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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

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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.

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So I have to admit something to you…doughnuts are probably my favorite sweet treat.  Crazy, I know.   As a kid, my parents would take my brother and I to Dunkin Donuts for a treat.  Boy, do I love Dunkin Donuts!  When my husband and I moved to Arizona there were a few Dunkin Donuts throughout the valley but eventually they all closed.  This was a very sad day for me.  But about 3 or 4 years ago Dunkin Donuts started to re-open in the valley.  I was so happy that I rushed to take my boys there…they became hooked!  As we all know eating Dunkin Donuts all the time is not healthy so I decided to make a baked doughnut we all can enjoy when we have the taste for them.

Today I am featuring two doughnut recipes.  One is a Snickerdoodle type doughnut and the other is a chocolate with chocolate glaze.  I am featuring two because everyone’s taste in doughnuts is different.  In our house my husband and oldest son LOVE the snickerdoodle doughnut and my youngest and I like the chocolate with chocolate glaze doughnut.   Really, I don’t think you can go wrong with either because they are both that good!

Both recipes made 18 doughnuts so I cut the both recipes in half and they turned out great

What is your favorite doughnut?  Do you like doughnuts for breakfast or as a dessert?  Do you say donut or doughnut?

Happy baking and enjoy the doughnuts!  My husband has already asked for a second batch of the Snickerdoodle doughnut 🙂

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate doughnut with chocolate glaze

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate doughnut with chocolate glaze

Chocolate Doughnuts

recipe from King Arthur Flour

  • 2/3 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar, white or cider
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) melted butter or 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons half & half or cream (light or heavy)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the wells of two standard doughnut pan.  If you don’t have two pans, simply bake the batter in two batches.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking powder, espresso powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips. Set aside.
  3. In a large measuring cup or medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and vinegar.
  4. Add the wet ingredients, along with the melted butter or vegetable oil, to the dry ingredients, stirring to blend; there’s no need to beat the batter, just make sure everything is well-combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan(s), filling them between 3/4 and full.
  6. Bake the doughnuts for 13-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
  7. Remove the doughnuts form the oven, and after 30 seconds or so, loosen their edges, turn the pan upside down over a rack, and gently let the doughnuts fall onto the rack.
  8. For sugar-coated doughnuts, immediately shake the doughnuts in 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; add 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder to the sugar for an additional touch of chocolate.
  9.  If you want to ice the doughnuts rather than shake them in sugar, allow them to cool completely before icing.
  10.  To make the glaze: Combine the chocolate chips and half & half or cream in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup. Heat in 20 second increments, stirring the mixture in between until you get a smooth consistency.
  11. Remove from the microwave, and stir until the chips have melted and the glaze is smooth.
  12.  Spread glaze on the doughnuts.

Makes 18 doughnuts

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Snickerdoodle Doughnut

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Snickerdoodle Doughnut

Snickerdoodle Donuts

recipe from Heather Christo Cooks

-2 ¼ cups AP flour
-1 ¼ cups sugar
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp cream of tartar
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-pinch nutmeg

-1 cup cream
-2 eggs
-1 Tbs vanilla extract
-3 Tbs melted butter

-2 tsp melted butter
-½ cup sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

In a medium shallow bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar and set aside.   Melt the butter in a small pan.  In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients.   In a separate bowl, whisk together the cream, egg and vanilla until smooth.   Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients.   Stir together and add the melted butter to the batter.  Stir the batter and mix it really well until smooth and sticky.   Spoon the batter into the donut pan.   

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until golden on top.    Let them cool for a few minutes before gently brushing them with a bit of melted butter and turning them out into the cinnamon sugar.   

Makes 18 Doughnuts

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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!

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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

Tuesday Cook Off ~ The Best Blueberry Muffins

Tuesday Cook Off ~ The Best Blueberry Muffins

In our house blueberry muffins are a big request from my husband and my youngest son.   My husband likes them so much he will even make a box of Jiffy blueberry muffins on his own.  GROSS!!  Anyway, I came across this recipe that has a crumb topping.   I just love crumb toppings!  Well, I just had to give it a try.   Also, these blueberry muffins are made with Greek yogurt that really makes these muffins moist.  I promise if you like blueberry muffins, you will LOVE these!  Enjoy baking 🙂

Here is the recipe:

