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Baby Food

Mmmmm….pears.

Is it bad that I want to steal food from my 7 month old daughter? It can’t be bad, can it? Those pears are just so good!

Making baby food really isn’t that bad when it turns out so good. Pear puree = delicious. Who knew that pears cooked in a little water and then blended up could be so so nummy? Babies, that’s who.

Carrots get the same treatment. Also good. Roasted sweet potatoes pureed with a little water? Yes, please. Although I’m afraid I must revert to my childhood ways and say, “Dem peas is nasty. Bleck.”

My Gramma Jane got me this great “how-to” baby food book.

And even if the basic recipes are just “cook veggie, puree with water” it has some great big kid recipes too. Not sure I’ll be making “pan-roasted salmon  with lentils, rice, french beans, and spinach pesto” anytime soon…but hey, a girl can dream, right?

If you’re not making your own baby food, good for you. You may actually have some free time to take a shower. If you are making your own baby, even good-er for you. Just make sure you don’t eat it all.

A Baby and her Blankets

I was scrolling through iPhoto today, and I noticed that Amelia has a lot of homemade blankets. I mean, I know she has a lot of blankets, but I loved seeing them in photos.

Elephant Blanket: Made by Grammy. She sleeps with this blanket everyday. It’s satin on the back. Like most babies, she loves to chew on the satin.

Hexagon Afghan. Made by Mama. We used this blanket more in the winter. It is HEAVY.

Little Birdie Crib Quilt. Made by Grammy.  This little blanket lived in the bassinet for a while, and now it lives on the back of the rocking chair in the nursery.

Circles and squares quilt. Again, made by Grammy. This is our playtime quilt. She loves to roll around on it and look at the different fabrics and patterns. Check out a non-slobbered on version for sale in our Etsy shop!

I can think of 4 more homemade blankets that I haven’t shown you. It takes a long time to upload photos here on the blog. The girl has too many blankets. I guess it’s a good problem to have.

This Lotion Smells Like Fire, or “How To Make Lotion”

Now, this lotion that I’m going to share with you doesn’t actually smell like fire, but that’s what one of my friends little boys said after he put Vicks Vapor Rub all over his face. “This lotion smells like fire!” Yeah, I imagine it would. I imagine his nose was runny for a while too. For some sick reason I never get tired of the lotion smells like fire line.

This lotion doesn’t have any fire in it. It’s pure and simple and baby friendly. I had seen a lot of lotion recipes online, but I never did have all the right ingredients at the right time. So I made this up one day during Amelia’s naptime.

It’s a very precise recipe.

Whipped Shea Butter

Scoop some shea butter into a bowl. Add some coconut oil.

lotion ingredients

Soften these two ingredients by microwaving very gently, or placing the bowl into a bowl of hot water. Add a squeeze of sweet almond oil.

Now dump the liquid into your KitchenAid mixer and whip it, whip it good.

You can’t really tell from the photo, but I used the whisk attachment that came with my blender. It takes at least 5 minutes, but the oils start to turn white. As the air is whipped in, it thickens up just like whipped cream does. If you’ve ever made homemade whipped cream, you can make whipped shea butter. Even if you haven’t ever made whipped cream, you can make whipped shea butter. Otherwise known as…lotion that doesn’t smell like fire.

Here’s my finished product.

This was my second batch. The first was a little too stiff – not enough almond oil. It worked fine, I just had to soften it up in my hands a bit before I could rub it on Amelia. This batch is just about right, but it’s teetering dangerously close to too runny. It’s perfect if I store it in the fridge. Which is a good idea anyway, to prevent the growth of green fuzzies.

And there you have it folks! Lotion.

 

Spinach, anyone?

That’s a pretty appealing title, eh? I do what I can.

Today, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day (and as a nod to the golden arches) I made myself a special shamrock shake. Well, smoothie. I had kind of gotten out of the habit of putting spinach in smoothies, but today was a good day to start again.

Hello, spinach. Hello, yogurt. Hello, wonderful stick blender.

spinach smoothie

 

All good smoothies (at HuYoung Heaven) start with plain yogurt, a banana, and a splash of milk. Most good smoothies also include frozen fruit. Some good smoothies include peanut butter, but not this one. Not with the frozen pineapple and mango. That’s sick, why would you think that?

This good smoothie had a healthy dose of spinach in it. Peep out that awesome green color!

 

stick blender smoothie

So, easy healthy smoothie: Yogurt, banana, milk, handful of frozen fruit mix, spinach. Did I forget anything? Uh, no.

