Homemade Baby Food

DSC_5856I’ve been making Beck’s baby food since he’s been eating. Lots of people have asked me about making my own baby food, so I thought I’d throw up a post about it. I think there are a couple main things to know when you venture into this:

  1. It’s super easy
  2. It’s cost effective
  3. It’s healthier – I buy organic

I make it probably once a month or so, and just do a bunch, freeze them in cubes or containers, and pull out what I need. Last night, I made a few so I’ve priced them out. He’s almost 9 months old and can probably chomp down around 8 ounces of puree a day.

Squash, Apple, Raisin – this is by far Beckett’s favorite, so I make a big batch!

  • 6 Fuji Apples – $4.89
  • 1 Butternut Squash – $3.58
  • 1 cup of Raisins – $0.64
  • Made 40 oz / Cost $0.23 per oz!!

Pumpkin, Raspberry, Banana

  • 1 Small Pumpkin – $3.26
  • 1 cup of Raspberries – $1.60 (I bought a pack of organic frozen, cause I couldn’t find fresh, darn winter!)
  • 1 Banana – $0.34
  • Made 25 oz / Cost $0.20 per oz!!

Green Beans

  • 2 – 10 oz packs of Frozen Green Beans – $5.00
  • Made 18 oz / Cost $0.28 per oz!!

DSC_5862I want to put it into perspective for you. I do keep some Earth’s Best Organic jars around, because sometimes you just need to throw a jar of food in there for convenience, travel, whatever. I just like to be prepared. One of those jars is normally $1.25 each, and they are 4 oz each. So, that’s $0.31 an ounce.  This is easy, you mostly steam or roast anything, and throw it into a blender or food processor to desired consistency. I like that because I can make them thicker as he gets older and better at chewing/eating. I freeze them in these Tevolo trays. (buy the green ones, cause they are dramatically cheaper than the other colors). These freeze into 1 ounce portions, making it super easy to portion out. I also have the pouches you see. I always fill a couple of those for convenience, instead of carting around jars. These are technically disposable, but you can rinse and reuse, just takes more effort. I also bought some Squooshi pouches, which are designed to be reusable, but haven’t actually used them yet. So, the day before, I usually plop some cubes into Wean Green glass containers and transfer to the fridge for them to thaw overnight.

I make both mixes like the squash, apple, raisin and single purees like green beans, prunes, etc. I like having some premixed, because the ratios are nice. For the single’s I usually combine them. Like the green bean, i’ll mix with a couple tablespoons of tofu and brown rice or throw some prunes into oatmeal. Generally, if I’m eating something I chop it into little (non chokeables, removing any type of skin or hard to chew bits) pieces for Beckett to eat or feed himself. He will eat anything I eat, seriously anything, at this point. He love fish, chicken, crab, sushi, risotto, pizza, anything, seriously anything. I’ll soak it up now, cause I hear that they can get picky by the time they are two.

I have the time to do this (these three took me maybe an hour, hour fifteen). I like to do this, and I feel good giving Beckett fresher baby foods. I will never regret making his food, this kid eats better than I do.

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Review: Robin Hood & Water For Elephants

It’s been a while. Like I’ve said before, work is busy. I just finished up traveling to Houston and Denver, and am now settling back into life at home.

I am probably behind the curve on this, but I finally got a chance to see Robin Hood with Russell Crowe.

I have to say that I really loved it. It was a great movie. Right off the bat I realized one person looked familiar, the guy who played all the songs. I turned to Adam and said, “He really looks like that guy from Great Big Sea”. They are a folkish group from Newfoundland that the hubs and I had the pleasure of seeing perform. Quick imdb search and confirmed that it is, indeed, Alan from Great Big Sea. So, that was a cool little connection right away. Technically, I’m two degrees of separation from both Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. I’m just saying…

Secondly, I finished reading Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen.

I have to say that I was in love withing the first few pages. The main characters sense of humor, and him being an old man really hit me. I love old men and have a soft endearing spot in my heart for them (especially if they wear old man hats). They remind me of my grandpa adn that just feels good. The story line was constantly entertaining and to take a glimpse at the old work of train circus was really fascinating. Did you know they were making it into a movie? It’s going to star Robert Pattinson, which I have mixed feelings about. I really wish they had gone with Ryan Gosling instead. But hey, that’s just personal preference I guess. All I have to say is that Team Edward better knock it out of the park or he’s going to be susceptible to some snarky comments and a place on my mental dart board.

That’s all I got for now.

Book Review – My Kindle Has Arrived!!

I know, another Kindle post. DEAL WITH IT!

Now that I have my uber awesome Kindle in hand, I find it hard to select a book digitally, and not by physically holding it and reading the witty jacket flap or back of the book. So, I thought I would start with some freebies: Here is what I downloaded:

Sounded decent, but hey, it’s free, so whatever.

I have never actually read this book, but figured, hey, why not. It never hurts to read a classic.

I’ve never read this one either, but it will kinda be something to refer back to when I’m boared.

Amazon Kindle Covers

I ordered a Kindle. I’ve wanted one forever, I just couldn’t push myself to spend the money. BUT, new job, more money and more traveling has made me believe that it is a very necessary gadget that I need.

Now, I am in the process of trying to figure out what case I want. This is a pretty tough decision. Do I want a stand? Do I want an integrated light? Do I want a sleeve vs. a case? I thought I would post some of the cases I like, but probably won’t buy.

JavoEdge

Kate Spade

Oberon

DodoCase

Honestly, I’m a little disappointed in the selection and I may just need to fasion my own damn case…

I was hoping that Vaja Cases made something, but alas they don’t. Not that I could afford it anyway.

Merry Christmas Eve! – and Product Recommendation

A very Merry Christmas Eve to everyone. Can I tell you a secret? I have not baked a single thing this holiday season. This is very odd for me. I typically bake and gift up a storm, but I have not done a single thing….

Anyway, with winter in full swing, I thought it best to recommend one of my very favorite products to help deal with the cold weather.

Aveda Hand Relief  (and Foot Relief for that matter). It leaves your hands with the best supple, non greasy feeling. Goes on like butter, but give it a second to seep in and ugh, it’s fabulous.

In other news, I can’t wait for Christmas! Today is going to be a flurry of wrapping, cleaning, and watching movies 🙂 He sees you when you’re sleeping….