Baby food, Mama’s way

Jonathan is now 7 months old and weighs about 21 lbs. As big and strong as he is (and having my DH and I as parents) you can bet he has a large appetite!  I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to stay home with him during the day while my DH works and around 5:00pm we switch off and I go teach paralegal/law classes at the local college in the evenings.  We are very thankful for the opportunity to bring in two paychecks and not have to pay for daycare.

Now that my big baby boy is eating solids 2-3 times a day I have found the perfect way to make and store his mama-made baby food!  For the past few months I had been making his veggie purees on a daily basis.  That got old real quick. I wanted to come up with a more efficient method.  I had heard of people making the food and pouring it into ice cube trays and freezing them.  That is okay if it works for you… but for us, I needed something that took up less space in our already petite freezer.  Since I cook every single day in my house you can imagine what my freezer looks like full of frozen meats, fruits, vegetable, pitas, bagels, juice… you name it! I have absolutely no space in there for long and bulky ice cube trays.

As I searched around town for some plastic containers all I found were ones that were for larger portions of food.  Nothing was small enough for what I needed.  Then I went into my local Dollar Tree store and wouldn’t you know it I found a 10 pack of PERFECT sized containers for…. drum roll please…….. $1.00!  UNBELIEVABLE!

If you have any dollar store in your area I recommend you take some time out and just walk through the aisles.  I guarantee you will be surprised by some of the stuff they carry for only $1.00.  Some examples of things I have found at my local store are organic strawberry jam (costs $3.99 in the supermarket), a 12 screwdriver set, a set of 3 microfiber towels for stuffing cloth diapers, etc. 

For this week I made my DS a soup with chicken breast, butternut squash, green beans and onions. yummo!

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