Hi there! Mama here.
You want to know the truth? Based on my track record with goal-setting, I really thought I'd be behind in my "30 Weeks" goals by now, but here I am, finished with week 4!

For this week's goal, I wanted to make homemade baby food for my 5-month-old. For both cheapness and goodness sake I make most of the food in my home from scratch--bread, pizza, biscuits, teething biscuits, smoothies, bran muffins, Goldfish, granola, Oreos--so why I never tried to make homemade baby food before now, I'll never know...because seriously, it is so easy. 

I found a recipe in my acquired-last-summer-but-didn't-get-around-to-reading-it-until-now copy of Start Fresh by Tyler Florence, famous chef and father of three. Basic recipes with minimal ingredients and simple instructions make this book super easy to use, even for the most  inexperienced cook (I mean come on, can you really call steaming a vegetable and then mashing it up a recipe?). 

For my baby, I decided to start with sweet potatoes mixed with golden potatoes. If you want to see what I did (and also see some seriously cute baby pics), follow the "Read More" link below!

Homemade Sweet Potato Puree ... adapted from this book

1. Wash your fruit/veggie of choice and then slice into 1-inch chunks. I used 1 sweet potato and two small golden potatoes.
2. Pour 3 cups of water into the bottom layer of the steamer (or a pot with a steamer basket, or a pot with a colander set in it).
3. Place the chunks in the upper layer of the steamer (or into your steaming basket or colander).
4. Bring water to a boil and then steam fruit/veggies for 8-15 minutes until tender (basically when you can stick a fork in it and it feels soft). Something a little firmer like potatoes or carrots will take a bit longer than something softer like summer squash or broccoli.
5. Transfer to a blender, add a little of the steaming water, and blend until smooth.
And that's it! It tastes great (yes, I tried it myself), and even the color is gorgeous, like smooth creamy pumpkin.
I used half-pint mini mason jars to store the leftovers because 1) they're the perfect size for scooping, and 2) they're made of glass and I want to be able to admire it in the jar every time I open the fridge this week. :)
At first my bonny wee babe eyed his strange new food with suspicion, but eventually his curiosity got the best of him. Once he got a little taste, I couldn't spoon-feed him fast enough!
And you want to know the best part? My 2-year-old likes it, too! Score!
I'm really glad I took the time to do this and see how easy it is, and now I'm checking out creative flavor combinations in some of the store-bought varieties for ideas of what to mix up at home. 

My goal for next week is to sew a pot holder with pockets for my hands. They look a little intimidating, but there are some great tutorials online and I got some really cute fruity fabric from the remnant bin at Meijer a few weeks ago that I think will be perfect for it, so here's hoping I can get it to turn out right!

Do you make your own baby food? What are your baby's favorite flavors? Let me know in the comments section, and as always thanks for reading!

-- Mama

This post is #4/30 in my "30 Goals In 30 Weeks" series. I'm working on one goal a week for the 30 weeks leading up to my 30th birthday. Join me by setting goals of your own! You don't need to have a special theme or specific time frame in mind, just choose something simple that you think will make you happy, and go for it!
 


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