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June 01, 2015

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Issue #003, 1st June 2015

"Still the most magical day of my life was the day I became a mom."
- Linda Becker, Author

In this issue:

1) Solstice
2) Making Baby Food Tips
3) Recipe: Baked Macaroni and Cheese


The solstice, derived from Latin meaning the sun standing still, will be on the 21st of June this year. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it is the day of longest daylight and traditionally marks the start of the summer season. The opposite is true in the southern hemisphere, where the June solstice brings the shortest day and the start of the winter season.

Solstices have inspired many festivals, celebrations and religious holidays throughout the centuries. Summer solstice, in particular, can be traced back to the days of Stonehenge in England, erected to mark the moment of the June solstice. This is one of the world’s oldest evidence of the cultural significance of summer solstice.

Stonehenge June Solstice

Making Baby Food Tips

  • Offer lots of finger foods
    Once your baby has a few teeth and is comfortable swallowing, offer him a variety of finger foods to introduce self-feeding and to help him practice his chewing skills. Finger food is also great for developing fine motor skills and hand to mouth coordination. Start with pieces of soft ripe fruit or soft baby biscuits, moving onto small chunks of steamed vegetables, when he has developed more skill.
  • Chopped please
    Round fruits, such as grapes, blueberries and cherry tomatoes, pose a choking risk for babies, as much food is swallowed unchewed! Until the molar teeth come in and your baby can chew properly, chopping the fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces will help minimise the choking risk. It will also prevent these fruits and vegetables from rolling away from your little one’s tentative grip!
  • Make lunch the main meal
    Many babies and toddlers become very tired by the end of the day, and it can be hard for them to focus and eat well at dinner. If you structure your baby’s meals such that he meets his minimum daily nutritional requirements at lunch, then you can be relaxed in the evenings if your little one doesn’t seem very interested in his food.

Recipe: Baked Macaroni and Cheese

June is National Dairy Month, so why not try this deliciously pleasing recipe for Baked Macaroni and Cheese, the ultimate comfort food.

This recipe yields approximately 6-8 servings.

30g unsalted butter
45g red onion, peeled and finely chopped
30g plain flour
500ml full fat milk
1/4 tsp ground black pepper (optional)
250g pasta shapes
200g mature Cheddar, grated

Quick Pasta Recipe for Baby: Baked Macaroni and



Preheat oven to 175C / 155C Fan.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, and cook for approximately 2 minutes, or until they are soft.

Add the flour, and cook for 1 minute, stirring continuously.

Stir in the milk, a little at a time until it is all gone, and then add the black pepper (if using). Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, and cook until it thickens, stirring frequently.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet. Drain and set aside when ready.

When the milk mixture has thickened, add the grated cheese until it is fully melted and incorporated, then turn off the heat.

Combine the pasta and cheese sauce in an oven-proof baking dish, mixing well.

Bake for 30 minutes until the top is slightly browned and the sauce is bubbly.

Let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

Now time to get back to the little ones! Thanks for stopping by.

See you soon,

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