Just A Spoonful of Elderberry Syrup..: Daily Art Pratice

Couch Talk


It seems as though we are still in our season of sickness, which makes me long for summer all the more. We spent our weekend at home with two sick littles. My daughter has the same thing that has come back several times within the last 1-2 months. For some reason she just can’t seem to shake it. When reaching for our usual natural remedies and prevention, I realized we were out of elderberry syrup. I didn’t plan on making it when I woke up this morning, but it was as good a day as any, especially since I was home with a sick child. As you can see, aside from the berries, these are the other herbs that I mix into the syrup (cloves, cinnamon, ginger, rose hips). With the addition of raw honey and raw vinegar, it turned out to be quite tasty. My children love taking this, no bribes necessary.

How about you, what natural things do you do to prevent illness?


Daily Art Practice


My shopfront for today is Antico Caffe’ del Moro in Rome, Italy. I had a difficult time navigating their website but it looks as if they serve traditional Italian food. The interior of the building has beautiful stonework with arched doorways. You can see my reference photo HERE. When I found this photo on Instagram, I was drawn to the warm exterior color of this building, as well as the greenery clustered around the doorway. I struggled with the lettering on the signage. I am used to using a Posca Paint Extra Fine White Paint Pen for white lettering but due to a dried up pen, I had to use a brush. It’s a bit sloppy but could be worse I suppose. Overall, it looks exactly like a restaurant that I would picture when I think of Italy.






Tea Day



I am joining the tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Peppermint Chocolate Tea. I painted this tin from the front cover of the Republic of Tea Catalog. This tea is classified as a dessert tea but it can be consumed at any time during the day. I would have never thought these two flavors would be good in tea form but I was very surprised. It’s delicious!


Happy Tea Day,


16 thoughts on “Just A Spoonful of Elderberry Syrup..: Daily Art Pratice”

  • Good evening Kate, so sorry you still have sickness in your family. could she be allergic to something? I went years being diagnosed for bronchitis when I really had asthma and allergies. Your elderberry syrup sounds really good.
    Love seeing your paintings-thanks for sharing with us.
    Happy T

  • I am a fan of elderberry syrup and chews also. I didn’t know about it when my daughter was younger, but I know she used it now, so I bet she would have liked it as a child also. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful restaurant to eat at? I don’t think the writing came out messy at all. And how do you like peppermint chocolate tea? It sounds great. Have a happy T day and week ahead. hugs-Erika

  • I always enjoy your wonderful drawings, and that tea sounds wonderful, Kate! I am sorry you have sickness again at your home. No littles here, so that is probably why we are healthy. When we worked or when we had kids at home, we were sick more often. I always drink some vitamin c drink if I feel a cold coming. Happy T Day!

  • Hi Kate, sorry the kids were sick, and that syrup looks like a good remedy. I love your new paintings so beautiful! Hope the kids are soon well again, happy T Day, hugs, Valerie,

  • Best wishes to your daughter!
    Love the restaurant, great work and yes, typical for Italy. We once went to Tuscany, and loved it.
    The tea sounds yummy, too.
    Have a nice T-Day 🙂

  • I’ve never had elderberry syrup. It’s nice to have something that’s both effective and easy to take. I hope your littles kick this whatever-it-is for good! Oooo, peppermint chocolate tea sounds tasty 🙂 Happy T Tuesday

  • kate thank you for the wonderfully long and thoughtful comment on my post.. Now we BOTH know so much more than we did! 🙂 Sorry to hear about your sick littles.. Especially something that just won’t go away.. Hubby and i both had a bad bout with allergies and sinuses… but are now both feeling better.. Hopefully your littles will too.. Love your store fronts.. they are truly inspired.. Happy happy Tday ! Hugs! deb

  • Wow, that sounds delicious and I think I’d be happy to try that natural remedy too 😁. I hope your kids are feeling better soon! I’ve been drinking tumeric and ginger teas to help with arthritis, they are a natural inflammatory. I love all the detail on your painting and that Peppermint Chocolate tea sounds good too. Happy T Day wishes! Hugs Jo x

  • If natural remedies don’t work, have you thought about other possible remedies? Or have antibiotics also failed to help? I’m sorry to hear that she keeps coming down with something over and over again, and I hope you find a cure.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  • I haven’t made elderberry syrup in a while. I’ll have to try the addition of ginger. I hope your littles are feeling better. Whenever I feel a cold coming on, I put a Thieves lozenge (made by Young Living) in my tea with a spoonful of honey. It might be more in my head, but I always seem to feel better the next day. I love your watercolor buildings and the armchair travel you provide. Happy T Day

  • I am SO sorry to read your children are sick. I feel for you and am glad you have found a natural remedy for their illness. I hope they are soon better.

    That is a lovely restaurant. It looks like your reference photo, too. Just beautiful.

    I think I would LOVE that tea. I would drink it any time. It sounds decadent. Thanks for sharing your elderberry syrup, your restaurant, and your amazing tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kate.

  • I haven’t made Elderberry syrup or anything else for that matter in years. I use to have an Elderberry tree at my home in Idaho. I don’t see them growing here on the coast of Oregon. WOW! that is an amazing piece of art on the Italian restaurant. Ohh chocolate mint anything is good but tea that sounds Really good. Have a nice evening.

  • So sorry that your children have been ill. I hope they recovered quickly. That restaurant looks wonderful! I think I might actually like that tea! Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

  • I hope your little ones are feeling better now. I love elderberry syrup or cordial, but we can’t get it here. Your remedy sounds really yummy, no wonder the children don’t need coaxing to take their meds.
    The Italian café looks really good. I looked at their website too and it sounds like the place where I would like to go.
    Peppermint chocolate tea sounds really nice. The combination is a classic (at least here in Europe where After Eight chocolates are very popular. )
    Happy belated T-Day,

  • Hope your family feel better soon. I make a similar elderberry remedy for colds,but I add chilli to it along with the cinnamon, ginger etc. We have so many elder trees here so the berries are plentiful in the Autumn and I think it works very well though I tried to get my sister to take it once when she was sick and she refused it saying she just couldn’t stand the taste. I think it tastes great lol. Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx

  • Elderberry syrup is good. My go to is Colloidal Silver (a natural antibitotic that can be purchased in the store or home made- machines are available on Amazon). Silver, Vitamin C, avoiding sugar and dairy speed up the healing process. And lots of water!
    Your paintings are getting better and better- it has been great seeing the progression 🙂

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