August 30, 2011

Menu: August 30 - September 6

Tuesday: Italian sausage spaghetti w/ spinach
Wednesday: Grilled chicken citrus teriyaki
Thursday: Grilled hamburgers and sweet potato fries
Friday-Sunday: Hopefully out enjoying a real city!
Monday: frozen pizza
Tuesday: Toasted ravoli with marinara sauce and sautéed zucchini and yellow squash

August 29, 2011

Banana Oat Cookies

I always feel really bad when I'm eating my granola bars in front of DS. He's 9 months currently and ALWAYS wants to eat exactly what I'm eating, but honey is on our no-no list for now (and I don't feed him raisins either). Well, here's a recipe that's great for my son that I found to be rather tasty for myself. I'll keep making my granola bars, but when DS is around I'll break these cookies out instead!

(adapted from Oats and Naner Drops recipe found on

1 cup quick oats

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup brown sugar (can easily leave this out if making these for babies/toddlers)
1 cup (about 2) overripe bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 Tablespoons oil of choice

Mix dry together. In a separate bowl mix wet ingredients together. Add the wet to dry ingredients. Drop by the spoonful onto parchment paper or greased baking sheet. 
Bake 12-15 min at 350.
Yields about 20 cookies.

August 24, 2011

Menu: August 24-29

Yesterday I was out of town for the day and DH had yet more potato soup (but no complaints thankfully lol).

Wednesday: Hearty Sausage Skillet (anything requiring more thought and effort is beyond me today)
Thursday: Orange chicken in crockpot over rice w/ broccoli
Friday: Balsamic glazed salmon fillets, green beans, and sweet potatoes
Saturday: Cheese fondue
Monday: ground turkey stroganoff and green beans

August 17, 2011

Menu: August 17-22

Wednesday: pepper steak over rice (yep, got off by 2 days - had enough leftovers!)
Thursday: Pancakes with blueberry syrup and strawberries
Friday: Veggie burgers (yep, DH is gone! Lol) and sweet potato fries
Saturday: chicken quesadillas
Sunday: baked potato soup and green beans
Monday: leftovers
Dessert: pumpkin pie ice cream

August 11, 2011

Menu: August 11-15

Thursday: chicken taco salads
Friday: penne a la betsy w/ steamed broccoli
Saturday: grilled bratwursts, crash potatoes, and green beans
Sunday: sour cream enchiladas and spinach side salad
Monday: pepper steak over rice

August 04, 2011

Baby Led Weaning

Someone finally called me out on it! With all the cooking I do, why don't I make my own baby food and post about it? Well, that's because I decided I hate pureed baby food. For our family it's just an extra waste of time and energy. When Squish was 5 months he started trying to grab the food off my plate. I would give him one of his baby spoons and sippy to distract him and he would still try to grab the food off my plate. He looked like he was ready to eat! So I spent part of an afternoon making my own pureed sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash. I was very excited to be cooking for my baby. And then I tried spoon feeding him my homemade baby food. He stole the spoon. He was not interested in me feeding him at all. Messy doesn't even to begin to cover what happened to my son, myself, the high chair, the walls, the floors, etc. I quickly found myself dreading giving him solids. I skipped feeding him several days in a row justifying it with "he doesn't need to eat everyday anyways at this point." Well, he didn't need to eat solids but I realized that something still needed to change.

Squish's first stolen spoon. 

Baby led weaning is skipping past the cereals and purred baby food stage. It's letting the baby completely feed themselves. They choose what they want to eat and how much. Once Squish was able to sit at 6 months he was placed in his high chair next to me at the dining room table during meals. If it was appropriate for him to eat, I put it on his tray. He started off with steamed zucchini and sweet potatoes in thin long sticks. Easy for him to pick up and grab and soft enough that he could learn how to chew easily. With a couple of days he figured out the best way to get the food in his mouth and he started trying to chew. Soon he worked on swallowing the food.

Lil' Stinker's first pancake at 6 months!

Squish recently turned 9 months old. He has two bottom teeth and that's it. He loves to eat and will try anything I give him. The only food limits he has is nuts and honey right now. Most importantly though, meal times are fun and relaxing again for the whole family.

Strawberry face at 7 months.

Baby led weaning does require the delaying of solid foods till at least 6 months. The baby needs to be able to sit unassisted, able to grasp and hold on to food, and no longer have the tongue thrust reflex. They should also be showing an active interest in food and eating. For some babies they're very interested by 5 months, for others this may not happen till 13 months. It's good for parents to remember that the main source of nutrition for at least the first year should be from breast milk or formula and to not get caught up in how much solid food a baby is eating. Baby led weaning is definitely not for every family or every baby.

Squish often holds food in both hands and eats out of both!
Here he's enjoying a calzone at 8 months.

August 03, 2011

Watermelon Sherbet

Recipe found in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, August 2011 issue.

5 cups cubed watermelon (no seeds!)
1/2 cup sugar
1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup cranberry juice (could also use grape juice or some other similar juice)

In a small saucepan, the gelatin and juice. Let sit for 5 minutes. Then turn the heat to low and stir until the gelatin dissolves.
Meanwhile, puree the watermelon in a food processor or blender. Add the sugar and send it spinning briefly to blend.
Mix the two mixtures together in a large bowl. Place bowl in fridge for at least 30 minutes to get it cold.

Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and turn it on. After 20-25 minutes you should have wonderful sherbet! Store in freezer, removing a few minutes before you want to scoop out servings.

If you don't have an ice cream maker, pour mixture into an 8x8 pan and place in freezer. Cover and freeze for 2 hours. Break up mixture and put in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Return to pan and cover and freeze for 6 more hours.

My beautiful ice cream maker. It was my birthday gift from my parents!

And 20 minutes later, ready to eat! Super yummy. :)

Menu: August 2-10

Tuesday: Hamburgers, French fries, and carrots
Thursday: chicken kabobs with cherry tomatoes and roasted red potatoes
Friday: Mongolian beef, steamed rice, and green beans
Saturday: iron skillet deep-dish pizza w/ sausage, zucchini (and jalapenos on my half)
Monday: pasta with turkey meatballs
Tuesday: sausage, eggs, and biscuits (with I’m sure sautéed zucchini….again)
Wednesday: grilled cheese and French fries
Dessert – Homemade vanilla ice cream with Oreos