10.12.2011

You Can Call Me "Chef Mommy"

 I decided I was going to be all "Martha Mommy Stewart" and make baby food.  

Sweet Pea has been eating baby food now for almost three months.  At first, the insane fear of a food allergy consumed my life. I spaced each new food out FIVE DAYS and would spend time at EVERY diaper change searching for a tell-tale food allergy rash. 

You could imagine my surprise when that rash came.  I FREAKED out.  Was certain that I would be reading ALL food labels in my future to make sure ALL foods she ate didn't contain green beans.  We rushed to the doctor only to be told it Sweet Pea has sensitive skin and that it was contact dermatitis. 

Well this placed a HUGE DAMPER in my time spent searching for the tell tale food allergy rash.....

We survived...all the cereals....all the first veggies and all the first fruits......with no allergies (Thank you JESUS!).

After I seriously and severely calmed down, I began to want to make baby food.   There was so much that didn't come in the form of baby food that I wanted her to experience.   I found an amazing website (wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com) and read lots and lots about it.

Yes I am the one who burned crock pot soup.....

Yes I am the one who DESTROYED a recipe by not adding JUST the RIND....I thought the white stuff was the rind  too.....

What can I say....My mother's favorite thing to make for dinner was reservations. (LOVE YOU MOM)   I am not even kidding you when I say that we used to get a Christmas card from our Chinese food delivery place....and one year they sent cookies....not just almond or fortune cookies....a HUGE TRAY OF  COOKIES.  Looking back now I like to think that we were just investing in their children's college funds.

Anyway....to say I was nervous was an understatement.

However, I put on my apron and started to buy some fruit and veggies.   

Only I didn't know how much to buy.....

So I bought a lot ...because I mean obviously I am feeding a team of hungry baby linebackers. 

You would not BELIEVE the amount of baby food ONE butternut squash makes.....now times that by three. 

We are probably set on baby food until she at least turns 21......

In my panicked state of not wanting to waste any of it, I started to think of ways to use it all.

Here is what I have come up with:
1- Start a "baby food" diet.....Didn't Jennifer Aniston totally do something like that?!?!
2- Use the baby food as ice cubes in our drinks.
3- Save the baby food for Thanksgiving and serve that as dinner with the Turkey.
4- Defrost the baby food cubes and serve as a soup on Thanksgiving.
5- Hand out a few cubes to the Trick or Treaters on Halloween
6- Develop new cocktails.....Butternut Squash Beer or Green Bean Gin and Tonic

Regardless, I AM enjoying making the baby food for her.....

So when she turns 21, I will have to make some more!

1 comments:

Kakunaa said...

I love that site!!! And yeah...turns out I really didn't need that much whole food to make baby food, LOL. In the same boat!