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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rice Krispie Treats

We had some shopping to do on Saturday and ended up out of the house for most of the day so Sunday was our day to stay at home and watch Christmas movies by the fire. While the baby was napping we decided to make rice krispie treats with the 5 year old. I honestly don't think I have had them more than a handful of times in my life and our little guy has probably never had them.

So daddy melted the marshmallow and butter while our little guy measured out the rice krispies. We decided to make green rice krispie treats for a festive little twist. We dumped the marshmallow mixture in for him (since the pan was hot) and then he did all of the mixing. And of course he had to try them to make sure that they tasted ok.

He loved them!!! Later on once they set up a bit we decided to make them into Christmas Trees and used some holiday sprinkles to decorate. I think we may make another batch or two to bring to my husbands family on Christmas Eve and my family for Christmas day.

What a good boy I have

After watching the Mickey Mouse Scrooge movie the other day we were talking about Christmas and donating some food and gifts to people who need them. He said I know Santa gives gifts to everyone, but it would be really sad to only get a couple of gifts from Santa and no gifts from mommy and daddy or grandma and grandpa (and continued through the list of people that he gets presents from). So I asked him if we should go through his old toys and donate some of them to kids who won't get many Christmas presents...he reponded "I do have some toys from when I was 4 that I don't play with so much anymore" and then went on to say that "maybe we should give a family presents but we should also bring them food too so that they can have a nice Christmas dinner." Of course he did continue to say that we can donate his old toys to a daycare center like they did on Toy Story 3...but at least he is beginning to grasp the concept.

How sweet is he???? We have donated food this year (both Thanksgiving and now for Christmas) and given a few small toys to Toys for Tots, but I think next year we will be doing the adopt a family program.

Friday, December 3, 2010

My Baby is 1....

Well, he actually turned 1 on Thanksgiving day, but I have been offline for most of the week. I can't believe that it has already been one year since this little man entered our lives. He is amazing and is such a happy baby. I love his laughs and love when we get him out of bed and he is smiley and cuddly.

He is no longer a baby - he is on the go...we have not officially started walking yet, though I have seen a couple of steps and he runs behind the push toy that we have at home. He is VERY sturdy on his feet (though he still falls - and it always seems to be when there is a table around) when playing with his learning table he will let go and dance and just grab back onto the table if he begins to feel like he is losing his balance. He climbs the stairs, but really hasn't mastered the down part so we are very careful to not let him on the stairs unattended. He is into everything - this boy is going to be trouble for us. He picks up every little speck that he can find and his hand immediately goes to the mouth (I will have just swept the floor and he still finds things - I don't know how he does it). He does listen when you tell him no (at least for now) though and puts his hand in the air to give you what he has.

He has really gotten his own personality (and attitude). He does not like anyone to touch his plate when he is eating. We have just turned the plate for him because the only food left is on the far side of the plate and he will cry and not eat for about 5 minutes when you do this. I find that it happens more when he is tired, but he does not like people touching his plate. He can get that way when you touch his toys too. He is usually ok when his brother touches his toys/plays with him but more than once I have touched a toy that he was playing with and have seen a mini temper tantrum. The other day I pressed a button on his music table and he crawled to the other side of the room, laid face down on the ground and cried. Then he got back up and went to play just like it never happened. I think at this point these little mini outbursts are more frustration that he can't communicate with us than they are his temperament but we will see as he gets a bit older.

He is still on the bottle, though he is mostly getting whole milk and only having formula once or twice a day (until we finish this can - then he is done). We are working on the sippy cup, but I just don't think that we have found the right one yet. He does ok, but not good enough to replace the bottle yet. My goal is to have him off the bottle completely by the end of the year. We will see if that works. With our older one we just stopped giving him the bottle and he started using the cup (with some prodding) I don't know if this guy will be so easy.

I was looking at our Christmas pictures from last year and it is amazing to see that little guy as a newborn (one month old) and then look at him now.

What is he saying:

Dada

Mama (sometimes)

Up

Ba (for his bottle or a cup....basically anything you can drink out of is "ba")

More

Hi

Bye

Yay

Brother (well it isn't always clear be he is getting there)

High Five (not very clear) - new this month

Look - new this month

No...I wonder where he learned that - his Big Brother???

