Thanksgiving Centerpiece Printables

We’re getting down to the wire. The turkey’s brining, the yams are peeled, the pies are baked. But wait, the centerpiece! Rather than recycling last year’s wicker cornucopia, here’s a set of free printable for a simple and lovely tablescape.

All you’ll need to provide is a few aluminum cans and some flowers (which you were going to buy anyway, right?) These homemade vases can be the feature of your table in just a few simple steps:

1. Grab a couple of cans of vegetables from your pantry, take the label off and empty the contents of the can.

2. Cut your bouquet of flowers so that the weight is appropriate for the size of the can holding them.

3. Cut out the can labels that we made for you (you’ll want to disable any popup blocker first) and put glue along the appropriate edge.

4. Wrap the label around your can vase and voila!

All of us at Coborn’s and CobornsDelivers wish your family a safe and joyful Thanksgiving.

Hot Foods to Soothe Your Cold

When you’re sick, the right foods can help you heal.

When you’re under the weather, sometimes nothing sounds good. But your mom was right–if you do want to get better, you need to eat right. The onslaught of winter germs is arriving; we have a few suggestions to help you keep the bugs at bay, and get you back up on your feet in less time than usual.

Chicken noodle soup/broth: If you ask for a list of top “sick foods,” you know what you’ll hear–chicken soup. We’ve all heard it and we’ve all had it, but why?? Cooked chicken releases cysteine, which is chemically similar to an anti-inflammatory drug. It also has sodium, which is necessary to replace the fluids that we tend to lose when we get sick. It’s not just a comfort food; it’s also a great choice for a struggling immune system– grandmothers and scientists agree. If it’s not you that’s sick, but a friend or loved one, we highly recommend homemade chicken stock, featuring some of Coborn’s best fresh and local ingredients: chicken and vegetables.  When you’re not feeling up to making a trip to the store to stock up, let CobornsDelivers bring you the ingredients or the your favorite bowl–whether it’s the Campbell’s from your childhood or D’Amico and Sons’ beloved version.

Hot teas: Teas can provide relief from both indigestion and inflammation. Many hot teas, such as black and green teas can also boost your immune defenses, enabling your body to better fight off infection or bacteria. If you add dark honey to the mixture, you’ll also boost your antioxidants, which provide energy for your ailing body.

Starches, starches, starches: When was the last time you heard that as nutrition advice? Embrace the carbs. Plain pastas, potatoes, rice, and oatmeal are all good options if you’re suffering from nausea. While they fill up your stomach, they also absorb acids without triggering nausea.

Green Peas with Butter and Parmesan: Before you protest the idea of preparing vegetables in your delicate state, consider all of the vitamins, minerals, and other immune boosting benefits of vegetables. Also, be generous with the butter, based on how small of an appetite many folks have when they’re sick, the fats will do you some good.

Take note that none of these recipes are particularly fancy or decadent, you just need to ease your symptoms and get rest so you can get back to normal life as soon as possible. We know of people whose go-to sick foods include buttered white toast or flat 7-Up. What makes you feel better when you’re under the weather?

Coborn’s Celebrates Earth Day

Coborn’s Celebrates Earth Day

The New York Times reports that nearly 20 million Americans attended the first Earth Day celebration on April 22, 1970. In the decades since, Earth Day has spread across the globe with thousands of events in more than 180 countries! At Coborn’s and we are firm believers that everyone – no matter where you are in the world – plays a role in caring for our environment. We recently took our sense of stewardship to heart by celebrating Earth Day at local festivities in St. Cloud.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week

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We’ve enjoyed an amazing spring here in the Midwest – but that means we’re also getting ready for summer storms and severe weather.

Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 16-20 in Minnesota and April 23-27 in South Dakota. If you live in Minnesota, you’ll hear the storm sirens go off at 1:45 and 6:55 on Thursday April 19. These are great times to practice how your family will respond to a storm warning and make sure everyone knows where to go! Whether you have a basement at home, live in an apartment or are outside during a storm – this list shows you where to take shelter during a tornado.

A key way to stay safe is to have an Emergency Alert Weather Radio. This will alert you to any watches and warnings happening in your area. This is especially key if severe weather happens when you’re out and about without a TV or radio nearby – or in the middle of the night while you’re sleeping.

Coborn’s stores and will be selling Emergency Alert Weather Radios for the discounted price of $29.99 now through April 21. They come with several features: Continue reading “Severe Weather Awareness Week”

What to Make With Ready Made Pie Crusts

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Making pie crust doesn’t have to be difficult – but sometimes you just want to whip up a filling and be on your way! That’s where ready-made pie crusts come in. Keebler Ready Crust Pie Crusts are on sale this week if you’re shopping at our Coborn’s stores or having your groceries delivered by – and we have some great recipes to help you create some delicious (and easy) desserts.

Fruit, pudding and ice cream fillings work great with graham cracker and shortbread pie crusts. Key Lime Pie is a classic way to use a graham cracker crust. We love this recipe for Key Lime Pie – just skip the instructions on making your own crust.

This Easy Easter Pie is a cinch to whip up and a festive dessert for Easter. The filling is melted chocolate kisses and whipped topping – with a center layer of chopped peanut butter cups!

Want your dessert to give you a healthy boost? This Chocolate Fudge Pie uses silken tofu as its secret ingredient.

A ready made shortbread pie crust is a delicious way to add a twist to a traditional cheesecake. This recipe for a Sour Cream Cheesecake is a great one to try.

Keebler also makes a chocolate graham cracker crust – so embrace your inner chocoholic and make a milk chocolate cheesecake filling for it!

This recipe from Good Housekeeping is delicious:

2 package(s) (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup(s) sugar
2 tablespoon(s) sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup(s) whole milk
2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
1 bag(s) (11.5 ounces) milk chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 cup(s) sour cream

In large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 minutes or until smooth, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Reduce speed to low. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla, and beat just until blended, occasionally scraping bowl. Add chocolate and beat until combined.

Pour cream-cheese mixture into crust. Bake cheesecake 45 minutes (cheesecake will jiggle slightly in center). Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir sour cream and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until sugar dissolves; set aside.

Remove cheesecake from oven. Gently spread sour-cream mixture evenly on top of cheesecake. Return cheesecake to oven and bake 5 minutes longer to set sour cream.

Remove cheesecake from oven and cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours until well chilled, or up to 3 days.

Keebler’s Recipes Using Ready Made Pie Crusts is a great one-stop shop for recipes for their crusts – so get baking!

What’s your favorite pie filling? Do you buy pre-made crusts or make your own?