Category Archives: food

baby led weaning vs. traditional feeding

My kid does both. When anyone over the age of 50 is around, we feed her oatmeal and purees with a spoon. She’s cool with it, mostly because she wants to play with the spoons.


Oatmeal is yummy

She only does it for the spoon


But when it’s just us at home, I hand her a piece of fruit to gnaw on.

Eating some apple

41/50: unpack the kitchen boxes

I did most of the food and small appliances when the cabinets went in, so now I just need to do the dishes, pots, pans, and cleaning supplies. Other than the boxes, I have some random kitchen items stashed here and there throughout the house that I’d like to put away. Like all the ones in my bedroom. Since the handles are on the cabinets now, this will be a lot easier. Before I had to squat to the floor to pull the doors open from the bottom, and let me tell you what a joy that was at 8 months pregnant!

28/50: purge the pantry

This is pretty easy because the pantry was emptied for the kitchen remodel. However, some stuff has gone past its expiration date so it needs to be tossed. I’d also like to reorganize these drawers more carefully than I had them before. I know it was hard to see the canned goods shelf in the original setup because it was in the top drawer. Now that we’ve moved these pantries 2″ higher, it’s even harder to read the can labels. So I want to change that. Maybe I should put all the junk food up there!


Update: Done!


Apparently we have 4 jars of peanutbutter… hmm…

25/50: cook something in the crockpot

I still don’t have an oven, and I might not have one when the baby gets here, either. So I need to figure out how to use this thing. I think I made beans in it once, like 3 years ago, and I used it to keep soup hot one winter. But actually cooking in it? No idea.


Here’s the recipe I want to make:
Chicken Enchilada Slow Cooker Stew

I’m going to add squash, zucchini, black beans, extra chicken broth, and taco seasoning. It has to cook for 6 hours so I’d better get on it!


Here is my spice “drawer”:

Reno cooking: finding the spices


And here is my Crockpot, making this stew:

Reno cooking: crock pot in action


Now to figure out what to do with the rest of these squash and zucchini…

24/50: restock the fridge with health food & cook

That’s right, health food. I want lots of fruits, veggies, and rice. I have a rice cooker so I don’t need the range for that (it’s still not in place). Honestly I am just sick of eating out, and lately I’m having a serious salt aversion which rules out most convenience items. So I have to start cooking simple foods at home again. Hopefully I can figure this out!


I made steamed veggies and rice in the rice cooker. :D !


Check it out:

Reno cooking: the rice maker in action

Reno-reality people. It ain’t always pretty!

baby shower!

Yesterday I had my luau themed baby shower. I didn’t get many pictures because Adam videotaped most of it, but here’s what I got with my camera before I accidentally left it on the hood of someone’s car for 3 hours. (I’m pulling the pregnancy brain card for this one.)


Here’s the food! Check out the watermelon cut too look like a pram!

Baby shower 1

This pina colada cake was amazing. I seriously could have eaten the whole thing!
Baby shower 2

Everyone had on leis and all the men wore hawaiian shirts.
Baby shower 3

This is an action shot of the adult hula hoop contest, which I refused to compete in!
Baby shower 4


After the hula hoops, we had a spear throwing competition. But I did compete in that, and I set my camera down to do it. So by the time I remembered to get a shot of us, the party was over and it was pitch black outside! Oops.


Baby shower 5

I think it’s pretty obvious from our faces, but we had a blast! Thanks so much to everyone who came and especially to Joy, who hosted with her 8 month old in tow! You’re crazy lady, but you pulled it off!

31 weeks!

So here’s my obligatory bump picture.

31 weeks!


I am officially busting out of my maternity clothes, which sucks because I finally found some pieces I love. This whole outfit is from the Gap. I love me some Gap. (And Baby Gap!! Guh!)


Speaking of weight gain, I’m now 149.4lbs. That’s 21.4lbs gained, which would worry me except that I already got my 3-hour GTT results back. No diabetes! Dr. Feld said I passed with flying colors. Which means it was ok to have those 2 cheese enchiladas, rice, beans, chips, salsa, and flan right after the test was over. Not that I would have regretted it one way or the other because, let’s be real, I don’t have food guilt. Ever. If I did, I probably wouldn’t be 10lbs shy of my husband right now!

lean cuisine

I love and crave Lean Cuisine’s Butternut Squash Ravioli. It’s 260 calories and takes 4:30 in the microwave. And it counts as 2 servings of vegetables, which I’ve been lax on lately.

This is the best snack/light meal ever. The veggies are crunchy and the squash filling is perfectly creamy, and a liiittle sweet. It tastes like something from a posh restaurant rather than a zapper. Highly recommend trying this one out. I’m going to eat one right now!