*He is now starting to copy everything we say too so he has said ball, hat, etc...but doesn't really say them regularly.

he also understands and reacts to (but does not yet say):

Hug

Kiss

Clap

If you ask where his feet are he points to them

Favorite Toys:

Leapfrog Learning Table - now that he can move this is even more of a favorite...we have hard wood floors so he pushes it around the house and lets go and dances with the music

His Noah's Ark (Little People) that he got for his Baptism - we ended up getting him the Little People Nativity set for his Birthday.

Laugh and Learn puppy

His brother dinosaurs

Anything that makes noise

Anything that he can bite on

Anything that he finds that he is not supposed to be playing with :)

Tooth Count:

We are at 10 teeth. In the last couple of weeks we have added a molar and an eye tooth. It looks as if there are at least two more coming in the near future.

What is he eating:

I don't even know what to write here anymore since he is eating just about anything and everything that we give him. He is such a good eater. On a regular basis we are trying to stick to a protein, a fruit and a veggie at lunch and dinner and for breakfast cereal or an egg and fruit. Since he is mostly on finger foods and table foods he gets what we are having he was a little tired when it came time for Thanksgiving dinner, but he has been loving the leftovers. He also tried Milk for the first time. He seems to be doing ok with it. He has it about once a day and the other bottles are formula. Once we finish this container the formula will be done and he will be strictly on whole milk and it will be time to increase our milk budget again.

Meats/Proteins: He eats a lot of chicken, he LOVES Fish, he eats Turkey (which means that he will LOVE his birthday dinner-on Thanksgiving), meatballs, meatloaf, as I said he had tries a couple bites of sausage and probably would have eaten a ton of it if I let him.

Veggies: He eats anything that we give him. He loves Sweet Potato (and white potato) and Squash and I am planning to make pumpkin this weekend so we will try that with him too. He inhaled his broccoli and cauliflower the other day. He does really well with his veggies - he could teach our 5 year old a thing or two :)

Fruits: Again, he eats just about everything we give him. He tried cranberries for the first time this month (see my cranberry baby food recipes). He loves banana's and apples but will eat anything we put in front of him.

Juice: He has had it a couple of times. He does not get it regularly. Every now and then when we have been out for breakfast he will get some but he has really only had a few tastes of it. We did let him try some apple cider the other day though.

Least Favorite Foods:

NOTHING...I have not been able to find a food that this little man does not like. He eats everything (fingers crossed that this continues since our 5 year old eats nothing)!!!




Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Let your baby share in the Thanksgiving fun

Check out my Thanksgiving baby food recipes at Simply Healthy Baby Food and let you little one's experience all the fun food of the holiday!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Don't buy that canned cranberry this year - here is a super simple Cranberry Sauce recipe

Cranberries are a favorite in our house so now is the time that we stock up on Fresh Cranberries (I will freeze a bunch too) for desserts, meals, side dishes and even some fun Holiday cocktails.

Last night we made a cranberry sauce with apples this is already the second batch that we have made this year. This is a staple in our house during the fall. It is so easy, I even have my 5 year old help with it. The best part....my 5 year old (who will not eat anything and will not try new foods) said last night while trying some pork cooked with cranberry sauce, that cranberries and apples make everything taste yummy. If it gets him to try something new I am all for it. He can have cranberries and apples on everything.

Why make your own cranberry sauce

- It is so easy to make, you just throw everything in the pot and stir every now and then

- It tastes much better than that stuff that comes in a can

- You can use the leftovers to jazz up many other dishes (see what to use it for section below)

What you need:

- A 1 lb bag of Fresh Cranberries

- 1 cup of fruit juice (you can use just about any kind - grape, cranberry, pomegranite, apple, apple cider)

- The zest of one orange

- The juice of that orange

- The zest of 1 lemon

- The juice of that lemon

- 1 cup sugar (depending on the sugar content in the juice you are adding you can modify this amount)

- 1 Apple (you can dice or chunk based on the consistency that you want to achieve)

What to do:

- Rinse Cranberries and add to a medium saucepan

- Add the 1 cup of the Juice of your choice (you can replace the juice with water, but I like the juice for added flavor)

- Add the juice from the orance and the lemon

- Add Sugar

- Cook on low until the the cranberries begin to pop

- Once the cranberries have begun to pop add:

- Zest from the orange

- Zest from the lemon

- The apple - I like to chunk it so that there are pieces of apple in the sauce, but this is a preference item

- Continue to cook until you reach the desired consistency. My preference is to still have some of the cranberries in tact as well as still having a bite to the apples.

