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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

My youngest son just loves Snicker candy bars. ¬† It’s a new love for him ūüôā ¬† Not that I am going to be buying Snicker candy bars a lot but when my friend gave me this recipe (and the cookies as a gift) I knew my youngest would be hooked.

So Monday when I was looking what to bake for the boy‚Äôs lunches, I thought of the recipe and decided to surprise my youngest. ¬†He was very surprised and happy! ¬†Normally, I bake for the boy‚Äôs lunches on Sunday but since we were in California all last week and didn’t get home until late Sunday afternoon, baking had to wait until Monday.

We went to Orange County and we did something we have never done before…whale watching. ¬† I guess I should tell you we use to live in Orange County and our oldest son was born there. ¬† Plus, we go there about 4 times a year. ¬†It’s an easy drive from the Phoenix, AZ area and it’s a nice change of weather for us in the summer. ¬†In all the years we lived in California and all the times we have visit, we have never gone whale watching. ¬†We always talked about it but never went. ¬†It was so worth it! ¬†We saw all kinds of whales and dolphins.

Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe from Cooking Classy.  Yields about 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 – 8 oz Snickers candy bars, chopped (about 1 1/2 – 2 cups)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped, unsalted or lightly salted peanuts (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Stir in eggs one at a time mixing until combined after each addition. Blend in vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Add in chopped Snickers, chocolate chips and peanuts and blend on low speed just until mixed in.
  • Shape dough into balls about 3 Tbsp each and place on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet spacing at least 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 10 – 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.

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Whale Watching on our trip

Whale Watching on our trip

Dolphins on our trip

Dolphins on our trip

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Do you crave junk food when you are sleep-deprived?

Which one do you crave after a night of 4 hours of sleep?

You have a big meeting in the morning and you didn’t sleep a wink or the kids kept you up all night sleep, what do you grab for breakfast? ¬†Doughnuts! Studies show that most people eat and crave unhealthy food when they have had four hours or less of sleep.

In one study, researchers scanned people’s brains while the people looked at pictures of food. The “reward center” in sleep-deprived¬†participants lit up more when they looked at unhealthy foods than at healthy foods, and also lit up more than the reward center of ¬†well-rested people looking at unhealthy foods.

“Our data strongly suggests that if you’re trying to control your weight, being sleep-deprived is not good for you,” said study researcher Marie-Pierre St-Onge of the New York Obesity Researcher Center. ¬†Also in the St. Onge New York study,¬†25 participants of normal weight spent five nights in a lab, alternating between getting nine hours of sleep, and four hours. ¬† Researchers found that after the nights of only 4 hours of sleep the participants ate 300 calories more on average per day.

In another study, 16 participants were studied after getting a full night sleep and after staying awake for 24 hours straight.  All 16 participants were shown pictures of food and asked to rate their desire for that food.

Sleep-deprived people said they were more interested in the unhealthy foods, and brain scans also showed impaired activity in the frontal lobe and other brain regions associated with complex decision-making.

“When you’re sleep-deprived, you might not make appropriate food choices,” said study researcher Stephanie Greer, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. The brain can no longer convince itself that a healthy food is the right choice due to the health benefits, and instead it focuses on taste, the researchers said.

These studies did not record the data on the actual food the participants ate during the study. ¬†However, the studies show that the idea that people¬†would act on their desires for unhealthy food is a “realistic possibility.”

So next time you are reaching for the doughnut in the morning, stop and think…did I get enough sleep?

Do you suffer from not being able to sleep? ¬†What do you do to ensure 7-8 hours of sleep a night? ¬†Are your kids getting enough sleep? ¬†Remember, kids need way more sleep than adults. ¬†Plus, having comfortable pajamas from My Baby Pajamas helps too ūüôā

Running tips for beginners

I know I talk a lot about running but I feel everyone and anyone can benefit from a good run. ¬† It is a great stress reliever plus you don’t need to drive to a gym. ¬†All you need is a great pair of running shoes then put one foot out the door and off you go! ¬†If you are serious about running and have never really ran before I suggest going to a running store and let them help you pick out a good pair of shoes. ¬† They will help determine if you need a¬†neutral running shoe or one with¬†stability. ¬† The right shoe could be the difference of running with pain or running without pain!

