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Best Chocolate Chip Muffins

Best Chocolate Chip Muffins

My oldest son just loves chocolate chip muffins.   They are probably his favorite out of all the muffins.  In fact, at the grocery store if he is along, he always ask for one.  Now he has food allergies and it’s harder for him to eat store bought food with paying some kind of price.  So we went searching for the best chocolate chip muffin recipe and I believe we found it.   We tried a few recipes and these seem to be our favorite.   The top is a little crunchy and it’s not too cake like in texture.   If you have a chocolate chip muffin recipe and you think it’s great, we would love for you to share.

Here is the recipe:

Yields 12 large muffins

Sift together and set aside:

2 1/2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment in place, whisk together on high speed until foamy and slightly stiffened.

2 eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix together in a measuring cup with a spout:

1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Slowly add the oil and butter mixture to the egg mixture in a slow stream as the mixer continues to whisk.
Mix together

1/2 cup whipping cream

1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Add slowly to the mixing bowl continuing to mix but at a reduced speed.
Fold in the dry ingredients by hand with a rubber spatula being careful not to over mix. Don’t worry about lumps in the batter, they are fine. When the dry ingredients are almost incorporated, gently fold in

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Spoon batter into well greased muffin tins, filling them to the top. If you like you can sprinkle about a teaspoon of sugar over the top of each muffin before baking.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for about 20 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Do you have a great recipe you would like to share?  Just email us at Linda@mybabypajamas.com.  Please attach a photo if you can.  If your recipe is chosen, you will win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to our website :)  Who doesn’t want free kids pajamas?  Please share this contest/giveaway!

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#handstandfriday

#handstandfriday

I just thought I would update you on my progress with my yoga handstand.   I try to do the handstand everyday about 3 or 4 times.   It’s really the only way to get better.   My progress is coming along nicely; I still have myself by a wall for safely.   But I am now not using the wall to stay up in the handstand.  YEA!

Are you taking the #handstandfriday challenge?   How has your handstand progressed?  We would love to hear about it!  Join us and take the challenge.   Don’t be afraid to try something new 🙂

Happy Friday!

 

Random Thoughts of the DayDo you ever just sit around and let your mind race with your thoughts?   Are your thoughts all over the map like mine?  Is it because I am a mom and wife and never have a moments peace.   I feel like my thoughts are all over the spectrum.

Here are my 10 random thoughts for day:

  • I love to cook and even like to bake now.   But I hate to make chocolate chip cookies.   It’s not like they are bad, my family loves them and request them all the time.   I just hate baking them.  Is that weird?
  • I hate coffee.  I mean hate the taste.  Actually makes me gag.   What to hear something strange?  I LOVE the smell of coffee.   When my husband is making his coffee in the morning I love to be around just so I can smell it.
  • Since you now know I hate to drink coffee, I could sure use a Diet Coke.  Yes, this is my means of caffeine.   I drink only one a day 🙂
  • I should probably get the kids up for school or we will be late.  It’s almost 7 am and we are out the door before 8 am.
  • I would like to blow off work today and run by myself.  Without my dog!   I love my dog, Chance, but sometimes it’s nice to go on a long run alone!
  • I wish I had straight hair naturally.  Well, maybe I don’t but I wish I could snap my fingers and it would be blown out straight.  People with straight hair have no idea how long it takes us curly hair people to have their hair.
  • Later today we have a baseball game, track meet and my husband’s softball game.   I wish I could come home and just sleep. Is that bad?  Don’t worry, I will be there cheering my boys on.
  • What’s for dinner??  I should really think about this now before it’s too late.   Oh hell, it’s Smash Burgers tonight!  My boys will be so happy.
  • Today is hump day! Yea!  Friday can’t get here fast enough.
  • My Dyson vacuum has been in the shop for repairs for a week.  Boy, my house could use a cleaning.   Not looking forward to that this weekend 😦

What is going through your mind at this moment?

P.S.   I wish I was still in my pajamas!

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

My family and I like bread.  Okay, we love bread.  It’s one of my guilty pleasures.   I would much rather have banana bread or cinnamon bread over say chocolate cake with icing.  Not much of an icing fan in this house.  My whole family scrapes off icing all the time.   In fact, sometimes I feel bad.  We will go to one of my sons friends birthday parties and you can tell the mom spent a lot for this special cake and my boys will either say no thank you to cake or scrape the icing in a pile on their plate.  Every time they do this, a mother will say to me, “The icing is the best part”.   Well, not to us.

