BLW Meal Ideas and Recipe for Apple and Pear Sauce

I know I’ve only been posting recipes until now but I’ve always talked a bit about my life. I’d like to start writing more about things that may be of interest to my followers and are certainly of interest to me.  Which brings me to Baby Led Weaning.

If you are reading this you are probably new to Baby Led Weaning, also known as BLW.  Baby led weaning is defined as when a “Child self-feeds bits of ‘cutted up’ food from 6 months, as per the World Health Organisation guidelines,” as defined by www.babyledweaning.com.  I stongly encourage you to go to their website to learn more about BLW if this post is of any interest to you. Basically you allow children to feed themselves (from 6 months old) and you offer them a whole variety of foods and not just jarred baby food.  This is a growing movement in the US and UK even though it is considered quite drastic by some.  But before companies made beautifully convenient jars and pounches of food what do people think babies were eating?!  I personally believe this is a healthier and more natural approach for my family.  We also use pureed baby food along with a wealth of other foods from chicken to avocado to sweet potatoes.  This is why I chose to follow the BLW method… Continue reading

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

I used to work at a college in a rural town about 2 hours north of Pittsburgh. There are three things that stick with me about my time there.  The first is that I met one of my greatest friends there and I am so thankful to have her in my life.  The second is that it had the most beautiful country campus with lots of flora and lovely leafy trees. The last was that the ladies in the cafeteria made some delicious cinnamon apple muffins.  The best part about these muffins was the big chunks of apple inside.  It was a very dissappointing day when I went down to the little cafe in the student union and they were sold out.

This recipe reminds me of those yummy muffins though it is an adaptation of the Apple Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Topping in the More from Magnolia cookbook by the infamous Allysa Torey of Magnolia Bakery fame.  My mum bought me this cookbook as a wedding present and it has proved a great staple in my house.  In Allysa’s recipe she uses canned apple filling and makes a coffee type cake from the recipe.  I’ve slightly adapted it to use fresh apples, as I’m not very keen on the canned apple filling I’ve found in the UK, and it can be used for muffins or makes a lovely breakfast bundt.

I hope you enjoy!

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