What’s New in the Creamy Shop?

November 26, 2016

creamy

There are some great new things in my Creamy General Store. I’ve designed some new cushions and I have some hand-sewn baby clothes that I’m really proud of, but I most wanted to share with you my new line of sweatshirts. I’m a minimalist girl and I like simple clothes, so I had fun designing these sweatshirts with a message that wasn’t too overstated.

A lot has happened in the world since the the last U.S. election, and a lot of people are not only concerned, but they want to make a statement and help where they can. I’m one of these people and I created these sweatshirts to  donated 50% of the profits to great causes. Each sweater corresponds to the National Immigration Forum, Center for Reproductive Rights, Common Cause Foundation, or LGBTQ Task Force. I hope that you will grab one for your self to support my little shop and these fantastic causes!

http://www.creamygeneralstore.com/

2017 Stendig Calendars Now in Stock in UK

September 18, 2016

stendig calendar uk

It’s that magical moment of the year where I get to announce that 2017 Stendig Calendars are now back in stock! Hurray! If you live in the UK, you can find them in my shop!

As always, it is my duty to remind you that these sell out very quickly. It breaks my heart to get e-mails after they’ve all sold out because these are hard to find and limited editions. Be quick, my little design lovers!

Hiding Away Baby Items

July 4, 2016

One thing I’ve wanted to avoid since I found out we were having a baby was allowing the house to be taken over by baby “stuff”. I’ve seen it so many times– toys start to take over every room of the house and you find yourself buying the baby version of everything. There’s nothing wrong with this if you don’t mind, but I do mind. I guess I feel like our house is a reflection of us, and I don’t want to feel like my entire identity is about being a mom, if you get what I mean (I hope that doesn’t sound bad). It’s important to nurture yourself and your desires!

storage

It’s unavoidable that, as your little one grows, you’re going to acquire more things for them. I keep diaper changing supplies in our living room as well as a selection of toys. To keep these things tidied away, I picked up some interesting baskets.  I feel like these add visual interest to the space while helping me keep the room clean. Of course when Winter is playing, there is a blanket and toys on the floor, but after he goes to sleep, it’s easy to throw them in the basket on the right and have a clean space.

The idea of toy storage in the living room isn’t revolutionary, but I wanted to share that just because you’re storing toys/baby goodies doesn’t mean that the container has to look like it’s for kids. You can choose a solution that’s stylish and works for your space!

Cheeseburger Macaroni for Babies and Toddlers

July 1, 2016

cheeseburger pasta for kids

I had a lot of fun coming up with this recipe. Growing up, I can remember occasionally eating something in the States called Hamburger Helper. It’s a really cheap and easy boxed meal that you just add some minced meat to and have dinner. I wanted to recreate this dish, but without any of the salt or additives. My son loves cheese, so I thought it would be a hit, but I also wanted to add in some vegetables in my version. It went down a treat and would be great for toddlers or the entire family! (My husband and I thought it was delicious.)

cheeseburger pasta for babies

Ingredients

Makes at least 18 ice cubes. Double the recipe to feed 2 adults and 2 children.

250g mince beef (or mince meat of your choice)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
1 small carrot, diced
1 clove of garlice, minced
1/2 cup no-salt chicken stock (I use this)
1 cup milk
3/4 cup macaroni noodles
1 tspn paprika
1 tbspn cornflour
3/4 cup cheddar cheese

Directions

For 6 months +

Brown beef, garlic, and vegetables and drain off fat. Return to pot.

Add milk, broth, and macaroni to pot, then stir in cornstarch and paprika.

Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cover for the required cook time of your noodles.

Remove from heat, then stir in cheese.

For toddlers, you can serve now. For babies, add everything to blender and blend to the required smoothness for your little one.

Sometimes after freezing, this can thicken up. In that case, add a little water while you reheat to smoothen out.

Baby Banana French Toast

June 26, 2016

banana french toast

If you’re doing baby-led weaning with your little one, or if you’re like me and doing a mixture of that and spoon-feeding, you will find this recipe a fun addition to your breakfast rotation. I like to mix up Winter’s breakfasts to keep things interesting and, while I mostly spoon-feed him, I like to throw in some finger foods to help him improve his motor skills. French toast is the perfect breakfast finger food. It usually calls for sugar, so this alternative recipe is a healthy option. I like to blitz some strawberries to go with it to replace syrup. It’s great for older kids too!

Ingredients

1 bread slice
1 banana
60 ml of baby’s usual milk
sprinkle of cinnamon
sprinkle of nutmeg
unsalted butter for cooking

Directions

For 6 months +

Cut the bread into strips. Blend your banana, milk, and spices until smooth. Dip each slice into mixture and fry in butter until brown. Serve with blended fruit– I like strawberries!