French Toast Cut-Outs

Right, so I realize that this one is sort of a cheat, because who doesn’t like french toast? Especially when it’s cut into cute little animal shapes and drizzled with maple syrup? To be fair, the recipe that I used from Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner did not have any added sugar element, as befitted something for very small people. However, since I was making the toast for everybody and the baby saw me using syrup, he had to have a bit too. It is pretty much this recipe without the sugar and with a bit …

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Ella’s Kitchen Fabulously Filling Fish Pie (with mash)

So I did a review of all of the current Stage 2 meals available in Finland a few months ago. Not completely satisfied with the range, I took the opportunity when traveling to pick up a few more flavors to try out on our little bottomless pit. This was an exercise in giving him variety, though I wasn’t so sure his reactions would be consistent since he only got to taste these once or twice. Then again, there isn’t much that he won’t eat in the end, so who knows? Ella’s Kitchen Fabulously Filling Fish Pie with mash. It looks like… well, mashed …

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The 2015 harvest season begins!

This year’s harvest season started a little late, thanks to the mild spring extending into a cooler-than-normal summer. Along with the regular rainfall, this led to abundant flowers that resulted in what is looking like a bumper crop for many of our fruits. Above, my first strawberry harvest from the first weekend of July. These strawberries are typically ready by mid-June. However, once they started, I was pretty much out in that strawberry field every few days keeping those plants picked clean. Half of them went into the freezer for later use (mostly the ugly ones, which are better for incorporating …

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Ella’s Kitchen Stage 2 Textured Meal Pouches

We’re jumping forward a bit here from the Stage 1 stuff that I’ve previously reviewed because I wanted to follow along our dinner progression path for a bit. I mentioned that we started out with veggie purees, to which I began adding a bit of meat or couscous as the weeks went by. At 6 months, we moved on to Stage 2 meals entirely, which are “textured not lumpy”, as the pouches point out. They list these meals as 7 months and up on the label, but based on what I’ve read and Blob’s willingness to try everything, we thought it’d …

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Forest Fruit Baby Smoothie

I’m pretty sure this was my very first baby smoothie, made back in February. I had actually intended to make it for myself and share it with the baby, but he ended up liking them so much that I had to keep it up after we started. Now he looks indignant if he doesn’t get offered a pouch with his morning porridge. At least he’ll fit right in when we go back to California this autumn 🙂 The forest fruits involved are homegrown raspberries (the last of them from the 2014 harvest) and some frozen store-bought Finnish bilberries (since they have …

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Ella’s Kitchen Stage 1 Vegetable and Fruit Puree Pouches

After a month of only giving solids for breakfast, I decided it was time to expand into another meal. I didn’t particularly feel like giving cereal for dinner, so we went with these 4 month+ fruit and veggie purees. I picked up a lot of hints from these pouches for how to blend my own versions, such as combination ideas and what ingredient proportions gave the most baby-attractive results. Basically, it came down to using a lot more “filler” fruit (banana, apple, pear) than I would have thought. No wonder these were so happily devoured while my homemade pure veggie …

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White Leek and Pear Soup

Another recipe from Karen LeBillon’s “French Kids Eat Everything” book, which I had to try because I absolutely love leeks. Wasn’t as sold on adding fruit to it, but figured the baby would certainly enjoy it. He’s got a big thing for fruit and veggie combos, probably because of the sweet factor. This is the Baby’s Vichyssoise (White Leek Soup) recipe, as excerpted by Bon Appetit magazine. Please refer there for recipe and method. The two first veggie soups happen to be the only things that are suitable for feeding a baby under 1 year, so I probably won’t get around to cracking that book …

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Ella’s Kitchen Banana-Blueberry, Pear-Apple, Peach-Pear, and Banana-Apricot Baby Rice Pouches

A couple weeks after we started with the Valio gruels, I went browsing the shelves for other brands and flavors that looked interesting. Blob was so enthusiastic about his new non-milk breakfasts that I wanted to get in as much variety as possible while the getting was good. They also came in those handy little sippy pouches which both babies and moms seemed to like so much better than jars. So I brought home a sampler and we started going through them 🙂 These 4 month+ fruit and baby rice pouches were the perfect consistency for our beginner breakfasts, providing a stepping …

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Spinach Zucchini Soup

Taking a break from reviewing storebought foods today to share a fast and tasty pureed spinach soup I found last week! This was excerpted from Karen LeBillon’s “French Kids Eat Everything” book, which I have only scanned but do plan on reading thoroughly one of these days. You can never have too many tips on healthy eating habits, as far as I’m concerned. I’m also curious to learn how Europeans encourage adventurous eaters, since I’m sure it’s completely different from the way my mom went about it. Same results, different paths — I’m hoping there are gentler options than what I grew …

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