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Do you ever wonder how many calories are in your favorite dish you cook?  Or how many grams of fat, sodium or carbohydrates are in your recipe?   About a month ago these facts became really important to my family.

My husband went to the doctor for his annual check up.   It turns out he has high cholesterol.  Not so high that they want him to go on medicine but high enough that the doctor said you have 3 months to change your diet.   Well, I was scheduled for the doctor about 3 weeks later and guess what?? My cholesterol wasn’t where I wanted it to be either.   Turns out a runner’s diet is NOT good for all runners 🙂  So my husband and I are on a mission to lower our cholesterol.  My goal is to cut back on dairy and carbohydrates.   Say goodbye to my cold glass of chocolate milk I enjoyed after my run!  Plus, I realized I ate a lot of carbs.  Now, I know I ran them off but with certain carbs (flour tortillas) come high saturated fat.  Not good for cholesterol!

Anyway, I have been combing through Pinterest looking for new recipes and I noticed that some recipes don’t list their nutrition facts.  Boy, I hate that!    So I went searching online and I found a ton of sites to help me.   After trying a few out, I decided that http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php was the easiest to use.  Many sites require you to search for each recipe ingredient one at a time in their database, which can be somewhat time consuming. On the Calorie Counter website, you just copy and paste the ingredients from your recipe, insert the number of servings, and the recipe is “analyzed” for you. You can also store recipes on the site, and it’s free.

Here is a sample of my No Bake Energy Bites.   Overall Grade was a C.  Not so great!  But I love the new calorie calculator!  If you know of another great website for nutrition facts on recipes, please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 18 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories

82
Calories from Fat

45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat

5.0g
8%
Saturated Fat

2.0g
10%
Trans Fat

0.0g
Cholesterol

1mg
0%
Sodium

28mg
1%
Potassium

74mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates

7.7g
3%
Dietary Fiber

1.2g
5%
Sugars

6.1g
Protein

2.0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 8%
Nutrition Grade C
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet
Tasty Treats - Easy Lemon Cookies

Tasty Treats – Easy Lemon Cookies

At My Baby Pajamas we decided to mix it up a bit.   Instead of doing a weekly Tuesday Cook Off post we decided we would post a recipe when it was a winner.   So for now on we are going to call our dessert post Tasty Treats (thanks to Jeff Fisher) and our dinner recipe post Family Feast.

So this post is a Tasty Treat for sure.  If you love lemon you are going to love these EASY lemon cookies.   My youngest son came home to me last week and asked me why I never made him lemon cookies.   I said I didn’t even know you liked lemon cookies.  Well, then he proceeded to tell me he likes lemonade and Lemonheads so he must like lemon cookies. 🙂  I was a little unsure about making a whole batch of lemon cookies and then my husband and I would be stuck eating them!

So I searched Pinterest for a recipe that didn’t seem too lemony and that was easy too.   I found the perfect winner.   These cookies were so easy to make and the WHOLE family loved them!! This included my older son who doesn’t really like lemon favor.   But he loved them and asked for them in his lunch.

Now I know these cookies are not totally 100% made from scratch but sometimes moms just need an easy way out every once in awhile 🙂

 

Recipe from Gimmesomeoven.com

Yields about 24-30 cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • juice of half a lemon (about 1 Tbsp.)
  • zest of half a lemon (about 1 tsp.)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar for decor (optional)

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, lemon juice and zest until well blended. Form dough into small balls (about 1 Tbsp.), and drop into a bowl of confectioners’ sugar. Roll them around until they’re lightly covered. Once sugared, place on a lightly-greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 6 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. The bottoms will be light brown, and the insides chewy.

**To get a rounder, fluffier cookie, let the dough refrigerate at least 30 minutes. (You can also prepare the sugared balls of dough on the cookie sheet, and just refrigerate the sheet for about ten minutes for a similar effect.)

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we did!

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

My kids love chocolate chip cookies!  Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies.   But sometimes you want to mix it up a bit and what better way than to make cookie bars.   My husband actually likes the cookie bars over cookies but everyone is different.   My boys will eat either as long as it’s chocolate chip!

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it was really easy to bake.  I think it’s a keeper 🙂

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod

Yields: 24 Cookie Bars         Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients: 

2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
Sea salt, for sprinkling over bars-optional

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the melted butter and sugars together until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix on low, just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

4. Pour cookie dough into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Sprinkle cookie bars very lightly with sea salt, if desired. Bake cookie bars for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the bars are light golden brown and the edges start to pull away from the pan. Cool bars on a wire rack to room temperature. Cut bars into squares and serve.

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.

Now I know this isn’t exactly baking or cooking but I thought it was such a cute idea for Christmas I wanted to share with you all.   Christmas Hugs make the perfect gift for your neighbors, employees, teachers, etc.  I found the idea on Pinterest and my boys even had fun helping me make them for everyone.  I will be honest taking off the wrappers to the Kisses and Rolo’s was probably the hardest thing about this gift 🙂

Christmas Hugs straight from the oven

Christmas Hugs straight from the oven

Ingredients:

  • 50 rolos or hugs (we did a combination of the two)
  • 50 pretzels (Snyders Butter Snaps)
  • 50 M&M’s

Directions: 

  1. 1. Heat oven to 325°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. 2. Place pretzels on baking sheet. Top each pretzel with one unwrapped rolo or hug.
  3. 3. Bake 3 to 5 minutes (2 1/2 minutes was perfect for me) or until chocolate begins to soften, but not melt. Remove from oven; top with either M&M, pecan half or additional pretzel. Cool completely.

