Recent Eats

Morning friends – happy Friday! I was glad to hear you enjoyed the look of my Berry Lemon Quinoa Breakfast Bake recipe from Tuesday! I wanted to mention that I made another variation of it earlier this week that was baby led weaning friendly – the details of what I left out/how I made it baby-friendly are in this Instagram post. Riese likes it! And I’ve been enjoying having it topped with cottage cheese. Nice to have a fast pre-made breakfast on hand!

We’ve also been noshing on my protein pancake (<- recipe) some this week. (Her little hand in this photo cracks me up!)

baby led weaning breakfast ideas

Riese still doesn’t love scrambled eggs or hard boiled eggs, but she likes them in this pancake (I make it without the vanilla extract… I’m assuming it’s not baby-friendly since it’s made with alcohol – and I always forget to add it when I make it for myself anyway). I give her little finger-sized pieces with some nut butter or yogurt spread on them if I feel like getting extra messy. ;)

Blueberries are officially her favorite food, btw – she takes them down now! I just split them in half before giving them to her.

baby led weaning blueberries

As for lunches lately, I’ve been really into an easy old fave – toast topped with cottage cheese, smoked salmon, and arugula. Incredibly fast to throw together – perfect for busy days, whether at the computer or with the babe!

cottage cheese smoked salmon toast

I’ve also been enjoying leftover quinoa (mixed with diced onions + some other random veggies we had lying around with a little lemon juice and olive oil), wilted spinach, and fried eggs for another easy lunch.

quinoa with fried eggs

In other news, I’m really excited because my brother and his fiance are in town for the weekend – they are having their engagement party here in the area tomorrow night! We have some fun adventures lined up in addition to the actual party – looking forward to a family-filled weekend.

In preparation for the festivities, I went and got my hair highlighted earlier this week for the first time in nearly a year. Yay, I’m blonde again! Nice to feel more put together than I have in awhile. :)

I brought my laptop with me to the salon and worked the whole time because I went on one of my workdays – had to maximize the childcare time! I actually got a ton accomplished/crossed off my to-do list, so that worked out well to multitask. :)

Have a great weekend guys – see you back here on Monday.

What have you been eating for breakfast or lunch this week? If you’re a parent, what was your kid’s favorite food around 8/9 months of age?


  1. 1
    Jane Lennox says

    Love the picture of Riese checking out the blueberry very carefully! Love your highlights-bet you feel like a million bucks! Have a great weekend with your brother and fiancé.

  2. 3

    How would the vanilla be harmful? You’re cooking the pancake, right? So the alcohol would burn off.

  3. 5

    According to poison control, the amount of vanilla extract called for in most recipes is not harmful to babies or children. The whole bottle is another issue…

  4. 7

    Woohoo! Congrats to Stephen and his lady! :D Hope you guys have a blast celebrating!

  5. 8

    Your hair always looks fabulous! I have such a hard time getting mine to look decent in this humidity.

    If you wanted an alcohol free alternative to extract, I *love* vanilla powder. It’s pricy but goes a long way, and I love dusting it on homemade lattes or on toast with almond butter. I picked some up at the spice and tea exchange in Old Town which sells it in small enough packets that it isn’t as expensive and get used up.

    Happy weekend!

  6. 11

    Alex goes through phases (he’s obsessed with blueberries currently as well) but he liked elbow macaroni noodles with some Parmesan cheese or if you’re feeling messy- a little tomato sauce. He is also not on the scrambled eggs train 😩

  7. 14

    I’m loving avocado toast with everything seasoning (always), as well as yogurt parfaits with greek yogurt, summer berries, and granola/cereal/nut toppings!

  8. 15

    As others have mentioned, the alcohol portion of the vanilla extract cooks off, so you have nothing to worry about! I definitely use it in recipes that my toddler eats from time to time.

  9. 17
    Roadrunner says

    Also enjoyed the photo of Riese carefully examining the blueberry! Nice!

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