Fried Honey Bananas – Cub Sweepstakes

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I saw this recipe on Facebook.   At first I wasn’t sure how these would taste.  But I heard in my head:  “Everything tastes better fried!”   However, I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil so I didn’t feel quite so bad about it!  And it’s fruit!!  How bad can fried fruit be!!

These were fun to make, easy to make and a before dinner dessert.  Why?  BECAUSE it’s fruit!!!

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The recipe called for one banana, but I knew better than to use just one!!  So I cut up two.

And I have a story to tell about this picture and how Brooklyn is peeling the banana.

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Some may know this, but it took for me to be on a field trip with one of the kids a couple of years ago to realize that we have been peeling our bananas wrong!  How many struggle with pulling that big end there and smashing your banana while trying so carefully not to do that?!  Well, we used to.  One of the dad’s at the field trip saw a little boy struggling with trying to open his banana.  The dad grabs it and turns it around and shows the boy that the long part is actually the handle.  He lightly squeezed together the bottom of the banana and started to pull the banana peel down as you see Brooklyn doing.  If you haven’t tried this, you will.  And you’ll see how much easier it is to open.  There is no smashed banana at the end!  AND the stem is actually used then as a handle.  Did you know that the monkey’s peel their bananas this way!!!  I sure didn’t.

Ok so now back to frying..

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AND another cool thing I didn’t know is that when you take the banana and break it in half you can lightly squeeze it together and it will separate into three pieces. That way when you’re feeding a toddler, you have banana sticks.  How cool is that!  Just thought I’d share that wealth of coolness with you!

So there’s you’ll see the bananas cooking away in the oil.  For some odd reason I wanted to put these on a stick and pretend I was at the MN State Fair.  I didn’t go this year.  And the saying is:  Everything is better on a stick (fried and on a stick).

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Here I asked Khali if she liked the bananas.  SHe sure did.  In fact after her plate was empty, she crawled on the table to get Brooklyns.  And Brooklyn said so so Khali started to feed her!!

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So easy to make, fun to eat, fun to watch the kids eat and play!

These were a burst of flavor.  Really good!  Give them a try.

And now I  need to remind you all of the Cub Sweepstakes again.  You still have time to enter if you haven’t.  We can all use a chance to win $4500 for Cub right?!

I’ll give you the rules and what you can win and what to do again. (Yep, click that rule link and it will guide you through the process).

Here are the prizes again:

A chance to win a $4,500 Cub Gift Card!

PRIZES:  One grand prize of $4,500 in the form of 100-45 Cub® gift cards will be awarded to the winner.  Four $45 Cub® gift cards will be awarded at random to fans who share photos or videos.

Log on to Facebook and like the Cub page and you’ll get directions there as well.

Here’s how it all works.

How it works:

  1. Visit the Cub® page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Cub).
  2. Click on the button to “Like” Cub’s Facebook Page.
  3. Click on the “Love Your Cub” contest app on the Facebook platform by clicking on the link to the Contest page.
  4. Enter the Contest by completing the entry form and uploading a video (“Video”) or photo (“Photo”) and description (“Description”).
  5. Check the box indicating your agreement to these Official Rules, and then click on the button to submit your entry.
  6. Get your friends to vote every day through September 29th
  7. Top 10 entries will be eligible for the grand prize and be chosen by a panel of judges including shopping experts, creative directors and employees of Cub.

Limit one (1) entry per person / Facebook account.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  ENTRANTS MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF MINNESOTA OR ILLINOIS AND 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.

Good luck to those that are in MN and IL.  Rock this Cub contest and WIN!!!

Here are the directions for the bananas

Fried Honey Bananas – Cub Sweepstakes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Bananas
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Lightly drizzle olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Arrange banana slices in pan and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together honey and 2 tablespoons of water.
  4. Remove pan from heat and pour honey mixture over banana.
  5. Allow to cool and sprinkle with cinnamon.

 

Have a great week!!!!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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I Love My Cub – “Great Sweepstakes”

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Oh my gosh….where does time go.  This will be week three for the Cub Sweepstakes.  Have you entered yet?  Have you gotten together with your friends/family to see who can come up with the BEST I love my Cub video/picture?  If you haven’t, well what are you waiting for?   $4500 gift card.  Uh hum…let me repeat that.  $4500 gift card to cub.  Imagine all the chips and salsa you can have!  Or the filet mignon’s you can grill before the winter season hits.

Let me show you the rules (yes click that link for the rules) and prizes again just in case you forgot.  Remember, this is for $4500 gift card.  To Cub.  Free food, free…free.

Here is a list of the prizes again:

PRIZES:  One grand prize of $4,500 will be awarded to the winner in the form of 100-$45 Cub® Gift Cards.  Four $45 Cub® gift cards will be available to be awarded at random to fans who share our Photos or Videos.  Use of the Gift Cards is subject to the terms and conditions of the issuer.  Approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each prize:  Grand Prize $4,500; Cub® gift cards:  $45.00 each.

