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Benefits of Honey and Cinnamon

Benefits of Honey and Cinnamon

About a week or two ago I read an article about the benefits of honey and cinnamon and how it cures common illness such as colds and stomach aches.   I made a mental note to do more research on the subject.   In fact, there is a Facebook page about Honey and Cinnamon!  Anyway, on Monday of this week I started to get a sinus infection.   I seem to get those a lot now that we live in the desert!  By Tuesday morning I was feeling pretty bad and decided it was time to do some research on the honey and cinnamon topic.   I found a article that said for congestion due to cold or sinuses use 1 tbsp of Honey and 1/4 tsp cinnamon in warm water or tea and do this three times a day.  I started on Tuesday morning because I was not feeling great.  Tuesday night I was feeling like a truck hit me and looking that way too 🙂  My husband was telling me I was seeing a doctor no matter what in the morning.  At this point on Tuesday night, I was agreeing with him because I felt that bad.

Well, I woke up Wednesday morning and I am not joking when I say I felt so much better.  REALLY!  No joke, I was shocked.   So I had my three cups of tea on Tuesday with the honey and cinnamon and Wednesday morning I felt good.  In fact, I was the first one up and showered.   My congestion was so much better and over all I felt rested.  Which if you saw me on Tuesday night you would say I was a lying.   Wednesday I did the same thing and had my three doses of honey and cinnamon in the tea.   Wednesday night still feeling good.  Now, it’s only Thursday morning but I still feel good and well rested from last night.   I actually think this might be my new remedy for the fall and winter cold and flu season.

Here are some of the benefits of Honey and Cinnamon I found:  (Remember I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be a doctor.)  This is research I have done from the Internet and thought I would share with you.   I am personally not claiming these benefits.  However, the honey and cinnamon worked for my sinus infection and me.

All cinnamon is not the same.   There are two types: Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassian Cinnamon.  Cassian has much higher levels of a compound called Coumarin, which can be toxic to your liver in large prolong doses.   If you are taking Cinnamon daily you should take Ceylon Cinnamon which has low levels of Coumarin and won’t damage your liver.  As far as the honey goes, it is best to use RAW honey.  You can find raw honey at a health food store.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.  To make it lukewarm,  place it in a small jar and let it set in warm water for awhile.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

INFLUENZA – FLU: A scientist in  Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘ Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it.  It destroys the germs in the bladder.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours.  As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured.  According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old might start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Research in  Japan and  Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.

BAD BREATH: People in  South America first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

Have you tried Honey and Cinnamon and was it a success or fail?  What other home remedies have you tried for a cold or sinus infection?

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Brown Sugar Pumpkin Muffins with Crumb Topping

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Brown Sugar Pumpkin Muffins with Crumb Topping

It is starting to feel like fall here in Phoenix.   The mornings and evening are finally getting cool and it’s a joy to actually walk outside.   So when temperatures start to dip here in Phoenix I start to break out the pumpkin.   My whole family is pumpkin lovers and likes almost anything pumpkin.   So I found this recipe on Pinterest and have been waiting to make these muffins. Finally, this weekend I made the muffins and they were delicious!!  Next time my youngest son wants me to add some chocolate chips to the muffins and I know this will be a great addition.

Here is the recipe from:  Top Inspired

Ingredients: 

2 1/2 cups AP flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 sticks (12 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree or 1 1/2 cups homemade puree

3 large eggs

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 375.  In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients.  In another bowl combine the butter, sugar, pumpkin, and eggs.  Add dry to wet ingredients, stir to combine, don’t over mix.

2.  Pour batter into lined muffin pan.  Makes 12 big muffins. Or: one buttered and floured 9×5 loaf pan.

3.  Bake for 25-30 minutes (1 hour and 15-20 minutes for bread), until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Dig in while they’re still warm!

For the Crumb Topping:
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 C AP flour
  • 1/2 C butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

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Benefits of Karate for Kids

Benefits of Karate for Kids

Last week my youngest son started karate lessons.  When he came to my husband and I and declared he wanted to take karate we were of course a little hesitant.   Not of the karate itself.  In fact, I love the martial arts and the benefits of doing them.   I actually use to be a kick boxer myself.  I loved it!!  I did it when my husband and I lived in California.  It was the best physical and mental workout of my life.   It still saddens me I cannot find a kickboxing gym like the one in California.   Anyway, back to my youngest son.  It wasn’t that we didn’t want him to take karate, it was that we thought he would go once and see how focus you have to be in class and quit.   Well, we are only 5 classes into karate and so far so good.  He really seems to like it and is always practicing.   And the focus part…he is really impressing me how focus he is during class.  If he could only be this focused at home things would be great.   I think this might actually turn into something good and not money thrown out the window 🙂  I am sure a lot of you can relate to that area.   Sign me up, pay the money, and then quit.   So we are only on our second week but I will keep you posted.   We signed him up for two months under a trial and it included the uniform.

