Pureed Pears–Homemade Baby Food

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Pears are a sweet and nutritious fruit f0r your little one to enjoy! They are slightly time consuming, but worth it!

Supplies:

  • Blender
  • Large pan with lid
  • 2 ice cube trays
  • 1 gallon size zip seal bag

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 Bartlett pears
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Wash, peel, and cube pears.
  2. Put pears into pan with water. Simmer on medium/low heat for 20 minutes or until pears are soft. Stir occasionally. Do Not Burn! If they seem like they are burning, add more water (1/4 Cup at a time) or, turn down. I cook with gas so electric burners may be different!
  3. Pour pears and water into blender, and blend until pureed.
  4. Pour into ice cube trays.

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    4 Large Bartlett Pears

  5. Freeze!

Once frozen, break the cubes and put them in a labeled gallon zip close bag. Write Pears and the date prepared on the bag. When you’re ready to use them, just take out how many cubes you want and let them thaw at room temperature or microwave them (2 cubes=30 seconds).

 

 

Pureed Bananas–Homemade Baby Food

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Banana baby food is my favorite to make because it is so fast and simple to make. All you need is a blender, some bananas, and a gallon bag!

Directions:

  1. Peel 1 banana at a time, and drop chunks of peeled banana into the blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Fill ice cube trays. (Here is what I got out of 8 bananas)bananaintray
  4. Freeze.

Once frozen, break the cubes and put them in a labeled gallon zip close bag. Write Bananas and the date prepared on the bag. When you’re ready to use them, just take out how many cubes you want and let them thaw at room temperature or microwave them (2 cubes=30 seconds).

 

Christmas Eve Present–A Family Tradition

I have been racking my brain about starting a few new family traditions this year since my oldest baby is starting to understand the holiday season. I want to instill in my kiddos the value of love and family traditions.

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I saw this idea awhile back and thought that it was very cute. Basically, it’s a fun night-in a box. In our box I put:

  • New Christmas Pj’s (washed and ready to wear)
    • Bonus: They will be super cute for pictures Christmas morning!
  • A movie (to watch as a family)
  • A Christmas book (to read before bed; we love Llama Llama books :))
  • Popcorn (to eat during the movie)
  • Hot Chocolate packets (to drink while we watch the movie)

I wrapped the box  and labeled it from Mama and Dad. We will let them open it together on Christmas Eve, and we will get to enjoy a nice family night.

I hope this list is helpful in helping you build your own Christmas Eve box 🙂

Merry Christmas, from my family to yours!

Mom’s Simple Spaghetti

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Growing up, we ate spaghetti a lot. My parents both worked and spaghetti was always a quick, easy, and nutritious go-to meal.  Plus, Mom always made a lot, so we had leftovers for the next nights meal 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 cans Hunts Four Cheese spaghetti sauce
  • 1 package spaghetti noodles
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning

Directions:

  1. Boil noodles in large pot. Once cooked (about 7-10 minutes) drain noodles and return to pot (heat off).
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium pan, brown ground beef and 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning. Drain.
  3. In the large pot, add together:
    1. Noodles
    2. Beef
    3. Sauce
    4. 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  4. Simmer on low, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes, or until spaghetti is hot.

Enjoy!

Just a note. I like to pair mine with garlic bread 🙂 And, as mentioned above, this is almost better leftover!

Handprint Christmas Tree Craft

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Your little ones will love this Christmas tree craft! It’s super easy and super fun!

Here’s what you need:

  • Paper
  • Markers or crayons

Directions:handtree

  1.  Trace your little one’s hand in green, layering as you go. Starting with one hand at the top, then layer 2 hands, and 3. Try to fan the prints out as you go. They should resemble a tree.
  2. Draw a star at the top and a stump at the bottom.
  3. Let your little one decorate their tree!

12 Days of Elf on the Shelf

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Our elf arrived November 26th. With a little help from Daddy, the kids decided to name him Tiny. I honestly think that I was more excited about his arrival than the kids were. My son just turned two, but he’s a smart little cookie, so I figured he was ready for it. He understands that he’s not allowed to touch him, and I am completely shocked that he leaves him alone (Tiny sits on the TV stand and watches :)).

I am all for easy-peasy ideas, and here are a few that I came up with (along with a little help from Pinterest!

 


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elfwalkingdog

elfmechanic

elftrainkit

elftrain

elfpopcorn

elfridingdozer

elfpuzzle

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elfdriving

elfreading

 

Lion leaf craft

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Lions and leaves. Two of my son’s favorite things! He had so much fun making this, and he loved showing it off to visitors. Here’s how to make it.

Supplies:

  • Paper plate (we had yellow, but you could use white and have them color it).
  • Glue
  • 10-15 yellow/orange/brown leaves
  • Marker

Instructions:

  1. Draw the face of the lion
  2. Flip plate over and put glue on the outer ring of the plate.
  3. Have your child help stick the leaves in the glue. This may get messy. lion-craft
  4. Allow glue to dry.
  5. Rawr.