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A Hurried, Sneaky Chef Mom’s Dream

First, I want to make a quick apology that I haven’t been posting much lately. Recently I lost my job (thank you economy!) and am working on some freelance projects to bring in a little income. My goal is to continue posting for chefs of both toddlers and babies. That said, onward!

While perusing Walmart a few weeks ago (yes I peruse Walmart occasionally since I don’t typically YoBaby Meals, Apple and Sweet Potatoshop there), I saw they are carrying the new Stonyfield Farm’s YoBaby 3-in-1 Meals. Yes, sneaky chef has arrived to the dairy case. The packaging boasts, “yogurt + fruit + veggies” and is certified organic. It comes in a 6 ounce container, which is the perfect size for my 2 year old. Basically the meals are plain yogurt with the fruit and veggie puree at the bottom. Stir it up and you’ve got a fruity and creamy delicious yogurt meal. As I’ve mentioned before, she has turned into an incredibly picky eater, and refuses to eat anything green, let alone green AND leafy.

Currently, the YoBaby Meals are available in Apple and Sweet Potato, Pear and Green Beans, and Peach and Squash. (Any of these combos sound familiar, baby food makers?) Little K likes any of them, but loves the Apple and Sweet Potato.

Not to be fooled by clever marketing, one question remains, how much fruit and vegetable puree is actually in this little cup of wonder? I emailed Stonyfield Farms and got a friendly and very timely response:

Thanks for reaching out to us regarding YoBaby Meals! Great to hear that your family is a fan of our latest baby yogurt 🙂

In regards to your question, our current 6oz cup contains 2 tablespoons of fruits & vegetables, which is considered to be one serving for children 0-5 years old. (combined, not each).

Considering Little K will eat the entire cup with no hesitation or fight, I’ll take 2 tablespoons for fruits and veggies ANY DAY. Plus it’s pretty nice that YoBaby Meals cost about $1.

Let me just throw this out there: Dear Meijer, I usually shop at your stores but you’re not currently carrying YoBaby Meals. I’d love it if you did so I didn’t have to go to Walmart for a single item on my list. If you could fix that, it would be great, thanks! Love ya!

In all seriousness, do you shop at Meijer? Tell them you’d like to see YoBaby in their stores by sending them a message.

Disclosure: I have not been compensated, received payment, or accepted any product or service for this review. Please see this blog’s disclosure policy in full here.

Filed under: Apples, Around the Play Yard, baby, Best Of, Butternut Squash, Dairy, Fruit, Green Beans, No-Cook, Peaches, Pear, Reviews, Sweet Potato, Vegetables, Yogurt, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Link: No more food fights from BabyCenter

These recipes are geared more toward older children (older than babies at least), but this article is definitely worth a look, since there is much to be learned from the strategies used in the creation of these recipes. I especially love the White Bean Puree, I’ve used it as a bagel spread, quesadilla filler, sandwich spread and sneaky addition to macaroni and cheese. No more food fights: The Recipe, BabyCenter

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Homemade, DIY Vegetable Stock

So many dishes benefit from good, quality vegetable stock and how gratifying would it be to be able to use your own homemade stock? By saving and freezing unused veggie scraps, peelings, leaves and stalks, you can quickly accumulate enough to make your own stock.  This post by The Kitchn has some useful suggestions and tips for this project including vegetables to use and what not to use:

Vegetables to use: Onions, carrots, and celery are the key ingredients in vegetable stock, but many other vegetables can add depth and flavor. Wash and save roots, stalks, leaves, ends, and peelings from vegetables such as…

Additionally, The Kitchn has a great post detailing the recipe for using your new stockpile.

After using The Kitchn’s recipe and trying out a few others, I’ve found that one of the most important things to remember is to make sure you don’t overcook your stock or the flavors will turn bitter. I’d also suggest adding a bay leaf and a few peppercorns to the simmer for a more complex taste. Feel free to experiment as depending on your vegetable mixture, you’ll get a different flavor. Good luck!

Filed under: Around the Play Yard, baby, Bay, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Family, Freezer Friendly, Herbs and Spices, Medley, Recipes, Tomato, Vegetables, , , , , ,

Baby Pasta (Egg Free)


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup baby food
  • cold water
  • extra flour


  1. By Hand: Put flour into a mixing bowl making a well in the center for the baby food. Incorporate flour into baby food by mixing in the well slowly pulling in the flour. If using a Kitchen aide mixer use the dough mixer and it will do this for you. You should get a ball after a while. It should feel like play dough. If it does not start to ball you may need to add more water. If it is too sticky add more flour.
  2. By Food Processor: Put flour into a food processor bowl add the wet ingredients and 1 tsp oil to the flour in the food processor. Turn on the processor and mix until ingredients are evenly distributed. Mixture will be sandy and crumbly. With the processor running, add another 1 Tbsp cold water through a feed tube. At this stage the mixture should start coming together into a ball. If you are not getting a ball after 30 seconds of mixing, open the processor and squeeze a chunk of dough with your fingers. If it comes together and feels like play dough, it’s done. If not, restart the processor and drizzle in a little more water, 1 tsp at a time.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and gather into a ball. Knead for 8 minutes. The dough should be soft, pliable, and slightly tacky, but not sticky. It should not stick to the work surface or your hands. If it sticks, add a little flour and continue kneading. Don’t short cut this step. Kneading is what develops gluten and makes your dough elastic and workable later.
  4. Let dough rest 1 or more hours.
  5. If you have a pasta machine divide the dough into thirds and follow the directions for your pasta machine.
  6. If you are making it by hand roll out very thin and cut as desired.
  7. Dry. Remember when you go to cook it, fresh pasta only takes a couple minutes to cook. The longer it is dried the longer it needs to cook.

