Be The Good

Dear Sis,

The Littles and Granna left Friday for Montana and they won’t be back for a month! Now that I have no Nanny schedule, Mr. Baby and I have time on our hands, which has fueled a much needed cleaning, organizing, and general nesting campaign around our home! We have a huge blank wall in our entry way and I am rounding up elements for another wall gallery🙂 

I saw a sign like this on Pinterest a few years ago and I’ve wanted to make it ever since. Now I have! We’ll keep you posted on our progress:)

Love,

b

 

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Pence Jug Knit Along

Pence Jug Knit Along

Starts: Sunday July 9th

Step by step portions of the pattern will be posted at the beginning of each week. These portions will include photographs, and other other helpful directions. This is a social event, so if you ever have questions, please ask! Wanna chat, and share pictures… please do! And if you want to join, just let me know! The knit along directions will take five weeks.

Material List: 

  1. Size 00 & 0 Double Point Knitting Needles or Circular Needles (You will need both sizes of needles)
  2. 15 grams of size 11/0 galvanized glass beads, or if you are lucky enough to find them… you can use antique steel cut french beads
  3. 25 grams of silk lace yarn (size 0 or 2/20) or beading thread
  4. Stainless Steel Blank Ring size 9 – 11

Where to get all these supplies? I carry everything you need to make a pence jug, and can thread your beads onto your silk for you, in my Etsy Store

If you are going to thread the beads onto your own, it will take about two hours to do by hand. A bead spinner will help expedite the process. Here is the bead spinner I use.

The Pattern

Week One

Week Two 

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

The History of the Pattern

The Pence jug is a very old style of miser purse. The pattern we will be working on, was developed by studying an original in the Smithsonian Institution that is dated 1830 – 1860.  It is a very small purse, that only measured 4 inches tall, by 2 ” wide. 

 

A few more fun photos of pence jugs I have made


 

I look forward to working on this project with everyone, and seeing all your pretty pence jugs! Please email, or comment on my blog or facebook with any questions! Don’t have time to make a pence jug, you can order one custom made to suit your preference from my Etsy store!

Cheers,

~ Jamie Quick

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Salad Pittsburgh Style

Dear Sis,

I invited a neighbor for dinner tonight. I made Salmon Patties and Strawberry Romaine Salad with Raspberries Vinaigrette and Fries. I forgot that fries on a salad was a regional thing, but it just may catch on in Texas:) 

Salmon Patties
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 pound fresh salmon
  2. 1/2 c Italian bread crumbs
  3. 2 eggs, beaten
  4. 1/4 c dry cranberries
  5. 2 T mayonaise
  6. 1 T avocado oil
Instructions
  1. Bake salmon at 450 for 10 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Peel off skin. Flake salmon with a fork.
  2. Combine flaked salmon, bread crumbs, eggs, cranberries, and mayonnaise. Shape into 4-5 patties.
  3. Panfry patties in oil over medium heat until golden on each side. Serve warm over Strawberry Romaine Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette.
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It turns out Salmon Patties make great finger food for babies!

Strawberry Romaine Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
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Salad
  1. 4 c chopped romaine lettuce
  2. 1/4 c chopped carrots
  3. 1/4 c sliced radishes
  4. 1/4 c sliced strawberries
  5. 1/4 c shredded gouda cheese
  6. baked french fries (optional)
Dressing
  1. 1/2 c raspberries
  2. 1 T brown sugar
  3. 1 T olive oil
  4. 1 t balsamic vinegar
Salad
  1. Toss together lettuce, carrots, radishes, strawberries, and cheese.
  2. Top with warm french fries just before serving.
Dressing
  1. Puree together all ingredients with an immersion blender. Drizzle over salad as desired.
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Love,

b

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Feeding Baby – Introducing Yogurt

Dear Sis,

At our six month baby well check, the pediatrician suggested introducing yogurt and meats to Mr. Baby to help bulk him up:) Yogurt is a simple baby food!

Yogurt (6 mo +)

We purchase organic whole milk yogurt. We make mix up a fruit puree and then add 1T yogurt. It really is that simple! 

Making yogurt is old hat for us, but for those who are interested you can learn how here. Yogurt Making is surprisingly simple!

Fruit and Yogurt is one of our favorite breakfast options.

Fresh pureed banana, thawed peach and strawberry, and 1 T yogurt.

Ready to eat!

 

Happy Baby Feeding!

b

Introducing Cereal

DIY Stage One Foods & DIY Stage Two Foods

Introducing Meats

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Feeding Baby – DIY Stage Two Foods

Dear Sis,

Now that we are six months old and all  stage one foods have passed the 3 day tolerance test, we can start blending fruits and veggies during some meals:) Stage two also introduces new fruits and veggies to tolerance testing. We tested at breakfast by serving a new food alone or paired with a stage one food we know is safe. Lunch and dinner we get to pallet play with our whole spectrum of tested tastes.

Stage Two Veggies (6 mo +)

Stage two foods are typically a bit thicker than stage one foods, but they are still strained. Especially for babies who don’t have any teeth yet!

Beets

Baking Instructions: Wash and trim greens from fresh beets.  Bake in an oven safe dish, covered with foil at 350 for an 45 minute – an hour. Baking time varies based upon size of beet root.  Stand until cooled enough to handle. Then, peel, chop, and puree.

Steaming Instructions: Wash and trim away greens from fresh beets. Then, peel, chop, and steam 8-10 minutes before pureeing.

