Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday Tips: Boon Grass Drying Rack




Did you have a Boon Grass Drying Rack for baby items and accessories? We got one when we were expecting Bobble, and it was one of the most used items we were gifted. It was great for all sorts of baby stuff like bottles, nipples, teethers, baby silverware, etc.

...but what about when you don't use those things anymore? Then what?

Luckily, it's a drying rack. It's good for a lot of items that otherwise would clog up your strainer or dishwasher.

We frequently use ours for glass straws, measuring spoons, measuring cups, etc. Just because you don't have 'baby' things anymore doesn't mean you can't keep using this awesome strainer!

 

You can see we even have a spice jar in the back!

On the other hand, if you're looking for something to buy for a baby shower, this is the item to get! Like I said, it was one of our most heavily used items. We use it every day and have since Bobble was born over 3 1/2 years ago.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Baked Veggie and Grains Pilaf



This is a nutritious side dish that will go with any meat. We paired it with lamb, but it would be delicious accompanying anything. You can also add different veggies into the mixture like eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, and more.

 

Rice and Veggie Pilaf
Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon Butter (or oil)
1 Onion, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped (or 4 smaller ribs)
1 chopped bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange)
1 ear of corn (cut kernels off)
4 small to medium sized carrots (chopped)
1 medium zucchini (chopped)
3/4 cup millet
3/4 cup quinoa
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups stock of choice


Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Heat butter or oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir vegetables in the hot oil until softened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Mix veggie mixture, millet, quinoa, stock, and salt together and put into an 8x8-inch casserole dish; pour in stock. Cover dish with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until grains are tender and have absorbed all the liquid, about 30 minutes.
We made this to accompany a lamb roast, so we did the stock part a bit differently. We had 2c of chicken stock that needed to be used, so we used those 2 cups, 1/2c of the juice from the lamb roast, and then pulled a 1/2c of frozen chicken stock from our freezer.


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Starfish Cove Baby Boutique

Are you looking for a natural parenting store to shop at? Though brick and mortar stores are sometimes hard to find locally, there are lots to choose from online. Still, it's not always easy to find the best online natural parenting store for you. I've recently discovered a lovely new store, and wanted to introduce you to it as well.

Starfish Cove Baby Boutique!

Starfish Cove Baby Boutique just opened this past summer. The store is a natural parenting store that focuses on babywearing. They have an online store and hope to open a brick and mortar store in Wilmington, NC soon.

They have all sorts of stuff for baby like squooshi reusable food pouches, baltic amber necklaces, Piggy Paint, Jellystone Teethers, a variety of brands of lotions, balms, shampoos, and more! Check out these awesome toys!

They have a modest collection of cloth diapers and accessories, and a bit of stuff for mom, too. (Such as teething necklaces, menstrual cups, lip balm, etc.)

Last, but not least, baby carriers! They have a very nice selection of wraps, a few soft structured carriers, ring slings, Mei Tai carriers (pronounced "may-tie"), and a nice collection of gorgeous woven wraps (though they have stretchy wraps, too)! You can also purchase accessories like sling rings.

All orders of $45 or more ship free in the USA, and they will ship internationally, too! (click here for store policies, including more information on international shipping.)

Starfish Cove has also been generous enough to offer a Sweet Pea Pocket Cloth Diaper to giveaway to one of my readers. Winner gets to pick the colour or print from in stock selection!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

MOMables Ingredient Substitution List

MOMables has numerous recipes for all sorts of dietary preferences and restrictions. My family has been trying out a lot of the gluten free recipes, but we don't have any sort of restrictions in our diet. If we did, it is nice to know MOMables has resources like their Ingredient Substitution List available.

Even if you don't have any food allergies to worry about, this list is super helpful. Surely you've encountered the problem of not having enough (or any) of an ingredient for something you wanted to (or already started to) make.



Did you know that it's not always a cup for cup substitution when using wheat-alternative flours? We didn't... until we tried making something and used a full cup of coconut flour in place of all-purpose flour. WOW was that dry!

MOMables has 12 options for an egg substitute. TWELVE!

I highly recommend checking out this list, and bookmarking or pinning it while you're at it! It's a great thing to have on hand!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOMables Chicken, Bacon, Slaw salad (GF)

After making a delicious whole roasted chicken to accompany my MOMables Zucchini Au Gratin, I had a good deal of chicken left over. Probably about half of the chicken, actually. I found another recipe that called for leftover chicken and it sounded great, so I went for it.

Chicken, Bacon, Slaw Salad! It looked great, but I knew the kids wouldn't eat a salad. Not that they wouldn't like the ingredients, more like it would turn into confetti. I decided to make it into wraps (gluten-free wraps, at that!) and see how it worked.


We threw the stuff together for the chicken salad, left the bacon in strips, and assembled the wraps. I sliced sections of one of them (already held together with toothpicks) for the kiddos. I removed Squiggle's toothpick before serving it to her, though.



Another MOMables win!

This was not a free recipe, but you can find many good recipes on the MOMables pinterest page.

Bobble and Squiggle ate all the chicken, bacon, and some of the wrap. The slaw, as predicted, was tossed around more than consumed.

Hubby and I both enjoyed our wraps, and we definitely plan to make it again! We added a bit of shredded cheddar to the wraps. Avocado would have been great, too.

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Thursday Tips: Salvaging (Fresh) Fruit



Sometimes we end up with too much of a fruit in our house. This usually happens around the time of really good sales, for us. We all have seen that stage in fruit, such as strawberries, where you're looking at the container and you know it needs to be eaten now or they just are going to get mushy and gross.

Solution?

PUREE IT.



I had strawberries ripened to their tipping point, so to speak, and saved them another whole week. I'm not guaranteeing you that your fruit will last forever if you puree it, but if you wash up what isn't going to get consumed that day (assuming it is the last day it seems like it would be good), blend it up, and place it in the refrigerator in a sealed container, you'll get a few more days out of it.

Pureed fruit is not only awesome for adding into baked goods (like donuts, breads, cakes, muffins, etc.), but you can add it into smoothies, stir into yogurt, or use as a topping. My favourite is spreading the pureed strawberries on top of pancakes. Tastier than jam/jelly/preserves!



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MOMables Pot Roast (GF)

I love my crock pot. A lot. It's no secret that it is one of my favourite kitchen things EVER. I've made roasts in it and they've been good, but this MOMables roast was something else. My goodness, was it delicious.

I don't do gravy often, and most "beef" gravy I tend to dislike. The ingredients for this roast were simple enough, but also had a few things that made me feel like this might be better than roasts with gravy I've had in the past.

I was right.

Pot Roast without gravy and some of the non-pureed veggies on the side
 
Pot Roast with Gravy (and some of the non-pureed veggies on the side)
Hubby and I worked together on this one. Basically I chopped a few things and read out what we were supposed to do since we were juggling the children between us while prepping the meal. Squiggle wanted to be held a lot and my carrier was in the car. Since I had help, though, I didn't mind.

The meal turned out FABULOUS. Both children enjoyed the food, and so did hubby! (Obviously, I liked it too!) I planned on using the leftovers for another MOMables meal, but we enjoyed this so much we just wanted to eat it this way.

We didn't puree all the veggies (as you can see from the pictures), and we served it with couscous. If you're curious, the gravy didn't taste super tomato-y, though it does look it. This is actually really awesome, because I hate tomatoes. (Yes, I know.. picky picky!)

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