Adventures in Baby Food

I have said and will say again that I LOVE the fresh produce we get year-round and the PRICES. There are a few stores here that sell baby food jars, but it is usually the basic fruits and it is a little pricey. So I have entered in to the adventure of making home-made baby food, and it is wonderful. (1) It really isn’t that hard. (2) For where I live, it is ridiculously cheap.

Many of my friends that check this site have little ones–you should try this! It isn’t economical for everything in the states (for example: non-seasonal fruit), but if you can take an hour one afternoon to peel fruit and cook some veggies, that is all the time you need to prepare homemade babyfood. I have used several different websites for tips and ideas. I freeze mine in ice trays and then remove and place in a zip lock bag. After 30 seconds in the microwave, I mix the partially melted ice cube with rice cereal or oatmeal and it is a go!

Many of you have tried this or are already doing it. I guess I never realized how EASY it really is. My mom is going to send me a hand mill which is supposed to be awesome when Maggie can eat just about anything. I look forward to that.

So far, Mags really likes mango (my favorite baby food so far–it is so creamy), plums, banana (why does anyone buy jarred banana? All you need is a fork to mash it.), peach, avocado, green beans, spinach, and sweet potato. I started with fruit (because it was so easy to prepare) and was nervous that Maggie wouldn’t go for the greens. Manuela told me to cook the green beans and spinach together with a bouillon cube–she LOVED it. I was also taught that the greener the better. Do you notice how green the cubes turned out?

Does anybody out there have some other tips they can pass on to this girl getting into the adventure?

plum and mango cubes (to the left)/ green beans and organic spinach (to the right)–it looks gross I know

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Adventures in Baby Food

Ana’s “kids”

This reminds me of my oldest nephew, Joshua, referring to my brother’s youthgroup as “the kids.” I work with “the kids” at the library events we host here, and Ana asks me if I am going to see “the kids.” Well, in her make-believe world she has “kids.” For the last 3 weeks she has gone from being the “momma” to her baby dolls to “teaching her kids at the library.” The other day I took the opportunity to take a picture and tell me the name of her kids. From right to left there is Ana, Shaye Rebecca Smith (she said our teammates’ daughter’s complete name), Stephanie (one of my friends here in the neighborhood) and Baby Cora (our newest team member). She talks to the kids and sings and teaches them things. I love this stage of pretending. Also, Ana has just lately been talking to an imaginary friend, Allie. I don’t know how long this will go on, or if Allie will stick around, but she has full-blown conversations with the girl. Allie is always waiting outside on the patio for her. I guess it is a good thing to have such an imagination when momma is tending to the little sister or doing house chores.

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Ana’s “kids”

Pop and Gram 2010

What a wonderful 2 weeks. We had such a good time with Pop and Gram here, and I am so pleased with all that they got to do and see. More than anything, they spent two weeks of quality time with our girls. That makes me so happy. Also, I absolutely LOVED having free baby-sitting. Greg and I were able to do Bible studies and kids’ events together because Mom and Dad watched the girls. That was so nice. I am really happy that they got to witness our fourth library inauguration. We visited with “President” Abraham the night before, and Abraham asked Dad to say a few words for the event. I thought that was neat.

This slideshow is LONG, but it doesn’t even compare to the memories we now have. We love you Mom and Dad! We can’t wait to see you again, whenever that will be.

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Pop and Gram 2010

Shiloh, you guys are awesome!

My GREAT friend, Ruth, emailed me a little while back and asked for me to make a wish list of items we enjoy receiving here and miss from the states. Her words in the email, “Let your imagination soar.” Ruth has sent us care packages while we have lived here so I assumed she wanted a list for her personal use. 🙂 Ruth, you are so sly!

David and Diane, Larissa’s parents, arrived this past weekend and they told us they had an entire suitcase for us from Shiloh Road (one of our supporting churches). We were so elated to find an entire suitcase filled with items that we enjoy so much and messages written on the items from Shiloh members. What a great idea and a wonderful way to make your missionaries feel loved and appreciated. We thank you so very much!

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! Below is Ana with the loot, and a picture of some of the sweet messages we received…

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Shiloh, you guys are awesome!