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I am continually surprised with the amount of baby snacks there are on the market now for my 3rd child compared to my eldest son, there's practically a full aisle in supermarkets dedicated to baby snacks! With so many available it can be hard to know where to start! I, personally, put ingredients way above everything else having always breast fed and then home cooked my babies food I like to know exactly what they are having, I am very careful with treats, I do not want anything with artificial colours of flavourings, e numbers, hydro fats, or anything considered unhealthy - if it is bad for an adult it's going to be worse for a tiny immune system. My children all love fruit as a snack having been reared on things such as bananas and grapes for finger foods but granted it's not always cost effective to buy a bunch of bananas and hope they will last the month, that is why I turned to pre packed snacks. I wanted something I could take out in my changing bag if we were away from the house for the day that I could just pass to baby as and when, with bananas for example babys tend to have them in chunks meaning you quite often end up with a rotting banana somewhere in your bag!
The convenience of this rice cakes is brilliant, there are some resealable bags available but I tend to use sandwich bags to help them stay fresher for longer.
They are the perfect size for baby hands, and soften quickly so are easy for them to manage. There's a whole range of flavours on the market, I tend to stick to the apple just out of habit really, having tried one myself I would say they taste quite plan but then my taste buds are a few decades older than babys so am sure they have a lovely taste for him without being too strong.
I buy these every week and have never had any kind of problem with them, 5* baby product!
My daughter loves the Organix finger foods especially the Blueberry and Raspberry rice cakes and the Carrot sticks although we have also tried many other fingers foods in their range. As my daughter loves their rice cakes we decided to try the Apple variety.
We brought a 50g bag from Boots where they are currently on offer for £1. They are suitable from 7 months. My daughter is 6 and a half months but started weaning at 4 months and she manages these with ease. However you really need to consider each baby individual and we always very closely supervise her.
The rice cakes themselves are the perfect size for little hands to hold and you get lots in a packet. My daughter finds them easy to hold and feed herself. She manges to suck and gum them until they are soft and then gets small pieces off which she then chews. (Or drops and makes a mess!)
She likes the flavour, but prefers the Blueberry and Raspberry ones. Having tried one myself I can confirm they taste nothing like Apple and the flavour is much milder than the other Organix varieties. I am not sure how to describe the flavour it merely tasted sweet. The other rice cakes in range that we have tried such as the Blueberry and Raspberry and the Tomatoe and herb taste very realistic so these were a disapointment.
For this reason we would not buy again as there are other rice cake flavours in the Organix range that she prefers and that actually taste like what they are supposed to!
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I started buying these six years ago when my son was still a baby, I still buy them regularly now! I have a two year old daughter as well, and they both love them!
I get them from either tesco or boots for £1.19 a packet, the packet is 50g. My son can easily eat a whole bag in one go now, but when they were babies they just had 1 or 2 at a time as a little snack.
They are a great finger food for babies from seven months old. They are easy for babies to hold, and have a nice texture and tasty sweet flavour of apple and cinnamon. Also they have no added sugar or salt, and no colourings.
The packaging is quite simple, a green bag with a picture of a baby and some apples, also it says from seven months quite clearly on the front of the pack.
I choose to give them to my children as I think they are a healthy choice of snack.
I've tried them myself too and I agree that they are quite yummy!
When looking along the baby aisle in Tesco for some inspiration as to what to give my baby son as finger foods I found several packet snacks that were made just for babies. A lot of these were suitable from 12 months, which he is not quite just yet. Of the food suitable from 7 months, Organix seemed to offer the best range of food. One of the packets that I purchased was these Organic Apple Rice Cakes.
The rice cakes come in a packet of 50g and cost £1.19. This is far more expensive than anything that I would pay for a small packet of rice cakes for myself, however, baby snacks and finger foods like these do seem to be rather expensive. I am happy to pay for the knowledge that they are made for babies and therefore safe for them to eat. The packaging is effectively a foil crisp-type packet. This is not resealable so, in order to keep the rice cakes fresh once open, you either have to put them in a sealed container or attach a stay fresh clip (or clothes peg!) to the top. There are a lot of rice cakes in the packet, so it is not likely that baby will get through them that quickly, so you will need to find a way to keep them fresh.
