Some Martha Stewart Shit

Even as I prepared to stop working outside the home and become a stay-at-home feminist, I never saw myself as one of those self-righteous and somewhat elitist women who Martha Stewart everything. I took the epidurals (in fact, I had three because they didn’t take). I breastfeed but do not villainize baby formula. I find the forced color-coding of  babies according to gender annoying but at the same time I don’t ban pink from my daughter’s life. So, it’s come as something of a shock even to myself that I made my daughter’s first baby food. And, yes, it is organic.

Oh my God. I’m that lady. How did this happen?

In fact, I remember just a few months ago talking with another mom about baby food. She showed me all her homemade baby food, frozen in ice-cube trays for later use. (A very good tip, might I add.) She showed me her baby food grinder. “It’s so easy and so convenient! You should get one!” Um, yeah right. I have a life, thanks.

But now baby girl has the first buds of teeth showing and she’s pretty obsessed with all things eating. You’d think the food my husband and I eat is liquid gold! She follows each forkful from plate to mouth, pantomiming chewing as she watches us. You can tell she’s thinking about all of it. What does that taste like?

So on a recent trip to the store I checked out the baby food area. 95 cents for a jar of mashed up carrots? Are you kidding me? I have a bag of organic carrots right here in my cart that costs $2! And that was it. I was going to make my own damn baby carrots! And it was super easy. I peeled and cut up some carrots, boiled the hell out of them and then mashed them up in the food processor. Done. And then I even froze some in ice-cube trays for later use. Take that Martha Stewart!

To my delight, my baby likes the carrots! But since food is new, we’re starting slow. One new food every few days to a week. She barely eats a half ounce (or half an ice-cube tray size amount) so it’s pretty easy to stretch those carrots along. For now it’s easy to keep up with and takes about a half hour once a week. As time goes on and she eats more food, I’ll probably have to rethink making all her food.

But for now, I’m that mom. I’m almost embarrassed.


  1. That’s so awesome! I was able to do the same for my son. I actually found it kinda of fun! Frozen peas and green beans are SUPER EASY because all you have to do is defrost and puree! You can strain out the stringy parts to make it smoother. You’d probably get a couple of ice trays full from one bag, so crazy savings there! You might be able to find squash or sweet potatoes cubed and frozen at certain organic food stores. Avocados are great too because just like bananas you only have to smoosh them.
    I always kept baby cereal and a few store bought jars on hand just in case of a busy week or a power failure or whatever. I’d also sometimes see something fun and different at the store that I’d want to try that was tough to find organic or seemed like a hassle to make- like peaches, plums/prunes, apricots, or fun blends of food when he was older, like pears w/raspberries! And, I don’t see any difference between a big jar of organic no sugar added applesauce and the mini baby jars, except maybe texture. You can save cash there by just buying a big jar. That was a huge go-to for me. My kiddo LOVED the baby yogurt, so I recommend that when your baby’s old enough!
    Good luck! Hooray for healthy happy babies!

  2. We started out making a bunch of Lyla’s food, as well, more because I’m a control freak than anything else.
    I spent a good three months thinking about what I would feed my daughter when it came time for solid foods — thanks to my mom asking me when Lyla was three months old just how much longer would it be before I started giving her rice cereal — and researched food. I also talked with friends with older kiddos about what they did, what they made and what they bought, and I was surprised to find a majority of my mom friends made their own food, too.
    We now make about half of her food at home and almost everything else that is baby specific if organic. I do like a good bargain and stock up when I find something on sale. Jason, his grandmother Ellie, and I all make different things.
    I think what this makes you is a highly aware and educated mom, not someone who follows the Martha Stewart drumbeat. You and I both know how important it is to teach our girls healthy eating habits as well as to fuel them with the right things from the outset.
    Solid foods are a fun experiment. Today we gave Lyla organic mini toaster waffles with some blackberry jam and she loved it. Well, she loved the jam. Heh. We’re going to try out some pasta tonight and some black beans. Every day we try something new. We make our own apple sauce and oatmeal but like Shaun, there are some things Earth’s Best jarred foods have (and Target is a great place to get those, by the way, much cheaper, I’ve found) that I would never think to do myself.
    On the other hand, there are things in those jars I don’t plan to feed Lyla, like the pureed meat and veggie combos. I want her to learn to enjoy certain things such as animal protein on their own and I want to get to a point where we all eat the same food at meals, she’ll just have bite size chunks.
    I love that you’re making your own food for Kate. There are a lot of benefits to that, including being an awesome, empowered feminist mom. 😀

  3. Well, according to stories, my first word was fries. So, if that’s any indication of what I was getting early on…I thought I’d go in a different direction. But that’s a story for another day. 🙂

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