Some other options:

- When adding the zest add raisins and walnuts

- When adding the zest add raisins, dried apricots, dried blueberries or dried cheeries (or some combination of the dried fruits)

- For a kick add jalepeno (diced very finely) at the beginning of the cooking process

What to use this sauce for:

Of course we serve it on Thanksgiving and sometimes Christmas, but you can do almost anything with this sauce. Here are some ideas:

- Try boneless pork ribs with a cranberry "bbq" sauce. Top the pork with the cranberry sauce, some mustard and some hot sauce and cook. When fully cooked it will have a sweet and spicy coating similar to a bbq sauce.

- Top leftover chicken breast (possibly lemon chicken) with the cranberry apple sauce for a quick dish that doesn't feel like your eating the same meal twice.

- Top pancakes or French Toast with either the plain cranberry apple recipe or the version that includes raisins and walnuts or the one that includes the dried fruit

- Combine with cream cheese for a stuffed french toast, reserve some of the sauce to top the french toast as well

- Use the cranberry cream cheese combo on your bagels

- For a new twist on Sweet Potato, mix a dollop of the cranberry sauce into your mashed sweet potato

- "Stuff" you acorn squash with it, the raisin walnut, or dried fruit versions work really well for this.

- Brighten up a spinich salad with chicken, sliced pears (or apples) and the raisin and walnut version of this cranberry sauce. Squeeze lemon over top. No dressing needed

- Add a kick to your everyday turkey sandwhich by topping with the jalepeno cranberry sauce

- Trying to cut out the mayo, spread cranberry sauce on you bread (for a turkey / chicken sandwhich) for a healthier alternative

- Blend the cranberry sauce with cream cheese and thin out as necessary and use as a dip for fruit

- Heat up the regular version or the dried fruit alternative for a fruit topping on your homemade ice cream sundae

- Brighten up your holiday pumpkin pie with a scoop (I use and ice cream scoop) of cranberry sauce right in the center of the pie

- Use as a topping for a cheesecake

- Put in your ice cube try and freeze (I do half cranberry sauce half water) for a fun alternative to ice in various drinks (add it Sparkling wine for a festive holiday drink and for your little ones put it in some ginger ale or flavored seltzer so that they can share in the fun). Or use these Frozen ice cubes in a festive cranberry margarita.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Super Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

We started making them at Christmas about 3 years ago and since then they have become a year round treat and a staple for parties, gifts, etc. They are a hit with kids and adults alike.


I typically make my own peanut butter cookies for this recipe, but we had some frozen peanut butter cookie dough from a school fundraiser so we decided to go with a quick version this weekend.

What you need:
  • Peanut Butter cookie dough (homemade or purchased)
  • Your favorite jelly or jam (we used traditional grape this weekend, but have made it with just about every kind you can think of)
What to do:
  • Bake the cookies for about 1/2 of the cooking time
  • Remove from oven
  • Use a small spoon to make round indentation in the cookie - my husband used his finger to make the indentations but I don't suggest that as the cookies will be hot.
  • Fill the openings with the Jelly
  • Bake for the remaining time on the recipe

These cookies are great on their own but here are some alternatives that we like:

For a kids party (assuming there are no peanut allergies) - Ice Cream Sandwiches:

Once the cookies are baked allow the to cool completely

Place on scoop of vanilla ice cream in between the two cookies and put back in the freezer until a few minutes before you are ready to serve

Variation: Get creative with the ice cream, try peanut butter cup ice cream or try black raspberry or cherry ice cream to complement the jelly.

Variation 2: Before putting the ice cream sandwhichs back in the freezer roll in crushed peanuts, crushed peanut butter cups or chocolate chips.