So after seeing how the kids act during class and how they respect the instructor, I decided to research the benefits of karate for kids.   There are benefits for both physical and mental.

Physical Benefits:

  • Improved coordination
  • Increased performance in all physical activities
  • Improved strength
  • Better flexibility
  • It’s a great cardio workout
  • Improved balance
  • Ability to defend yourself

Mental Benefits:

  • Improved concentration for better study habits
  • Confidence in knowing you can defend yourself
  • Confidence in knowing how to deal with bullies and other confrontations
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  • Self-esteem
  • Respect for yourself and those around you
  • Motivation and an ‘I Can Do It’ attitude 

Does your child do Karate?  What benefits have you noticed in your child from doing karate?  Maybe you do karate…please share your thoughts on karate/martial arts?

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Baked Gnocchi with Chicken

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Baked Gnocchi with Chicken

This week on Tuesday Cook Off; My Baby Pajamas would like to share with you all a great, one skillet, and delicious recipe.  Today’s feature recipe is Baked Gnocchi with Chicken.   I just love gnocchi.  Being Italian and growing up eating a lot of pasta, my favorite was always gnocchi.   So when I came across this recipe in my new favorite magazine “Food Network Magazine”, I just had to try it.  This recipe was real simple to pull together because you use package gnocchi and a rotisserie chicken.   Everything else you probably have in your pantry if you cook a lot.

When doing a one-skillet recipe I like to measure everything out ahead of time.   This way it’s all right at your finger tips when you need it.   It was a snap to pull together and my husband absolutely loved this recipe!!  He too is a big fan of gnocchi.

A great thing about one-skillet recipes is easy clean up!   Only one skillet to clean.   You cook it all on the stove first and then put the skillet right in the oven.  Love that!!

Recipe from: Food Network

Ingredients : 

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced (about 4 cups)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 rotisserie chicken, skin removed, meat shredded (about 2 cups)
1 17.5-ounce package potato gnocchi
1 1/2 cups loosely packed baby spinach
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (about 1 ounce)

Directions: 

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Heat the olive oil in a deep ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate and wipe out the skillet.

Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat; add the flour and cook, whisking, 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk and chicken broth until smooth; simmer, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/2 teaspoon salt and the nutmeg.

Add the chicken, mushrooms, gnocchi and spinach to the sauce and stir until coated and the spinach wilts. Sprinkle with the parmesan, transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until bubbling, about 20 minutes. Turn on the broiler; broil until lightly browned on top, about 3 more minutes.

Per serving: Calories 598; Fat 35 g (Saturated 16 g); Cholesterol 177 mg; Sodium 984 mg; Carbohydrate 32 g; Fiber 2 g; Protein 39 g

Baked Gnocchi with Chicken

Baked Gnocchi with Chicken

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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DIY Sharpie Mugs

My youngest son making me a Sharpie Mug.

If you are new to the DIY Sharpie mug craze it really is very simple, take some Sharpies, a cheap mug, write on the mug and bake the mug for your own homemade personalized mug.   Now, after trying this craft with my boys, I wanted to share with you some tips I learned along the way.  Plus, if I can help you make a great mug first time around…great!

The boys mugs before baking

The boys mugs before baking

  • Get a ceramic mug.  This may sound easy but I think everyone over thinks this one.  Go to the Dollar Store and buy a mug for a dollar.  I promise these mugs work best!
  • You will need permanent markers.   Sharpies seem to work the best hence the Sharpie Mug 🙂  I also have found that some colors fade and change colors after baking.   Colors my boys and I found to work best: black, brown, blue, orange and yellow.  Red will fade to light pink or even a mustard yellow.  Green is not too bad but we really didn’t use a lot of green to get a true test of the color.  Purple turned grey!
  • Did you mess up? Did the marker run a bit? Use a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to clear the mistakes. Be careful not to let the alcohol run onto the other designs.
  • I recommend letting your mug dry completely after you have designed it.   I have found it bakes better.  I let our mugs dry over night.
  • Baking:  Well every website that posted this craft recommends baking at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.   This does not work.  Baking at 350 is not hot enough for the marker to take to the mug.  You need to bake at 425 for 30 minutes.   I put my mug right in the oven as the oven was preheating.  Plus, I let me mugs stay in the oven once they were done baking until completely cooled.  Otherwise, if you take your mug out when it’s piping hot, the mug could crack.
  • When the oven has cooled completely you can remove your mug. Test it by running a wet rag over it. Did the image stay? If not, it may need to go in for round two. If it did stay, awesome! The next test is the dishwasher. If it passes the dishwasher, congrats on your DIY Sharpie mug!
Sharpie mugs after baking

Sharpie mugs after baking

Now it’s time to go make a Sharpie Mug!  This is such a great gift idea for family members, friends and teachers.   I hope all these tips help you make the most perfect gift! Of course this craft also works great on plates and bowls too.

