I had big dreams for my blog.  That I would write something profound every day, and that I would have the time to write witty banter while keeping an eye on Sweet Pea at the same time.

Clearly, I was delusional.

I could lay out my entire sob story for the world to read (not that anyone actually reads this, but I like to imagine some random person in Taiwan wondering, “what the heck is Wisconsin?”), but I suppose I’ll just get back on track.  No excuses, just typing.  And feeling like I have something more to contribute to the world at large than dirty diapers in a landfill.

Today was new food day at our house!  Not for me and Tom specifically, although I did try out a new bread machine recipe that was totally awesome.  Sweet Pea saw us eating leftover chicken stew for lunch, and decided to grab Tom’s spoon and try some for herself.  No matter that she’s never had half of the ingredients, or that we’re really worried about food allergies because Tom and I are both allergic to many things.  She LOVED it.  She got a huge grin as soon as the tasty goodness hit her mouth.  Onions, spices, and all.  That’s my girl. :)

So for dinner tonight, I took some of the aforementioned chicken stew and pureed it in our little food processor.  Sweet Pea ate every. single. bite.  They say that babies who are nursed get used to the flavors in their mother’s milk, and I imagine Sweet Pea thinking, “Yes!  THIS is what I’ve been missing!  You guys are lame with your unseasoned sweet potatoes and rice cereal.  Be gone, evil blandness!”

In the spirit of sharing the awesomeness, here is the recipe for Sweet Pea’s favorite Slow Cooker Apple Chicken Stew:

1 1/2 lb. chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (or use precooked chicken)

4 carrots, diced

4-5 potatoes, diced

2 celery ribs, diced

2 apples (I used Granny Smith), diced

1 small onion, diced

2 cups apple cider or apple juice

2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Thyme, bay leaves, salt, and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker, and cook on low for 6 hours or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender.  If you are serving this to your baby, puree the stew in a food processor or blender, adding additional apple cider or water as needed.  Also feel free to leave out the spices and vinegar if you don’t think your baby is ready for that yet, but be sure to add them back in for the adult portions…the vinegar makes all the difference!


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