Month: February 2015

Getting Into Things

What I am about to say, I still can’t believe…Sawyer is starting to walk! WALK! Okay, how in the world did that happen?! Wasn’t I just bringing him home from the hospital? It is only a week and a half away from his first birthday. No doubt, that will be an exciting yet teary day!

He isn’t fully walking yet or standing up on his own but he will take a few steps after letting go of my hand. Everyone always says, “ooh boy, now you will really have your hands full!” Which, is true but thankfully Sawyer is a mega crawler…super fast, stands up on everything, climbs everything ands gets into eeeverything! So hopefully that has accustomed me to the “having my hands full” stage even if just a little bit 😛

The dvd’s is a big thing to get into right now. They are low and easy to access and I haven’t thought of a new place to put them. To be honest, half the time I just let him pull them all (and I do mean ALL) out of the shelves and play with them. I mean, he’s sitting there entertained for a good amount of time and not harming anything…go for it! But the other struggle, dog food. Oh my goodness the dog food!!! Is anyone else’s child obsessed with dog food?! We have a huge great dane so his bowls stand up from the ground. It all started with him standing up to the bowls and digging his hands all in his food and putting it in his mouth. Gross. So finally I’ve been putting the bowls up if he is venturing around and playing. So that helps. But now the problem is he somehow finds any itty bitty piece of dog food crumb on the flood. Doesn’t matter how much I sweep or vacuum. He will find it! And yet, won’t touch the perfectly clean and cooked peas I try to feed him, go figure.

As crazy as things can be with a little one crawling around, it is my  favorite thing in the world! He is so entertaining, makes me laugh and I am constantly having new stories to tell ❤

 

 

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Spinach Tortilla Chip Snacks

Spinach Tortilla Chips

I actually thought of this by accident but it turned out to be an awesome new snack idea that is really easy to make! It started with me making him tortilla sandwich rolls the other day. I was using these tortilla shells from the bakery section and they are huge! So for him I of course just needed to use a small portion of it. I didn’t want to waste the rest so I got the idea to try making tortilla chips since I have never tried it yet before anyway! So…why not cut them into cute, fun little shapes and make them kid friendly! A new option for a quick grab snack!

Chips are not always the healthiest of options so I wanted to make these at least “healthier” if possible. So I decided to use avocado oil and just a very small amount of salt. I would like to try these with coconut oil as well, I’m not sure how they would turn out or if they would be much different at all.

Spinach Tortilla Chips

Spinach Tortilla Chips

 

Spinach Tortilla Chips

Spinach Tortilla Chips

How I made them:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut tortilla shells using mini cookie cutters. If you wanted to just make regular chips, just cut them into triangles. Lay them out on a cookie sheet and brush both sides with avocado oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes.

Spinach Tortilla Chips

That’s it!

See what I mean?! Super easy! I literally did this while Sawyer was in his high chair and on the brink of whining for his lunch. So if I can get it done before that, that’s really saying something 😉

I think these are really fun and Sawyer loved them!

Enjoy!

 

Spinach Tortilla Chips

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The Art of Hiding Vegetables in Kid’s Food

The Art of Hiding Vegetables

My son is actually a surprisingly good eater for being 11 months old. However, he has become more and more questioning when it comes to vegetables lately. I think the most frustrating thing is that one day he will LOVE peas! Love them! Eat them like blueberries (his current favorite!)! And then the next day completely refuses peas. Not only spit them out, but shakes his head back and forth crazily until they fling out of his mouth. Which he thinks is so funny by the way. For being only 11 months old this child is smart and I mean smart! He will take a pea and pretend to put it to his mouth with his eyes on me the whole time. Then slowly reach back and drop the pea down his shirt.

So yes, that’s what I have been dealing with. While it usually just makes me laugh I’ve also realized that I really need to get some vegetables in his diet more regularly instead of just when he feels like he is in the mood for them. With some experimentation I have come up with some ways to get veggies into my little guy’s diet without him even noticing!

 

Here are some ideas for hiding vegetables into some other favorite foods:

 

Veggie Baby Cereal

This one is obviously just for babies rather than toddlers or older children. But for those babies still eating baby cereal, this is an awesome way to add some veggies. Simply prepare the baby cereal as directed and then add some veggie puree! For some homemade baby food ideas check out my baby food puree page HERE.

There are certain things like carrots or squash that my son used to love but now absolutely will not eat it. So I will add it to his cereal in the morning and he gobbles it right up. I also like to mix in fruit purees a lot of the time in his cereal but when he is needing some more veggies or to just mix things up the veggies are great too.

