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Green Supreme Smoothie

My once adventurous eater, now 18 months, has turned to the infamous toddlerGreen Smoothie “white diet” of only wanting bread, pasta, potatoes, bananas, Cheerios, crackers and cheese. Like any concerned parent, I wanted to make sure she was getting enough nutrients, especially since flu season is here. I turned to the “sneaky chef” method, and started making super food packed smoothies for her, which she usually drinks as a snack.

The great news is that this smoothie recipe, and the ones to follow, freeze well: just portion them in 8 ounce freezable Ball containers and label. You can semi-thaw them in the refrigerator, or for (nearly) instant smoothie snacks, submerge the container in a mug of hot water for a few minutes. Either way, just keep shaking the smoothie container to make sure the icy parts are evenly distributed. She will usually drink about 6 ounces over the course of an hour or so. I usually serve Baby K’s smoothie in a sippy cup that I’ve widened the nipple, but she also likes drinking them with a straw.

Yields 1 liter

  • 3 cups of spinach, washed and dried
  • 1 orange, peeled and seeded and sectioned
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and sectioned
  • 1 seeded and peeled papaya
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 1/2 cup soy milk OR 6 oz container plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbs flaxseed meal (optional)
  • 6 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except ice cubes into blender and blend until well blended.
  2. Add ice cubes and pulse until well blended
  3. Serve or freeze immediately

Also, I’ve found that when I feel like my diet needs a little boost, I drink one of the 8 ounce containers as a meal replacement. To see the (adult) nutritional data and analysis on this recipe driven by NutritionData.com, click here.

Photo credit to ilovemypit.

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Filed under: Apples, Banana, Family, Freezer Friendly, Leafy Greens, Oranges, Recipes, Smoothies, Spinach, Vegetables

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Oh my gosh I wish I had found this post from Mad Maggie Designs earlier this summer! Sidewalk chalk is a home run at my house! I’m thinking I may start making some now so we’re stocked up for next year, of course there’s always hope that there will be a few more nice October days…

Mad Maggie Designs: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk.

Someone just suggested this could make a great gift idea, I’d love to hear more!

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Cleaning Your Beaba Babycook

From reader Ryder’s Mommybabycook

Do you know how to clean my Babycook? It seems to have some hard water deposit buildup…

I’ve used the method outlined on Babycook’s web site:

How should I de-scale my appliances?
Descale the heating reservoir regularly using white vinegar only. Ensure the device is cold and not connected to the electrical outlet; pour a mixture of 3.4 ounces (100 ml) of water and 3.4 ounces (100 ml) of white vinegar into the heating reservoir. Leave for the night and then empty. Repeat the operation if necessary until all the lime has been removed. Connect the device to the electrical outlet and then complete two (2) heating cycles using water only in the heating reservoir (3 measures – 5 ounces/150 ml) in order to rinse it well. Then clean the bowl and accessories with warm, soapy water. Never use a chemical descaler or a coffee machine descaler in the heating reservoir.

Does the Babycook seal have to be regularly changed?
If the seal is always properly cleaned (not suitable for dishwasher) and properly positioned, there is no need to change it. However it may suffer some wear and tear, so check that it is not flaking on occasion.

There is fine brown silt at the bottom of my heating tank. What is it?
If you notice a brown deposit (lime scale) in your heating tank, it is time to de-scale your appliance. Please note, this is not toxic to your infant.



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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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Applesauce: A Beaba Babycook recipe

Apples

Apples

If you haven’t checked out a Beaba Babycook, I highly suggest you do so. It is one of the most valuable tools I’ve used while making my own baby food. You can read my full review here.

Several readers have emailed me, requesting recipes specific to the Babycook. Pretty much any food that you would steam, you can Babycook. Here’s one to get you started, a single serving (or 2) of applesauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 large apple (I used a Honeycrisp, but consider McIntosh or Red Delicious, think sweet so you don’t have to add sugar)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)

Steps

  1. Wash, core and slice apple (you can also peel apple for younger babies who might have a hard time digesting the skin)
  2. Fill Babycook water reservoir
  3. Place apple slices in steam basket
  4. Turn Babycook to “steam”
  5. Let Babycook complete steaming, about 15 minutes
  6. Empty steamed apples into the Babycook blender container and turn to “blend”.
  7. Sprinkle a little cinnamon before serving and relish the moment when there aren’t many dishes to clean!

Does baby love applesauce or do you have a windfall of apples? (Tis the season!) Try my Slow Cooker Applesauce recipe!

Photo credit to A Million to One.

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DIY Travel Baby Monitor

My husband and I had friends and their newborn staying this weekend and they shared a great idea for traveling parents:

Instead of packing the baby monitor, we use our cell phones. Call one phone with the other, put both on speaker phone, leave one in the baby’s room and mute the other. Be sure to mute the one you are using as the receiver, otherwise you risk waking baby!

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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, , , , , ,

Slow Cooker Applesauce

Choose naturally sweet apples such as Empire or McIntosh to reduce the need for added sugar. For baby’s breakfast, I’ve stirred in oatmeal cereal and ground flax seed. I haven’t tried freezing this recipe since it never lasts long at my house, but if you try, let me know how it works out! Update – I froze applesauce in 8 oz Ball freezer containers with success!

Ingredients

Sliced Macintosh Apple

Sliced Macintosh Apple

  • 8-10 medium sized apples
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash, peel, core and slice apples.
  2. Combine apples, water and sugar in slow cooker.
  3. Cover and heat on high for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. Apples will “mash” on their own, but for younger babies, you may want to blend further.

Filed under: Apples, Cinnamon, Fruit, Herbs and Spices, Holiday Menu, Slow Cooker or Crockpot, Thanksgiving, , , , , , ,

400,000 cribs recalled after 8-month-old dies – Kids and parenting- msnbc.com

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that Simplicity Inc. is recalling about 400,000 cribs that put babies at risk of death by suffocation.

The commission said consumers should stop using the cribs immediately.

400,000 cribs recalled after 8-month-old dies – Kids and parenting- msnbc.com.

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Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Sounds a little bizarre, I know, but give these a try, no syrup needed!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Combine cottage cheese, flour, blueberries, beaten eggs and oil in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Heat lightly sprayed skilled over medium heat.
  3. Pour 1/3 cupfuls of batter in to the skilled. Carefully flipping when bubbles appear on the surface.

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