt water.”

Those words set off a bunch of research and also prompted me to try gargling with warm salt water. Now recently I had been experiencing what could be seasonal allergies but I did gargle and I have to say I started to make this a daily habit. My throat felt so much smoother and as a singer, who wants a to hear a voice full of scratchy throat? Nobody!!

Per the Web MD article that is linked above, Segal-Maurer stated, “You’re creating a high-salt barrier and you’re pulling out a lot of fluids from the tissues in the throat area, so you’re washing the virus out. The salt functions as a magnet for water. It’s good for symptomatic relief.” 

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Mi Abuelita used it

My Grandmother, Guadalupe, used to have her children, My mom, gargle with salt water when they had a scratchy throat. My mother said she used to say, “Toman este vaso de aqua con sal y vas a sentir alivio en tu garganta.”

All in all, it has become a daily ritual and my throat feels all the better. And who doesn’t want to create a protective barrier in their throat? This is a great inexpensive old world remedy. Other alleged benefits of salt water rinse

  • Maintains PH
  • Clears Nasal Congestion
  • Reduces Risk of Upper Tract Infection
  • Gives relief from tonsillitis
  • Eliminate Bad Breath
  • Bleeding Gums and Toothache
  • Relieves pain from Canker Sores

How do you Gargle with Salt Water?-

-Add half a teaspoon of table salt to a cup of warm water. Stir until it dissolves completely.

-Take a big sip of the salt and hold it in your mouth.

-Tilt your head back and gargle the salt water in your throat for about 30 seconds and then spit it out.

-Repeat the same process until you have finished the whole cup.

If you accidentally drink some, no big deal but if you have high blood pressure, consult with your physician.

Now more than ever it’s time to create some good habits.

Valeria lives in Nor Cal and encourages everyone to follow their dreams. Now more than ever we can do small things that can really improve our lives.

Capirotada Mexican Bread Pudding

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I was talking to my mom about Capirotada and how she wanted to give the recipe to my cousin who was asking how to make it. She told me how my Grandmother, Guadalupe, used to make it and I was thinking it sounded so good. She gave me the recipe she had and I haven’t made it.

I looked at the recipe and decided I needed to publish the recipe because it looked way to good and I really wanted to share it. It’s been said that this is a recipe that was invented to use up leftovers during Lent. As meat is not to be eaten on Friday’s during Lent. Apparently there is not a single recipe for Capirotada as every family has their own recipe. So don’t get too crazy if you don’t have all the ingredients. You can put your own spin on it.


  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4.5 cups water
  • 2 piloncillo cones
  • 1- 4 inch stick cinnamon
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 6 stale bolillos (French bread)(about 9 cups) torn in 1/2 inch pieces toasted. You can add a little butter to the bread after it’s toasted)
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 cup Munster or cheddar cheese (you know what you like, use as much as you want
  • 1 cup raisins


  • 1)Heat over to 350 degrees F
  • 2)Butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish
  • 3)In a medium saucepan, mix water, piloncillo, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil then simmer 5-10 minutes or until slightly thickened into a syrup. Strain to remove cinnamon sticks and cloves. Keep syrup warm.
  • 4)In a buttered casserole dish, layer 1/3 of the bread pieces. Sprinkle with 1/3 each of nuts, cheese. Drizzle about 1/4 or less of the syrup over this layer letting it soak into the bread. Continue layering bread, nuts, raisins and cheese, sprinkling with with syrup and letting it soak. Finish with a layer of cheese. Pour the rest of the syrup over the whole dish.
  • 5) Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top layer of cheese is bubbling and browned. Serve warm. Garnish with nonpareils.

Well that’s it. I hope you can give it a try and I really want to make it but I better have some company because it’s definitely heavy on the carbs. In memory of Mi Abuelita, Guadalupe.

Leonora and Valeria, Mother and daughter forever. Thanks for the recipe mom. Hopefully someone else can enjoy it too.
Valeria is a Health and Wellness Coach living in Nor Cal. She’s following her passions and encourages everyone to do the same.

My First Podcast Called Courage To Grow

Valeria Star coloring to chill

I created a podcast with a little encouragement from a friend. I started it a while back but I never recorded anything.

Then my friend, Farrah, published one and I was like, “Oh yeah, I forgot about mine.” Sometimes you just want to talk and not type. It’s only 9 minutes thanks to a phone call I received. I can be a Chatty Cathy. So there’s a bit of a cliff hanger.

Thanks so much for reading my blog. This is officially a labor of love and I hope everyone can find their passions and joy in life.

Singing is my passion. One of them.

Valeria Star on my way to a Birthday Party

Try not to worry too much about stuff. Wash your hands and chill. Drink some water and listen to my podcast or better start your own.