Monday, February 28, 2011

Soup of the day: Mommy's Love Soup (Baby Food inspired by the Italian Wedding Soup from Wegmans)

Yesterday, we went to Wegmans to do some food shopping. But before we did so, we passed by the cafe and ate lunch. I particularly love their cafe since I could find just anything I look for. American, Chinese, Indian, sushi, cakes, breads, etc.;you name it, they've got it.

There were variety of soups that I could choose from for my baby. I got their Italian Wedding soup. My baby loved it so much that he almost finished the whole cup I got him which I feel is huge for a baby. I was so happy that I got inspired to make my own version of it. It is pretty simple.

Soup of the day:  Mommy's Love Soup (inspired by the Italian Wedding Soup from Wegmans)


1/4 cup Acini De Pepe pasta
2 cups chicken broth
5 pcs Meatballs cut into small pieces (either make them or use a ready to eat like the one from IKEA)
A stalk of Celery cut into small pieces
Carrots diced to small pieces


Boil chicken broth and add pasta until tender. Add carrots, celery, meatballs and spinach. Wait until the veggies are soft enough for the baby to chew. Add Basil for additional flavor.

Note: Since I am going to feed this to my baby, I don't use any salt for his food. I use herbs to make the food more fun and tasty for him.

Thanks to Wegmans for the inspiration.
LINK: Italian Wedding Soup


Apple and Brown Rice with Cinnamon (Baby Food)

I am so happy to share my newest breakfast I made for my son. 

Apple and Brown Rice with Cinnamon

Brown Rice
Apple Juice


Grind Brown Rice before  cooking. Cook brown rice until soft.

Boil the apples in apple juice in about 10 -15 mins or until soft.  Mix the cooked brown rice.  Add a dash of cinnamon for additional flavor. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Carrots and Asparagus in Couscous with Meatballs (Baby Food)

I have another super simple recipe I made today for my baby.  This time, it's with couscous. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Carrots and Brocolli in Orzo Pasta (Baby Food)

Before having a baby, I have set some goals for myself to accomplish. One of these is making him home cooked meals. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do it since I couldn't leave him alone. Plus I find it very convenient just to buy some baby food from the grocery.

Today, I tried to do some experiment in which I let my baby play in the kitchen with the pots and pans while I try to make him some home cooked food. I made him my very own recipe of Carrots and Broccoli in Orzo Pasta topped with Cheddar Cheese. My baby loved it so much, he finished three baby full bowls in one meal.

Here's how I made it. (Take note, I'm not good with measurements and I usually go for the taste)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Baby Massage

Last night, Raphael had a difficult time sleeping. He was crying non-stop. This has never happened before. I got very anxious and did everything in my power to calm him down. I wasn't sure if he was in pain or just couldn't sleep. I sang and rocked him to sleep but it didn't work until I thought of using my favorite oil, aciete de manzanilla and began massaging his stomach. He stopped crying then smiled.

I have been massaging my baby ever since he was very little only because I learned it is good for him but last night was different. I was totally convinced that baby massages help fussy babies calm down. When I massaged his head and face, within a minute he was out and sound asleep. I was so relieved. My husband was so impressed and said in Filipino, "galing!" Which means very good or well done in English. I am so proud of myself!

Related Article:
The Benefits of Baby Massage

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mommy Body

Six months after giving birth, I was fortunate enough to get back to my prebaby weight, even less. I remember what I used to look and feel like from loving my preggy belly to getting annoyed with the excess skin and weblike stretch marks after pregnancy. It was like a roller coaster ride. From being so hyped and excited to be a mom to being sad because of the things I cannot do anymore. Putting on my old clothes got very frustrating because of my bulging tummy and getting new clothes is out of the question because I knew sooner or later, I will be changing sizes again. Although I got back from being a size 8 to size 2, I know my body will never be the same again.