Jun 30

Natural Energy Boost

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Cheryl

The most effective ways to avoid your own energy crisis are to get plenty of sleep, drink enough water, eat a wholesome, balanced diet, exercise and try your best to avoid stress.

Now, with that being said and in an attempt to be realistic in this overworked, under-hydrated, time-crunched and stressed out culture we are all trying to live in, let’s look at some easy ways to try to achieve the balance that will help us fight fatigue.

Sleep

The guidelines set by the National Sleep Foundation suggest 7-9 hours of sleep per night for adults ages 18-64. Following a regular sleep cycle—same bedtime, same wake time is the best way to get in good sleep.

Avoid stressors in the hour before you go to bed, such as the news, the internet or serious discussions. Light producing electronics, even most alarm clocks emit enough light to interrupt peaceful sleep. A bath, book and quiet time to just “be” are nice ways to unwind. Keep a pad and pen by your bed to jot down the OMG thoughts like “I forgot to pay that bill” or “Remember to get a gift for Sue” will help to put your mind at ease.

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We all know that we need to drink plenty of water, but truth be told, knowing and doing are two separate things. Even mild dehydration can sap your energy and cause a sense of fatigue.

Putting lemon in your water will not only make it more palatable but has an uplifting effect. It produces a clean energy that caffeinated beverages do not. NaturalHealth365.com and Livestrong.com are great websites to learn more about the cleansing and energy producing effects of lemon water.

Eat a Wholesome and Balanced Diet

Eating well usually won’t happen from a bag, box or a drive through. Eat the apple rather than the apple flavored toaster pastry. Become a label reader and be aware of the ingredients in your food choices.

Choose whole grains, real whole fruits and vegetables—again, eat the potato rather than the chip—healthy fats and lean proteins. The best sources of healthy fats are vegetable oils (olive oil!) nuts, seeds and fish. Whole energy producing foods are kale, blueberries, oatmeal, and salmon just name a few.

Exercise

Exercise and other Natural Energy Boosts - www.cobornsblog.comMove that body! My motto has always been “any movement is better than no movement”. Walk to your mailbox instead of driving to it. Even that can help create a lift. The American Heart Association recommends thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day, five days a week. You can even break up that thirty minutes into two or three 15 or 10 minute sessions.

Find what works for you. I have found I seem to like exercises that have a “K” in them…walking, hiking, biking and kayaking are my favorites. Even running around the backyard with the kids helps. And remember to seek your doctor’s advice before beginning any exercise program.

Avoid Stress and other Natural Energy Boosts - www.cobornsblog.comAvoid Stress

Now that’s a stressful statement. Right?! Life is full of unavoidable stress; work, bad drivers, death of a loved one, just to name a few. So wherever you can, choose your commitments carefully and wisely.

Schedule times to de-stress because often if it’s not on the calendar, something stressful will be. I met with my good friend, Michelle, to brainstorm ideas for this blog and in the process we talked and laughed—relaxation at its best! Meditation, prayer, listening to birds, being still and thankful are great ways to de-stress.

Now I know all these suggestions are probably things most of you already knew and many of you already try to do but always can’t achieve. So when time is tight and sleep and good food are eluding you, try this great energy boosting smoothie. Michelle found it on the internet for me at sallysbakingaddiction.com. The TropiKale Green Smoothie is only four ingredients, quick and easy to make, tastes amazing and will give a quick, proper energy boost.

TropiKale Green Smoothie

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TropiKale Green Smoothie
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ Cup Almond Milk
  • 2 Medium Frozen Bananas, peeled & sliced
  • 2 Cups Fresh Pineapple Chunks
  • 2 Heaping Cups Kale
Instructions
  1. Blend all the ingredients on high for 3 minutes or until smooth, adding more milk if it’s too thick.
  2. Serve and enjoy.
Notes
Makes enough for two smoothies, one for now and one for later, or to share with a friend. Store any leftover smoothie covered in the refrigerator for up to 10 hours.

