The Baby is Supposed to Eat What Now?

Posted by Carly Morgan

So, we’ve hit the next stumbling block on the road to holy-crap-just-be-10-already. Last week, I wrote a post about taking your baby on a Disney vacation and which baby food options were the best idea, since we’ll be heading out to Disneyland for a little family fun in April. I noted that she’d only be 13 (almost 14) months old at that point and we’d need to take baby food to cover the trip.

Following that post, I got 6 or 7 very friendly and ever-so-slightly-concerned e-mails. I love that I’ve been blogging long enough to have readers who don’t mind stepping in to give me a bit of advice every now and then. For example: “Our son didn’t eat much baby food after ten months,” and “I think the parks have a lot of options that Eva can eat,” and “If you don’t stop giving her all that baby food, she’ll be the only Kindergartner that doesn’t know how to chew.” (That last one might have been my interpretation…)

Anyway, I got the message and did a little research. Oh, it turns out that we were supposed to be feeding Eva some people food. Things like chicken and fruit and bread and other things that don’t come in jars. Oops. Apparently the baby-food-only stage only lasts for a couple of months.

Fast forward – I went to Whole Foods this week and started to get a little hungry. I had a pouch of baby food in my purse for Eva, but (feeling inspired toward mommy greatness) I decided to buy her some real people food to go with my real people food. So I shopped. And shopped. And shopped. And thought things like this:

“I think she can eat quinoa, but I don’t think she can eat the onions and pomegranate seeds in it. Plus, I didn’t bring a baby spoon.”

“I don’t think she should eat all of the mayo in that chicken salad. Plus, I don’t have a spoon.”

“I bet she could eat some yogurt. Really should have brought that damn spoon.
They have lobster bisque…when they say “no shellfish”, do they mean all shellfish or just cheap shellfish?”

“I know she can eat bread…should I get her a roll? Is it still lunch if I just feed her tons of white bread?”

“Maybe I could shred some rotisserie chicken? Or would I have to chew it first?..because…ew….”

This went on for 30 minutes and, ultimately, I bought sushi. Raw salmon sushi. In my head, she’d be able to easily swallow it. I sort of forgot about the part about it being raw…and fish…until I got to the table and re-evaluated. I gave her some kernels of rice and then gave up and fed her the entire pile of pickled ginger. Yes. True story. My first attempt to nourish the kid without instruction led to a lunch of pickled ginger.

Kiddo ate all of it. I don’t know if that means she’s adventurous or just resigned to my crazy…

Styleboard: Eva’s Princess and the Frog First Birthday

Posted by Carly Morgan

I have just about a month and a half until my little bean turns one, which is just so weird I can’t even tell you… We’ll be having a family party at home, but I want to make it special so I think we’re going to have a little Princess and the Frog Brunch on the Bayou. I love the 1930’s-meets-New-Orleans style of Princess and the Frog and since Eva’s name came from the movie, I thought it would be a good fit for her first celebration.

I’ve been scoping out parties and adding things to my Pinterest board. Here’s some of what I’ve come up with so far…

EPCOT Movie Night: Norway

Posted by Carly Morgan

If you need a little Maelstrom in your life but you can’t get out to Walt Disney World, here’s a movie night that’s perfect for two Disney geeks on a Monday:

If you have Netflix, check out Trollhunter (Trolljegeren). It’s available for instant streaming or rental if you don’t have instant streaming. (Although, seriously…the instant streaming is so worth it, especially if you have a Wii or Xbox360 or some other way to stream to your television.) Trollhunter is one of those foreign films that looks completely weird from the outside, but it is insanely watchable with crazy special effects. The trolls alone are worth it.

Movie snacks are inspired by Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, the little bakery at the Norway pavilion. Ham and Apple Sandwiches and Sweet Pretzels are two of the tourist favorites. You can go with the traditional Norwegian recipes (including this one for Sweet Pretzels) or you can go the easy/tasty route:

Ham and Apple Sandwiches: Take your choice of bread and stack black forest ham, cooked bacon, thin slices of apple (I like granny smith) and slices of cheddar (the sharper the better). Spread butter or mayo on the outside of the sandwich and grill in either a panini press or in a frying pan with a dinner plate sitting on top of the sandwich to squish it down while it grills. When both sides are brown and the cheese is melty gooodness, enjoy!

Sweet Pretzels: pick up a box of frozen pretzels in your grocer’s freezer. Bake the pretzels according to the directions on the box, but don’t salt them. Instead, mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and zig-zag the frosting onto the cooled pretzels until you have the desired amount. Cover with toasted sliced almonds and allow to cool and harden.

Extra credit: head out to your local World Market or specialty wine store to see if you can track down some Norwegian wine or beer. Word to the wise, though – we’ve tried the beer and Norwegian wine available at Epcot. It’s not what I would call delicious…

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