The Mom EXPO and Health Fair is returning to Houston on April 26 and 27, 2013. Events will be held at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker-Cypress Road. Featured are conferences focused on the Work at Home Mom and the Balancing Mom. In addition, there will be a large number of exhibitors and fun activities for children. For more details or to sign up as an exhibitor, check out www.houstonmomexpo.com.
Take a trip to Chappell Hill, Texas on Saturday, April 14 from 10AM-6PM or on Sunday, April 15 from 12PM-5PM to see some of the most beautiful Bluebonnet Blossoms and other wildflowers in Texas!
Chappell Hill is located at U.S. Highway 290 and FM 1155. Admission is free and parking is $5.00. Vendors sell a variety of crafts and food. There is plenty of live entertainment, children’s activities, and tours of the community. For more information, see www.chappellhillmuseum.org.
Get there early, as it gets packed!
Caroline Iris Photography is offering a photo session worth $200 and a $25 gift certificate to the runner-up!!
- Time and talent of photographer
- Up to 2 hours for the session
- Location of your choice in the Houston/Katy area (*travel fees may apply if further than 1 hour away).
- 2-3 wardrobe changes (if you want)
- Sneak preview on Facebook/blog
- CD of at least 20 images that Caroline will choose that are custom edited in high resolutions for print, as well as web versions for use online. (Cropping, adjust lighting/color, retouching, etc., and giving your photos that special custom look!)!
- Print release allowing you to print these photos when and where you want!
- Your images will be in a private online gallery on www.carolineiris.com so that you or anyone you share the password with will be able to view the proofs and order prints and much more from a professional lab!! This will be open for at least 6 months and up to 1 year!
- Caroline will upload the rest of the 20 photos(at least) on Facebook and you can tag them!!
- *A family of more than 4 would require an extra $25 charge per person.
The photo session must be redeemed within the time frame of
March 26, 2012 and May 26, 2012.
The $25 gift certificate must be redeemed by December 31, 2012.
Caroline is offering so many options! Your shoot could be a senior shoot, a couple, a solo, or a small family shoot (up to 4 people). Other ideas are engagements, bridals, maternity, newborn, for your child’s birthday cake smash, or pretty much anything!
DEADLINE for entries is March 20, 2012. The winner will be announced here on the blog and on Facebook.
HOW TO ENTER:
- Become a Facebook fan of Caroline Iris Photography.
- Become a Facebook fan of Katy Confidential.
- Mention the giveaway in your Facebook status.
- Blog about the giveaway. Leave a link to your blog.
- Pin one of Caroline’s photos from this blog post. Leave a link to your pin.
You may do any one of these for one entry. If you do all 5, your name will be entered into the contest 5 times. You may only enter for yourself 5 times and in only these 5 ways.
Please leave a separate comment for each entry. You may repeat the same task, but it will NOT increase your number of entries. In other words, you can mention Caroline Iris Photography in your Facebook status 10 times, but it will still only be worth one entry.
What MUST be included in your blogging/posting is a link to this blog post.
Sample: “Caroline Iris Photography is giving away a Session at http://www.katyconfidential.com/2012/02/caroline-iris-photography-giveaway!”
*What if I’m already a “fan” on Facebook? Let us know in a comment, and it will still count as an entry.
HOW TO GET EXTRA ENTERIES:
Encourage your friends to Facebook “like” Caroline Iris Photography and Katy Confidential too. Have them comment on both Facebook pages saying that they are entering for you!
Each time a friend comments that they are entering for you, it will be one entry.
Each friend can only enter for one person and only gets two entries for you (one for each “like”).
There is no limit to the number of people who can vote for you.
*Just a reminder: you or your friends must leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!!!
Open to residents of the Greater Houston/Katy Area (or people willing to travel here) only.
HOW THE WINNER IS CHOSEN:
The person with the most entries in their name will win. Please be sure to include your email address in your comment so that I have a way to contact you if you win. The runner-up will win a $25 gift certificate toward a session with Caroline Iris Photography.
If the winner does not respond within 48 hours of being notified, a new winner will be chosen.
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
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.