Persimmon fruit puree!

I have a confession…

Persimmons are not exactly one of my favorite fruits and yet I could have an endless supply of them if I wanted to!

My dad grows persimmons right in his backyard and yields a TON each fall. He literally hands out grocery bags full and we certainly get more than our fair share!

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Delicious Fruit Puree and One Sentence Per Picture

In Hungry Runner Girl fashion, here goes one sentence per picture!

"Because I don't want to hear more than that!"

“Because I don’t want to hear more than that!”

"Talk all you want, Mama. Got my food, I'm good..."

“Talk all you want, Mama. Got my food, I’m good…”

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Why I wanna blog and a cinnamon apples recipe!

Have you ever felt like your mind is racing a million thoughts a minute, yet you can barely move forward because you’re waist-deep in the business of the moment? That’s me right now.

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What’s on my mind?

  • The boys
  • how they’re doing at daycare
  • what to cook for dinner
  • what to cook for the boys
  • meal planning, cleaning the house
  • cleaning the kitchen
  • work
  • working out
  • hanging out with my hubby
  • hanging out with the boys
  • hanging out with family and friends…

And all I want to do is just take pictures of life happening and blog about it! I know it’s not all about snapping the perfect photo and being able to write on a consistent basis. It’s most important to live in the moment and soak in the present. But I still want to blog!

Blogging to me is really a result of technology and social media. I’ve WRITTEN since I even knew how to hold a pencil. A few weeks ago, I was looking for something in my old room at my parents’ house and found one of my diaries! Blogging in hard copy at the age of nine!

I’ve always wanted to document my life and big events and milestones I experience. With getting pregnant and then expecting twins and now raising twin boys, I couldn’t NOT write about it and share my stories with others (at least those who want to listen!).

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Stay tuned!

…a  new “Mommy Talk” Series is on its way!

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In a few days (crossing fingers and toes), I’ll be making the first post of my all-new “Mommy Talk Series!” I am so excited for this little project of mine because it involves collaborating with other moms and mom-to-bes and not only sharing their stories with others, but learning a lot for myself! Becoming a mom has taught me so much about the basics: pregnancy, labor & delivery, raising twins, parenting… But it has also taught me what an amazing community there is for moms. Thanks to social media, there are online forums and Facebook groups. There are groups that meet in person and just moms who know each other growing up as friends or family and they get a lot closer because of sharing their new identities as mothers.

I can’t wait to begin this new project of mine. After talking to some moms who will help me out with the project, there is already a growing excitement for learning from each other and sharing stories and also commiserating with each other! Motherhood and parenthood are NOT something someone should go through alone. Having a significant other, family, or friends is absolutely vital to surviving and being able to enjoy such a life-changing event. Not that someone couldn’t do it alone, but the help and support and love from others is invaluable. I’m hoping to create a special place for mamas – new, seasoned, or prospective – to share with, laugh with, learn from, and help each other!

Grandparents Rock!

Speaking of help… Shoutout to my parents for their AH-MAZING help last night! Seriously in just one hour, they helped clear out all the dishes in my sink, including all the pots and pans on the stove, and cook a meal I’ve planned to make all day and was too tired to do it anymore. Yay, G-R-A-N-D-PA-R-E-N-T-S!

Thanks, mom!!!

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Dad, I know you try. And you’re greatly appreciated. But those watermelon slices are too big!!!

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And now for a quick homemade cinna-apples recipe!

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Cinnamon Apples

Recipe inspired by Wholesome Baby Food

 

Ingredients:

Gala, Fuji, or Honeycrips apples (as few or as much as you want, I usually prepare 3-5)

Cinnamon

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Peel*, core, and dice apples

*You may not have to peel if your baby is old enough to chew/digest peels. Wholesome Baby Food has some great apple info and advice.

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Put apples in a pot with enough water to cover applies.

Bring water to a boil.

Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, stir occasionally.

