My granddaughter is bright, bubbly, tall, slender, beautiful… and a chocoholic! Everyday she requests a chocolate croissant and chocolate ice cream! When we go to the store she routinely asks for a piece of chocolate candy. So what is it about chocolate that even a three year old finds it so enticing?
Well, the list can go on and on. It’s moist, sweet, yummy, invigorating, …. A zillion scientific studies have been done attempting to answer this question, but the only conclusion that I can come to is that it is personal. My granddaughter, the expert, has her favorites, and here they are:
Divine Milk Chocolate Bar – Made with the finest cocoa, smooth cocoa butter and real vanilla, giving it a distinctive creamy flavor. Divine is the only fair trade chocolate company which is owned by its cocoa farmers.
Large Gold Foiled Milk Chocolate Coins – Known as “gelt” in our house.
Godiva Chocolatier Gold Ballotin (8 pc.) – Also makes a pretty gift.
M&M Milk Chocolate Candy – Can’t go wrong with M&Ms!
Hershey’s Kisses, Milk Chocolate – An old favorite.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares – These are creamy and individually wrapped for a quick treat.
Give them a try and enjoy!
Costco Wholesale is scheduled to open in Spring 2014 at the corner of I-10 and Grand Parkway, as part of a 14 acre shopping center. It will create more than 200 jobs!
Costco is a membership warehouse club that sells brand-name items wholesale. Its sales exceed $64 billion. Their merchandise spans from designer apparel to fine wine and almost everything in between, including pharmacy and travel services.
Costco also carries its own label called Kirkland Signature. The goal of this label was to “Create an item of the same – or better- quality than the leading brand at a lower price.”
I recently visited my granddaughter in Katy, Texas and had the pleasure, for the third time, to meet young families originally from Norway! What peaked my interest in them was their language, their friendly and lovely children, and their colorful clothing! Each family had a similar story… their employer in Norway transferred them to Katy, Texas! What good fortune for us to have the opportunity to interact with such delightful people and to gain exposure to another culture. My granddaughter had a great time playing with the Norwegian children, who despite the language barrier, would grasp her hand and include her in their games and laughter.
These encounters sparked my curiosity and I discovered that Katy, Texas is home to a branch of the Norwegian company Det Norske Veritas. This company, located at 1400 Ravello Drive, was started in Oslo, Norway in 1867. It has approximately 300 offices in 100 countries. Their 90,000 square foot eco-friendly Katy facility is their North American headquarters. It accommodates more than 270 employees. Det Norske Veritas helps its customers manage risk with software solutions in a variety of industries including energy, healthcare, climate change, food safety, maritime and transportation.
What makes Trader Joe ‘s so special? After all, Katy has a zillion stores that sell groceries and other supplies.
What does make Trader Joe’s unique is its merchandise, prices and quality. Many everyday items are sold under the Trader Joe’s logo, which offers their customers access to high end products at great values!
Known as Pronto Markets in 1958 and later as Trader Joe’s since 1967, employees don Hawaiian style shirts and ring a bell when they need assistance. Ten to fifteen new products are introduced each week and the same number are eliminated. The innovative 12,500 square foot store set to be located at 2643 Commercial Center Boulevard, will be a wonderful addition to the Katy area in 2014.
Shop Smart: A Fair Trade Shopping Market
Week 2 of Human Trafficking Awareness Month includes the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition 4th Annual Shop Smart: A Fair Trade Shopping Market. Simply shopping fair trade will give you an opportunity to learn more about human trafficking and ways to combat it through conscientious purchases. The event will highlight the importance that shopping fair trade has on eliminating human trafficking.
This year’s event features a larger space with lots of great vendors and door prizes. Join HRRC to learn more about conscious consumerism, make a difference in the fight against slavery, and get a head start on your holiday shopping!
Where: First United Methodist Church, Stansbury Building, located at 10570 Westpark Dr; Houston, TX
When: Saturday, September 14; 10 am – 2 pm
For more information: http://www.houstonrr.org/event/shop-smartfair-trade-shopping-market/
Please stop by anytime between 10 am – 2 pm; however, prizes will be announced at 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30 pm.
A partial list of vendors includes:
Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition Fair Trade Bake Sale
The LoVE Project
Paul Devine Photography
Ten Thousand Villages
Women Craft Social Enterprise
Butterfly Project Jewelry
Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)
Night Light International
Fe y Justicia Workers Justice
Colores del Pueblo
Audrey Omenson, Artist
A 2nd Cup
It’s not always easy to get kids to eat veggies, but my 3 year old loves chicken soup.
Here’s my quick and easy recipe:
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 box low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 white onion
- 3-4 stalks celery
- 1 large handful baby carrots
- any other veggies you want to add
- 1/3 cup quinoa or any other pasta, rice, or grain that you like
- lemon juice, herbs, salt, pepper to taste
Place the chicken breast, bay leaf, and broth in a large pot.
Turn on the stove to the medium-high setting, allowing the pot to boil.
Chop the vegetables to your desired size and add them to the pot (I like my soup chunky).
Add any pasta, rice, or grain that you like.
Turn the chicken over once the bottom is white.
Cover the pot, and cook the chicken through.
Once the chicken is cooked, it will be easy to break it apart. Shred the chicken into chunks.
Add any flavor ingredients that you like (lemon juice, herbs, etc.).
Cover, and allow the soup to simmer.
The longer the soup cooks the better the flavor. Add water when needed.
Yields at least 4 generous portions. Enjoy!