Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Today~I am sharing a few of my most recent favorites on the web.

Enjoy!!!

I recently became inspired by My Nguyen and her instagram images of delicous and healthy dishes. Check her site out here: myhealthydish.com

Additionally, I cannot get enough of the jewelry collection by Dogeared. It’s the two new fall items I am daydreaming about, oh and should I choose AZ or FL? I definitely need in gold. I lean more toward FL since I am a self-hating Floridian who loves to go there on vacation. Hence this post.

Arizona necklace

Arizona, is a State of Mind, indeed.

and the third obsession this week with Christmas approaching is the Pinterest board Christmas DIY. ASide from now eating Pringles in order to collect enough tins to house my cookies I am going to make, this thing has tons of stuff I want to make but may never, but I am going to try to pick one more craft in addition to the Pringles tin and go with it this year.

Pringles, delish before and after use.

Pringles, delish before and after use.

 

Freebie of the week. Motherhood Mondays.

I am late on my post this week as this was supposed to go up on Monday to start my Motherhood Mondays blog topic, but as with most things with #2under2, I am 2 days late. Anyway— I am at it again, making more baby food for my growing little Lola. This week I did bananas, carrots, peaches and broccoli. She has already been ok with spinach and the banana and last night I combined them for a tasty dinner. I usually add some rice cereal to make the puree thicker. I wanted to give out a free download of a list you can use as a guide when introducing your baby to solids. It hangs nicely on the front of a fridge so you keep up to date with a new food every 3 days. Also below is a quick do’s and dont’s of baby food making and introducing baby to solids.

• Do use ice cube trays to freeze puréed foods. Each cube should be about one ounce. Once frozen, pop out the cubes, store in a sealed plastic bag, and use within two months.

• Do discard unfinished meals. Bacteria forms quickly.

• Do introduce new foods at the rate of one per week, so you can pinpoint any allergies.

• Do make sure your child has accepted most vegetables and fruits before trying any meats.

• Do steam or microwave vegetables and fruits to retain as much vitamins and minerals as possible, as opposed to boiling.

• Do use as thinners: water left from steaming, breast milk, formula, cow’s milk, yogurt, broth, or apple juice.

• Do use as thickeners: wheat germ, whole-grain cereal, cottage cheese, farmer cheese, cooked egg yolks, yogurt, mashed white or sweet potato.

See some great recipes here. Download Baby Food List. Enjoy!

Homemade baby food.

Someone sped up the clock. I can’t believe Lola is now 4 and a half months old. She started eating Rice Cereal about a month ago. This weekend, I made her first batch of her first real puree food. It’s the easiest and most cost effective way to do baby food and I wanted to share with all the other moms out there. While it’s lovely to have the fancy baby food processor, a simple household blender will do the job.

1. Start with clean washed fresh vegetable. I started with spinach but you can do whatever you like, the process is the same give or take boiling and steaming times. Fill a pot with water and use a steamer basket to separate the water from the spinach.

2. Boil on high for about 5 minutes and remove from heat. Drain spinach. Put into household blender and puree. Sometimes I add some of the water that is left over in the pot rather than lemon juice. This food literally has no flavor added, no salt, no pepper, nada. It is the most pure just spinach.

3. Blending only takes a few minutes, the thickness needs to be between applesauce and water since I add rice cereal to my baby’s food at meal time.

4. Once blended, pull out the ice cube trays and start filling. When you have a tray filled, cover it with plastic wrap.

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5. This is preparing the cubes to be frozen and later thawed for the meal. These cubes can last up to three months when properly stored. With my first daughter I made food once a month, it was healthier, easier and more affordable than store bought puree. And the best part is I knew EXACTLY what was in it. Next cover with foil.

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6. Freeze for 24 hours.

7. Remove after 24 hrs and store in Freezer safe Ziplock bags, I like these and I double bag them and date them.

ImageTo prepare the feeding, I take 1-2 cubes and use defrost on my microwave. Then I heat for 10 second increments until it’s warm, stirring during heating so I don’t get hot spots. Then I add desired cereal ands it’s chow time.

ImageBaby loves it!

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