Place in a bowl with a little bit of the excess water and mash, or put in a food processor or blender and puree to desired consistency.

Add a few dashes of cinnamon to taste.

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Ta-da! The boys loved it and it freezes well! We had cinna-apples for dayssssss (and weeks!).

If you liked this recipe, check out more of my homemade baby food recipes!

Big boys in high chairs and a green bean, potato, & spinach puree

These monkeys get funnier EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. The best part about letting them loose into the playroom is that they find the most hilarious ways to entertain themselves. They love things that spin so they occupied themselves with their around-the-world toy that we purposely placed upside down on the side of the room:

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We still have battles when it comes to meal time, but the victories we have achieved sure are sweet!

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Not gonna lie, thank you, ELMO, for continuing to keep the boys calm (distracted) as they eat. It’s been fun singing along, but the downfall is that a song will be stuck in my head for the three days. I JUST got the brushing teeth song outta my head!

 

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What are those amazing-looking devices that appear stuck to the boys’ trays so they don’t throw them across the room and make a mess all over the kitchen? Why they are these wonderful suction bowls I ordered for the boys! They stay on the boys’ trays long enough for the boys to feed themselves, but Jer (of course) figured out how to knock his over and he was not very happy when I took it away. Anyway, these bowls will be very helpful getting the boys used to plateware and it is nice that they come with a cover and spoon for travelling.


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My blog has been all baby these days, but can you blame me? They’re too cute and funny not to share. Makes me look not so interesting. But here’s something I was proud of! I present an “adult lunchable!” Turkey, cottage cheese, pear slices, and wheat crackers. At my work desk I am always munching so I am trying to get back into healthy snacks. There was a time when I was doing really well bringing healthy snacks to work. Need to get back into the groove.

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Now for my recipe share. wpid-photogrid_1401981725347.jpg

Finally got around to typing this recipe up. At the time I made it, I didn’t have kale so I used spinach instead. It was so yummy, I was licking the spoon myself. I think it was the Parmesan cheese at the end that really got me hooked.

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You must remember the most important part of preparation. No, it’s not ensuring you have all your ingredients or that your recipe is handy. It’s that you have a glass of wine at your fingertips.

Green Bean, Potato, and Spinach Puree

Adapted from Tyler Florence’s Start Fresh

Ingredients

1/4 lb green beans

1 large russet (baking) potato, peeled and sliced

one handful of spinach

1 cup organic chicken stock

3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

 

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In a small pot, combine all ingredients except cheese and olive oil. Heat over medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

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Remove ingredients and place in a blender or food processor.  Add Parmesan cheese and olive oil. Depending on your baby’s ability to eat solids, blend or puree until desired texture is reached. At the time, I pureed like crazy because I only recently introduced the boys to solid foods.

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Ta-da! I divided the batch into old Gerber containers to freeze. Verdict: The boys sorta liked it. I liked it more than they did. I need to make this again now that they are really eating and see how they like it now.

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Sneak peek for future recipes I want to share:

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See more homemade baby food recipes here!

Teething is so much fun!

…said no parents ever.

It’s heartbreaking! Seeing your babies in discomfort and pain, having fevers, and being extra clingy and fussy… It’s all bad!

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I will admit that I am loving the extra cuddling. But the clinginess can get too much 😦 I have been warned to enjoy these kinds of moments because one day the boys will not want to hang out with me that much, but boy is it exhausting.

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Luckily, the reason for their fevers is teething alone. No infections or viruses over here.

By the way… I PERFECTED THE PINK PASTA RECIPE!!! Yes, all caps were needed. I cannot believe I forgot the magic ingredient, which I’m so nice to share with you… Italian sausage!!! I updated the recipe, so check it out! (I also switched the regular diced tomatoes to petite diced tomatoes and I ate EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. If you know me, you’ll know I don’t like tomatoes in their regular form. I only will usually eat sauces and ketchup, but I’ll pick out every tomato that is “identifiable” in my meal.)