Okay now that we have that part done, let’s talk food.  What do you have on your weekly menu?  Me?  It was pretty hot today so I made some Mac & Cheese.  My co-worker, Heidi, who gives me a hard time about not making Mac & Cheese from a dang box, told me that this is a quick go to meal at her house.  I’m not one to really make it from a box and she knows that.  BUT, I did buy some last week and we did have it for dinner tonight.  I am ok with it, I am ok with it.

However, I did find this awesome recipe on the Cub site if you’re interested in some pasta this week.

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta!!!

I love buffalo chicken.  I love the flavor.  So this is going on my menu for next week.  One day down, six more to go.  Though I could just sit here and do it now since I’m on the site and it does have some pretty good recipes that I wouldn’t mind trying!!!

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Berry Lemon Trifle!!  Need I say or show more?  Think not.  I made a Triple Berry Trifle once before and it’s Ah-mazing!  It was for Easter last year and I do believe that we finished the entire thing.  Hmmm….now this has me thinking!  Trifle…fruit is healthy for you….

Well, don’t forget, we’re celebrating Cub.  Go, go, go.  I’m not sure if you’re getting the fun in all of this.  NOT only fun, but what you can get from creating a great video or pix showing why you love Cub!  And you could be the winner.  Of $4500.  $4500.

Go to Facebook and hit like!!  Follow the directions and have a great time!

Have a great week.  I sure hope it cools down.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

This sweepstake is sponsored by Cub

 

Peanut Noodles – Women’s Shoe Blow Out!

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Oh my goodness.  This was another awesome dinner.  It may not look like much but it packs a bunch of flavor in this one!  There I have nothing more to say.  Just make this for dinner and you’ll love it!!

Ok, well, that’s not all I have to say, but this was pretty good.  I had to go back for seconds and I’m not one to really do that much.  We had some Italian bread on this side with this.  Raked in the carbs for sure on this one but we don’t do that often here, so it was all good!!!!

Another super easy dinner to put together when you’re on the go or in a hurry.  Craig said he wouldn’t have eaten it, but I bet had he been here he would have at least tried it!  I wouldn’t have put the green onions on his.  There are some left overs in the fridge and I may just have that with dinner tonight.  Tonight we’re having the Chicken Bundles that my friend, Carrie made!!  She asked me today what they were called with and I just happened to find it.  So her and I may be having the same thing for dinner tonight.

I tell ya, there’s nothing better than having great friends.  Bad when they live so far away!

Back to the Noodles.  Sorry, I tend to get carried away in my typing and it the mind just goes.  So I type when I think!!  This was put together pretty quick.  With school coming up and football, we’re busy pretty much every day during the week.  So this is something to keep in mind when you’re thinking of something fast.

If you’re like me and you make your menu for the week and you’re on Pinterest or searching online and find something good, I put it on iCal for whatever day.  I had this weeks menu planned last week.  And that’s saying a lot for me.

Ok, let me be quiet and share some of the pictures I have for you!!

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I was tempted to put some salt and these and eat them before the kids saw, but didn’t!!

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Pasta boiling away!

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What would dinner time be in the kitchen if the girls didn’t come in to see what’s going on!!  These two girls are connected at the hip.  Good thing…hope it stays that way!

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Peanut sauce cooking…Smells amazing.

Try something new for dinner.  You can always get take out.  But when you make your dinner from scratch, you know what’s going in your food.  And that’s  a good feeling.  Especially when you’re trying to avoid certain foods and eat healthy.

Have a great week.  Peanut Noodles are a must try.

Peanut Noodles
Recipe Type: Peanut Noodles
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced (white parts only)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • I used the green onion for the top of my noodles
  • Pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until done. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, combine oil and onions in a small skillet. Saute over low heat until tender. Add ginger; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in peanut butter, soy sauce, water, vinegar, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Remove from heat.
  3. Toss noodles with sauce, and serve.
  4. I topped my noodles with Pine Nuts.

Oh and if you’re looking on a great deal for Women’s Shoes…  Check This out.  It ends Thursday, September 5th.  Hurry before you miss out!!!

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Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Raspberry Pavlova – Love My Cub Contest

ImageDon’t forget everyone…. Enter to win free groceries at Cub.  Follow the directions below and make sure you have THE best photo/video to win.  Think of all the great recipes you can make with that kind of food!!  Woot.

Here are the official rules again in case you need to have them or if you’re new to the sweepstakes!

Here is a list of the prizes:

PRIZES:  One grand prize of $4,500 will be awarded to the winner.  Four $45 Cub® gift cards will be awarded at random to fans who share our Photos or Videos.  Use of Gift Cards is subject to the terms and conditions of the issuer.  Approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each prize:  Grand Prize: $4,500.00; Cub® gift cards: $45.00 each.

I’ll include a bit of the “how to” but make sure you read the entire official rules.  (this applies to MN and Illinois residents only).