Now that I have rambled on about icing and how we dislike it, I am totally off subject of this wonderful bread.   When I found this recipe I just had to try it because mixing chocolate, chocolate chips and bananas in bread…what could be better!  This recipe calls for sour cream that I think just makes this bread that much better.   It is so rich and moist; I promise you will love it 🙂

Here is the recipe:

Yields: 1 Loaf

Ingredients
  • 1 stick of salted butter, softened to room temp.
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 large ripened bananas mashed ( or 2.5 small bananas)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 Tbl. cocoa powder
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of mini chocolate chips (regular chocolate chips work too)
  • optional ½ cup of chopped walnut.
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan, or 2 mini pans with non-stick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Stir in egg, mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla until well blended.
  4. Add baking soda, cocoa, and flour.
  5. Mix everything until well incorporated (about 3 minutes in a Kitchenaid mixer).
  6. Add chocolate chips and nuts (if applicable).
  7. Pour batter into loaf pan(s) and bake for 50 minutes – 1 hr.
  8. Insert a tooth pick into the center of the loaf and check to see if it comes out clean when you pull it out.
  9. Remove from heat and allow bread to rest in the loaf pan for 10 minutes.
  10. Invert the loaf pans onto a cooling rack. Enjoy warm or cold.

Recipe from: savorysweetlife.com

Do you have a great recipe you would like to share?  Just email us at Linda@mybabypajamas.com.  Please attach a photo if you can.  If your recipe is chosen, you will win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to our website :)  Who doesn’t want free kids pajamas?  Please share this contest/giveaway!

Don’t forget where to find great footie pajamastoddler pajamas and more, at My Baby Pajamas.

#handstandfriday

#handstandfriday

So last week I joined the UBP13 hosted by 5minutesformom.com.   It’s a way to meet new bloggers and companies and make new blogger friends.  I stumbled upon many wonderful blogs that I just love; some are hilarious, some are insightful and one was about running.  I just love running!!

After coming across RunningRachel.com, a blog about running, I decided to take her challenge and learn to master the yoga handstand.   Rachel calls this #handstandfriday.    So my oldest son and I are taking the challenge.   Now just to let you know we are both beginners.   Yes, I do yoga but I do hot yoga where there are no inversions.   At least not in the classes I go to.   Of course being a beginner, I watched a you tube video.   They said to start against a wall, which I did and my son did not.  Teenagers!   The pictures are of our first day.   We have been doing this for about 4 days now and I must say we are improving fast!

Are there benefits to doing a handstand?

The possible benefits of handstands include reducing anxiety and stress and increasing your self-confidence as well as your concentration abilities. Performing handstands increases the blood flow to your brain, which might rejuvenate your mental alertness and energy and improve your overall blood circulation. And if these great benefits are not enough, the handstand pose might soothe and calm your mind as well as your body, which might make them a great stress reliever.  Handstands might help increase your muscle strength without having to use weights at a gym because handstands are a body-weight exercise.

Are you up for the handstandfriday challenge?   Have you already mastered the handstand?  Do you have tips for us beginners, please share.

Happy Friday!

Boston Marathon 2013 Tragedy

Boston Marathon 2013 Tragedy

It’s April 15 and about 11:55 PST.   I am sitting at my computer getting ready to finalize my blog post on my running shoes and hit publish.  Yes, I know it’s eerie to me too.   But instead of hitting publish, I decide to step away from the computer and turn the TV on.   I was suffering from a terrible sinus headache and the computer screen was making it worse.   I just wanted to take a break.   As I turn the TV on, I am frozen at the horrible news I hear.  The Boston Marathon finish line was bombed!   My first thoughts are my running friends.   One in particular, Wendy, she is a huge marathon runner and I wonder if she is there and okay.   But I then remember she had posted on Facebook earlier that morning that she was not running but wished everyone good luck.    I go through my list of running friends and I am relived to say no one I know was there.

The next three hours I am glued to the news.   It seems so surreal to me because I have crossed many of finish lines.   Time on the race clock reads 4:09:44; if I was running I could have just crossed.   Chills run through my blood.   I am actually going to be sick.   My husband is texting me making sure to keep me positive.   Of course I am telling him I am backing out of the Chicago Half in September.  Too big a city, it’s our hometown.    But as I am thinking of backing out of the race, I am memorized by the news coverage and the images of the bomb explosions; people actually running towards the blast to help, not away.  At this moment I realize in this whole big world we live in there is more good than evil.   The evil only makes up a very small percentage of this earth.   We, the good, out number the evil and I am proud of this!  Each time the evil, horrible people try to bring down the good, the good comes together and we become stronger and united.  Unfortunately, the world today seems to have a lot of evil but we are working on this problem I hope.     About the Chicago race, I decided I was not going to let fear win.  If fear wins, then the evil people win.

My Baby Pajamas thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy.   Just as the runners were about to experience one of their best moments in life, the evil turns it into the worst.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Boston.

#prayforboston

#prayforboston

I found this posted on my 13 year old sons Instagram feed after the tragedy.   What do you say to your kids?  How do you explain the evil in this world to them?   Any suggestions?

