Saturday, June 27, 2015

Baby Finger food - Baked apples

Baby Finger Food
Home made baby finger food, baked apple. Easy to make and the babies LOVE them !

Get a glass or any kind of pan and fill it with enough water that it covers the bottom of the apples.
Now, core your apples add a sprinkle of cinnamon in the center of the apples.Pretty- easy eh ? us moms need easy and quick . Bake them on 400 degrees for 30 min. Keep checking on the water level you made need to add some water as it bakes. When done you can mash the apples for apple sauce or give to your little one as a finger food. Don't forget to peel off the skin. That's it!

Happy Baking

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Making baby food

Homemade Baby Food
How to make Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato. Easy to make and your Baby will LOVE it ! 

Im new to this whole Video thing so, with that said  here is my first video showing how I make butternut squash and the preparation of steaming my sweet potato .

  • Butternut Squash - I cut the squash in half  long way. Then I take a large spoon and scooped out the seeds . Reminds me of cleaning out a pumpkin .  I baked mine in my toaster oven. I found a site telling me to bake it for an hour and a half but it took me 15-20 minutes and it was ready. Moving forward, I took a tray which came with my toaster oven and coated it with olive oil then I placed the squash on the tray with the shell facing up. I added a little water not much you will be able to see in the video the level of water I placed.  I show what I did next after it was cooked in my next video I post under here.
  • Sweet Potato - I use a vegetable peeler and peeled the skin off the S.P . I took a big pot filled it with a little water and placed the colander in the pot. I cut the S.P into small chunks which I don't show in the video. Once its cut into chunks I place them into the colander put the lid on top and allow to steam until tender. I check the tenderness with a fork. 

Ok! now back to my Butternut squash. After cooked, I clean out the inside of the squash with a spoon and place it in a glass bowl. I like to use glass bowls because I'm dealing with hot food and i don't trust plastic when it comes to my lil- angel ( baby ). 

I wait for the squash to cool down. Once it is cooled  I spoon it out of the glass bowl into ice cube trays.  I then cover the trays with plastic wrap.
This squash filled up one tray and a half. the squash is good for three months in the freezer. When you take it out of the freezer the day before to prepare food for your baby, it lasts three days in the fridge.

After the Butter nut squash is frozen  take them out of the freezer and bag them. I put them in a freezer bag and wrote the name of veggie and date I should discard , on the bag.

I did the same thing to the Sweet Potato. 

Every night before I end my day I get my lil-mans food ready for the next day. Now, you can prepare three days worth of food like I said earlier to you the baby food is good of three days in the fridge. its up to you and how you want to do it. each cube is an ounce or a little over. My son eats 4 ounces per meal so I take four cubes out of the bags. I mix an match too. You may want chicken and apple or strawberry, banana and avocado. Have fun with it !

Homemade baby food - mixed fruit puree

Benjamin Loves Butternut Squash

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Homemade Baby food - How to thicken and thin

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Puree Banana - Baby food
I love my Nutri bullet. No need to spend money on all that fancy baby blenders if you already own a blender. It's so simple , quick to make, better to eat for the baby and easy on the pocket.
I love making my baby food. I prefer making it myself than buying it in a store.  The store brands have all these crazy ingredients in their baby food to preserve  it on the shelf's. Why should your baby ingest unnecessary substances? They shouldn't . I prefer my son to eat homemade only. I'm a first time mom so I may be a little fussy when it comes to my lil man but common sense says feed your child organic . Its a lot of fun too. You can get creative and mix protein and carbs of your choice. Play around with different flavors and as he or she gets bigger you can play with the texture too.

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Little Yums
Organic teething wafers

Teething can be very painful for your little angel. It breaks my heart to see my son in pain. I would do anything to take the pain away and place it on me instead of him feeling it however, I can't do that so the next best thing is these Little yums made by Plum organics. My little guy loves these teething wafers. 

These are also good to thicken your baby puree.  Now, when you defrost the baby food 6 out of 7 times it comes out runny so to fix this you add a wafer. Use your best judgement to the desired consistency. Now if you don't have any wafers in your home Rice cereal will do the trick too.

Now, when you prepare your babies food to puree you steam the food first. then place in blender some parents put the water from the steam in with the fruit or veggies. I worry about nitrates  so, I prefer to use formula or baby water .

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The baby water can be purchased in Walgreens, CVS or your local grocery store. Baby water has vitamins in it that your little angel needs. Again, it matter sweat stage your baby is at to the constancy of your puree. You can add the water, formula or thickness after you take it out of the freezer or before. I prefer water or formula as I blend my sons food and I thicken it when I take it out of the freezer. It's your choice.

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Read more on making your own baby food - HERE

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Make your own baby food. Dinner - Carrot, Broccoli , Apple and Banana

Steam your baby veggies

I used my big pasta pot . I placed water in it then put my collander in the pot. Place the veggies , cover with pot top and allow to steam until tender. 

Place in your blender cup with added water from the veggie steam
I had left over apple and banana puree that I made early today. I placed that in my blender cup first then added the veggies. I placed the extra water in the big pot into the blender cup ( Use as much water to make it as smooth or chunky as needed for baby) Now blend away.

Place in cube tray and cover with plastic wrap
Place in ice cube tray and freeze. When the cubes are ready place in frozen zip-lock bag and name and date.

Frozen food good for 3 months
Each cube is 1plus ounces

Make your own baby food. Fruit- Apple and Banana

I used three macontosh apples and one banana.  

Peel apples

Cut apples into chunks

Place a nice amount of water in big pot to steam apples 

Place colander into pot

Place apples into colander

Cover to steam

Steam apples until soft. Test with fork.

Cut Banana

Place banana an dapples into blender cup

You will need this water to fill cup

I use this amount of the steamed water. The more water the smoother consistancy  the less you use the chunkier it is.

I placed it in little cups to store in my fridge.

Fridge - good for 2-3 days
Or you can freeze in cubes and bag it . Lasts 3 months when frozen.

Motherhood movie with Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman

I just watched this movie last night . I found it on HuLu as I was browsing for a movie to watch. Haha! I laugh because I really didn't get to watch the movie from start to end being a mother and all keeps me busy. I did however catch glimpses and I was able to relate to some of the scenes. The character in this movie actually inspired me to keep up with my writing. I love to write I always did so, why should I stop because Im a mom? Well, the answer is I shouldn't stop doing what I love.

I decided five minutes out of my everyday I will be writing in my blog . Sooooooo, heres my blog. :-)

Time to feed my angel.