I’m back in the habit of visiting the farmer’s market every weekend. Johnson’s Backyard Garden is just one of the vendors and they grow organic local produce. We had a CSA share with them for a month while I was pregnant in efforts to eat more veggies. I could not resist these butternut squash a few weeks back. I got a wild hair and bought 10 lbs! Emmet got a big batch of baby food out of it and we roasted some for ourselves as well. Hang on, I should say I roasted some for myself because I was the only one who ate it. I keep trying to will Dylan into eating more veggies so Emmet won’t have an excuse not to eat his when the time comes. I am not winning that battle… yet.
- Remove the ends, halve the squash the long way and remove the seeds
- Peel and cut into same size chunks
- Steam the squash, reserving some of the remaining water
- Puree the steamed squash using the remaining water to thin it out
I like to freeze my purees in 1 ounce cubes using these trays
and then store them in a labeled ziplock freezer bag.
There was a cantaloupe in the background in that photo. I also made some more popsicles for Emmet. I used the same method found here. The popsicles came in extremely handy as E cut his second tooth. Yes, he has two now!
As a crunchy mama I am trying to get us to eat in season more and more. This is also a good way to save money while eating organic foods. I snatched up some organic honeydew melons earlier this summer and put them to good use in homemade babyfood. How, you ask? It’s so easy!
- Halve each melon, scoop out the seeds and remove the flesh from the rinds
- Cut the flesh into chunks, add to your blender and puree
- Pour into ice cube molds, freeze and store in ziploc bags marked with the date
I also got some popsicle molds. These are by Annabel Karmel but any brand will do. I liked these as they were on sale and they have a special lip where the melted liquid goes instead of dripping down baby’s hand. Pour your puree into the molds and freeze for tasty and healthy homemade organic popsicles. I first tried giving Emmet one in June and he was not into it. I tried again recently and he gobbled it up! I think teething has something to do with his change of heart.
We’ve entered the realm of solid foods. I love to cook and babyfood is no exception. Entertaining Emmet while I steam and puree foods is no easy task. I’ve been hunting for finger foods that he can feed himself and came across these molasses teething cookies. He will gum on one of these for a good twenty minutes.
Up until now the dogs have not taken any interest in Emmet. Bella, who is known to knock over the kibble container every once in awhile and eat to her hearts desire, has now realized that Emmet drops things. Like food. She will sit patiently each time he has food and wait. And wait. And hope he drops something she can quickly gobble up.
These tasty little cookies also make quite the mess. The kind of mess that requires a bath. This time, Daddy gave Emmet a bath in his pool outside. Please ignore the dead grass. it has been the kind of hot that takes your breath away when you step outside. Two months of that + no sprinkler system = goodbye grass.