“Burper”

If you haven’t already seen this one, please have a peek and enjoy a good laugh, compliments of Miss Ev.  Happy Sunday!



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Adventures in Baby Food Making

Checking out the scene at Soulard Farmer's Market

We’ve been super excited to welcome Spring here at the Buehler casa, since that means dining outside on our deck, lots o’ grilling, cold adult beverages, and plenty of fresh produce.  We’re the type of crew that looks forward to hitting the farmer’s market on Saturday & bringing home whatever fresh, local fruits & veggies we can get our hands on.  This past week, we hit up Soulard with Everly in tow and were happy to get some nice picks for just under $10.  After our weekend dinner, I found myself with a few extra sweet potatoes and carrots and instead of forgetting about them until they turn to mush in our crisper… decided to take a stab at making some baby food for the little one.

I found this recipe from one of my favorite cooking blogs, Smitten Kitchen.  It was super easy and better yet, Everly LOVED it!  And so did I evidently, given that I found myself scraping the food processer clean after mixing everything up. YUM!

When I say it was easy, you had better believe it.  These days I don’t attempt to cook anything unless I can do it one-handed with a 20-lb baby on my hip.  Plus, what it cost to make a 1-2 week supply of the stuff would have bought me a whole 2-3 jars of baby food.  I put some in a container for the week and the rest went right into the freezer – pre-portioned out in covered ice cube trays for easy, weeknight meals.

Here’s the Recipe:

Moroccan Sweet Potato & Carrots

3/4 pound yam, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes (I used about 2 large sweet potatoes)
1 pound carrots, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon coriander (Didn’t have this one so I just substituted a little more cumin & cinnamon)
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Few scrapings of lemon zest
3/4 cup water or vegetable broth

Bring everything to a boil together, then reduce to a simmer and cook with a lid on for about 30 to 35 minutes, until the ingredients are easily mashed with the back of a fork. Puree to your desired texture & adjust seasonings.

It was a balmy 80-something degrees Sunday night so we decided to eat dinner on the back deck with cold beers and our naked baby.  Under blue skies and a St. Louis sunset, Everly sat in just a cloth diaper and swung her legs back and forth in approval of her treat,  even making little “nom nom nom” sounds – it was adorable!  I think I found a new hobby – I just can’t wait to make more!

Nom-Nom Potato Face

Recipe via Smitten Kitchen

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8.Months.Old.

This little 8-month old Baby Cakes is just as scrumptious as they come.  These days, Ev’s all about talking, moving, and being her usual “ham” self in front of people she knows.  Watching her metamorphosis from a tiny infant into a little, smiling girl (gulp) has been both incredibly heart-wrenching and inspiring all at the same time.  Here’s an idea of some recent changes we’ve witnessed over the last month.

She has a bit of a shy side.
We’ve noticed that Everly sometimes gets a little nervous around people (specifically guys – which this doesn’t bother her Daddy one bit) who she hasn’t seen in a while and it may take a little extra time for her to warm up to them.

She’s a chatterbox.
Everly loves her voice and making sounds.  This is always going on, but her favorite places to be vocal are:

1.  In Church, usually during the sermon (animated and LOUD. Seriously, you would think she was the one preachin’).

2.  During bathtime. (She likes singing songs to her sea turtles while violently splashing and laughing.  We just let her be and mop up the bathroom floor after she’s finished).

3.  In the morning when we’re all just waking up. (My little alarm clock, who still sleeps in our room, likes to wake us up with her sweet little baby talk, which – Thank God – is more so on the calm side during the early hours.  We can’t resist plopping her down in bed with us.)

She wants to crawl, desperately!
Any day now this little bird is gonna be mobile, and boy does it bug her that she can’t do it already.  Until then, the baby proofing kits continue to sit on the dresser and collect dust.

She’s such a Mama’s girl (which i HEART!)
There’s nothing more that I love than walking in the door to a baby with the biggest smile and outstretched arms for me.  I love her hugs, kisses, cuddles, face bites (yep, I said face bites), and feeling her breath on my neck as she dozes off to sleep.  Lately, Ev’s been all about Mommy, and there’s no complaints here!

She’s super happy & content
You already knew this, but I can’t stop feeling so blessed to have a happy, healthy baby.  Her mood is infectious and can turn the most horrendous workday upside down and around with one teeny tiny glimmer of her golden personality.  If you ever need a pick-me-up, feel free to stop on by our house.

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