When I recently discovered MealBaby and wrote about it for the first edition of yoyobelly I was thrilled. Food really is one of the best things you can give a new mum. To whit, two friends recently had babies, Nher third, H her second.
For N we used MailBaby. The meal registry really did make things easier. The registrants got an email asking them to sign up for a day and choose a meal. We could see what others were bringing – it really did up the competitive factor – plus it meant N didn’t get four spaghetti dinners. Her address, contact info and likes and dislikes were all laid out. N got an email each day saying who was bringing what, and we got reminder emails that we’d promised a meal too. It meant P, who arranged it all, just spent about 20 minutes organizing the info and hey presto, it was done.
For H her friend C arranged everything. Because I recently had to go without my computer for a few weeks while it was in the shop some of the emails went AWOL. I had to ask her twice to send their likes and dislikes, plus I didn’t have their address or phone # and the dates were all up in the air. I’m guessing organizing it has taken C a lot more time and backing and forthing with people.
The thing is, when you already have kids, it’s actually quite hard to make a meal for another family in the sense of finding time to make it, to take it by etc. So anything that makes that easier has got to be good.
MealBaby probably had added appeal to me because I suggest a “food shower” in Healthy Mum, Happy Baby, so I’m already on that train anyhow. Plus I’m all for anything that saves time.
Now if they could just combine MealBaby’s registry with SpringPad’s organizational and menu tools that would be something special!
We thought it would be colour appropriate to go strawberry picking today. We were tempted by more festive celebrations, but after seeing how mellow (& sleepy) the girls were after we visited the UBC Farm yesterday morning (an aside – we highly recommend the Saturday morning market to all parents, bring a picnic and stake out one of their table, and bring lettuce for the chickens.) we thought another agricultural outing might be more fun, and guarantee good napping.
We met my Dad and the girls went for it. M preferred filling her bucket from strawberries my Dad had already picked over picking her own. Lucy was in her own private strawberry heaven – eating them, squishing them in her fingers, and stomping on them…who knows how much dirt and pesticides she ingested, but I’m hoping the whole picking locally thing will mean they’re not as bad as strawberries from farther afield. Plus M, who’s not previously been a strawberry fan, now says she loves them, which gives credence to the whole theory behind getting your kids involved in growing their own food!
Our berry picking tips for going with the very young include making sure you have a ratio of one adult per child, don’t plan to stay for more than 45 minutes or an hour, make sure everyone has their own basket for picking, bring lots of wet naps, sunscreen, sun hats and refreshing beverages.
If it wasn’t for yoyomama I wouldn’t be tracking all the goings on in town as much as I am, so it’s a great offshoot of the site that we’re exploring our city more than ever.
Urbanmommies is a great local site by mums and for mums with loads of info on health, fitness, what’s happening and how and where mums can get support. This month they’re running a contest to win one of five Breastfeeding Bundles.
The bundle includes Healthy Mum, Happy Baby, Nipple Cream from Bug & Pickle and a Parent Posture DVD which I’m itching to get my hands on, my posture not being what it could. All the details on are their site.
And speaking of local resources don’t forget yoyomama (if you sign up in June you could win Bug & Pickle’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash & Baby Lotion – are you seeing a B&P theme here at all?).
Here’s another tip to make cooking quicker – that’s the rub of writing a cookbook, the recipes keep evolving as you do, but in the book they’re stuck in time.
Anyhow, I read this idea in Nutrition Action Magazine. Rather than spending time doing all the peeling, washing, baking, scooping and pureeing needed for Garlic Ginger Sweet Potato Soup (p. 158 of “the book”) buy your sweet potatoes pureed already. This will cut down a lot on the prep time & cooking time for this recipe. The recipe calls for six large sweet potatoes, I’d substitute about three 15 oz cans of puree.
Granted, you still need to roast the garlic and ginger, but that’s a snap compared to roasting (and pureeing) the potatoes.
Farmer’s Market Organic purees are great, and there’s no sugar added etc. I use their pumpkin puree for these great muffins from O Magazine (that aren’t the fastest muffins to make, but are super tasty): Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins