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 😉

Sponsored by Cub

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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

 

“Love Your Cub” Sweepstake Contest

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Here is an AMAZING contest you can enter!!!!! Contests are fun.  Contests mean you get to do things you normally wouldn’t do.  Contests mean YOU WIN something.

Each and every week I sit and plan my meals.  Each and every week I sit for at least an hour or more trying what to decide to make that will please everyone in the house!  And let me tell you, that is no easy task.  I know you are aware of this because I’ve said it over and over and over and over again!!  Gosh, these people in my house need to learn how to be a bit more open to ideas!!

Being that I am a food blogger, I tend to make home made meals!!  Life gets busy and sometimes, dare I say, I cook brats on the grill (not that it’s bad to eat them) but I do try to make a healthy meal every night.

I have iCal so I put my meal on my Mac and if there’s a link to that recipe, I put it on the notes.  I then make a list created by the order of which the store is in.  When you enter our Cub, you have the produce, then the meats, the dairy section, the frozen section, then the isle section.  And yes I try to put the items I need in the order of the isle so that I can cross them off in order.  Yep OCD.   I know.  I know.

Let’s get on with the sweepstakes and how you can enter to win.  What do you win.  Well keep reading please:

So what do you do?  Here’s the link for the official rules (yes click that link to to left 😉

Now what you need to do is create the best video/photo (see rules for size and length of video and photo) of “Love Your Cub”.  Your friends can vote for you as often as they want.  One would think the more you get your friends to vote, the more chances you have to win.  Note that you CANNOT take pictures or videos in Cub or on their premises.

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.

Now let’s see who can be the most creative and come up with THE best video/photo.  I want to see it!!!

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Now here is a list of awesome things that are going to push you to win even more….

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.

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This contest starts today, August 26th and ends September 29th.  Rev up your engines and get set to be the best.

Have an awesome Monday.  Read the directions, follow the directions, and play to win.  Show your Love for Cub.

If you’re in the mood for a great recipe, here’s something for your week.  Chicken Fajita Salad.

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Click here for the ingredients and directions.  (this is a healthy meal you can prepare for your non picky eaters!!)

I may have to try this for lunch one day very soon.

Have fun, enjoy your week and good luck!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

This contest is sponsored by Cub

 

Back To School BOGO 1/2 Off + Extra 15% – 20% Off

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Well sadly enough summer is coming to a close end with school starting (or have started for some).  And we, as parents, try to find the time to get the school supplies purchased before they run out, the clothes bought and tried on (without the kids having too much of a difficult time!!) and most importantly, to the kids, the SHOES.

Thank goodness we have a Famous Footwear right up the road from where we live.  We have all three kids in the store, running from one isle to the next trying to find what shoe they want and NEED.  The little one, well she just makes sure that each box within her reach makes it to the floor!!!  Then there’s me just making sure no one gets lost or hurt and the boxes that have been thrown on the floor!  Oh and apologizing for the extreme loudness and mess that has been created by three young children!!

School shopping is expensive.  No other way to say it.  It just is.  But with the great deal that Famous Footwear has, no need to pass up on this offer.  I know we don’t.  Kids want to have what other kids are wearing and so getting a deal is a must!!  I believe that Caleb has put holes in his shoes already so that he can get new ones.  School starts in a few weeks here in MN.  This deal will help us get what we need just in time.  Don’t miss out!!

Buy One Get One 1/2 off with the Famous Footwear Back To School sale. Rewards members take an extra 20% off. Non-members take 15% off. Go get your coupon now!  You have until this Saturday!!

Coupon Valid: 8/8 – 8/17.

Happy Back to School Shopping you go!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking who’s going shopping 😉

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Cooking Demo w/Nancy Silverton and Giveaway!

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On April 2nd, Jodi and I went to the Macy’s Cooking Demonstration with Chef Nancy Silverton.  We got there a bit early because we got the opportunity to interview the Chef before watching her cook for us!  I had my notes all prepared that I wanted to ask her.  I wasn’t sure how much time we had so I just came up with a few.

Let me start there.

We were led back to a room where Chef Nancy was sitting by a table filled with fruits, breads, wine glasses.  She was sitting in a chair and welcomed us as soon as we walked in.  She is a very friendly person and I know I felt comfortable right away (though I was nervous).

Two Girls Cooking:  You started working in a dorm kitchen when you were 18 years old.  Did you expect at that time that you would be a well known chef and cookbook author?

Chef Nancy: NO!! I started working in the kitchen because the guy there was pretty cute!  Then I had this is what I want to do epiphany!!

Two Girls Cooking: Raising kids can be challenging, owning a restaurant can be as well.  How do you manage to balance it all?

