Something about having a child really makes me want to amp up the family traditions. Since this is our first Christmas with a wee one in the house, my husband and I were inspired to actually decorate and do the whole tree thing for the first time. We are also excited to begin our own family traditions incorporating ideas from our own childhoods with new rituals for our family unit of three (plus fat, orange cat).
Our Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas post was a hit, so I decided to do a similar post for the December Holiday Season. Once again, I found recipes that are either gluten-free or easily adapted to become gluten-free and the few recipes that include refined sugar/vegetable oil can be made by substituting coconut sugar/coconut oil. Several of these recipes are on our Christmas Menu! Bon appétit and Happy Holiday Meal Planning!
We had a fabulous Thanksgiving with family! We are fortunate to have a lot of immediate family in the area, so we avoid the craziness of holiday travel. We spent the day at our mother's house eating, talking, playing withe the kiddos, and relaxing. We all prepped several of the dishes in advance so it wasn't mass chaos in the kitchen with three chefs. We thought we would share our menu and a glimpse into the day.
This week, to kick off your holiday shopping, we are giving away a basket of hand made products from The Holistic Mama AND a holiday gift set from Just So. The basket fromThe Holistic Mama includes a Renewing Facial Serum, Oil Cleanser, Body Butter, Body Mist, and a Lip balm. All of these products are hand made in small batches with Organic ingredients. The holiday gift set from Just So includes a Healing Blend Lip Balm, 3 Luxury Soap samples, and 1 Shea Cream sample. The products from Just So are also natural, chemical free products.
We have had all kinds of fun introducing solid foods to Baby C, as exploring food for health, cooking, and food culture is a huge part of our family life. As I mentioned in my "Little Foodie Favorites" post, she began showing a real interest in our food around five months. At first, we started offering small tasting sizes which eventually led to three full solid meals a day in addition to nursing.
Incorporating solid foods into your baby's diet is exciting but can also be frustrating to know where and how to begin. This post kicks off a new series where I will offer a tips and recipes for wee ones. We still have a lot of fun food experiences ahead of us, but here is some of what I have learned so far...
For this week's The Kids Cook Monday post, I created quick & easy meatless dish. It doesn't get much simpler than a vegetarian stir-fry. I wanted to give the dish a fall flair by adding one of my favorite fall veggies, the Brussels sprout. Not only are Brussels sprouts yummy, but they also contain cancer-fighting components, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, and folate...