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Tuesday Cook Off ~ 12 Inch Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Tuesday Cook Off ~ 12 Inch Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

In one month we celebrate three birthdays out of four in the house.   It’s a busy month!  The problem is making the birthday cake or cupcakes.   None of us like icing and it looks dumb to just write “Happy Birthday”  on a non iced cake.   So my oldest son decided we should do big cookies like you buy in the store.   Since my oldest son has food allergies and does better with homemade items, we decided to look for a good 12 inch cookie recipe.   By the way, this was not as easy as you would think but I think we found a winner.

After trying a couple of recipes, this was the winner.  My boys said it was better than the store bought cookie. YEA!

Recipe from Cookiemadness.net.

Recipe serves 10-16

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (11 1/4 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt**
  • 8 oz unsalted butter (or use 4 oz butter and 1/2 cup shortening for 1 cup total)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 bag semi sweet regular or miniature size chocolate chips (2 cups)
  • 1 regular size bag (about 1.5 oz) plain M&M’s or, if you live in the UK, smarties
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300° F. Line a 12 inch round pizza pan with a circle of parchment or non-stick foil. Alternatively, you can make your own pizza pan by molding non-stick foil into a giant 12 inch circle.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt together; set aside.
  3. Cream butter and both sugars by hand or with an electric mixer. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. When well mixed, add flour mixture and stir until blended Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Put all the batter in the pan and press it into a circle. Stop the circle about 1 ½ to 2 inches from the rim. Press M&M’s decoratively into top.
  5. Bake on center rack for 32-35 minutes or until cookie is golden around edges and appears set.

I made this recipe without the M & M’s.   It was delicious!  In fact, my husband just asked me last night to make him one to bring to work for everyone 🙂  If you have a great 12 inch Sugar cookie recipe, please email me at linda@mybabypajamas.com.  Thanks!

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Avocado Salmon Cakes

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Avocado Salmon Cakes

As I was reading my March issue of Runner’s World magazine, I came across an awesome recipe.   At first I didn’t know if I would try it because it called for can pink salmon.   I usually like my salmon fresh.   Well, I was wrong!  This recipe was delicious.   Plus, it’s very easy to make with a lot of benefits.

Did you know that canned salmon is one of the richest sources of the omega 3 fast EPA and DHA.    These fats decrease heart-disease risk and improve bone strength, which may help runners (me) avoid stress fractures.  It’s also an excellent source of protein and vitamin D.

The Avocado Salmon Cakes are great as an appetizer or my husband and I love them as a light lunch on the weekend.  Whichever you choose, I promise if you like salmon you will not be disappointed.

Recipe from Runner’s World Magazine.

Yields 8 salmon cakes

Recipe:

Mix two 6-ounce cans pink salmon, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1/3 cup milk, 1 shredded zucchini and 2 tsp. curry powder.  Stuff into 8 greased muffin cups.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  While the cakes are cooking prepare the avocado sauce.

In a food processor, puree 1 avocado, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, juice of 1 lime, 1 tsp. wasabi and 1/4 tsp. salt  Serve salmon cakes with avocado sauce.   Delicious!

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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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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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

Instagram Do's and Don'ts

Instagram Do’s and Don’ts Plus Safety tips for your teens

I decided to write this blog post because I was sitting at my youngest sons baseball game and was talking to a friend of mine about our business Instagram accounts.  I was giving her ideas how to use Instagram to benefit her company.   As we continued to talk, we start talking about our older sons and their Instagram accounts.   Well, this sparked interest with many moms and dads sitting around us and they wanted to know how I was monitoring his account.  They all asked if I could write a blog about it…hence, this post 🙂   So if you have a teen with an account I will go over some tips to make sure you know what is going on with their account plus a few tips to keep them safe.   I will also share a couple of tips for business and personal accounts.

So your teen is on Instagram!   What is Instagram, you asked?   Instagram is a photo-sharing app for your phone.   If you have a teen with a phone my guess is they have Instagram.   The first thing you want to do is talk to them about the World Wide Web.   I know, this may seem stupid but believe it or not most kids do not think about what they put onto the Internet stays on the Internet!  I know a lot of cyber bullying goes on with Facebook and Instagram.   Remind them that once it’s on the web it stays out there!  So think before you upload!

Here are a few tips we use with our son and his instagram account: Teen accounts

  • I follow my son’s account.  Yes, I am one of his followers on Instagram.  If he doesn’t like it, he doesn’t get to keep the account.
  • Never post your location.   This is just for his safety.   Being a teen, he is not with us a lot and we don’t want him posting his whereabouts.
  • Never shoot a picture wearing school names.   Again, I just don’t believe people that I don’t know need to know where my son goes to school.
  • Never be cruel, mean or degrading to anyone.  If you do, you lose the account.
  • He has to hand over his phone anytime we ask and we can take a look around.  If he doesn’t, the phone is gone.
  • I would prefer my son’s account to be private (yes, that’s an option) but all the kids love to get followers and its kind of a game to help everyone get followers.   Hence, the rules above for safety.
  • Make sure you check what your teen’s friends are uploading.  Yes, I will go check to see what his “friends” are posting.  If I don’t like it, you can block a user.   I will give more details later on this.
  • Most importantly, just talk to your teen.   Keep communication open.   As of this blog post, my son had only one picture of himself on Instagram.

Be sure to check out Yoursphere for Parents.   This is a great website all about how to keep our kids safe on the web.

Now the fun stuff!  I have to admit I LOVE Instagram.   I do have both a personal account and a business account.  Instagram to me is a great way to share photos without the extras of Facebook.    I will admit it’s a pain to log in and out of each account.   So some people choose to have just one account.   Remember, if you have a business account, I would keep your account public.   If you are using the same account for both business and personal.  Again, I would keep it public.   If it’s not public, the only people seeing your business related photos are your friends!   That is no way to gain new clients or customers.  Also, if you are #hashtagging your photos and your account is private.  No one but your friends will see them!!  Again, #hashtagging is a great way to gain new followers who will hopefully one day turn into a customer.

Dos and Don’ts for your instagram account(s):

  • Do match your instagram and twitter account username.   Important for business users.
  • Do be social.   Remember instagram is a social media so like and reply to photos.  If you are replying to someone’s comment remember to tag the user with @username so that he or she gets the notification.
  • Do use filters.  Filters are fun and can enhance the photo.
  • Do use hashtags correctly.   Again, if your account is private, no one will see your #hashtag photos.   Using popular hashtags like #instagood #tbt #photooftheday will earn your more likes and comments which is good for business!
  • Do write captions and locations that explain the photo.
  • Do take advantage of add ons.   An example would be PicFrame.  This is where you can combine more than one photo together for a collage of photos.   Love this app!
  • Don’t take horizontal photos.   Instagram automatically squares your photo so it’s best to use your phone camera vertically.
  • Don’t ask people to follow you.
  • Don’t like every photo.
  • Don’t flood the feed.    It’s best to upload one photo a day.  You don’t want to overwhelm your followers.

“ Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment. – Elliott Erwitt

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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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