Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Adventures in baby food...

My youngest daughter, 6 months old, just recently started to eat solid foods. Since my oldest started solids, I have made my baby food by hand. Not that there is anything wrong with the jarred stuff, I just personally can't stand it. It smells bad, has horrid texture, and tasted nothing like the real thing. I just feel better giving my babies a hand smashed banana, than the funny, brownish gray, jarred ones. It only takes about 20 seconds longer to mash it yourself, and go figure, it tastes like bananas!

After I got home from the salon on Friday I spent the morning making a few batches of baby food. I made pear puree and acorn squash puree (little one loved them both). It was really simple, so I figured I would share the process with you, just in case anyone out there actually reads my blog and can use the info. **smiles**

  1. Cook the fruits or vegetables until they are soft - I cook my fruits in a sauce pan on the stove. Just cut them into 1 inch cubes and then put in just enough water to almost come up to the top of the fruit in the pan.
  2. Let cool slightly
  3. Puree - I do about half of the batch at a time. It makes it easier to get it smooth. For young babies you want it pretty smooth, but as they get older you can leave some small soft chunks in it to get them used to texture.
  4. Spoon puree into an ice tray - That's right, I said ice tray! It is so handy, and cheap. The cubes are about 1 oz if filled to the top for easy portion control. Some of the special baby food freezing containers can get a little pricey, and they are not really good for anything else after you don't need to make baby food anymore.
  5. Freeze - I think this one explains itself...
  6. Store - All you have to do is pop them out into a labeled freezer bag. Very handy.
Here are some pictures that I took while making my squash puree.

Right after they came out of the freezer.

Ready to go back into the freezer

When you are ready to feed your kiddo, all you need to do is warm it in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds (Just make sure to test it before you give it to your baby. Some things heat up quicker than others...)

Here is a great site that has a ton of info on homemade baby food.

Featured Item Of The Day

Doesn't this bracelet just scream summer fun?! I absolutely love the colors and chunkiness. Plus, it just looks like it would be fun to wear! Hop on over to Michelle's Charm World and check it out!

Well...I had better get about my day, and let you get about yours.

Have a fun and creative Tuesday!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Moody Blues and Hairdos

How's that for a blog title! Ha!

I know, I have been away from my blog for way to long! I could give a million excuses, but the simple truth is life gets in the way sometimes! I just got too caught up in all of the details at home, and neglected the web for a while. That being said, I am back!

Well, as you can see, I updated the look of my blog. I wanted it to speak more to my personality and style rather than the plain white background that I had before. I love the dark "moody" blues in this template! This theme is called "Navy Cherry Blossom" by Lena Towes at Simply Fabulous. You should go check out all of the great templates she has, and they are all free! Amazing!

I hope to be putting up so tutorials soon. I hope that you will be able to use and enjoy them. I love creating jewelry so much, and I know that sometimes all you need is a good starting point to get going. Hopefully I can help you with that!

In other news... I got to get out of the house WITHOUT the' kids yesterday! It was a rare and much enjoyed treat. Don't get me wrong, I love the little darlings, but sometimes a mom just needs time to herself. I was able to go and get my hair trimmed. A trip to the salon is always such a relaxing thing! My stylist, Marie, is awesome! She is such fun to talk to, and always does a spectacular job on my hair. If you live in the north Fort Worth area, message me and I can get you her info. You won't regret it, I promise!

On a final note, I wanted to share these cute little crocheted plushies with you. I just think they are too cute! I would love to have these little guys hanging around my studio as I work. Aren't they just so bright, cheery and unique?

Go check them out along with all of Wee Woobies other cute and creative things!

I'll see you all later! Make sure to have a fabulous Sunday!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wordless Wednesday......

Boutique crystal peony flower crochet headband sunny yellow

By Two Angels Accessories

Wooden Oval Serving Tray-Watermelon/Blueberries

By Birkz Workz

Sunfire Copper Charm Bracelet -OOAK-

By Jeraly

SALUD Beer Soap with Salt and Lime

By Soapy Blessings

Robot Love Cards (Limited Edition, Set Of 12)

By Songbird Spector

Breast Cancer Handmade Card


DIY set of 30 earthtone Paper Beads from recycled magazines - scrapbooking, jewelry, whatever tickles your fancy

By Wee Woobies

Citrus Punch Hostess Apron

By Jaybird Designs

Cinderellas Carriage Necklace

By Michelle's Charm World


By Hairbows Wonderworld

Inspiration - Czech Glass Button Necklace - OOAK

By Indigo Orchid Designs

Monday, June 1, 2009

Enter to Win! June Giveaway From EART Team on Etsy

The EART Team (Eclectic Artitans Team) on Etsy is having a giveaway! Several of the EART Team shops are running giveaways from June 1st - June 7th. There are some wonderful prizes to be had. I am giving away my "Tower of Pearls" earrings. You can find out how to be entered to win Tower of Pearls by answering a simple question . . . Visit the EART team blog to find out how.