Obviously my most special Valentine this year is my baby boy but I also plan on carving out time with my hubs and it’s not going to require finding a babysitter or even leaving the house. Some of these suggestions can include the little ones but I think it’s still important to get that one on one time with your partner if you can! Here are my suggestions:
Did you know that Cottage pie is different than Shepherds pie? I mean, very technically speaking. Shepherds pie is meant to be made with ground lamb and cottage pie is made with ground beef. So actually, this is neither because I’m using turkey. HA!
So, I don’t think I’m breaking any ground here but I know that Christmas can be a hectic time what with the gift buying, decorating, family time and entertaining. Add to that a new baby and well, let’s just say I’m keeping things as simple as I can possibly make them this year.
Usually, I will have tins upon tins of Christmas baking completed by now… it’s my favourite Christmas activity. But this year I’m lucky if I find time to drink a cup of hot coffee before my kid requires my attention let alone spend an entire day with my mixer and dough.
I thought I would round up what I’ll be putting out this year as we will be the primary hosts (just easier with the baby) and will have a full house and two Christmas meals to put on on Christmas day.
Is anyone else dealing with snow and really cold temperatures? In Calgary, the transition from Fall to Winter happens fast, and this year we got snow in the first week of October. Which means I’ve been cooking warm and comforting dinners to fill our bellies.
I’m still in denial that we’re at this point in the process, but sure enough the time has come to introduce the babe to his first tastes of solid food. If he’s anything like his daddy (and I think he will be) he will surely have an enormous appetite that will grow him into mommy’s not so little guy. For now, we’re starting slow with homemade purees, water and juice. Yep, that’s right. Homemade.
To be honest, we never really even considered buying pre-made baby food… I’m not sure why. I think I had all of the stories my mom told me about feeding me in my head and it never seemed like a daunting task. So, we bought a book, gave it a try and I can honestly tell you that it is THE EASIEST thing to do and (bonus for my banker husband) super economical.
There are a ton of books out there featuring DIY baby food and they all look great, but we ended up going with THE BEST HOME MADE BABY FOOD ON THE PLANET. We love it because it breaks down how to introduce your babe to solid foods on a month to month basis and has a ton of information about what to start with and how.
In terms of tools, we didn’t find we needed much because we already had a small food blender. Based on what you already have, the list will vary but here was ours:
- small puree containers (freezer friendly)
- small baby spoons
- silicone feeder
- no-spill sippy cup
- Nutri-bullet or other small food processor, if you don’t already have one
Then it’s just a matter of following the recipes! So far, we’ve attempted yams, pear, potatoes and some cold water in the sippy cup which doubles down as a relief for his teething. I love the Baby Cubes (linked above) for storing the food because they come on a stand that keeps them upright and organized in the freezer. And the Boon silicon feeder is genius. It’s big enough that he can grab it with his two hands and feed himself (ok, getting his hand to his mouth is still a bit sketchy but we’re working on it!) It’s sort of a pre-curser to a utensil. Get one!
So far, we’ve only used three of like a million recipes from the book and we already have a stocked freezer full of leftovers (win) and this week we’re moving onto avocado!
I have loved reading the books, prepping the food and experiencing these firsts with the babe knowing that he’s getting the best of the best with no added preservatives and the most amount of nutrients possible. Give it a try! I think you’ll have a happily stocked freezer in no time flat 🙂 And if you do or already have, let me know how it’s going for you in the comments below! Happy puree-ing!