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My Baby Pajamas would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours.  We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends.   We are so thankful to all our customers at My Baby Pajamas and to show you how much we are thankful we are starting our Cyber Monday SALE today!  Enjoy 25% off your entire order.  Yes, this includes all marked down pajamas too.   Use code CYBER25 at view cart before checkout to receive your 25% off.

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The idea of Black Friday is soon going to be history.   Retailers are opening up earlier and earlier each year.   This year a lot of retailers will be open on Thanksgiving Day.  Now, the retailers tell us that they are responding to our needs as consumers.   This partially could be true but we all know the truth is that every retailer is hurting.   Let’s face it; I do at least 65% off my shopping online for the holidays. What about you?   Plus, I own a small online store 🙂  But I still enjoy the tradition of Black Friday.  This is when retailers go from being in the RED to the BLACK!

I like the idea of getting up really early on Black Friday with friends and family and heading out and hitting the stores and fingers crossed you might actually get a door buster sale.   But there is no way I will be going out at 6 pm on Thanksgiving to shop.   Even I have limits 🙂   It’s still Thanksgiving and we are usually still sitting around the table and sipping wine while the kids play outside.  How could anyone think of shopping when you’re still too full to move?

Costco and Nordstrom will be remaining closed on Thanksgiving Day…hats off to these two retailers!  They are my new favorite stores.

Will you head out on Thanksgiving Day in hopes of getting a door buster deal?  Or will you too be sipping wine still?

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Cinnamon Sugar Ribbon Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Cinnamon Sugar Ribbon Bread

Now I know I just posted a Snickerdoodle bread a couple of weeks ago but I could not resist posting this bread.  I made the bread this weekend because my parents are in town for the holidays.   My parents are also big fans of cinnamon bread like my boys.   I found the recipe about a week ago on Pinterest.    This recipe is so easy and you don’t even need a mixer which makes it that much easier.   I love that!  Honestly, this was the easiest bread recipe I have made and it was by far the best.  The bread only lasted about 8 hours in the house 🙂  When that happens you know you have a winner.  This is now a go to recipe!

Recipe from: Averie Cooks

Yields one loaf of bread in a 9 x 5 pan

Cinnamon Sugar Ribbon Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I made my own buttermilk by mixing 1 cup milk with 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside (don’t use an 8-by-4-inch pan; it’s too small)
  • In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup granulated sugar with the cinnamon and stir to incorporate; set aside.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute. After the butter has cooled momentarily (so you don’t scramble the egg), add the egg, brown sugar, oil, vanilla, and whisk to combine. Add the buttermilk and whisk to incorporate.
  • Add the flour, nutmeg, baking soda, optional salt, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix. Batter will be thick and lumpy. Don’t try to stir the lumps smooth.
  • Pour half the batter into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula. Sprinkle three-fourths (75%) of the cinnamon-sugar mixture (just eyeball it), distributed evenly over the surface of the batter. This creates the cinnamon ribbon.
  • Top with remaining half of the batter, smoothing it lightly with a spatula. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture, distributed evenly over the top. It looks like a lot, but it’s necessary to form the crust, and not all of it aheres.
  • Bake for 40 to 55 minutes (mine took 40), or until top is set and firm, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before inverting.
  • Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or may be frozen for up to 3 months. Makes wonderful toast.

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.

 

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I have been holding out on all of you on a cookie recipe.   My kids and husband (okay, me too) just love this cookie recipe.   In fact, the boys have said they could eat these cookies every week and not get tired of them.  The recipe is from Sally’s Baking Addiction.   I just love her recipes!  So the recipe calls for three types of chocolate; semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and Sno-Caps.  Yes, you read that correctly, I said Sno-Caps!  Now, I know my boys would not want the Sno-Caps in the cookie because frankly they said that Sno-Caps is old people candy.  Okay, I grew up on Sno-Caps so I guess I am an old person 🙂

Sally’s Baking Addiction has taught me so many tricks for baking the perfect cookies.   The first trick is to under bake your cookies and the next important trick is to chill the dough.   You should chill the dough for at least an hour but could chill the dough overnight.   The cookies will spread less in the oven and bake up to be much thicker when the dough is cold.

The cookies are soft-baked, thick, chewy, and incredible moist.  How can you go wrong with that?  My four favorite adjectives to describe a cookie 🙂  This is a must try recipe.

Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Yields about 30-36 cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar (or light brown – dark is preferred)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup SNO-CAPS (or other kind of chocolate chip)

Directions: 

  1. Line an ungreased cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed. On low speed, mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chips. Dough will be thick and sticky. Chill for at least 30 minutes (or up to 3 days).
  3. Preheat oven to 350F.
  4. Drop balls of dough onto cookie sheet (about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per cookie) OR used a standard-sized cookie scoop. Press a few chocolate chips onto the tops of cookies for looks, if desired. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. Do NOT bake them longer than 10 minutes. Remove and let cool for 3 minutes on the cookie sheet. If the cookies are too puffy, try gently pressing down on them with the back of a spoon. Transfer to cooling rack. Cookies remain fresh in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

Notes from Sally’s Baking Addiction:

*Do not drop dough onto warm cookie sheets. Allow cookie sheets to cool completely between batches.

*Cookies freeze well – up to three months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well – up to three 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.

Sara's Prints Red and White Stripe Reindeer Pajamas

Sara’s Prints Red and White Stripe Reindeer Pajamas

Sara’s Prints Christmas pajamas just arrived at My Baby Pajamas.   This year we have the 100% cotton long john in two great prints.   We have the Sara’s Prints Green and White Stripe Santa Pajamas and the Sara’s Prints Red and White Stripe Reindeer Pajamas.   Both prints come in sizes 2 years to 12 years.  These sets are priced at $32.00 and right now you can save 15 % off your entire order!  Use code FALL15 at view card before checkout to receive your 15% off your order.