The rice cakes are a nice size to fit comfortably in baby's hand for them to nibble on - a little bigger in size than a £2 coin. They are organic and coated in apple juice and cinnamon. They do not smell very strong - the bag just smells of a hint of cinnamon. What I particularly like about them is that they are not coated in a bright coloured, messy powder. We have tried apple & blueberry and tomato varieties and, whilst my son enjoys them, they are quite messy! This variety is much more practical for an on-the-go snack.
I was initially worried about how my son would cope with rice cakes with very few teeth as they are quite solid, but these seem to melt in his mouth quite well so I have no worries about choking. My son seems to enjoy these as a snack and will never reject them if offered. They are dry though so do make him quite thirsty so we always follow with plenty of water - this also helps him swallow any dry bits.
Overall, these are quite expensive but the packet does last well and they are great for letting baby develop their self-feeding skills. They are a nice size for them to hold and nibble and a nice variation to bread or fruit/vegetables.
My son has been eating these since he was weaned and still loves them. They are so tasty I will share a packet with him so I think we will be buying them for many years! There are no bad ingredients which is really important to me. The apple flavour is far the best compared to the blueberry ones and the plain ones. The colour on the blueberry ones is a bit of a nightmare and he wasn't interested in the plain ones.
I wish they did these in multi packs of smaller bags as I find that we open them when we are out, have a few and then leave the rest to go stale (although he will still eat them stale!). The bag is too big and a bit pricey just for one snack. It would also be nice to have a savoury flavour like cheesy ones. I would really recommend these for babies that have just started on solids to introduce finger foods. I have never followed the recommend age for baby products and my son never choked, I believe all the finger food he ate like these definitely helped him to be a brilliant eater!
I purchased these rice cakes about a fortnight ago and purchase them on the odd occasion when we're out and about. They come in a green foil/plastic packet which to my annoyance isn't resealable which means you've got to use a clip/hair bobble or end up with loads of rice cakes in the bottom of your bag complete with crumbs. On the front of the packet it indicates that the product is suitable from 7 months which I think is to cover themselves as my son has been happily eating these (supervised of course) with no adverse events as we are following baby-led weaning.
My son adores these rice cakes and gets quite excited when he see's the packet as he adores the taste and I openly admit so do I. I try to encourage a varied diet in my son and offer these or oat cakes along with veggie sticks & fruit.
The rice cakes are flat circular discs (about 5cm in diameter) and are free of added sugar, artificial flavourings and colourings and are made up of Organic wholegrain rice, organic apple juice, organic cinnamon and vit B1 and nothing else. Admittedly I do not try to over indulge my son (nor I) in these rice cakes as they are quite expensive as a 50g bag costs £1.09 which is ridiculous for rice cakes but baby foods have always been quite costly.
To conclude this review: These rice cakes are the perfect size for little ones and are very tasty - too tasty in fact - I find myself eating them too. I purchase them on the odd occasion as they are too expensive to have all the time as well as I prefer to give my son home-made/fresh produce but when I'm caught out they are very handy and can be found in Boots and Supermarkets.
*** As stated by sandemp and I agree although I completely forgot to mention initially - these rice cakes are full of fruit sugar so not so good for the teeth but as I have mentioned in the comment box I am currently unable to locate rice-cakes that aren't full of salt and I only get these rice-cakes on occasion when caught out ***
My little girl is now getting to the age where main meals just aren't enough to keep her filled up! All I seem to be doing is feeding her! She is very active and growing like mad and so I want to get some handy snacks for times when I can't prepare fresh fruit or vegetables for her.
I came across the Organix Apple Flavoured Rice Cakes on a recent rip to our local supermarket. Priced at just 99p for a large bag (weighing just 50g because rice cakes are so light) I thought that we would give them a try.
The Organix range has a 'No Junk Promise', reassuring for a first time mum (who isn't quite sure that she knows what she is doing!). They promise that there is No added Salt, sugar or colourings within their product. Good so far!
The cakes themselves are designed with exploration and self feeding in mind. The cakes are for 7 month old babies plus and so are just the right size for little hands. Roughly an inch in diameter.
