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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Bites

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Bites

Runners love peanut butter and who doesn’t love chocolate!  So I was excited when I came across this recipe when I was reading the June 2013 Runner’s World magazine.    It’s easy and is a no bake recipe.  Who doesn’t love that 🙂  These make the perfect treat to grab out of the fridge and go.  I promise if you would bring these to a party they will be the first thing gone.  They are that good!

My youngest son wanted me not to dip all the pretzels in the chocolate so we had some without the chocolate and they were just as good.  I personally preferred the pretzels with the chocolate but everyone has their own taste and style.  I stored these in an airtight Tupperware container in the fridge.  They would also be great in the freeze in the hot summer months.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Bites

Ingredients:

1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons butter, room temperature
2/3 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 bag of mini pretzels
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

How to Make: 

1. Combine the peanut butter and butter together until creamy.
2. Stir in the powdered sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until well mixed.
3. Roll teaspoons of the peanut butter mixture into balls; sandwich between two pretzels and place on a cookie sheet.
4. Freeze the pretzel sandwiches for 30 minutes.
5. Melt the chocolate chips. Dip half of each pretzel in chocolate. Return to the cookie sheet and freeze for another 30 minutes. Store in the fridge until serving time.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ The Biggest Loser Salad and Dressing

Tuesday Cook Off ~ The Biggest Loser Salad and Dressing

Since I have been posting a lot of baking I decided to change it up a bit for this week.   This week I am featuring “The Biggest Loser” salad and dressing.   Now, the salad is really nothing different but the dressing is awesome.   It’s light and tangy and perfect for the summer.   My husband and I have been enjoying this dressing for about 2 months and I figured it was time to share.   I also believe the basil in the salad also gives it a nice favor.   We also add light feta cheese to our salad but it’s up to you.   This recipe is great for all those summer BBQ’s.

Ingredients: 

1 head of fresh lettuce 1/3 cup olive oil (for dressing)
1 cucumber 4 tbsp lemon juice (for dressing)
2 fresh in-season tomatoes 1 tsp honey (for dressing)
1/4 red onion salt and pepper, to taste
1 bunch fresh basil
Directions:
For the salad: wash and dry the lettuce. Tear it into bite-size pieces. Peel the cucumber and cut it into bite-sized bits. Wash the tomatoes and cut them into bite sized pieces. Peel the onion and slice it as thin as possible. Wash and chop the basil into large pieces.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and basil. Toss together so the ingredients are well mixed.

For the dressing: place the dressing ingredients in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Cover the container and shake vigorous.  Add the dressing to the salad, toss and serve immediately.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

So if you have been paying attention to my Tuesday Cook Off blog post you know my family loves cinnamon!  Last week I was shopping at Wal-Mart and while I was in the checkout line I was reading the magazine covers when the Food Network Magazine caught my eye…homemade cinnamon rolls.   That looked absolutely delicious and I had to make them!  So I bought the issue and decided to make the cinnamon rolls on the weekend.  They were a BIG BIG hit.  Everyone just loved them and I can honestly say, they were easy to make.  The recipe does require the dough to rise three times but other than that…it’s a breeze.    Plus, you don’t even need your Kitchenaid.

Recipe from Food Network Magazine

Yields: 12 Rolls

Recipe for Basic Sweet Roll Dough
Ingredients1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/4-ounce packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled, plus more for brushing
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)DirectionsWarm 1/2 cup water and the milk in a saucepan over low heat until a thermometer registers 100 degrees F to 110 degrees F. Remove from the heat and sprinkle the yeast on top, then sprinkle with a pinch of the sugar; set aside, undisturbed, until foamy, about 5 minutes.Whisk the melted butter, egg yolk and vanilla into the yeast mixture until combined. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, the remaining sugar, the salt and nutmeg. Make a well in the center, then add the yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to make a thick and slightly sticky dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until soft and elastic, about 6 minutes. Shape into a ball.

Brush a large bowl with butter. Add the dough, turning to coat lightly with the butter. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until the dough is doubled in size, about 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Turn the dough out of the bowl and knead briefly to release excess air; re-form into a ball and return to the bowl. Lightly butter a large piece of plastic wrap and lay it directly on the surface of the dough. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

For the Cinnamon Rolls: 

Ingredients
For the rolls:1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 batch Basic Sweet-Roll DoughFor the glaze:

1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Directions

Make the rolls: Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Whisk the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a 10-by-18-inch rectangle. Spread the butter over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border on one of the long sides. Top with the cinnamon sugar. Brush the clean border with water. Tightly roll the dough into an 18-inch log, rolling toward the clean border; pinch the seam to seal.

Slip a long taut piece of thread or unflavored floss under the roll, about 1 1/2 inches from the end. Lift the ends of the thread and cross over the roll, pulling tightly to cut off a piece. Repeat, cutting every 1 1/2 inches, to make 12 rolls. Place the rolls in the prepared baking dish.

Cover the rolls loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour, 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover the rolls and bake until they spring back when pressed, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes in the pan. (You can freeze the baked rolls for up to 2 weeks. Cool completely before freezing, then thaw, warm up and glaze before serving.)

Make the glaze: Whisk the confectioners’ sugar, melted butter, milk, vanilla and salt in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle over the warm rolls.

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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 ~ Cheese and Chicken Stuffed Shells

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Cheese and Chicken Stuffed Shells

Welcome to My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off!  This week I am featuring Cheese and Chicken Stuffed Shells.   It really is such a simple recipe and not that time consuming for stuffing shells.  In fact, my husband helped me with this dish and we had a great time making it together 🙂  It could have been the wine we were drinking while we were cooking but nevertheless we had fun!

