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DIY Moisture Proof Picnic Quilt

I’m sick of getting a wet butt every time I sit in the grass. You can buy waterproof blankets that are the same general idea as the one I made, but I just like making stuff myself! 😊

  • 42 X 62 reversible quilted fabric
  • 42 X 62″ plastic vynal – may need to cut a little off to fit
  • Scissors – good quality fabric ones make it really easy!
  • Wonder clips Bought on Amazon
  • Sewing machine. 
  • Patience 

First step, go to your fabric store and buy your fabric and plastic backing. I got reversible quilted fabric that was fluffy and cute, but you really could use anything!

Fold over the raw edge all the way around using wonder clips (or push pins) to secure the fabric.

Sew a nice edge. 

This is what mine looked like – not perfect.
This is the vynal plastic.

Lay the plastic on top of the back side of your quilt. Again use the wonder clips to make a nice folded edge. This will hold the plastic onto your blanket.

Sew down your fold. Make sure the needle is catching the plastic. 

It’s a little tricky to sew with plastic vynal. My vynal kept pulling out of the wonder clips and getting all crinkled up. I used a chair to support the blanket. As always, my project are trial and error.

This is the finished edge.

Perfect for picnics. The wet spring season. Morning, in the dew covered grass. You could even use the plastic side as a table cloth!

Paisley trying out the new quilt. She’s not a fan of itchy grass blades so she loves this idea!

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    You are my Sunshine Part 1

    I got lazy with my blog posts lately, aka more busy with “real” life. We have been visiting with the soon to be member of the Kemmerer family. Eclipse the horse. This is a dream come true for me, I’m a little more excited than the kids. 😍


    So my Twin girls are turning ONE next month. Wait what??? I seriously can’t believe it! Time to start the party planning! My theme is Sunshine and Lemonade. Colors are yellow, pink and purple. 


    Today I made a sweet sign to hang in the kids bedroom, and use for the party as well.

    I used some already cut old pallet boards and picked out some wood letters that fit on the boards. 

    I didn’t have another “P” so I put painters tape over that spot.

    I used white spray paint. Spray back and forth from about a foot away so you don’t spray the letters off the board. 

    Let dry outside then remove the letters. Since I was missing a “P” I had an extra step. I removed the tape, moved the “P” over, held a board over the already finished part and sprayed the new “p”.


    For the “make” sign I wanted to hand paint the letters white and leave the pellet board brown. First trace the letters.

    Then paint them in with white paint and a little paint brush.

    To hold my sign together I used scrap prices of pallet board. My husband was home from work so with a kiss I convinced him to drill and screw the sign together for me. 😊

    All finished! Cute for the kids’ room and party decor. 🎉

    I always let out happy squeals when I finish a project that I’m pleased with…tell me I’m not the only one that does this…

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    Burpy Bib Free Pattern & Tutorial

    This is a Mommy’s best friend. A burp cloth that fits nice on the curve of your neck, or around your baby’s neck as a bib! I came up with my own pattern and design trying to copy Aden + Anais Burpy Bib. Trying to save money by making my own! I’m still experimenting but I think I’ve come pretty close to the original, anyone that actually knows how to sew could do a better job than I did, I’m sure!

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    Mine top, theirs bottom.

    Here is my pattern. Download, print on 8×11 paper (I like card stock) and cut out the pattern. It’s pretty simple, you just need to tape the two pieces together. Lay the pattern on your fabric when you are ready to cut. You need to cut two pieces for the front and back. I used DOUBLE GAUZE (aka swaddle fabric, muslin), but you can really use anything. Flannel is really absorbent, I’ve used that for making bibs and it works well with a soft and fluffy backing. I did a pattern on the front and back this time, but in the future I would like to do a white back that way I can tell the difference between the clean side and the soiled side. 🙂

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    I don’t cut too close to my pattern as you can see.

    After you cut both pieces of the gauze, lay them right (print side) together.

