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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

So if you have been following my blog and all my Tuesday Cook Off posts you know that my family loves muffins.   We actually don’t eat muffins for breakfast but more as a dessert.    Well, my husband does enjoy a muffin with his coffee in the morning but he’s probably the only one in the family.  Anyway, banana muffins, bread etc. is one of my youngest sons favorites so I came across this recipe and just had to try it.    The recipe did call for walnuts but I had to leave those off because of my oldest son allergies.   Trust me, we didn’t miss them at all.   Though I am sure the walnuts give it a nice crunch!

Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Makes 16 muffins. Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Muffins freeze well, up to 3 months.

Ingredients: 

    • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 3/4 tsp baking soda
    • 3/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 and 1/2 cup mashed bananas, very ripe (about 3 large ripe bananas)
    • 3 Tablespoons yogurt (I used vanilla greek yogurt)
Streusel
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar (or dark brown sugar)
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Line muffin tin with baking cups or spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the streusel first by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, gently toss together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Using an electric stand or hand mixer, beat the sugar, butter, and egg in a large bowl until fluffy, scraping down the sides as needed. On low speed, beat in the mashed bananas and yogurt. By hand, stir in the dry ingredients mixing until everything is just combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Layer one spoonful of batter into the muffin cup. Sprinkle with streusel. Layer another spoonful on top and layer with more streusel. Continue to layer batter and streusel into each muffin tin.
  5. Bake muffins for 5 minutes at 425F degrees. Lower temperature dial down to 350F degrees and continue to bake for about 14 more minutes until the muffins are set and lightly browned. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tins and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

With it being back to school and everyone trying to get back on schedule, I thought I would feature a simple but delicious easy dinner.   I don’t know about your house but our house takes a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things once school starts.   Getting back into a routine is important but my boys fight me tooth and nail.   My youngest hates that his bedtime is 8:15 again.   My oldest is a teenager but my husband and I like for him to be in bed and watching TV by 9 pm.   We know that after a long day of school it doesn’t take him long to fall asleep.   Of course my husband always sets my sons TV timer so it does not stay on all night.  Yes, by this time the grown ups are in bed too 🙂

If your house is like ours after school its homework, homework and more homework.  Plus, factor in errands and after school activities.   I feel like I am in my car from 3 pm to at least 5:30 most days.   This is way cooking dinner in the crock-pot is a busy moms dream.

I actually found this recipe on Facebook and loved that it was low in calories.   I am always looking for new ways to cook chicken because BBQ can get old quick!    This recipe was so simple and it was delicious.   I served it with Roasted Garlic Quinoa and steamed broccoli.   Everyone in the house loved the chicken!!

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 24 ounces) or breasts
sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley

Directions: 
Combine the first five dry spices in a small bowl and spread over chicken on both sides. Set aside. Pour olive oil and garlic on the bottom of the crock pot. Place chicken on top. Pour balsamic vinegar over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Sprinkle with fresh parsley on top to serve.   Note:  I did double the first five dry spices to cover the chicken.   Which I think really helped with the favor.

Nutrition Info:

Servings: 8* Calories per serving: 133* Fat: 5g* Cholesterol: 70mg* Sodium: 222mg* Carbs: 4g* Fiber: 0g* Sugars: 3g* Protein: 17g* Points+: 6*

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Claesen's Red and White Stripe Boy Boxers 2 Pack

Claesen’s Red and White Stripe Boy Boxers 2 Pack

My Baby Pajamas now has in stock the Claesen’s Red and White Stripe Boy Boxers in a 2 pack.   These boxers come in sizes 2 years to size 14 years and the 2 pack is priced at $25.00.

If you have never tried Claesen’s, you are missing out.   Your boys will love the boxers and what to wear them all the time.   They are my youngest sons favorite boxers!

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Mini Cinnamon Monkey Rolls

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Mini Cinnamon Monkey Rolls

If I have said it once, I have probably told you a million times that my family and I love cinnamon.   Anything cinnamon is probably going to be a favorite of mine 🙂   So about a month ago I was surfing on Pinterest and came across this recipe for the mini cinnamon monkey rolls.   I just love monkey rolls and bread.    Breaking off one piece at a time is a grazer’s dream.