Filed under: baby, Grains, Pasta

13 Toddler Easter Egg Filler Ideas – Lil’ Duck Duck — Lil’ Duck Duck

Easter is just around the corner (April12) and I’ve been thinking about how to make it a fun experience for my one year old. I came across this post from Lil’ Duck and had to share:

13 Toddler Easter Egg Filler Ideas – Lil’ Duck Duck — Lil’ Duck Duck.

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If your todler is anything like mine, or any of the other millions of tots of tech-savvy parents, she loves mommy and daddy’s cell phones. Baby K has a fisher price phone and an old Blackberry, but nothing is as entertaining to her as the real thing. Enter iPlayPhone for the iPhone by Ryan Neudorf:

“I’ve just released my first iPhone app – iPlayPhone – it’s a toy phone for toddlers. I built it for my 1yr old son who’s always running off with my phone. It’s simplictic but super fun. All the buttons play goofy sounds. The onShake sound totally baffles my son, he’s like “woah, i shake it and is makes sounds…weird.”

Here’s the iTunes link:

Ryan’s Blog: OHRYAN.CA – Ryan Neudorf Certified Web Expert »

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Fisher-Price Recalls 3-in-1 High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard

Picture of Recalled 3-in-1 High ChairWASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: 3-in-1 High Chairs

Units: About 24,000

Importer: Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y.

Hazard: The seat can fall backwards from high chair frame if the booster seat release is unlatched while the child is in the product. Also, the seat back can detach if not fully snapped in place, posing a fall hazard and risk of serious injury to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a seat back detaching and child falling out, resulting in a skull fracture.

Description: This recall involves the 3-in-1 High Chair to Booster™, which converts from a high chair to a toddler booster seat. It includes a removable tray, height adjustment and folds for storage. The product number (P5369) is printed on the side of the seat, on a label on the seat pad, and on the product’s packaging.

Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide from December 2008 through March 2009 for about $100.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled high chairs immediately and contact Fisher-Price for instructions and a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 anytime or visit the firm’s Web site at

Fisher-Price Recalls 3-in-1 High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard.

Filed under: baby, Family, Gear, News, Recalls

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Outgrown: How to save your kid’s favorite t-shirt – Parenting on Shine

Here’s a great tip on making your kids’ clothes go a little further from Outgrown. Outgrown: How to save your kid’s favorite t-shirt – Parenting on Shine.

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Sili-Love for Silikids

Like most moms (and dads), I’m trying to navigated the confusion surrounding the safety of baby and kid products. I had the chance to check out some new products from mom-driven California start-up company, Silikids recently. They’ve taken silicone – commonly used in medical and cooking applications – and used it to produce baby bibs (Silibibs), Silicone sleeves (Siliskins) for bottles and cups, and my favorite, Silipads.

fullsilipadred1Silipads are perfectly sized little protective kneepads for crawlers and walkers alike. Made of cotton with a silicone pad, the Silipads protect little knees from scrapes and redness that are all too familiar. I was afraid that the Silipads wouldn’t stay up around my little-bitty’s skinny knees, but that wasn’t the case, they’ve grown right along with her!

fullsilibibtiffanyblue1Silibibs are such a welcome change to the daily grind of stain-fighting. Since silicone is such a high-performance material, the Silibibs are dishwasher safe. Additionally, silicone is non-porous, so the Silibib won’t harbor germs or bacteria.

fullbottlelargepinkWe all know how slippery bottles can be, let alone in the clumsy hands of a baby or toddler. Enter Siliskins. These silicone skins cover bottles and cups so that baby has a better grip. Like the Silibibs, the Siliskins are dishwasher and microwave safe, hypoallergenic, and won’t harbor nasty germs and bacteria. Plus the Siliskin acts as a barrier to hot glass bottles, keeping baby’s hands from getting too hot.

Silicone is widely known for it’s safety, hygenic, and sustainable properties. Silicone is a viable alternative to plastics, and Silikids has really taken this to the next level, beyond the typical uses of silicone in baby bottle nippes, pacifiers, teethers and spoons. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that silicone is environmentally friendly, as no harmful by-prodcts are produced during its manufacturing or disposal. The use of silicone also promotes reuse and recylcing, which as we all know, is essential to sustainability. Please visit Silikids for more information.

Disclosure: I did receive a product to try, but I believe in transparent and honesty in blogging. Receipt of this product did not influence my review. You can read my disclosure policy in full here.

Filed under: Around the Play Yard, baby, Family, Gear, Reviews


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