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the lazy mom’s guide to making your own baby food

02.10.14

Look, I try to be a good mom, I really do. But momming is hard, especially when you’re doing it by yourself, so sometimes you gotta get creative. And find some good mom hacks.

It’s almost 10pm on a Take-Out-The-Trash Night and, rather than throw away the fresh produce that our family of three never eats in its entirety, I decided to have a puree party and make some baby food for GB. On the menu: peaches.

Now, I didn’t get this brilliant idea to blog about this until I was already in the process, so I don’t have a “before” photo to show you, but I’m pretty sure you know what a peach looks like so we’re cool, right?

The Lazy Mom’s Guide to Making Your Own Baby Food

Take that pretty ripe produce you’ve got in your fruit bowl or fridge. Throw it in a Crock-Pot and go do life stuff for a few hours. (I’ve got a mini Crock-Pot that I got at Target for like $15 that’s great for entertaining… and, it turns out, making baby food.)

lazy mom's guide to making your own baby food @ohbotherblog

 

Take the now-soft and cooked produce out of the Crock-Pot and remove any yuckies, like pits or skins.

lazy mom's guide to making your own baby food @ohbotherblog

 

(Appetizing, right?)

Deposit the mush into a Mini Bullet (no, not Mommy’s special Mini Bullet) or blender.

lazy mom's guide to making your own baby food @ohbotherblog

 

Blend that stuff up.

lazy mom's guide to making your own baby food @ohbotherblog

 

Dump the puree into whatever baby food containers you’ve got.

lazy mom's guide to making your own baby food @ohbotherblog

 

Wait until it cools and throw it in the freezer with whatever random baby food you’ve previously made. Or in the fridge for tomorrow. Or serve it up immediately. Whatever floats your boat.

lazy mom's guide to making your own baby food @ohbotherblog

 

Throw the bullet and whatever utensils you used in the dishwasher.

lazy mom's guide to making your own baby food @ohbotherblog

 

Feel good knowing you made your kid some baby food.

Let’s be honest, though: I’ve got plenty of the ready-made stuff for back-up and nights where I don’t have time to mess around with making my own.

lazy mom's guide to making your own baby food @ohbotherblog

 

I’m coming for you next, baby carrots.

lazy mom's guide to making your own baby food @ohbotherblog

cheater thank you cards

26.06.13

Hi, have we met? I’m totally lazy. If I can find a hack or an easy way around something, I’m totally going to take it.

I was, however, raised to be gracious and appreciative and to say, “thank you.” That means thank you phone calls for birthday cards and thank you cards for birthday gifts. And seeing as Holdy’s birthday was a few weeks ago, it was time to say thanks for the ridiculous amount of stuff she got.

Guess what: I hate writing thank you cards. They’re time consuming and I always get such horrible writer’s block and then I end up writing really stupid-sounding messages. The worst. But necessary, of course.

So I decided to cheat a little when it came to Holdy’s thank you’s. The idea was this: add a fun picture from the party, have a cute ready-made thank you poem printed inside and then write a super brief message that acknowledged the gift.

I googled “birthday thank you poem” and then found a first birthday thank you poem in an old Babycenter forum that I tweaked.

Here’s what I ended up with:

Easy (cheater) thank you cards for first birthday. Birthday Thank You Poem. @ohbotherblog

Here’s the poem:

The party is over. I’m officially ONE!
Thank you for coming;
I hope you had fun!
Sending big kisses,
from me to you.
See you next year,
when I turn TWO!

So far, no one has said that they were horribly offended by the card, so hopefully it was okay. I’m banking on it being so, because it’s probably going to be my approach from here on out!

cheater guac!

14.06.13

Cheater Guacamole - easiest guac ever. Avocados, fresh salsa, salt, garlic, lime juice. Leave an avocado pit in to prevent from browning. @ohbotherblog

Okay, you guys will never hear me bragging about being a good cook. Obviously my baking skills need a little work from time to time. But I am going to put it out there and say that I make some damn good guacamole. Who cares if I cheat a little?

This is seriously the easiest guacamole ever. I’ve literally made it four times in the past seven days for various events. No chopping vegetables, no need to buy fresh cilantro. Making this guac takes like five minutes. And it’s so good!

Here’s all you need:

Easiest guacamole ever - avocados, fresh salsa, salt, garlic, lime juice. Leave an avocado pit in to keep it from browning! @ohbotherblog

See, buying the fresh salsa is key. It already has the tomato, cucumber, green pepper, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, tomato juice, garlic, poblano pepper, serrano pepper and salt right in it. No need to chop.

I read somewhere to leave in an avocado pit to keep the guac from browning, so I always do that. Here’s the recipe, even though this is so ridiculously easy, you don’t need it!

Cheater Guac
No lie, the easiest guacamole ever (read: no veggie chopping). And it's delicious. My go-to for any party.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 avocados
  2. 1 container fresh salsa (16 oz.)
  3. garlic salt or powder
  4. salt
  5. lime or lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Halve avocados and scoop the meat into a bowl.
  2. Dump in the container of salsa.
  3. Sprinkle garlic and salt to taste.
  4. Drizzle the lemon or lime juice in one circle around the bowl.
  5. Mash, mash, mash with a fork.
Tip
  1. I always leave one avocado pit in the bowl because I read somewhere that it helps to prevent browning
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deliveries at disney world

24.04.13

Amazon.com, meet Disney World. Disney, meet Amazon. After checking out the weather forecast for our Disney trip and realizing my 10-month-old was woefully unprepared for heavy rains, I did some last-minute online shopping. As in, the night before we left.

I knew that you can have stuff delivered to your Disney resort, thanks to my friend Sarah at How I Pinch a Penny. So I went to Amazon and ordered some rain essentials to be delivered during our trip.

How to get deliveries at Disney World - Pinner ordered rain gear baby @ohbotherblog

I used Amazon Prime for free two-day delivery. I googled the name of our resort for the actual mailing address and made sure to include my travel confirmation number in the mailing info (if I were already here and knew my room number, I would have used that).

On the third day of our trip, I returned from the pool to a voicemail from the front desk: my delivery had arrived! Of course, now the weather is beautiful with not a cloud in sight. Isn’t that how it usually works? Oh well, at least now we’re prepared!

easter centerpiece in a pinch

30.03.13

Easter centerpiece in a pinch

Tomorrow’s Easter dinner at my house just went from a party of four and a half to a party of eight and a half. When it was just my parents joining us, I wasn’t too concerned about setting a nice table. Now that there are in-laws involved, I need to step it up a notch.

I’ve seen all the cute Peeps centerpieces on Pinterest, but I don’t have: two perfectly concentric nesting vases, tons of jelly beans, perfect fresh-cut flowers or time to get these things. What I do have is a convenience store down the street that sells Peeps and has a pop-up flower market in the parking lot. Done.

  • One trifle bowl or similarly sized vessel (mine is Pampered Chef)
  • Three boxes of Peeps (actually 32 Peeps. Eat the extras or pawn them off on someone who actually likes Peeps.)
  • One basic potted tulip from a convenience store, grocery store, flower market, etc.

Sure, the ones with the jelly beans and gerbera daisies on Pinterest are cuter, but this one’s good enough for me.

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