Nov 26

5 Local Themed Holiday Gifts

5 Local Themed Holiday Gifts

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There’s nothing I love more than gift giving around the holiday season, especially when it is gifts that are well thought out and that can fit into a creative theme. This year I decided to use some of the products that are made locally and sold at Coborn’s, who doesn’t love to support local companies?

These Baskets are perfect for a neighbor, coworker or anyone who brightens your day throughout the year that you want to recognize around the holiday time. Be sure you click HERE and print out the Free Printable Cards for each of these Local Gift Baskets, they make great little gift tags and also feature where the products are from.

J.R. Watkins Basket

This first basket features J.R. Watkins essentials. These products are made in Winona, MN and they smell incredible. I found J.R. Watkins soaps and other products located in the Organic Section at Coborn’s, and to complete the gift I simply taped the four goodies together with several small pieces of double-sided tape so they would stay in tact. Then I wrapped gold curling ribbon around them and placed a matching bow on top. I printed out the J.R. Watkins Printable, which you can find in the link above, and I had a perfectly bundled gift! My sister-in-law loves J.R. Watkins products, so I will be making one like this for her this year.

Purple Prairie Basket

Purple Prairie Products are made in Clearwater, MN and they have some of my favorite scents and tons of varieties of products to choose from. I picked out a few of my favorite soap scents and I of course had to include the Minnesota Mint scent to fit the theme of the gifts! Then I added the Purple Prairie Frankincense & Myrah lotion, Minted Cinnamon Tinted Moisturizing Lip Balm and simply placed all of the items together with tissue paper in a festive bowl that I also got from Coborn’s. I added the Purple Prairie basket Printable for a personalized touch and this gift basket was complete.

Cameron’s Coffee Mugs

If you thought the other baskets were easy, then these Cameron’s Coffee Mugs are on a new level of simplicity. Most everyone loves coffee, and using a mug as the container gives this gift a warm and cozy touch. Cameron’s Coffee comes from Shakopee, MN, and is located right in the coffee section at Coborn’s. I picked out a green mug from Coborn’s and then a few varieties of coffee flavors that were wrapped in red packaging to fit the Christmas color scheme. If you’re not giving this gift at Christmas time though any mug or coffee flavor would be equally as adorable! I especially like this gift for co-workers because it’s inexpensive and most of my co-workers are coffee-addicts.

Minnesota Wild Rice with Recipe

Wild Rice is a staple of Minnesota, so I had to include it in this Blog! KC’s Best Wild Rice is from Bemidji, MN and it makes the perfect quick gift for someone special in your life. Pair it with some ribbon or a festive bow, attach your own Wild Rice Recipe or Print out the Recipe from the Coborn’s Recipe book and you’re good to go! I especially like this gift for those who have moved out of the area, did you know you can’t get Wild Rice everywhere, crazy right? So put it in a FedEx box and send a thoughtful gift to your friends or family across the country.

Movie Night Basket

The last basket is a Local Movie Night Basket. Angie’s Popcorn from Mankato, MN and candies from Pearson’s in St. Paul, MN look adorable together in this Movie Night Gift Basket. I decided to put these goodies in a giant popcorn bowl to add to the theme. This basket of goodies would be perfect with the new Disney Pixar movie Inside Out, which features a hockey-loving Minnesota girl who moves with her family to San Francisco. It’s the perfect gift basket to help beat those chilly Midwest winter nights!

I hope you enjoy these Holiday Gift Baskets featuring Local Favorites from around the Midwest! There’s only a few weeks left of Christmas shopping, so think of these simple gifts for your last minute present planning!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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Nov 24

Upcycled Christmas Treat Containers

Upcycled Christmas Treat Containers


I’m a big fan of all things festive and holiday oriented! It’s always great to add a bit of Christmas cheer to my decorations…. Especially when it’s dealing with Christmas cookies! These Containers are so easy to make. Simply clean out your used Coffee Container or Pringles Can, or really any type of container that you are no longer using. Be sure to leave them open for a day or two so they are able to air out, otherwise they will give your cookies a not-so-cookie smell…

Next, pick out your favorite Holiday wrapping paper. Measure the diameter of your can at the mid section, and cut the paper to fit your can size. Coffee Can ContainersTape your paper around the container using double-sided tape so it won’t show the crease line from the paper. Throw a festive bow or a curled Holiday ribbon on the completed containers and fill them out your goodies to share!

