Baby Food Oatmeal

Turner is over 6 months old! He has been SUPER hungry (growing boy), so I had to amp up his food a little. I never gave him rice cereal. I went straight to veggies around 5 months. I got the OK from my ped before doing that. So far he’s had peas, avocado, zucchini, asparagus, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, turnips, rutabaga (not a fan), banana, apples, and apricots. I introduced one food at a time for about 4 days to make sure he wasn’t allergic. I basically picked a veggie that came in my farm share and turned it into baby food. That way I knew it was in season, fresh, and organic! My go-to food when I’m feeling lazy is avocado. I always have them on hand. If I don’t want to steam anything, I just peel and blend up an avocado with a little water and BOOM baby food.

Instead of buying cereal in the store, I make a big batch of this oatmeal to mix with his veggies and fruits. I use the baby bullet to grind organic steel cut oats. I’m sure you can grind them with your blender or food processor, but I haven’t tried that so can’t guarantee the same results! What you’re looking for is a flour like consistency. I only use 1 Tbsp of oatmeal to 2 Tbsp fruit or veggies. IMG_0952

 

Baby Food Oatmeal
Makes 4 cups oatmeal

1/2 cup organic steel cut oats
4 cups water

Use the mill blade of the baby bullet to grind the oats to a fine powder (I’m sure you could use a food processor too). You are looking for a flour like consistency. Bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. SLOWLY pour in the oats as you whisk the entire time (if it clumps up, pour it in the blender after cooking to make sure it is smooth). Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, whisking occasionally. After 15 minutes, take the lid off, and simmer 5 more minutes. Whisk occasionally. Scoop 1 or 2 Tbsp (depending on your baby) into each individual baby bullet cup or other baby food cup with lid. I only use 1 Tbsp of oatmeal to 2 Tbsp fruit or veggies. Mix the veggies or fruit with the oatmeal while it’s still warm. Store in the fridge in airtight containers for up to 1 week.

Freezing Instructions-Use ice cube trays with lids to freeze individual cubes of oatmeal. Each cube is about 1 oz. Once they’re frozen, pop into a ziplock bag and label with the date. They last about 3-6 months in the freezer. To defrost, put in a cup with lid in the fridge a few nights before you plan to use it. OR you can put it in a ziplock back and place in a bowl of water to defrost. This recipe fills about 3 ice cube trays.

 

Memorial Day

We often celebrate holidays without thinking about the meaning behind them. Memorial Day is one of those days. I’m sure we all know someone who has served, or even died, in the armed forces. One of our good family friends, Ryan, died in Afghanistan less that 2 years ago. He was only a few years older than me. It’s hard to wrap our heads around events like that. “Thank you” doesn’t seem to say enough! Spending time with family seems like the best way to celebrate a day like this! We are so grateful for the men and women who have and still serve! Without you, none of this would be possible!
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Somehow my posts always end up with pictures like this…
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Pool Party

Our neighborhood has a great pool, which is a major bonus. I have always loved going to our pool, but this year, I’m even MORE excited because Turner is here! I ordered him a baby float, and yesterday was the PERFECT day to break it in. We slathered on some sunscreen, rocked our festive Memorial Day bathing suits, and hit the pool!IMG_1513
He wasn’t too sure about the pool at first. It was a little chilly for little baby legs. But, once he was in, he started to have fun. He loved his float! This thing is the cadillac of baby floats. It has chew toys, shaker toys, floaty toys, and an inflatable octopus to bash! The canopy on top was perfect to block the sun. His favorite part was chewing on the rubber fishy!IMG_1481
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He let us know when he had enough. He lasted about 1/2 an hour, which is longer than I thought he would! So, we whisked him out of the pool, stripped him down, and wrapped him up in a towel to dry off in the sun. There’s nothing better than a nakey baby!!IMG_1499
Once he was warm, he was all smiles!
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We had so much fun at the pool! It was our first of many pool parties! Turner obviously had fun too. When we got home, we sat him in his swing, and he was OUT COLD! It’s hard work playing in the sun!IMG_1516