I made this recipe for Sunday morning and they did not last long at all.   The recipe makes 12 mini rolls.   Now, I will say my family didn’t down them in one sitting but they were happy to graze all day and pick little bites throughout the day.    Yes, I had some too!  They were really good and it’s such a easy recipe.   If you don’t have time for dough to rise this is the recipe for you.

Recipe Yields 12 mini rolls

Ingredients: 

12 Rhodes™ Dinner rolls, thawed but still cold  (you can find them in the freezer section)

6 tablespoons butter, melted

2 tablespoons corn syrup

½ cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1-2 tablespoons milk

½ teaspoon vanilla

Directions: 

12 Dinner rolls – thawed but still cold, melted butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and Cinnamon.  Cut each Dinner roll into 6 equal pieces. Use a pair of kitchen scissors or a pizza wheel.  In a bowl, combine melted butter and corn syrup and stir until well mixed. In another bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Dip 6 roll pieces at a time in the butter mixture.   Plop each of those buttered pieces in the cinnamon and sugar bowl.   Roll them around until they are coated from head to toe.   Place 6 pieces in each well – sprayed cup of a 12 cup muffin tin. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let double in size.   Preheat 350 degree oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.   Chefs note: Once you remove them from the oven, you will notice that some of that yummy caramel has oozed up and out of the tin. Don’t despair! Don’t leave it there! Simply take a heat proof spatula, and quickly push all that gooey caramel back over to the beautiful rolls.   While they are still quite warm, take a knife and go around the edges of each well. The rolls won’t stick . . . they will easily come right out of their hole.  I like to lay out a piece of parchment paper and place each roll upside down. Most of the gooey caramel is resting on the bottom. Once they cool slightly, and the caramel has set a bit . . . turn them right side up.  Prepare the vanilla glaze and drizzle it over the rolls. I like to drizzle when the rolls are still just a tad warm. The glaze will seep down into the crevices and each little bite will be “sweet!” You can use a spoon, fork or a squeeze bottle.

Try to eat just one!

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Esme Underwear Pure Pink 3 Pack for Girls

Esme Underwear Pure Pink 3 Pack for Girls

My Baby Pajamas has received a shipment of our popular Esme girls underwear.   The Esme girls underwear is sold in packs of 3 panties.   Now in stock: Esme Underwear Pure Pink 3 pack for Girls and the Esme Underwear Purple Skittles 3 pack for Girls.  These will not last long.  We have already sold out of a couple of sizes!!  

Esme 3 pack underwear are super soft and comfy.   This pack of 3 are durable and will last a long time.   They will be her favorite underwear!! Machine Wash cold gentle and tumble dry low for best results.  Cotton/Modal blend.  The 3 pack is priced at $30.00.

Esme Underwear Purple Skittles 3 Pack for Girls

Esme Underwear Purple Skittles 3 Pack for Girls

My Top 11 Runner Snacks

My Top 11 Runner Snacks

It’s 3 pm and your stomach is growling.   I bet this has happened to you because this happens to me every day.   As a runner, eating only 3 meals a day just doesn’t cut it.   Even if you don’t run and you work out and are trying to loss weight, eating smaller meals throughout the day is better for your body and metabolism.    Diet experts believe more frequent meals could be better.  Eating six small meals a day, they say, helps regulate blood sugar, control cravings and keep hunger at bay.   As long as you choose the right foods and watch portion sizes, “grazing” throughout the day can help you lose weight while keeping you energized.  But it’s not for everyone — especially if you have trouble controlling the amount you eat or if you don’t have time to plan and prepare and healthy snacks and meals.

Eating smaller meals more often provides an excellent opportunity to eat a healthier diet.  Shifting your focus from high-calorie snacks to balanced mini-meals could be exactly what you need to help you whittle your waistline.

But eating three squares is also a perfectly healthy way to eat and lose weight. So choose the meal plan that works best for your lifestyle.  As long as your meals are well-distributed through the day, and you never go more than 4-5 hours without food, you can reach your weight loss goals with three, four, five, or six meals a day.  The choice is up to you!

Here is some of my favorite Snacks (mini-meals) as a runner:

1. Bananas: Bananas are chock full of good carbohydrates. They are a good source of vitamin B6 and are vital for managing protein metabolism. (Runners need more protein during and after workouts.)

