Sometimes the way to learn is through mistakes but I hate it when it's a three-week-in-the-making mistake. I put herbs aside and let them "steep" for three weeks before trying my hand at winter sore throat/cough lozenges. Of course, it would help if I'd follow directions, I guess. I didn't have a candy thermometer and used my laser thermometer instead. However, I've never made candy stuff before and it started looking like the sugar was burning way before it hit 165-170 degrees. I figured maybe 155 was close enough and finished it off, putting it in the pan to harden. I gave up after about five hours and stuck it in the fridge. It's now a week later and it's still sludgy. Expensive mistake and in the meantime, my winter could is resolved. Maybe next year.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.