Smash Cake for the Monster Baby

So it’s been a year. One precious, moving way too fast for this momma year. As I look back, I can’t believe we’re already here. I have been lucky enough to be able to enjoy these moments every day with this precious baby boy.
And as I planned and prepared for his first birthday of course I wanted to have a cake just for him to do as he wanted with. So off I went: pinterest, random searches for pictures of smash cakes, you name it I was looking for the best cake to make, bake, buy, whatever it took.  Now please understand I have never in my life decorated a cake but boy, I was determined. I went to the store and bought my little decorators kit and went home to bake.   The first step I took in self teaching was to mix up some pretty blue icing and just jump right in. I laid some parchment paper down and began to doodle with all the pretty tips. This is what happened.I have to say that doing this did help me. I was able to determine which tips did what, and I was able to practice the pressure on the bag while squeezing and how fast to move my hands. It  is fun.  In another life I may want to be a baker.  Just not this one.    My next step was to bake the cakes. I used two 6″ round X 2″ deep pans. The directions for how to bake with them is right on the label on the pan. They were similar to the directions on the box but I went with the directions on the pan just to be sure. After baking the cakes I let them cool according to the directions and then took a very sharp knife and sliced the tops right off. I arranged the cakes on a plate and used some yummy yellow icing to “glue” them together. Them  I took some blue icing and covered the whole cake with that. The next step was to use my shiny new decorator tools.  This is what I ended up with:

I had some grand plans to make a cake and decorate it with fish and sea-life. The reality of that is I am not a baker, and that idea while sounding fabulous was not going to happen this day.

For under $40.00 I was able to bake, color and decorate a cake that was cute for my monsters first birthday.  He loved it. It only lasted about a minute before he destroyed it.    That’s the point of a smash cake, right?

  • In the end the colors all turned a very vivid green but his hat and pants matched perfectly! What I have learned about my second first birthday party? It’s about making the memories. He’s not going to remember what his party was like, who was there or what presents he received but he will see his pictures and know that he was that fearless toddler that dove right in and ate his cake. And I didn’t cringe even once at the mess he made.

Feeling a Little Green

When I found out I was having another baby I promised myself that I would definitely make time to be able to feed my little boy with homemade baby food. I wanted to with my first but I didn’t have the resources, time, energy, you get the point. I am totally tooting my own horn when I say that I have made every bit of baby food (except for the cereal) that Knox has eaten. Please don’t judge 🙂
My reasons may be like yours, or totally different. I found with my oldest son, Kaleb, that the more processed food he ate, the more everything changed with him. When I changed his diet to try to include only the freshest food possible I saw a huge change in him. He’s calmer, more attentive, more focused. The good in whole foods with him definitely outweigh the negative. I am not in any way saying that we don’t eat fast food once in a while, or enjoy TV dinners during his football season but overall I try to feed him the freshest organic food I can and lots and lots of fresh fish. Total bonus for us living in Florida 🙂
That being said, I bring a super quick recipe for you…..Hass avocados or California avocados. I don’t know exactly the amount of fat and oils in the avocados but my pediatrician said that they are chock full of green goodness for babies.

Here’s what you will need:
**4 Hass avocados (more or less is fine)
**Food processor or blender
**Ice cube trays
**Freezer bags

Now here’s the good part-lots of pictures!!

First, I start with ripe avocados:

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They are green, but they start to get a little darker when ripe. Make sure they are ripe! Squish to make sure they are soft, not completely mushy, but definitely soft when you squeeze.

Next, you cut the avocados lengthwise around the seed:

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This is what they should look like after cutting:

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The easiest way I have found is to use a spoon and scoop around the edge between the skin and the flesh, make sure you get rid of that seed.

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Put them in your food processor, blender, whatever:

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Then mash them up a bit to make it easier to purée:

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Usually with avocados you do not need to add water, they should look like this when you’re done:

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Then I pour the puréed avocado into ice cube trays to freeze:

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I usually let them sit for a day, unless I have time that evening to pop them out. When I take them out of the trays I put them into labeled freezer bags:

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And then you can take them out the night before to defrost and feed that baby!!!

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The last picture is what it looks like while defrosting. I always stir them a little to help defrost a little better.

There are a TON of things that you can make yourself at home to feed your baby a healthy diet. I always try to find things when they are on sale and go on a baby food making binge, saving money always helps with a new baby.

How do you feed your baby and why?