For the Adults- Ice Cream Sundae:

Who doesn't like an ice cream sundae? Well here is a twist that will surprise everyone at your dinner party.

Make a fruit compote (cook down with sugar and other flavorings as desired) with a fruit that is complementary to the jelly that you have used.

If you would like you can soak that fruit in Red wine or vodka, rum, etc...depending on the fruit that you have chosen to use or when you are cooking down the compote you can add to the cooking liquid.

In a clear serving devise, possibly a martini glass, layer a cookie, vanilla ice cream, and then the fruit compote (repeat as desired) instead of crushed walnuts on the sundae (as you may find at your local ice cream shop) go with crushed peanuts to complement the peanut butter cookie.

Variation: Instead of fruit compote - try drizzling chocolate sauce on the ice cream.

Monday, November 8, 2010

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Don't you just LOVE listening to your little one through the baby monitor

I woke up to the sound of my baby jumping and playing in his crib.  It is so much fun to see them try new things.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I Started my Baby Food Blog - Come Visit

Simply Healthy Baby Food is not up and running.  I am still playing around with formats and have a lot of new posts to add but stop by and follow so you will be updated as I add to it.

On this blog you will find my favorite baby food recipes along with tips and tools that will help you incorporate making baby food into you busy life. 

I hope you will stop by and let me know what you think.

Oh and I have a question - I can't remember how I added my blog label list to this blog.  Can somebody let me know. Thanks.

We have an 11 Month Old

We are just one short month away from the big 1 year birthday - my little man was 11 months on Monday. The big event will be Thanksgiving Day so I have already contemplated a Turkey Shaped Cake - we will see how that goes :) We have decided that we will have his party the following week (the first week of December). He is getting further and further away from being a baby with each day. He has gotton so much more verbal - most of it is still not coherent yet - but he is trying to communicate and does a surprisingly good job, even with his VERY limited vocabulary.

Monthly Recap:
He is climbing up on everything, including climbing up his father to try to get a toy on the windowsil behind the counch. He is still a cruiser, he hasn't attempted steps on his own yet...but he is letting go and standing on his own. He usually gets nervous once he realizes and either falls or grabs onto something. This weekend he was letting go a lot more so I have a feeling he will be getting more adventurous and that those first steps will be coming soon. Believe me I am not pushing it. He is at least a little bit easier to control when he is crawling.

He is into everything especially his brother's toys. We have been trying to teach the older one about making sure all of his toys get back in his room so that the baby can't get at any of the small pieces. We have actually moved to only allowing him to play with the toys with little pieces in his room at least until the baby gets passed the "everything goes in the mouth" stage. We were at my moms house and he actually found a penny under a table...luckily I saw his hand go toward his mouth (not knowing at the time what was in his hand...just assuming it was something he shouldn't have) and grabbed him quickly. I can tell that his little guy is going to be my trouble maker.

He LOVES his brother. He is now starting to be able to play so they are starting to entertain each other at least for a little bit here and there. More than anything they like to yell back and forth at each other while they are in the car. Who knew that this could be so entertaining. The older one will yell (or say something "uh-oh" is a favorite) and the baby will copy him...they will go back and forth like this for 20 minutes and they will both be laughing. We taught his "so big" this month and he will lift his arms when you say "how big is baby (or basically any name)" and he laughs every time he does it. If we sing "Happy and you know it" he will clap at the correct times and when we the final "clap your hands" he says "yay". I love seeing his personality begin to come through. He also colored/scribbled his first picture this month at my moms house. She said he mainly just wanted to bite on the crayon...but once he realized that it made colors on the paper he was a little more interested. My older guy was so excited that the baby was coloring with him.

What is he saying:
  • Dada
  • Mama (sometimes)
  • Up
  • Ba (for his bottle or a cup....basically anything you can drink out of is "ba")
  • More
  • Hi
  • Bye
  • Yay
  • uh-oh
  • Brother (well it isn't always clear be he is getting there)
he also understands and reacts to (but does not yet say):
  • Hug
  • Kiss
  • Clap
  • High Five (he actually does try to say high five....but it is not clear yet at all)
Favorite Toys:
Tooth Count:
Still holding strong a 8 teeth. We have our first molar beginning to come through, I can just see the white through him gums so I am assuming we will be up to at least 9 teeth when I write his 1 year post.