Tropical Green Tea

Everyone needs a classic iced tea recipe. I finally have it down to a science. My strategy is to use one or two more tea bags than cups of water. That way, the tea only steeps for 5 minutes, but stays strong when you add ice! Steeping tea for too long makes it bitter, and nobody likes bitter tea! I also use mostly black tea and add a few flavored bags just for a hint of the flavor I want. In this case, I used tropical green. But I have also done this with other flavors like raspberry and peach. Throw in some lemon and mint, and you’ve got a classic iced tea for a warm summer day!
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Tropical Green Tea
5 Tetley British Blend Tea Bags
2 Tropical Green Tea bags
6 cups water
Sliced lemon to garnish
Fresh mint to garnish

Boil 4 cups water. Steep all tea bags in the water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and let cool slightly and pour into a pitcher. Add 2 more cups cold water to your pitcher. Refrigerate. Serve with a lemon wedge and fresh mint.

I’m a Big Kid Now

Turner is becoming such a big boy!! I keep thinking that he’s this little baby that can’t do anything yet. But, in actuality, he’s sitting up, almost crawling, and eating! sitting
We went to the dr for his 6 month check up the other day. I love going there and hearing that he’s so healthy. It’s like music to my ears!carseat

They took his measurements and he’s in the 94th percentile for height!!! I don’t know where he came from, because Stew and I are both short! His weight percentile went down since his 4 month check up (hard to believe), so our ped was like, “you can feed him more if he wants more” and I was like REALLY?! I was so excited! I’ve been waiting for this moment forever! My mom got me Start Fresh by Tyler Florence. It has such great baby food ideas! I can start making fun concoctions just in time for the yummy summer produce that’s in season! I will start sharing my baby food recipes too! Stay tuned!

Tropical Crunch Oatmeal

My neighbor is an amazing photographer. He came over Sunday morning to give me some photography tips, so I had to throw a quick meal together! Coincidentally, my stepdad texted me a picture of the oatmeal my mom had made him. It looked delicious! So I called her to see what she put in it. I added a few twists of my own, and voila! My version of a tropical crunch oatmeal! It is SUPER easy and packed with tons of flavor. The perfect way to dress up your oatmeal! And take a load of this photo! I feel like a professional now 😮

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Tropical Crunch Oatmeal
Serves 1

1 serving oatmeal of your choice
1/4 cup raw walnut pieces
1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp coconut flakes
1 tsp honey

Cook oatmeal (I used quick cooking oats) according to the package instructions. Pour oatmeal into serving bowl and set aside. Meanwhile, heat a nonstick skillet (I used my trusty cast iron skillet) to medium heat. Toast the walnuts for about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crunchy. Remove and set aside.
In the same skillet, add oil, brown sugar, and pineapple. Stir until sauce thickens and coats the pineapple, about 3 minutes.
Sprinkle oatmeal with chia seeds, coconut flakes, walnuts, and pineapple. Drizzle the top with honey. Enjoy!

Beach Baby

The weather finally cooperated this weekend, and we were able to go to the beach. I had to work for a bit on Saturday morning, but in the afternoon it was BEACH ON! We packed up our beach caddy, pop up tent, PLENTY of wipes (learned that the hard way), and Baby and hit the road! I LOVE living 5 minutes away from the beach. We are so lucky!
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Stew and Turner sat in the tent, while Mommy sunbathed for a bit. It was so relaxing! 5
It’s been a WHILE since I’ve been able to sit out in the sun. Last year, while I was pregnant, I was so hot all the time! I could barely step foot outside! This year, I’m excited to soak up the sun and heat again!

