Homemade Baby Cereal


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You can make your own homemade baby cereal! It's full of whole grains and saves a ton of money!
Homemade baby food seems pretty easy. Just blend up some soft fruits and veggies, and you are good to go! However, I was too intimidated to make homemade baby cereal for my first daughter, but I decided to take a stab at it the second time around.

Come to find out, it’s super easy.  I also love that it is so frugal and healthy since you are able to use whole grains and control what goes into it.

(I adapted much of my info from wholesomebabyfood.com )

You can make your own homemade baby cereal! It's full of whole grains and saves a ton of money!
I made brown rice and oatmeal for Jane.  All you need is brown rice and old fashioned rolled oats (not the quick cooking kind!)
You can make your own homemade baby cereal! It's full of whole grains and saves a ton of money!
Grind the rice or oatmeal in the blender to make a fine powder.  This will take a few minutes depending on how good your blender is.  The rice is a little more difficult to get finely ground.
You can make your own homemade baby cereal! It's full of whole grains and saves a ton of money!
When you are finished, you should have rice powder and oatmeal powder.
You can make your own homemade baby cereal! It's full of whole grains and saves a ton of money!
This step is not totally necessary, but you can sift the powder to make it even finer.  I did this with the rice powder because my blender isn’t great and there were still some chunks in it.  I found the cereal came out much smoother in the end. But, you could skip this step if you want.
You can make your own homemade baby cereal! It's full of whole grains and saves a ton of money!
Most recipes I found called for 1/4 cup powder and 1 cup water, but I like to double it so that I have lots of extras that I can freeze.

 

You can make your own homemade baby cereal! It's full of whole grains and saves a ton of money!
Boil 2 cups water and then add 1/2 cup of the powder.  Whisk frequently for 10 minutes.  Then, you are done!

You can make your own homemade baby cereal! It's full of whole grains and saves a ton of money!
You can save the extra powder for later.
You can make your own homemade baby cereal! It's full of whole grains and saves a ton of money!
When it’s done cooking, it should be a fairly smooth cereal.  You can add breast milk, formula and/or pureed fruit.  If you feel the cereal is still a bit too thick, you could blend it once it’s done cooking.
You can make your own homemade baby cereal! It's full of whole grains and saves a ton of money!
Stick a few servings in the fridge and put the rest in an ice cube tray to freeze. You could freeze the cereal by itself or mix it with a fruit and freeze.  This is my first time freezing the plain cereal, so I will have to report back to you if the texture was weird after thawing it.
You can make your own homemade baby cereal! It's full of whole grains and saves a ton of money!
The banana/rice mixture turned out great once thawed.  Once your ice cubes of cereal are frozen, pop the cubes in bags.  One cube is one ounce.
You can make your own homemade baby cereal! It's full of whole grains and saves a ton of money!
Watch your baby enjoy!
Check out my other homemade recipes!
*update! I found that the cereal is fine after thawing, but a tad on the “gummy” side.  as long as you mix it with a bit of water after thawing, it’s fine.  however, after experimenting, my best recommendation is to mix the cereal with a fruit and then freeze.  This produces best results after thawing!

* you can store the leftover oatmeal and rice powder in a dry, cool location. leftover prepared cereal needs to be stored in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours. Check out this website for more info about storage.

** If you are concerned about the fact that homemade baby cereal is not iron fortified, check out this great article!

Just a can of white paint…

Ok, well maybe a can of primer and a can of paint…and some leftover blue wall paint from the kitchen. That’s all it took to transform our living room.  I absolutely love how it turned out. I’ve been wanting to paint our fireplace since we moved into our house a little over 1 1/2 years ago.  Get ready for some amazing before and after shots!
To be super dramatic, this is what the living room looked like when we bought the house:
BEFORE
Lovely dark wood paneling everywhere and really nasty carpet.
Then, we painted the walls and wood. The sellers put in hardwood floors…
A huge improvement! This is how it has looked for the past 1 1/2 years.  
Then, after looking for a bigger area rug for that long, I found this one for super cheap:
So, we added the rug which really helped…but I still haven’t liked the brick fireplace and ugly brass and black fireplace screen…
It took some convincing, but finally Reid was on board with the idea. Don’t get me wrong, I do love exposed brick in some settings…but not here.
I also had the idea of using some leftover soft aqua paint from our kitchen to paint the backs of the shelves. I figured it would make the objects pop…
Ok, get ready…

AFTER
Ta Da!!
It makes the room feel so much brighter, airy and modern!
It really only took one coat of primer and one coat of paint.
And the larger area rug makes a world of difference.
The most annoying part of the process was painting in between each brick with a brush before rolling on the paint.  If you attempt this, use an old brush that you don’t care about because it will be destroyed by the end.
 
I had fun rearranging some objects and adding in a lot of white things to showcase them against the now blue backs of the shelves. (recognize that owl?)
I even spray painted some old picture frames white to keep everything bright.
The fireplace screen needed a few more extra coats of paint. It’s not as smooth as I’d like it to be, but you don’t really notice unless you are up close. Maybe we will eventually get a new one, but this does the trick for now.
We just had to use a razor to scrape the excess paint off the windows.
So, if you have brick you don’t like, go paint it! It’s a little gutsy, but totally worth it. 
To recap the project…
BEFORE:
AFTER:
* I just used regular latex paint and primer for this project and it has held up perfectly so far!

Next, we will tackle those beams…and hopefully paint the ceiling fan.. But, that will require a very high ladder and some upper body strength. :)
Has anyone else had brick painting success?