  1. Visit the Cub® page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Cub).
  2. Click on the button to “Like” Cub’s Facebook Page.
  3. Click on the “Love Your Cub” contest app on the Facebook platform by clicking on the link to the Contest page.
  4. Enter the Contest by completing the entry form and uploading a video (“Video”) or photo (“Photo”) and description (“Description”).
  5. Check the box indicating your agreement to these Official Rules, and then click on the button to submit your entry.
  6. Get your friends to vote every day through September 29th
  7. Top 10 entries will be eligible for the grand prize and be chosen by a panel of judges including shopping experts, creative directors and employees of Cub.

 

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Now on to the Raspberry Pavlova that I made last night.  I had this little goody on stand by for a bit now.  I couldn’t make it because it was so hot and humid outside that the meringue would have gotten too chewy.  Yesterday was a perfect day.  It went from being in the high 90s (very humid) to the low 70s.  Yep, gotta love MN weather.

I will say that I wished mine turned out to be as pretty as the one that I watched on the video.  BUT it didn’t matter.  It was gone within an hour of cooling off and putting the toppings on it!  We all loved it!  Go figure that!  When this was completely done it was about 4:30pm.  I served up a piece for everyone and said: “Here’s dinner!!”.  Not so lucky but we did have dessert before dinner last night.

I will try to make this again because I want to see if I can get it to turn out how it was pictured.  That’s just how I am I guess.

I used to struggle with getting eggs to form a peak.  But I’ve come a ways and didn’t have any problem.  I used a metal mixing bowl and had my eggs at room temperature.  Came out perfect the first try!

Raspberry Pavlova – Love My Cub Contest
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Raspberry Flavor Gelatin
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 banana sliced
Instructions
  1. HEAT oven to 275ºF.
  2. COMBINE sugar and dry gelatin mix. Beat egg whites in medium bowl with mixer on high speed 5 min. or until soft peaks form. Add sugar mixture, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating constantly until stiff peaks form. Gently stir in lemon juice and cornstarch until blended.
  3. SPREAD into 8-inch circle on parchment-covered baking sheet.
  4. BAKE 1-1/2 hours. Cool completely.
  5. TRANSFER meringue to plate just before serving; top with remaining ingredients.
  6. kraft kitchens tipsCOOKING KNOW-HOWFor best results, prepare meringue on a cool dry day. High humidity can result in a chewy sticky meringue. Top with COOL WHIP and fruit as directed just before serving. Substitute any berries, such as strawberries or blueberries, for the raspberries.

 

If you struggle with getting egg whites to form a peak, try again.  Put your eggs out to room temperature and use a metal mixing bowl.  I’m not sure where I hear that it works best with that type of bowl but I’ve had luck every since.  Whipped right up for me.  I tried to form a nice round shape but it expanded so much and there wasn’t a well for the cool whip like I’d hoped.  Again, didn’t matter because no one seemed to care what it looked like, they just wanted more!

Have a great Tuesday.  Go check out the Love My Cub contest, enter to win.  Tell your friends on FB, Tweet about it.  Enter, enter, enter to win.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole

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The weather in MN has been extremely hot.  However, today it got into the 80s to where I could turn on the oven to cook dinner.  I came across this casserole on Facebook.  Since we LOVE having breakfast for dinner (Brinner) I knew this was going to be the next on my list once it semi cooled down.

I try to watch what I eat.  I do.  And I rarely eat out.  Once a week is not that bad!!  I eat my cheerios for breakfast, I eat my salad for lunch, I eat my exercise bar for snack.  I drink water all day.  So when I decide to have bacon and eggs for dinner, I only semi feel bad about it!!

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And I know that this is something that I can get away with in my house without anyone complaining that I’ve made something gross!!

I always say that I plan my menu.  And I sit and agonize over that menu sometimes way longer than needed.  Taco nights, there is usually a sandwich being made.  Doesn’t bother me much, since I love them..more taco meat for me!!!  Sloppy Joe night.. well I’m trying to come up with a new recipe.  And I can almost guarantee that this will not be okay!  But try and you might like it.  I say that for a lot of things.  How do you expect to open yourself up to new adventures if you aren’t willing to try new things in life!!!!  It’s not like I’m asking anyone to eat clams for dinner.  Though I’m willing to try!!

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Back to brinner.  We have school coming up next week and Brooklyn is due for a hair cut (a trim in her words), so I needed something quick tonight.  I doubled up the recipe (except for the rolls) and stuck this in the oven.  This was super easy to make and in the oven in a matter of minutes.

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I top mine with a bit of Franks Hot sauce (can’t have eggs without it), grab the bacon and off we go for a dinner that no one will complain about!  This was really good.  I’ll make this again soon!!

Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • Can Flaky Grands
  • Bag shredded cheddar
  • 1 cup milk
  • Cubed ham or ground cooked sausage
  • 10 eggs
  • S&P
  • Garlic
  • Franks Hot Sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients and mix saving biscuits for last. Cut biscuits into fours and carefully mix in. Transfer to roomy casserole dish that has been oiled. Cook 25 at 350. You can’t mess this up and it comes out looking JUST like picture. Serve for breakfast or dinner w small salad.

 

Have a great Labor Day weekend and Happy Back To School for those of you that have kids on their way.

Enjoy!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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