Because I have just completed the most stressful and energy zapping move of my life and have no idea where my blender is, my friend Mel and her daughter Chloe tested this recipe for me. Chloe is six and will be using it for her 4H demo because she says it’s a winner!

I would like to thank Michelle, Natural Foods Manager at the Coborn’s on Cooper Avenue in St. Cloud, MN for helping me figure out this subject in a sensible way. As well as Melanie and Chloe, kitchen enthusiasts, who knew where their blender was.

Cheryl
Coborn’s Natural Foods Manager
Clearwater, MN

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Jun 28

Weekly Ad Recipe – Grilled Italian Bratwurst

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I always throw brats on the grill when I need a quick meal, but this time I wanted to do something different and spice it up a little. So, I made a tomato relish that you can put on the brats before serving them. They were great! I love the mustard and oregano flavoring added to the brats and topping it off with the tomato relish made this recipe a winner. Enjoy…I did!

Jayne,
Coborns Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Grilled Italian Bratwurst
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
Tomato Relish
  • 2 Cups Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 T. Red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. Dried Oregano Leaves
Sandwiches
  • ¼ Cup Dijon Mustard
  • ½ tsp. Dried Oregano Leaves
  • 6 Fresh Italian Flavored Bratwurst
  • 6 Bratwurst Buns, split
Instructions
  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill.
  2. In small bowl, mix relish ingredients; cover and refrigerate until serving.
  3. In another small bowl, mix mustard and oregano; set aside.
  4. Place sausages on grill over medium heat.
  5. Cover grill; cook 10 minutes, turning occasionally.
  6. Continue grilling 8 to 10 minutes longer, and brushing occasionally with mustard mixture, until internal temperature of bratwurst reaches 170 degrees.
  7. Discard any remaining mustard mixture.
  8. Serve bratwurst on buns with relish.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing Gnarly Head Authentic Black

 

Jun 25

Pepsi DIY Drink Holders

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Lynell

Summer is finally here! With summer comes camping, picnicking and getting together with friends and family. We sit around, play games, visit, eat and drink. In comes the problem. Where do you set your Pepsi? So the crafter in me came up with a solution, the Pepsi DIY Drink Holder.

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Wrapped in patriotic duct tape for the 4th, holding my Pepsi (which is also Red, White and Blue, I can be so festive)! Feel free to buy a few different colors and patterns of duct tape and that way each person in your family knows which one is theirs.

I used Progresso soup cans since they are nice and wide. They can hold a 12 oz. can, 12 oz. bottle and even my 20 oz. bottles of Pepsi.

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They are pretty simple to make! Step by step instructions below.

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Pepsi DIY Drink Holders
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Progresso Soup Cans
  • 4¼” Threaded 36” Steel Rods
  • 8 Nuts
  • 8 Washers
  • Colored Or Patterned Duct Tape
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Wrench
  • Socket Wrench
Instructions
  1. Clean 4 Progresso soup cans making sure all labels have been removed and cans have been washed.
  2. Using the ruler, find the center of your can and mark it with the marker on the bottom.
  3. Drill a hole through center using a ¼” drill bit.
  4. Decorate can using duct tape by layering 3 rows around the can.
  5. Make sure the top row of tape folds over the cut edge of the can to cover any rough edges.
  6. Attach one nut onto the threaded end of the steel rod.
  7. Apply Gorilla Glue to the flush side of a washer and place the non-glued side towards the threaded nut.
  8. Place can on rod making sure the glue side of the washer is on the bottom of the can.
  9. Apply glue to the flush side of another washer and place over the rod on the inside of the can making sure the glue side is towards the bottom inside of can.
  10. Thread on a second nut and tighten with a wrench and socket wrench.
  11. Repeat until all four cans are done.
  12. Let dry over night.
  13. Poke into the ground and place your nice cold Pepsi in your cool looking holder.

Please comment below and show me how your Pepsi DIY Drink Holders turned out! Have a great 4th!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Jun 23

4 Man Cave Cocktails

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Harley

You’ve got the dartboard, big screen TV, and neon signs hanging on the wall, but what is your Man Cave missing? What’s missing is a stocked bar with some hearty drinks to serve your buddies. If you are like me, a Makers Mark Cask Strength Neat is all you need, but if you really want to be the master of your cave, here are a few drinks I would suggest serving.

