Prepping [a] Baby Food[ie]

This is my blog about family meals from scratch. As my babies ["LL""Baby Boy-yer"] are now 4 and 2 years old, it has become less about "baby food." Lately, we've been trying to focus more on having family dinners where everyone eats the same thing, with no exceptions for the little ones. But just search the posts because we have plenty of baby food recipes from the last few years. We're always looking for ideas on what to make to keep this family healthy and trying new things. Join me, and submit recipes and tips of your own!

Pasta with pesto peas and steamed broccolini

Tried a Theresa Giudice recipe tonight and guess what? It really was #fabulicious. Kids eating the peppers out of sausage and peppers.

Chicken and Mushroom Noodle Soup

I tried out this recipe I found on Pinterest ( under “one pot”) for Italian-style chicken and mushroom soup. I’m not sure if call it very Italian but 3/4 of us liked it a lot. LL does not love one pot dinners of any sort but she ate about half of her dish with some moaning and groaning. Boy-yer asked for seconds.

It’s a pretty yummy soup, but there are a lot of steps and it’s better to plan ahead because the recipe is a bit of a wonky order. You have to roast two heads of garlic (best to start with this step) as well as get your chicken breasts poaching in broth right off the bat. (Reading other people’s recipes makes me want to write mine more clearly!) I used soba noodles instead of orecchiette and Swiss chard instead of spinach. It came out reminding me a bit of those china town style big noodle bowls. Didn’t kill my blood sugar either.

A Baby Foodie turned 3 yesterday!  Thanks for reading, all.  I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and working in my new kitchen when we get back to the UK.  

Here are some photos of what we’ve been up to this summer… not too much cooking but lots of picking berries and eating Nonnie’s food.  

Lobster Roll!

Now that Boy-yer has been allergy tested (long story), I (shellfish allergy sufferer) felt safe for the kiddos to try some lobster up in Maine. We’ve been watching with fascination as the lobster chef at Brown’s Wharf steams and prepares lobster and clams by the trolley stop the last few days so they were also feeling ready.

We went to a new lobster roll place called Shannon’s Unshelled in Boothbay Harbor after an afternoon of kayaking and paddle-boarding. It’s really cute and reminded me of the Krusty Krab from Spongebob. The lobster roll was just as it’s supposed to be: full of tons of lobster. The verdict—LL (suspicious of all fish) liked it and Daddy and Boy-yer loved it!

I haven’t been posting much lately because it’s the summer and we are in the USA visiting family and also away on vacation, so there hasn’t been much cooking (well there has, but not by me.)  The blog will ramp back up again around August 21 when we get back to the UK and back to reality.  Happy Trails everybody. :)


Oh boy even with my diabeetus I can become Miss America #showmeyourpump

I haven’t been able to get a pump yet but if I did, I’d be selfie-ing it up right now. Very inspired by this woman and the response of the t1D community.

Picking tomatoes

This is why no one cooks better than Nonna. Just a dinner of leftovers: roasted peppers, grilled marinated zucchini, baked sweet potato and veal scaloppine.

Too much improvisation is definitely possible with meatloaf. Looks and tastes good but the texture is unbelievably wrong. Good thing no one else in the house had ever tried meatloaf and so it wasn’t noticed.