2.  Cereal with Skim Milk: Most cereals are vitamin- and mineral-fortified, and they’re great with fresh fruit sliced on top. Cereal is a quick-to-prepare, easily digestible, and healthful way to satisfy your sweet tooth. (Even some sweetened cereals are a good low-fat alternative to cookies). Choose cereals that have 5 grams of fiber or more per serving.

3.  Chocolate Milk:  Chocolate milk is cold and helps keep you hydrated. It also provides plenty of protein, carbohydrates, and B vitamins. The calcium in milk will help keep your bones strong.  This is a great snack after a long run plus it helps repair your muscles.

4.  Granola Bars:  A low-calorie granola bar will satisfy your sweet cravings, without the fat calories of a candy bar. And unlike candy bars, granola bars come with B vitamins and iron.    I make homemade granola bars!

5.   Hummus on wheat crackers:  This filling snack packs plenty of protein, fiber, vitamin B6, and folic acid. The latter is especially important for a healthy pregnancy and has recently been shown to prevent anemia and breast cancer.   This is a great mid afternoon snack.   One of my favorites!

6.  Oatmeal:   Studies show oatmeal helps lower cholesterol. Oatmeal will also fill you with plenty of carbohydrates to boost energy and alertness.   A great pre-race breakfast.

7.  Microwave popcorn:  Unbuttered or slightly buttered popcorn is low in calories (mostly from carbohydrates), yet filling. It’s perfect when you crave a salty food but don’t want many calories.

8.  Pretzels:  Like popcorn, pretzels are a low-calorie carbohydrate treat. Even the salty kinds are okay for runners who don’t have high blood pressure, as they’ll help you replace the sodium you lose through sweating. They’re excellent as an afternoon snack.

9.  String Cheese:   Many runners fail to meet their calcium requirement, especially those who don’t eat many dairy products. String cheese is a tasty, convenient way to take in calcium and protein as well as some fat.

10.   Yogurt:  Yogurt is a great source of calcium, protein, and potassium, plus it’s low in fat and fairly high in carbohydrates. The live and active cultures in yogurt will boost your immune system.   I prefer the greek yogurt and I add some fruit or granola for some crunch.

11.  Peanut Butter on Toast:  Peanut butter is a good source of niacin and folic acid (they help convert food to energy) and vitamin E. In addition, the dense calories in peanut butter keep your energy level on an even keel and your hunger down throughout the day. And that, in turn, will prevent you from overeating and keep you eating healthfully all day.  In fact, I am eating this right now as I write the post!

Do you have any favorite healthy snack ideas?  Do you eat 3, 4, 5, or 6 meals a day?  We would love to hear from you 🙂

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chewy Granola Bars

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chewy Granola Bars

It’s back to school in Arizona tomorrow.   We definitely start early here but the good thing we also get out earlier than the rest of the country.  My boys get out of school in mid May.  So with that being said, they definitely have had a long enough summer and are starting to fight a lot.   Which makes me crazy because it’s ALWAYS over something trivial like video games.

Which brings me to the subject of school lunches.   We all want our kids to eat healthy at school but I also like to give them a little treat too.  Hence, granola bars. With my oldest having the lactose problem and not being able to eat anything store bought that says, “may contain milk”, I did a lot of baking over the summer.    After falling in love with Pinterest and trying a few different recipes, I think I found a winner for chewy granola bars.  One thing I would like to add is both my boys love M & M’s in their granola.  Okay, so do I 🙂  I love that this recipe has oatmeal and flax seed in it too.  Plus, the Rice Krispies gives it that extra crunch.   I did use regular size M & M’s and I added about 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.  This recipe would be really easy to add the ingredients that you like too.   I think next time I will add raisins.

Chewy Granola Bars

Yields 16 bars

Ingredients:

 2 1/2 cups quick rolled oats

1/2 cup Rice Krispies

1/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup mini M & M candies
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground flax
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
Directions: 
 Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 9 X 9 inch square pan with cooking spray
In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix together until well combined.
Press into prepared pan. Bake 18 – 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Cool 5 minutes and then score into bars. Let it set completely and then cut into bars.
The nutritional info for each bar: calories per bar – 215, fat – 12, carbs – 24, protein – 6

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.

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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