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Makers Mark Margarita

Makers Mark Margarita
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Oz. Makers Mark
  • ¼ Oz. Cointreau
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh OJ
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ Oz. Agave Nector
  • Top with ¼ Oz Grand Marnier
  • Lime Wedge Garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour all in to chilled shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into a salt-rimmed glass.
  3. Top with float of ¼ oz Grand Marnier.
  4. Lime wedge garnish.

Haymaker

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Haymaker
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ Oz. Makers Mark
  • ¾ Oz. Dekuyper Triple Sec
  • ¾ Oz. Dry Vermouth
  • ¾ Oz. Lime Juice
Instructions
  1. Fill old-fashion glass ¾ with ice.
  2. Pour ingredients in to chilled shaker.
  3. Shake and strain into glass and serve.

 

Summer Envy

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Summer Envy
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Oz. Angel’s Envy Bourbon
  • ½ Oz. Peach Liqueur
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2 Sashes Angostura Bitters
  • Club Soda
  • Peach, Mint or Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour first five ingredients into a highball or old fashion glass.
  2. Top with club soda.
  3. Garnish with a peach, mint or Luxardo maraschino cherry.

 

Dog Days

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Dog Days
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Oz. Knob Creek Rye Whiskey
  • ½ tsp. Absinthe
  • 1 ¾ Oz. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 ¾ Oz. Simple Syrup* (see notes)
  • 2 Oz. Ginger Beer
Instructions
  1. In a shaker add spirits, juice and syrup.
  2. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel and mint sprig.
Notes
*Simple Syrup Recipe
Combine equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar is fully dissolved
Allow to cool before using in cocktail
Until next time, cheers!
Harley
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Jun 21

Weekly Ad Recipe – Grilled Salmon Kabobs

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Want to impress your friends? Invite them over for a Salmon Kabob dinner right off the grill. These little beauties were fantastic. The Norwegian Salmon is like no other! They were such a hit with my family that they asked me to make them again this weekend. How can I turn them down? Enjoy….we really did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Grilled Salmon Kabobs
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Fresh Oregano, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • ¼ tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1½ Lbs. Skinless Norwegian Salmon Fillet, cut into 1” pieces
  • 2 Lemons, very thinly sliced into rounds
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 16 Bamboo Skewers, soaked in water 1 hour
Instructions
  1. Heat the grill on medium heat and spray the grates with oil.
  2. Mix oregano, cumin, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl to combine; set spice mixture aside.
  3. Beginning and ending with salmon, thread salmon and folded lemon slices onto 8 pairs of parallel skewers to make 8 kabobs total.
  4. Spray the fish lightly with oil and season with salt and the reserved spice mixture.
  5. Grill the fish, turning occasionally, until the internal temperature of fish reaches
  6. degrees, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing McManis Pinot Noir

 

Jun 18

DIY Coke Lights

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DIY Coke Lights - www.cobornsblog.comIf you know me, then you know I love to go camping. Well, not camping in tents, we have a RV that we do our camping in! We park our camper and decorate it and make it festive and fun! So this year since everyone is having so much fun finding their names on a Coke Bottles I thought it would be fun to make some lights to decorate the camper with! Have fun!

What you will need

  • Plastic Coke Bottles
  • Indoor/Outdoor White Lights 100 Count
  • Wire Cutter
  • Flat Head Screwdriver

This is so easy!

DIY Coke Lights - www.cobornsblog.comI took the empty Coke bottles and rinsed them out with soap & water; rinsing them again with plain water and letting them air dry. I then cut a V in the side of the bottle cap and also the opposite side of the cap with another V. I did the same on the bottles, avoiding where there is extra plastic. After poking 10 lights into a bottle using a flat head screwdriver to push the lights down into the bottle, the cap is then snapped on making sure the stringed part of the lights go thru the V area. Two lights are used for spacing between each bottle.

