We'd always planned to make Beckett's baby food, but it worked out nicely that he started on solids right about the time the farmers' markets started opening, so we've been able to let him try fresh, local, seasonal, organic food straight from the farm — not a bad way to kick things off. :)
It's also been a pleasant surprise to find out just how easy it is to make your own baby food. I mean, really, there's not really a good reason not to do it yourself. It's much cheaper, even if you go organic, it tastes loads better, it uses less packaging, and you know exactly what's going in it.
Plus, it looks like this:
Yum. I'll admit, sometimes I steal a bite or two from the bowl. :) Wanna know how to do it? Take your food "X," cut it into small pieces, steam it for about 10 minutes (a little more or less, depending on how hard it is to begin with; you want to get it pretty soft), then throw it in the blender. You may need to add a little of the steaming water if it's too thick. And that's it! Easy as can be.
To make it even easier, we usually just try to feed him something that we're already going to make for dinner. The other night, we had a squash and zucchini salad, so while Matt was making that, we diced up some of the squash to make for Beckett. No biggie. He'll be trying the zucchini for the first time tomorrow. Once he's progressed past the individual purees, we're excited to start trying out some of the recipes from this book by Tyler Florence. He's big (and so are we) on baby eating what you eat, so he makes a lot of meals that work for everyone, plus he does a great job of introducing more complex flavors (roasted blueberries, anyone?) and combinations (roasted apple, carrot, and mango puree) right from the beginning. Yummy!
The mercury's been rising around here the past few days, so instead of our usual walk, we decided to take Beckett to the pool for the first time yesterday.
He's signed up to take swim lessons in August, but we plan to spend plenty of time in the pool before then. Our current gym only has an indoor pool, but after we move next week, we'll have access to the best outdoor community pool around. Time to break out the swim shirt and hat!
Wednesday! It's been a good week (or at least weekend) of sewing, so there's some fun new stuff to report. We're getting ready for our move next week, so it was nice to squeeze in a few more projects before getting packed up. (In case you're new around here, I'm following along with Freshly Pieced's W.I.P. (Work In Progress) Wednesday series as a good way for me (and you) to keep track of what's going on around here.)
It's moving along nicely, and the great thing about quilts is how you can squeeze in a block or two in the middle of working on other projects.
Speaking of other projects, I also finished up some baby gifts for several friends, which meant a big 'ol pile of bibs and burp cloths, plus one more burp cloth for the messiest baby in the world, my son.
Started this week: More
blocks for the Early Bird quilt. The official count is eight done, four more to go!
On the "to do" list:
Two coin purses Changing table pad cover Bumpers for our coffee table's legs A few pacifier clips
Mystery gift for a friend
A few items to spruce up our new stroller
A sheet for Beckett's pea pod mattress
A new bag and mug rug for me
everyone has a great rest of the week. And be sure to click on
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Finally! Some more time for sewing. This weekend was very productive, and I managed to knock out several gifts for friends who've recently had or are about to have babies. It was a burp cloths and bibs sweat shop around here.
I finished four sets for three boys and a girl, each containing a matching bib and burp cloth.
I used several different fabrics, mostly Riley Blake and Ann Kelle (if you're interested in a specific one, just leave a comment).
They'll all be in the mail to their mommas tomorrow, and if their babies are anything like Beckett, I trust they'll get plenty of use. :)
I had some leftover burp cloth fabric, so I also made Beckett one more of his own using his fox fabric.