Wednesday, May 27, 2009
1 chicken breast, cubed
1 large carrot, 1" pieces
Baby's Brown Rice (see recipe below)
Add the chicken and the carrot to the Babycook. Fill with 3 measures of water and cook. Puree the chicken and carrot with the remaining water, and mix with the brown rice.
Baby's Brown Rice
1/4 cup brown rice
Put the rice in a blender and pulverize for approximately 2 to 3 minutes (longer for younger babies). Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly until the water is absorbed, 4 to 5 minutes.
Baby's Pasta & Meat Sauce
1 hamburger patty, precooked on the grill
1/4 cup tiny star pasta ("pastina")
pasta sauce, whatever your family eats
Puree the hamburger patty in the Babycook and remove to a small bowl. Cook the Pastina according to package directions and add to the hamburger, along with the sauce.
*Note - I have a friend who makes a version of this, but instead of using commercially prepared sauce, she puts tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and a bunch of other veggies in a pot on the stove, cooks them, purees and freezes in cubes.
Oatmeal with Blueberry and Mango
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 mango, cubed
Baby's Oatmeal (see recipe below)
Add the blueberries and the mango to the Babycook and puree. Add the fruit sauce to Baby's Oatmeal. Yum! (This is a "stolen" recipe, too, from another friend)
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
In a medium saucepan, over high heat, combine 2 cups of water, cinnamon and vanilla and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the oats. When the mixture starts to simmer, cover, turn off the heat and let stand until thick and creamy (about 15 minutes). Stir in breastmilk, formula, water or fruit puree.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The packaging in which you receive your new ”Boikido Eco Friendly” toy is made of recycled cardboard and is printed with soy bean inks certified by ASA (American Soybean Association). Soybean oil and Soy Bean protein used in this ink are a bioreducible nontoxic predominantly vegetable oil paint comprising a paint base and a colorant blend.
I've found that an excellent companion to my BabyCook is the book Cooking for Baby. From first tastes to new flavors and textures all the way up to real meals that our whole family will enjoy, this book has you covered.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I adore this coat by French designer Judith Lacroix. Price tag? A mere $219. What?? For my kid? Seriously, it wouldn't last him half the season. Even at the low, low sale price of $99, it isn't looking good. The last time I spent $219 on clothing, I got alot more than one miniature coat. So despite the fact that my son will no doubt be the envy of mothers and babies everywhere while wearing it, he'll just have to settle with whatever pile of rags mom comes home with. Poor kid.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I put it on when we got home this afternoon and toted Andy around for an hour or two. SO easy to get on and off (the exact opposite of the old carrier). Let me tell you, no longer does The Moose feel like a bag of dogfood. I had him on the back and sucessfully did some work in the garden, then I swapped him around to the front and was amazed at how comfy he was to wear that way, too. Now, if I can just figure out how to keep him from using my ponytail as a set of reins when he's on my back...
Currently, Ivory and Moss/Auralia and Annalise is available on Etsy.com. Ivory and Moss's new website is under construction. Price: $21.50 to $28.00, depending on style.
(left to right) Green Damask & Pink Rose Mary Janes, Gemma Red Damask Mary Janes
(left to right) Chicklets Light Grey T-Strap (available without flower for little boys), Boatside Plaid Boy Loafers
(left to right) Emme Canvas Mary Janes, Heidi Unisex Boots
Sunday, May 10, 2009
More information available at http://www.joggles.com/. (Shameless plug)
My kid is a drooler. No, I mean it, he's a serious drooler. Long before teeth starting conspiring to errupt, this poor kid made some serious spit. Consequently, he's turned into a bib kid. At first, I was seeking out something to simply mop up the volume of fluid. As he's gotten older (and thankfully, less drooly) we've started to need bibs for other purposes, like eating.
As the mother of such a serious drooler, I consider myself a psuedo-expert on fabulous bibs. Should you find yourself in need of a stylish hunk of fabric to sop up spit or to protect baby from himself (and his food) try some of these on for size:
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
And now that spring is upon us, I'm thinking, "Tweed is such a winter fabric." So my soft, nougatty chic center demands a bag more fit for the season. My choice? I'd steal my friend Hillary's Reese Li Lexington in Marine Tadpole. Fabulous bag. Green and blue, my (and Andy's) colors. But, alas, I'm not spending on another fabulous diaper bag. But I do have my mom enlisted to make me an appropriately seasonal bag. And its almost done, which is a good thing, because Tweed is so last fall!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
gDiapers are a flushable diaper system that is good for babies, parents and the planet. gDiapers have no elemental chlorine, no perfumes, no smell, no garbage and no guilt. gDiapers are a two-part system. The flushable inner refill fits into a pair of colorful ‘little g' pants. When the flushable becomes soiled, it's simply flushed down the toilet, composted or thrown away.
Starter Kits contain 2 washable pants with waterproof liners, 10 flushables, and 1 swishstick for $26.99. Refill packs are $14.49 and contain 40 small flushables or 32 medium/large flushables.
The funny thing is that I'm not a super-trendy person myself. I prefer comfy jeans and a t-shirt and that's what you'll see me in 99% of the time. Even though I had the time to do my hair before my son was born, I didn't. Forget it now. But its there, rumbling around inside me...The part of me that wishes that I was always well put together, with fabulous clothes, hair and accessories. That's my Soft, Nugatty, Chic Center.
As it turns out, I'm a semi-crunchy momma. I try to be green when I can. I even go out of my way to do so, but I draw the line at full-cloth diapers, Diva Cups, the family bed, gluten-free/sugar-free anything (luckily, we don't have any allegies to contend with...yet), alternative vaccination schedules, and a host of other stuff. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with any of that stuff. I admire the people who practice them, but they don't fit our lifestyle. And that's ok by me. I swaddled my son until he was big enough to kick out of it. I had a co-sleeper for him and actually used it. Even though I wasn't able to breastfeed him past 2 months due to belly problems, I feel like I make up for it a little bit now by making his baby food. He wears a hybrid cloth diaper, but we only just started them. Admittedly, he wore disposables for the first 7 months. My husband and I are finally putting in the garden we've talked about for 3 years. I want to start a compost pile, and may even get to it this summer. See? Semi-Crunchy.