Check out these simple Christmas Cookie Recipes I used as well! They will go perfectly with the Upcycled Chip & Coffee Container Creations! Add both the cookies and the containers together and they make awesome last minute gifts for friends, family, neighbors and coworkers! Enjoy!

Red And Green Christmas Cookies

  • 1 Cup Butter
  • ½ Cup Powered Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • Food Coloring
  1. Melt butter
  2. Add sugar, flour and butter together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add food coloring to dough and mix well.
  4. Roll into balls and push down with a fork.
  5. Bake at 350º F for about 8-10 minutes or just before they start to brown.

Christmas Wreath Cookies

  • ¼ Cup Butter, soft
  • 3 Cups Mini Marshmallows
  • ½ tsp. Green Food Coloring
  • 4 Cups Unsweetened Corn Flakes or Whole Wheat Cereal
  • Red Hots Candies
  1. Spread soft butter and the marshmallows in a saucepan.
  2. Heat mixture on stove over low heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted.
  3. Stir in food coloring.
  4. Remove pan from heat.
  5. Mix cereal into hot marshmallow mixture with wooden spoon.
  6. Don’t worry if you crush a few cereal flakes- it’s more important to have them completely covered with the green marshmallow mixture.
  7. Let mixture cool.
  8. Spray hands with non-stick spray.
  9. Place spoonfuls onto wax paper leaving a few inches between each and shape each spoonful into a wreath.
  10. Decorate while still warm so they stick together.
  11. Place Red Hots on wreath to form berries.
  12. Let cookies stand uncovered until set.
  13. For firmer cookies cool in fridge.
  14. Store in single layer separated by waxed paper, in airtight containers no longer than 1 week.

Christmas Tree and Stocking Cookies

  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 ¾ Cups Flour
  • Frosting
  • Food Coloring
  • Cookie Cutters
  1. Cream the butter and sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients and add slowly to butter and cream mixture until incorporated.
  4. Roll out on lightly floured board to desired thickness.
  5. Cutout 2 ½ Christmas Tree or Stockings and bake at 400º F for 7-10 minutes.
  6. When done, they should be light in color with light browning on the edges.
  7. Frost and decorate cookies as desired.

Peppermint Almond Bark

  • 1 Bar Vanilla Almond Bark
  • Candy Canes
  • Almonds
  1. Carefully melt the vanilla almond bark in the microwave at 30-second intervals until melt. Stir in-between each 30-second interval.
  2. Spread out melted almond bark on a flat surface that is covered in wax paper.
  3. Crush up candy canes to taste.
  4. Sprinkle almond and crushed candy canes over almond bark.
  5. Put in refrigerator until the bark hardens.
  6. Break bark into shareable pieces and add to your Upcycled Christmas Container!


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Nov 22

Weekly Ad Recipe – Sausage Cranberry Stuffing

Weekly Ad Recipe Sausage Cranberry Stuffing

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and there are so many things to do that day. I tried this recipe at last year’s dinner and it was a hit. It was very easy to make and I was able to make this up the night before which gave me more time to spend with family. Enjoy… I did!

Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Sausage Cranberry Stuffing
Serves: 12
  • 8 Cups Lightly Packed ¾ Inch Cubes Of French Bread
  • 1 Lb. Spicy Pork Sausage
  • 2 Stalks Celery, chopped
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. Dried Sage Leaves
  • ½ Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 13×9 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Place bread cubes in baking dish.
  4. In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage, celery and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sausage reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  5. Drain.
  6. Add sausage mixture, sage and cranberries to baking dish; mix lightly with bread cubes.
  7. In medium bowl, beat broth, milk and eggs with fork until well mixed; pour over bread and stir gently to soak all bread cubes in milk mixture.
  8. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 12 hours.
  9. Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes and until golden brown.


