Pinterest

Hi, I am Danni and I am addicted to Pinterest!

That is all.

I love that there is a site where I can group all my ideas together in one big pinboard. Since I am the queen of lists Pinterest has enabled me to keep all my ideas together instead of making draft emails full of important web URLs.

Feel free to follow me.

xxx

Baby Food – Pears

So I finally got around to it, today I cooked up some pears for my little man.
I peeled, cored and chopped up the pears. Put them in a bowl with a cup of water, sprinkling of cinnamon and then covered the bowl with cling wrap.
After 2 minutes in our fancy new microwave (more on that later) the pears were perfectly cooked and they taste great!

MAP Coffee Machine

Before Charlie was born our ALDI coffee machine started to break. The frother stopped working but we could still get the machine to brew us a shot which we would add milk to. Until it decided that enough was enough and fully packed it in. Marty and I love our real espresso coffee so this was a very dark, sad day for us and began the search for a replacement machine.

Since we are both coffee snobs we knew that replacing our machine was not going to be an easy task. We were hesitant to go down the coffee pod direction but after trying a Nespresso coffee we were pleasantly surprised but not sold, the flavour wasn’t quite what we were after. We didn’t like that Nespresso pods were difficult to buy. It annoyed us just thinking about not having the option to just duck down the road to pick up some more pods. Then our good friend Kate introduced us to the MAP pod system.

Straight away I loved the look of the machine. Super cute, funky and neat. After researching MAP coffee we found that heaps of people preferred the taste of MAP over the Nespresso pods. What sold me was the fact that we can buy the pods locally from a store. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE LOVE LOVE internet shopping but if I have friends over and we are running low on coffee pods internet shopping really doesn’t help. I am impatient and the fear of running out of coffee and having to WAIT for snail mail to deliver my coffee stresses me out 😉
Another selling point was that they sell hot chocolate and decaf pods.

MAP hot chocolate is BLISS!
They have the chocolate to milk ratio perfected. Never again will we be disappointed in the flavour of our hot chocolate because it is just perfect every single time!

The decaf pods allow me the option of an espresso coffee without regret. I am currently breastfeeding so if I risk a proper caffeinated coffee I have to deal with the overtired, fussy baby aftermath. I enjoy the decaf pods and if I’m feeling a bit indulgent I pop a chocolate pod through and treat myself to a mocha.

So the other day we welcomed our little MAP Coffee Machine into our lives. We got a great deal on the machine and the cute little silver milk frother that you see in this photo. Now deciding on what to drink takes longer than actually making the drink. I just put my milk in the frother and press start. Place my mug under the machine, select the pod I want to use, drop it in the hole, lover the lever and press the short or long coffee button. Then seconds later hot espresso is in my mug. Once the milk is ready (it takes 90 seconds) I pour it over my espresso and I’m done. Cleaning up is super quick and easy, every now and then you just flush the machine with water and empty the waste container. Obviously you have to clean the milk frother after you have used it.

No more worrying about milk temperature, grinding coffee beans to order, packing the filter and scraping the used ground beans out. This means more time to spend with my boy and more time to relax. WIN!

Egg Yolk Custard

The other day I accepted my personal challenge and made egg yolk custard from scratch. No powder, just an awesome recipe from my Woman’s Weekly Fresh food for babies and toddlers cookbook. I truly recommend buying this cookbook, there are so many very tasty recipes suitable for the entire family.

Egg Yolk Custard
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Makes: 3/4 cup

Ingredients:
2/3 cup (160ml) Milk (I used light A2)
pinch ground cinnamon
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons white sugar (I used raw caster sugar)
1 teaspoon cornflour

Directions:
1. Bring milk and cinnamon to a boil in a small saucepan; remove from heat.
2. Whisk yolk, sugar and cornflour in a small bowl until combined.
3. Pour milk mixture over yolk mixture whisking continuously until combined.
4. Return mixture to same pan; cook, stirring over low heat, until mixture just boils and thickens. Remove from heat; cover surface of custard with plastic wrap.

Cool to room temperature.

The first photo is of my Charlie Bear enjoying his custard and the second is from when there was none left.
Definitely a winner in our house.

The toddler loved it too.

xxx

Baby Food

After a couple of discussions with friends and quite a few yummy baby food pouches I have decided that it is time to bite the bullet and start making my own baby food again. I loved making baby food for Jake and in the most part he loved eating it. I found making purees so much fun with my Breville Mini Wizz, until Jake decided that baby led weaning was more his thing.

Today I am going to cook up some pear. I know my little man loves the Rafferty’s garden pear, apple and cinnamon pouch lets just hope he loves mine too. While I am at it I might try my hand at making an egg yolk custard. Having never made custard before I am interested to see how it turns out and whether I can make a yummy smooth custard from scratch, no custard powder just a recipe from my Women’s Weekly ‘Fresh food for Babies & Toddlers’ cookbook.

If you are looking for a cookbook for baby food I can definitely recommend the Fresh food for Babies & Toddlers one. You can buy it online, in some supermarkets and in some good newsagents. My copy was given to me as a baby shower present from my sister. ❤

I’ll let you know how I go.

🙂

Curash Cornstarch Anti-Rash Baby Powder

When I was pregnant with my first son I was the online research queen!

I decided to find out everything I could about baby products. So well before my son was born I had read all about the evils of talc (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/samuel-s-epstein/talcum-powder-the-hidden_b_279523.html). Armed with scary information we decided that we would not use talc based powder on our baby’s bottom. When everyone gave us baby powder we said thank you and not wanting it to be wasted we then passed it on to friends who wanted to use it. We kept a bottle of Curash Anti-Rash Baby Powder because it said cornstarch on it. 

Not 100% comfortable using the ‘cornstarch’ Anti-Rash baby powder it sat un-opened on the bookshelf. Today I got the powder down and was examining the packaging, I’ve never actually examined it before, when I noticed that it said ‘with cornstarch’ but there was no mention of talc on the bottle. So I jumped onto the Curash website and found the product in question, Curash Anti-Rash Baby Powder ‘with cornstarch’. After following a few links I finally found the ingredients list which lists zinc oxide, Talc, maize starch and perfume. Sneaky isn’t it. I was so annoyed and disappointed that a company could lead parents to believe that their product is safer than it in fact is. Yes it does not say ‘talc free’ but it does make it hard to make informed decisions. 

Naturally I am glad that I have never used it on my babies’ bottoms.

TIP: If you have baby powder laying around you can use if to remove sticky sand from your little ones skin. We dust our cheeky toddler down with it before he comes in side covered in sand. Then we take him straight into the bathroom and clean him up.

My friend Kirsty shared another cool powder trick with me today. Messy, sticky pasta and rice can be easily swept up after sprinkling powder on them. One of the cool tips she learnt in childcare. Thanks Kirsty 🙂

Half Birthday

I know that some celebrate their little ones half birthday with half a cake, do you?

We don’t. We gave both our bubba’s a kiss and said happy 6th months. 🙂
On Saturday it was little Charlie Bear’s half birthday. We can’t believe that he is 6 months old already! That 6 months sure did fly by. It is so lovely to see him reaching and really trying to reach his new milestones.

I can’t wait until he can crawl and play more with his big brother. The bond they share is just so beautiful to watch.

Happy Half Birthday Beautiful Boy =D