Peppermint Cream Hot Cocoa

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Hello January! Old man winter it here with vengeance, blasting us with wind, cold and of course SNOW, so I thought a nice hot cocktail was just what we needed and this recipe does not disappoint.

If you love a Peppermint Andes Chocolate Mints, then you are going to love this Peppermint Cream Hot Cocoa recipe. Using only three ingredients, we step up your traditional Hot Cocoa to an adult beverage that you will not want to put down. And if you want to step it up a notch, topping with mini marshmallows and peppermint is recommended. Simply print the recipe below, pin in on Pinterest, watch the video… but please try it, because this is sure to become a new winter favorite! Continue reading “Peppermint Cream Hot Cocoa”

Natural Energy Boost

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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.

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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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Pepsi DIY Drink Holders

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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
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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
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Chocolate Liqueur Valentine Martini

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Chocolate Liqueurs are sweet drinks that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in an after dinner drink.  You can also add them to your coffee or over some desserts to add a sweet flavor.

What is a Chocolate Liqueur?

For the sake of simplicity, it is a liqueur that tastes like chocolate.  Chocolate Liqueurs are not a new invention.  The concept’s history dates back to around 1666 in France and chocolate liqueur recipes have been found in both British and American cookbooks.  These dessert drinks rose to popularity during the chocolate craze in the 1990s.

History of chocolate liqueur recipes have been divided into two parts: Pre-19th Century and Post-19th Century.  Pre-19th century cocoa was the main ingredient, while the modern recipe has cocoa extracts, vanilla, vanilla extract, vodka and simple syrup.

They are made from a combination of alcohol, sweetener and chocolate flavoring.  The ingredients are simple, but the process is quite lengthy.  I will not get into the process of making them at this point as I feel the ones you can find at your local Coborn’s or Cash Wise Liquor Store will work for whatever your plans are (desserts, cocktails or coffee boosts).

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches and you are out shopping for the perfect chocolates for the apple of your eye, may I suggest that you pick up a chocolate liqueur and make your special someone a fun Valentine Martini? Here is a delicious recipe to try this Valentine’s Day.

Valentine Martini
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Oz. Tito’s Vodka
  • 1 Oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Whipped Cream for topping
  • Shaved Chocolate for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add vodka and chocolate liqueur.
  3. Shake vigorously, strain and pour into a martini glass.
  4. Top with lightly sweetened whipped cream.
  5. Garnish with chocolate shavings.
Notes
You can use chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate liqueur.
If you want to spice it up, you can use Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur.

This recipe is sure to be a hit for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Until next time, cheers!
Harley
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Flaming German Mulled Wine (Feuerzangenbowle)

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My parents have celebrated the holidays with many cultural traditions, often revolving around foods and drinks. Because they spent the first three years of their marriage living in Germany, many of the traditions my folks hold most dear tie back into their newlywed days. One of our favorites as a family is the Feuerzangenbowle.

Feuerzangenbowle is a traditional German mulled wine drink that features warm, spiced wine that is sweetened with a rum-soaked flaming sugar cone. It’s often served during Christmas or New Year’s celebrations and is a beautiful presentation at a dimly lit evening party. The German name Feuerzangenbowle translates to “fire-tongs punch.” Some people ask if this is gluehwein, which is the German name for the mulled wine, only it’s without the flaming sugar cone.

We begin by making a sugar cone a few days ahead of time, giving it some time to dry out and set up. Then we heat the wine mixture (being careful not to boil it), place a metal grate over the pot, place a sugar cone atop the grate, and spoon some Bacardi 151 over the top of the cone. We then light the cone on fire and enjoy the beautiful flames that dance in tall blue swirls above the punch. As the sugar begins to carmelize and drip into the wine, it makes smooth sizzling noises. When the flames die down, if there is any sugar left, we simply spoon more rum over the sugar cone until all the sugar has melted and mixed with the wine. The sweet mulled wine punch is then stirred and served in mugs.

Sugar Cone

Sugar Cone
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Fine Cane Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Water
  • ½ Cup Bacardi 151
Instructions
  1. Mix water and sugar well with a fork.
  2. Scoop a third of the mixture into a tall beer glass or other cone-shaped form and press it firmly (I use the back of a melon baller).
  3. With fork, rough up the top ¼” of the pressed sugar.
  4. Scoop, press, and rough the top twice more until all the sugar is in the mold.
  5. Once it is firmly packed, flip the mold over and tap a few times to pop the cone out.
  6. Once it falls, remove the mold.
  7. Set aside for a day or more.
  8. The cone will be about 6 inches tall or so.
  9. Hold on to that Bacardi until you’re ready to make the mulled wine.

 

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine
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Ingredients
  • 2 Bottles Red Wine
  • 2 Cups Orange Juice
  • 1 Orange, sliced into four thick slices
  • 50 Cloves (or so)
  • 4-5 Cinnamon Sticks
Instructions
  1. Combine the wine and juice in a pot and simmer over low heat.
  2. Poke the cloves into the white part of the orange slices on both the top and bottom side.
  3. Add the orange slices and cinnamon sticks to the wine.
  4. After mulled wine is hot (not boiling), remove the pot from the stove and place it on a trivet in an open area.
  5. Atop the pot, balance a metal “stand” for setting the sugar cone onto (metal cooling rack works, so does a pair of metal shish kebab skewers).
  6. Carefully place the sugar cone onto the stand.
  7. With a ladle, slowly pour the Bacardi 151 over the sugar cone until it is fully covered.
  8. Then light the cone and enjoy the blue flames that dance from the cone.
  9. As the sugar and rum melt, they caramelize and drip into the wine, adding to the already amazing mulled wine flavor.
Notes
I use a mid-priced Cabernet or Shiraz wine for this recipe.

 

You don’t have to save this treat only for the holidays. Any time we have wine-drinking friends over for dinner during the winter months, we make a pot of Feuerzangenbowle. It has a charming, relaxing effect that everyone enjoys.

 

– Rebecca
Coborn’s, Inc. Communications Manager

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