I used a set of 100 lights and 8 bottles. I made a second set of lights and plugged into the first set. Two sets of lights fit on one side (10’) of my  pop up canopy tent. What an exciting & bright way to light up your summer fun! We are sure to be the hit of the RV Park this 4th!

Jun 16

4th of July Party Food

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Holly - Practial Party Planning - www.cobornsblog.comI hope you all read and enjoyed my “3 Simple Party Games for the Fourth” blog. This is part two! I’m going to share with you the most important part to any party… the food! To alleviate the stress and cost of my party I made mine a potluck. I love a good potluck because you always get to try new recipes and get new ideas. We supplied the Four Brothers burgers for the grill, paper products, chips, cookies and juice and our guests brought the rest.  Here’s how it went down!

Paper Products

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If you know me then you know I am very patriotic and a little type-A. So of course I had to have red, white and blue paper products. However, I did not buy the ones with the little American Flags on them. For two reasons, technically you are not supposed to eat on an American Flag and you are not supposed to dispose of an American Flag by throwing it in the garbage. So the patriot in me chose to just represent the fourth with the colors of the flag instead of using the actual flag. Also, you may not use all of the plates, napkins and cups you bought, but you don’t want to throw the rest away and the primary colors will match more party themes you have in the future vs. the American Flag design. But, feel free do what you want, we have both available at Coborn’s, I chose to go with the Domestix and Food Club brand of plates, cups and napkins. They are cheaper and are nice quality. I also picked up a blue plastic table cover in the party section at Coborn’s, to add color and make clean up a breeze.

Decorations

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What is a party with out crepe paper? Not a party! Lol. Okay so I have a weird obsession with crepe paper. It is just so cheap and looks so good. I used one red roll, one white roll and one blue roll of crepe paper. I wrapped it around the deck railing and stapled the paper to itself so I didn’t leave any marks or staples in the deck. I added a couple stars and stripes bows and the mood was set!

Let’s talk food!

Four Brothers Burgers

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If you have not tried our Four Brothers Gourmet Beef Patties yet, you are missing out. They are a half pound burger stuffed will all kinds of flavorful goodness. 4th of July Party Food - www.cobornsblog.comWe have eight varieties including Original, Mushroom Swiss, Cheddar Bacon, Cheddar Swiss, Blue Cheese, Jalapeno Pepper, Philly Cheese and Bacon Onion Cheddar.  With such a big burger, I just counted one per person, no guess work, one was plenty.

Beverages

My party was BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage), but I did supply some red juice. Again, going with the red, white and blue theme, I picked up some Food Club Cherry Limeade Drink Mix, served it in a pretty pitcher and that was it.

Cookies

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I LOVE Lofthouse Cookies. They are like the hybrid of a sugar cookie and a vanilla cupcake. So delicious! There are many brands that try to replicate the Lofthouse cookie and some are not so good. But let me tell you, Sweet P’s hit the nail on the head. These cookies are just as good if not better than Lofthouse. You will not be disappointed. I bought some with white frosting and red, white and blue sprinkles. Tray them up and they are décor and dessert in one!

Chips

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Whoever gets assigned to bring chips to the potluck really gets off easy! Especially if they know that at Coborn’s the Food Club chips are always Buy One Get One Free. I bought BBQ Kettle Cooked Potato Chips because they are my favorite and I bought Puffed Corn because… why not, they are delicious, buttery and melt in your mouth.

Fruits & Veggies

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My cousin brought fruits and veggies. If you hit up the Coborn’s 5 for $15 Produce Sale, you can get a lot of produce at a great price. She simply cut it up and put it in some Tupperware containers and it was really well displayed and healthy!

American Flag Fruit Pizza

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So you probably aren’t supposed to eat the American Flag… but this just represents the flag and is so yummy. Plus, the healthiness of the fruit outweighs the cookie, right? My Mom brought this and it was so good. Check below for the recipe.

