Win a Trip to NYC: Fresh Twist Recipe Contest

Click the image above to enter the Fisher My Fresh Twist Recipe Contest for a chance to win a trip to NYC and meet Chef Alex Guarnaschelli along with other great prizes! Plus 10 random winners will be chosen each week during submission!

  • Submit an original recipe with Fisher Nuts for the chance to win a trip to NYC (including hotel and airfare), $500 spending money, and $500 at Butter Restaurant.
  • The recipe should be perfect for Fisher Nuts fans and must include almonds, walnuts, or pecans as one ingredient.
  • You may submit unlimited entries provided that you must submit a VALID and unique recipe must be each time.
  • Weekly prize winners and runner ups will receive a $100 Visa gift card, a signed cookbook from Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, and a Fisher Nuts product.
  • Sweepstakes ends October 21st.

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We’ve Decorated for Holloween!

Hope you guys like the new look of the blog. I decided this morning that we’d get into the holiday spirit by changing our theme at This is my absolute favorite time of the year!

Have a great day,

This is So Cool: Invisibobble

What a cool idea! I was reading my daily email from and came across this advertisement for the
Invisibobble. Every morning I go into work and pin my hair up. I end up using numerous bobbie pins and my hair
still doesn’t want to stay up. What is so sad about this? I’m a licensed Cosmetologist in two states! 25 years of experience and
it’s challenging even for me to keep my hair up. I will definately be stocking this my salon in the very near future.

Cooper Enjoying a Beautiful Fall Day in Chicago


One of my little guys Cooper enjoying a beautiful fall day in Chicago yesterday.

Day Two: My Denim Rag Quilt Progress

Today I decided to include a pair of jeans in my rag quilt that is very sentimental to me. I don’t know why I am having such mixed feelings about cutting them. The thought of destroying them makes me really uncomfortable. Obviously, I can’t wear them in public because they are practically falling apart at the seams.

A very dear friend named Barb gave these to me years ago. She had lost a huge amount of weight and passed them on to me. Unfortunately she died several years ago from a massive coronary arrest. I guess by including these in the quilt a bit of her will live on.

Happy 4th of July


May you all have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Calgary Nanaimo Bars Recipe from Taste of Home


I just made the most delicious recipe called Calgary Nanaimo Bars. If you are from up North these are also known as “Saskatoon Bars” or “Napoleon Creams”. Click here to check out the recipe. They are very easy to make and absolutely delicious. Frugal Tip: Here in the Chicago area graham crackers cost over $3.99 a box. You can substitute any cookie of your choice such as Lorna Doone shortbread cookies or basic tea biscuits for the bottom layer. I saved over $3.00 by using this simple substitution.  When the recipe calls for 3 ounces of chocolate you can measure out 1/2 cup of chips to equal the 3 ounces. I made these this morning and half of the pan is gone already!


Day One: My Denim Rag Quilt Progress


I finally got around to starting my denim quilt today! I have been looking at twenty-five pairs jeans stacked up in my room for weeks. So today I got motivated and cut 80 6 inch denim blocks this afternoon. I used scissors instead of a rotary cutter because I wanted to make this quilt the old-fashioned way. When I was halfway done cutting the denim I started to seriously regret not using the cutter. I now have a blister on my pinky finger.

Common blanket sizes are:

  • Crib – 42″ x 72″
  • Twin – 66″ x 96″
  • Double/full – 81″ x 96″
  • Queen – 90″ x 102″
  • Standard King – 108″ x 102″
  • California King – 102″ x 110″

I will be making the twin size for my bedroom so I’m estimating I’ll need 13 across and 19 strips. That comes out to 247 denim squares for the quilt top. I guess I have a little more cutting to go.

A1 Steak Sauce Clone Recipe


Yesterday I was out grocery shopping and realized I needed a bottle of A.1. Sauce. As I made my way down the condiment isle I could not stop thinking about how costly it’s become to buy anything prepared. It had been over a year since I had last purchased a bottle so you could only imagine my horror when I realized it had gone up to almost $6 a bottle! I went straight home and did a Google search for A.1. Sauce clone recipes. I clicked on several but decided this looks like the best one:

A.1. Steak Sauce Clone Recipe from twodogsinthekitchen Blog

1/2 c. cold water
1/4 c. golden raisins
1/2 c. aged balsamic vinegar
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. ketchup
1/4 c. Dijon mustard (no substitutions please)
a pinch of cayenne
1/4 t. black pepper
1 garlic clove, cut in half
1/2 t. celery seed
1/4 t. kosher salt
1 large orange

Click here for complete instructions. Thank you Suzie for this money saving alternative!