Three Quick Meal Featuring Johnsonville Flame Grilled Chicken - Family, Friends & Food with Jayne

I think I spend most of my time in a grocery store but I’m thinking that is a good thing surrounded by all the fresh meat, seafood, vegetables and other goodies. I was shopping the other day and when I was in the Meat Department I discovered a new item that I just have to share with you.  It is called Johnsonville Flame Grilled Chicken Breasts.   Continue reading “Three Quick Meal Featuring Johnsonville Flame Grilled Chicken”

3 Simek’s Mini Sausage Meatball Meals

3 Simek's Mini Sausage Meatballs

Ready for three delicious AND easy Simek’s Mini Sausage Meatball Recipes that you’ll love? Read on to find out what we have in store for you!

Mini Meatball Omelets

Mini Meatball Omelets

Mini Meatball Omelets
  • 8 Eggs
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • ½ Cup Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 2 Green Onions, diced
  • 36 Simeks Mini Sausage Meatballs
  • 12 Round Potato Shaped Fries or Tater Tots (Smash them to fit in the bottom of the muffin tin)
  • 1 Cup Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place potato smile or tater tots into bottom of each muffin tin.
  3. Bake for 10 min.
  4. Remove from oven and lower temp to 350 degrees.
  5. Whisk together eggs, milk and water.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Top your potatoes with 3 Simeks mini sausage meatballs, chopped bell peppers and diced onions.
  8. You may also substitute other ingredients in place of the bell peppers and onions ie-mushrooms, spinach, jalapenos, tomatoes, etc.
  9. Pour egg mixture over ingredients, filling each muffin tin to the top.
  10. Sprinkle cheese on top of each muffin tin.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until cooked through.
  12. Serve hot or you may cool them and freeze them for an easy on the go breakfast later.
  13. Wrap individually in plastic wrap then place in a gallon freezer bag.
  14. Remove and microwave until heated through.

Not Cho’ Average Meatballs


Not Cho' Average Meatballs
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  • 1 Package Mini Sausage Meatballs
  • 1 Bag Tortilla Chips
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Spread tortilla chips in an even layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Distribute frozen meatballs on top of tortilla chips.
  4. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of chips and meatballs.
  5. Bake in oven until the meatballs are thoroughly heated and the cheese is melted, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
Optional toppings: diced fresh tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, jalapeños, black olives, refried beans, nacho cheese sauce.

Mini Meatball Pesto Pizza


Mini Meatball Pesto Pizza
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  • 1 Package Mini Meatballs
  • 1 (12-inch) Pre-baked Flatbread Pizza Crust
  • ½ Cup Pesto
  • ½ Cup Ricotta Cheese
  • ½ Cup Roasted Peppers, sliced
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 475° F.
  2. Spread crust with pesto and top with ricotta, roasted peppers and frozen meatballs.
  3. Season with ½ teaspoon each salt and black pepper.
  4. Bake according to the instructions on the pizza crust package.
This recipe can be modified using various types of pizza crusts and toppings, including sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, olives, fresh basil, mozzarella, feta, etc.

Enjoy these delicious Mini Meatball Recipes!

Weekly Ad Recipes – Father’s Day Treat Ideas

Coborn's Weekly Ad Recipes Father's Day Treat Ideas

Try these kid-friendly recipes and decorating ideas guaranteed to steal Dad’s heart!  Continue reading “Weekly Ad Recipes – Father’s Day Treat Ideas”

Simple Summer Meals on the Run

Simple Summer Meals on the Run! - Fun with Family with Rebecca

We’re getting into my favorite season of the year: lake season! For those who are lucky enough to live on the water year round, perhaps the excitement doesn’t overcome them quite like it does me. This is the time of year when my family gives up dusting and vacuuming for the summer, doesn’t invite company to visit our home, and perpetually leaves the suitcases out on the coffee tables in our family room – always in packing and unpacking mode throughout the week – all summer long until the new school year starts. When each Thursday night comes, we tuck the kids into bed, then load up the car so that at 5:00 on Friday, we can hit to the road!