Patriotic Fruit Pizza
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tube Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 8 Oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 Small Tub Marshmallow Crème
  • Fruit of Your Choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Roll cookie dough out to the shape you want.
  3. Lay the cookie dough on a cookie sheet
  4. Bake about 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown, check back of cookie package for oven temperature and suggested cooking times.
  5. Mix cream cheese and marshmallow crème
  6. Spread cream mixture evenly on top of cooled cookie
  7. Decorate with fruit
Notes
Do not press the cookie dough in the pan, it will stick.

Sweet Corn

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What summer party is complete without sweet corn? But, how do you bring that to a potluck where people are continually grazing? My Mom also brought the sweet corn and all she did was shuck and boil the sweet corn, then kept it warm by placing it in a roaster with a couple inches of milk and butter in the bottom. She used two sticks of butter, but you could use only one if you prefer.  The corn stayed warm and the guests simply rolled the corn in the butter mixture before adding it to their plate.

There you have it! I hope I was able to give you some ideas on how to throw a Simple Fourth of July Party. Remember, if you have not done so already, check out  “3 Simple Party Games for the Fourth” to complete your party!

Party On,
Holly

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Jun 14

Gourmet Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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You have heard the saying “A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Well here at Coborn’s, we couldn’t agree more!

So for this Father’s Day, treat your Dad to some Gourmet Four Brothers Favorites! We have assembled 6 great gifts for Dad, that he will love and enjoy. Best of all, you can get everything in one quick stop at Coborn’s! Keep scrolling and learn how to make these great gifts for your Dad.

Gourmet BLT Bundle

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What Dad doesn’t love a great sandwich? This gift features two amazing Four Brothers items among other items Dad will use to create a Gourmet BLT. This gift includes…

  • Four Brothers Wholesome Harvest Bread
    Soft, delicious and packed with nutritious oats and grains.
  • Four Brothers Bacon
    This flavorful bacon is available in Original, Smokey BBQ, Raspberry Chipotle and Apple Cinnamon.
  • Frying Pan
  • Fresh Greens
  • Fresh Tomato
    Or you could purchase a tomato container from our seasonal aisle.

 

Gourmet Snack Bowl

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It is snack season! Whether it is taking snacks in the boat for fishing or packing snacks in a bag for a hike, Dad’s everywhere seem to enjoy a flavor-filled snack! This gift is filled with all unique and tasty treats. No boring flavors here! This gift includes…

  • Ripples Bacon Cheeseburger Slider chips
    Also available in Onion Blossom, Buffalo Wing and Blue Cheese, Jalapeno Poppers and Chicken Artichoke Flatbread. No dip needed for these savory chips.
  •  Coborn’s Signature Smokehouse Smoked Beef Sticks
    Also available in Wild Rice, Habanero, Cheddar, Teriyaki and more.
  • Coborn’s Signature Smokehouse Smoke Beef Strips
  • Four Brothers Cheezy Garlic Loaf
    I have not heard one person speak an ill word of this bread. Break it apart and throw it in the oven to warm it up or eat it as is, Dad will enjoy it, guaranteed!
  • Krave Sweet Chipotle Beef Jerky
    Also available in Basil Citrus and Black Cherry BBQ.
  • Planters Salted Caramel Peanuts
    Many other Planters Peanut flavors available, such as Classic, Cocoa, Chipotle, Chili Lime and Sea Salt & Vinegar.

 

Gourmet Burger Basket

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This basket will have your Dad’s mouth watering in seconds. Our Gourmet Four Brothers Beef Patties are so great. They are a half-pound each and come in a variety of flavors including Original, Mushroom Swiss, Cheddar Bacon, Cheddar Swiss, Blue Cheese, Jalapeno Pepper, Philly Cheese and Bacon Onion Cheddar. This gift includes…

  • 4-Four Brothers Gourmet Beef Patties
  • Four Telera Buns
    Make sure to get some big buns for these big burgers!
  • Mr Bar.B.Q Stuffed Burger Press
    Find this in the seasonal aisle at Coborn’s
  • Party Pack of Heinz Ketchup, Mustard & Mayonnaise

Some other things you could add to this basket would be, fresh onion, pickles, tomato, or anything else your Dad would enjoy on his burger, even though you really don’t need to add anything to these tasty burgers.