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    Then cut a third piece for an absorbent inside. You could use terry cloth, minky, more muslin, flannel or basically any old fabric you have lying around the house. I even thought of using a waterproof baby diaper material, but I went with stay dri whicking fabric. It was my first time using this fabric, but so far I like it. It is very thin, and the idea is it holds the moisture so it keeps you and the baby dry, it’s often used for cloth diapers.

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    You now have three layers. Gauze right sides together, liner fabric on the top.

    Pin, or clip your three fabrics together so they don’t wiggle while you sew. I used wonder clips, but push pins work just as well.

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    Start sewing around your burpy bib, make sure you don’t get too close to the edges (I do this a lot) or you will have holes when you turn your fabric right side out. 1/4 inch seam allowance would be good. Leave a 2 inch space to turn your fabric right side out.

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    I have a habit of getting too close to the edge of my fabric – don’t follow my example.

    Cut notches around the edges of your fabric before turning right side out. Then you are ready to turn your burpy bib right side out. Just sew the 2 inch section shut and top stitch for a nice finishing touch and so your burpy bib holds up after lots and lots of use!

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    All that’s left is to add some type of closure to turn your burp cloth into a bib. You could use snaps right now the fabric, velcro, and 2 ribbons inserted in the seam to tie. I found this snap tape at Joanns so I figured I would try it out!

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    I cut my snap tape and sewed it on right at the seam on the burpy bib. I’m not sure if I did this part right, I think you are supposed to sew all the way around the snap so it doesn’t pull apart, but so far so good. Folding the snap tape over would have worked for sure, but they don’t give you enough space to do that and use a sewing machine. I may update this part of the tutorial if I find a better way to make this work. But like I said, there are many ways you can turn the burp cloth into a bib by adding buttons, snaps ribbon or velcro. As I said, I’m not a pro!

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    All finished! This was by far easier than the other bibs I’ve made in the past, no awkward sewing, I like the large cresant shape. I love that I don’t have to tote around a burp cloth and bibs like I have done previously. I just burp my baby then snap the bib around their neck just in case they spit up…or drool!

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    Paisley just loves the burpy bib, good thing cause she’s my spitter. 🙂

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    It looks a little big on her, but she is only an 11 pound (7 month old) baby. I know one think, it does what I made it to do, catch spit up!IMG_6105

    Let me know what you think, I’d love to see what other mommas come up with trying out the burpy bib. Please comment photos of your work!

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    Baby Bib Tutorial

    Feeling crafty and this beautiful brisk fall morning. I’ve got the wood stove going, and a hot cup of tea brewing. The baby is down for a nap so I’m free to make some baby bibs!

    These homemade cute, soft, absorbent baby bibs make excellent gifts. I believe these bibs are the only ones that really do the job! Tristan was never a spitter, but he drools like crazy!

    Don’t you hate it when you search all over the internet for a good pattern, you finally find one and you have to pay for the tutorial and the pattern! Well today is your lucky day! I created my own pattern, and it is yours FREE! I found it to be a good size bib for most babies.

    Baby Bib Pattern PDF Download. Print the pattern on card stock paper, cut it out and tape it together at the arrows.

    You also need your fabric supplies. I used Soft N Fluffy fabric for my bibs backing. Really these bibs are reversible, I just prefer having a design on the front.

    For the front I use various flannel 100% cotton fabric.

    You will also need:

    • Good quality fabric scissors
    • Sewing machine
    • Pins
    • Side walk chalk (optional)

    So you are ready to start. Fold your fabric just enough that your bib pattern fits, try not to waist your fabric. Lay your pattern on the fold of your fabric where it says “fold side”.

    IMG_4892You can use side walk chalk to mark your pattern before cutting. I find that takes too much tome so I just leave my pattern on and cut as close to it as I can. Either way works, if you use chalk to outline you might end up with a perfect cutout.

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    Cut fabric for front and back of your bib with the same pattern. Open your fabric and lay right sides together (the side that will show once you are all finished. Pin your two pieces together at a couple of different places.

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    Then you are ready to sew your bib together. I usually start on the bottom left corner. Sew pretty close to the edge, about 1/4 ” inch. Keep in mind when your getting close to your starting point leave about 3″ unsewed, for now. You need this space to turn your bib right side out.

