Somehow it's already Tuesday night, and because I have nothing pressing to blog about (do I ever have anything pressing to blog about? I think not...), here are some of my current favorite things!
Major kudos to all you moms who cook and puree your own baby food. And even if you just feed regular purees, whatever - you're doing what works for you.
But can I just say, baby-led weaning is freaking awesome? We have finally sort of started the twins on solids and do you want to know what they've had so far?
They shared half a strawberry (MAYBE half - we just let them suck on it a little bit and I say WHATEVER to this as a common allergen because my kids aren't allergic to anything ever and the AAP can't make up its mind about when to introduce this stuff anyway), sucked some guacamole off my finger (Elizabeth LOVED it, Mary Claire thought it was death), and tonight we actually let them hold their own food to try it:
That's Mary Claire with a grip of steel on a giant hunk of flank steak. Would YOU want to eat that pureed? I think not.
But seriously, she was the calmest she's ever been during dinner because she was just sooooo happy to be sucking on some beef! Elizabeth liked it too, but not as much. She prefers toes:
Disclaimer: We started John Paul & Cecilia with unseasoned fruits and vegetables. But I just don't care this time around - I really don't think they're going to get addicted to salt if I give them salted food in the beginning. John Paul's addicted to salt already and he didn't get any for his first several months of solid foods. Kids get addicted to salt because it's delicious.
This marinade for our delicious flank steak (from some magazine at some point, but I cut it out and cut off the info!):
4 cloves garlic, smashed
4 sprigs rosemary
1 tsp kosher salt
lots of pepper
5 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp sugar
Smash together first four ingredients in freezer bag. Add remaining ingredients, and steak. Marinate 4-24 hours, flipping occasionally.
Cook 5-7 minutes per side on grill, or broil.
And it's delicious enough that babies who have not tasted solid foods will love it!
Um, don't buy it on Amazon. Go to the actual store and avoid the $3/pound price they charge...
But seriously, kosher salt is one of the best things EVER. You don't need to use nearly as much of it to make your food satisfactorily salty, and it's prettier, flakier, and it tastes better than regular salt, and Alton Brown swears by it and I pretty much do whatever he tells me to do...
Yes, her bangs take up half her head... But she stayed still long enough for me to braid tiny little pigtails AND she kept them in for a few hours because I told her that Uncle Michael wanted her to wear her hair in braids for his birthday. But seriously, how cute? And when did she get so OLD???
SUCH an easy tape measure to use, and John Paul loves playing with it. A little too much actually, since it's lost and I need a new one... But it's only $5, so no biggie!
There we go, baby-led weaning, Alton Brown, what else do you need?
Check out Moxie Wife for more inspiration!