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 +)


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


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


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 +)


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


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


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


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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  1. 1 c water
  2. 2 T legume flour
  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.
  1. Add to baby puree as you would other cereals. Flavor most compatible with vegetable blends.
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Happy Baby Feeding,


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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.



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


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:)




Pineapple Silk Purse

Dear Sis,

I’ve finally made a pineapple purse, one of the wackiest vintage purses around! Pineapple’s were a luxury item during the Victorian period. In fact, families would even rent pineapples to use as center pieces when hosting an elegant dinner party. Pineapple purses patterns (also known as porcupine purses) were used from about 1810 – 1890’s, which is quite an impressive span. 

There are a few pineapple purse patterns available on the web for free. They are all about the same, as the purse is actually the same type of stitch over and over again. And believe it or not, the pattern is actually much simpler then it looks!

Here is a modern version of the pineapple purse from Franklin Habit, and here is an historical version of the pineapple purse from 1841. Both patterns are great, but not quite what I was looking for. The modern pattern produces a larger pineapple purse, that is approximately 12 inches high. Which, if you study period purses, you know that these tiny little bags were essentially coin purses about the size of one’s hand. I also didn’t want to make the historical version, because who really wants to knit with size 00000 needles and silk sewing thread? Not me. Sorry, I love history, but I have some limits. lol

So, I ended up making something in-between. Before, I get into the pattern, I figured I would share some pretty historical photos of pineapple purses first! Pictures are from the collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute.

Okay, now on to the pattern

Pineapple Purse Pattern

Supplies I used: 25 grams Green and Gold Silk Lace Yarn, and about 5 – 10 grams of size 11/0 gold galvanized glass seed beads. 

Needles: 4 Size 000 double points (If you want to use size 00 or size 0 that should work just fine, your purse will just be a tad bit larger. If using size 0 needles, you may want to cast on 112 stitches instead.) I do use a crochet hook size 8 for the tassel. If you don’t crochet, you can knit your tassel, but it will not be as strong.

Difficulty: Medium

Let’s Start! First, thread half of your beads on to the green yarn, and the other half onto the gold.

Leaves: With green yarn cast on 128 stitches. If you are a glutton for suffering, or want to make your purse the historical way with beads, be sure to cast a bead on with each stitch. I’m going to be honest, casting on the beads and the first row of knitting are the hardest thing about making this purse, the rest is pretty easy.

Row 1: knit

Row 2: k6, yo, 1, yo, k6, sl1-k2tog-psso (pass the slipped stitch over the k2tog. This is a 2 stitch decrease) repeat around

Now repeat the above pattern until you have 1.75 inches. Keep in mind you are increasing and decreasing stitches, so the stitches on your needles are going to move. Meaning your next row you may have k5, yo, k1, yo, k6, sl-k2tog-psso, k1, or some other number. But, you will always… always have 6 stitches between the 2 stitch increase (yo, k1, yo) and the two stitch decrease (sl-k2tog-psso).


My leaves measure 1.75 inches from the base of my needle to the highest point.

Cut off green yarn and attach gold. 

Set up: Knit one row.

Now, you are going to invert your work, yep that is right. You are going to be working on the wrong side of your pineapple! Why, you may ask? This is because the leaves are done with the knit side of your work facing the right side, and the yellow part is done with the purl side of you work facing. Instead of trying to knit the rest of your purse in purl only, it is often easier to just invert the work, and knit it instead.

Row 1: Instead of join in the round, you are actually going to work the other direction. This will create a tiny hole in your purse, that you can sew up later during the finishing step. *K6, sk1-k2tog-psso, K6, yo, k1, yo* repeat from * to * till end.

Row 2: *K5, sl1-k2tog-psso, K6, yo, k1, yo, k1* repeat from * to * around.

Row 3: *K4, sl1-k2tog-psso, K6, yo, k1, yo, k2* repeat from * to* around.

Rows 4 – 6: Notice the above repetition. Once again the stitches are moving on your needle, but there is always 6 stitches between the decrease and increase. by, the time you finish the sixth row, you will have 1 stitch before the decrease, and five stitches at the very end of your row.

