Monday, February 21, 2011

mushy rants.

A little bit about me.

I am working on, but used to be, an all-or-nothing kind of gal.  As in, I wouldn't start a project unless I could really do it ALL right, have ALL the right tools, and focus on it and nothing else.  This, of course, in unrealistic.  Even when I didn't have kids, it was difficult to fully complete any project with these kind of parameters.  The main issue with this all-or-nothing nonsense is that I would rarely start projects I wanted to do because of not being able to fully commit.  A good example would be organic foods.  I would rarely buy the organic beans because I wasn't buying the organic eggs.  If I wasn't buying everything organic, I wouldn't buy even one item organic.  A change in my thinking was necessary.

I've been making a real effort in changing my ways.  Starting projects knowing that it might not be 100% perfect.  Buying the organic milk and not the organic oranges.  Hanging that picture frame, but not that one.  Trying cloth diapers without buying the whole supply first.  Learning & discovering what works first, before throwing all my time and money at it just to see it fail.

Which is why I recently researched organic foods and the importance of them in our family's diet.  Turns out, they're pretty important.  Keep in mind, I am one of those people that will say "I grew up drinking/eating/wearing/doing it this way, and I turned out fine."  But, there is a reason organic is making a comeback, and it's time I find out why.  When I googled the "most important foods to buy organic" I was not surprized, but motivated to find out more.  I strongly encourage anyone questioning the organic lifestyle to do this.

One of the top seven items was baby food.  BABY FOOD.  I have a baby (duh.)  And I feed him baby food. (double duh.)  Darn it all.  So, I'm starting a new project.  I also am well aware that it may fail, that I may not have time to do it all the time, and that it may be way more work than anticipated.  But, I'm gonna go for it.  I'm going to make my own baby food.

It looks easy.  I already have a glass blender to mush it up.  I have ice cube trays to store it.  And I have glass containers to thaw and serve.  I just pick and choose what organic veggies and fruits I want to mix and mush together, and spoon them into baby d's cute, tiny, toothless mouth.  And it's CHEAP!  I will be saving a noticeable amount of money and reducing the waste that comes with store-bought baby food.  No plastic containers (which I do recycle, but still).  No foil wrapper to keep it from spoiling.  No cardboard labels to toss in the trash.  Just my same appliances and bowls that I will use over and over again.

This photo, copyright and courtesy of Nicole at Nicole Barczak Photography,
captures the beauty of homemade baby food in all its glorious (and healthy) real colors.

I'm pretty excited to see how this turns out.  The only thing to do now is go buy the food. 

Avacados (did you know they are a fruit?) and sweet potatoes, prepare to be mushed.


  1. Good for you and good luck to you!

  2. I'm glad you're doing this. If given the choice, organic has to be better 10 out of 10 times. A friend of mine here made her own baby food like this and it looked pretty easy. She had all different kinds of 'ice cubes' of food she had pureed (is that how you spell that??) then she would just put a couple of cubes on the baby's plate to melt and for him to eat. Healthy AND Fun - good luck ;)