Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Homemade, Homegrown, & Healthy!

I've been finding all kinds of yummy-sounding, healthy recipes on Pinterest for smoothies, baby food, iced coffee, etc... that I've been wanting to try.  We have a blender, and it works, but I wanted something that would be a little more convenient- and save on counter/cupboard space!

My birthday was coming up, so when my Mom asked if there was anything special I wanted I told her I wanted a Bullet.  I've made my own baby food in the past, but never enough at a time that I would freeze any.  I usually made it meal by meal, and had a little hand grinder that would work to throw in the diaper bag if we were out and about.  While digging around online, though, I discovered how easy it is to make a big batch, freeze in ice cube trays, and then pop them in a freezer bag in the freezer.  We grow a HUGE vegetable garden in the summer, and have an abundance of apples and raspberries each year, so I decided that with this baby I'm going to do my best to save up what I can.  We are still eating carrots, apple sauce, zucchini, beans, peppers, onions, and potatoes from our gardens last summer, plus all the yummy stuff that we canned that is in the root cellar.  We should have plenty of preservative-free fruits and veggies to put away for this little one!

For right now, though, we are just having lots of fun making all kinds of iced-coffees and smoothies for desserts!  This was a yummy decaf iced coffee I made the other day with coffee that was left over in my pot, some creamer, and ice.

 Of course, when the kids saw mine they had to have one of their own.  I threw in some ice, frozen raspberries from our garden, frozen bananas, and a splash of milk.  They loved it!
And last night we made shakes with ice cream, frosted sugar cookies, and milk!- So Yummy!

I would love any suggestions on baby food and smoothies from any of you out there that have made some of your own!


angie said...

I have been wanting a bullet lately, too! so good to hear you're loving yours. makes me consider this purchase even more seriously ... :)
it sounds like you have some amazing food for this baby already. lucky, lucky girl with that big garden! we did our own baby food for the most part, but I never did "fun" stuff, like mixing ingredients together. I always just did one thing at a time: sweet potatoes, carrots, avocadoes (not to freeze, though) and anything else! it's crazy how easy it is and how much you can save by using what you already have. have fun!

Katie Cook said...

Ahhh I love this post. Making smoothies is one of my favorite things to do!!! I've also started juicing which has been really fun to experiment!! Love this, and your family is so cute! Love Katie

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