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!

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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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
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Weekly Ad Recipe – Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Blue Cheese

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Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Blue Cheese
Author: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Lb. Pizza Dough, room temperature
  • Cornmeal for sprinkling
  • 2 Peaches, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
  • 6 Very Thin Slices Prosciutto, torn into pieces
  • 3 Oz. Blue Cheese, crumbled
  • Small Handful Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Olive Oil to drizzle
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Sprinkle metal baking sheet lightly with cornmeal.
  3. Divide dough in half and stretch pizza dough into two thin rounds.
  4. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, top with prosciutto and peaches.
  6. Crumble cheese over pizza, leaving a ½-inch border around edges.
  7. Return pizza to oven and bake until crust is browned, about 10 minutes.
  8. Drizzle with olive oil and top with basil leaves.
  9. Slice pizza into wedges and serve.

 

Share a Coke & WIN this Summer!

Share a Coke and WIN this Summer with Coborn's & Viking Coke! www.cobornsblog.comThere’s a fun campaign that’s happening this summer and I’m amazed at how many memories it has triggered from my youth! “Share a Coke” is all about reviving that tried-and-true fun of enjoying a Coke with friends.

Find your name!

There are two parts to this campaign that really grabbed my attention. First, Coke is swapping out the logos on its 20-oz. bottles for the 250 most popular first names among American teens and Millennials. What a surprise to see my name made the top 250! If your name isn’t on the list, you can go to shareacoke.com and create a virtual personal pop. Plus, there are a number of fun and neutral bottles to choose from, such as Family, Buddy, Wingman, and so on.

Share A Coke U.S.A.

The second part of the promotion to catch my eye is the social media interaction. By using the #ShareaCoke hashtag, Coke drinkers can share their stories and photos for the chance to be featured on interactive Coke billboards across the country.

Win with Coborn’s & Viking Coke!

To come back to what this means here locally, we invite Coborn’s customers can take a selfie holding a coke. Simply snap the picture, upload the photo onto Facebook or Instagram, and tag Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Coborn’s. Every photo that’s uploaded will be entered into drawings for over $500 in prizes. There will also be a photo area at Lake George for the July 9, 16 and 23 Summertime by George! events with the same concept. Bonus: when you stop by the Summertime by George! booth, you also will receive a BOGO coupon.

In this modern day land of selfies, who can resist taking a picture of a personalized coke! Good luck and don’t forget to Share a Coke this summer!

Rebecca
Coborn’s Communications Manager

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