    Once you turn the bib right side out, fold your fabric edges in at your 3″ opening. Top stitch over this part first and make your way around the whole bib. This makes your bib lay flat, gives it a more elegant look and also helps to hold the bib together longer.

    IMG_4762Now your all finished. Pretty simple huh? All you need to do is add velcro or snaps to the top of your bib to keep it on your baby’s neck. Yes I did just switch my fabric color to pink dots. 🙂

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    I prefer snaps because velcro is so rough on your baby’s delicate skin. I use the Babyville Snap Pliers for easy application. You will also need the snaps to use in the pliers.

    If you are not the crafty type or you just don’t feel like doing all the work, feel free to check out my Etsy site. I sell some of my baby bibs on there.

    Please feel free to ask questions or post pictures of a baby bib you made using this tutorial. Thanks!

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    TOMS: One for One

    I always get antsy by the end of the week. I need something exciting to hold me over till the weekend. So enjoy this little product review.

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    I have always had a heart for helping children in need. I love the idea of TOMS shoes. They are so incredibly cute, such an easy way to help a child/adult in need. In America we wear shoes for style, in other countries hardly anyone can afford shoes. Makes me feel a little guilty to be honest.

    I’ve gone to Haiti on mission trips a handful of times. None of the children I see wear shoes. Their feet get tough from walking bare foot all of the time. For the most part, not having shoes in a warm climate is not much of a problem. I wonder though if walking around bare foot helps to spread disease. At the very least, you are more likely to get cut on a piece of barbed wire (used on most houses in Haiti) if you don’t wear shoes.

    IMG_4814The one pair I got for Tristan is on sale right now. Ash Canvas Tiny TOMS. The ones pictured are Natural Burlap, They are the exact same thing as the Ash just different color. I got the Ash Canvas in the next size up (5T). They are true to size. Tristan wears a size 4T shoe, he is 9 months old. TOMS size 4T fits perfectly, a little room to grow I hope!

    IMG_4821They open up very wide to fit a little chunky foot inside. Probably my favorite pair of shoes I’ve worn on Tristan so far. Normally it is a struggle to get shoes on such chubby wiggly feet. TOMS shoes slide right on. As you can see, the top basically comes off. They have a really convenient velcro closure. I believe TOMS are meant to be worn without socks, but I’ve done it both ways. Note: there are shoe string holes but those are just for looks. 🙂

    Yes they are a little pricy, but you have to consider that you are really buying two pair of shoes, one goes to a child in need and one comes to your doorstep. Pretty good deal when you think of it that way!

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    If you do decide to order a pair of TOMS for yourself or your little one, feel free to use my referral code. 🙂 You save $20 and I get $20 towards my next order!

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    Natural Cold Remedies for Children

    I’m sitting here in my rocking chair watching my baby play with his toys. Tristan smiles as he shows me his toys so I can join in on his fun.  All the while he has snot running down from his nose, sneezing, coughing, and raspy breathing. It’s hard to concentrate on typing when you have a little cutie smiling at you every time you take your eyes off the computer screen. That’s a little back round on what I ‘deal’ with as I type.

    Today I want to share a couple home remedies for a sick kid. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do when your babies get sick. You can’t give them vitamin C & zinc or have them drink some Echinacea tea like you would do. However, if you are breastfeeding, eating a nutrient dense diet and taking some extra C and zinc would definitely help your little guy.

    First, pray. To be honest, it is something I often forget about. I jump right into doing things on my own to alleviate my child’s discomfort. In fact, I had to take a second to pray just now.

    Second. Start giving them lots of water! Another simple step that is often forgotten.

    Psalms 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

    One of my many passions is healthy eating and herbs. It never ceases to amaze me how God created our bodies to heal, naturally. Of course, because of sin’s curse we need to use traditional medicine once in a while. I like to do everything I can before going to the Dr.

    The information you will read here is not to be taken over a Drs recommendations. Please consult your Dr. if your child is very sick.

    Children’s Composition.

    Children’s Composition is a formula made from three simple ingredients. It’s used to fight colds, flu, congestion, stomach problems, fevers and diarrhea.