What is he eating:
I don't even know what to write here anymore since he is eating just about anything and everything that we give him. He is such a good eater. On a regular basis we are trying to stick to a protien, a fruit and a veggie at lunch and dinner and for breakfast cereal or an egg and fruit. Since he is mostly on finger foods and table foods he gets what we are having (for the most part) he even tried Kielbasi (though I only gave him a little - supplemented with a bunch of veggies and applesauce.
Meats/Protiens: He eats a lot of chicken, he LOVES Fish, he eats Turkey (which means that he will LOVE his birthday dinner-on Thanksgiving), meatballs, meatloaf, as I said he had tries a couple bites of sausage and probably would have eaten a ton of it if I let him.
Veggies: He eats anything that we give him. He loves Sweet Potato (and we gave him white potato - which we never give him and he was dancing with every bite because he liked it so much) and Squash and I am planning to make pumpkin this weekend so we will try that with him too.

Fruits: Again, he eats just about everything we give him. When we were apple picking, he actually held and apple and ate the whole thing himself (after my husband ate all of the skin off for him)

Juice: He doesn't drink juice yet. My mom gave him some the other day (not realizing because our older guy had juice by this point) but other than that he hasn't had any. For me it is one of those things that he doesn't need so why give it to him. I don't feel strongly that he SHOULDN't have it I just don't give it to him.
Least Favorite Foods:

NOTHING...I have not been able to find a food that this little man does not like. He eats everything (fingers crossed that this continues since our 5 year old eats nothing)!!!





Our **haunted** adventure

Last night our town held a haunted candy hunt for the children.  When I say haunted remember it was for children so the haunted part was that it was dark out with flashing lights and scary music...That was perfect-my 5 yo doesn't do well with anything that is more haunted than that. The kids dressed in thier costumes, brought there flashlights and a candy bag and they divided the little one up into age groups of about two years. They sent the kids out near (there werent actually supposed to climb on) the wooden playground and they were able to search for candy and grab as much as they could before the buzzer rang. I made it home from work just in time-I was so happy to be able to be there.  The 5yo was so excited and really had a good time.

It was such a fun Halloween Activity!!

My freebies so far this week

This is only Wednesday morning and I have ordered some great Freebies. Whats on the list?
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    Two Free Coffee Samples
    A womans deodorant sample
    A mens deodorant sample
    I picked up my 8X10 collage that I made last week
    and am working on another free album from Pixable...

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wordful Wednesday - Apple Picking

One more busy weekend under our belts...Actually this weekend wasn't too bad. We had some shopping to do on Saturday and then went to make dinner for my grandfather (he lives with my parents and they were out of town for the night so we decided to go visit and make some dinner). My husband cooked - he made pierogi, kielbasi and then our older guy helped me make an applesauce.  The baby LOVED his dinner - we just cut up a little bit of everything, gave him the plater and he ate everything.  He sat there like such a good boy while we were all eating.

On Sunday we planned to go apple picking.  We were going to go out for breakfast first but we got a late start so we stopped and grabbed some breakfast sandwich's from the diner before meeting my husbands uncle to go apple picking.  We got there (after about a half hour drive) to find out that we left the diaper bag at home (I though my husband had it, he thought I had it) and had one hungry baby on our hands.  So while our older guy finished his cider and watched how the made cider at the cider mill my husband ran out to CVS for a small container of formula and a bottle.  The beginning of our Apple Picking adventure did not go as smoothly as possible, but once we got going we all had a good time.  We got a bunch of apples....and some good pictures.  The baby ate an apple all by himself (after my husband ate the skin off for him), and our older guy had some trouble getting started because I think we have some more loose teeth on the way - but once he got going he ate two apples shoving them in the side of his mouth to bite :)

After apple picking we went to the pumpkin farm (right down the street) for a hayride and we picked up one more pumpkin.  We went pumpkin picking last weekend so we didn't really need any but since we were there we let the older guy pick out one more.










