Just a Wednesday with Family

Dear Sis,

This morning we were still battling leftover chicken from Sunday. By Granny’s request, I set about making my yummy Cranberry Chicken Salad during Mr. Baby’s morning nap. 

Afterward, we got back to work on our various organization projects. I love helping Granny in anyway I can, but organizing is tricky. I can’t make big decisions about what stays and goes and what things ought to go where. I was moral support, extra hands, and the like-item-grouper:) 

Mr. Baby and Uncle David

Mr. Baby and Aunt Jerm

Mr. Baby is curious about what Uncle David and Cousin Ethan are looking at on the phone.

Love,

b

 

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Lemon Ice Box Pie

Dear Sis,

Aunt Jerm, Uncle David, and the cousins came over to make chicken fajitas on the grill. Granny made Cherry Delight and Lemon Ice Box Pie for dessert. The two pies go splendidly together. I got half a slice of each and alternated bites. 

Lemon Ice Box pie looks a lot like a Lemon Meringue Pie, but is has a fluffier lighter flavored lemon filling.

Granny's Lemon Ice Box Pie
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. graham cracker pie shell
  2. 3 eggs, separated
  3. 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  4. 1/2 c lemon juice (fresh is best)
  5. 1 t lemon zest
  6. 1/4 t cream of tartar
  7. 1/3 c sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Beat yolks. Stir in milk and juice. Pour into crust.
  3. Beat whites and cream of tartar, gradually adding sugar, until stiff peeks form.
  4. Spread over pie.
  5. Bake 15 minutes to brown meringue. Cool to touch before chilling. Chill completely before serving.
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Love,

b

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Solar Eclipse

Dear Sis,

The motivation for our trip was to watch the Solar Eclipse in Nashville. Visiting with family broadened the appeal! Once again aunts, uncles, cousins, and even Granny’s boyfriend Flo, gathered. In the hour leading to the big event, small groups would parade outside to see how things were progressing. Cousin Blue made a good picture and was kind enough to share it.

As you can see, in the photo, it was a bit cloudy. Sadly the whole two and a half minutes of the eclipse in full effect was behind a cloud. It was still a neat experience. The street lights came on and crickets chirped in the middle of the day. Aunt Steph and Uncle Jim brought a light up frisbee and tossed it around the parking lot with the cousins. It was neat to watch!

Love,

b

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Granny’s Chicken Tetrazzini

Dear Sis,

Mr. Baby noticed Granny looking outside this morning and he was curious to see for himself. It was a cool moment to capture!

The aunts, uncles, and cousins came for round two of food and visiting. We spent the afternoon together turning the previous day’s leftover grilled chickens into Chicken Tetrazzini, which I discovered makes great baby food!

Granny's Chicken Tetrazzini
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. spaghetti, cooked
  2. 3 c shredded leftover rotisserie chicken
  3. 1 lg. can cream of mushroom soup
  4. 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
  5. 1 onion, chopped
  6. 1/2 c grated Parmesan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine pasta, chicken, soup, cheddar, and onion. Pour into a 9x13 casserole dish.
  3. Top with Parmesan. Bake 30 minutes until bubbly and golden.
Notes
  1. * Goes well with tossed salad.
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Love,

b

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Visiting Nashville Family

Dear Sis,

We got into town yesterday afternoon, but the real fun started this morning with breakfast. Granny made Sausage Balls which she says were very popular amongst church ladies in years past:)

Granny's Sausage Balls
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. breakfast sausage
  2. 3 c biscuit mix (such as bisquick)
  3. 2 c shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine all ingredients. Roll into balls. Place on cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 10 - 15 minutes.
Notes
  1. * Gluten free baking mix substitutes well in this recipe.
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Uncle Jim and Aunt Stephanie came over around lunch time to grill chickens and make ice cream. While the food was grilling/churning, we had a kitchen full of music.

Then Great Aunt Ginny and Great Uncle Kelly popped in for a visit!

Like you, Great Aunt Ginny and Great Uncle Kelly have to be home to feed the animals, so they left before dinner. Before they left, they offered to take Mr. Baby off our hands if he became too troublesome:) 

Aunt Steph's Butter Pecan Ice Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T butter
  2. 3 T sugar
  3. 3/4 c pecans, chopped
  4. 4 eggs, beaten
  5. 1 1/2 c sugar
  6. 1 1/2 T vanilla
  7. 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
  8. 1 quart heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Melt butter over medium heat. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Stir in nuts and simmer stirring until golden. Pour over a buttered sheet and stand until set.
  2. Beat together eggs, sugar, vanilla, milk, and cream. Place in an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer instructions.
  3. Crumble pecan brittle and fold into ice cream. Place in an airtight container and store in the freezer.
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It was a great day!

