Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Baby Food 101

Food everywhere and upside down spoon

I'm sure some of you roll your eyes when you hear someone say "I make my own baby food."  Well before I give you a quick tutorial on how to prepare baby food let me give you my reasons.

1. It actually taste like real food. Have you tried baby food? Some of them taste just like they should but most DO NOT.  Would you want to eat a chicken that didn't taste like chicken? Didn't think so.

2. No preservatives and totally fresh.  The shelf life on some of that food makes me wonder if my baby is eating a 4 month old banana.

3. Super quick and easy. When I tell you it takes me less than 30 minutes to make 2 weeks worth of food- I'm not kidding.

4. When my pediatrician asked me if I was making my own food she was very pleased!  She mentioned that she preferred home made vs store bought when it came to introducing meats.

Step 1: Wash and Peel your fruit or veggie! In some cases, as in apples, you will also have to core or remove seeds.

Step 2: Boil or Steam. I try to steam most however sweet potatoes or anything really dense definitely get boiled!

Step 3: Add in your fruit/veggie to food processor/blender. Slowly add in water. I usually add in 1/3 of the amount of water at a time I'd like to add just so I don't accidentally make it too runny.

Step 4: Freeze or Store.  If you plan on freezing I suggest using ice cube trays.  I currently have the baby blender system and it comes with a 6 slot freezing tray with a cover. I love the cover part. I have seen other retailers selling similar trays so don't worry you aren't forced to get the baby bullet one.  After your food is frozen, move cubes to labeled freezer bag and keep for a max of 3 months. If you decide to refrigerate remember that most food is only good for 2-3 days so don't refrigerate too much.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

On Electing Leaders

When you think of a leader, what do you think of? I can not express to you how important it is to be "in charge". Whether you are in charge of a baking club, PTA, sports team, business, city, state, nation- the job should NEVER be taken lightly.  A leader should know how to wear many hats. They should know that their behavior reflects many other people. They should know that what they choose to tolerate sets up a culture. They should also know that the people they surround themselves with will also set a tone and these people should be trustworthy. When you choose someone to lead you- you must have the utmost faith, trust, and confidence that this person is willing to perform, represent you, and make SMART decisions.

I constantly say "it doesn't matter what anybody else thinks of you, as long as you are happy and you know you are doing the RIGHT thing"- in the world of leadership that saying isn't 100% true. In order to be an effective leader, you have to make sure that you are always leading by example. If someone doesn't agree with a policy you have in place you must look within and see if you have ineffectively communicated and express the importance of said policy. You may find that you have made a mistake. As far as mistakes go, it is okay to make them- SOMETIMES.  As a leader, you have to be on top of it. Remember, you are on a stage and failing in front of your peers is ungraceful and hard to shake.  This is why it is extremely important to have a solid support group surrounding you. These people should be strong where the leader is weak, not afraid to take action and advise you against ill footing.  I'm not saying it isn't okay to take risks because taking risks are part of the job but don't take a risk without being prepared for repercussions.

At this point, I am sure you are wondering where this is all coming from. Well, the presidential election has me on my soap box.  We are America. We hold a very high place on this planet. We deserve a leader who is professional, smart, has a great team, and is capable of representing America in a good light.  Unfortunately, I can not say with confidence that we have a good leader among any of our presidential candidates.

America, we need a miracle.