Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Easy Way to Pack and Store Pumpkin Puree

We got a huge pumpkin this year and were able to make a bunch of puree out of it. After running out of plastic containers and wrestling with a bunch of bags, I figured out an easier way to pack the puree. Most of the recipes I use call for 1 or 2 cups of puree so I used sandwich bags to hold 2 cups each. The easiest way I found to fill the bags was to put them in a cup first. Below are the how-to pics. I hope this helps!
1. Write the date, contents, and qty on a dry, empty sandwich bag.

2. Place the opened bag into the cup and fold over the side of the cup

3. Scoop into cup (make sure to measure)

4. Carefully roll up edges of bag and pull out of cup 

5. Fold bag in half and push out any excess air

6. Four sandwich bags fit nicely in a gallon size freezer bag. If you aren't going to use it right away, you can freeze it. Having it separated makes it easy to pull out the amount you need and keep the rest frozen. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My New Little Potty Pooper

I started putting Enzo on the toilet a couple months ago.

Now before you start thinking I'm the freak of the week, overachiever, showoff, or other such nonsense, let me explain...

 I had a conversation a little over a year ago (when Natalie was 7 months old) about potty training that intrigued me. A friend of mine was explaining how a friend of her's never put diapers on her baby. Her reason was that she didn't want her kid to have to unlearn the habit of peeing/pooping on him/herself. I have also heard lots of parents say that the biggest issue they have faced with potty training has been their kids fear of the toilet.

Naturally, I don't want my kids to have to unlearn things or be afraid of the toilet. I  also have to confess something that may shock you. Are you ready? Brace yourself....Ok, here it goes: I don't like changing diapers! Especially poopy ones!!!! All these facts combined have provided me with the motivation to start putting my kids on the toilet at 7 months instead of waiting till 1 1/2 or 2 years old. My goal is not to have a fully potty trained 1 year old (I don't even have a fully potty trained 2 year old! =p) my goal is to get Enzo comfortable with the toilet and think of using it as a normal part of life. To date he has probably peed and pooped in the toilet at least a dozen times. That is not a huge number compared to how many times he's gone is his diaper, but I still see it as a HUGE victory. That is 12 less poopy diapers to clean. 12 more cute moments to see my little guy acting like a big boy. That's enough reason for me!

 If you are interested in knowing some of my struggles with potty training and why I'm doing the same thing again send me an email. I'd be happy to share more.