During particularly hectic weeks, I order groceries for the weekend menu and a bag of ice from CobornsDelivers and have them deliver my order to my office. I meet them in the parking lot with a cooler in my trunk and voila! I’m all set for the weekend.

In order to survive the madness of constantly being on the go, we plan our weekend meals to be as simple as possible. Yes, sometimes we bring a box of cereal for breakfast or PB&Js for a boat ride, but we honestly eat pretty delicious food by simply planning smart. For instance, we don’t ever bring loaves of bread – they always get smooshed; instead we use pitas, tortillas or sandwich rounds. And there’s nothing wrong with the occasional meat/cheese/crackers combo or veggie tray on the boat if it’s too nice to come in to shore for a meal.

This year for Memorial Day weekend, here’s what we are bringing.

Friday Dinner – BLT Wraps & Grapes

Simple Summer Meals on the Run - BLT Wraps

Time- Saving Tip: Use precooked bacon.

Saturday Breakfast – Campfire Omelets & Sliced Watermelon

Simple Summer Meals on the Run - Campfire Omelets

Time- Saving Tip: At home, mix eggs, cooked sausage, chopped peppers and onions, milk and cheese and bring along in a Ziplock.

Saturday Lunch: Tacos in a Bag

Simple Summer Meals on the Run - Tacos in a Bag

Time- Saving Tip: At home, brown taco meat and simply reheat before filling chip bags. Have kids help chop olives, avocado, lettuce and tomatoes.

Saturday Dinner: Pie Iron Pizza Pockets, Lettuce Salad & S’mores

Simple Summer Meals on the Run - Pie Iron Pizza Pockets

Time- Saving Tip: Use pizza sauce in a squeeze bottle and Deli Flats for the crust

Sunday Brunch: Campfire Oatmeal, Skewered Bacon & Cut Watermelon

Simple Summer Meals on the Run - Campfire OatmealSimple Summer Meals on the Run - Campfire Bacon

Time- Saving Tip: At home, combine all the dry ingredients for the oatmeal and bring along in a Ziplock.

Sunday Lunch: Tabbouleh Salad in Pitas, Celery and Hummus

Simple Summer Meals on the Run - Tabbouleh Salad in Pitas

Time- Saving Tip: At home, prepare Tabbouleh – the longer it marinates, the better the flavor.

Sunday Dinner: Sausage Hobo Dinners, Jiffy Pop & Fruit Pies on the Fire

Simple Summer Meals on the Run - Sausage Hobo Dinners

Time- Saving Tip: If you’ve caught some fish, you can easily sub fish for the sausage.
Use biscuits in a tube for pie crust – simply flatten one out inside each pie iron side, then scoop in some pie filling and close them tightly before cooking on the fire.

Monday Breakfast: Cereal, Milk, Yogurt & Leftover Fruit

Monday Lunch: Leftovers!

It never hurts to resort to PB&J if you run out of leftovers; although, I’ve never once had that happen. Ever.


The key to all of this is to relax and go with however the weekend flows. You might have an impromptu potluck with neighbors or a rainstorm that sends you to a nearby restaurant. Or maybe you’ll get lucky like we once did and find a fantastic wild blueberry patch and eat an entire lunch of blueberries. Wherever your summer weekends take you, make some memories without having to spend your weekend in the kitchen!

Coborn’s, Inc. Communications Manager

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DIY Menu Boards

DIY Menu Boards - - Crafty Creations with Lynell

Let’s face it, life is busy. By the time you get yourself and everyone out the door, spend 8 hours at work, pick up the kids from daycare or activities, and arrive home to find no groceries and no idea what to make for dinner, you might feel a little burned out. With just a little bit of planning, you can better be prepared for the 5:30, “What’s for dinner” question.

In comes the Menu Board. Here is the best way it works for my family and myself. I go through the Coborn’s flyer on Sunday – the first day of the sale for those of us in Minnesota – find the sale items that would work for dinners that month, plan my list so that I have everything that I need for meals for the entire week, and off to the store I go.