The Apple rice cakes are made from Organic wholegrain rice coated with apple and cinnamon, and per rice cake they contain 23 calories.
The rice cakes are a bit like snack-a-jacks. They are solid to hold but as baby sucks and gnaws on them they break down into easy to manage chunks. My baby doesn't have any teeth yet but is still able to devour these no problem.
I have tried these myself and they are quite yummy! My little girl loves them and is sat on my knee eating one as I type one handed as she has spotted the packet!
The packet itself is made of foil and very similiar to a crisp packet. This makes opening them easy and storing them inside the packet once open also easy (just clip a peg on to keep it from opening).
The negatives about the rice cakes I have found is that once sucked they are incredibly easy to break up, which is very messy. Also I would never leave my baby to eat one of these alone, again because they break up easily sometimes a rather large bit can get broken off and if you are not careful gagging/chocking can happen. Not great!
A packet lasts quite a while, for us roughly a week to two weeks and so is very good value for money.
I would recommend these to friends for sure!
I bought these rice cakes out of desperation one day - my little girl was 6 months old and seemed to be constantly chewing. I thought she might be ready for finger foods but wanted to give her something easy to grasp, healthy and easy to eat.
I was a little concerned that the apple would be too sweet and full of sugar but from reading the ingredients on the packet they don't seem too high in the nasty stuff!
I felt confident that the Organix range was good for her as they make foods made from organic, wholesome ingredients. I was already a fan of their jars of baby food and pots of organic fruit so felt that the rice cakes would at the very least be free of additives and made from quality ingredients.
The rice cakes are a great size for her - really easy to grasp and go reassuringly soft once they've been sucked for a bit. Even at 8 months my daughter still doesn't have any teeth but is able to eat these ricecakes really easily - she seems to suck them to death! They dissolve and go soggy so the chance of choking is greatly reduced (although I still don't give them to her without supervision) and she ends up with little bits of puffed rice stuck all over her once she's had one for a while!
I suppose that is one of the drawbacks with these ricecakes - they do get very sticky once they've been sucked and my daughter ends up with little bits of rice stuck to her clothes, neck, face - hair! Not great but she's so proud of herself being able to eat them by herself (how much actually gets into her stomach I'm not sure!)
I'm a big fan of these - I just wish they could provide a re-sealable bag as the bag they're in is like a crisp packet (which babies love the sound of by the way) but is a bit of a nightmare to keep fresh unless they're eaten in one go. On that point however, I have been known to finish off the bag myself - they're pretty low in calories and have a lot less additives than snack o jacks.
Organix rice cake are great for babies, my son started having them when he was just over 6 months and has never had a problem with them, they feel quite hard and I was worried how he would cope with them, but they melt down quite quickly when its in the mouth. they are a greast shape to hold easily and nice and thick so they dont break too easily.
They come in quite a large packet, I usually offer my son around 4 at a time and put the rest of the pack in the storage container, they are around £1 a pack and I would say maybe one pack a week we use so I think they are slightly over priced but I still would continue to buy them.
Once my son got the hang of eating them I started to put things on them to make it slightly more interesting for him, I have spread darylea on them, or dunked them in his purrees then given them to him to eat and he enjoys them that way too.
You can also get them in Blueberry and rasberry flavour, which are about 10p more a packet, they are great for a change, they are purple in colour so the colour does come out all over hands and clothes but easily washes.
I prefer the Apple ones for both price and colour and my son seems to enjoy them both equally.
Sorry to go against the grain here, but my daughter really hates these rice cakes!
Im not sure what it is about them that she dislikes, but Ive tried offering them to her on a few occasions but she is not impressed. Ive also tried them myself and they taste a bit like apple and cinnamon favour sugar puffs! The flavour is very subtle but they are slightly stickier than normal rice cakes.
Packaged in a bright green 50g bag, with the distinctive Organix smiley face trademark, these snacks subscribe to the 'no junk promise' meaning they dont contain any added sugar or flavouring and are organic.
The ingredients are as follows;
Organic wholegrain brown rice 79%
Organic apple juice concentrate 20%
Organic cinnamon less than 1%
Organic coconut oil less than 1%
The nutritional content goes like this per 100g;
Carbohydrate 85g, of which sugars 12.6g
Fat 2.6g, of which saturates 0.7g
So there you have it. I know lots of babies who cant get enough of these rice cakes, but my baby isnt one of them. She either spits them out, chucks them on the floor, or ends up with them stuck top the roof of her mouth, but I doubt she has ever swallowed much, if any.
