Friday, July 31, 2009

Breakfast on the Deck

Oh what fun summer is!  New this week for us is having breakfast on the deck.  Bebe B loves it and the clean up is a breeze, just sweep the crumbs to the yard for the birds and other critters.  It is so peaceful sitting in the morning simply soaking up the sun and the warmth.  Usually by lunch it is a bit too hot to enjoy a meal outside but breakfast is just perfect.  I don’t even care if the neighbors see me in my pjs, it's worth it!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I scream, you scream, we all scream for...Yogurt?

If you have a teething baby, then I have a great new recipe for you! Put one yo-baby yogurt in the freezer for at least a day. Then warm the outside of the cup with hot water so it will slide right out. slice the "log" of frozen yogurt into pieces (it will be very easy to do). Strip down baby to diaper and let them have at the frozen yogurt pieces.

I tried this today with a frozen plain yo-baby and Bebe B loved it despite being crabby and teething she seemed to enjoy her time eating, mushing and mucking about in the quickly melting but still cold yogurt pieces.  It was great fun and a very healthy treat- who needs ice cream right?? Ok maybe Mommy does, sometimes:)

Friday, July 24, 2009

One for me, one for the floor, one for me...

Bebe B's new thing is deliberately dropping her food off the side of her high chair on to the floor. It doesn't mean she isn't hungry, she will simply feed herself one piece than drop one on the floor then feeds herself another piece and so on. As much as I love cleaning the floor (sarcasm inserted here) it is driving me batty. I will say at least she is sharing, even if it is only with the floor *big sigh*

We have tried some new finger food this past week with success. Organic buckwheat pancakes were a hit! I used the Whole Foods 365 brand of buckwheat pancake mix and made them with soy milk and one egg yolk. I added pureed fruit as well and cut into small pieces. She loved it and so did the floor!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Adventures in Finger Foods

Since Bebe B is now 9 months we have been trying more and more finger foods. A great one for breakfast is eggs! It is a simple recipe- just mix hard boiled egg yolks that have been cooled with plain yogurt- I used Yo-baby plain. It forms a paste perfect to spread on toast or bagel pieces. Perfect for those still too young for egg whites (Many recommend waiting till age one before introducing egg whites which have been know to cause allergic reactions in babies). Some other finger foods we have started include Happy Baby Organic Puffs (they come in Apple, Banana and veggie), Baby Mum Mums, ripe banana, mango, avocado, peach and plum. But you can tell she is a Wisconsin girl because she ADORES cheese. So far I have given her Baby Bel, Laughing Cow, and Organic Valley cheddar strips - all hits!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sneaky Mama

My beautiful sister got married in true American style...VEGAS baby, last April. We decided to go and take Bebe B on her first real trip and first airplane. Basically I am going to toot my own horn here and take all the credit that traveling went so smoothly because I planned every little detail for months ahead. Also I have to thank all my WTE mama's for their FAB tips for travel.

But one dilemma I still faced as our trip was fast approaching was B's baby food. I made all of her baby food myself and just couldn't bring myself to give her jarred food, even the organic kind just wasn't good enough for her I felt (this may have something to do with me still feeling heartbroken I was no longer able to breastfeed and we were giving her formula). So...after reading the TSA website about policies for traveling with an infant, that stated only jarred or store bought baby food was allowed, I crafted a clever plan. I purchased 4 large baby food jars and dumped them out, sterilized them with boiling water (careful to keep the labels in tact). Then just in case anyone was looking closely I matched them up to look like what the labels said. In the jar labeled green beans I put my homemade peas and avocado, in the jar labeled apples I put my homemade apples and pears, in the jar labeled sweet potatoes I put my homemade sweet potatoes (ok that one was a given). I froze the jars and then packed them in a cooler bag with ice packs and her bottles. It worked like a charm, while it did take a long time to get through security and they did go through every thing of ours, test our bottles for explosive chemicals and test my hands as well they not even flinched at the baby food jars!! The food lasted us the 4 days of our trip and I didn't have to compromise- ahh, the sweet taste of success!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

First Foods ~ Here We Go

I knew for a long time I wanted to make Bebe Bs baby food, that's why I was overjoyed when D gave me the Beaba Babycook for Christmas, even though I knew I wouldn't need it for months. Now I knew I could make her healthy organic food.   When Bebe B was about 5 months old she started to give us the signs she was ready to try some solid foods.  She sat up on her own, she reached out for our food and she made little smacking noises with her lips as she watched us eating.

We started her with Sweet potatoes in April when she was 6 months old and she adored them.  An easy recipe: simply roast one large sweet potato (I recommend organic) in the oven on a lightly oiled (to prevent sticking) pan for about 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until very tender when poked with a knife. Then after the potato cools a bit simply scoop out the guts from the skin and puree till smooth. I added breast milk to thin it out in the beginning and then formula when I was out of that. You can freeze in ice trays and store for up to 3 months. Here is a link to a set that is BPA free and comes with lids!

In the beginning one potato makes quite a bit to last a long time but as they grow batches can as well also as we got close to 7 months I added nutmeg and cinnamon to them.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Free Printables


Print these meal planners and fun coloring sheets and activities for kids! Perfect to help children learn about healthy food....

*These printables are for personal use only. Copyright Yummy Sprout, LLC.