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Honey Lemon Roasted Carrots

Honey Lemon Roasted Carrots

Carrots are one of those veggies that I think are often underrated. Most people eat them raw, which of course, is totally delicious, but they are also so yummy when cooked and roasted! They are filling and a good substitute for potatoes or other more carb-heavy dishes.

My favorite kinds of side dishes are always the ones that involve very few steps and ingredients. These Honey Lemon Roasted Carrots most definitely fit the bill! I love the balance of the sweet honey with fresh and tangy lemon juice on these tender roasted baby carrots. They are light and flavorful and would pair well with grilled meats, fish, or even with burgers!

Honey Lemon Roasted Carrots

Madeline: Seven Months

Madeline: Seven Months

7 months! Where is the time going? It seems like I just posted my last update just last week. Things to be getting more and more fun with this baby girl as time goes on. She continues to become more playful and her little personality is becoming stronger. And also, she just gets cuter and cuter. I’m not sure how it’s possible to get any cuter once you have already achieved the ultimate level of cuteness, but this girl does it!

More and more changes happening over the last month!

Teeth: 2!

Just a week before she hit 7 months, her first tooth started poking on the bottom front and we noticed this morning that there might be another starting to poke its way through. I think she is generally handling this process pretty well. She was slightly crabbier than normal this past weekend and took some really long naps, but it was nothing too terrible. We just gave her some teething tablets and some Tylenol on and off and she seems to be doing okay.

Food:

Favorite fruit: Pears
Favorite veggies: green beans, squash, and sweet potatoes
Least favorites: avocado and peaches

We have been having a lot of fun with solids! Every morning, Maddie has some baby oatmeal mixed in with a little bit of fruit. So far, I think her favorite is pears. Over the last couple of weeks, she seems to want more solids so we started giving her some for lunch and then she also eats a little bit at dinner. I have tried giving her avocado three times and she just doesn’t seem as interested and usually only has a few bites. It’s a bit disappointing considering that I think I am actually 83% made from avocados, but I am going to keep trying though and maybe start mixing it with some other foods. As for peaches, I don’t know why, but I just think these are her least favorite. She doesn’t refuse them, but whenever I mix them in with her cereal, she seems to eat less of it and when I offer them to her plain, she only takes a few bites. Thus, I am convinced that peaches and avocados are her least favorite foods so far.

She also loves the food pouches! We went out of town this past weekend so I packed organic baby food pouches to feed her on the road and she gobbled them up! I’m not sure if she just likes the taste of the food better or if she likes the novelty of eating out of a pouch.

Green Power Smoothie

Green Power Smoothie

June Dairy Month continues and I’ve got another delicious and nutritious recipe for you guys today! I love making smoothies and smoothies for breakfast are becoming quite ideal for me these days. Most mornings I am rushing to get ready and get downstairs with the baby to give her her breakfast before leaving for work. I try to eat while I feed her, but I usually end up with soggy cereal because God forbid I make her wait 2 seconds before shoveling more oatmeal in her mouth!

Green Power Smoothie

This green smoothie is the perfect breakfast. It’s packed with everything you need to start the day off right: spinach, banana and pineapple for sweetness, oats, protein-packed Greek yogurt, and calcium-packed milk thanks to Calcium Plus Milk from my friends over at Shamrock Farms! This Calcium Plus Milk is the perfect way to get some extra calcium in and is so creamy tasting, even the fat free version!

Green Power Smoothie

Green Power Smoothie

Strawberry Chicken Summer Salad

Strawberry Chicken Summer Salad

I have a serious obsession with putting strawberries in my salads, especially during the summer when they are just too lush and gorgeous to ignore! They are the perfect salad topping, adding just a touch of sweetness to your salads. And my favorite way to dress a salad with strawberries on it is with balsamic vinegar. Strawberries + balsamic vinegar = B.F.F.’s. Always and forever.

I think I have been making a version of this salad for over 10 years now. It’s just simple, light, flavorful, and well, perfect!

Strawberry Chicken Summer Salad

For this recipe, I used the new STAR Fine Foods Signature Series Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s rich and smooth, perfect for dressings and marinades!

Strawberry Chicken Summer Salad

Cannoli Cones

Cannoli Cones

You know what rocks? Cannoli. But you want to know what I do not have time for? Making my own shells. And you know what the perfect substitution for homemade shells is? You probably already guessed from the pictures and title, but pretend to be surprised anyway, ok? Sugar cones!

These are great for serving at parties. You can do a variety of toppings. Dipping the cones in chocolate, coating them with chocolate chips or nuts, make a few different kinds!

Cannoli Cones

So let’s talk for a minute about something important for this recipe: draining the ricotta. I know, what a pain! But, seriously, it makes a big difference! I made these without first draining them the first time and while the filling was still good, it wasn’t as easy to pipe and the liquid in the ricotta made the cones get really soggy after a few hours. SOOOOOO, lesson learned. Plan ahead and drain the ricotta. I didn’t have cheesecloth, I set up my own little system by placing a mesh strainer in a bowl with a paper towel (I’m sorry that I didn’t get a photo of it!). It did the trick though!

Holy Cannoli! (I know. I’m sorry. I tried really hard not to go there…)

Cannoli Cones

Baby Must-Haves: 6 Months

Well, we are now 7 months into being parents! I’m not sure where all the time has gone. Before we get to the new list, I want to just direct you guys back to the first baby products list I posted when Maddie was about 3 months old. I wanted to say that we still count on and use basically all of the products on that list still at almost 7 months old. The only exceptions are the Rock and Play and regular swaddle wraps, but this is only because Maddie has grown out of them, but the bottles, blankets, Nighty Night Owl, stroller, Soothie pacifiers, Boppy, etc.. are still items we use daily around here.

You’ll notice with this 6-month product list, a lot of it is focused on feeding. I know some parents start their little ones on solids sooner than 6 months, but we waited, so you may want to pick up some of these things before than if you plan to introduce solids before 6 months!

6 Months Products