Chef Nancy:  You make it work.  You have responsibilities and you know what you need to do.  Back then I had to travel a lot.  They didn’t have technology as they did now.  It made things more difficult.  Being away was hard at times.

Two Girls Cooking:  Who inspired you and why?

Chef Nancy:  Wolf Gang Puck and Alice Waters.  Alice Waters for sure.  She inspired me because of the food she cooked – she was a farmers market enthusiastic.   She was the true pioneer cooker.

Two Girls Cooking:  What is your favorite recipe that you’ve created?

Chef Nancy:  All of my bread recipes.  Breads for La Brea Bakery.  That was my teaching path.

Two Girls Cooking:  What is your advice to women in the food industry?

Chef Nancy:  Take your job seriously and do the best that you can.  You have to do it because you have passion for it.  Do it for the right reasons.

We had some small talk discussions during each question.  It was very interesting to hear how she made her way from the 18 year old dorm kitchen worker to a renowned Chef and Pizzeria owner, and not just one!

After the interview Chef Nancy signed a copy of her latest cook book “The Mozza Cookbook“.  That was a very nice surprise.  Jodi and I thought that we were going to have to pay for the book and then wait in line to have it signed!  It felt very personal (at least for me it did!!).  She took time to meet with a few chosen bloggers and then signed her book for us.  That is something Jodi and I will remember.

We gave our gratitude to Nancy and were led back to the Home Department in Macy’s.  We got signed in, were given our badges and found reserved seats right in the front row!!  We put our jackets down to save our seats and we wandered around looking for something to buy so that we could get another cookbook so that we could share with our readers a signed copy.  We’ll get to that in a bit!

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Here’s a picture of Jodi and me standing by the cooking area where Chef Nancy will give her demonstration.

We had about 30 minutes to walk around until, finally the moment came that we had been waiting for!

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We started off with Nick’s Kumquat Acqua Fresca (this was really refreshing – it has basil leaves and cucumber slices in it!).

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Next was the Lemon Vinaigrette that went the Kale Salad.

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I don’t think that either Jodi and I were fans of anchovies, but I have to say that I really didn’t mind eating this salad knowing I’d be eating that.  The salad had great flavor!

Next we watched Sweet Gem Lettuce w/Bufala Mozzarella, Cucumber & Yogurt.

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The best way to incorporate the dressing is to use your hands.  We wanted to ask what Chef’s favorite kitchen utensils were but forgot!  We were glad that she told us during this demo.  Her first favorite kitchen item is the micro plane.  (I had to ask Jodi because I could not remember the name of this thing!!).  And the 2nd is her hands.  She said that is the best way to make sure that each piece of lettuce is getting coated with the dressing.  Using tongs won’t touch each piece!

This salad was SO good.

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Out of all the recipes that we got to watch and taste, this is one I will make.  I haven’t gotten through the cookbook yet to make something new, but this one I know will be good.  I’m not sure if I’ll find the Sweet Gem Lettuce, but it’s worth searching!  She did say if you couldn’t find the Sweet Gem you could substitute it with Romaine lettuce.  Not sure if it would be the same for me since I’ve tasted it!  Just watching her cut the lettuce was fascinating to me!!

And finally we watched her prepare our dessert.  Rosemary-Pine Nut Cookies.

I’m a huge, huge fan of Pine Nuts.  I love them in my pasta sauce.  I love them in salads.  But I have never even thought to put them in a cookie along with Rosemary. I’ve never thought to put any herb or that type of a nut in anything sweet!  Trying to be optimistic about this cookie I watched her make it.  Knowing in my head that it was going to be a nice surprise.

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So good.  I think I may try these as well.  I have to say I really didn’t think I’d like the Rosemary on there.  But it gave it a great flavor.  And who am I to doubt a chef?  A chef that has cookbooks and owns more than one restaurant!

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Here are some pictures of her cooking:

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After we got to taste this awesome food, we got in line to get our cookbook signed for our give away!!

I noticed that no one was asking if they could have their picture taken with her.  But those that know me know I’m not shy.  I wanted my picture taken with her and so I had to ask!!

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Those of my Stella & Dot followers will notice that I have the beautiful Gitane necklace paired with the Interlock Cross (yeah I had to go there…sorry)!

It was an honor to interview Chef Nancy, watch her prepare the food and the best was getting to eat what she made for us!  You can really tell that she does have great passion for food.  She truly enjoys what she does!  It shows with every move she makes in the kitchen and the care she puts into each recipe she makes.

Thank you to Macy’s for inviting us to this event.  This is one that we won’t soon forget!

Now..for the giveaway (I purchased a new Pizza Stone in the Home Department to get this cookbook to give away).  There are just a few fun things you have to do.