    How to make it:

    1. Put equal parts yarrow, elder flowers and peppermint in a mason jar.
    2. Cover the dried herbs with a 60% glycerin and 40% water mixture.
    3. Place the jar into a pot. Fill the pot about ½ way up the sides of the jar with water.
    4. Simmer the jars in the water for two to three hours.
    5. Strain the herbs out of the solution using cheese cloth. The resulting liquid should be put into a bottle with a tight fitting lid and stored in a cool, dark place. Make sure you label your glycerite so you don’t forget what it is.

    A good dose is ½ teaspoon 2x a day, more if they want it. If needed you can give as often as every 15 minutes or until the illness begins to subside.

    I use a dropper bottle to store my Children’s composition. Tristan loves it. He thinks it’s liquid candy. If you don’t have a dropper bottle on hand, store it in a glass jar. You can put it in the tip of a bottle nipple to give to a baby.

    Be ready for buckets of snot! Remember earlier I said Tristan was sneezing? Every time this kid sneezes stuff goes flying out of his nose. Essentially this is how children’s composition works. It helps the body eliminate sickness. If you catch it in time, you could avoid the sickness all together.

    The original ‘recipe’ can be found here.

    Baltic Amber Teething Necklace.

    Works like a charm.

    Teething necklaces are not just good for teething babies. I just ordered one for myself (back pain & overall health).

    “Amber is so effective due to it’s high content of succinic acid. Succinic Acid is a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. Amber has many immune boosting properties: It promotes longevity,enhances memory, alleviates stress, is therapeutic for people suffering from arthritis, asthma, kidney stones, and thyroid problems.”

    I’ve worn a Baltic amber necklace on Tristan since he was one month old. Maybe it’s all in my head, I honestly don’t know the science behind how these things work, but I believe they do.

    “Baltic amber is not a gemstone or mineral, Baltic Amber is a fossilized resin, not a stone. Baltic amber instead is fossilized tree sap”

    These necklaces look cute on boys and girls alike.

    Be sure to wear your babies’ teething necklace on his/her skin. The warmth of the body releases the beneficial properties of the necklace. The necklace is not meant to be chewed on, typically they are short in length. If you want to keep the benefits of the necklace going while your baby is sleeping just wrap it around their leg and put a sock over it.

    I have noticed every time I forget to put Tristan’s teething necklace on he seems a bit more grumpy. There’s a lot going on in his little body, anything I can do to help is worth it.

    I got Tristan’s necklace on etsy.com This shop.

    Chiropractor

    This is not a home remedy, but it’s very high up on my list of important things. I became familiar with chiropractic when I was 16. I started working at a Chiropractor’s office where I was the Dr. assistant.

    Our spine starts at the brain and goes down to your lower back. Nerves branch off from the spine that go to every organ in the body. You can see how if your back is out of whack your organs will be suffering too.

    Chiropractic adjustments are great for ear infections, headaches, head colds etc.

    We took Tristan to the Chiropractor when he was only a week old. I truly believe it is important. You can speak to your local Chiropractor more on the benefits of chiropractic care. This is a website my Chiropractor referred me to, she specialized is adjusting children.

    We typically go to our Chiropractor once a month. Once in a while when we go one of us will be battling a cold. You can just feel the pressure leave your body when the Dr. adjusts your neck. It’s simply amazing.

    Cod Liver Oil

    I am a distributer of Nordic Naturals. To my knowledge they sell the most pure fish oils that you can find. The one I use for Tristan you can find here. Once he’s a year old I’m going to get the Children’s DHA liquid. If your interested in purchasing some Cod Liver oil aka DHA liquid for your little one I can get you all set with that.

    Good fats support the immune system. Fatty acids like EPA and DHA reduce inflammation.

    I hear it’s great for kids with ear infections.

    Cod liver oil is a good fat which is important for proper brain health. Cod liver oil aids in digestion as well.

    I started feeding Tristan cold liver oil right from the beginning. I found the easiest way was to put it in a bottle nipple and let him suck on it. You can also use a dropper for this. If you start early enough they wont mind the taste at all.