Here is some great tips for a new runner:

  • Be a minuteman “The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments-1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles. Beginning runners need to think in minutes, not miles.” -Budd Coates, four-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier/coach
  • Wear good running shoes “Spend at least $60. A good pair of running shoes should last you 400 to 500 miles and is one of the most critical purchases you will make.” -John Hanc, author of The Essential Runner
  • Take the “talk test” “The ‘talk test’ means running at a pace comfortable enough to converse with a training partner-but not so easy that you could hit the high notes in an Italian opera.” -Runner’s World editors
  • Relax to the max “When running, let your jaw hang loose, don’t bunch up your shoulders close to your ears, and occasionally shake out your hands and arms to stay relaxed.” -Dave Martin, Ph.D., exercise physiologist
  • Don’t crush the egg “Don’t clench your fists in a white-knuckle grip. Instead, run with a cupped hand, thumbs resting on the fingers, as if you were protecting an egg in each palm.” -Runner’s World editors
  • Follow Road Rule Number One “Running against traffic allows the runner to be in command. Anyone who is alert and agile should be able to stay alive.” -Dr. George Sheehan
  • ¬†Listen up! “You must listen to your body. Run through annoyance, but not through pain.-Dr. George Sheehan
  • Take what you can get “So-called ‘junk miles’-those slow miles done on easy days or during warmups-do count. They burn calories as effectively as fast miles; it just takes longer. Regardless of pace, each mile you run burns about 100 calories.” -Hal Higdon, runner/writer/coach
  • ¬†Go steady “Day to day consistency is more important than big mileage. Then you’re never shot the next day.-John Campbell, former masters running star from New Zealand
  • Ease it back “After a run, don’t rush back into life. Take a few minutes to walk, stretch, relax, meditate.-Runner’s World editors
  • Take baby steps “You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your goal too high and don’t fulfill it, your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually raise it.” -Emil Zatopek, four-time Olympic gold medalist from Czechoslavakia
  • ¬†Train with someone… “It may seem odd to hear a coach say this, but I think a really great training partner is more important than a coach.” -Joan Nesbit, coach and world-class runner¬†

Now it’s time to lace up those new running shoes and hit the pavement. ¬†Good luck!!

Remember any form of exercise will help aid in a good nights sleep. ¬†Plus, comfy pajamas help too ūüôā

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 ūüôā
  • 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 ūüė¶

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 ūüôā

Here is the recipe:

Yields: 1 Loaf

Ingredients
  • 1 stick of salted butter, softened to room temp.
  • ¬Ĺ 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
  • ¬Ĺ cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of mini chocolate chips (regular chocolate chips work too)
  • optional ¬Ĺ cup of chopped walnut.
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 9√ó5 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 ‚Äď 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

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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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ūüôā

Top 10 Books for Babies and Toddlers

Top 10 Books for Babies and Toddlers

Did you know that literacy begins at birth? ¬†I know it seems crazy but when reading to your infant, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development. Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions ‚ÄĒ all of which promote social development and thinking skills. And your baby improves language skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.

But I feel the most important benefit to reading out loud to your infant is that it makes a connection between you and your baby.  Your baby benefits because he or she loves hearing your voice and loves being close to you.  I believe this is a win win for both mother and child.

Did or do you read to your baby? ¬†If so, what are their favorite books? ¬†My husband and I read to both our boys starting at birth. ¬†It was our favorite time of day with them both. ¬† It was part of their bedtime routine every night. ¬† Bath, pajamas and book. ¬†In fact, we still love to read with them. ¬† Our youngest is now reading to us at night and our oldest loves to spend time in our room reading with us after our youngest goes to bed. ¬† Don’t know what books to buy to start building your babies library? ¬†Here is a list of the Top 10 Books for babies 0-3 years old according to Scholastic.com. ¬† If you know of another great book to add to the library, please leave in the comment area.