Nov 19

Spice Ornaments

Spice Ornaments


These Holiday Spice Ornaments make a perfect last minute gift or festive addition to a miniature Christmas tree used to decorate for a holiday party. I personally made these Ornaments with the intention of hanging each of them from a small Christmas tree in my home. In a few weeks I am having some friends over for a Christmas Party.McCormick Spices

I have it all planned out. I am going to be ordering a Meat and Cheese platter, Hye Roller Tray and a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Platter from Coborn’s. I’ll also be sure to pick up some of my favorite wine from Coborn’s Liquor. After fun times, lots of laughs and a gift exchange I will let each of my guests pick an ornament off of the tree as a parting gift.

This crafty creation is incredibly easy to make. Simply follow the directions below and gather all of your ingredients to make the Ranch Dressing Mix. Your last minute creative gift planning just got a whole lot easier… And even more tasty!

Christmas Tree Ornament


Spice Ornaments
  • Materials
  • Scissors
  • Clear Bulb Ornaments
  • Double Stick Tape
  • Cute String or Ribbon
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Bowl
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Ranch Dressing Mix
  • ⅓ Cup Dry Buttermilk
  • 2 T. Dried Parsley
  • 11/2 tsp. Dried Dill Weed
  • 2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp. Dried Onion Flakes
  • 1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Dried Chives
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  1. Put all ingredients into bowl and mix.
  2. Put 3 Tablespoons into each bulb. This recipe makes 2 bulbs.
  3. Print the printable provided.
  4. Cut and use 2 way tape and put on ornament.
  5. Cut Cute String attach to ornament and put on tree.
  6. Tablespoons of this mix equals 1 packet of the store bought seasoning mix.
  7. To make Ranch Dressing combine 1 Tablespoon of seasoning mix with ⅓ cup mayo or ⅓ cup Greek yogurt and ⅓ cup milk.
  8. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 months.

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Nov 17

Homemade Sugar Scrub

Homemade Sugar Scrub

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Sugar scrubs can be used on your face, body and feet to help moisturize and exfoliate your skin.  Because they are so incredibly easy and inexpensive to make, they make an amazing gift for a teacher, daycare person, co-worker, friend or family member.  You can give just the sugar scrub alone or make it a gift basket and add some homemade lip balm and/or hand soap from my previous blogs.

I hope you enjoy this simple Homespun Creation and you take the time to try it at home! Be sure to Click Here for the Free Printable Labels that will make your creation truly personalized!

Read Below for a full list of ingredients and step by step instructions as well as a video where I will explain how easy this Do It Yourself Sugar Scrub Creation really is to make!

Homemade Sugar Scrub
  • ½ Cup Raw Sugar
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • 2-4 Drops Essentials Oil of your choice. (I used a lavender variety!)
  • Jar with a screwable top. (I picked a mason jar!)
  1. Measure out and pour Raw Sugar into the container.
  2. Add Olive Oil and Essential Oil.
  3. Replace cover and shake mixture.
  4. Scrub skin with mixture to exfoliate and rinse.


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Nov 15

Weekly Ad Recipe – Italian Style Beef Roast

Weekly Ad Recipe Italian Style Beef Roast

If you like an Italian blend of spices like myself, this is the roast for you! The tomato mixture combined with fresh garlic and tomatoes was fantastic! This was such an easy recipe to throw together before I left for work in the morning. Plus, it was awesome to come home and have dinner already done. Enjoy….I did!

Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Italian Style Beef Roast
Serves: 8
  • ½ Cup Onion, chopped
  • 14.5 Oz. Can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 Lbs. Boneless Beef Rump Roast
  • 2 Slices Bacon, chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 T. Italian Seasoning
  • 3 T. Cornstarch
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • 8 Oz. Whole Fresh Mushrooms
  1. In 5 quart slow cooker, mix onion and tomatoes.
  2. Place beef in slow cooker.
  3. In small bowl, mix bacon, garlic and Italian seasoning; rub over beef.
  4. Cover; cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours.
  5. Remove beef from cooker.
  6. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and water; stir into tomato mixture.
  7. Return beef to cooker.
  8. Cut large mushrooms in half and arrange around beef.
  9. Increase heat setting to high.
  10. Cover; cook 20 to 30 minutes until tomato mixture has thickened and beef has reached an internal temperature of 135 degrees.
Suggested Wine Pairing Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon


Nov 12

Piñata Cake

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Like a Piñata this cake is colorful and likes to make appearances at special occasions. Unlike a Piñata you don’t have to resort to getting out the sweet treats inside with sticks and a blindfold. The best part? Instead of a pile of paper and cardboard you get cake to eat along with your candy!