Love,

b

 

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Granny Bob’s Mushroom Meatloaf

Dear Sis,

Granny made Granny Bob’s Mushroom Meatloaf recipe for dinner, because she knows its one of Josh’s favorites. I got the recipe so I can make it for him at home!

Granny Bob's Mushroom Meatloaf
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  2. 1/2 c old fashion oats
  3. 1/2 c chopped onion
  4. 1/4 c chopped green pepper
  5. 1 egg, beaten
  6. 1 t pepper
  7. 1 (14.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine meat, oats, vegetables, egg, and pepper. Stir in approximately 1/4 canned soup.
  3. Press into a loaf pan and bake 20 min. Top with remaining soup and bake until cooked through and lightly browned.
Notes
  1. Goes well with green beans and mashed potatoes.
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Love,

b

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Feeding Baby – More Foods

Dear Sis,

It is shocking how much diversity can be offered to babies in the way of food! We stopped trying new things because we ran out of allotted freezer space, but here are other ideas we might try in future!

More Fruits (6 mo +)

Blackberries

No cooking needed. Simply wash, puree, and freeze in portions. 

Flavor compatible with Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Blueberry, Carrot, Kiwi, Mango, Nectarine, Oatmeal Cereal, Peach, Pear, Prune, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Yogurt

Kiwi

No cooking needed. Peel, slice, puree, and freeze in portions.

Flavor compatible with Apple, Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Mango, Pear, Prune, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Yogurt

Nectarines

No cooking needed. Wash, chop, puree, and freeze in portions.

Flavor compatible with Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Green Bean, Mango, Oatmeal Cereal, Peach, Pear, Prune, Raspberry, Strawberry, Yogurt, and Zucchini

More Vegetables (6 mo +)

Asparagus

Cut away woody ends. Steam 4-8 minutes, puree, and freeze in portions.

Flavor compatible with Banana, Brown Rice, Carrot Cauliflower, Parsnip, Quinoa, Spinach, Sweet Pea, and Zucchini

Broccoli & Cauliflower

Fresh: Steam florets 6-8 minutes, puree, and freeze in portions.

Frozen: Thaw florets, puree, and freeze in portions.

Broccoli is flavor compatible with Apple, Banana, Brown Rice, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cauliflower, Quinoa, Parsnip, Pear, Prune, Pumpkin, and Sweet Potato

Cauliflower is flavor compatible with Apple, Asparagus, Banana, Broccoli, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Kale, Parsnip, Pear, Prune, Pumpkin, Spinach, Sweet Pea, and Sweet Potato

Kale

Cut away stems, chop, and steam 3-5 minutes in small batches before pureeing and freezing.

Flavor compatible with Apple, Banana, Brown Rice, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Cauliflower, Quinoa, Parsnip, Peach, Pear, Prune, Pumpkin, Strawberry, and Sweet Potato

Turnips

Peel and chop before steaming 15 minutes. Puree and freeze in portions.

Flavor compatible with Apple, Brown Rice, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Quinoa, Parsnip, Pear, Pumpkin, Sweet Pea, Sweet Potato, and Zucchini

Zucchini

Cut away ends, slice, and steam 5-7 minutes before pureeing and freezing in portions.

Flavor compatible with Apple, Asparagus, Banana, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Cherry, Green Bean, Nectarine, Quinoa, Parsnip, Peach, Pear, Pumpkin, Sweet Pea, and Sweet Potato

Legumes (6 mo +)

Black, Cannellini (White Kidney), Garbanzo (Chickpeas), Kidney, Pinto, Navy, & Northern Beans

Drain and rinse canned beans. Simmer 5 minutes in 1 cup water. Drain, puree, and freeze in portions. 

Legume Flour (Dried Lentils or Split Peas)

Process dry legumes into a fine powder. Store airtight.

Legume Cereal
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c water
  2. 2 T legume flour
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Whisk in legume flour for 5-8 minutes; until thick and smooth.
  3. Refrigerate up to 1 week.
Notes
  1. Add to baby puree as you would other cereals. Flavor most compatible with vegetable blends.
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Happy Baby Feeding,

b

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