Deliciousness. I love how you can’t even taste the spinach. Although, if you don’t blend it up well enough, you can chew the spinach. Lesson learned. Blend away.

So since I had spinach in my snack today, does that mean I can count the green peppers and onions on my homemade pizza as my vegetable for dinner? Oh, what if there were spinach on the pizza too? Bonus! And double bonus, there was spinach in the Tuscan Soup I had for lunch. Wow, perhaps I should look into some variety for my vegetables. But what’s a girl to do when her bargain shopping husband brings home a giant box of organic spinach for $1? Channel your inner Popeye, that’s what.

Here’s a little bonus Amelia pic for you. Helping Mama make a smoothie.

Blend, Mama, blend!

Cloth Wipes

Folding all these little cloth wipes makes me happy.

Happy because:

a) my mom made them

and

b) I know they are gentle on Amelia’s skin

and

c) they are free. Did I mention my mom made them? They cost me absolutely nothing. In fact, they probably cost her nothing as well, because she made them out of scrap fabric.

I love, love, love my cloth wipes. I keep a handful in a wipe warmer ($4 on clearance) with some homemade wipe solution and the rest of them in a drawer in the changing table.

When the warmer is empty, I throw in some fresh solution and another handful of wipes and we are good to go. Dirty wipes go in the dirty diaper bucket and get washed along with the diapers. Couldn’t be easier.

Here are the details for you other crunchy moms 🙂

Wipes

  • 8″ square
  • Flannel
  • Serged edges

Wipes Solution

  • 1-2 cups water
  • 2-3 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 2-3 drops Calendula Oil

To make the solution I just carry the warmer over to the sink, run some warm water in it, dash in the oils, and swirl it around with my finger. I can even do it with the baby in one arm. If I am really pressed for time, or the baby is screaming, I just fill the warmer with water. Remember your highschool chemistry? Water is a universal solvent. It’s really all you need. I add the Tea Tree Oil as an anti-fungal and to keep the water fresh. Calendula Oil is healing and soothing to the skin, but you can definitely leave them out. Check the interwebs for more solution recipes. But please, try the cloth wipes. You’ll love them.

And just in case you don’t believe me, I asked Amelia what she thought.

Cloth wipes?

Oh yeah.

Disposable wipes?

Clearly, not a fan.

How to make Yogurt

It is so so easy, and so so good for you. Did you know that one serving of plain vanilla yogurt (Archer Farm’s brand) has 32 grams of sugar? That’s almost as much as a can of soda! And they call yogurt a health food.

So here we go: Whole, non-homogenized, non-pasteurized, no sugar added Yogurt.

Start with milk. I’m making 1/2 gallon of yogurt, so here we have 1/2 gallon of raw milk. Non-homogenized, non-pasteurized. Straight out of the cow. Whole food at it’s best.
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Slowly heat the milk to 110 degrees (fahrenheit). 110 degrees is the optimal yogurt temperature. The whole idea is to get the milk to this temperature and keep it there for about 6-9 hours.

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While the milk is heating, get your jar ready. Put 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt (you can use store bought or homemade) in the bottom of a clean jar. This yogurt is your starter. I usually use yogurt from my last batch, but I somehow ran myself clean out of yogurt last week so I had to buy some starter.

Once the milk is warm, add it to the jar with the yogurt and stir it up!

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Now you need to keep the mixture warm (around 110 degrees) until the yogurt sets up; then transfer to the fridge. That’s it!

My favorite way to keep the milk warm is in a small cooler or ice chest. Fill the cooler with warm water and set the jar inside. Close the cooler and leave it somewhere it won’t get disturbed. In the winter I sometimes have to add a few cups of hot water after a few hours if it seems to be cooling too fast.

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Another way to keep the milk/yogurt mixture warm is to wrap it in a heating pad and leave the heating pad on low or warm. My heating pad sometimes makes my milk too hot, though, so you have to experiment with your own.

Check the yogurt after 6 or 7 hours. It’s done if it’s “set.” Sort of like jello. If it doesn’t seem thick enough, leave it in it’s warm place for another hour or 2. My yogurt usually takes 8-9 hours, but it can vary. As soon as you think it might be set, it’s probably done. It is possible to overcook your yogurt, so err on the cautious side. It does thicken up a bit more once you put it in the fridge.

So, to sum up.

Warm milk + a little yogurt + a warm place +a few hours = Yogurt!

Now go forth and conquer.