Tuesday, July 15, 2014

simple homemade baby food with cuisinart

this post sponsored by cuisinart.  all opinions and photos are my own.  as always, thanks for reading and supporting this blog!  xoxo


If you follow along with me on instagram, you that I gave birth to our fourth little last weekend.
And of course I'll share that {crazy} {almost had him in the parking lot} story eventually, right now I'm a wee bit sleep deprived and trying to adjust to being way outnumbered...


So a baby who is barely a week old doesn't need baby food yet...but I know how much I've enjoyed making baby food in the past...total mama love in those meals!!  Plus...I like to think about the money I save DIYing it...and food that is super fresh without a shelf life really makes me feel good about doing it.

I've always made single ingredient fruit and veggie blends and then worked my way up to whole meals of meats/veggies/fruits.

While I've been up in the middle of the night nursing my little buddy and surfing pinterest, I've found some others I'm saving for later...

8 recipes from Camille Styles
Acorn squash blends
Recipes divided by age

And of course you can visit the Cuisinart Baby Recipe page for more recipe inspirations!

What's even better...share what you like about the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker or a link to your favorite recipe in the comments below and be entered to win a Cuisinart Baby Food Maker of your own!

Contest ends July 21.

Good luck!!
xoxo

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

diy freezer paper stencil firework bags


Usually we venture out on the 4th for a fireworks show.
This year, we know we'll either have a newborn or be on high alert to get to the hospital...so we're going low key.


I still want the boys to have some festive fun, so I put together little bags for them, filled with "fireworks" that are mellow enough for them to handle...sparklers, smoke bombs, party poppers, and snaps.


I made these in the same way that I made our Valentine treat bags...
{and I go into even more detail on freezer paper stenciling here, too}


What you'll need:
muslin bags
paint {I used Martha Stewart Crafts paint in poodle skirt, habanero, wild blueberry, and blue sky}
spouncer/paint brush/sponge for applying paint
FREEZER paper {someone always asks...not wax paper or parchment paper...freezer paper only!}
star punch {mine is a few years old, also from Martha Stewart} or a steady hand and an X-acto knife
iron




How to do it:
Start by punching/cutting star shapes out of the freezer paper.
Iron freezer paper, shiny side down to bags.
Slide an index card or scrap card stock inside bags to prevent paint from bleeding through, and apply paint inside stencils.  {I think it's best to start on the outside of the stencil and work in towards the center so paint doesn't seep outside the stencil}
Allow paint to dry and peel off freezer paper.
Fill with your choice of age-appropriate fireworks and have fun!!


Happy birthday, America!  Everyone have a safe 4th!!
xoxo



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Thursday, June 26, 2014

red, white, and blue sprinkle popcorn


To call this a recipe is giving myself too much credit, especially since it's been done a million times before.

But...
it's festive and it's fun and my littles get a kick out of sprinkles on pretty much anything {who am I kidding...I do too.}


To make it, you'll need:

1/2 cup or so unpopped popcorn
about half a bag of white Wilton candy melts {buy them at the craft store}
salt {teeny salt shaker project details here}
sprinkles


Then all you have to do is:

pop the popcorn {I always make ours on the stove} and sprinkle it lightly with salt
melt the candy in the microwave {our microwave usually takes about a minute at 50% power}
pour the melted candy over the popcorn and toss to coat
spread the melty mixture on a sheet of wax paper and sprinkle away!


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