Thursday, September 22, 2016

How to make your own baby food! Chapter 1

    Sweet Potatoes (2 ways without a baby food maker)



NOTE : Making your own baby food is so so much easier than you imagine it to be!

So when you first find out that you are pregnant, there are a million thoughts and emotions that are running through your mind. I'm sure whether or not you are going to buy jar baby food or make your own is definitely not one of them. 

One of the most fun and exciting things to do with your daddy to be / mom / sisters / whoever is nice enough to help, is to create your baby registry! Yayy to picking out adorable themed nurseries, the cutest baby clothes and of course all the crazy gadgets that you have absolutely no idea how to use. 

I almost had a meltdown when I got to the bottle section. Why are there so many different bottles with so many pieces?! 

Anyways I came across a baby food maker and I was like that looks awesome. Let's scan that. 

If you are annoying like me, you check your registry as time goes on and see what has been bought. Wahoo someone got it for me. But then my baby shower came and went and I didn't get it. So a few weeks after my shower I got a surprise in the mail! The baby food maker and I was so excited!

So fast forward to when my daughter was 6 months old and now had the go ahead to start her off on cereal. Next was orange vegetables... which bring me to my first baby food I ever made...

Sweet Potatoes (2 ways)

1
Step 1 - Poke holes in the sweet potato with a fork and bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes to an hour
Step 2 - Scoop out the sweet potato and mash
Step 3 - Mix in breast milk or formula to make it smoother

2
Step 1 - Peel sweet potato and cut into a few pieces
Step 2 - Boil for approximately 10 minutes or until soft enough to easily pierce with a fork
Step 3 - Throw cooked potato and breast milk or formula into a food processor (or blender) and mix until smooth

THAT'S IT!

If you have a baby food maker it is as easy as peeling the sweet potato, throwing it inside the basket, and pressing a button to steam it. Then when it beeps dump the potato (with breast milk or formula) into the processor, blend, and you are done.


The real beauty is that pictured above is only one sweet potato!!!! It was enough to fill four 2 ounce containers which is more than enough for a few days worth of feeding AND to freeze half. There is no better feeling than having a back up stock of baby food in the freezer. :)


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Meal Prep SUNDAY - quinoa salad bowls

I was going to take the day off relaxing with my family and wait until tomorrow to do meal prep Monday. Then I remembered my husband would be home all day watching football. Of course on week 1 of football Sundays he wants to juggle 2 kiddies while I cook :) Don't worry he benefits from this too!

Meal prepping can be time consuming and annoying but it really does make life so much easier for the rest of the week. Especially when I go back to work.

Which brings me to one of my favorite healthy lunch ideas... QUINOA SALAD BOWLS


TIP- I just learned the best trick to cook quinoa. You can cook it in the rice cooker! When I cook quinoa on the stove I am never really sure whether it is cooked enough. So using a rice cooker makes it quick and easy!

Ingredients
Quinoa
Craisins
Walnuts

-Add one cup of quinoa and two cups of water to cook in the rice maker. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. ( If you don't have one, you can cook on the stove top.)
- After the quinoa is cooked, it should be enough to portion out for at least 3 lunches.
- Add craisins and walnuts
- Enjoy :)

**If desired to have dressing, add a touch of olive oil and balsamic vinegar depending on how you like it. Because quinoa is very plain, it is easy to kill it by adding just a little too much dressing.**

Okay back to football :)




Friday, September 9, 2016

Lazy FriYAY!!!


Wahoo! It's Friday!!! This is what a good morning looks like... :)

Today we are going to spend the morning cuddling in bed and watching TV in our pajamas for a little bit longer than we should and I am going to love every minute of it.

The hardest thing about having 2 under 2... they are both babies. Yes, an obvious observation, I know that. But what I mean is that when they wake up, they both need me at the same time. They both want to be held a little longer when they are waking up, they are both hungry and need to be changed. So the mornings usually start off very chaotic.

But not today!

Two sets of fresh diapers.
A little bottle for my baby girl to get back in bed with.
A bottle to feed my baby boy.
A cup of coffee for mama and we are in business.
Everyone is content and happy to be together... even the dog and 2 cats are curled up somewhere in the bedroom.

Today we will soak in our time together as it is almost time for me to return to work.

I am working on being in the moment with my children instead of trying to capture EVERY SINGLE MOMENT... I am so afraid that I am going to miss a picture or video of my kids doing something that I find hilarious or adorable or bad lol. I am so afraid that I will forget even one day of them being this small.

So today I will soak it all in...except this picture because when my daughter voluntarily snuggles up closer to her baby brother I just can't help myself! Work in progress.

Happy Weekend !!!!!