    Elderberry Syrup

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    This is a MUST to keep on hand at all times!

    Autumn is the perfect time of year to make some elderberry syrup. Your whole house will smell of sugar and spice and everything nice! You really can’t go wrong with this recipe.

    ½ cup dried elder berries, or 1 cup fresh or frozen berries.

    IMG_4490I’ve got an elderberry bush growing in my flower garden. I hope to harvest my own elder berries in the next year or so.

    1 cinnamon stick, or 2 or 3.

    IMG_44935 cloves, or maybe more.

    1 Tablespoon ginger, freshly grated. If you don’t have any fresh ginger on hand ground ginger can be used instead. Use 1 teaspoon ground ginger.

    2 cups water

    1 cup honey, PLEASE NOTE it is not recommended to give honey to children under the age of one. I use beet sugar when I make it for Tristan. You could also try maple syrup or other natural sweeteners.

    Add all ingredients but honey. Bring to a boil then let simmer, cover and let sit to reduce liquid to ½, about 20 minutes.

    IMG_4497Strain. Add honey.

    Store in fridge for a couple of weeks.

    This is one home remedy your kids will be asking to take! This is one of the only natural remedies my husband will take when he is sick. Tastes great over pancakes with a little butter.

    Probiotic

    I get a powdered form of Raw LIVE probiotic from Garden Of Life. I am also a distributor of their supplements. I would HIGHLY recommend giving a probiotic to your children on a daily basis.

    Probiotics can help with thrush in babies, yeast infections and overall support a better immune system!

    Calendula Salve

    IMG_4486We all know what happens when our warm summer days turns to brisk fall mornings. Weather changes bring the cold/ flu season along with chapped lips, dry skin and for some kids, eczema.

    How to Make Calendula Salve:

    IMG_4454¼ cup dried calendula petals

    ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

    1/8 cup grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles

    10 drops lavender essential oil, or your favorite essential oil.

    You will also need:

    Cheesecloth, this can be found just about anywhere, I got mine at Wal-Mart in the craft section.

    Pot or Crock pot – you may want to invest in a cheep pot. I got one at the local thrift store; I use it for all of my herbal concoctions. Beeswax and oil is a pain to clean out of your nice pans.

    Spoon – again you might want to use a cheep one

    Measuring cups

    Rubber band

    1. Put the olive oil and calendula petals in a small pot on low heat for approximately three hours. I added comfrey leaf to mine for added skin benefits.IMG_4475
    2. Lay cheesecloth over the top of a mason jar and secure with a rubber band. SLOWLY pour the olive oil through the cheesecloth so the petals are caught on top and the oil goes through the cheesecloth and into the mason jar.IMG_4471
    3. Pour the strained oil back into the saucepan and turn the heat on low. Add the beeswax and stir occasionally until melted. Add the essential oil and stir to distribute.IMG_4481
    4. Pour into a clean container, leaving uncovered until completely cooled.IMG_4483
    5. Cap and label. This salve should last for a year. I like to store my remedies in 4 oz. mason jars with those white plastic reusable lids. (mine turned green, I might have burnt it. oops, still learning)

    The version I shared with you is the quick version. The long version is preferable to the quick version since it uses less heat which will keep more of the natural healing properties of the calendula flower in tact.

    The long version:

    IMG_4468Place dried calendula petals in a clean jar and pour the olive oil over petals. Close lid tightly and shake to blend. Allow to sit for one to two week until the oil turns a golden color.

    Strain and follow the same directions as the quick version above.

    Great for dry skin, eczema, rashes, chapped lips, cuts and scrapes, and minor burns.

    Here is the recipe I used as my guide.

    There are so many variations, and endless possibilities with making your own salves.

    Another salve I use all of the time is Eden Salve.

    Essential oils

    You have already heard a bit about essential oils reading my post thus far. I use essential oils in just about everything. You can also use them raw such as peppermint oil on your temples for headaches or lavender on the bottom of your babies’ feet to help him sleep.

    I get my essential oils from Doterra. I have a wholesale account with them. For more information please feel free to leave a comment, I’d be glad to answer any questions.