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Thursday, October 14, 2010

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Starting a Baby Food Blog

I decided that I am going to start a homemade baby food blog that will include our favorite recipes, tips and general information about making homemade baby food work for you.  I also plan to include recipes for "baby and family" that will show you how easy it is to make meals for the whole family (including baby) and some simple tips on how to convert your recipes between baby and the rest of the family.

First, please let me know if you are interested in following and I will let you know when the site is up and running. I am working on it now so it shouldn't be too long.

Second, if you have any recipes, tips, etc....that you want to share let me know.  We can do it in a guest post or I will post and link back to you making sure that you get the credit you deserve for sharing you ideas.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Pumpkin Picking








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Super Easy Applesauce for Baby (and the whole family)

1. Peel, core and cut apple into slices/chunks

2. Place slices or chunks into a pan with a little bit of water not completely covering the apples

3. Put a lid (or some tin foil) to cover the pan and let the apples stem until tender

It doesn't get much easier than that!!!! I love this recipe for a few reasons (1) there is no prep work except for peeling a few apples (2) you can throw it in the oven with whatever you have cooking (3) the house smells really good while it is cooking.

What to do once the apples are cooked:

For baby:

1.) Put the steamed apples into your blender, food processor, etc...

2.) Add some cooking liquid, if needed for desired consistency

*Serve this to baby as plain applesauce or mix with other fruit purees, veggie purees (carrots and apples go great together and I can even get my 5 year old who won't touch a veggie to eat it) or meat purees (chicken with apples). Applesauce with blueberries is a favorite in our house.

For older baby - who likes some consistency:

1.) Use your blender, food processor, etc... to break down the apples to smaller more manageable pieces or at this stage you should be able to mash them fairly easily too

2.) or just let them cool and dice them

3.) Once they are 8-10 month old (talk to you pediatrician first) you can add spices too, try a little bit of cinnamon or a cinnamon and nutmeg mixture

*Serve to you older baby as plain applesauce, mixed with meat or veggies, as finger food (apple dices).

**If they are too slippery for your little one to pick up, throw some cheerios in the food processor and grind them down into a powder, roll the apples in the cheerio powder to make them less slippery (I can't take credit for this idea, I borrowed it from wholesomebabyfood.com)

For you toddler:

1.) You can mash up / dice and serve as an applesauce

2.) Or serve the way it is (just cutting into smaller pieces as necessary) in place of baked apples

3.) For you toddler you can begin to make fun modifications: add spices (as noted above), sprinkle a little brown sugar on top, add raisins or dried cranberries (or other dried fruits)

*Once your toddler is at the age where consistency is no longer a problem you can do just about anything with the steamed apples. You can mix apples with just about any fruit for yummy variations to this applesauce. Instead of steaming, cook down some cranberries on the stove add the apples and have a cranberry applesauce which is a great compliment for chicken and turkey, or use this to replace those yucky jar cranberries for baby's first Thanksgiving. You may need to add some sugar if the cranberries are too tart - instead of sugar, many times I add fruit juice (the 100% juice kind)...it will sweeten your cranberries with less added sugar.

For the whole family:

There are a couple of options when it comes to making this applesauce to be enjoyed by everyone in your family. I usually just make sure I have really flavorful apples, steam them, and then portion out some that will blended for the baby and the rest that will be eaten as is (nothing fancy - just apples) by the rest of the family.

I also really like making two pans of it...one for baby (or anyone in your family who may prefer the plain version) and one for the rest of the family. The one for baby will be just plain apples. The one for the rest of the family will have fun additions as noted above.

*You can simply add some raisins / dried cranberries when it is cooking for a nice side dish to chicken , pork, turkey,etc...or you can mix it into your oatmeal in the morning. Another favorite is to peel and chop a sweet potato, place them in the pan with the apples and some dried cranberries and cook until the apples and sweet potato are tender. Then mash, combine and serve.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Weekend Wrap-Up

Once again we had a BUSY weekend, jam packed with fun fall activities. On Friday I didn't really end up getting out early because we have a lot going on at work, but when I did get home we went out for dinner with the boys (using one of my Restaurant.com gift cards - spent $1.50 for a $25 gc) and that was about it for Friday.

