Wean Green visits the set of Breakfast Television Calgary

Melissa, February 22, 2011

I have never felt more comfortable setting up for a media interview! I would like to extend an extremely sincere thank you to the crew over at BT Calgary for hosting me this morning! Sandra’s emails make me laugh, although I am not much of a hugger Glen’s hugs are much appreciated, camera crew (sorry I am not that great with names!) you are both awesome and Tara-I don’t think BT could have picked a sweeter host for the morning show! I was worried I was going to be half asleep but the energy in the room was enough to wake anyone up (and not be grouchy about it;) Take a peek at the video, tell me you love my new top and try cooking your baby’s cereal from scratch! Happy Family Day Everyone! Check out the clip on BT Calgary’s website! Thanks for the support everyone!

Recipe of the Week-Your Green Baby’s Apple & Spice

Melissa, February 15, 2011

Another delicious recipe courtesy of Kim Corrigan-Oliver, the beautiful mama behind Your Green Baby. Kim always post great ideas, tips and of course recipes on her site! For any of you that have a fast growing, hungry toddler make sure you check out Kim’s Snacking on the Go with your Toddler post! Apple & Spice Apples are a favourite among babies – I have not met a baby who didn’t like apples.  This puree takes apples one step further to apple pie filling – yes it is that good.  It combines apples with raisins and cinnamon to create the most delicious puree and I am sure your baby will love it. Apple Surprise 9 to 12 months 4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped ¼ cup organic raisins ¼ to ½ tsp ground cinnamon Steam apples and raisins until tender apples are tender, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, add cinnamon and puree to desired consistency with a hand blender or blender.

Hello domestic goddess, goodbye store-bought bread

Melissa, February 5, 2011

I’m feeling a bit smug. The smell of freshly baked homemade bread is wafting through my house. It’s the third batch this week and my family is not tiring of it… and neither am I tiring of making it. Forget about needing a bread maker, forget about labourious kneading. The secret is in the preparation and the preparation is, well, easy. Really, really easy. The recipe comes curtesy of the wonderful Chef at Home, Michael Smith. No Knead Bread – a beautiful bread recipe that requires no kneading. It is truely amazing. Just four simple ingredients (flour, yeast, salt and water) in a bowl, quick stir, leave overnight, gather into a ball, leave a little longer, then bake. The result is picture perfect crusty bread requiring all of about 5 minutes effort from you. Here is the recipe: http://chefmichaelsmith.com/Recipe/country-bread-city-bread/ There are lots of yummy variations on the basic recipe, like whole wheat and multigrain or you can get a bit creative and start throwing in combos like garlic powder and dried rosemary or sun-dried tomato and basil. And if a bread recipe that requires so little effort doesn’t convince you to whip up a batch for your family, then take a quick peek at the list of ingredients in a loaf of bread from the store. There are way more than four, that’s for sure.

We Heart our Retailers!! Win $100 Gift Card!!

Melissa, February 3, 2011

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day we wanted to show our retailers some love!! Wean Green is offering one lucky reader a $100 gift certificate to any one of our awesome retailers (and of course a pack of Wean Cubes). Entries will be accepted until midnight MST on February 13th. The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day! Here is how it will all go down… 1. Purchase Wean Cubes from any of our great retailers. 2. Let us know which color and where you purchased them on this blog post  (no fibbing mamas, we will need proof;) For the more competitive players, earn some BONUS POINTS! – share the contest post on your facebook & twitter (make sure you let us know!)

Recipe of the Week is WEELICIOUS!

Melissa, February 2, 2011

This super cooking mama is my hero! I love cooking in the kitchen with my two little ladies but would never dare have someone video the chaos:) Catherine, the founder of weelicious makes every recipe easy enough to do with your kids AND ensures the recipes are delicious enough that even your most discerning eaters will enjoy them! So I am dedicating this week’s recipe of the week to the beautiful mama of 2 behind weelicious! Raspberry Banana Puree (straight from the weelicious recipe box!) 1 Banana, peeled 1/2 Cup Raspberries, rinsed 1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and puree, or place in a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. 2. Serve. For more awesome recipes, lunch ideas, great information  and cute videos please go to http://weelicious.com/!