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What happens when the babies have these low-grade (not so serious) fevers? They get to hang out in their diapers all day!

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The boys love reading their books… as well as eating them…

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We’ve stepped into the realm of YOUTUBE for mealtime. I was very hesitant doing this, but in addition to being desperate for a good distraction to keep them seating for long enough to finish their meals, I am also an advocate for educational shows like Sesame Street!

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They watched the Elmo Brushing teeth song and loved it.

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When the boys were feeling better later in the day, I put them in their sweet new ride! A jeep from Ninang/Auntie Marie & the boys!

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I had scary visions of them as 16-year-olds behind the wheel. Eek, thank goodness that is still 15 years from now. (wow!)

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Haha… can’t reach the pedal yet… But that means mommy has to push them around. Darn!

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Got a drummer in the house! Found JerBear sorta drumming with some rings and a bucket!

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By the way, I’m writing this right now because the hubs brought the boys out on a wagon ride. It’s become the new thing after the boys eat dinner and right before they take baths. I love my boys, but I’ll take any chance I get to have a quiet, calm house all to myself!!!

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Go Niners, Pink Pasta Recipe, and Random Updates

I used to write to-do lists before starting the day. Now I write chalkboards.

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Go Niners! First game at the new stadium today! These pictures are old, but still good ones!

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The boys are getting bigger. Don’t worry. I tell them every day to stop it.wpid-20140813_111246.jpg

I’m telling you, they’re the ones begging for boba every day. I have to limit it to once a week.

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The sister and I braved the challenge of bringing the boys out to eat. It went well! a bit stressful and tiring, but we made it without a meltdown! wpid-20140814_113123.jpg

These sticky placemats were AWESOME. We could sprinkle some puffs and baby cheetos (they’re not really cheetos, don’t worry) on the mat and the boys could feed themselves. Adrian loves pho. He can eat anything.wpid-20140814_113247.jpg

Then we hung out outside of the restaurant. So hard to get both boys smiling so this was the best picture!

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Here are some funny faces Adrian made while I was trying to get a picture of the boys.

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After we tried putting the boys down for their afternoon nap, we found them like this. Cute you say? Well if you were there, you’d say STINKY! The boy had poopy diapers which prevented them from napping, but they were happy campers anyway. Silly boys.

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We went to a local baseball game last week. Fun! Can’t wait to bring the boys.

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I usually don’t do this, but I created something without a recipe! A co-worker shared a quick and easy pasta recipe and I just had to try it. I’m calling it: Pink Pasta. This dish is nice because the sauce is fairly light, which works out for someone like my mom who is not a big fan of red sauces.

Pink Pasta

Ingredients:

Pasta (I used shells, but would love to use bow-tie next time)

1 lb Italian sausage (I got the fresh one that looks like ground beef, not in the casing)

5-6 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 onion, diced

Half pint heaving whipping cream

One can diced tomatoes (preferable PETITE diced, but regular works, too)

Red chili pepper flakes

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Cook pasta according to package directions.

Heat oil in a medium sized skillet. Saute garlic and onion until onion is translucent.

Add Italian sausage. Cook until cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Add whipping cream and diced tomatoes (do not drain tomatoes). Simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Add pasta and a generous sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Mix well. Simmer another 5 minutes.

Add sea salt and additional red pepper flakes to taste.

Ta-da!

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How was it? I really liked it, although  it was missing something. Hubs and I agreed it should have had chicken! I also am not a fan of tomatoes so I’m glad I enjoyed the meal. I did pick out the tomatoes though, whoops! I also want to add some CHEESE next time. I think it’ll be FABULOUS after the addition of chicken & cheese.

See more of my recipes HERE!

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Your turn to share!!!

~What dish have you created (or imitated) without exact measurements and directions?

~What is a go-to dish that you’ve mastered over time and don’t need to refer to a recipe anymore?