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As I write this Beck is howling in her crib, and I’m reminding myself that it’s for her own good, then doubting that, then reminding myself of it, then doubting, then feeling my new best friend, Guilt. Guilt! You’re here again, great.
I think this time in the first year of life is when things kind of settle in, for better and for worse. The better is that you kind of know what’s happening with sleep and eating and how to keep the kid quiet (crackers). The worse is that there is a point, and it’s different for everyone, where you are familiar enough with your kid and the “omg they’re so perfect” wears off a little bit (Beck is still the most perfect, don’t worry), and you realize that you will never be able to do anything ever again with whimsy like you used to. Because now, in addition to regular adulting and planning and calculating of risk, you now have to think WWBD? What Will Baby Do? If I want to stay out past her bedtime, will it ruin our week? If I drink too much will she get drunk or have liver failure (no, according to the internet and the doctor). Every decision involves the baby at some turn. I don’t say revolves around baby because I really don’t think it has to, but now there’s another person in your life, your house, your family, and they get a say too, whether big or small.
Hellz to the yes. It’s the most basic of all the basic blogger intros. “We really love our small town and try to eat local and seasonally whenever we can.”
Bullshit. Let’s be real. Some people rock that narrative so well, and we are just not those people. We REALLY love our small town and we happen to have a great farmer’s market that goes from May to October on Saturdays. But mainly we like going there because it’s a 30 minute walk which feels like exercise and then after we shop we can eat and daydrink. Also I love Aldi and Trader Joe’s, so really we try to eat affordably as we can. Because then we can eat a lot.
But this happens to be a local and seasonally-inspired recipe! That is delicious and healthy and has bacon in it, so really we all win. Succotash is kind of a warm salad with lima beans usually as the main ingredient, and here we have added corn and okra and tomatoes and all the bacon and fresh herbs your little heart desires. It’s great alone as a meal, or as a side dish, or under grilled chicken or fish – all of the things.
In case you missed it yesterday, our fav gear and kind of how we go about food with Beck.
It is the day of baby food making! I love it so much. When we were planning how and what Beck would eat I knew I wanted to make as much stuff as possible for her for exactly one reason: cost. Cost to us, cost to the environment, all of the things. Babies (at least ours) produce a crazy amount of trash with diapers, wipes, and OMG YOU GUYS THE PAPER TOWEL USE IS OUT OF CONTROL. Baby food packaging just was going to add something to our output, so I really wanted to avoid that as much as possible. Plus, baby food is so expensive, and throwing frozen peas in a blender seemed easy. And it is!
I’ve kind of made a lot of this up as I’ve gone, and some things have worked and some haven’t, but, behold, some of my lame cooking methods for Beck.