Weekly Ad Recipes – Father’s Day Treat Ideas

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Paw Patrol Doggie Birthday

Paw Patrol Birthday HDR

 

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Holly

Another year has gone by and my oldest is now 4. Lately she has been obsessed with the Nickelodeon Cartoon, Paw Patrol. So obviously she requested to have a Paw Patrol Birthday Party. In this blog I will show you how I decorated, a recipe and video for how to make Dog Bone Cookies and Puppy Chow Snack Mix, the food I served and I will also show you Paw Patrol varieties of cakes you can order from your local Coborn’s Bakery.

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6 Quick and Easy Salads in a Jar

Quick and Easy Salads in a Jar

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Lynell

This fall the Coborn’s Support Center moved to a brand new building. The building, my workspace and the entire campus are absolutely beautiful and it creates a wonderful atmosphere to work at, but unfortunately I have to drive a little farther for my daily commute. With busy mornings where you are trying to get up and go quickly, I needed something that makes planning out lunches a little bit easier.

I suppose the easiest lunchtime solution is to go out to eat, which I’ll admit is nice occasionally, but it can be pricey to do everyday Kraft-Dressingand not always healthy for you. That’s why I’ve collected some delicious recipes to share with you all that I promise will spruce up any boring lunch routine!

Food Prep Freshness

Glass mason jars help to keep the salads very fresh, and by using wide mouth  jars I have created delicious salads that are perfect for anyone on the go or looking for a healthy and fun way to get their greens in- no salad bowl necessary. My mason jars were even chalkboard jars I picked up from a craft store for added lunchtime creativity!

Everything on my Facebook homepage lately seems to feature food recipes, clean eating blogs and meal prepping ideas. What better way to follow suit than to make my complete week of salads on Sunday evening and have them ready to go for the entire week.

I love the taste, freshness and most of all the convenience of these Mason Jar Salads. Best of all you can make so many different varieties, which means lunchtime doesn’t need to be boring, it can be as original as each day of the week!

Check out some of the recipes for these Mason Jar Salads below:

Dietitian’s Choice Salad

Dietitian's Choice Salad

Dietitian's Choice Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 4-6 Baby Carrots, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Peas
  • ¼ Cup Peppers, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Garbonzo Beans
  • ¼ Cup Reduced Fat Feta Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tomato, chopped
  • 2 Cups Spring Mix Salad Greens with Kale
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. In the same order that is listed above add your ingredients to a wide mouthed mason jar.
  3. Shake jar when ready to be eaten and refrigerate if you are saving it for a later date.
Notes
Dietitian's Notes:
-This salad is great because the wide variety of vegetables are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
-Add dried cranberries to your salad to represent as many food groups as possible, but make sure no sugar is added!
-Make sure you always have beans or some sort of protein added to your meals, and if a salad is your full meal make extra sure they are added!
-Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar add a great flavor and provide healthy fats.
-Aside from the Feta Cheese (19) and the Balsamic Vinegar (18) all of these ingredients have a 100 on the NuVal Scoring System!

 

BLT Avocado Salad

BLT Avocado Salad

BLT Avocado Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Bleu Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Avocado, chopped
  • 6 Bacon Slices, cooked and chopped
  • 2 Cups Lettuce or Spinach Mix
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in the order listed above.
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.
  4. Shake jar, add chips and enjoy!

 

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Greek Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing
  • ½ Cup Cucumber, chopped
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 T. Red Onion
  • 4 Oz. Skinless Chicken Breast, cooked and chopped
  • 2 T. Reduced Fat Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1 T. Black Olives, chopped
  • 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce, chopped
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Layer jar with dressing, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.
  3. Add in chicken, feta cheese and olives.
  4. Top with lettuce.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  6. When ready to eat shake jar.

 

Mom’s Salad

Mom's Salad Jar

Mom's Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Bleu Cheese Dressing
  • 4-6 Baby Carrots, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 Oz. Bacon Real Bites
  • 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in the order as listed above.
  3. When ready to eat shake jar and enjoy.
  4. Be sure to refrigerate if salad is going to be eaten at a later date.

 

Taco Salad

Taco Salad Jar

Taco Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Classic Catalina Dressing
  • 1 T. Salsa
  • 2 T. Sour Cream
  • ¼ Cup Taco Meat
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Kidney Beans
  • ⅛ Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tortilla Chips, crushed
  • 2 Lettuce, shredded
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in same order as listed above.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  4. When ready to eat shake jar.

 

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
  • ½ Cup Strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ Cup Blueberries
  • ¼ Cup Almonds
  • 2 Cups Romaine and Spinach to Brim of Jar
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. Wash produce.
  3. Add ingredients in order to above and keep refrigerated.
  4. When ready to eat shake jar and enjoy.
Notes
Additional optional topping:
Mandrain Oranges

 

Tips & Tricks

The number one most important rule to remember when making these salads is to always keep the dressing at the bottom and the salad greens at the top of the jar. Keep the two layers as far away from one another as possible by having them separated with your hard veggies, protein and soft veggies. If you do that, your greens will stay crispy and fresh with no problems.

Follow this Layer List:

  •  Layer 1 (Bottom of Jar): 2-4 T. Dressing of Choice
  • Layer 2: Hard Veggies- This is where you add in carrots, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
  • Layer 3: Protein- This is where you will add the cheese, meats, beans, hard-boiled eggs, etc.
  • Layer 4: Soft Veggies- In this section you will add tomatoes, onions, corn, avocado, etc.
  • Layer 5 (Top of Jar): Greens to the Brim- Add in your lettuce and/or spinach.

Try to keep the ratio of each jar about half-and-half. That means half of the jar holds the toppings, dressing, grains, proteins and half of the jar holds the greens.

As I mentioned I like to make several of these jars on Sunday evening so I’m prepared for speedy grab and go lunches later on in the week. Luckily these salads last a week in the refrigerator!

Because these jars are so full to the brim you might have to eat off a layer or two of greens (yum!), then replace the lid, shake the heck out of it to distribute the dressing, and then dig right in with a fork.

Hope you enjoy my creations and they make meal planning a success!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Spice Ornaments

Spice Ornaments

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Lynell

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
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.

Lynell
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Homemade Sugar Scrub

Homemade Sugar Scrub

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Lori

 

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
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 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!)
Instructions
  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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