 

Rib Pack

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Our Four Brothers Flame-Seared Ribs are fully cooked and ready to eat. Simply throw them on the grill and heat them up. They are phenomenal! This gift includes…

  • Full-Rack Four Brothers Flame-Seared Ribs
  • Mr. Bar.B.Q Rib Rack
    Find this in the seasonal aisle at Coborn’s

 

Caramel Apple Sundae

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Our Four Brothers Creamy Caramel dip pairs great with a Granny Smith Apple, add a little ice cream… now that is a dessert! This gift includes…

  • Four Brothers Creamy Caramel Dip
  • Fresh Granny Smith Apple
  • Pint Kemps Vanilla Ice Cream

This gift is great the way it is. However, if you want to add a little more, we suggest an apple slicer, ice cream scoop and a new Sundae glass.

 

Grilling Pack

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Last but not least is the grilling pack featuring Four Brothers spices. The best part about this one? You can click here and register to WIN it! Enter up to one time per day, June 14-18, 2015. One random winner will be drawn on Friday, June 19th. If you don’t win, you can still assemble this gift by purchasing these items at Coborn’s. This gift includes…

  • Four Brothers Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • Four Brothers Porketta Seasoning
  • Four Brothers BBQ Rib Rub
    Find all of these seasoning in the Coborn’s Meat Department
  • Mr. Bar.B.Q Sure Grip Spatula
  • Mr. Bar.B.Q Sure Grip Tongs
  • Mr. Bar.B.Q Grill Brush with Scraper
  • Mr. Bar.B.Q Stuffed Burger Press
  • Mr. Bar.B.Q Bamboo Skewers
    Find these accessories in the Coborn’s seasonal aisle.

There you have it, six Gourmet Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Dad! Dads have everything they need, give him something he can enjoy! And hey, if you are a Dad, don’t forget to share this blog so your kids get the hint!

Jun 11

3 Simple Party Games for the Fourth

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Holly

The Fourth of July is just around the corner! Have you planned your party yet? If not, don’t worry! I have some practical party ideas for you that you can throw together quickly! I actually have so many ideas for you that this is a two-part blog! Today I will be talking about the party games and come back on Tuesday, June 16th for the Food and decorations!

So… we need something to do at our party, but we don’t want to spend a lot of money or haul a lot of things. In come my three simple party games!

Game number one, the Balloon Pop!

Do I really need to say more? You do exactly what it says, pop balloons! But there are a couple fun ways to do this.

Option One

We used to do this at my Grandma’s when I was little and it was really fun. Basically give each kid 3-5 balloons each and they race to see who can pop all their balloons the fastest. No prizes, just pride.

Option Two

Two teams of two stand next to each other, with 6 balloons about 40 feet away. On “Go” one team member runs to get a balloon. They then run back to their partner and they must pop the balloon by squishing it between their standing bodies. When they do so, the runner runs back and gets balloon number two. When the runner runs back to their partner their partner is sitting down and they must pop the balloon by placing the balloon on the sitting person’s lap and the runner sitting down on them. After the second balloon is popped, the runner must run back and grab the third and final balloon. When the runner runs back to their partner, the teammate is laying down and they must pop the balloon by having one teammate lay on top of the other teammate and placing the balloon between the two. The team to do this the fastest wins.

Add some fun to this game by filling the balloons with water on a hot day or filling them with candy (no sticks) and/or stickers for the kids to have once they have popped the balloons.

 

Game number two, Bean Bag Toss!

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You may have Bean Bag boards, but sometimes there is just not enough room to pack all that stuff in your car. So with this game you will simply need 6 bean bags, 3 container lids and some flour.

Choose three round, they don’t have to be round but that is what I used, container lids of different sizes. Lay them out on the grass creating almost a snowman shape, with some space in between the lids. Sprinkle white flour around the lids. When you pick up the lids you will have three nice round shapes to toss bean bags into.

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Now, if you do not have bean bags, you can make your own with some beans, and some scrap material. Now, these are in no way “Official” Bean Bags, but they will work for just having fun in the yard. Follow the steps below to make yours.

