I Love My Cub – “Great Sweepstakes”



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.


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!!!


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


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.


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


Electrolux Giveaway!!!!!!!

Being a blogger has it’s many advantages.  One of them is that you get to see tons of other people’s sites that share the same passion as you do for cooking/baking. I have found so many new things over the past few years that I’m not sure I would have dared to make let alone have the family try.  I’m grateful for having the time in each day, whether it’s on my lunch break or sitting, as I am, near 11pm writing this post.  Another great opportunity is that companies, such as Electrolux, will come to you and offer you giveaways.  Because we love to have people stop by and visit our site, we always cho0se to give those gifts or offerings away to those that take the time to stop by and see what we have going on for the day or week.

Electrolux has offered to give us $35 to share with you from their website.  How cool is that?  All you have to do are a few simple things in order to qualify for this cool give away.

1.  Follow Two Girls Cooking on Facebook.   Come back and leave a comment that you’ve liked us. (See the little FB icon on the site to the right over there – hit that or click on the link)

2.  Follow both or one of us on Twitter.   Tweet that you are following you are entering a giveaway for Electrolux and come back and let us know.

3.  If  you could have any appliance from Electrolux, what would it be?

4.  For an extra chance, follow us on Pinterest.  There is an icon over there on the right for that too.  Leave a comment letting us know you did so.

How simple is that.  So, go to their site, find something and let us know what that would be in one of  your comments.

We will use random.org to select the winner.  Please make sure to leave your email address so that we can contact you..

The winner will be selected on Friday morning.

Good luck, have fun, and tell your friends to stop by too!!

*Shipping and handling is not included in the $35 giveaway per Electrolux*

Have an awesome week.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

Mason and ASD


This is my Grand baby, Mason.  He will be celebrating his 2nd birthday this month.  I’m not quite sure what to get him yet, but whatever he gets, I’m sure he’ll love it no matter what!  Two year olds love toys.  Two year olds love to play.  Two year olds are learning quick how to get into as much trouble as they can.

Mason though, is a bit different.  He goes to Pre-school and his teacher suggested that he see a speech therapist because he wasn’t talking possibly as much as he should be.  He can say Momma, Dadda and Nana – oh and I believe he says NO too!  But what kid can’t!

Mason & Justice (his brother)

A speech therapist has been seeing Mason for quite a bit now.  And I’m not certain if it was the therapist or his school teacher that recommended that he be tested for ADHD.  I’ll be honest, at that age, I thought it was too young to say that, but Tanessa (Mason’s mom) did as she was asked and had him tested.  it turns out that that doctor said he didn’t believe that he had ADHD, but possibly Autism.  So she was told to get him in to see a doctor that specializes in that area and have him tested for this now.

Mason & Tanessa (his mom)

I’m not sure what sort of testing is done to determine that a child has Autism, I wasn’t there, and I honestly know I asked but can’t remember.  But, Tanessa did call me after and said that Mason did have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).  She explained what that was to me and I went online after to read about it.  I remember that Jenny McCarthy’s son has or was diagnosed with Autism so I actually sent her a tweet.  She did respond to me three times!  It just shows that she has a passion for children that have been diagnosed with Autism.

Mason & Joey (his dad - my son)

After hearing that Mason had this it started to make sense to me after reading what the symptoms are.  He has frequent ear infections, he wakes up in the middle of the night screaming, his vocabulary is about 3-4 words, he has a lack of focus and he has a behavioral issue.  Well outside of any other “normal” two year old.  I can only assume what must go through his mind.  He’s not able to communicate so I guess I’d get mad and lash out too.

Mason hanging out

The internet can be a wonderful place for fun, games, research…the list goes on.  But I can get myself into trouble by too much research.  So I’ve done my best to read up on what ASD is and find books from people that have gone through the experience and try to learn how to help my son, Tanessa, Mason and Justice go through life on their new journey.  This is a shock for all of us.  But I’m the type of person that puts things into action.  It’s easier said than done when I’m more on the outside, because if it’s me, I’m not sure I handle it the same way.  I will admit it made me very sad to know that my grand baby will experience things in life that not be so fair to him.  I never once thought that this is going to be and issue or that I’d see him differently.  I cried only when I realized that not everyone in this world will see him the way his mom or dad or his family does.  And those things made the tears fall from my eyes.

All I know is that I love all of my grand babies the same.  I will love Mason no matter what he has or doesn’t have.  If he doesn’t get the ability to speak, then I will learn sign language with him.  If he throws his tantrums when he’s here with me, then I’ll hold him until he can be soothed.  That’s what Nana’s do.

But then he goes home and his mom and her family are there on a daily basis dealing with this and becoming unaware of what to do or how to react or what to just do plain and simple.  It’s easier when there isn’t a “label” put on a child to say he’s just a naughty little boy.  But now there is a reason behind that behavior.  And that behavior can be helped through treatment and lots of love.

When reading over some of the symptoms that ASD includes, one of them was sleep problems.  I found this portion of an article very interesting.

Sleep problems

Children with ASD tend to have problems falling asleep or staying asleep, or have other sleep problems.15 These problems make it harder for them to pay attention, reduce their ability to function, and lead to poor behavior. In addition, parents of children with ASD and sleep problems tend to report greater family stress and poorer overall health among themselves.

Fortunately, sleep problems can often be treated with changes in behavior, such as following a sleep schedule or creating a bedtime routine. Some children may sleep better using medications such as melatonin, which is a hormone that helps regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycle. Like any medication, melatonin can have unwanted side effects. Talk to your child’s doctor about possible risks and benefits before giving your child melatonin. Treating sleep problems in children with ASD may improve the child’s overall behavior and functioning, as well as relieve family stress.

I know that Mason has this problem and does take Melatonin to help him sleep.  Last I heard from his mom, is isn’t helping much.  My hope is that once he has been seen by a Neurologist, they can move on to getting a treatment plan in place.  I can really understand how tiring it must be knowing that your child is going to wake up every night crying and screaming and feeling helpless for him.  I imagine it does add much more stress to their daily lives for sure.

For now I’ll continue to read books and find learning materials for Mason to use.  We do have a website set up for him at www.masonsjourneythroughautism.wordpress.com and a Facebook page you can find on there as well.  We are trying to get him an iPad, which has been shown to help with learning development as well as behavioral issues.  There are a ton of apps that I’ve seen so far.  If anyone is interested in donating what you can, please go to ChipIn and do so.  Anything is appreciated.

Support Autism

Please keep Mason and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  I’ll be doing most of the updated on his website as we all travel this road together.  Thanks for taking the time to read and care.



Nana, Justice & Mason