Sara's Prints Green and White Stripe Santa Pajamas

Sara’s Prints Green and White Stripe Santa Pajamas

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Snickerdoodle Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Snickerdoodle Bread

Since my boys love cinnamon rolls and always ask for me to make them, I thought I would switch it up a bit and make Snickerdoodle bread.   I love making bread.  I like making any kind of bread really.  I am not picky 🙂  Bread is such an easy snack for the boys to grab and it wraps nice to bring in their school lunches too.   Even my husband likes to bring bread to work for a snack.   So this recipe of Snickerdoodle bread did not disappoint us either.   It was really good and just the right amount of cinnamon.   Now this recipe is for 5 mini loaves or two 9 x 5 loaves.   I did cut the recipe in half and make just one 9 x 5 loaf.  Needless to say, the loaf was gone in about 36 hours!

Recipe from: Barbara Bakes

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cup cinnamon chips (1 pkg. Hershey’s)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350º Spray the bottom of five mini loaf pans (5 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 2 ¼) with cooking spray with flour.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 cups flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and 2 cups sugar, until fluffy, about two minutes. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and sour cream and mix to combine. Add flour mixture and mix just until combine. Do not overmix.
  4. Coat the cinnamon chips with 2 tablespoons flour and stir into batter.
  5. Spoon batter into greased pans (Don’t fill more than 2/3 full.)
  6. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of the batter in the pans.
  7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into a crack in the center of the loaf comes clean. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Remove from pan and let cool completely before serving.

You can also make this in two 9×5 loaf pans. Bake at 350º for 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a crack in the center of the loaf comes out clean.  If you cut the recipe in half and make only one 9 x 5 loaf, bake time will be about 50-55 minutes.

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.

Early wake up call :)

Early wake up call 🙂

The alarm went off at 5:00 am on Sunday morning.  I was so tempted to hit snooze because our pittie baby kept us up all night.   But instead I hit the alarm off and started to get ready for the half marathon I was about to run in two hours.   This wasn’t my first half marathon, in fact, I have run more than a dozen of them in the last 3 years but this race was different…I was missing my running partners, both of them!  If you have never run a race before your running partner is pretty important if you keep the same pace and push each other.   This race I was going solo.

After I was dressed and ate my Cheerios with banana and had everything packed for the race, I woke my husband so he could drop me off by the bus drop off.  I was meeting some girls at 6:20.   Just enough time to get to the start line and make a last minute bathroom break before the start at 7 am.   By this time I was starting to get nervous…no running partner.  UGH!  I had my new Garmin Forerunner 410 (a present from my husband) ready for action and had the virtual partner set for an 8:20 pace.  Last year I ran this same race at an 8:24 pace and a time of 1:50:02.   With or without a partner, I wanted to beat last years time.

Women's Running Series Starting Line 2013

Women’s Running Series Starting Line 2013

It was 6:58 and I finally shed my jacket and tossed it into the donation pile.  I double checked my Garmin watch and made sure that my virtual partner was set.   Virtual partner don’t fail me now 🙂  I looked at my group and wished everyone luck and at 7 am we are off and running!

So I am not going to bore you with mile-by-mile detail but I would like to say that I love the sport of running and all the people.   Most people think that runners are a different breed but us runners stick together and encourage each other out there running.  By mile 3 I noticed a girl keeping the same pace as me.   Either I was in front of her or she was in front of me.   I decided this would be my new running partner:)  I just needed to stick by her.  By mile 12 we were still neck in neck and even smiling to each other to encourage each other.  We had just finished a hill and were both about to stop but we just looked at each other and said we got this.   When we crossed the finish line together we both turned to each other and automatically hugged each other and congratulated each other.   We even had the photographer take our picture together.  We told each other thank you and walked away.   It didn’t dawn on me until I was telling the story to my husband that I never even got her name.  So runner with the bib # 1311, thank you thank you thank you and what is your name?

So how do you think I did?  I beat last years time!! Yea!!  My results were 1:49:11 with an 8:20 pace.

Overall I was 158 out of 2097 runners.  In my age group (40-44) I finished 27 out of 370.   Not too bad for running solo!

P.S.  I love my new Garmin Forerunner 410!  Do you have one?  Do you just love it?  If not, what running watch do you have?

Women's Running Series Finish Line 2013

Women’s Running Series Finish Line 2013

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

Everywhere I look I see salted caramel everything…is this happening to you?  It’s at Starbucks, in candy at the grocery stores and all over Pinterest!  Well, I decided I wanted to make a cookie with the salted caramel theme.   What better way to get salt than with pretzels and my family loves pretzels!  So I decided to show my boys a picture of the cookies and see if they were interested in me making the cookies.   Of course, they were not!  They said that sounds weird with pretzels in a cookie.   I decided to make the recipe anyway…and boy were the boys glad I did.   They LOVED the cookies!!  I mean really loved the cookies and I see them sneaking one here and there all day 🙂   This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Recipe from: Barbara Bakes Adventures in the Kitchen

Yields about 3 dozen with a standard cookie scoop

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (11-oz.) bag Caramel Bits
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped White Fudge Covered Pretzels ( I used just plained pretzel sticks)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add eggs and vanilla and beat another 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Fold in caramel bits and pretzels.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheets and press slightly to flatten.
  6. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until set. Allow to cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing 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.

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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