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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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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Guess who’s getting really close to reaching the door handles…wpid-20140821_062259.jpg

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!

A ton of pictures without the rambling

First year collage I made for the boys!

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I don’t know who these kids are. Do you? They look too grown to be mine.wpid-photogrid_1407714819611.jpg

Oh, nevermind. Yes, they’re mine.wpid-img_20140810_060743.jpg

Quick recap of the week… opened a ton of presents from their 1st birthday! Can’t wait to post more pictures because I sure did Pinterest-it-up!
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12 month check-up with Lola (hub’s mama).
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Chillin with our buddy, Zac!
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We got to get out of the house on our own! Attended a wonderful wedding ceremony and PAR-TAY, I mean reception. Congrats, Kendra & Jason!
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Packing food for… daycare! The boys are eating really well. Here is miswa (hope I spelled that right), lugow, and ground pork w/ chayote. Yummy Filipino food from Lola! I plan to practice these recipes and share soon! Gotta build up that homemade baby food repertoire! wpid-img_20140810_211641.jpg

Aaaaaand to balance all the healthy goodness the boys are eating, we ate some cronuts…wpid-img_20140810_114718.jpg

And… whatever this thing was, a donut with Thai tea ice cream.wpid-img_20140809_155947.jpg

That’s all folks! Crossing my fingers I get a post up this week on breastfeeding/pumping and the boys’ 1st birthday celebration!

Homemade Ball Pit and a Fruit Mash Up

My babies are almost one!!! I was warned time would fly, but it was hard to believe it. When you’re running off 4-5 hours of choppy sleep, up 2-3 times during the night, tending to two newborns ALL-DAY-LONG, you don’t even think the light at the end of the tunnel is around the corner. You feel trapped in a deep, dark abyss called first-time-parenthood-to-twins and you just fight to survive while praying for the sun to come up!!! Sorry if this sounds super depressing, but those first few months are ROUGH. The great news is, there IS a light at the end of the tunnel! It started to make an appearance for me personally when the babies could reciprocate smiles and laughter. As much as you can love a newborn, those challenges in the beginning are very trying and it takes a little while before you can enjoy being a parent. For those parents out there with newborns, check out these great reads here and here and here that helped inspire me and support me in terms of being a mom, parent, and just getting through the beginning!

wpid-img_20140722_081100.jpgHere’s a glimpse at how I get to blog:
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Yeah, they were knocked out. wpid-20140721_090220.jpg How cute that their got all cozy next to each other?

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Homemade ball pit!!! How cool is this?! We ordered these ball pit balls and threw them into the pack-n-play. Instant success! See video for proof. I was concerned about the price of the balls, but when a fellow mom told me her 2.5 year old twins STILL love them, I was sold.

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They LOVED it!!!

How funny is this? Coffee and water for mommy, bottles and straw cups for babies.

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Costco shopping carts for the win! They boys lasted about 2/3 of the store. I had more on my list to buy, but since we ended up having to carry them, we headed straight for check out. There’s something hilariously ridiculous about carrying a baby (or two) while pushing a shopping cart designed to hold them both.
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Nice shot of the boys playing together:
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Last Friday’s boba trip. Jer couldn’t believe the bill even though we get the same thing every single week.

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Can you believe Prince George turned one??? I remember watching Will and Kate’s first appearance with baby George while I was on bed rest. I almost cried at the time. Re-watching the clip made me feel happy for them and bittersweet that babies really do grow so fast! Something about how humble and accessible this couple is, despite their high rankings. They seem extremely down-to-earth and I wish I could meet them! Plus, Kate’s wardrobe is AMAZING.

Here’s another “recipe” I want to share! I was proud of myself because even though this “recipe” is not completely ingenious, I did come up with the idea spontaneously. I basically needed to do something with the pears I steamed and wanted to mix up the flavor for the boys. I knew pears and blueberries went well together, thanks to Wholesome Babyfood.

Pear and Blueberry Mash Up

Ingredients

3-4 pears (I prefer to use organic Bartlett, but these were whatever I found at the grocery store)

1-2 cups organic blueberries

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wpid-20140723_214427.jpgThoroughly wash fruits.

Core pears and slice into 1 inch pieces. Steam for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

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Place in food processor or blender and puree to desired consistency. Since the boys are almost one, I don’t worry about the skin any more, so long as it is chopped (not offering a whole blueberry because it is still a choking hazard).

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The results resembled an applesauce consistency.

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One thing I noticed is that after putting the fruits in the fridge, it solidifies a bit to resemble a very firm jello consistency. I thought it would remain like applesauce, but it may be that I didn’t add additional water when pureeing. The boys enjoy the mash a lot. Over the weekend, I would scoop out a dollop to go with whatever meal they had (not just breakfast) and I didn’t even warm it up. I would just take it out to room temperature and offer it as a palate changer.

See more homemade baby food recipes and tips here!

Pictures of the Boys and Chicken Noodle Soup

Lots of pictures of the boys and a chicken noodle soup recipe!

Tickle attack early Saturday morning:

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Hanging out at Gramma’s house. Daycare was closed and Gramma graciously offered to watch the boys along w/ Auntie Ninang.

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Cool arial shot of the boys (I stood on the master bed)

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Thank goodness the ceiling fan still entertains them. They were super fussy w/ me and once I threw them on the bed, they looked up and stared… and stared… Jer even raised his hand in an attempt to reach the fan.

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“Say it ain’t so!!!” The boys have officially taken over our family room. I thought we could be strong and enforce what is “off limits” by applying the behavior therapy techniques I’ve learned in a previous job (basically it’s like training a dog!), but not only are we inconsistent, it is TIRING! This situation is temporary anyway as we finish preparing their playroom. It’s great that they are contained, but the downfall is that we have hardwood. We don’t mind them crawling around on the wood, but they are slowly pulling themselves up and it would be tragic if they fell backwards. Thus, constant supervision is necessary. We know we can protect them from everything, which is why we let them roam around and figure things out, but OUCH! Wouldn’t want them to take a big blow to the head.

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Last baby update… Oh, Jer. This is what he does with his bottle – he shakes it above his head until his face is full of milk drops. Then I’ll take away his bottle because I assume he’s finished. Then he reaches for it and tries to drink more. What a crazy boy!

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Our drying area looks a lot different than a couple of months ago. What was once a ton of pump parts and smaller bottles is now a bunch of bigger bottles, food containers, mesh teethers, straw cups, and utensils!

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Random update: Jamberry nails are pretty cool. I was skeptical at first because I’ve never tried the Sally Hansen sticker nail stuff, but WOW! Jamberry nails stayed on my hands for over a week! No chipping or peeling, whereas regular nail polish, even with a few coats and a top coat of course, would have chipped after day 3! With all the hand washing and use of my hands, Jamberry seems like the way to go. (This post is NOT sponsored – LOL!)

wpid-img_20140713_223240.jpgChicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

2 cups chicken stock (I used Costco’s organic chicken stock, no salt added)

1/2 cup dry pasta

1 celery stalk,

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1 cup peas frozen

Onion

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Wash and dice celery.

Wash, peel, and dice carrot.

Dice onion.
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Cook chicken broth on high heat until boiling. Add all remaining ingredients and return to a boil.

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Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

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Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, puree or put in food processor for a bit. The boys are old enough now that we don’t even need to puree. As long as the pasta and veggies are soft enough to squeeze between your fingers, they are soft enough for a baby to gum (chew without teeth).

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See more recipes here! I also started an “adult” recipe page, mostly to see for myself the recipes I have tried and been successful with.