Some good veggie purees to add to baby cereal are:

-carrots

-pea/spinach

-broccoli/kale

-sweet potato

-asparagus

 

Pea-Spinach Macaroni & Cheese

Pea-Spinach Macaroni & Cheese

Veggie Macaroni & Cheese

I like to make a very simple macaroni and cheese using velveeta and it is super simple and quick to whip up on a moments notice. The only thing is that macaroni and cheese is not really the healthiest option. So I figured I would try adding some veggies to make a really yummy food healthy too! What I didn’t expect was for it to actually taste so great! For my first time trying this for my son this is what I made:

Pea – Spinach Macaroni & Cheese

-pea/spinach puree

-elbow macaroni

-1 Tbsp coconut oil

-velveeta cheese

 

To make the pea/spinach puree, steam desired amount of peas (I used frozen this time) for 20 minutes. Add a handful of spinach and steam for about 10 more minutes. Rinse after steaming and let it cool for a bit. Add it all to the blender and blend well. Add water to smooth out if needed. You can make as much as you want. I like to make veggie purees in bulk and freeze the extra in glass jars.

Cook elbow macaroni as directed. Drain macaroni and put it back in the pan and back on the stove on a lower heat. Add desired amount of velvet cheese (depends on how much cheese you like), 1 Tbsp coconut oil and about 4oz of pea/spinach puree (I had frozen my puree into 4oz jars). Let warm until cheese and everything is all melted together and stir well.

That’s it! It was so good! I’m not even kidding, I was even sitting there eating it! My son devoured this without even giving a thought as to there being peas and spinach in this!

You could use other veggie purees too. Broccoli puree or butternut squash puree would work especially nicely. Again, you could check my baby food purees page for recipe ideas.

 

Spinach - Grilled Cheese

 

Spinach - Grilled Cheese

Spinach Grilled Cheese

This one is pretty self explanatory. My son loves grilled cheese sandwiches so one day I just tried adding some spinach to it and he didn’t even seem to notice. This goes for other sandwiches as well such as deli meat sanwhiches, tuna or paninis.

 

Oranges & Greens Smoothie

Blueberry-Banana & Greens Smoothie

Fruit & Greens Smoothies

Smoothies are the perfect way to get some greens into their diet without them even noticing! I even do this myself! I am not a super huge fan or spinach or kale but I add them to almost every smoothie I make because you can’t even taste it and yet it adds so much nutrients!

HERE is a recipe for my Oranges & Greens baby smoothie.

HERE is another great baby smoothie recipe – Blueberry/Banana & Greens.

 

I hope these ideas help you as much as they helped me!

ENJOY!

 

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Etsy Shop Now Open!

 

I have officially launched my Etsy Shop, Whippersnappers!

It’s small for now but I figure, hey…you gotta start somewhere! Watch for new designs and sizes to be added.

 

Check out my Etsy shop HERE or you can click on my “Etsy Shop” tab in the menu at any time.

 

 

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Kid’s Valentine’s Day Lunch!

Valentine's Day Lunch

I couldn’t help myself…I had to go all out making Sawyer’s lunch today! He may not notice or care at this point, but it’s still fun for me anyway. I mean, come on, it’s Valentine’s day! And he is definitely my little Valentine ❤

For a fun and festive Valentine’s Day lunch I just made everything into a colorful pink theme!

Valentine's Day Lunch

Bright Pink Macaroni Pasta

Ever since I discovered you can simply add food coloring to pasta and make it super bright and colorful…I just fell in love with the idea. Especially for holidays. Just add whatever color food coloring you want to the water as you are boiling your pasta. Add more to make the color darker. I ended up adding some avocado oil, garlic powder and parmesan cheese to flavor it. Topped with XOXO cheese cutouts!

Just wanted to share!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Valentine's Day Lunch

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Simple Strawberry Banana Baby Smoothie

My new thing lately has been baby smoothies! I’ve been making them for Sawyer and I for lunch now and then and it’s so easy and delicious! Most importantly, I can pack in some extra nutrients that Sawyer may not eat by itself! I am also absolutely loving his new Sili squeeze pouch that I got him specifically for smoothies. It works so perfectly and he can feed himself this way. Except for the fact that I have to take it away from him while gulping it so that he doesn’t get brain freeze! 😛

I just wanted to share this smoothie that I made the other day because it is so simple and quick to make.

Strawberry Banana Baby Smoothie

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie for Babies

Use:

-6 strawberries

-1 banana

-Whole milk YoBaby yogurt (vanilla or banana works well for this one!)