Row 7: Knit plainly, without any increase or decrease. If beading, put your bead in the center of the increase row below. (Yo, k1, yo) you will be adding the bead to the k1 location, which is the center of the increases.

It is a little hard to see, but there is a bead in the center of the previous rows increase.

Row 8 – 9: knit plainly.

Row 10: *K1, yo, k1, yo, k6, sl1-k2tog-pss0, k5* repeat from * to* around. Essentially, you are swapping the location of the increases and decreases. Your increase will not be dead center in the middle of your previous decreases, and vice versa. This creates the uneven pineapple look.

Row 11: *K2, yo, k1 yo, k6, sl1-k2tog-psso, k4* repeat from * to * around. 

Row 12 – 15: Continue in pattern. Keep in mind that your increases and decreases will cause your counting to move across your work, but k6 will always be between your increase and decrease. By the end of row 15, you will have k6, yo, k1, yo, k6, sl1-kwtog-psso, as your round.

Row 16: Knit plainly with a bead in the center of the previous rows increase.

Row 17 – 18: Knit

You will repeat rows 1 – 18 until you the gold section is about 2.75 – 3 inches long. I repeated the rows 1 1/5 times more, so that I had five points to the length of my purse.

When turned right side out, you can see the 5 points on the way down. My work measured about 2.75 inches.

Bottom: Cut off gold and attach green. Invert your work so that the right side is facing.

Row 1: Knit across the row.

Row 2: Invert your work so that the wrong side is facing again. Do not work in the round, turn and continue to knit. How you start this row will vary, depending on were you left off above. You are following the leaf pattern that was on the very top of the purse, but you are staggering it from the row of pineapple juts above. Meaning, your increase will be above your decrease, and vise versa.

For me: I did the following

*k1, yo, k1, yo, k6, sl1-k2tog with bead-psso, k5* repeat from * to *.

If you did another row of pineapple then I did, you may have to start this way instead.

*k6, sl1-k2tog with bead-psso, k6, yo, k1, k1* repeat from * to *.

Tip: I did not try to yank the bead through two stitches. Before, I k2tog I slid down a bead to my work, then I knit two together, and passed my slipped stitch over.

Slip stitch, slide bead to work. Then, knit two together, and pass slipped stitch over.

Rows 3 – 7: Continue in pattern with a bead in each row until you have six rows of beads.

Rows 8 – 13: Continue in pattern, with beads, only this time do not do the yo. This will decrease each row by 16 stitches. When you have completed you will have 32 stitches left and 12 rows of beads.

Row 14: *K2tog* round (16 stitches total)

Row 15: *K1, k2tog* round 

Row 16: Decrease so that you have 9 stitches total

Row 17 -20: Knit

Row 21: Decrease to 6 stitches

Graft off

Weave in all your tails through the top of the stitches on the wrong side of you work. 

Drawl-string Time

Tassels: With yellow silk and crochet hook size 1.5 MM chain 8.

Row 1: sc in second chain, and single crochet across. (7 stitches total)

Row 2 – 5: chain 1, turn, sc across. Do this until you have 1/2 inch of work… approximately 5 rows.

Row 6: ch1, sc in first stitch, *slide two inches of beads forward to the work, sc in next stitch* repeat till last stitch, sc. Cut off leaving long tail for sewing.

Crocheting a loop of beads. Don’t worry about getting everything snug, right away. Pull in the loop, then tighten, and finish the rest of your sc.

Now cut 6 green silk pieces to be 56 inches long.

Take three and thread them through a needle. Weave them through the underside of your work.  Then thread, the other side of the same thread, and weave it up through the tassel again. This will attach your drawstring to your tassel.

Nice side of the tassel. Notice that I only drew the green thread through the underside/ugly side.

Ugly side were the string shows.


Then, roll your tassel and sew it together with the long tail of gold you cut.

Pinching and sewing together the rolled crochet tassel.

All done!

Now, separate your tassel into two sets of three strands. Braid each group. Then, weave your braids through the top of the purse were the green and gold join.

And now the pineapple purse is complete!

Happy Knitting,


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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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  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
  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.




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

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