Tag Archives: baby led weaning

Back in Business!

Standard

We’re back!

  

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I posted last! 😳 The Lamb has definitely been keeping me busy! But we’re back, and I’m determined to get through the remaining days to complete the 100 Happy Days Challenge with no more breaks! So apologies for the small interlude…

… And a quick update on the general happenings whilst we’ve been offline…

  • The Lamb is cutting her 5th and 6th teeth; we’ve started to notice a pattern when she cuts teeth- she gets more sleepy and drinks less milk.
  • Sing and sign classes have finished and although we enjoyed them, we’ve decided not to do the next term. I’m sure a lot of parents find the classes great and educational, but I kept forgetting to do the signs at home! So there was no chance of The Lamb recognising any signs as I was never doing them! 
  • We’ve signed up to swimming lessons and are due to start in April. We’re also trying out Music, Rhythm and Rhyme and Messy Play this week! 😁
  • I’ve got a new job (kinda) but I’m not back at work yet. I’ll be returning at the end of June to the same company, but will be working 3 days a week in the Customer Services department! 😁 meaning I get a full 4 days a week with my baba! 
  • The Lamb is pulling herself up on furniture and sofa surfing, we’ve mastered waving but not yet clapping!
  • The Lamb is even MORE vocal nowadays; she can say mama, dada, baba, granda (grandad), gamma (grandma), woof, moo, hello and bye bye.
  • I’ve been baking… Loads! (More baby friendly recipes to come! πŸ˜‰)
  • After a brief interlude (there’s been lots of interludes recently!) I’m still progressing well with running and the inches are slowly coming away.
  • The Lamb is on 3 meals a day plus snacks and is down to two naps a day.
  • We had Lambs 9-10 month health check; she’s developing perfectly and excelling particularly in her development of fine motor skills (HV believes this is linked to baby led weaning!) πŸ‘

Stay tuned for the return of 100 Happy Days! 

Pizza Pinwheels!

Standard
Makes a delicious lunch or snack. You can play around with the ingredients to your hearts content! 
Try different cheeses, different veg and different meats to keep baby interested πŸ™‚
Makes 12 pinwheels and costs around 25p per pinwheel!
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Ingredients: 
320g rolled puff pastry chopped tomatoes
20-30g grated cheddar
3-4 slices of ham or thin chicken
1/2 white onion
1 small carrot
4 large mushrooms
50g broccoli
Tbsp tomato purΓ©e 
Tsp pepper
Method:
1. Finely chop the onion, mushroom and broccoli. Peel the carrot and grate strips off the carrot.
2. Add onions to a pan with oil and cook over a medium-high heat for 2 mins. Stir regularly.
3. Add the mushrooms to the pan, cook for a further minute.
4. Add the broccoli and the strips of carrot to the pan and cook for a further minute.
5. Add the chopped tomatoes and tsp pepper and stir.
6. Reduce heat to low-medium and add the tbsp of puree. Cook for 2 minutes.
7. Roll out the puff pastry to 3mm thickness into a rectangle. (I like to buy pre-rolled just too puffy pastry!)
8. Spread the sauce onto the puff pastry leaving about an inch gap around the sides.
9. Sprinkle on the cheddar and rip and sprinkle on the meat if using.
10. Roll the pastry as tightly as possible from the short end- this takes practice! Don’t worry if they don’t come out perfect they will still taste delicious!- and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
11. Preheat the oven to 180c and line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
12. With a very sharp knife cut the roll into 12 pieces and lie on the baking tray.
13. Beat the egg and brush over the pinwheels, then sprinkle over some oregano.
14. Cook for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and puffy! 

Feta & Sun-Dried Tomato Muffins

Standard
Makes 12 muffins and costs around 35p per muffin.

Ingredients:

250g plain flour 
80g grated cheddar 
40g crumbled feta 
50g unsalted butter 
250ml milk 

5 sun-dried tomatoes roughly chopped 
1 egg 
3 1/2 tsp baking powder 

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180c and line a muffin tin with cases.
2. Sieve the flour and the baking powder together in a large bowl.
3. Rub the butter into the flour.
4. Whisk the egg and milk together in a jug and add to the flour and butter.
5. Stir until combined- mixture will be sticky!!
6. Add the tomatoes and the cheeses and stir well.
7. Spoon mixture into cases and bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
8. Leave in tray to cool slightly before removing to cool on a wire rack.

Will freeze for up to a month πŸ™‚ 


Sugar-Free Strawberry and Yogurt Cookies!

Standard

I’m quite proud of this recipe! The banana, again, is used in place of sugar and actually works quite well!

The cookies have an oaty constitency and are soft to the bite so are perfect for babies who are struggling with tougher foods or who are teething.

ο»Ώο»Ώ
Makes 20
Ingredients:

120g oats
8 strawberries
1/2 banana
8 tablespoons greek yoghurt
Tsp baking powder
Tsp vanilla 
Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180c and line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
2. Finely chop the strawberries and the banana.
3. Mix the strawberries and bananas with the vanilla and the yoghurt.
4. Add the baking powder and the oats and stir throughly.
5. Spoon about a tablespoon sized lump of mixture onto the tray and arrange and flatten into a cookie shape.
6. Bake at 180 for 15-20 mins until circumference is slightly golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
Will freeze for up to a month πŸ™‚ 
ο»Ώο»Ώ

Omlette Muffins!

Standard
I LOVE these little golden beauties! We’re big egg fans in the Woodhouse-house and these will certainly satisfy your appetite if you having a craving of the eggy kind! 
You can fill these with almost anything, peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, broccoli, ham, bacon, cheddar, feta… Need I go on?
Makes 8 

Makes 8 
Ingredients:

4 eggs
250ml milk
1/2 white onion
30g cheese
8-10 cherry tomatoes
Large slice of ham

Tsp pepper
Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180c.
2. Finely chop the onion and roughly chop the cherry tomatoes.
3. Cook in a pan with oil until onions are browned and tomatoes are caramelised.
4. Slice the ham up into 1 cm pieces.
5. Beat the eggs together in a large bowl, add the milk, grated cheese and tsp pepper.
6. Fill muffin cases 1/2-3/4 full with the egg mixture.
7. Spoon ham, tomatoes and onions into the cases.
8. Bake for 20-25mins under golden and a tooth pick comes out clean.

Cheese & Red Pepper Flapjacks

Standard

These flapjacks are so scrummy! They are incredibly moreish and babies and adults will love them alike! A delicious compliment to lunch or a tasty snack, they are sugar free and therefore great for everyone from babies to adults, especially diabetics and dieters! 

ο»Ώο»Ώ

Makes 12 and costs around 30p per flapjack! 


Ingredients:
150g oats 
100g unsalted butter 
100g grated cheddar cheese 
4 sun dried tomatoes (omit if you want to reduce salt content)
2 large eggs 
1/2 red pepper 
1/2 white onion 
Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180c and line a 25cmx25cm tin with baking paper.
2. Finely chop the onion and roughly chop the pepper. 
3. Roughly chop the sundried tomatoes and set to one side for later.
4. Cook the onion and pepper in a pan with oil until onions are brown and pepper is soft and set to one side.
5. Melt the butter in the pan, beat the eggs together in a jug. Add all the ingredients to the pan and stir through for approx a minute.
6. Put the mixture in the tin and flatten down.
7. Cook for 20-25mins until golden brown.
8. Allow to cool in the tin slightly before cutting into 12 pieces.
ο»Ώο»Ώ