Homemade Baby Food

Sweet potato & nectarine

Ever since Julian started eating solids at 6 months I have been having fun making his baby food at home. He is such a good eater, and I would like to keep it that way!  It has been enjoyable to experiment in the kitchen with different ingredients and seasonings, and it’s nice to be putting our Vitamix to good use. I use different combinations of the fruits and vegetables that I buy for our household, and I add a dash of seasoning to get him interested in more flavors.

We are still in love with these pouches because of the convenience on the go, and the fact that Julian can feed himself with them! I can’t recommend them enough.

It is my philosophy that it is always worth it to buy organic, but especially when making baby food. And even more so when using produce that is in the dirty dozen. These are my current favorite recipes for baby Jules. There is nothing like food that is made with love!

Do you make your own baby food? What are your favorites?

Loving his sweet potato & nectarine

Sweet Potato & Nectarine Puree

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized sweet potato
  • 1 ripe nectarine
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions:

Wash sweet potato and nectarine. In a medium sized pot, heat water to boil. Chop the sweet potato into 1 inch slices and steam in steam pot until soft, about 5 minutes. Sweet potato can also be sliced and roasted to soften. Cut nectarine into thin slices. Once sweet potato has cooled, combine all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy bebe!

Eating greens

Zucchini & Apple Puree

Ingredients:

  • 3 zucchinis
  • 2 apples
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Dash of ginger

Instructions:

Wash all produce. In a medium sized pot, heat water to boil. Meanwhile, chop zucchini into 1 inch slices and apples into quarters, leaving skin on both. Toss apples and zucchini into steam pot and steam until soft, approximately 3-5 minutes. Allow to cool. Transfer into blender and add lemon and ginger. Puree until smooth. Enjoy!

 

xx,

Heidi

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Lavender Fields Forever

 

 

 

 

Over the weekend we ventured off of Bainbridge Island to the Olympic Peninsula, for a mini road trip and some beautiful sights. My dear friend Jesse came over from Seattle in the morning, and we loaded up the babies and hit the road! We headed to Sequim, WA, which has the largest lavender festival in North America. It was incredible to see the rolling hills of purple flowers. You immediately felt calmer in their presence. And the fragrance! It was majestic.

We loved the quaint Purple Haze Farm where you can play with bunnies, check out their chickens (and peacock!) and enjoy some lavender ice cream. The babies crawled around in the grass and were mesmerized by the lavender and bumble bees. The rain let up as we arrived and returned as we left; it was a perfect day!

Most of the lavender farms are open until Labor Day, so be sure to get over to Sequim before the blooms are gone! Let me know if you make the trip! Enjoy!

xx,

Heidi

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Welcome

A welcome tray for our guests
A welcome tray for our guests

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of hosting one of my former sorority sisters and her sweet kiddos for the night. It had been a crazy week for Julian and I, so I simply did not have the time to prepare much for her stay. However, I wanted to do something small to welcome their family to the island, and our home!

A soft lamby for the baby to snuggle
A soft lamby for the baby to snuggle

Every hostess wants her guests to feel comfortable, and something a simple as a welcome tray can do just that. This tray takes only a few extra moments, but can make a big impact in making your guests feel right at home.

Let me know if you try this in your home! Happy hosting.

A simple way to welcome guests
A simple way to welcome guests

xx,

Heidi

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Good Reads: The Girl on the Train

Girl on the Train

The suspense of “The Girl on the Train” will keep you up all night until you’ve finished reading! There has been a lot of buzz about this book lately, as it has some parallels to “Gone Girl” and is being made into a film that will be in theaters this fall.

While on the train, the protagonist, Rachel, witnesses something that drives her deep into events that unravel her already broken world. The story is told from three different points of view, and each turn of events is more shocking than the last. “The Girl on the Train” is a thrilling ride!

Have you read it? Do you plan to? Let me know your thoughts!

Favorite quote: “I don’t know. I don’t know where that strength went, I don’t remember losing it. I think that over time it got chipped away, bit by bit, by life, by the living of it.” -Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

xx,

Heidi

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Julian at 8 Months

Baby Jules at 8 months
Baby Jules at 8 months

Our Julian Koki is 8 months old today! His personality is shining through more than ever, and we feel so fortunate to be his parents. Here are some of the things I want to always remember about our sweet baby Jules at this age.

Biggest Milestones: Julian is on the move! He scoots, army crawls and rolls to his destination. He is still dragging his belly around, so I’m not sure I would call it “crawling” just yet. But he is mobile! He is also pulling himself up to stand and can hold the position for some time! With mama right behind him of course.

Talking: Julian’s favorite word continues to be dada. I document this a lot of snapchat! He is babbling more and more, and louder and louder. He says mamamama but it is a lot less frequent than dada. He’s figuring out his N’s and B’s as well. Which makes his Nana very happy!

Eating: Baby Julian eats it all! I have gotten more creative with his baby food lately. Just last night he had a puree of avocado, pear, spinach and rosemary. He loves to eat what we’re eating as well. Which means, now more than ever, I really need to be mindful of what we are eating.

Sleeping: Our little man is still an incredible sleeper, and we do not take it for granted! He is staying up a little later during these summer days, and sleeping about 12 hours a night. Hallelujah!

Favorite activity: Now that it’s summertime, we’ve been taking advantage of the beautiful weather and have been to several outdoor BBQ’s and hosted a fun Fourth of July party ourselves. Julian loves hanging out outside with his rescue pup Jet and everyone else. He is already so spoiled by his grandparents, especially those grandmas! And he loves it!

Favorite book: We are both loving Julian’s Five-Minute Bedtime Stories from Usborne lately. As the title states, each story takes about 5 minutes to read, and follows the chronicles or Dog, Cat and other friends. It’s the perfect way to wind down before bed.

One thing I never want to forget: When Julian sees something he wants (usually food) he goes into a frenzy. His eyes grow wide, he begins grunting loudly and waving his arms so you’ll take note. As if you could miss it! It’s one of our favorite things to witness. If only we could all have such enthusiasm!

xx,

Heidi

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Fourth of July

Happy Birthday America!
Happy Birthday America

Our small town really comes to life over the Fourth of July! BBQ’s, parades, bare feet and boating are what summers are made of here in the Pacific Northwest. And when I was working at the VA Hospital in Seattle, I gained a new appreciation for holidays that make our country uniquely America. This year for the 4th of July we are hosting a family dinner at our home. Most of my family members have odd work schedules, so it is rare that we all get to celebrate together. In fact, our 4th of July celebration is doubling as a belated Father’s Day celebration! I am feeling particularly grateful this year that I get to celebrate with everyone, as my former work schedule rarely allowed it. Just one more perk of being a stay at home mom!

This delicious flag pie takes a little extra effort, but makes a big statement.  I used this recipe for the filling, and of course, my own crust recipe. I had fun building the flag crust and the finished product did not disappoint. It is one of those pies that’s almost too pretty to eat, almost!

How are you celebrating America’s birthday? I hope it’s with family, friends and lots of red, white and blue! Happy Fourth of July everyone! 

xx,

Heidi

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