1. Goodnight Moon –¬†Written by Margaret Wise Brown

2. Where the Wild Things Are –¬†Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak

3.¬†The Very Hungry Caterpillar –¬†Written and illustrated by Eric Carle

4. Pat the Bunny –¬†Written and illustrated by Dorothy Kunhardt

5.¬†Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale –¬†Written and illustrated by Mo Willems

6.¬†Corduroy –¬†Written and illustrated by Don Freeman

7.¬†The Runaway Bunny –¬†Written by Margaret Wise Brown

8. Freight Train –¬†Written and illustrated by Donald Crews

9.¬†Moo, Baa, La La La! –¬†Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton

10.¬†Good Night, Gorilla –¬†Written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann

Happy Reading!

chicken pot pie recipe

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Mini Chicken Pot Pies

So I have to admit, I am becoming obsessed with cooking food in a muffin pan. ¬† First, they are the perfect serving size if you are watching your food intake and second, they are so cute! ¬† You have to agree they do make a cute meal ūüôā ¬† Anyway, I had been looking for a easy recipe for a chicken pot pie recipe and came across this recipe from quick-dish.tablespoon.com. ¬† This recipe was so easy to make and so good. ¬† I made them for dinner for the whole family and then had left overs for lunch. ¬†I just love when that happens. ¬† My husband absolutely just loved them. ¬† He even had his left over chicken pot pie cold and said it was just as good cold.

Click here for the recipe for Mini Chicken Pot Pies.  For the chicken, I used a rotisserie 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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My Baby Pajamas January Freebie Friday

My Baby Pajamas Freebie Friday for the start of 2013 is starting late and we apologize.¬† This month My Baby Pajamas is giving away to one (1) lucky person a pair of Scanty Women Pajamas!!¬† After doing inventory, updating our website and updating our Amazon store we decided to do a pair of women pajamas.¬†¬† These were a best seller for us ūüôā¬† We are giving away a size Large Scanty Round up Cowboy pajama set!¬† These retail for over $150!¬†¬† These women pajamas are perfect for winter and will keep you warm at night.¬†¬† Not a size large, still enter because they will make a great gift for a friend or family member:)

Here is how to enter to win:

  • Main entry: Answer the question on this blog post: What is your bedtime routine with your children?¬† Or what was your bedtime routine if they are grown up ūüôā
  • extra entry: subscribe to our newsletter for our website ( already subscribe, let us know).
  • extra entry: Follow us on Twitter
  • extra entry: Like us on Facebook
  • extra entry: Follow us on Pinterest
  • Must have a U.S. Mailing address and be 18 years or older to enter. ¬† Good Luck!

This giveaway will end on Friday, January 25, 2013.  The winner will be announced a few days after.  Winner is selected by Random.org.

Don’t forget My Baby Pajamas is having our winter sale.¬†¬† SAVE 25% off footie pajamas, toddler pajamas and more!

CONGRATULATIONS TO SANDY VAN HOEY! ¬†SHE IS THE WINNER OF JANUARY’S FREEBIE FRIDAY!

My Baby Pajamas Freebie Friday January 2013

Crock Pot Italian Beef

Crock Pot Italian Beef

My Baby Pajamas would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope you all had a great holiday season.¬†¬† We should did and enjoyed the two weeks off of blogging and spent our time putting out Christmas orders ūüôā¬† We also want to say thank you to our customers and hope 2013 is happy and healthy.¬†¬† Now back to business!

So with the two weeks off of blogging, I had family in for the holidays from Chicago.¬† My husband and I both grew up in the Chicago area and living in Phoenix, AZ, we miss a few of the Chicago fine delicacies.¬† Probably the one Chicago food my husband and I miss the most is Al’s Italian Beef.¬† So after searching Pinterest.com, I found a recipe and it was great!¬† No, it’s not Al’s Beef but it was great and our boys loved it too.¬† Which as a mom, you know that always counts for a lot:)¬† It’s Crock Pot Italian Beef and it will definitely be made again.¬† Even our family from Chicago loved it!¬† Plus, much healthier for you too ūüôā

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?

I found this recipe on Pinterest.com.  Here is the link for the recipe.

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off

 

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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