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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

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 ~ 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!

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.

Random Thoughts of the Day

It’s that time again when my mind is racing with useless random thoughts.   Sometimes it can be so time consuming with all the thoughts running through my head.   It’s probably because I haven’t been able to run the last couple of days.   I have been under the weather with horrible sinus problems.   What are you thinking about right now?

1.   My youngest lost a tooth last night…while sleeping.  Who loses a tooth when they are sleeping?   Has this happened to any one else’s child?

2.   I now have a teenager that should help with chores, why is it that I am still the one putting out the trash all the time?

3.  Why does my dog get a sudden burst of energy right before we go to bed or/and are in bed.   It’s not like we don’t exercise him.   Does this happen to anyone else?

4.  Watching Modern Family while writing this blog.   I just love that show.  Did you know that the character Luke (Nolan Gould) graduated High School at age 13!

5.  What’s the going rate for a lost tooth?

6.  I love Instagram!!  A lot of my friends live all over the country.  We use Instagram to stay up to date on everything in our lives.

7.  Really can’t think because my head is pounding to bad!  I hate sinus infections 😦

What are your random thoughts?

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.

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 🙂
  • 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 😦

What is going through your mind at this moment?

P.S.   I wish I was still in my pajamas!

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’s 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’s 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 🙂

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Cilantro Thai Grilled Chicken

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Cilantro Thai Grilled Chicken

My family and I eat a lot of chicken.   So I am always looking for new ways to marinate chicken to grill.   We grill often here in Phoenix because the weather is nice plus it’s easy clean up.   I love that!  Not only do my family and I like chicken but we also love Thai food.  This recipe was simple and I mean simple.  It’s only 4 ingredients.   My husband absolutely loved the recipe and has asked for me to make it again already (I just made it on Saturday)!

Here is the recipe:

Cilantro Thai Grilled Chicken (serves 4)

2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup cilantro
2 tablespoons asian fish sauce or 1 tablespoon of GF soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

Place all the ingredients above in a food processor and process until smooth.

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Pour marinade over chicken breast and let flavors sink in for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
Prepare your grill or broiler. Cook until temperature registers 165F on the meat thermometer. Let the chicken breasts rest for 5 minutes before serving, this prevents the meat from drying up.

Source for recipe: Artsy-Foodie

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Bread

Today’s Tuesday Cook Off, My Baby Pajamas is featuring pretzel bread.   As you know, my family is crazy for anything pretzel.  In fact, I am starting to run out of ideas featuring pretzels.  There is a steak house here in Scottsdale that makes the best pretzel bread.  One night my husband was craving it but wanted it for a sandwich…the pretzel bread sandwich was created.   I found this easy recipe for the pretzel bread and next thing I knew we had dinner.    You can also make these into pretzel sticks with butter. YUM!

Here is the recipe for the pretzel bread:

In the bowl of your stand mixer, mix together:

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

Let sit about 5 min, until its foamy. Then add:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Get the dough hook going and gradually add 4 C flour. Let the machine keep going until the dough looks a little bit shiny and totally flexible (about 4-5 min)

Let it rest in the bowl, covered with a towel for an hour, until doubled in size.

Divide dough into 6 for rolls, or two for baguettes and shape accordingly.. Let those chill out, covered while you get a large pot of water boiling with a hefty dose of baking soda. (about 1/2 C) . Preheat your oven to 375 and lightly coat a baking sheet with EVOO.

When the water is boiling, cut little slits in your rolls, then slip them into the baking soda bath :)

Flip at 2 min on the first side and take them out after 3-4 min. Oil them up with a little more olive oil and sprinkle with maldon (or coarse  sea) salt.

Bake until perfectly browned (12-15 min) and eat warm!

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 ~ Pretzel Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Bread

My Baby Pajamas March Freebie Friday Giveaway

This month My Baby Pajamas is giving away one (1) Sara’s Prints Zebra Ruffle Nightgown.  Summer will be here before we know it and these pajamas will be perfect for spring and summer.  The nightgown is flame resistant and loose fitting.  What to know how to win these pajamas?

Here is how to enter to win:

  • Main entry: Answer the question on this blog post: Did you sleep train your children?  And Why?
  • extra entry: subscribe to our newsletter for our website ( already subscribe, let us know).
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  • Must have a U.S. Mailing address and be 18 years or older to enter.   Good Luck!

This giveaway will end on Friday, March 29, 2013.    We will announce the winner a couple days later.   The winner is selected by Random.org.

Good Luck!

My Baby Pajamas March Freebie Friday

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.

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 to where to find great footie pajamastoddler pajamas and more, 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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