 Yield: 2 1/2 dozen standard muffins

Ingredients

For the Batter:
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 1/2 C sugar
    • 1 C canola oil
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 2 C plain traditional Greek yogurt (I’ve never tried using fat-free and don’t know how it works)
    • 4 C AP flour
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 3 C fresh or frozen blueberries tossed with 1 tbsp of flour just before adding to the batter
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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Make crumb topping by combining all ingredients in a bowl and pinching with your fingers until the butter is fully incorporated and it looks like coarse sand. Set aside.
  3. Combine the eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla; mixing until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt and baking soda.
  5. Alternately add 1/3 flour and 1/3 yogurt to the sugar mixture and repeat, stirring just slightly between each addition. The key to moist muffins is to keep the batter from becoming over mixed. Only mix until no dry spots remain- there will be lumps and that’s okay.
  6. Gently fold in the blueberries, mixing only until they are evenly distributed.
  7. Scoop batter into muffin tin until 2/3 full. Spoon 1 1/2-2 tbsp of crumb mixture on top of each muffin (it will look like a lot of crumbs).
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with only moist crumbs.

Source of the recipe is heatherlikesfood.com
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breakfast recipes

While parents need to eat breakfast to perform at their daily best, kids need to eat breakfast even more.   Kids bodies are always growing and their bodies rely on regular healthy food intake.  When kids skip breakfast, they can end up going for long periods of time without food and this period of semistarvation can create a lot of physical, intellectual, and behavioral problems for them.

If you and your kids regularly skip breakfast in the interest of saving time, calories, or getting a few more minutes of sleep, remember that eating a wholesome, nutritious morning meal will probably save you time in the long run.  This is an interesting fact: studies show that kids who skip breakfast are tardy and absent from school more often than children who eat breakfast on a regular basis. Preparing a good breakfast can be as quick and easy.  Make sure to check back with our blog tomorrow.  My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off will feature two quick and easy breakfast for adults and kids.   Both recipes are a big hit in our house and the great thing is they can be prepared on the weekend and stored in the refrigerator for the week.

Adults tend to skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight but doing this can actually do the opposite and make you gain weight not loss weight.  According to research, skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually make weight control more difficult. Breakfast skippers tend to eat more food than usual at the next meal or nibble on high-calorie snacks to stave off hunger. Several studies suggest that people tend to accumulate more body fat when they eat fewer, larger meals than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals. To teens, especially teenage girls, skipping breakfast may seem like a perfectly logical way to cut down on calories and lose weight. It’s important for moms to educate their kids about the importance of the morning meal and the role it plays in maintaining good health and preventing obesity.

Mom and Dad, your kids look up to you and if you don’t eat breakfast, why should they?   By eating breakfast everyday, you are showing your kids how important it is to eat breakfast plus you are establishing a good healthy habit that will continue a life time.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow and check out our two fast and easy breakfast recipes for the whole family!

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Doughnut Muffins

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Doughnut Muffins

My Baby Pajamas recipe of the week is Doughnut Muffins.  I was looking for new ideas for breakfast for my boys and husband when I came across these doughnut muffins.  My boys love doughnuts and muffins so I thought I would give them a try.  Plus, they are sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, which I love 🙂  First, I have to say these are the easiest thing to make!  Plus, they are so unbelievably good!  The recipe made 11 doughnut muffins but can vary depending how you fill your muffin pan.  I want to thank How to: Simplify Blog for the recipe!

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

For the muffins:

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk

For the coating:

  • 1/4 -1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine oil, sugar, egg and milk in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients and stir only to combine.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. While muffins are baking, melt butter in a small bowl. In another small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Shake muffins out of the muffin tin while the muffins are still hot.
  6. Dip muffins in the melted butter and then into the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place on a wire rack and allow to cool.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Skillet Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Skillet Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

My Baby Pajamas recipe of the week is Skillet Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage.   I found this recipe on Pinterest (by the way, I just LOVE Pinterest) and my husband asked me to make some good old fashion comfort food.  It has been cold here in Phoenix, AZ and comfort food hits the spot!  So I went to Pinterest and started searching around.  He then asked if I would make my baked ziti.   Being Italian, I have all these old family memories of eating mostaccioli at holiday times and images of pasta noodles went flashing through my head.  I wanted to try something different and so I found this great skillet baked ziti.   I can honestly say I don’t know if I will ever make baked ziti the old fashion way again.   This recipe was delicious!  My husband loved it (and already asked me to make it again) and my boys loved it too.

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!

Here is the link for the recipe.  Happy cooking!

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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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