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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Week Five – Pence Jug Knit Along

Wow, it is hard to believe that it is the final week of the pence jug knit along! This week, we are adding the handle and rings to our pence jugs, as well as weaving in the ties.

Week Four

New things to learn

  • Picking up stitches with a Crochet Hook Video

From the very top of your pence jug, pick up five stitches with a crochet hook or knitting needle. I like to pick my stitches up near the joining of the jug, right were I joined my stitches in the round. This way if you have a slight jog in your stitches, you can use the handle to hide it.

If any of your stitches loosen, take the time to make sure they are taunt before you start knitting. Here the very last stitch of my row needed tightened.

Row 1: k1 with bead, k3, k1 with bead

Row 2 & 4: purl

Row 3: k2, k1 with bead, knit 2

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until your handle is the length you desire. (I prefer make mine four inches long)

Understanding Right Side & Wrong Side

This is the right side of your pence jug handle. As you can see the beads and knit side of your work, are facing the outside of the jug, when the handle is folded down.

This is the wrong side of your handle. If you hold it straight up from your jug and fold it forward, you will see the purl side of your work.

Once your handle is the desired length, bind off. Leave a tail long enough to sew and weave the ends in. Slide on your ring and thread your sewing needle.
Attach your handle just above the second row of beads. Tie your knot on the inside of your work and weave your tail there too. Finish your work by weaving in all your tails.

Weave tails through the underside of your work. This will make it so you can not see your tails on the outside of your pretty jug.

Yay! You have completed your pence jug! I can’t want to see the pretty pictures of your jugs on Raverly and Facebook!

Best wishes,

Jamie Quick

copywright2017 – this pattern is for personal use only. This pattern is not to be sold or redistributed.

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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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Happy Birthday Jamie!

Dear Sis,

We found this little number in an indoor flea market, a town over from ours, while we were waiting for TC to get finished up at the vet. We instantly thought of you with big smiles as it says this…

We hope your birthday is half as great as you are!

Lots of Love & Drooly Baby Kisses,

b and family

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Week Three – Pence Jug Knit Along

Welcome Back to the third week of the Pence Jug Knit Along! This week, we will be working on the center beaded mesh part of the purse. This part consists of yo (increase) and (decreases)! Before continuing onwards, make sure you have completed week two of the knit along.

Week Two (This is a Link)

Things to learn:

  • Using a lifeline. Using a lifeline can help save your work if you drop a stitch while doing lace! Here is a video

Row 30: Knit while evenly decreasing two stitches, so that you now have 64 stitches.

Tip: Now, we will be working on the mesh. Be careful not to drop your stitches. When not using your needles, make sure your work is in the center of your needles. You can use rubber bands or easer tips to the ends of your needles to keep your stitches on your needles. You can also use a lifeline!

Row 31: Yo with a bead, k2tog (or do a ssk) all the way around your work. You are welcome to use whatever decrease method is easiest for you, but remember to use it throughout this whole section, so that your decreases look the same and have the same diagonal.

Directions for a Bead Yarn Over (Beaded Lace Increase)

First, slide the bead down your yarn, until it reaches your work/can’t go down any farther Then, yarn over and go right into you k2tog.

When you have finished the row, you should have a bead on every yarn over. 

Row 32: Knit 

Before You Start Knitting! On this row, and all future beaded yo rows, you are going to slip the first stitch of every needle over, to the needle before it. This is going to create holes that are directional, instead of on top of one another. 

Slipping, the very first stitch over to the needle before it. This means the very first stitch will actually be slipped to the previous row… and will become the last stitch of the row, instead of the first.

 Example: Diagonal Yarn Over (approx. 45 degree angel)

Rows: 33 – 49 (or until work measures 3.25 inches long): slip first stitches over, *yo with bead, k2tog* repeat * to * all the way around.

All even rows 32 – 50: Knit

Five rows done!

10 Rows of beads completed! Your total work should be around 3 1/4 inches long.

You have finished week three of the pence jug knit along! Be sure to celebrate with a happy dance and maybe chocolate 🙂 I look forward to knitting with you next week!

Week Four

Happy Knitting,
Jamie

copywright2017 – this pattern is for personal use only. This pattern is not to be sold or redistributed.

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Outdoor Play Area

Dear Sis,

We have been seeing a lot of 100 degree days lately, so we haven’t been taking as many walks and playing outside as much as usual. Mr. Baby and I were both missing the out-of-doors, and thus, a plan was born.

The house we are renting has a screened in porch that has been nothing more than outdoor storage to us since we moved in. Yesterday, we shopped for a swing and patio mat. Today we did the hard work of hauling out all the stuff, vacuuming and hosing down the space, and installing our play space upgrades:)

I was so focused on cleaning, I forgot to get a before shot while everything was still messy, so our before shot is post-cleaning.

I transformed the clean space into our new play space during nap time. Mr. Baby must have known it would take a while, because he was generous enough to nap 1.5 hours. 

While we were shopping for supplies, we picked up a bubble machine. 

Love,

b

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