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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 desolate here, and keeping in mind that I for the most part love that kind of climate, it feels a piece excessively cold for my taste. Occasions are a strange season, they evoke such a significant number of various feelings but I don’t imagine that we are on the whole legitimate about how they affect us. How about we get genuine here for a moment. Families can be muddled. Occasions can be unpleasant. There can be pressure, harmed, fears, and weaknesses. We need to give flawless blessings, be the ideal master, make the ideal turkey, and just for what?

Try not to misunderstand me, I get caught here as well, and honestly I’m in a mess. My significant other and I have been hitched for a long time, and this is the main year of the special seasons with our child. A year ago he was seven days old at Christmas, and I scarcely recollect what that day resembled. Thus I get myself this year aching to make our own customs and am cheerful for what these next hardly any months bring.

Gracious, and I’m continually crying. Not so much, consistently, however enough to specify it. Since Chip is turning one month from now and I can’t make sense of where this year went. Since I understood that when I was in secondary school, school, and graduate school, there was consistently a cutoff time of finals, of the quarter framework that flagged the closure of a season and the start of another one.

What’s more, in any event, when I was an editorial manager of a magazine we existed and blossomed with cutoff times. My time spent in the showcasing field was the equivalent: seasons, deals objectives, and internet based life battles. Presently, I am in a world that is so distant from these cutoff times, that I find that I am halting abruptly.

Since my reality currently is not, at this point characterized by these kinds of cutoff times. It’s by initial steps, finger nourishments, staying asleep for the entire evening, another tooth, a grin, a tear, play dates, occasions, birthday celebrations, and

growing up.

These cutoff times are considerably less distressing, yet they take an entire diverse cost for your heart. These cutoff times cause my heart to develop more full, my delight to be increasingly boundless and just because to feel like I am extremely, really living.

Try not to misunderstand me, there are hard days and there are harsh days and significantly harder evenings. In any case, even the tough situations are the best occasions, and as this year is rapidly finishing and the special seasons are so extremely quick drawing closer, I am broken down, attempting to take it all in, and putting forth a valiant effort to locate the correct words to put what it resembles to watch somebody 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.