-Coconut water

-Ice

Add everything to the blender and add a little bit of coconut water at a time until you reach desired consistency. That’s it!

Add some greens for some added nutrients! Enjoy!

Strawberry Banana Baby Smoothie

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Finally Starting My Etsy Shop!

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For a very long time now I have been wanting to start an Etsy shop. So finally, awhile back I realized that I shouldn’t let anything hold me back. So I have been working hard to actually make it happen! I have been teaching myself screen printing and getting things all set up.

My new shop is called Whippersnappers and will be selling baby & kids apparel! I will be adding my page to the blog.

In the meantime, check out my new Facebook page for updates here!!

 

 

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Valentine’s Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Just the idea of a chocolate covered strawberry smoothie makes me hungry! Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favorites! And they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day so it gave me some inspiration for a new smoothie. It is a deeelicious dessert that isn’t so bad for you…in fact it is quite healthy! My husband even surprised me with roses last week so I was in the Valentine’s Day spirit ❤ I am totally not afraid to admit that I am definitely one of those people that is a total sucker for Valentine’s Day. It may be cliche but I don’t care…I just love it!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

 

 

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Use:

-About 2 Cups of strawberries (I used a few fresh strawberries and then threw in a handful of frozen since it was all the strawberries I had! Needless to say, you can use either!)

-1 whole banana

-1/2 Cup – 3/4 Cup Vanilla or Strawberry Greek Yogurt

-1 Tbsp Flaxseed

-1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

-3 or 4 Hershey’s Kisses

-Coconut Water

-Ice

Add everything to the blender except the Hershey’s kisses. Make sure to use a large handful of ice and just a little bit of coconut water. You can always add more if you need more liquid. Blend well. Add more coconut water if you don’t want it super thick and blend again. Add the Hershey’s kisses and just pulse the blender a few times to leave some chocolate chunks.

This smoothie was SO good! It was really chocolately but fruity at the same time. I have a major sweet tooth so this is right up my alley 😛

Enjoy!

Happy Early Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

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Apple-Plum Baby Puree

Apple-Plum Puree

Even though Sawyer is eating mostly whole foods, picking things up on his own and eating what my husband and I are eating, I do still make a few fruit and veggie purees. I haven’t completely stopped making baby food purees because I sometimes use them to mix into things and also use a puree every morning to mix into his baby cereal. He is still eating baby cereal for breakfast for the iron he needs so I switch it up between the oatmeal, rice & multigrain. I still can’t help but think it is so bland though so I always mix stuff in. He especially loves the fruits but I love mixing in veggies too to give him a little extra for the day. Now that he is eating and chewing foods on his own he is a bit more picky about veggies! :/ So this helps a lot! So here is a super easy one I made the other day.

Apple-Plum Puree

 

Apple-Plum Puree

Apple – Plum Baby Puree

How I made it:

-5 ripe plums

-5 large apples

Rinse off apples and plums. Peel and core the apples, cut them into pieces and boil in water in a pot for about 10 minutes. Peel and core the plums and add them to the blender. Once the apples are done let them cool a bit and rinse with cooler water. Add them to the blender as well. They both have enough of their own juices so you shouldn’t need to add any liquid. Blend well and that’s it!! See, super easy! This made about 10 – 4oz jars for me. I like to freeze the extras so it lasts longer.

 

Apple-Plum Puree

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Baby Smoothie

Oranges & Greens Smoothie

Okay…I discovered the most useful thing ever! Sawyer has been loving smoothies lately, which is awesome! However, it’s kind of tricky because he hasn’t gotten the hang of using a straw yet so I would just give it to him in a bowl with a spoon. Well, that usually takes awhile because it starts to get runny. I found this amazing silicone squeeze pouch by the brand Sili. It is absolutely perfect for smoothies and he can hold it himself! I am so in love with it!!

So needless to say I have been experimenting with smoothies again and making some for Sawyer and I. I love that I can make the something for the both of us! I usually just add a few extra things to mine.

Oranges & Greens Smoothie

Oranges & Greens Smoothie

-2 Oranges

-2 Bananas

-Handful of spinach

-Ice

-Carrot Juice

Blend well!

At this point I poured some out for Sawyer’s baby friendly smoothie and mixed in his YoBaby whole milk  yogurt.

To mine I then added:

-Vanilla Greek Yogurt

-Chia Seeds

Blend well!

Oranges & Greens Smoothie

Yumm! So delicious and we both enjoyed it equally! Sawyer loves the new smoothie pouch and couldn’t get enough of it!

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Yep…I think he likes it 😛

 

 

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