Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Homemade Baby Food: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes seem to be Fiona's favorite food - aside from breast milk - so far.  It's a great first food for babies 4-6 months old because it has a low allergy risk, and sweet potatoes are high in potassium as well as Vitamins A and C.  Plus they're just yummy.

Sweet Potato Puree
  • 1 peeled sweet potato, either boiled or steamed until soft
  • about 1 cup of water
  • In a blender or food processor blend sweet potatoes and water until smooth
This will make quite a bit of food, so you might want to freeze some in ice-cube trays, then store them in baggies or containers.  Frozen food lasts up to 2 months in the freezer or 2-3 days in the fridge.

Random photos of our lives lately

Lots of baby music classes

Evan Jr. is taking up archery

...and is quite good

Me?  Not so much

Fiona likes to eat leaves

Outside Grauman's Chinese Theater

The famous Roosevelt Hotel

The Kodak Theatre (unfortunately we were one week too early for the Academy Awards)

A night out dancing for Courtney's birthday (my first since finding out I was pregnant LAST December!)

Evan's grandfather's 88th birthday

Other than that there's been a lot of making sure the baby girl doesn't get into anything since she's becoming more and more mobile.

I've been experimenting even more with vegan cooking.  This website is my favorite new thing.  

I'm reading this book, and it's pretty interesting - although to me most of it is common sense.

We're getting ready for little league season to take over our lives (which I think is good since it means more time at the park!)

And Fiona and I are taking a week-long trip to California.  I CAN'T WAIT!  

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hangin' with Mom

The weather here in Vegas has been unbelievably gorgeous the last few days.  The past week has been filled with lots of walks, little picnics and anything that involves being outside.  Baby girl has been eating  "real food" once or twice a day lately, and we love to take them outside for her to enjoy.  

I think she love hangin' with mom ALMOST as much as she loves her sweet potatoes.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Six Months

Our little baby girl turned 6 months old the other day.  It's so cliche to talk about how time flies, isn't it?  So I'm not going to say that.  We all know how time flies.  Every single month I hear at least 2 people say, "Can you believe it's already [insert month here]?"  And every holiday season I hear, "Can you believe it's already the holidays?"  And then I point out that it's actually only August, they're just starting the Christmas commercials earlier and earlier.  But anyway, the point is that time flies and Fiona is half a year old!!!!  She's starting to eat real food (well, pureed versions of it) and she'll be crawling any day now.  It's not fair that they grow this fast, but every day is a new adventure and she is even more fun the more she learns.  She's the best thing ever, and we are all so blessed to have such a wonderful little person in our lives.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Homemade Baby Food

It's surprising to me how many people opt to feed their babies commercial baby food over the fresh, homemade stuff.  I mean, we don't - at least we shouldn't - eat every meal out of a jar or box on the shelf, so why do we feed this to our babies?  Yes, you can buy commercial baby food that says "organic" or "no preservatives" on the label, but it's still food in a jar that sits there on a shelf for YEARS!  If there are no preservatives, then how can it last for years, you ask?  Because it's been cooked to the point that no bacteria can possibly survive it.  But guess what else can't survive it; nutrients.  I'm not saying these foods are bad; I'm just saying fresh is better, and maybe commercial baby food should be an exception not the everyday norm.

Making homemade food is so easy, I can't even begin to tell you!  I started a couple of weeks ago with oatmeal, and now I'm on a baby food frenzy.  Making a week's worth of food literally takes 3 minutes...and that includes cleaning all the crap up.  So I decided to post little recipes so that other moms can see just how simple and quick it is.

These are some foods that are good for babies 4-6 months old.  They're good because they have the lowest allergy risk.  Squash, pears and zucchini are also very safe foods for new eaters.  

To make homemade green pea puree

  • 1 cup frozen or steamed fresh peas
  • 1/4 cup water

  • Blend peas and water until smooth, adding more water if a runnier texture is desired

I use the Baby Bullet only because I got it as a Christmas gift.  Any blender or food processor works perfectly well.

*Tip - These little cups come with the Baby Bullet, but you can buy portion containers in the baby section of any store.  I actually prefer using ice-cube trays.  It's a perfect single portion, and once they're done you can pop them out and store in zip-lock bags with the date written on them.

Thaw and serve whenever you like.
Food is good for 2-3 days in the fridge and about 2 months in the freezer.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

My First Guest Blog Post

Deborah Ryan is freelance writer who writes two blogs, "I am Wondering About" and "Follow me Traveller".  She writes on a variety of topics and, she's one of the sweetest people I've gotten to know through blogging.  She's super supportive and kind, and she even asked me to write a little guest post on her blog about Evan's new book!  I think wanting to help us share our venture with others is the highest compliment, and we're so grateful for her.  You can visit her blog and read my post here.   

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Giveaway! - Closed

Today's giveaway is from Our Life, the company my husband started!
He will be giving away two Our Life Together books.
Our Life Together is a fun questionnaire/scrapbook for couples to fill out together to get to know one another.  It's the perfect gift for your significant other or to give another couple!

The cool thing about it is that when you go to the website, you can customize your book with your names on the cover and your own photos.
The website will automatically pull photos from your Facebook account, and you can add photos from your computer as well.
For a chance to win your own book (which you will be able to personalize) please visit Our Life, "like" them on Facebook here then leave a comment below telling me what you think.
Good luck!
Winners will be announced Tuesday, Valentine's Day!

The Beach Part 2

Okay, so I'm definitely that annoying mamarazzi that never stops taking pictures.  There are too many cute ones not to share, so I decided to post a these photos of the rest of our weekend in California.  More walking on the beach, the farmer's market (I wish we had these kind in Vegas, ours are so lame) and walking on the pier.  I can't believe how hot it is there in wintertime!  Our little Feefs was sweating her butt off, so we lunched with a naked baby.


You can see the rest of the photos here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Beach

A couple of weekends ago Evan, Chad and our good friend Mark wanted to take a motorcycle ride to California.  Not to be left out of any adventures, we girls rode behind in Mark's wife, Amy's SUV.  It was Fiona's first time to the beach, and it was SO much fun.  My sister and I turn into little kids at the beach, and I have a feeling Fiona loved it just as much.

The weekend started out a little rocky.  It took WAY too long to get there because we took an unfamiliar way, and then once we made it to Evan's dad's house, we locked ourselves out and the boys had to break in through the back door by climbing up over the balcony... He lives on the second floor.

But we made it, and the rest of the weekend was filled with walks on the beach, a farmer's market and lunch on the pier at Redondo Beach.

These photos are from the evening we first got there.  I love the first one because I have a photo of myself in the exact same spot posing almost the exact same way when I was pregnant with the little munchkin.  You can see it here.  I think I'll keep it going every time we visit Evan's dad.  It'll be fun to see her there at different stages.

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