Claesen's Cobalt Boy Boxers

Claesen’s Cobalt Boy Boxers $25.00 for 2 Pack

My Baby Pajamas received two more boy boxers this week.   I know you are going to love them.   They are from the Fall 2013 collection and I am just crazy about them.   I know my youngest just loves both boy boxers because his favorite color is blue.

The Claesen’s Cobalt Boy Boxers are a stripe boxer set.  Remember, Claesen’s come in a 2 pack for the boy boxers.   Also, the Claesen’s Star Boy Boxers are navy blue with gold stars.   Both are super cute 🙂

Both pair are selling fast!  We will be receiving another shipment of both boy boxers soon.

Claesen's Star Boy Boxers

Claesen’s Star Boy Boxers $25.00 for 2 Pack

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Peanut Butter Cookies

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Peanut Butter Cookies

My oldest son just loves peanut butter.  Actually, so do I.   But finding a good peanut butter cookie recipe has been hard.  After trying many recipes, I think I found a winner.   My whole family just loves them and my oldest sons friends request for me to make them all the time.   That’s how I know it’s a winning recipe!  These cookies are soft and chewy with just the right amount of peanut butter.   This recipe is super easy.  Aside from the 2 hour chill time these cookies are a snap to make.   I promise you will love them!

Recipe from: The Busty Baker

Makes about 30 – 2 inch cookies

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
½ cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling cookies
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugars, and peanut butter just until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix just until the dough comes together.
3. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Remove the dough from refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.
4. With racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, preheat to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats. Pour about ¼ cup of granulated sugar in a small bowl.
5. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll them in the granulated sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Using the back tines of a fork, make a crosshatch pattern on each cookie, flattening it slightly.
6. Bake, rotating sheets halfway, until cookies begin to brown at the edges but centers still look slightly uncooked, 9 to 10 minutes. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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.

My oldest reading :)

My oldest reading 🙂

Ever since I was a kid I have loved to read.   It was definitely my favorite subject as a kid in school.   I would breeze through books faster than my mom could buy them or check them out at the library.   We made a lot of trips to the library!   I think I developed my love of reading from my parents.   They too were always reading.  It was something we did as a family.   A couple of nights of week we would have quiet time and read.  No TV (before cable) and obviously no video games since Atari didn’t come out until I was almost in middle school 🙂

Now that I am a parent I wanted to do the same for my kids.   I want them to love to read.   So about five nights a week we turn the TV off and it’s off to mom and dads room to read.  I only ask for 15-20 minutes but I will be honest it usually turns into 30 minutes.   I really believe consistent daily reading will expose your kid to various author’s styles and will improve your kid’s fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling and writing.  The main goal for me is that my kid will enjoy reading and choose to read for pleasure!

Two weeks ago we had back to school at my youngest sons school.  He is in the second grade this read and is a fabulous reader!  This teacher gave the parents this hand out and wanted to share:

Recipe for Reading:

Ingredients:

One or more loving parents

One eager child

Plenty of books, magazines, and newspaper

Mix: All ingredients in a quiet place

Add: A large measure of patience

Stir in: Lots of enthusiasm

Sprinkle: With laughter

Bake: 10-15 minutes a day

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

The kids are back in school and Labor Day has passed us.  It’s time to start thinking about pumpkin!  I love pumpkin bread, cookies, pies etc.   I have been scoping out my pumpkin recipes for months now.   So with Labor Day behind us, I thought I would feature my first pumpkin recipe of the fall.   This bread is so easy to make and is so good.  I promise you will just love the taste of this bread.  My youngest son, who is also a pumpkin lover, gave it a thumbs up!  That is hard to get from him 🙂

If you have a great pumpkin recipe, I would love for you to share it with us.   Please email Linda@mybabypajamas.com.

Yields 1 loaf

Recipe from Delishhh Blog

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups unbleached flour (you may substitute up to 3/4 cup whole wheat flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp milk

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour one 9×5-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, soda, salt and spices. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined. Add flour mixture alternately with pumpkin, mixing well between each addition. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 65-75 minutes, until loaf feels firm and springy when pressed in the center and a tester inserted comes out clean (except for melted chocolate chips). Cool in pan for 15 minutes then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. To prepare glaze, sift powdered sugar with nutmeg and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add milk until mixture is thin enough to drizzle. Pour glaze over cool bread. Bread will keep well wrapped at room temperature for two days, in the refrigerator for five days, or in the freezer for up to four months.

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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