Not a big hit in our house Im afraid.
My 15month old daughter only has 4 teeth and shes starting to become very independant when it comes to eating so im always on the hunt for a healthy but tasty holdable and not so messy snack for her to munch on whilst out and about............yes i no your probably thinking you wont find something that ticks all those boxes well guess what i have!!!
These organix finger foods rice cakes flavoured with organic apple juice and a pinch of cinammon are aimed to give your baby a natural but fruity taste!!
Organix use ingredients that are grown or reared organically without artificial pesticides and with respect for the environment and there NO JUNK promise guarentees no unnecessary artificial ingredients.
The rice cakes contain:-
*Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice (79%)
* Organic Apple Juice Concentrate (20%)
*Organic Cinnamon (<1)
*Organic Coconut Oil (<1)
* Thiamin (<1)
* Junk (0%)
*Gluten and wheat free.
* suitable for vegetarians.
This food has no added colourings but natural ingredients may cause staining.
This 50g packet is full of rice cakes that have a puffed rice texture which is firm enough to hold but gentle enough for developing gums these perfectly round ricecakes are 1cms in thickness and an inch roughly in size which is perfect for encouraging self feeding.
These dont look very appetising at all they look like a circular peice of cardboard but i assure you they are very tasty i like them my daughter loves them and in my eyes there a winner!.....and they dont make as much mess as a rusk would there much healthier than a rusk and they have no junk!!
This 50g packet can be purchased from most food stores i purchased mine from the ££ shop!! they also come in a raspberry and blueberry flavour and my daughter loves them 2!!
These finger foods rice cakes are for stage 2 ( 7months onwards)
The packaging has changed now and is in a green packet with a picture of a baby on the front with a cut apple and finger foods written in funky writing along with the age there available for and a picture of the rice cake..... very basic packaging but for me thats all it needs to be apart from i wish they would put a reaselable sticker on the back so they can be kept fresh and ready another day!!
When it comes to food, I can often be found rummaging through the cupboards searching for a snack! However, a recent rummage uncovered an unusual result - 'Organix Apple Rice Cakes'. "How did they get in there?" I asked myself, before realising they were left behind from my eight-month-old niece's recent visit. Although i'm clearly not a child, I decided to eat them anyway, with the ultimate aim of putting the pleasant sounding morsels through their paces in a thorough dooyoo review.
Organix pride themselves on using all natural ingredients (listed below) in their products, which are grown naturally without the aid of pesticides, and with respect for the environment. The rice-cakes are made from wholegrain rice, and coated with apple juice and a pinch of cinnamon - sound good? - let's find out how they taste.
Price & Availability
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Organix Apple Rice Cakes can currently be purchased for 93p from Tesco (550g).
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The rice cakes contain;
Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice (79%), Organic Apple Juice Concentrate (20%), Organic Cinnamon (<1), Organic Coconut Oil (<1), Thiamin (<1), Junk (0%).
Appearance & Taste
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Each of the cakes takes the form of a circular cluster of puffed rice which is about one centimetre in thickness. In all honesty, their appearance is quite similar to the little pieces of polystyrene packaging which you sometimes see surrounding mail-order products - thankgoodness they don't taste like them too! The rice cakes have a lovely crunchyness to them, and whilst the first few bites don't release a massive amount of flavour, the subtle apple and cinnamon overtones come through in the aftertaste, creating a moreish snack.
From the persecutive of a baby, the rice cakes are nice and chunky to hold, and although quite crunchy, the texture is soft enough for developing gums.
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Organix Apple Rice Cakes are tasty snacks which, due to their all natural ingredients, are perfect for babies. Although slightly un-appetising in appearance, they are actually very tasty - and most importantly, my niece likes them too! For that reason, I feel confident in awarding five shiny dooyoo stars.
