Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Toddler Bites (food that is...)

Hi there. It's me, 'that lady with the food'. At least I'm pretty sure that's my new name based off my sons recent behavior. Mr. Oscar has turned into a ravenous little food monster, constantly wanting to eat. Ok, maybe thats a bit much, but this kid can seriously eat.

It was bound to happen, my husband and I love food. I mean, we really love food. I'm not fond of the word 'foodie' but if it could mean: two fairly broke people who love cooking and making crazy delicious food, I'd be willing to reconsider. We're the type of 'foodies' who find decadence in a small, somewhat shady looking, hole in the wall on the West Side of Chicago that makes mind-blowing chicken tacos. Mmm...now I'm obsessing over those tacos...

ANYWAY, when we found out we were pregnant, we had most of the normal conversations about what our baby would look like, and what kind of parents we wanted to be. But maybe unlike some, one of the top 5 things we were excited about, was hitting the point where our little boy ate real food. But when that time came, I completely froze. I spent hours on google looking for new mushy meal ideas, with only a few purees to show for it. I found it really helpful seeing recipes to inspire a dish (like I normally do), but found it really difficult to find straight forward daily meal plans that seemed practical. Now I'm not saying they're not out there, I just think there should be more examples.

So, after figuring a few things out, here I am. I've decided to jot down what we're feeding our sweet little food vacuum, not only for my own reference, but to hopefully help out some Mama's that feel a little burnt out on the same old dishes.

My disclaimer:

  • I'm not a nutritionist or a doctor. I'm just a Mama hoping to avoid a 'chicken nuggets or death' situation with my kid. We'll see what happens...
  •  Oscar's 13 months, so some of the food I list may not be ideal for your babe if they're younger or have special dietary needs. 
  • You'll notice, you wont see much gluten. It's not that I'm keeping Oscar away from it, I just keep a gluten free kitchen at home after being labeled Celiac four years ago. If we're out, he eats it. If we're home, not so much. Believe me, I'm 100% for people eating gluten when they can eat gluten, so this boy isn't missing out. 
  • All of the food I list usually takes 10 minutes or less. I've been trying to prep some things the night before to make things easier for lunch and dinner the next day, and it's really helped. It's amazing what a difference cutting up some veggies or shredding cheese ahead of time makes. 


Breakfast: Greek Yogurt with clementines, Organic Mum Mums with peanut butter.
Lunch: Blueberries and mozzarella, sweet potatoes, Ella's Kitchen tomato and cheese puffs
Dinner: Pasta with Pesto and sauteed spinach, feta and kalamata olives, and Mum Mums with roasted red pepper hummus. 


Breakfast: 1 scrambled egg, 1 clementine, and almond butter on Mum Mums
Lunch: Shredded Sharp Cheddar, Tofu sauteed with broccoli, zucchini, and squash (seasoned with a little soy sauce and cumin), and a package of Ella's Kitchen banana Nibbly Fingers. 
Dinner: Steamed sweet potato (he's in love with them) , Mum Mums with red pepper hummus, Happy Baby food pouch.


Breakfast: Oatmeal, a banana and a little pear
Lunch: Chili (I made a big batch for all of us yesterday), shredded sharp cheddar, and yogurt with applesauce.
Dinner: 3/4 tilapia filet, and sweet potato with sauteed spinach.

Breakfast: A banana and yogurt with applesauce, and an Ella's Kitchen cranberry and acai Nibbly Fingers.
Lunch: Pasta with oregano and garlic, Mum Mums with almond butter.
Dinner: Scrambled eggs (with ham and kale), and Shredded mozzarella.

Have some ideas? What do you feed your little one? I'd love to hear!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Valentines Day Gift Guide: For Her

I love every one of these, and think many ladies would agree! Simple, sweet and romantic.
(Yes, nail polish can show love too... I think it's very romantic when my husband gives me a baby break so I can paint my nails!)

Another plus to these picks? All of these (oops...except Essie) are made by small business, 
so you can share the love with them this Valentines Day too!

A Note to My Baby Boy (mini)

I really meant to keep up the monthly posts about Oscar, but this month I apparently didn't have my sh*t together and now it's kind of late. I've had a lot of fun writing these and love having special moments documented, so I'm hoping to keep it going in some degree. My plan for now is to do mini updates here and there, then do the big photo session posts for landmark ages like 18 months, 2 years, etc.

13 Months (ish)

 You can locate your: head, nose, toes and tongue. 
You also know where my belly button is, but wont admit you have one yourself.
You can say: Mama, Dada, Hi, Hello, Bye, 
Bye bye, Cookie, Up, Hot, Baba, and Papa.
You're very vocal lately. You've been testing volume and pitch.
 Poor Penelope's ears.
You love to take out every toy you own....for no reason. 
You will literally take a toy out, throw it to the side, and go in for the next. And repeat. 
Silly kid. 
You're a little comedian.

You love being around people, you truly shine.

You've been extra snuggly waking up from naps lately and I love it.

You go bonkers over books. You can sit for an hour straight reading.

Your favorite books lately are: Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Gorilla, Dear Zoo, 
Little Blue Truck, and Peeka-Who?

You've been boycotting hats lately, and it'd kind of bumming me out.

I've been signing the song "Ho Hey" to you a lot the past couple of months. You now make my heart melt by asking to be held while I sing it, or when its on the radio. You gently rest your face against mine and snuggle in close while I sing, "I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart". I just teared up even writing about this.

You've loved looking at the ice that forms on the window. 
The patterns are beautiful and you recognize that. 

You've been pushing your limits with Penelope lately. Girl is a champ for some of the cheap shots you get in. For example, you've learned that she'll follow your hand when you move it while holding food. You've decided this is fun. You also like to just walk up to her and say, stick your finger up her nose, or tickle her toes. Again, girl is a champ.
(you really do love her, you're just fascinated by her)

Goodness you're fun. You're exhausting and fun and beautiful and amazing and more than I could have ever imagined. 

I love every ounce of you, with every ounce of me.