Carrots and kids do not usually go together, but this recipe mixes two of Carina’s favorite foods with the not-so-desireable vegetable: pineapples and raisins. When Carina first tasted these, she yelled out, “Yum!” and proceeded to eat almost two whole muffins in one sitting!!
(This is Carina enjoying a carrot muffin!)
These muffins are moist and a little sweet. The almonds on top give them some crunch.
I should note that I did not spend tons of time slicing up fresh pineapple or grating carrots. The pineapple from the can worked great, if not better than fresh, and I used baby carrots in my food processor.
This Oster food processor, by the way, is fantastic – it is actually an attachment to my blender base.
I was able to make 20 muffins with this recipe, which, from my calculation, came out to about 140 calories per muffin. I froze the extras for snacking in the future.
Adapted from Food.com:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup raisins
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup drained crushed pineapple (from a can)
handful sliced almonds (optional topping)
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and applesauce.
- Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined. Stir in the raisins, carrots, and pineapple just until evenly moist.
- Use a 1/4-cup measuring cup to divide the batter into the lined muffin pan. Place some sliced almonds on top of each.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Take the muffins out of the pans and cool on a rack.
My blender and food processor attachment:
Oster 16-Speed Blender with Glass Jar
Considering a new pet for your household? Well, one consideration is how long that pet will be a part of you life. Here is a list that explores an animal’s potential lifespan:
The average life expectancy of an indoor cat is nine to fifteen years. The oldest cat ever was a Texan from Austin! Creme Puff was born on August 3, 1967, and died on August 6, 2005.
The median life expectancy of dogs is 12.8 years. This varies greatly by breed. The oldest dog ever was Australian cattle-dog, Bluey. He lived twenty-nine years and five months, from 1910 to November 14, 1939.
The larger the bird, the longer the expected life span. Birds vary from a finch or canary that has a life expectancy of fifteen years to a cockatoo that may live sixty-five years.
The life span of a hamster is two to three years.
In general, the larger the fish, the longer the life span; and, egg laying fish live longer than those that give birth to live young. Bettas usually live an a little over two years, while goldfish may live ten to thirty years.
Comcast will open the first Texas XFINITY customer service center in Katy on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
The 3,200 square foot center, located at 517 South Mason Rd., is designed around the needs of customers and provides Comcast customers with an opportunity to explore, learn about and interact directly with the latest XFINITY products and services.
Kiosks around the center provide customers with the opportunity to experience XFINITY TV, test drive XFINITY Internet’s speeds, connect with XFINITY Voice service, and try out next generation XFINITY Home Security. Other features are 55” flat screen TVs, a comfortable seating area, and more time-saving offerings, including a self-service kiosk for quick bill pay and a queue system that allows customers to explore and be entertained instead of waiting in line for service.
“We’re proud to provide our customers with a place where they can experience our XFINITY products and services firsthand and check out the latest technology in an interactive environment,” said Doug Guthrie, senior vice president of Comcast’s Houston Region. “This new model has a morewelcoming design, and most important a new attitude as we apply the same mindset of innovation, speed and utility that our customers love about our products to our customer service.”
The XFINITY Customer Service Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 am – 6 pm and Saturday from 8 am – 5 pm and located at 517 South Mason Rd in Katy. This center replaces the former Comcast Service Center located at 595 South Mason Rd.
The new center in Katy is the first of four new XFINITY Customer Service Centers planned for 2012. Comcast currently has 13 service centers located throughout the Greater Houston area.
January 27 is the United Nations International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. It honors those who died and suffered as a result of the Holocaust, with the hope that such remembrance will prevent future genocide. On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, the largest Nazi death camp where more than one million people died, was liberated by Soviet troops. Although most of the people murdered there were Jewish, in addition, Poles, Gypsies, Soviets, homosexuals, the disabled, and political and religious opponents were killed there.
The Holocaust Museum Houston located at 5401 Caroline Street, is sponsoring a free program at the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater from 10am – 11am. It will highlight Giorgio Perlasca, an Italian who posed as a Spanish diplomat in order to intervene on behalf of Hungarian Jews.
I was recently driving past downtown Houston and noticed that we are home to some extremely tall buildings! Apparently, Houston has forty-five skyscrapers that exceed 400 feet.
The tallest of these is the JP Morgan Chase Tower, at 600 Travis Street, with 75 stories. It was built in 1982, and is 1002 feet high. It is the tallest building in Texas and the twelfth tallest building in the United States.
Standing at 992 feet, the Wells Fargo Plaza, at 1000 Louisiana Street, is the second tallest building in Texas and the thirteenth tallest building in the United States.
In addition, Houston has over 360 completed high rises.
I have been wanting to do a sewing a project on my sewing machine.
When I saw this project I just had to try it!
One of Carina’s favorite things to do is color, and it will be nice to have this roll ready to go in my baby bag when we go out. When Carina opened it and saw the crayon surprise, she had a huge smile on her face!
I followed Skip to my Lou‘s instructions carefully, but here’s what I did:
- You need three pieces of wool felt 6″ X 16 1/2 (pocket), 5″ X 16 1/2″ (outside), 5″ x 16 1/2″ (inside).
- Take the 6 X 16 1/2 piece (pocket) and fold it in half length ways.
- Lay it on top of the 5″ X 16 1/2 (inside) piece.
- Starting over 1 1/4″ from the edge, stitch from top to the bottom on the pocket piece. Then continuing stitching every 1″. Back stitch at the top of each stitching line to reinforce.
- You will end with 1 1/4″ on the other side and 15 crayon pockets.
- Place the pocket piece that you just sewed on top of your outside piece (wrong sides together). Gently stretch and pin to keep it all in place.
- On the right edge at the middle insert a 30″ piece of ribbon folded in half. Insert the folded end about 1/2 an inch.
- Sew all the way around the outside 1/4″ in from the edge.
- Dress up the edge using pinking shears – be careful when you come to the ribbon – you will have to do each side separately.