*the rice cakes aren't suitably for children under seven months*
Nutritional Info Per 6g (3 cakes)
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Saturated Fat: Trace
THE FRONT OF THE PACKET
Organix Apple Rice Cakes are a finger food for babies of around 7 months and up. They come in a green cellophane packet of 50 grams. There is a drawing of a smiling baby holding a rice cake. The organic standard soil association logo is clearly stated along with the logo for wholegrain cereals and their 'no junk promise'.
THE BACK OF THE PACKET
On the back of the packet, the nutrition information, ingredients, advice for storage, safety advice, the company's contact details and extra blurb are all clearly presented.
Their ingredients list has been made very easy to understand, meaning you can see what is in them at a glance. This makes Organix appear to be more trustworthy and means that you can grab these in a hurry without needing to read lines and lines of unnecessary text.
The safety advice states they are not suitable for under 7 months of age and to never leave your child unattended when self-feeding - my son was born late and mastered finger foods early so I asked advice from my health visitor who said he could use them from 6 months.
To keep them from going stale, they advise putting any leftovers into an airtight container. This is where they loose points in my opinion as there is no way a baby will finish a whole packet in one sitting, I would prefer the packets to be resealable - surely it's not much to ask?
A little snippet of text at the top states that when weaning, your baby's facial muscles improve which can help speech development. They go on to say that Organix finger foods help children develop hand-eye coordination - to me this is only half true as many other homemade foods will do the job just as well.
THE SMELL AND FLAVOUR
When opening the packet for the first time, a lovely subtle scent of apple and cinnamon hits you. The smell is not too overpowering or sweet for a young palate. This gets the thumbs up from me as alternatives such as rusks can be very high in sugar.
In taste they are slightly too bland for an adult to enjoy but at just the perfect level for a young baby to experience as a new flavour. My son will not let them go until he has devoured them so he gives them five stars!
These rice cakes are naturally sweetened with concentrated apple juice which is not so harsh on baby's teeth. They contain added thiamin which is apparently an essential vitamin for growing babies, this is reassuring to know you are giving your child a good start with their diet.
The rice used is wholegrain and is stated to contain more minerals and vitamins than the refined white variety and takes longer to digest keeping baby satisfied for longer. This is good too, however I worry that the upshot of this is that they could cause constipation? It is just a hunch although my son has not had any problems.
In all, they are definitely better than offering cheese wotsits or onion rings to your child, I will be sticking to this brand until my son is at least at school age.
~~~ Ingredients ~~~
Organix are well known amongst mums and dads for their 'No Junk Promise' and these rice cakes are no exception, having a very simple list of ingredients:
Organic Wholegrain Rice ................... 79%
Organic Apple Juice Concentrate ....... 20%
Organic Cinnamon ................ less than 1%
Organic Coconut Oil .............. less than 1%
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) ............ less than 1%
These rice cakes are gluten and wheat free and are suitable for vegetarians.
~~~ Packaging ~~~
These rice cakes come in a foil and plastic packet, similar to a packet of crisps. Note that the packaging for these has recently been re-designed. The packet I have is still green but instead of the cartoon of a baby eating a rice cake as shown in the picture at the top of this page, there is now a photo of a baby with a rice cake and a picture of the ingredients that go into this. There are also several rice cakes pictured on the packet.
~~~ My Opinion ~~~
I first gave these to my son when he was eight months old as I wanted him to be able to have a healthy snack which he could hold and eat himself. He was not very impressed at first but I persevered and now (a few months on) he can't get enough of them. As soon as he spots the packet he starts reaching out for it and making what I call his hungry noises!
The rice cakes are appropriately sized for little hands. They are round, have a diameter of about 4cm and are about 1cm thick. My son has no trouble in holding them and eating them although I often have to stop him trying to fit a whole one in his mouth!
I really don't like rice cakes, I don't like the texture or the taste. However, the other day my son was eating one of these and had dropped half of it on the sofa so I decided to have a taste. And actually these are really rather nice. They have a strong cinnamon smell to them and on biting into them you can taste the apple and cinnamon together which reminded me a bit of the taste of apple crumble. I would happily eat these myself as a healthy snack.
These are plain rice cakes which have been coated in apple juice and cinnamon which means that the outside of them is slightly sticky. My son has been known to get them stuck to his hand when he is trying to put them down which is very amusing to watch! The rice cake itself is very crispy and has a lovely crunchy texture. Once bitten into the rice cake almost melts in your mouth which makes it very easy for a baby to chew and swallow.
