Saturday, 28 April 2012

spreading a smile

smile though you're heart is breaking.
i just really want to post a little message out there to smile! lately i go to the shop and i look around and smile at passing strangers or say thank you for moving out the way of the pram when i have no where to go and I am finding no one smiles back or says a quick welcome. I just feel at the moment the atmosphere is in individual pockets around individual people, im just sad and maybe i have no place to say this but i am going to.

what can you do? 

lift your head up! you are stunning and with a smile on your face you are encouraging a tiny glimmer of trust in a community.

thanks! just say thank you to people for small things. appreciate their existence! 

Be aware of your space - yes i think we should be a tighter nit unit as a society but being kind and open also means being aware of other peoples space and your own! 

Stay positive - life  is not so bad. Don't dwell on the small things if someone makes a mistake let it go. It is ok that they made a mistake because we are human. 

chivalry doesn't have to die. Offer your help if you can when someone needs it.

Let's make a pact to do 1 nice thing for a stranger everyday and make the world a bit brighter. PLEASE! i am sick of people hanging their heads. 


Thursday, 19 April 2012

bringing in the meat

As i was researching how to introduce meat into my babies diet i stumbled across this website that explained the benefits and added a few ideas on how to cook it. So it got me seriously thinking of easy ways to make flavorful food that is healthy and nutritious for my little girl, here is something i made:

i didn't take photos because it was a spare of the moment kind of thing and i have to admit the end result doesnt look very nice but it does taste good.

what you need?

slow cooker.
fry pan (obviously)

  • nice piece of stake sliced and diced
  • coli-flower
  • carrots peeled and finely sliced
  • butternut pumpkin diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

so brown the beef until no pink is visible. chuck it in the slow cooker with 1 cup of water 
blanch the vegetables till they are soft then add them to slow cooker along with cinnamon.
put lid on. stir every now and again.

It should take about 4 hours but the idea of making baby food in the slow cooker is that you can actually use those 4 hours and do other things. handy? yes i think so.

once that time is up check to see if the meat is really tender. blend it until its almost powdery then stir in the super soft veggies and serve warm. My daughter is 10 months with 2 and a half teeth so she is at the stage where lumps are ok but if your baby isn't at that stage simply blend everything up together.

handy tip: when freezing your babies food place it in ice-cube trays. It is easy to get out and you have proportion control.

handy fact:  smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
cinnamon is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

Always try things one at a time and give it atleast 4 days to see if any allergic reaction occurs. If you try one at a time and an allergic reaction does happen its easier to explain to the doctor. 

oh what a beautiful day

Here we are after many months absent i have to admit i have been a little busy running after my crawling, almost talking all singing little girl  baby girl..

Imagine it like those amazing weeks that just end as fast as they started but with a glimmer of awe and a small shimmer of sadness. How time flies when you're having fun.

10 months does wonders to a human being especially when this human was born at 6 pound 4 ounces with a fine chance of surviving the grand entrance. Since then we have grown together and learnt a lot. I have found strengths in me i never knew i had, patience and awareness have all taken a grasp to my senses. I am grounded.

It is safe to say my little monster is hilarious and i am Happy to announce "mummy" is now in her vocabulary - thanks baby!. She eats everything including :

broccoli, sweet potato, pumpkin, pea's and corn. We are just starting to slowly give her pieces to chew and all these wonderful achievements she is making are frequent and glorious. (i did almost shed a tear when she picked up some banana and put it to her mouth all on her own. just between you and i)

did i miss any?

can i eated this leaf?