Category Archives: Parenthood

Homemade Cough Syrup for Babies


Our son got sick a week or so ago.  He feel asleep in my husband’s arms holding an uneaten cracker.  I wrote about how hard it is to see your child sick.  And, with babies, you feel a bit helpless when what you can give them is very limited.

As he was on the mend, he spent his nap times and night times coughing up a storm, which meant he got no sleep, which of course served to be a few, really long, days.  Anytime I can, I’d rather give our family home remedies instead of medication.  Of course, if the home remedy doesn’t work, then I’m all for the tylenol/advil/etc.

But, in this case, I’m stoked to say that the home remedy was AWESOME.  Seriously.  Cough was gone in about a day in a half, and I only had to give him maybe 4 teaspoons of this in that time.


I found this recipe on a myriad of websites, but was sold on the idea off of LIVESTRONG, which of course, means that Lance himself approves, right?  I mean basically it’s safe to say that this cough syrup got him through the Tour de France.


And here’s the deal people.  This has two ingredients: onions and sugar.  Yes, I just said that.  Let’s be real for a minute though.  IT TASTES LIKE ONIONS.  Everyone on the internets is saying that this doesn’t taste like onions, but it does.  How could it not?  But, my son still drank it and actually really liked it.  According to Lance, onions have components that thin phlegm (sick word) and cause coughing which forces your throat to get rid of it’s congestion that’s blocking your lungs and clear up rapidly.

I used this along with a humidifier during Chip’s naps and night times for 2 days, and it worked like a charm!

Homemade Cough Syrup for Babies

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


1 medium sized onion

1 cup granulated sugar

fine mesh strainer


air tight bottle for storing


Chip onion into a few pieces and place into small pot. Add one cup of sugar and put over medium heat. Allow mixture to boil, and stir frequently. Reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes, and continue to stir frequently. The juices of the onion are being extracted during this process and combining with the sugar to create a syrup. Once finished, and syrup has formed and is thick, pour through a fine mesh strainer so that onion pieces are not in syrup. Using a funnel, our into an air tight container. Lasts for a week in the refrigerator.

Chip is one and I used one teaspoon per dose.

Pear and Pepper Latte


Its gloomy here, and while I usually love that type of weather, it feels a bit too cold for my taste.  Holidays are a weird time of year, they conjure up so many different emotions and yet I don’t think that we are all honest about how they make us feel.  Let’s get real here for a minute.  Families can be messy.  Holidays can be stressful.  There can be pressure, hurt, fears, and insecurities.  We want to give perfect gifts, be the perfect hostess, make the perfect turkey, and all for what?

Don’t get me wrong, I get trapped here too, and frankly I’m in the thick of it.  My husband and I have been married for three years, and this is the first year of the holidays with our son.  Last year he was a week old at Christmas, and I hardly remember what that day was like.  And so I find myself this year longing to make our own traditions and am hopeful for what these next few months bring.

Oh, and I’m always crying. Not really, always, but enough to mention it.  Because Chip is turning ONE next month and I can’t figure out where this year went.  Because  I realized that when I was in high school, college, and grad school, there was always a deadline of finals, of the quarter system that signaled the ending of a season and the beginning of a new one.


And even when I was an editor of a magazine we existed and thrived on deadlines.  My time spent in the marketing field was the same: seasons, sales goals, and social media campaigns.  Now, I am in a world that is so far from these deadlines, that I find that I am stopping dead in my tracks.

Because my world now is no longer defined by these types of deadlines.  It’s by first steps, finger foods, sleeping through the night, a new tooth, a smile, a tear, play dates, holidays, birthdays, and

growing up.

These deadlines are much less stressful, yet they take a whole different toll on your heart.  These deadlines cause my heart to grow fuller, my joy to be more infinite and for the first time to feel like I am really, actually living.


Don’t get me wrong, there are hard days and there are rough days and even harder nights.  But even the hard times are the best times, and as this year is quickly ending and the holidays are so very fast approaching, I am choked up, trying to take it all in, and doing my best to find the right words to put what it’s like to watch someone grow up.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

And I’ve taken up yoga for this very purpose.

And I take breaks in the day and make things like a Pear and Pepper Latte.  I just sit, and I reflect, and I Thank, and I marvel.

I treat myself so that I am rested.  I get rid of distractions.

And I relish in not being too busy.

Because deadlines can pass directly over our heads and in the world of words, marketing, money, and finance, we can always make new ones.  But in this life, the life that involves our loved ones, people, humanity, we can’t make new deadlines.

When they pass, they pass.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Sip. Enjoy. Reflect. Repeat.

Pear and Pepper Latte

Yield: half a dozen cups of coffee

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15

Total Time: 20 minutes (only the first time)

By latte, I mean cafe au lait. I like coffee better, but just substitute espresso if you’d like a true latte. And this is a Bonnie the Baker original.


A pot of your favorite coffee, brewed
1/2 ripe pear
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3-10 white and black pepper kernels
milk if you so desire
1 loose leaf tea infuser


Brew your favor pot of coffee

While brewing, or perhaps right before depending on how fresh you like to pour your joe, slice the 1/2 pear (remove seeds) and place in a small saucepan with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and let boil for about 5-10 minutes, allowing syrup to thicken and sugar to dissolve completely. (If you want extreme pear flavor, then use a whole pear in this same sugar water ratio.)

Remove from heat.

Place pepper kernels into tea infuser. I like mine super peppery because I love that kid of stuff. But I would start small and increase for strength, you don’t want to be overcome with the pepper flavor if you are unsure about it.

Pour coffee into favorite mug, and scoop as many tablespoons of pear syrup into mug while coffee is still hot, and stir. The more Place tea infuser with pepper kernels into hot coffee and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Again, start small here, you can always steep more for a stronger pepper flavor. Remove tea infuser, add milk or cream as usual.

Put left over syrup into a mason jar or left over peach jar (pictured) and then store at room rep for up to two weeks. If you go to re-use and it’s become hard, use a double broiler to heat it up again.