One downside to these rice cakes is that they can be fairly messy because small pieces of the rice inevitably fall off once the cake has been bitten into. However these really do make ideal finger food and are great as a healthy snack so it is worth putting up with a little bit of mess.
A 50g bag of Apple Rice Cakes costs £1.05 from Boots or 93p from Asda. Each packet contains about 25 rice cakes so this seems like reasonably good value to me. Provided you reseal the packet after opening them these seem to stay crispy for at least a week if not more which is just as well as the packet is a bit big for a youngster to eat all in one go!
Although my granddaughter is now two years old and eats pretty much the same as the rest of us, we are still trying to keep sugary and salty treats to a minimum at least until she's old enough to demand them when her big sisters eat. Mind you she's becoming rather adept at pulling puppy dog eyes at people now until they cave in and hand her a chip/chunk of Dairy Milk/mouthful of beef burger so I am not sure how long this stricter regime will last for now!
One snack which has really stood the test of time for her is the Apple Rice Cakes from Organix, which is surprising really as she never really took to the rest of the range and I honestly cannot see her attraction with these despite the fact that I love rice cakes myself.
Organix are a very well respected company who pride themselves on the fact that their baby and toddler foods contain no junk and a quick glance at the ingredients list assures me that everything in it is good and the itemised ingredients all add up to 100% - something which always impresses me as I hate it when the percentages come to 98% as I wonder what the extra bit is made up of!
These small rice cakes made ideal finger food when my granddaughter was smaller, she didn't start on them until around nine months as considering the weaning process isn't supposed to begin until six months introducing solid finger foods such as these just a month later seemed like folly to me and my daughter. Well, in all honesty she was weaned at around four months old (don't tell the Health Visitor!) but still seven months does seem a little early for things like this.
Anyway, she loves them. I mean absolutely adores them. 'Ice Kaks' was one of her first proper words and before this was plain enough to be understood she would pull me or her mum into the kitchen and stare up at the bread bin in concentration as though willing one to pop out of the packet and into her pudgy little hand.
The rice cakes are plain but coated with apple juice and a very subtle amount of cinnamon, I've tried them here and there but find them a little too fruity for me as I have always used rice cakes for a savoury snack. They taste fairly appley and the cinnamon, although barely there, compliments this natural apple flavour wonderfully. Of course toddler's taste buds are not as well developed as am adults so these are going to taste completely different to my granddaughter than they do to me, all I can give you really is her reaction to the flavour and texture of the rice cake which I do find perfectly acceptable personally although they are a little more dry than I would expect.
My granddaughter will sit and happily munch on a couple of these while watching Peppa Pig or Humf on television, from the very first time she tried them she was quite able to chew and swallow them safely with no fear of choking as she had done previously with some Heinz finger foods. The consistency of these rice cakes, while too dry for me, are ideal for a toddler as they melt nicely in the mouth and dissolve thoroughly rather than turning into a gooey mush as many adult rice cakes do which really could pose a choking hazard.
If I had to complain about one thing it would be that the bag these come in is not resealable and these rice cakes become inedible very, very quickly. As soon as they start turning stale they lose much of their flavour and the actual rice cake softens to the point of becoming tacky to the touch, I quickly realised that the best way to keep them fresh and tasty was to put them into an air tight container and this has been how I have had to store them ever since.
All in all though I cannot fault them. They are healthy in comparison to the normal child snacks my niece gives her son, who is of a similar age, and helped my granddaughter learn to feed herself - these rice cakes actually got her through a bout of sickness last year when they were all she could keep down, the sweetness of the flavour attracted her even when she was feeling poorly and the blandness of the rice cakes themselves meant they were kind to her very upset tummy. I would recommend making sure baby has a drink to hand while eating these though as the dry texture can induce a coughing fit if you have a greedy little sausage in your family, such as my granddaughter whose aim in life seems to be breaking the Guinness World Record of Stuffing As Much Into Your Mouth As Humanly Possible! And I think today after her sausage and beans that she might just have cracked it!
A yummy first finger snack!