Corn (technically a grain)

Fresh Instructions: Boil shucked ears of corn 5-7 minutes, cool enough to handle, and cut corn from cob before pureeing.

Frozen Instructions: Thaw and puree.

Parsnips

Peel and chop. Steam parsnips 8-10 minutes and turnips 15 minutes before pureeing.

Pumpkin

We purchase canned puree and spoon it into freezer containers to portion. 

For puree from fresh pumpkin, purchase 1 1/4 pound pie pumpkin. Half and scoop out seeds.

Baking Instructions:  Place facedown on a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 375 for 1 1/2 hours. Cool enough to handle, scoop fresh of pumpkin from skin, and puree.

Steaming Instructions:  Quarter, steam pumpkin 20 minutes, puree.

Spinach

Fresh Instructions: Purchase organic greens with stems removed. Steam 3-5 minutes in small batches before pureeing.

Frozen Instructions: Thaw and puree.

Stage Two Fruits (6 mo +)

Apricots

Dried Apricots:  Rehydrate fruit by steeping 30 minutes in boiling water, as with tea. Remove fruit from water, use reserved water as needed when pureeing.

Fresh:  No cooking is needed. Simply wash and chop fresh apricots before pureeing.

Berries (Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries)

No cooking required. Wash and remove stems before pureeing.

Berries are acidic. In some babies, they cause diaper rash. As I precaution, I make sure berries are no more than 50% of a puree blend.  If your baby is adversely affected, wait until 1 year of age and then try again.

Cherries

Fresh: Stem and pit before pureeing uncooked fruit.

Frozen: Thaw and puree.

Compatible Flavors

Apple is compatible with Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Beet, Blueberry, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Cherry, Green Bean, Mango, Peach, Pear, Pumpkin, Raspberry, Spinach, Strawberry, Sweet Corn, Sweet Pea, and Sweet Potato.

Apricot is compatible with Apple, Banana, Blueberry, Carrot, Cherry, Mango, Peach, Pear, Pumpkin, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Sweet Corn.

Avocado is compatible with Apple, Banana, Beet, Blueberry, Mango Peach, Pear, Raspberry, and Strawberry.

Banana is compatible with Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Blueberry, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Cherry, Green Bean, Mango, Parsnip, Peach, Pear, Pumpkin, Raspberry, Spinach, Strawberry, Sweet Corn, Sweet Pea, and Sweet Potato.

Beet is compatible with Apple, Avocado, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Parsnip, Pear, Pumpkin, Sweet Corn, and Sweet Potato.

Blueberry is compatible with Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Carrot, Cherry, Mango, Peach, Pear, Raspberry, Spinach, and Strawberry.

Butternut Squash is compatible with Apple, Banana, Beet, Carrot, Cherry, Green Bean, Parsnip, Peach, Pear, Spinach, Sweet Corn, Sweet Pea, and Sweet Potato.

Carrot is compatible with Apple, Apricot, Banana, Beet, Blueberry, Butternut Squash, Green Bean, Parsnip, Pear, Pumpkin, Raspberry, Spinach, Sweet Corn, Sweet Pea, and Sweet Potato.

Cherry is compatible with Apple, Apricot, Banana, Blueberry, Butternut Squash, Mango, Peach, Pear, Pumpkin, and Sweet Corn.

Green Bean is compatible with Apple, Banana, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Sweet Peas, Parsnip, Peach, Pear, Pumpkin, Sweet Corn, and Sweet Potato.

Mango is compatible with Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pear, Raspberry, and Strawberry.

Parsnip is compatible with Apple, Banana, Beet, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Green Bean, Pear, Pumpkin, Spinach, Sweet Corn, Sweet Pea, and Sweet Potato.

Peach is compatible with Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Blueberry, Cherry, Green Bean, Mango, Pear, Raspberry, Spinach, and Strawberry.

Pear is compatible with Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Beet, Blueberry, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Cherry, Green Bean, Mango, Parsnip, Peach, Pumpkin, Raspberry, Spinach, Strawberry, Sweet Corn, Sweet Pea, and Sweet Potato.

Raspberry is compatible with Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Blueberry, Carrot, Mango, Peach, Pear, Spinach, and Strawberry.

Spinach is compatible with Apple, Banana, Blueberry, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Parsnip, Peach, Pear, Pumpkin, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Sweet Potato.

Sweet Corn is compatible with Apple, Apricot, Banana, Beet, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Cherry, Green Bean, Parsnip, Pear, Sweet Pea, and Sweet Potato.

Sweet Pea is compatible with Apple, Banana, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Green Bean, Parsnip, Pear, Pumpkin, Sweet Corn, and Sweet Potato.

Sweet Potato is compatible with Apple, Banana, Beet, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Green Bean, Parsnip, Pear, Spinach, Sweet Corn, and Sweet Pea.

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Each puree and puree combination has its own consistency. However I’ve discovered that a very specific consistency is idea for feeding. If the food is too liquid-y it tends to fall out of babies mouth or splatter during the eating process. We mix in cereal a sprinkle at a time, until we reach the desired consistency.

Now that baby is bigger it is perfectly normal to be eating up to 4T, three meals a day. Mr. Baby’s hunger is less substantial, at a norm of 3T, three meals a day.

Happy Baby Feeding!

b

Introducing Cereal

DIY Stage One Foods

Introducing Meats & Yogurt

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