Kid-Friendly “Carrot-Cake” Pancakes | Houston Mom-Photographer

Our kids are now 3-1/2 and 1-1/2 and days are full, in a (mostly) very good way. I am not doing any photo sessions at this time, as many of you know, but I’d like to take a quick moment to say that I am so grateful for everyone who has been a client in the past, as well as for those who have inquired about sessions in the future. (I’m the Queen of run-on sentences….) 

Though on a hiatus from Photography Sessions, I intend to continue to blog about relevant topics that strike my fancy. Topics include things like kid-friendly healthified recipes, craft projects, gift ideas, photo tips and more. 

In case you haven’t noticed, we love making pancakes. Lately I’ve been staring at the leftover pureed baby food pouches in the pantry that Mr. Z now deems himself too mature to eat. No judging. I wouldn’t want to eat out of a pouch either. But, I hate to waste, so here was this weekend’s creation, using a pouch of pureed Organic Carrots (with no funky additives or additional ingredients…just carrots)…Carrot-Cake Pancakes

Carrot-Cake Pancakes

Kid-Friendly "Carrot-Cake" Pancakes

Rating: 51


  • 1C Organic Multigrain or Whole-Wheat Pancake Mix (like the Whole Foods Brand or Arrowhead Mills Brand)
  • 3oz Pouch of Organic Carrot Puree
  • 1/2C Organic Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 3Tbsp. Organic Ground Flaxseed
  • Raisins to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl (enlisting the help of your little ones if you're feeling brave). Heat coconut oil on a non-stick pan and scoop out 1/8-1/4C batter per pancake onto the heated pan. Cook a few minutes on each side. If your kids are old enough, they can help make smiley faces out of raisins (mine are too young to get close to the pan at this point, but I imagine older kids would have fun with this step).
  2. Serve pancakes with fresh fruit (try pineapple!) and shredded coconut. No need for syrup.


This batch yielded 8 small, fluffy pancakes.

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Having waaay too much fun in the kitchen | Houston Kids’ Photographer

Some pics of O enjoying the salt-dough-making project for her class valentines

 …Pausing for some seriously silly poses. I think she was rap singing and trying to be a scary “lion”, etc…Above-Left she was saying, “Let’s make cookies!!!”, as I was having a hard time explaining that salt-dough is not for eating…

Above…Making faces in the reflection provided by the mixing bowl…why not?

Below…Hm, it does look like cookie dough (yum…)…

While I stamped the “My Art” hearts, O pressed glass beads into other hearts, as an experiment. We strung these up with baker’s twine to make a garland. The beads didn’t melt – they looked pretty but many of the beads popped off after baking. Next time we’ll experiment with larger beads, so that they can be pressed further into the dough.

I’d like to try something like this. Have you experimented with beads in salt-dough? If so, how did it go? Any tips?

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Classmate Valentines – Salt-Dough Magnets!

O and I made salt-dough magnets for her classmates. They were super quick and easy AND a really fun activity to do together. It took longer figuring out how to package them, but here’s what we’ve come up with….

I made 3″x3″ cards on heavy-weight cardstock and used low-heat super-glue to attach the magnets to the cards. I used the cellophane sleeves from a Wilson lollipop kit (I found them at both Michaels and JoAnns) and just a bit of washi tape on the back. I think it makes a nice non-candy Valentine gift. You can see we love hanging things on our fridge (it is covered in Preschool Art!)… 

We used a generic salt-dough recipe: 1C flour + 1/2 C salt + 1/2 C water…Bake for about 3 hours (turning over once) at 250 degrees F. Easy as pie salt-dough. 😉 What non-candy Classmate Valentine ideas do you love?

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Confession….I kind of enjoy Valentines Day…I know it’s a silly Holiday in some ways, but I like the excuse to make our pancakes into heart-shapes and to do little theme crafts with Miss O. Here is a round-up of my past Valentines-related posts (with one non-related one at the end, because I think you could make those little flags to stick in your pile of heart-shaped pancakes on Thursday morning). Instant Party.

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Hope you have a great week! XX

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Baby Z’s “Mustache Bash” | Houston Mom + Portrait Photographer

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s Monday…Let’s start this week with a few photos from our son’s first birthday party way back in November (I can hardly believe he’s ONE – this guy is a riot)…

This was a very simple and sweet party – just family and close friends. If you want more inspiration, you can check out my Mustache Bash Pinterest Board here. You can see that I used several of the ideas…

Cupcake Toppers – Instant Download from Petite Party Studio … Adorable shop, awesome owner/great customer service, super-easy to download and print!

My sister also made adorable, decorated sugar cookies in the shape of neckties, but I don’t have a good photo to share. Suffice to say, they were fantastic, and really added to the party theme (thank you, Carolyn!).

I hope you’ve had a great Holiday Season! (If you landed on this page b/c you’re searching for party ideas for your Little Man, I hope you’ve found it helpful!…I always love feedback and/or questions.) XX

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