Monday, March 30, 2009

What's Smiles Eating?

I make most of the baby food that Smiles eats around here. We do buy jar food for him when we are going out somewhere and we keep rice cereal around, but that's about it. It's much healthier and cheaper to do this (it's like buying in bulk) so I thought that I would share with you the simplicity of my methods.

We will go with his current favorite for now.

Take one avocado and cut it in half. Remove the pit from the center.

Cut strips from one end to the other length wise. (YES. I admit that I bought my knives on TV. But I will have you know that they are the best knives I have ever used and my mom has some pretty nice ones. That Ronco guy is not kidding when he says all that good stuff and they were VERY cheap. You can make fun of me all you want.)

Now repeat in the opposite direction. This will form small squares.

Remove the meat from the skin of the avocado.

Use a fork to smash the pieces of avocado.

Smash them a little more, until you form a consistency that you think your baby can handle. Smiles likes some chunk in his food these days.

He thinks chewing is cool.

Feed to baby.

Mmmm. Yummy! He likes to be messy, he is a boy you know.

Just be careful not to put the bowl too close to the baby if you don't want a mess.

Some kids like to assert their independence really early.

Avocados make Smiles smile.

...but then again, what doesn't?

Next week if I'm feeling really nice, I will teach you how to make bananas for baby. Aren't you excited!?! No? Oh. You picked up on a hint of sarcasm in that post...?

Okay, well in all honesty it is easy to make your own food for baby and you don't need a food processor. We mush up bananas, avocados, pears, and mangoes just like that. Smiles isn't a big fan of the mango. It's too much for his palate. Other foods take a smidge more work, but it's really not that hard to do that either. Carrots are easy, you just boil them for a long time. Sweet potatoes we just cook for us and then mash some up for him. Brown rice (which is just like giving him rice cereal except better) is just cooked longer and I give it a little extra water when mushing. Usually Smiles has a similar food to what we are having. I just alter it a little so that he isn't getting the salty and spicy.

I had to get some pictures of the kid up for Gramps. He was getting a little edgy.

You know how those old farts get.

Ooops...I meant to say that Gramps is smitten and needs to have some cuteness in his week. He doesn't get the joy of wee ones in his daily life unless I share them here. See Gramps, we are still having fun even if Mom is a bit on the contemplative side. That's really always going on, I just don't always blog about it. I will get back to the deep stuff tomorrow.


MOM (Lisa) said...

I will admit those knives are really good ones...Who would'a guessed it? you should show a picture of your knife drawer ;)

Smiles sure is cute with green smeared all over his face.

Vicky said...

I'm with Burger... picture of the knife drawer :)

When my mom had a daycare, there was a little girl about Smiles age that LOVED avocado. She would eat one every day. She particularly enjoyed smearing it in her hair though.... ew.

Best Fantasy and Science Fiction said...

So he has my eyes and my lack of love for Mangos. I like him more and more every day. :)

Mom (Lisa) said...

I'm serious...a picture of the knife drawer! It is inspiring, in a Martha Stewart way!