Saturday, December 11, 2010

Samantha's First Thanksgiving Dinner

This is a picture from Samantha's first Thanksgiving dinner. No turkey this year, but she enjoyed sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, apples and cranberry sauce.

So, I'm only about two months behind on the baby food update since we started feeding Samantha solid foods at 5 months old. Now at 7 months, she is up to three meals a day already! A growing girl. At our pediatrician's instruction, we started with rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula. It tasted like cardboard, but we learned that any solid foods given to babies before 5 months is really just for practice.  It is apparently quite a complex task to move food from the front of one's mouth to the back and then swallow it, so baby needs practice. After two weeks of mastering rice cereal, we were so eager to introduce her to "real" food.

I picked up some carrots at Whole Foods and unpacked the baby food maker. In no time, I had steamed and pureed carrots that just needed some cooling time before becoming Samantha's first meal. I picked up some of these baby food storage trays, that freeze the food into ice cubes that are the perfect portion for meal time and easily defrostable.

Since the introduction to carrots, which Samantha took to quite well, she has enjoyed apples, butternut squash, bananas, avocado, peas, green beens, sweet potatoes, and most recently blueberries.  I'm back on the cooking scene, although still not for myself!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I'm Baaaack! (Maybe)

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Hello there everyone who is no longer reading this blog because it has been 11 months since my last posting. But, I have a good excuse, I swear!! Do you remember that fruity looking drink I had at the 1st food blogger happy hour? Well, it was just that. Grapefruit juice! No alcohol! I was just a few weeks pregnant!

Since then, I survived morning sickness, evening sickness, little to no interest in food (and thus no desire to cook, eat out, or write about food), and a modified protein-heavy-carb-light diet due to gestational diabetes - oh, and the DELIVERY of course! But, it was all worth it because 9 months later, my husband and I were rewarded with the birth of a beautiful daughter, Samantha, who has brought us so much joy and happiness over her now 3 1/2 months of life.

I'm getting back into food - slowly - although I have hard time finding time to cook. I'm getting back into the food scene - again slowly - as I start to discover all of the new restaurants and food trucks (so many food trucks!) that have opened since my sudden disappearance from said food scene.

Without rushing, of course, my husband and I delight in the daydreams of sharing our favorite foods with Samantha. A good family friend bought us the Beaba BabyCook Food Maker, and I already know that I am going to have so much fun with it. For now, though, its all breastmilk and formula and a sickly sweet smelling grape flavored vitamin drop. So many culinary adventures await...
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