For the sauce, I used my homemade sauce I make and freeze.   I usually make a big batch and then freeze for recipes like this one.   I will share my sauce recipe in an upcoming post.   It’s not a family recipe at all because my mom still hasn’t shared it with me !!  She says it’s not written down it’s all in her head.  Anyway, I hope to get my hands on that recipe soon.   I think using a homemade sauce just adds to the recipe.

Here is the recipe:

12 jumbo pasta shells
1 1/2 c pasta sauce
2 large egg whites, gently beaten
1 1/2 c part skim ricotta cheese
4 oz. chicken, cooked and diced
1 c frozen spinach (chopped) thawed (drain all excess water)

2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp chopped basil
3/4 c part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 c grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350
Cook shells in boiling water according to the directions on box.
Rinse with cold water and set aside for later use.

Lightly spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and spread 1/2 c of pasta sauce evenly over the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

For filling: Stir together egg whites, ricotta, chicken, spinach, garlic powder, basil, and seasoning. Stir in 1/4 c of mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.

Fill each shell with mixture and place filled shells in the baking dish on top of the sauce. Spread remaining sauce on top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 30 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Cheesy Chicken Shells via weightwatchers.com.   9 WW points for 3 shells

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Cheese and Chicken Stuffed Shells

Full Tray of Cheese and Chicken Stuffed Shells!

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 🙂   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.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Auntie Anne's Copy Cat Pretzel Recipe

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Auntie Anne’s Copy Cat Pretzel Recipe

By now you probably have figured out that my family loves pretzels.  If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you have seen many pictures of pretzels.  They LOVE pretzels.   They would have me make them every week.  So with that being said, I have tried many pretzel recipes.  But this one is my favorite.   This recipe is for 12 pretzels but most of the time I cut the recipe in half and only make six.   Pretzels taste so much better right from the oven 🙂  Also, I usually make 3 regular with salt and 3 with the cinnamon and sugar.    The picture is of one of each.

I hope you enjoy this copy cat recipe of Auntie Anne’s pretzels.   I want to thank Yammies Noshery for the recipe!! Enjoy 🙂

Here is the recipe:

2 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoons (2 packets) active dry yeast
6 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons fine salt

1/3 cup baking soda
3 cups warm water
Coarse salt
8 tablespoons butter, melted in a shallow dish

Warm up the milk in the microwave or on the stove for just about one and a half minutes. It should be about 110º. If it’s too hot it will kill the yeast. You should be able to comfortably keep your finger in it. Stir in the yeast and let it sit for about 3 minutes. Add the butter and sugar. Add the flour about 1 cup at a time and the add the fine salt. Kneed for about 10 minutes with a stand mixer, or by hand. Put it in a greased bowl and cover with greased cling wrap. Let rise for 1 hour in a moist, warm place until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 450º. Punch down dough and divide into 12 lumps (I like to divide it in half, then divide each half into three, and then divide each remaining one in half again). Roll them all out as thin as you can. Combine the warm water and baking soda in a wide bowl. Form the dough into pretzel shapes, then dip in the baking soda water. Place on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for about 7-11 minutes or until browned. Dip each in the melted butter while hot. Serve with cheese sauce.

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Auntie Anne's Copy Cat Pretzel Recipe

Auntie Anne’s Copy Cat Pretzel Recipe ~ Cinnamon and Sugar right from the over!

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off ~ No Bake Energy Bites

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off ~ No Bake Energy Bites

This week My Baby Pajamas is featuring two recipes.   In our last post, we stressed how important it is for kids and adults to eat breakfast.  As adults, we often skip breakfast because we are racing around in the morning trying to get ready for work, get the kids to school etc.   Well, My Baby Pajamas wanted to share two of our favorite quick morning breakfast meals.   These are two easy and quick recipes you can make up and store in the refrigerator for the week.  The first recipe is the Ham and Mushroom Scrambled Egg Cups and the second recipe is the No Bake Energy Bites.   The No Bake Energy Bites are so good you can even eat them as a snack or dessert:)  We want to say thank you to gimmesomeoven.com for the No Bake Energy Bites and The Blonde Can Cook Blog for the Ham and Mushroom Scrambled Egg Cups. My husband just loves the egg cups and the nice thing about the egg cups is that you can always change the ingredients.

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No Bake Energy Bites Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Makes about 20-25 balls.

Ham and Mushroom Egg Muffins Recipe:  click here for the recipe.

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off ~ Ham and Mushroom Scrambled Egg Cups

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off ~ Ham and Mushroom Scrambled Egg Cups

Nana's Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

Nana’s Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

My Baby Pajamas recipe of the week is Nana’s Chicken Matzo Ball Soup.   It’s winter time and soup is one of our favorite recipes during this time of the year.   My family loves soup but I would have to say their favorite is Matzo Ball soup.   So when I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I just had to try it.   Let me tell you, it’s outstanding!!  It was so good, I am making a couple of pot fulls for my relatives to freeze and reheat 🙂  Plus, I felt this recipe was really easy to make.   You have to let the broth simmer for a couple of hours but besides that, it’s easy!  I hope you share this recipe because it’s a keeper 🙂

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.   I hope you enjoy these as much as we did :)

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off - Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off – Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

My Baby Pajamas recipe of the week is Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels.   These are absolutely unbelievable!!  I made these on Saturday morning and they were gone by the afternoon.   Caution:  very addicting 🙂  Everyone will love these and they also will make a great and easy holiday gift.   I am bringing them on Thanksgiving to my sister – in – laws house and I am sure they will be a big hit.   Plus, my whole family is pretzel lovers.

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.  Also, you can click either picture for the recipe.   I hope you enjoy these as much as we did 🙂

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off - Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels – Close up shot 🙂

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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