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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?
  • A Free 20 page photobook from Picaboo
    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...

    Thanks for all of the great deals FrugalFabulousFinds and Freebies4Mom. Check out the FB Pages linked here or follow them on their blogs and twitter!!!

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

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Silly Bandz....

Do all kids LOVE these silly elastic bands that look like animals, pirates, etc...? Am I the only mom who can never tell what they are supposed to be....I had the hardest time finding the "pietri" in the dinosaur bag this evening.

I don't love them being all over my house...but I do love the fact that they are a great (and cheap) reward for my 5 year olds good behavior.  On Amazon they sell 24 fsilly bandz or about $3.00...At Ocean State Job Lot I got a package of 12 for $0.88 though.  Tonight we gave our little guy 1 silly band for doing so well with his homework and letters today...and he was so happy - you would have thought we gave him some big crazy expensive toy.

So I guess I will be stocking up on the silly bands :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

He is kissing...

My baby is kissing and blowing kisses. It is soooooo cute..I love it.

This morning he was in our bed after his bottle and before we got up and he crawled across the bed to me and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I love this age.

If you ask him for a kiss he will usually kiss you on the cheek, though sometimes he will blow you a kiss instead. I love that he understands the word "kiss" so I can just tell him I want a kiss and he will give me one. If you blow a kiss to him he will blow a kiss back to you.

We started working on Hugs yesterday and associating the word with the action!!!

Our Weekend: Wordful Wednesday

We had a very busy weekend - Friday and Saturday were mostly consumed with last minuted things for our little guys Chrsitening on Sunday, but we did make some time to go to a local Apple Festival on Saturday.

The Apple Festival was a lot of fun - and the weather was great. We let the older guy play some games, he was amazed by the guy on stilts, we shared an apple crisp and a lemon ice. Our older guy did some sand art and then we went on a horse drawn carriage ride before heading out. It was a lot of fun - we usually do more fall festivals than we have been able to do so far this year - we have just been so busy so we wanted to take time out of all the other things that we had to do this weekend to spend some time outside with the boys.





On Sunday we had the baby's Christening...Finally - we have been trying to plan it for what seems like forever. He looked adorable and was so well behaved. I think he likes being the center of attention. I was so happy to find out that we were the only family - the Deacon who did the Baptism was wonderful and made everything so personal for us. The Deacon had all of the children under 10 come up to help him bless the water to make it Holy Water and let the big brother blow out the candle that they lit for part of the blessing. The kids felt so special to be able to be a part of it. We had about 30 people attend it was perfect. Everyone came back to my parents house (because I can't fit 30 people in my house comfortably) and we had appetizers and dinner. Two of my cousins brought there babies so out little man loved having other little ones to play with. I have 3 cousins under the age of 9 too, so that kept our older guy busy. We had a great meal....partially catered, partially made by my husband with sides from my mom, my grandfather and my husbands granmother - I love our family they always bring things when we are having a party and it makes things so much easier.

We decided to buy the cake...for birthday's my husband usually makes it, but for this we decided to buy one. We got it at Sam's Club (have you ever gotten a cake there? we have had really good experiences there and it is really cheap) I am so glad that we decided to go that route...just one less thing to have to think about.








We had an amazing weekend...unfortunately it ended with me going to the doctor on Monday for a sinus infection :(

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Busy Day!!!

We have been running all day.  We  have been super busy getting things ready for the baby's baptism tomorrow.  We had a bunch of running to do for last minute things (food, a new outfit for our older guy, spanx for mommy,etc...)  We started our morning with breakfast out and our little man was loving it.  He ate scambled eggs and a banana and tried some french toast and potato - he was dancing everytime he tried a bite of the potato.  Our older guy tried my eggs benedict and LOVED it...

Then there were a bunch of stores...we broke the day up with a local apple festival to give the boys some time out of the car / shopping cart.  They had fun - our older guy was amazed by the guy on stilts and was really excited about going on the horse drawn carriage.  Then there was more shopping and back home. 

We are just about ready for tomorrow - my husband is out getting a couple of additional things that we forgot at the grocery store (that always happens doesn't it).  So now I am hoping to be in bed early and ready to start what I expect will be a wonderful day with family and friends tomorrow.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Now it is time for my weekend to begin

TWO more train stops and then I am home with my boys. We have a busy weekend with a local apple festival tomorrow and last minute prep for the baby's baptism that we are finally having this Sunday. Picture day at school is Monday too so there will some shopping for the 5 year old at some point too - maybe tonight!!!

I am just hoping that this cold that sprung up on me yesterday doesnt get any worse...
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