Making your own baby food is so much simpler then most people would think. Sometimes it's as simple as thinking outside the box (literally)! You don't need a fancy baby-themed food steamer/puree-er. You just need a food processor or blender, maybe a few pots and your stove. Sometimes you even need less then that.
Below we will outline four of the ways in which we save on baby food, and we show you the cost difference between buying them in the store and making them yourself.
I am obsessed with Pumpkin, and this is one of my favorite ways to use it. Because really, what product would not be improved by slathering pumpkin on it? It's rich and creamy and basically gives me the excuse to eat pumpkin pie on toast.
So I had been seeing a lot of amazing stuff on the internet about bleaching designs onto fabric using a bleach pen. I looked and looked and finally decided to free hand it. I have been obsessed with peacock feathers, so I looked at some pictures online, came up with a quick design and started the project.
I have been making tons of those fantastic crocheted cowl scarves that are so trendy right now. I think I must have six of them for myself, with another two made as gifts! My daughter was enthralled with some of the gorgeous fluffy white yarn I bought for myself, so I figured I would whip her up her own trendy cowl scarf with the leftover yarn from my own. The yarn was so cozy I thought it would be perfect for a cold winter evening.
Here is the awesome tutorial from Jess at The Macs:
Without further ado: Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup!
Pesto is such an easy food to make homemade, and it is much cheaper than the stuff in the store. I can also adjust the amount of oil and nuts and make it a tiny bit “healthier” or at least lower-calorie.
Most pesto recipes are similar, but mine is a little unique because: I use water in addition to oil, it’s a little bit creamier and we use walnuts instead of pine nuts (they are much cheaper and my husband’s family has pine nut allergies).
Playgroup at the parkIn this instance my four year old daughter had playgroup and we were meeting at a local park. I wanted to be warm and look reasonably good, but still be able to play in the leaves and quite possibly get dirty.
Homemade Peanut Butter
For our first recipe, here's one of the fastest, simplest dessert dips you can make. Super healthy, and everyone will love when you bring this to a party!
Easy Fruit dip:
I would love to say that my top 5 ingredients are gourmet or organic, but the reality is I need quick meals that taste great and ingredients that won’t go bad quickly. I have many spices and other ingredients that I depend on, but here are my top 5.
We are Hilary and Jessica. We live in two different states (410 miles apart, but who's counting?) and we're sisters-in-law. We met ten years ago when we started dating two brothers. For years, we weren't close and only saw each other at the occasional family function. It wasn't until five years ago, when we were both in grad school for similar fields (counseling and social work), that we struck up a casual friendship. We started chatting more and more frequently until bam! We both had our first children 9 weeks apart. Suddenly, we were both trapped at home with screaming kids. We were both overwhelmed and wrestling with the whole stay-at-home-mom thing. We starting talking every day to stay sane and learned we had a ton of things in common ("You love Little House on the Prairie too???" "You are obsessed with Vanilla Nut Creamer, just like me???").
We now have four-year-old daughters that are 9 weeks apart and infant sons that are 2 1/2 weeks apart. We still talk every day and view our friendship as one of the most important things in our lives!
Over the last five years later, we have learned a ton of crafts together (Jessica got Hilary hooked on Pinterest, Hilary started the crochet craze, Jessica started the homemade cleaners obsession, Hilary shared tons of cooking recipes with Jessica). Everyday we share recipes, cooking techniques, patterns, everything with each other. So now we want to share it with you!
Welcome! We hope you love our blog and can use our ideas to create your own domestic bliss!
Happy crafting! ~ Hilary and Jessica