The Soup I couldn’t eat, but the Homemade bread I could, and the worst time of day

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Hi everyone! ¬†So, as you could surmise from the title, this might be a long post. I apologize ahead of time ūüėČ ¬†Anyway, let’s start with the soup I couldn’t eat. ¬†I had GRAND plans of making a new recipe soup in the crock for dinner along with some homemade bread (I’ll get to that later). ¬†I have made tortilla soup once in the crock pot before and it was good. But I was looking for GREAT. ¬†A little more tomato-y if that is a word. ¬†So I used this recipe. ¬†For people who can handle spice (like my Husband), I am sure it was amazing, but me, I couldn’t do it! ¬†IT was toooo spicy. ¬†So, if you can “take the heat” get int he kitchen and make this recipe! ¬†As for the bread, I recently saw this girl make homemade bread on her blog. ¬†I thought immediately that I needed to try with especially with soup night! ¬†But alas, I did NOT read through the WHOLE recipe (found here) and therefore was unaware of how intense making bread is! ¬†I mean how many times does it need to rise? The answer: ¬†a LOT. ¬†Anyway, it was WELL worth the wait(s). ¬†AMAAAZING. And soooo beautiful! ¬†

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I had a garlic-bread style piece with my (couple bites of) soup and a piece for dessert with jelly. YUM! ¬†Try this recipe now (if you have a day at home to wait for it to rise several times). ¬†I may have had dessert number 2 of these amazing cookies. ¬†They NEVER fail. ¬†Moving on to a less pleasant subject; the worst time of day. ¬†I am sure most SAHMs will agree with me (as I have had this discussion with some others) that the late afternoon (a bit after the pm nap until dinner) is the hardest time of day. ¬†It just draaaaaags soooo much. ¬†WIth the weather and it getting dark so soon, I can’t do my usual time-killer of going to the playground across the street. ¬†That used to really break it up so nicely. ¬†SO, I have been finding other things to do to make this time more pleasurable for both Zach and me. ¬†The first thing is a mommy meet up group that I started (email me for details) that meets every other week on Tuesdays at 4pm. ¬†SO great to beat the late pm blues. ¬†I also try to make other play dates during this time. ¬†Another fun thing we have been doing (that can SERIOUSLY kill like an hour) is experimenting with different foods! ¬†Since Zach is almost ten months (gasp!) he is now allowed to “experience” (ha, see below) al different kinds of food. ¬†I admit, I have been sorta hesitant up until now to give him too much, and I am still super careful about what types of food I give him and try to follow this website, but I am starting to branch out! ¬†He is loving it and so am I. ¬†And again, it does help pass time during the late pm hours. ¬†Here’s what we’ve been having:

YOGURT (Yo Baby Organic Peach flavor, Whole Foods)

 

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He liked it.

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Avocado slices

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Mango slices

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(suck suck suck! soooo cute!)

Anyway, as you can see, I do a mixture of purees (his favorite are sweet potatoes) and “baby led weaning style finger foods (long chunks to gnaw on rather than itty bitty pieces). ¬†So, do tell: ¬†Do you find this time of day to be challenging? ¬†What/how do you feed your baby? ¬†What is a new recipe you have tried?!