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1.  Like our Facebook page and come back and leave a comment that you did so:  www.facebook.com/CookingGirls2

2.  Like us both on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/godzgirl37 & http://www.twitter.com/jodi_lee (leave a comment that you’ve done so)

3.  Tell us what inspires you to cook.

4.  Like us both on Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/jodi_lee/ & http://pinterest.com/ppeterson43/.  Leave a comment that you’ve done so.

We will pick a winner on Friday, April 12th.  We will use random.org to select the winner.  We will announce it on our FB page and send you out an email.  If we do not hear within 24 hours we will select a new winner.

If you want any of the recipes in full detail, please contact us and let us know.

Thanks for taking the time to share the fun that we had that day!!

Two Girls Cooking – Jodi & Patricia 😉

Thanks to Everywhere Society and the Culinary Council

Culinary Council Chef Nancy Silverton Cooking Demo

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A couple of years ago, Jodi and I were invited by the Culinary Council at Macy’s to meet Cat Cora!  We were so excited.  We got to meet other fellow bloggers too!

Today we got an invite from Everywhere Social to meet Nancy Silverton at Macy’s, Tuesday, April 2nd at noon.  Nancy is a co-owner of Pizzeria Mozza and Mazza2go  in Los Angeles, as well as Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in Singapore!!!  How cool is that!  I can’t wait to see her new cookbook, watch her make some recipes and most importantly, we get to sample her cooking!

Nancy Silverton is an American chef and baker. She has authored several cookbooks and has been at the forefront of efforts to revitalize sourdough and artisan breads in the United States.

Getting these opportunities makes being a “foodie” really fun and so worth it!

This is super exciting!  As a blogger, I know I love getting invites to demonstrations like this.  It gives me an opportunity to watch and taste great recipes from a professional!  Watch and taste a professional’s cooking!  I can’t say enough!  Can you sense my excitement!!

I can’t imagine what it would feel like to own pizzerias (more than one!!) AND have several cookbooks.  I have a hard time keeping up with what I’m going to make and blog for in a week!  I enjoy just this simple part of my life but what Nancy does is amazing!  I can’t wait to meet her.

I read a very interesting article about Nancy on Detroit News.   Just makes this even more exciting.  (Plus I get to shop at Macy’s!!!!)

Here are a couple of Nancy’s books:

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The Mozza Cookbook is her eight book that she’s written!!!

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During the event and book signing we also have the opportunity to see the unique gardens and the beautiful flower display.  If we spend $35 in the in the Home Department, receive a $10 Macy’s gift card and a copy of her book, The Mozza Cookbook, which she will be on hand to sign following the culinary demonstration!

What:  Nancy Silverton Cooking Demonstration

When:  April 2, 2013 at 12pm

Where:  Macy’s Minneapolis, Lower Level
700 On The Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Look for the post next week after meeting Nancy.  I’m sure there will be an awesome recipe that I can give a try and post for you.

I’m hoping to get an extra signed copy of Nancy’s cookbook so that we can have a giveaway!!!

Make sure to stop by on Facebook and like our page Two Girls Cooking Blog!!

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s Culinary Council.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

What a good feeling to get an email on one of your posts that says you’ve been nominated for “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”!!  Jodi and I have been blogging since 2008!  We’ve both had a lot of fun with trying out new recipes and sharing them with our friends/family!  And something as simple as this just makes you feel like you’re reaching other people in this “bloggers life”.  We may not have the best site or the fanciest pictures (Ok, I’ll talk about myself) but I know that I love doing this.  I love cooking and baking with my kids in the kitchen knowing that we are creating great memories for when they grow up.  And one day they will look back and remember how they learned to make cookies or chicken because Nana taught them how when they were little.  So I say thanks to Noshing with the Nolands for thinking of us!  It means a lot to us!!!!

Here are the rules to participate once you have been nominated

1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Post the award image to your page (the initial image on the post)
3. Share 7 facts about yourself

Ok so 7 facts about myself

1.  I was born on Ground Hog’s day.

2. I have a twin brother.

3.  I have 6 grandchildren.

4.  I have learned to love to bake and not just cook.

5.  I love candy!

6.  Wish I didn’t have a fear of flying.

7.  I love watching reality TV shows.

 

4. Nominate 15 other blogs and tell them they have been nominated.

1. Averie Cooks

2. Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake

3. A Farm Girl’s Dabbles

4.  Bakerella

5.  Cookies and Cups

6. Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

7.  Dinner Tool

8.  Grin it and Bake It

9.  Fresh Tart

10.  Love From the Oven

11.  Recipe Girl

12.  The Foodie Physician

13.  Brown Eyed Baker

14.  Two Peas and Their Pod

15.  Simply Recipes

That was hard picking 15 blogs.  I love so many and go to them all for ideas.

Have a great weekend.

Patricia/Jodi Two Girls Cooking

Thanks for the Award!!!!