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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Mr. Baby’s First Road Trip

Dear Sis,

Yesterday we left early to make the four hour drive to Huston. P-pop’s truck driving schedule brought him to town and we were eager to visit with him and Granny Bob. Mr. Baby, not typically known for adoration of car rides, did really well with only a lunch break! We arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon and had time for a quick swim before it was time to meet up with the grandparents. 

William hasn’t seen P-pop since February, but they got on just fine. P-pop is super tall and our climber baby loved his new perch! 

 

Granny Bob and P-pop had been hung up most of the day waiting for the truck to get unloaded and hadn’t eaten, so we all went for an early dinner Pappasito’s Cantina. It was some amazing Tex-Mex! 

While we were awaiting our meal, Mr. Baby and Daddy went for a walk outside… in the lovely landscaped tropical gardens and fountains surrounding the restaurant. They came to say hi to us through the window. Mr. Baby tried to grab at his diaper bag through the glass:)

After dinner we made a trip to Babies r’ Us, and P-pop and Granny Bob got William a new toy and storybook. We stopped for ice cream before we had to take the grandparents back to the truck for the night. It was a short, but very sweet visit. 

We stayed in a hotel overnight, and came home today, so that the journey would be more baby friendly.

Love,

b

P.S. The elusive Granny Bob escapes photographic capture once again! She insists some things are better left to the imagination:)

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Who Done it?

Dear Sis,

Tonight, when I called Mr. Baby to dinner, he swiftly crawled to me as usual. I scooped him up and kissed him, before placing him in his seat. I got him all buckled up and was just about to secure his bib, when I noticed, “what,” you may ask, upon his cherub cheek? CHOCOLATE! See Exhibit A.

Exhibit A

While spooning scrumptious fruit and vegetable purees into Mr. Babies chocolate fringed lips, I did a scan of my surroundings for any clue of how this incident may have occurred. A lofting sweet smell led my eyes to Exhibit B.

Exhibit B

As you can see, Exhibit B is a plate of cookies containing numerous chocolate morsels. That vehicle by which the chocolate was delivered to my sweet innocent child’s lips lay scrumptiously obvious on the kitchen counter. But how had they gotten from the counter to his tiny mouth?

Aside from myself and Mr. Baby, only one other soul occupied our quint home that evening… Daddy! See Exhibit C.

Exhibit C

After dinner was through and the evidence had been lovely wiped from Mr. Baby’s soft face, I took my quandary to the highest authority in the land… Granny Bob. 

Upon careful examination of Exhibits A-C, Granny Bob saw only “completely baffled – and innocent” looking “precious boys.” I was then properly chastised for my suspicious nature.

Perhaps… that mother of the perpetrator was not the best judge to proceed over the case, though it may be speculative and relatively benign.

As Josh later suggested, perhaps my jealously had overwhelmed me. Maybe I wanted to eat cookies before dinner too… not that that actually occurred:)

Love,

b

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Simple Lime Pie

Dear Sis,

Tonight we had a wonderful dinner our neighbors. It was a Mexican menu so I made a simple version of Key Lime Pie to go with it:)

Simple Lime Pie
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Crust
  1. 1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
  2. 6 T unsalted butter, melted
  3. 1/8 t salt
Filling
  1. 3/4 c heavy whipping cream
  2. 1/4 c powdered sugar
  3. 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  4. 8 oz pkg. cream cheese, soft
  5. 1/2 c lime juice
Garnish (optional)
  1. 2 small limes
  2. 1/4 c heavy whipping cream
  3. 2 T powdered sugar
  4. 2 T white chocolate, grated
Crust
  1. Combine crust ingredients and press into a pie plate. Chill while preparing filling.
Filling
  1. Whip cream to stiff peeks, adding powdered sugar 1 T at a time while whipping. Set aside.
  2. Cream together condensed milk and cream cheese, until smooth. Stir in lime juice.
  3. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Pour into prepared pie crust. Chill 4 hours - overnight before serving.
Garnish (optional)
  1. Whip cream until stiff, adding powdered sugar 1 T at a time while whipping. Spoon into a decorating bag with a large star tip.
  2. Wash and dry limes. Zest one lime and thinly slice the other.
  3. Dust top of pie with grated white chocolate and zest. Pipe stars around the outer edge of the pie. Arrange sliced lime slices as desired. Add additional whipped cream as desired.
Adapted from Plated Cravings
Adapted from Plated Cravings
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Love,

b

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Dinner & Bath Time

Dear Sis,

Tonight, while Josh and Mr. Baby were watching Jeopardy, I made dinner. Now that I have a great recipe for alfredo, we can enjoy it more often.

Sausage & Broccoli Pasta Alfredo
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Ingredients
  1. 3 sweet apple chicken sausages, chopped
  2. 2 c frozen broccoli florets
  3. 9 oz pkg. fresh linguini, cooked
  4. 1/2 c salted butter
  5. 1 c heavy whipping cream
  6. 2 c Parmesan, shredded
Instructions
  1. Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat. Add broccoli, reduce heat, cover and cook until heated through.
  2. Melt butter into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in cream until hot enough to melt cheese. Add cheese 1 c at a time, stirring until melted and thick.
  3. Mix half alfredo into pasta to prevent sticking. Place pasta in a serving dish. Top with sausage, broccoli, and remaining alfredo sauce.
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After dinner, Mr. Baby had a bath. Now that he takes big boy baths, he loves to watch the tub fill!

In the big boy tub, Mr. Baby can crawl around and stand more easily.

Love,

b

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Good-Bye Pie

Dear Sis,

Cousin Blue is headed back to Nashville in the morning. It was a fun visit! He and Josh got to go flying almost daily and Mr. Baby made a new friend:) To make our last night together special… I made good-bye cherry pie.

Pie decorating is nothing like cake decorating. Icing provides more structure. Try to write on a pie and the crust begins to crumble! The killer whale looking thing is supposed to be an airplane:)  

Love,

b

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Mango Cutting

Dear Sis,

Peeling a Mango with a vegetable peeler, then trying to cut around the pit as it slips around is a fiasco! Tonight while I was preparing a pair of mangos for baby food, I decided to try a trick I’ve seen on Pinterest.

First, slice the sides of the mango away from the pit.

Second, trim the salvageable fruit away from the pit.

Third, score fruit into cubes, taking care not to cut through the skin.

Fourth, press the skin upward, and carefully slice cubed fruit free of skin.

The first try was rough! The second mango went much better. With some practice, I bet I could get really fast at mango cutting:)

Love,

b

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