Happy Monday, friends! Hope you all had a great weekend. I wanted to first thank you all for your sweet comments & congratulations on the last post, we are so excited about adding another baby girl to the family!! We appreciate all of your kind words so much, it means so much to us & we can’t thank you enough for all of your support & kindness on the blog over the years! 🙂
Eloise has moved from eating baby food purees to eating mostly all of the things we eat. I have found myself scrolling through old posts now that she is trying all sorts of new foods, trying to think of what Harper ate at this age & always looking for new things to make. So I wanted to share a few things that she is eating now, at 8.5 months with almost four teeth on top & three on bottom.
Although I have a major sweet tooth & could probably eat pancakes/french toast/cake for every meal, I do my best to limit the amount of sugar that the kids eat. Harper loves sweets too, but more than anything she likes fruit. She can eat an entire bowl of fruit mixed together, most mornings for breakfast she eats bananas, raspberries or strawberries, and blueberries, either with cereal or a waffle. I have been buying Kashi 7 grain frozen waffles for a few years now & we still love eating them almost every day. Eloise eats them for breakfast too, I was breaking them up for her into pieces but now I just give her a half of one & she will chew on it. It’s really messy, but she also loves bananas & raspberries for breakfast, or applesauce pouches. Harper is like a little puppy, she waits to see what’s left in the pouch after Eloise eats it & gets excited to eat the rest. I also give Eloise the little yums teething biscuits, they’re also really messy, but she really loves them, she eats the banana + pumpkin ones & they seem to really feel good on her teeth.
For lunch, we eat a lot of pasta or dinner leftovers, the girls love chicken nuggets & steam-in-a-bag veggies, and sometimes I make macaroni in a mug for them. We cut up sweet potatoes & bake them with a little olive oil & sea salt, they are always a huge hit. I also like to make chicken noodle soup on Sundays & they will eat it throughout the week. Everything in the soup is so tender that Eloise can eat all of it & doesn’t have to do much chewing at all. We’ve also given her scrambled eggs & she loved them! Our pediatrician mentioned they don’t worry about eggs/peanut butter under a year any more, but if you are concerned please be sure to check with your doctor first.
You can find a few of our other food posts here & here. And please be sure to share what your little ones are loving in the kitchen!
It’s a huge milestone for babies to be eating what we eat, it makes everything so much easier & is always fun to see them try new foods. Harper’s favorite snack is whole fruit bars, the strawberry & the lime ones are our favorites. I swear the lime ones almost taste like a margarita! 😉 Eloise loves to nibble on them & we get the best sour faces from her after each bite. And if it’s cold outside, Harper insists on wearing a hat while she eats her popsicle. Why? “Because it’s cold & I don’t wanna freeze my booty off!!”
As far as my crockpot carnitas went the other day, they were really good!! After looking at a few different recipes & using just what I had on hand, I trimmed a 2 lb. Boston butt roast & cut it into a few smaller pieces. I added it to the crockpot with 2 tbsp of vegetable oil & 1/2 tbsp of the following: chili powder, cumin, onion powder, cayenne pepper & salt. I coated the roast in the oil & mixture, then juiced an entire orange over the top of it all. I cooked it on low for 8 hours, then shredded it & squeezed some fresh lime over the top at the end. We just served it on tortilla shells with some white mexican cheese. It was so easy & really delicious, I can’t wait to make them again.
Best of all? The leftovers made amazing carnitas quesadillas!!! Although cooking them went a little something like this…
Me: (prepping) Ah these quesadillas are going to be so good!!
Me: (starting to cook them in the pan) I am so hungry. I can’t wait to eat these.
Harper: Mom! I have to go poop!!
Me: Ok I’m coming!!
Help her out of the baby gates so she can get into the bathroom. Run back to the kitchen.
Me: (cooking the quesadillas) These smell so good. And they look so good. And I am so ready to eat.
Harper: Mom!! I’m pooping AND MY LEG FELL IN THE TOILET!!!!!!!!!!!!
Me: (running into the bathroom to help) I’m coming! Don’t move!!
Quesadillas: We’re burning. We’re still burning. Annnnnd we’re burnt.