smoothies for babies

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I’ve been riding the smoothie train for a while now, and I’ve brought the whole family along for the ride! Jack, too, has been loving smoothies! I modified my smoothie recipe here for Jack’s needs/wants, and he has been enjoying every spoonful. I’m sure many babies out there would love this recipe as much as our Jack does!

Ingredients

  • YoBaby Yogurt
  • 1/2 c frozen organic berries (this smoothies was strawberries and blueberries) but you can add any frozen fruit to increase your babies palate!
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tbsp flax seed meal
  • A little water to help our blender out

Turks smoothie

Combine all ingredients and blend! Simple! I put the smoothies in jars (pictured above) for the upcoming meals or snacks. If I have a lot left over or I make a double batch, I will freeze some of them in these making for a great frozen treat. Jack might be a little young to fully enjoy the frozen smoothie goodness but he did enjoy the cool push-up on those teething gums. Plus, you know exactly what is in them instead of wondering what that list of ingredients are of those “yogurt tubes”.

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Jack – 9 months old

I cannot wait to add even more goodness to his smoothies, maybe even hiding fruits or vegetables he might not like as much in the future! Like kale and spinach!! Sneaky mom for the win!

Happy smoothie making, Friends!

apple pie oatmeal

I like try to eat healthy! Especially in the morning! The whole day goes a little smoother for me if I get in a good breakfast!

Maybe it’s my parents’ words ringing in my ears, “The most important meal of the day is breakfast!”

Apple pie oatmeal is one of my go-to’s for that “most important meal of the day”. It’s a recipe I stumbled across while reading Green Lite Bites. She (Roni) has great recipes for the whole family and such a great attitude!

Recipe

  • 1/2 cup (40g) Old Fashioned Oats
  • 6 oz water
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar (optional) Roni uses one Truvia Packet
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce

 

Put oats, water, sugar, and cinnamon in a small pot over medium/high heat.

Cook and stir until water is absorbed. About 5 minutes.

Mix the cooked oatmeal with apple sauce, sprinkle with cinnamon, and enjoy!

Sometimes I add the oatmeal, cinnamon, and sugar into snack-size bags, making for an even easier morning routine. Throw the contents of the bag in with 6oz of water, and you’re done! Add 1/2 c applesauce once it’s done cooking and what a fantastic-fast breakfast! Oh, and for all those Weight Watcher gurus, it’s 6 Point Plus points and will totally hold you over until lunch!

coffee grinders

Our coffee maker, which we use during the week, broke down, so I’ve been doing some diligent research on which coffee maker we should invest in to make our mornings happy.

We had the Cuisinart DGB-650BC grind and brew thermal 10 cup programmable coffee maker with a thermal carafe. Unfortunately, we’ve already exchanged this guy once. The grinder decided to stopped working after about a year. We also replaced the carafe because it would leak every time we would pour a cup, but the new carafe did the same thing. No love. This past week the coffee maker started leaking water, so I figured it was time for new design altogether. It’s been hard.

I decided to downgrade and convert to a simpler coffee maker.  It’s like those TV’s with both a VCR and DVD in them.  It sounds like a great idea until one of them breaks, and now you need to get an external DVD player, too. I went with the simple Cuisinart DTC-975BKN Thermal 12-cup programmable coffee maker. This guy just makes coffee with grounds, in a 12-cup glass carafe. It works perfect. It pours perfect. And for $40.00 less, I was a big fan.

But now I’m down a coffee grinder.  I needed one that would work well with a coffee maker and a French press to grind coffee beans accordingly. Plus, I didn’t want to spend more than $40.00 for it…

These are some of the options:

Bodum Bistro is so cute and compact!  It comes in various colors for $34.99. The downfall is that it makes only 2 cups of beans and has no type of external container.

The DeLonghi KG49 coffee grinder $39.99 – makes 4-12 cups and shuts off automatically. It also has a removable ground coffee container for your freshly ground beans.

The Cuisinart Grind Central Coffee Grinder $29.99 – a handsome little guy that claims to grind enough beans to make 18 cups of coffee.  It also has a removable container with lid to store your grounds which is also dishwasher safe.

Lastly the Intelligent Coffee and Spice Grinder by Toastess $39.99 – Grinds 2-12 cups of coffee and spices too.

Honestly, they all are great.  They all have a one-touch feature to work those beans, and most have a retractable cord making it as compact as possible! I really wanted the Bodum grinder for the cuteness factor but decided on the Cuisinart grinder for practical reasons.  Plus, I liked the ability to remove the container from the grinder.  Grounds can be messy so any way to reduce the mess, I’m in! The grinders are a little on the big side, but for the price I think it works great!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!

almond biscotti

I made these biscottis as a party favor for our Italian-themed wine club night.  I was a little nervous to make biscottis (again, it looks fancy), but with a little research, it didn’t seem that challenging.

I used the recipe taken from Smitten Kitchen.

Recipe

3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange liqueur
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 cup whole almonds, toasted, coarsely chopped or sliced almonds

1 large egg white

First, position rack in the center of oven and preheat to 350°F.

Start by sifting flour, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl.

Mix sugar, melted butter, 3 eggs, vanilla extract, orange liqueur, and zest in large bowl.
Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir with wooden spoon until well blended.
Mix in almonds. I used Honey Toasted Glazed Almonds from Central Market which I chopped in my Cuisinart mini food processor; this machine has been such a versatile tool in my kitchen.
Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, shape each dough half into 13 1/2-inch-long, 2 1/2-inch-wide logs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Whisk egg white in a small bowl until foamy; brush over top and sides of each dough log.
Bake logs until golden brown (logs will spread), about 30 minutes. Cool logs completely on sheet on rack, about 25 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.
Transfer logs to work surface; discard parchment paper. Using serrated knife, cut logs on diagonal into 1/2-inch-wide slices.
Arrange slices, cut side down, on same baking sheet.
Bake 12 minutes. Turn biscotti over; bake until just beginning to color, about 8 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool. Yum!!
This recipe said you can bake them up to one week ahead of time and they have kept even longer. Store in airtight container at room temperature.  This recipe yields about 40 biscottis!

Considering these were a party favor for our wine night, I bought clear bags and more twine to put them in, Italian colored twine, of course. I added a note to each; “enjoy these homemade biscottis with coffee or wine” and attached them to the bag.

I added the twine and note to each bag of four biscottis to present to our guests.

Yum, right?!  These were surprisingly easy and so yummy.  They have a little hint of orange with the almond, which was also a surprising mix of goodness.  I have ideas of making them again and adding a chocolate drizzle to them!  Either way, they were delicious!