For example, if spaghetti sauce, ground beef and pasta are on sale, guess what Monday dinner is going to be? Find a good price on a chuck roast? Simply pick up some carrots and potatoes and get ready for a slow cooker Tuesday. Finish out your week and it’s as easy as that. Then you can simply write your meals on your board and you have a plan. When Monday morning comes, all you have to do is check your board and see that you are making spaghetti for dinner that night and grab the ground beef out of the freezer so it can thaw out by the time you get home. Even though this adds a little extra time on Sunday and some planning on my part, oh, how happy I am the rest of the week that I took that time to plan my meals!

Now on to the fun part! Making the Menu Board. You know I love my crafting and I couldn’t make just one menu board for this blog; I had to make two. So here are the photos of the boards I made along with instructions and some free printables to help you along the way. Don’t you love the colors I chose? Don’t worry, you can simply use the same design and use colors that will fit better in your kitchen. I would love to see the boards you make, so please be sure to comment with photos below! Have fun!

DIY Chalk Menu Board

DIY Chalk Menu Board -

DIY Chalk Menu Board
  • 17” x 23” Chalk Board
  • Chalk
  • 1- 8½” x 11” Thick Tan Card Stock
  • 1- 8½” x 11” Thick Off White Card Stock
  • 1- 3½” x 8” Note Pad
  • 12”x12” Thick Patterned Card Stock (Click Here for printable box diagram)
  • 3 Shades Burlap Material (Small pieces for flowers)
  • Jewels (To decorate flowers)
  • Hot Glue gun & glue sticks
  1. Click Here and print this printable on tan card stock.
  2. Cut out the days of the week.
  3. Arrange evenly on board.
  4. Glue days of the week onto board as shown.
  5. I cut out the word MENU (two-inch letters) with my Cricuit® (You can hand cut or buy sticker letters if you do not have a Cricuit®)
  6. Glue 'Menu' letters onto your board as shown.
  7. Glue Note Pad onto board as shown.
  8. Use chalk to write the menu items for that week.
  9. Create box out of the patterned paper to hold my recipe cards for the week. (Click Here for the box diagram printable)
  10. Draw around the diagram onto patterned paper.
  11. Cut out and fold it to make the box.
  12. Glue the backside of the box to the board as shown.
After you have followed all of the instructions you can add your burlap flowers and jewels. Here are a couple of videos that make it easy. Looped Burlap Flowers and Burlap Rose


Here is another fun DIY Menu Board that you can make. Remember, the colors I used on this one are kind of funky, so just use the colors what will work best for your kitchen and home decor!

DIY Magnet Menu Board

DIY Magnet Menu Board -

DIY Magnet Menu Board
  • 12”x12” Frame
  • 12”x12” Metal Sheet
  • 2 - 8½” x 11” Thick White Card Stock
  • 7 Small Clothes Pins
  • Teal, Lavender & Yellow Paint (Or colors of your choice)
  • Lavender/Purple Ribbon
  • 1 Wooden Spoon
  • 12”x12” Thick patterned Card Stock (Box pattern attached)
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  1. Paint wooden 12"x12" frame teal.
  2. Glue metal sheet into frame. (I had bought that at the craft store, too).
  3. Using white paper, I cut out the letters S, M, T, W, T, F, S (For the first letter of the days of the week)
  4. Glue letters on to sheet of metal as shown.
  5. Type or write your meals on white paper and cut out.
  6. Cut out "What’s For Dinner," (I used my Cricuit®, but you can hand cut)
  7. Glue words on to sheet of metal as shown.
  8. Click Here and print box diagrams on patterned paper. (Two boxes will need to be made. One for recipes that need to be used and one for recipes that you have used. This makes it easy to cycle through.)
  9. Cut the box pattern out, then lay it out on the backside of the paper, drawing around it.
  10. Cut out and fold to make boxes.
  11. Glue the backside to the sheet of metal as shown or add a strip of magnet to the bag so you can remove the boxes and move around at any time.
  12. Paint the wooden spoon yellow and allow to dry.
  13. Add ribbon bow around spoon.
  14. Glue spoon to frame edge as shown.
  15. Paint 7 small clothes pins.
  16. Glue on to metal sheet as shown or add magnet strip to the back of each clothes pin so that you can remove pins at any time.

There you have it. Two menu boards that serve double duty, adding some character to your kitchen and helping simplify your busy life.

Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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