Then on Saturday my older guys school had a fall festival with games and craft projects for the kids, touch a truck, a haunted hallway and snacks (my husband offered to be in charge of the cotton candy). So we hung out there for a couple of hours. Since the baby decided to skip his morning nap he wasn't in the best of moods but he was ok. The older guy had so much fun and saw some friends from school there so he was able to play with them too. He also LOVED the fact that his daddy was the one making the cotton candy. My husband stayed to help clean up after the festival and I took the boys home for a nap (baby) and quiet time (for the older guy) and then when my husband got home we headed out to a local (well sort of local) Apply Festival. It is a huge one with food, games, rides, vendors, etc...and the best apple fritters - seriously people wait in line for an hour (at least) for these things. We had dinner there and spent the evening walking around a bit. Of course both boys fell asleep in the car on the way home.


 



















On Saturday night, we also had our baby sleep in his room for the first time. Yes, he is 10 months old but our bedrooms are on different floors of the house. Initially he stayed in out room because it was easy to have him right there when he was getting up during the night, then we kept him there because his sleep schedule wasn't in line with the older guy and the last thing I wanted was both of them up at the crack of dawn, then it just became easier to leave him there then to move him to his room - well....we finally did it. On Saturday he was exhausted and went right down with no problems, Sunday was a different story - he yelled for a while befor finally falling asleep (this is normal for him though....every night unless he is just about asleep we have a cry fest at bed time) so it's not his room, just the fact that he doesn't like going to bed.

Then onto Sunday...we went out for breakfast - my husband let our older guy choose where were going and he wanted to go to Hometown Buffet (great-I am not a fan at all) I have no idea why he likes it so much but he does. The baby is mostly on table foods at this point anyway so we choose the least sketchy things and let him try some...he had scrambled eggs and some of my omlet, a couple of bites of pancake, some banana, peas, garbanzo beans, cucumber and applesauce. Only a little of each item - but he kept yelling at us for more. He LOVES food. After breakfast we went to a small cider mill and got some cider and got to see how they make the cider...out older guy was surprisingly interested we were going to do some apple picking too, but we decided to go pumpkin picking instead. I am so happy we made that decision (we will probably go apple picking next weekend instead) I love the farm that we go pumpkin picking at. It is a perfect place to go with the whole family. They have a whole open area that is set up with pumpkins, squash, etc...the intent is that people will purchase them - but you mostly see children playing in them while the parents are taking pictures. They also have these little houses for the children to play in, a corn maze, and a hayride that brings you out to the field for pumpkin picking. I knew that the 5 year old would have fun, but I wasn't too sure about the baby. Especially since he was a cranky pants on Saturday. They both had a great time. We let the little one get down on the ground and crawl around / play with the pumpkins. He got really dirty but he had a good time.







The only sad part of our weekend was that while we were on the hayride my husband sat on our camera and broke the screen. So for the second half of pumpkin picking we were just pointing and shooting - couldn't really see what we were taking pictures of. It works out well though - I wanted a new camera anyway :)





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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Have you tried the PlayStation®Move yet???






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PlayStation®Move redefines motion gaming with a realistic gaming experience only possible on the PlayStation®3 system.

The system has an ergonomically designed, easy-to-use controller captures a full range of motion giving you ultimate control over how you play the game. This also makes the games easy to play for everyone in the family including you little ones who may have difficulty with tradional video game controllers. Beyond that ther is a large selection of games including sports, action, party, family, and shooters making this the perfecr games system for the family to enjoy together.

This is easy for anyone to grab the motion controller and start playing even if you aren't a true video game fan. The games are intuitive and the movements necessary to work these games are natural especially since PS Move transforms your movements right onto the screen. This ensures that you have control over every movement in every game.
The PlayStation®Move is fun for the whole family - why not have a weekly game night with you children and the "Start the Party" game for PlayStation®Move.  This is a game where up to three friends can compete head to head in over 20 mini-games. Your little ones will test there accuracy while dive deep and spearing pufferfish as well as destroying an ever-approaching robot or hunting ghosts.

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I am going to check it out this weekend, how about you?

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