We had so much fun playing with Turner and his toys! Turner was having a blast scooting around in the tent and finding the sandy spots!4
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After playing for a bit, we took a walk to the ocean to feel the water. It actually wasn’t too cold! I dipped Turner’s feet in the water. He wasn’t sure what to think. I have a feeling he’ll be a beach bum before we know it!
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We had such a great time at the beach. Turner’s such a good sport. We cart him everywhere. He’s just happy to be hanging out with us! We’ll take it while we can get it 😮

Breakfast Burrito

Wow…this is delicious. The best part about having a food blog is that I get to eat the creations after I finish shooting them! I’m always looking for more exciting breakfast ideas. Usually, I’ll just have a bowl of cereal with some fruit, because it’s quick! But, when I have a few extra minutes, I like to make a wholesome breakfast. This wrap is bursting with flavor. It has the salty prosciutto, the tangy goat cheese, and the sweet and spicy pepper relish. The textures are amazing too! There’s a little crunch from the prosciutto mixed with the creaminess of the goat cheese and avocado. It truly is mouthwatering!

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Breakfast Burrito
Makes 1 Sandwich

1 spinach wrap
1 slice prosciutto
1 Tbsp pepper relish
1 Tbsp goat cheese
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 egg, beaten
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup spinach

Heat nonstick skillet to medium heat. Cook the prosciutto on both sides until crisp (just like bacon). Meanwhile, spread the pepper relish and goat cheese onto the center of your wrap. Place the avocado down the center of the wrap. Once, the prosciutto is crisp, place on top of the goat cheese.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg with the salt and pepper. Stir in the spinach. In the same skillet, cook the egg on both sides until no longer runny. Place the egg on the center of the wrap.
Fold the top and bottom of the wrap over the eggs, and start rolling from the long end until you have a burrito.

6 Month Must Haves

I can’t believe Turner is 6 months old! I feel like he was born YESTERDAY! People always say time flies, but it truly does! A lot changes in 6 months. It’s hard to believe he’ll be crawling any minute!!
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Breville Juicer This one’s really for Momma. But, when Momma’s happy, everyone’s happy! I’ve always been an avid juicer. I used to have one of those dinky fisher price Black & Decker juicers, and I was silly enough to believe there wasn’t a difference. Boy oh boy, was I wrong!! I can throw whole apples into this baby!! Whereas, with the other juicer, I had to chop things up into minuscule pieces to fit into the tiny feed tube. Needless to say, this makes juicing SO much quicker and MUCH easier to clean up!! And, if I must tie this to Baby, he will be drinking fresh juice in a few months, so it all works out in the end :o)

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table A friend of mine gave me this after her son grew out of it. I was one of those naive parents who thought I’d never have to own any bright plastic toys that would clash with my decor…WRONG. I must admit, this thing is awesome! Right now, we sit Turner in his Bumbo so he can reach it. He just slaps at this thing forever! He’s intrigued by the lights, colors, and sounds. It’s hard to believe that my baby is playing with big boy toys!!

Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym I know I already had this in another month. But this month it’s for different reasons! Turner loves to lie on his back and grab the toys hanging above him. He also likes to lay on his tummy and look at himself in the mirror on the ground or try to grab the hanging toys. This occupies him for hours!

Water Resistant Blanket Blanket This blanket is heavy duty. It’s awesome for sitting out in the yard, and it’s perfect for the beach! The sand wipes right off, and it’s big enough that Turner can scoot around!

Beach Caddy We felt like grown ups when we bought this. Stew and I used to be those people who just brought a chair and a towel to the beach. We never set up camp with a blanket and umbrella. Now that we have Turner, going to the beach is truly a family affair. We have the blankets, towels, pop up tent, diaper bag, toys, etc. So this caddy is PERFECT! It opens up and breaks down easily, which helps when packing it in the car. This is definitely a godsend for when we bring Baby to the beach!

Here’s a little blast from the past!
One Week Old
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Six Months Old
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Protein Breakfast Cookie

I call these cookies, because they’re just as good. But there’s really nothing “cookie-like” about these, other than their shape. They don’t have butter, sugar, flour, or anything “cookie-like” in them! They ARE, however, full of protein and flavor. They’re the perfect option for a quick snack or a breakfast on the go.

Having a small baby and a full time job makes it difficult to get a good meal in. Turner is getting much better with age. I can sit him in his high-chair while I cook, and he just watches me. But I definitely still have a million things to do in a day! So this is my go-to breakfast or snack! 

 

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