We got the idea from I Heart Nap Time blog!

Christmas Hugs

Christmas Hugs

Finished gift ~ Christmas Hugs

Finished gift ~ Christmas Hugs

My Baby Pajamas wishes everyone a Happy Holiday season! Enjoy!

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I want to apologize that I missed last Tuesday’s post.   With Thanksgiving and my parents in town from Illinois, I was just overwhelmed!  Plus, business is picking up with everyone trying to get his or her last minute Christmas pajamas.   Just FYI, we are almost sold out of our Sara’s Prints Christmas pajamas 🙂  There are only a few sizes left in stock.

Now back to Tuesday Cook Off!  So when my mom was in town we cooked a lot and tried some new recipes and I will be sharing them with you soon.   She showed me a quick and easy calzone recipe that everyone loved.

Before it gets too late for pumpkin, I wanted to share this amazing pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.   These cookies were so good!  I even made a second batch to freeze so I can grab a cookie when the urge hits.  My family and I agree these are the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  But I will let you be the judge!

Recipe from: I Heart Nap time

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 TB vanilla
  • 1 11oz bag chocolate chips

Directions: 

Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir into the wet ingredients. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir for about one minute.  Add vanilla and chocolate chips and stir until combined.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop cookies on by the spoonful. Bake at 350 for 10-12 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.

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.

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Blondies

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Blondies

Today on Tuesday Cook Off I am featuring a Chocolate Chip Blondies.   If you are a chocolate chip fan and want a new twist, the blondie is a winner.   What is a blondie? Blondies are the lighter colored counterpart to brownies. They’re dense, chewy bar cookies that have a fudgy texture similar to that of a brownie.  In other words, it’s delicious!

I really enjoyed this recipe and it made a small batch, which I like because then the blondies stay fresh.  I was very surprised that my husband really enjoyed the blondies.   He is not much of a dessert person and would much rather have one of my homemade pretzels or cinnamon rolls.  But to my surprise he really enjoyed them and already asked for me to make them again soon.

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Recipe Yields 12 Blondies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Mist a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper muffin cups. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt; stir with a fork to combine.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Let cool slightly, then stir in egg and vanilla until smooth. Stir in flour mixture, then chocolate chips and nuts, if using.
  3. Portion out a little less than 1/4 cup batter into each muffin cup and smooth tops with a small spatula. Bake until just set, 15 to 17 minutes. Let blondies cool completely on a wire rack before removing from pan.

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 ~ Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

I have fallen in love with baking ever since I had to start baking for my oldest son because of his allergies.  But there has been one thing I never really enjoyed baking…chocolate chip cookies.  I know it’s crazy!  That’s not American!  I figured out why I didn’t like baking chocolate chip cookies…it’s because I really haven’t found a recipe I enjoyed.  Well, that has come to an end, I found a recipe I really like to bake and eat!  I have always been a fan of a chewy chocolate chip cookie so have my husband and boys.   Not many recipes out there are for chewy cookies but I found one and it was a big hit in our house and I would like to share it.

I hope you enjoy this cookie.  The vanilla pudding package really gives this cookie that chewy texture I just love in my cookie.  Plus, the cookies were still chewy after a few days.  I stored in a ziplock bag.

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
Yields 36 cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) Butter, softened
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup White Sugar
1 small pkg Instant Vanilla Pudding mix
2 eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 pkg ( 12 oz) Milk Chocolate Chips

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat the butter, both sugars, pudding mix, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat until creamy and fluffy. Then slowly mix in flour and baking soda. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by tablespoonfuls, onto an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for ONLY 9-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes before eating.

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.

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

This is probably the job I hate most about cleaning the house.   In fact, I know it’s the job I hate most…cleaning the glass shower doors!  Besides this job, I actually like to clean.  It’s relaxing for me and I love a clean house!

But because this is the cleaning job I hate the most, sometimes it gets done every other week.  Which actually makes it that much harder to clean.  I have tried every over the counter product sold in stores.  Nothing seems to really work.  I will say our glass shower doors are old too.  This is the last room in the house that has NOT been remodeled (we are actually starting to look to remodel, yea).  Anyway, since nothing I buy seems to work on the soap scum I decided to make my own homemade cleaner.  Here is what I have tried and have found to work.  If you have any other suggestions or ideas, I would love to hear about them.

Fabric Softener – adding one cup of fabric softener to one liter of warm water is an effective way to get rid of that residue and soap scum on your glass shower door. Simply wipe the mixture on the door and then rinse it off with warm water from your shower.  If you happen to have a dryer and have dryer sheets handy, then wipe the dryer sheets along the shower door. This can also remove the soap scum.

Vinegar – vinegar is the one item that every household should have. It is effective and safe in cleaning a number of different things and your glass shower door is no different. Simply put white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray onto the shower door. Scrub the mixture onto the screen with a nonscratch pad before rinsing off with warm water. Make sure you label the spray bottle so that you know what item is in there. You don’t want your kids to find the spray bottle and assume it is water.

Lemon Juice and Salt – this is the most effective option if your glass shower doorframes are made out of metal. Over time you may notice that rust forms, which can make your shower, look dirty and old as well. Combine one tablespoon of lemon juice to two tablespoons of salt and form a paste. Using a toothbrush, scrub the mixture into the corners where the rust is forming. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.  I found this to really work well on our metal area.

Do you have any other suggestions about cleaning glass shower doors?  Is it the chore you hate the most?  We would love to hear from you!

Happy Cleaning!

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!

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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