This cake is great for any candy lover or to reveal a special message. You could fill it with pink or blue candies to make an announcement at a baby shower. Maybe put a big candy ring inside to pop the question! Fill it with colorful candies and watch the kids at the party ooo and ahh when, “Surprise!”, their cake spills a rainbow of fun.
Any small candies will work to use, it works best to choose items with a  candy shell to prevent them from sticking to each other inside the cake. You could also do sprinkles, chocolate chips, maybe cookies pieces or even roly poly fruit like blueberries.
Check out this video for step by step instructions on creating your own Piñata Cake at home.

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Nov 10

How To Cook And Carve A Turkey

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Wow! Where did the year go? I can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving. We have had such a beautiful fall and winter is just around the corner. Brrrrrr!

Today we are going to talk Turkey. When I was around 19 years old, and yes that is a long time ago, I decided I was going to try to make a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. I was completely lost and had no idea what I was doing. We didn’t have the Internet, Facebook or You-tube and very little resources to look into. I decided that this would be a sink or swim project and the worst thing that could happen would be for me to start a new tradition serving frozen pizzas to my family on Thanksgiving Day. Luckily that never happened. I discovered that turkey is one of the easiest meals to prepare and now I roast turkey year round in my oven or on the grill.

Step 1: Relax

The first step in roasting a great turkey is to just relax. People get so stressed out about this meal and really you will be blown away on how easy it really is to make and your company will be so impressed when you carry that turkey to your table and tell them, “It’s turkey time!”

Step 2: Thaw Your Turkey

Your next step if your turkey has been in the freezer, you’ll need to thaw it. Thawing a turkey is easy, and can be done right in your refrigerator. For a turkey that is 8-12 pound plan on 1-2 days of thawing. For a slightly larger 12-16 pound turkey plan on 2-3 days. Once your turkey is thawed, remove the wrapper and paper giblet packets containing the gizzard, heart and neck. These are tucked inside the end cavities. Some options for the giblets are to use them in your dressing or just cook them with your turkey and serve them.

Step 3: Cooking Your Turkey

Place your turkey in a roasting pan with the breast side up. Now if you want that beautiful golden brown crispy color skin then what I do is melt one stick of butter and brush it all over the turkey, and after that I season the turkey with salt and pepper.

Wondering how long to cook your turkey? Cooking times vary by method and weight. For roasting, the general rule is to roast your turkey in an oven of 325 degrees, 15 minutes for every pound of turkey that you have so make sure to look at your tag and check the weight of your turkey.

If you’re going to baste your turkey to make it extra-moist and flavorful, you’ll want to do so every 30 minutes, using the juices from the pan to evenly baste your turkey. Make sure to save the drippings because they can be used to make awesome gravy. Now it’s time to place the turkey in your oven and roast it until the internal temperature of your bird reaches at least 165 degrees.

To make sure your turkey reaches the proper temperature of 165 degrees use a thermometer and place it in the thickest part of the thigh. Do not place the thermometer near a bone because it will give a false reading. Once it has reached 165 degrees take it out of your oven and just let it rest in that same roasting pan. This is such an important step because you do not want to carve that turkey and then eat it right away. By not cutting it for 30 minutes it gives it time for all your juices to soak into the turkey making it very moist. If you cut it right away all the juices will flow out of your turkey and make it a dry turkey.

Step 4: Carving Your Turkey

Now it’s time to carve the turkey…Thanksgiving Meal

Move your turkey out of the roasting pan and place on a large cutting board breast side up. Remove any ties or skewers. Cut the legs away from the body until the thighbone pops out cutting around the joint. Separate the drumstick from the thigh and remove the bone from the thigh so you have a boneless thigh.