    I won’t get into essential oils much right now. Some day I will make a whole post on the uses and benefits of essential oils. Just make sure you do your research, some essential oils can be harmful, especially to babies and pregnant women.

    Vapor Rub

    IMG_4460¼ cup beeswax

    ½ cup coconut oil

    25 drops eucalyptus

    IMG_446310 drops tea tree

    5 drops peppermint

    Simply melt the oil and beeswax in a pan and then add the essential oils.

    IMG_4467Pour into metal tin(s) or a glass 4 oz mason jar. And that’s it!

    The salve will harden within 10-15 minutes. If you find it is too soft, like the consistency of an ointment, you can scoop it back into the pan, remelt it and add more beeswax. If it is too hard, remelt and add more oil. You could add more essential oil at this time as well.

    Earaches

    My husband, Ben used to be plagued by earaches when he was a child. I have not had to deal with earaches with Tristan yet, hopefully it stays that way. I do know that ear aches are a big concern for many moms out there. Hope this woman’s advice can help one of you out!

    Conclusion

    I made the calendula salve, and chest rub this morning, while writing a blog, taking care of a sick snotty baby with a little puppy nipping at my heals. I also managed to get a shower and stay in my pjs all day. I know many of you have way busier lives than mine. My point is these things are easy to make, and the benefits are amazing. It feels good to be a mommy Dr. for my family.

    I would say the hardest part to making your own herbal concoctions is finding the right ingredients.

    So where do I find all my herbs and other ingredients. Some herbs I actually grow in my herb garden. Most of them I buy here at mountain rose herbs or my favorite place is Bulk Herb Store. You can find lots of helpful information on both of these websites. I originally learned how to make salves and home remedies from Shoshana at Bulk Herb Store.

    I have to say, this was fun! It’s nice having all of my most used herbal remedies in one neat blog post. Even if no one else reads my post, I’ll certainly be back to follow my own recipes.

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    Yummy Fall Breakfast

    Homemade Oatmeal Cereal

    Ingredients

    1/2 cup old fashioned oats (aka 5 minute oats)

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    I roll my own oats from Oat groat. I buy my oat grout in bulk out in Lancaster, PA. I borrow my mom’s oat grinder to make my oats.

    Don’t have old fashioned oats? You can use any kind of oats, it just might take longer to cook depending on the kind of oats you use.

    1. Place oats in magic bullet (i used the coffee grinder blade), pulse for 15 to 30 seconds or until finely ground.IMG_4766
    2. Store the oat powder in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer or in a cool dark place for up to 3 months.

    Making the cereal

    1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of the ground oats (I had to double the recipe, Tristan is a big eater).
    2. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy.
    3. Add cinnamon, butter, salt and maple syrup to taste. 🙂 Seriously this stuff is good, Tristan never leaves any for me to finish though!

    One concern with making your own baby oatmeal is that it doesn’t contain iron. You can add pureed dates for added sweetener, but also dates are high in vitamin A and Iron.

    The hardest part about this baby oatmeal cereal is it takes FOREVER to cool down. Just be careful not to burn your babies mouth. Test it on your lips before giving to baby.

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    Tristan enjoys his breakfast using his boon spoon. I love the double sided spoon, rubber tipped on one side, metal on the other. The rubber side is flat which makes getting every last bite so much easier.

    Whole Grain Quinoa Baby Cereal

    1 cup whole quinoa (not ground into a powder) – again, I buy this bulk in Lancaster, PA

    2 cups water

    1. In a large pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
    2. Add 1 cup of quinoa
    3. Cover the pot, reduce heat and simmer approximately 15 minute or until liquid has been absorbed. Let stand for five minutes and then “fluff” a bit.
    4. You may add spices such as cinnamon, ginger and vanilla, and also fruits, veggies and/or other foods that are age appropriate for your baby.

    If your baby likes his food smooth, just throw the cooked quinoa in a blender and puree.

    Don’t stop there. Make quinoa for the whole family to enjoy! We add a little Bragg’s liquid aminos, butter and sesame seeds.