Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Don't Do as I Do

Those famous words! Don't do as I do. Do as I tell you. No. I don't want that to be a common phrase in the B. home, but I can't avoid it in this case.

This is my attempt at Josh's Birthday Peanut Butter Pie. It was so tasty and I'm not really that big of a fan of PB. I used the Pioneer Woman's recipe in yesterday's blog and then took a shortcut. I didn't make my own crust. Forgiveness, please!

Large Man Says: A resounding 10!
Fire Extinguisher Readiness (difficulty level):  2 - Super easy and I don't even own a hand mixer!

Now for the hypocrisy...

This is squash. It's in the oven. Zzzzz...

This is step three of too many in the baby food making process. I'm roasting it, then peeling it, then pureeing (is that a word?) it, then freezing it. I'm totally bored with Liam's menu options, but I don't want to spoil his perfectly healthy body, like Mom & Dad have (See PB pie). I am willing to continue to make his food, but I need some fresh ideas!

I don't want the subtitle of this blog to be a lie. It IS a blog for moms of all ages and stages! But, to be honest, this is the stage that I'm in, so if you've been in this stage and can offer some ideas, I'll take em!

Did you make your baby's food and if so, do you have any easy recipes or prep tips?


  1. check this out, I got this book as a shower gift and can't wait to start trying, the author has several different books Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby by Annabel Karmel

  2. I made my girls' baby food and one thing I LOVED and so did my youngest, is that Costco sells organic frozen veggies. The one favorite was the garden mix (carrots, peas, green beans and corn.) BEST thing ever! it gives a little variety, you have all the different veggies together, and all you have to do is steam and puree! Squash is great but VERY time consuming...roasting takes FOREVER! I would also do yams, peel, cut in small chunks and boil and once tender puree. Don't boil in a ton of water and just enough until tender and you won't loose that much of the nutrients.

  3. Our pediatrician told us to puree whatever we were eating - of course following the right foods for the baby's age. However, I also had a book titled The Healthy Baby Cookbook. It had several recipes for each eating stage (first foods thru toddler snacks). I fondly remember pureeing everything I could get my hands on and then freezing it all in ice cube trays (easy portions for little eaters!). I would try to spend one day a week, usually a day when my husband was home to entertain the baby (-ies), to cook/puree. While it was time consuming - or monotonous when a finicky eating stage hit - it was well worth it!! I'd do it all over again!

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    2. Let me try this comment again (I had to fix a typo!!):
      I'm intrigued by the idea of 'Once A Month Cooking'....I recently found a great website for this type of cooking (although I have yet to tackle it!!), but they have a variety of menu plans and one just happens to be a baby menu!! Here's a link...it might give you some ideas: http://onceamonthmom.com/menus/baby-food/
      **I did read that they realize busy moms can't spend a full day in the kitchen prepping that many meals at one time, so they break it down into an easier-to-accomplish format!!**

  4. I love making our baby food, I felt it was getting bland the same things over and over. www.wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com
    has some great recipes for combinations of foods to puree together. I freeze everything in Ice Cube trays!

  5. Yup - we did pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, peaches (no need to cook the fruit), beans, apples, pears, peas, blueberries, asparagus, spinach and tomatoes, carrots and cinnamon, broccoli, cauliflower, beets (those were a favorite and still are solid). After 10 months I just started pureeing everything we had for dinner. And if there were chunks then there were chunks. She could handle it. But the Happy Baby food packs (available at Target) were a lifesaver for those days when we were out and about or I didn't have time to do enough food over the weekend.