Now find the bone that runs down the middle of the breast and cut alongside it all the way to the back of the bird. Then you will be able to remove the breast. Repeat the same step on the other side of the bird to remove the other breast. Take the breast and slice it against the grain. Then carve off the chicken wings and cut at the joints. You can now place the breasts, drumsticks, wings and thighs on a platter and use Rosemary as a garnish to make your turkey look like a work of art.

Step 5: Enjoy!!!

Now one last step to go… Relax, enjoy, make sure someone else does the dishes and have your favorite glass of wine. Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Don’t forget to view my video and if you share and like you are automatically entered into a drawing to win a chance for a free turkey!

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Nov 8

Weekly Ad Recipe – Honey Glazed Salmon

Weekly Ad Recipe - Honey Glazed Salmon

This has got to be the easiest salmon recipe I have ever made. I loved the honey glaze along with a dab of the ketchup to give it just a little extra spice. Enjoy….I did!

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Honey Glazed Salmon
Serves: 2
  • 8 Oz. Norwegian Salmon Fillet, cut into 2 pieces
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • 1 tsp. Ketchup
  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with foil; spray foil with cooking spray.
  3. Place salmon on foil.
  4. In small bowl, stir together honey and ketchup.
  5. Spread mixture over salmon.
  6. Bake 12 to 18 minutes until internal temperature of Salmon reaches 145 degrees.
Suggested Wine Pairing Gnarly Head Pinot Noir


Nov 5

Cave Aged Karst

Cave Aged Karst

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For those of you that read my Blog, you know my passion for cheese. I enjoy all types, but every once in awhile a new variety of cheese comes along that just blows me away!

Karst is one of those cheeses! Karst is Cave Aged in the famous Jasper Hills caves in Vermont for at least seven months. Karst is an American Original Cheese that’s an inspired blend from the starter cultures of both Cheddar and a Gruyere- Two of my other favorites!!

Made from pasteurized cow’s milk, Karst Cheese is firm with a sweet and nutty flavor. The natural rind adds to Karst’s unique “original” flavor profile. It’s great with apples and pears, at the center of a cheese board, or making a gourmet mac ‘n cheese- No matter the platter, Karst will be sure to delight!

And when it comes to enjoying a glass of wine or a beer with this cheese, you have a host of options. Karst pairs well with “My Favorite Wine” called Wild Mountain Ice Wine or any variety of Riesling. Also a Syrah/Shiraz pairs very well with it as well. As far as a beer pairing, there are several of those as well. Karst pairs well with Pale Ales, Bock varieties, or any hearty Stouts. With the upcoming holiday season approaching, Karst will make your entertaining events most enjoyable!!

Check out this delicious Bacon and Karst Quiche Recipe below that features the Cheese of the Month!

Bacon and Karst Quiche

Bacon And Karst Quiche
Prep time: 
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 Lb. Thickly Sliced Bacon, cut into ½ inch dices
  • 3 Large Leeks, white and tender, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. Thyme Leaves, chopped
  • Salt and Freshly Ground White Pepper
  • 8 Oz. Cave Aged Karst Cheese, grated
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 2½ Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 Package Frozen Puff Pastry, thawed
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a large pan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until browned and crisp, stirring periodically.
  3. Drain the bacon, leaving 1 T. of the fat in the pan.
  4. Add the leeks and thyme to the pan, season with salt and white pepper and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are softened but not browned- around 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.
  6. Stir in the bacon and Karst.
  7. On a floured surface, roll one square of the puff pastry to fit a 12 inch pie pan.
  8. Trim the excess and use it to patch any holes.
  9. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  10. Repeat with the remaining pastry.
  11. Divide the bacon-and-leek filling between the pie shells and spread evenly.
  12. In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the egg yolks and heavy cream.
  13. Season lightly with salt and white pepper.
  14. Pour the egg mixture into the pie shells overtop the leek and bacon mixture.
  15. Bake for about 30 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through for even baking, until puffed and lightly browned.
  16. Let the quiches cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  17. Quiches are good gently warmed, room temperature, or even lightly chilled.


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