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!

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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.

Don’t wanna work out… and green baby food

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Do I have to get back into shape? For the LONGEST TIME (essentially since the boys were born), I’ve used the excuse of having twins to avoid working out extensively. Not only did I tell myself that I had three long months of strict bed rest, but I gave birth to twins! So instead of getting back to the gym or hitting the pavement once my doctor cleared me at six weeks, I just kept making excuses. Work, being tired, maintaining a house, caring for two infants… Granted, I did run once, play a bit of golf, and an entire season of recreational volleyball… But fast forward almost a year later and I have no excuse. It’s not about a bikini body or fitting into prepregnancy pants. It’s about HEALTH and being able to MOVE with my children without losing my breath or fearing I can’t keep up one day.

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The following pictures are random stuff and updates. Scroll down to get straight to the baby food recipes!

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I keep telling myself that this blogging gig may not last too much longer, but then I wouldn’t have a healthy outlet for my endless, random thoughts, nor would I have a convenient online journal-thing. I revived my favorite bloggers page in case you’re interested!

Celebrated my sister‘s birthday over the weekend! By the way, I’m really loving my new chalkboard!

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How cute were they in their Hawaiian outfits from their Gramma and Granpa??? They are joined in this picture with the singing Jellybean Rabbit. My goodness, it’s hilarious when the rabbit sings and dances because the boys stop in the tracks and are mesmerized by him!

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We ate at a restaurant and MY GOSH Jer screamed practically the entire time! My new nickname for him: Jerodactyl!!! We need to nip this NOW because we can’t have a crazy baby out in public. It’s one thing to deal with the screaming at home, but he is learning FAST that it gets him what he wants and it’s also amusing (at least to himself). Behavior therapy effective immediately.

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New play pen is under construction! Adrian’s loving it. Both babies are crawling – it’s great, as well as tiring!

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Adrian tends to hold toys and items in the air.
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He climbed up here himself.
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Bathtime has upgraded from the little tub to a… fancy shmancy laundry basket! First day we tried it, they hated it. Second day, they hated it half the time. Third day, they would have begged for five more minutes if they could talk! It’s so fun seeing them splash around, but that means as we bathe them, we are in the splash zone!

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Finding them like this in their cribs more often… I’m just waiting for the day they pull themselves up and we’ll know it’s time to lower that mattress! Jer (Camera 1) & Adrian (Camera 2):

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It’s nice being able to trust them to sit long enough for me to prepare food and whatnot. Here they are hanging in the kitchen as I prepared their breakfast over the weekend:

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Well, the homemade baby food saga continues!!! Here are two green “recipes” I’ve followed myself and had great success with. Again, I use the term “recipes” very loosely because they are hardly complicated! They are more like instructions to prepare baby food. But if you are like me, you want clear explanations and pictures in order to gain a foolproof method for yourself.

Asparagus Puree

From Tyler Florence’s Start Fresh

Ingredients

1 lb (10 medium stalks) asparagus, washed and tough stems removed

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Mashed Peas

Ingredients

One bag frozen peas

Directions:

– Cook peas as directed on package (I boiled them)

– Drain peas and cool

– Mash in a mixing bowl (If baby is not ready for texture, puree with a little bit of added water. If baby is old enough, no need to mash at all!)

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After I scooped some peas into small containers for daycare, I divided the rest into an ice cube tray. This is after it froze:

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After it freezes, I pop the cube out and store em in a ziplock bag. It’s so easy to defrost or pop in a cube or two in whatever I am cooking (chicken soup, pasta, etc).

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Check out more recipes on my Homemade Baby Food page! It’s a work in progress, but slowly growing!

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Do you have foolproof baby food recipes? Please share! I’d love to try new ones.

The Niner game and roasted brussel sprouts

I did it! I went for a run this morning. One down, one to go for the weekend. What a b-e-a-utiful day. I wish I could run at this time everyday. It’s very nice when the sun is out. =) It was a slow run, only 2 miles at 27 minutes total. 
 
 
 
Went to a friend’s house to watch the Niner game. We’re going to the Super Bowl!!! Check out the intensity and focus of the boys…
 

Sesame Chicken

Tonight’s menu: sesame chicken with roasted broccoli and brown rice. Dinner is served! Recipe below.
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Lighter Sesame Chicken
Modified from Iowa Girl Eats
Serves 2
Ingredients
·         1/2 cup brown rice
·         2 cups broccoli florets
·         1 egg white
·         2 Tablespoons cornstarch
·         2 small chicken breasts (12oz), cut into 2″ pieces
·         salt & pepper
·         1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
·         2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
·         2-1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
·         1/4 cup honey
·         1 garlic clove, minced
·         2 green onions, chopped
Instructions
·         Roast or steam broccoli until crisp tender, then set aside (directions for roasting from Can You Stay for Dinner?).
·         Prepare rice according to package directions.
·         In a large bowl, whisk together egg white and cornstarch until smooth.
·         Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper then add to egg white mixture and toss to evenly coat.
·         Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then carefully add chicken. Cook for 3-4 minutes a side, or until cooked through.
·         Meanwhile, combine sesame seeds, soy sauce, honey, and garlic together in a small bowl then set aside.
·         Turn off heat and remove skillet from burner. Add prepared sauce and green onions then toss to combine. Stir in broccoli, then scoop mixture into bowls over cooked rice.