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What you will need

  1. 3 Cups Navy Beans
  2. 12 – 5” square pieces of material (6 of each of two colors)
  3. Thread
  4. Sewing machine
  5. Pinking Shears
  6. Pins
  7. Funnel

Instructions

  1. Using pinking shears, cut the edges of your fabric squares to create a pinked edge.
  2. Pin together two pieces of 5” square fabric with outsides out.
  3. Completely sew three edges of square.
  4. Sew 2/3 of the last edge leaving a couple inches open to fill your bag
  5. Using a funnel, pour in ½ Cup Navy Beans
  6. Hold the bag shut and finish sewing the last edge.
  7. For good measure, sew around all four edges one last time.

There you have it. You have a fun game for the family without having to drag along big boards and you used up some of your left over scrap material.

 

Game number three, Gatorade Ring Toss

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This game is fun and practical because it uses items that you can consume and recycle after and items that you probably already have around your house!

You simply purchase 10 bottles of your favorite Gatorade or Powerade (I chose red, white and blue varieties for obvious reasons) and set them up like bowling pins. In a nice 1, 2, 3, 4 pyramid sequence, leaving room for rings. Then using diving rings, try to ring the bottles. Make up your own rules and have fun!

Here are some pictures of my cute kids and the fun they had!

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Well there you have it, three simple party games! Check out my blog on Tuesday for great food ideas for your Fourth of July Party!

 

Party On,
Holly
Coborn’s, Inc. Consumer Content Manager

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Jun 9

How to make Salmon Kabobs

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Summer has arrived! Along with that comes the grilling season! June is National Seafood Month, and so I thought I would share a new recipe that was passed on to me. I tried it and fell in love with it.  Now it is mine and my husband’s go to appetizer when I arrive home from work on a Friday night. It’s great if you don’t really want a lot to eat but just a little snack to enjoy with your glass of wine. Then it is time to relax on the deck after a long week of working.

Using Fresh Herbs to make Salmon Kabobs - www.cobornsblog.comThis recipe is so unbelievably easy to make and not only can you use this as an appetizer but you can serve this for dinner as a main entrée.  What a way to impress your guests with these beautiful salmon kabobs.

I started a fresh herb garden this year on my deck and my patio has never smelled so good!  I have so many different aromas it’s worth growing them just for the smells. I grow fresh cilantro, oregano, sweet basil, chives and dill.  This recipe is perfect because I can use my fresh oregano or if I want to change it up I can use fresh dill.  Don’t worry though, even if you don’t have fresh herbs you can always use dried herbs in this recipe.  You would just use a little less than if you were using fresh.

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How to prepare a Salmon Kabob

How to grill a Salmon Kabob

Salmon Kabobs

Grilled Salmon Kabobs
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Fresh Oregano, chopped
  • 2 tsp. Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • ¼ tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1.5 – 2 lbs. Norwegian Salmon Fillet, skin removed and cut into 1”-2″ squares
  • 2 Lemons, very thinly sliced into rounds
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • Bamboo Skewers soaked in water ½ hour
Instructions
  1. Spray grill grates with oil.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  3. Mix oregano, sesame seeds, cumin and red pepper flakes in a small bowl; set spice mixture aside.
  4. Beginning and ending with salmon, thread salmon and folded lemon slices onto pairs of parallel skewers to make 6 kabobs.
  5. Spray the fish lightly with oil and season with kosher salt and reserved spice mixture.
  6. Grill the salmon, turning occasionally, until internal temperature of salmon reaches at least 145°F, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Notes
• If you are using dried oregano instead of fresh use a ½ teaspoon.
• If you like a little more spice in your food you can always add more red pepper flakes.
• Always soak wooden skewers at least a ½ hour before using so they don’t start on fire.
• When making kabobs I always use 2 skewers for each kabob. It makes it easier to turn the food on the grill.
• Make sure to spray your grates with oil before starting the grill.

 

These kabobs make a beautiful presentation and what a way to WOW all your guests at your next backyard grilling party.  Enjoy…. I did!

Jayne
Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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