Recipe of the Week! Slow Cooker Peachy Carrots

Melissa, January 25, 2011

I was recently given some amazing farm carrots. When they started to go bad I decided I needed to make a big batch of something with them so I made a peachy carrot puree that I have used on pasta (as well as fed some neighborhood babies;) This is a great sweet supper for any weaner that has had both carrots and peaches! Slow Cooker Peachy Carrots 10 peaches, pitted and diced 20 carrots, peeled and diced 1 1/2 cups water Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Puree. Yields Approximately: 3-4 cups

The Paperback Princess

Melissa, January 23, 2011

Ask me what I’m currently reading and the truthful answer is mainly Dr Seuss and Robert Munsch. My kids have a lot of beautiful books, but the monotony of reading them over and over can really take the magic out of them. I would find myself selecting the shortest book just to get it over and done with. That’s why my new favorite outing is to the library, where there are more books than you can ever read and a lot more besides. Storytime, child friendly computers, CD players, magazines, DVDs, reference books and quiet reading areas make the library a destination for a really pleasant couple of hours. If time is short, then I can just run in a grab one of their quick pick bags containing a varied selection of age-appropriate books and usually a music or story CD too. The online service is pretty amazing too, where you can search and put items on hold, renew your books, sign up for registered programs and let the little ones watch a storytime anytime video. Amongst many others, we’ve discovered the delights of “The Great Stroller Adventure” by Denis Markell & Melissa Iwai and “Gordon Loggins and the Three Bears” by Linda Bailey & Tracy Walker, and my 2 year old son just loved a factual book about Velociraptors. So if  you ever feel that you’ve read The Very Hungry Caterpillar one too many times, head to your local library, get yourself and your kids a card (in Calgary it’s $12 per year for adults and free for children up to age 13) and start borrowing! I also recommend signing up for Library Elf (www.libraryelf.com) so you don’t get stung with any late fees when your baby brain forgets when they are due back. An ever changing selection of new books has really made story time a lot more enjoyable for me and will hopefully encourage the young ones to be avid readers. Plus, I can always pick up a few good, age-appropriate, books for myself.

Are you there world? It’s me, Peita.

Melissa, January 23, 2011

Is it wrong that I’ve always been a bit jealous/suspicious of mommy bloggers and wonder how on earth they find the time to do it? Don’t they have enough to do running round after the kids and then just want to slump in front of the TV watching some trashy show whenever they have any spare time? Suddenly, I am one of them. Eeeek! Nope, no idea where I will find the time either. The inclination came about because I need to find something to keep my brain ticking over and have a little creative outlet for myself. Plus, Melissa kinda begged me and bought me lunch. My vital stats: – Two children: one boy (will be 3 in April), one girl (1 in February) – Very happily married. We never fight. Weird, huh? – Moved to Calgary from native Scotland almost 5 years ago – Scottish accent that I never plan to lose. Ever. – Likes: travelling, baking, swimming, walking, singing, etsy.com, skype, Bobs and Lolo, confusing Canadians by throwing in weird Scottish words/phrases into daily conversation Slange Var!

2011 Pre Golden Globes Boom Boom Room

Melissa, January 18, 2011

I had such an amazing time meeting some beautiful and amazing celebs as well as being placed in the same room as so many great companies!! Here are some pics from the event!!

Rid Phthalates!

Melissa, January 18, 2011

One very good reason to be a proud Canadian is that this beautiful country acts against harmful chemicals and tries to keep them away from our little ones. I read the article, “Phthalates to be restricted in children’s toys” on CBC News this morning and I am thrilled with the report. This is not the first time this topic has come upon my blog, if you are interested in learning more about the dangers of some of the chemicals used in plastic check out http://blog.weangreen.com/dangers-of-bpa-and-other-chemicals/! With many more chemicals to be banned from our products all I have to say is, good riddance phthalates!

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