Homemade Baby Food Made Simple!

Homemade Baby Food Made Simple!

So most of you know we are rounding out our first year with our youngest of three.  It’s surreal to think that in less than a month our sweet baby boy will be a year old!

As of mom of three there are some things that I did for our oldest or midde that I’ve let go on number three.  Making all of his baby food from scratch IS NOT one of them!  It is so simple and inexpensive I have a hard time believing that not everyone does this!  There is something so gratifying about getting to choose his foods and seeing every step of the process of turning them into a delicious meal.

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One thing I did do differently this time around was I invested in an Infantino Food Station.  This has made the whole experience SO much easier and even more convenient than ever before!  I use it all the time and wonder what I ever did without it!

It does help having a chef for a husband.  He is a whiz at chopping up all of the fruits and vegetables and does a much better and faster job than I ever could but I’ve done it all on my own many times and can certainly manage.

We waited until our son was nearly 6 months old to start purees.  I recommend you decide what works for you.  We started our daughter when she was only 4 months and our middle at 5 months.  I think 4 months may have been just a bit too soon but overall I don’t think it made much of a difference.

Let’s take a look at what the menu for our 6 month old looked like:

We made purees of each of the following: Apples, pears, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, blueberries, beets, broccoli, red bell peppers, parsnips, celery root, cauliflower, banana, avocado…the list keeps growing! Such a good eater! 🍌🍎🍐

Look at all of this awesome produce!  I love that all of this is about to become my little ones first foods.

Our little taste tester!

This is how we prepped everything:

  1. Peel the fruit/vegetable (if needed)
  2. Chop into small cubes
  3. Steam for 15-25 minutes depending on the thickness.
  4. Blend – Our Ninja Master Prep worked perfect for this!
  5. Pass through a strainer (we stopped doing this when get got a bit older and could handle chunkier food
  6. Allow the purée to cool
  7. Package your food for storage and easy serving.

You have lots of options for storing the purees. As a busy mom, my focus is always towards planning ahead to make meal time easy. It doesn’t have to be complicated – you can put the purees in ice cube trays, freeze them and then transfer them into freezer bags and just pull out one at a time.  I also found it so convenient to store larger portions of purees in vacuum-sealed food storage bags I created with my FoodSaver.  I usually cut one or two open at a time and use them to mix up a delicious puree combo.

The game changer this time around really was the Infantino Fresh Squeeze Station.  You know those REALLY expensive food pouches that all of the store bought baby food comes in these days?  They are SO expensive but they are convenient!  Imagine being able to take advantage of that convenience at a fraction of the cost and knowing EXACTLY what is in your baby’s food.  The station lets you fill the pouches with your own purees and recipes.  They freeze great and are perfect for taking on the go.

Look at all of this amazing food that we made for our little guy in just a few hours.  This stash lasted us at least a month.

Well there you go!  It is so easy and so great for your baby.  With a little planning and a few hours once a month you can make all of the delicious food the light of your life will need.  If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out the next phase with toddler purees.

Sleepover Shenanigans Part 4: The Decor

Sleepover Shenanigans Part 4: The Decor

Thank you if you’ve stuck in with me through the infamous sleepover!

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So on to my last post in this series – you’ve seen all of the fun projects, now it’s time to get a peek at the decor.  I have a couple of things to show you.

We created a very simple photo booth.  I made a really quick and easy banner to hang on the back-drop on my cricut.  It wasn’t anything special but turned out cute.  I made lots of fun props for the booth.  The girls had a lot of fun posing with different props.

I also set up a really fun concession stand for the girls to enjoy while they watched the movie at the end of the night. This was highlighted with a banner that said “Movie Treats”. Another quick, easy project on my Cricut.  I used 4oz. condiment cups and filled them with a variety of treats for the movie.  It ended up saving me a lot of money and the girls each got to pick out several different treats to enjoy.

I re-used the table that we created for the baptism brunch as our food table.  We did an oatmeal bar and a yogurt bar with all of the fixings.  A hit with the girls was the cinnamon roll “pops”.

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Sleepover Shennanagins Part 3: The T-Shirts

Sleepover Shennanagins Part 3: The T-Shirts

This was my favorite project of the whole party!!  They were a fair amount of work to make 15 but the girls loved them!

I started with your standard (in my opinion, ugly) t-shirts that are available at your local Jo-Ann’s or Michaels.  Look for a sale – you can get them for as low as $2.50 each or even less if there is a “total purchase” discount.  You can also get a great deal on Amazon if you buy in bulk.

I used Heat Transfer Vinyl.  I used the Cricit brand HTV for the pink glitter but checked out a less expensive version for the black HTV from Kate’s Craft Store.  Overall I was pretty happy with the less expensive black and would probably choose it again because it is a great value.  I did find that it needed a little more ironing time than with the Cricut brand and I needed to let it fully cool before peeling off the plastic.  The results themselves were identical.

I personalized them for the party.

Next, I used a fabric scissors to cut off the sleeves on the seams and then used my rotary cutter to cut 2″ into each of the sides in 3/4″ intervals.  If you don’t have a rotary cutter, you can certainly get the job done with a fabric scissors,

I just found this way MUCH faster.

We then cut on the seam splitting each side open and the girls each tied their shirts together and then added ribbons for some cute embellishments.

Here is a close-up of the front of the finished shirt.

On the back I personalized each shirt with the girl’s name.

They were so much fun to make and the girls LOVED them.  They even made plans to all wear their shirts at dance practice this week.

Group picture of sleepover girls in matching tshirts

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