Tuesday Cook Off -Parmesan Bread Knots

Tuesday Cook Off -Parmesan Bread Knots

I was looking through my photos yesterday of recent recipes I have tried, made and wanted to feature on Tuesday Cook Off.  I thought I had narrowed it down to this awesome Cinnamon Coffee cake bread; then I made Parmesan Bread Knots with dinner last night.  This had to be the easiest recipe I have made and they were delicious!  My husband who likes to stay away from bread at night ate three!  These bread knots were that good.   The knots went great with our pasta with homemade gravy (sauce) and salad.   It was a perfect and easy meal.   I make my gravy in a huge pot and then freeze it for future use.  I promise to share that recipe soon too.  Doing this makes pasta night so easy plus it’s my youngest sons favorite meal so I try to make it every couple of weeks for him.

I hope you enjoy the Parmesan Bread Knots and I promise they will be a huge hit in your house too 🙂

Here is the recipe:  Easy Parmesan Bread Knots

Ingredients
  • 1 tube (12 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits ( I used Walmart brand Refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits)
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (I did use the green can stuff)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
Instructions
  1. Roll each biscuit into a 12-in. rope and tie into a knot; tuck ends under. Place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; brush the warm knots with the mixture. Yield:10 knots.

Source of the recipe: Real Mom Kitchen

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Parmesan Bread Knots

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Parmesan Bread Knots

White Jacket Required by Jenna Weber

White Jacket Required by Jenna Weber

I was walking through the public local library with my seven-year-old son the other day.   We were there to pick out new books for him to read for his AR (Accelerated Reader) log.   As we finished picking out his new books I decided to go browse the new release section.   I love to read and have always been an avid reader but let’s face it; I really don’t have the time anymore, which makes me kind of sad.   Anyway, as I was looking quickly at the new releases this book just jumped out at me, White Jacket Required, it had a picture of a woman with a chef’s jacket on.  I did a quick read of the inside of the book jacket and decided to get it…what the hell, right?

With all that said, I didn’t know what to expect when I picked it up.   By the end of the first chapter (maybe before) I was hooked!   White Jacket Required is a true story of a girl named Jenna who is fresh out of college with a bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing and no job.  Since Jenna always wanted to write about food she decided to go to culinary school but not to become a chef but to write about her passion…food.   The story takes you through Jenna’s application process, culinary school and the year after.   The inside look that Jenna gives to the readers about culinary school had me in stitches.   She goes into great detail to describe her highs and lows during Basic Skills I to ending her culinary experience in Capstone with Papa Claws (you will have to read the book, but I just loved this part).

The book also takes you on a journey through Jenna’s friendships, a long distance romance, a family tragedy and the new life Jenna has created.   I believe that the book ends with a couple of cliff hangers (Adam) but just maybe there will be a second book?

Jenna is also the author of the popular food blog: Eat, Live, Run.  If you enjoy cooking and baking, I promise you will love this book!  It’s a fast read and Jenna also shares recipes throughout the book.  I can’t wait to make the Creamy Tomato Soup.

Interested in reading the book? Stop by Jenna Weber’s blog Eat, Live, Run to order the book.   I did not accept money or monetary goods to write this review.  I wrote this review because I truly loved the book and wanted to share it with you.

Don’t forget to read to your kids everyday…especially cuddled up in some comfy kid pajamas 🙂

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Hi, my name is Linda and welcome to my blog and website.   I want to thank you for stopping by and chatting with me.   I can’t wait to get to know you all better.   Here is a little information about myself:  I am a wife and mom of two boys.   My husband and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary.   My husband and I are from Chicago but now live in the Phoenix, AZ area.  Our boys are 12 years old (will be 13 in a couple of weeks)  and 7 years old.   My website is Mybabypajamas.com and it specializes in high quality pajamas for newborn to tween.   I have been in business since 2007 and have watched my company grow and mature.  My Baby Pajamas is in the process of revamping the company and will only specialize in 5 brands of outstanding pajamas!  My blog started as a business tool but over the years I have found I really enjoy blogging and hope to grow this side of the business too.

When I am not working on my business and blogging, I enjoy running and competing in races.  I love my yoga HOT, reading, playing sports with my boys, hiking with my family and rescued pit bull mix Chance and cooking (and baking)!  Well, I don’t want to bore you, please stay and take a look around.   Some of my favorite post are the Tuesday Cook Offs.   These are really getting popular!  Did you know that the number one thing moms google is recipes?  That is how the Tuesday Cook Off posts were born.  The most popular Tuesday Cook Off is the copy cat recipe for Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.   They are a must try recipe!

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to getting to know you all better!

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Al and I just celebrated 20 years together 🙂

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Our rescued pit bull mix Chance

About Me:

Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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