Piñata Cake

Piñata Cake

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Like a Piñata this cake is colorful and likes to make appearances at special occasions. Unlike a Piñata you don’t have to resort to getting out the sweet treats inside with sticks and a blindfold. The best part? Instead of a pile of paper and cardboard you get cake to eat along with your candy!

This cake is great for any candy lover or to reveal a special message. You could fill it with pink or blue candies to make an announcement at a baby shower. Maybe put a big candy ring inside to pop the question! Fill it with colorful candies and watch the kids at the party ooo and ahh when, “Surprise!”, their cake spills a rainbow of fun.
Any small candies will work to use, it works best to choose items with a  candy shell to prevent them from sticking to each other inside the cake. You could also do sprinkles, chocolate chips, maybe cookies pieces or even roly poly fruit like blueberries.
Check out this video for step by step instructions on creating your own Piñata Cake at home.

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Valentine Sundaes

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DIY How to make a Valentine Sundae - www.cobornsblog.comValentine’s Day is always a special time to celebrate with loved ones. This cold day in February has an extra special meaning for me; it was the day my second son, Mathew, was born. I remember it like it was yesterday, a big Minnesota snow storm outside and a sweet baby boy in. Year after year, it was heart-shaped cake after heart-shaped cake. Mathew begged me to make something else. So this year, I will be making my son a fun little gift in a glass. Today I am going to share this idea with you and you can make this festive gift for your friends and family. I call it the Valentine Sundae.

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DIY Valentine Sundaes
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Ingredients
  • Glasses: Think how many Valentine Sundaes you want to make. Consider the size and shape you want based on the candy you choose.
  • Candy or Nuts: Consider colorful items to go into the glass.
  • Something White: Taffy, Marshmallows, Curling Ribbon, Bow, White Carnations, and Cotton Balls could all work.
  • Flexible Straws
  • Toothpicks
  • Something to resemble a Cherry on Top: A Red Sucker or Red Heart Candy would be perfect.
Instructions
  1. Put 1 straw in the center of the sundae glass.
  2. Keeping it straight, add a little bit of candy around the straw so that the straw stays in place.
  3. Add one or two more straws and bend those two straws.
  4. Add more candy, filling the glass.
  5. Put curled ribbon (or whatever your white items are) on top of the candy.
  6. Put a toothpick in 1 candy heart set in the middle straw; if the straw is too tall, cut off part of the straw.

If you need a few ideas, remember that most kids love Skittles, men often love peanuts and pistachios, and most all women love chocolate.

Giving a Valentine Sundae is a fun and easy way to brighten the day of your teachers, friends, co-workers, moms, dads, significant other, grandparents, day-care-providers, coaches etc.

Happy Crafting,
Lynell

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Tailgating Tips and Recipes

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We all have some kind of hidden talent.  When asked to do a blog on tailgating recipes, I jumped for joy and did a little happy dance!  My forte is appetizers.  I love making them, I love serving them to my family and friends, and I definitely love to eat them.  In fact, every few months I don’t make dinner,  I announce to my family that it is “appetizer night” and they love it.  What makes it even better is when you add a theme to the night like “tailgating”.

Since we can’t go to the game, we can plan a tailgating party right in our own backyard.  If the weather doesn’t cooperate, I set up in the family room, kitchen or even the game room or garage.  So, let’s get started.

I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing food, because I don’t want to miss a minute of the game.  I have a few recipes that are easy & can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.  Let’s start off with a simple recipe for a Bloody Mary.  Next is the appetizer, soup as the main entrée and a quick sweet treat.

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Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups Clamato Juice, chilled
  • 2 T. Dill Pickle Juice
  • 1 T. Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¼ tsp. Celery Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. Hot Pepper Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Vodka, optional
  • 2 Celery Ribs
  • 2 Pepperoini Snack Sticks
  • 2 Dill Pickle Spears
  • 2 Pitted Ripe Olives
  • Lime Wedges
Instructions
  1. In a small pitcher, combine the first six ingredients.
  2. Stir in vodka if desired.
  3. Pour into two glasses filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with celery, snack sticks, pickles, olives and lime wedge.
  5. I have also garnished with cocktail shrimp and asparagus.

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Brat Nachos

Brat Nachos
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 16 Oz. Fully Cooked Smoked Bratwurst, sliced
  • ½ Cup Onions, sliced
  • 1 Small Red Pepper, sliced
  • 3 Cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2½ tsp. Flour
  • 1 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • ¾ Cup Beer
  • Tortilla Chips
Instructions
  1. Sauté bratwurst for one minute in a large skillet.
  2. Add onions, peppers and garlic clove.
  3. Cook 4-5 minutes longer until vegetables are tender.
  4. Set aside and keep warm.
  5. In a large bowl, combine cheese and flour.
  6. In a large saucepan, add beer and cook over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  8. Add a handful of cheese mixture, and stir constantly.
  9. Continue adding cheese, one handful at a time allowing cheese to almost completely melt between additions.
  10. Arrange tortilla chips on a large serving platter.
  11. Spoon cheese mixture over chips and then top with bratwurst mixture.
  12. Serve immediately.

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Chili with Cheese

Chili with Cheese
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. Ground Beef
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 3 10 Oz. Cans Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies, undrained
  • 28 Oz. Can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 4 oz. Cans Chopped Green Chilies
  • ½ tsp. Pepper
  • 4 Oz. Velveeta Process Cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, onions and garlic until the internal temperature of meat reaches at least 160 degrees.
  2. Drain.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, chilies and pepper.
  4. Bring to boil.
  5. Reduce heat.
  6. Simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Stir in cheese until melted. (You can add more cheese if you like it cheesier.) Serve immediately.

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M & M Snack Bars

M & M Snack Bars
Serves: 36
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ Cups Pretzel Sticks, broke in half
  • 2 Cups Corn Chex
  • 1½ Cups M & M’s
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • ½ Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 5 Cups Miniature Marshmallows
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine pretzels, cereal and M & M ‘s.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt butter and peanut butter.
  3. Add marshmallows; cook and stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.
  4. Pour over pretzel mixture.
  5. Stir to coat.
  6. Press into a greased 13 x 9 inch pan.
  7. Cool until firm, cut into squares and serve.

Here are a couple extra hints to make your next tailgating party a success with your guests.

  • Keep the menu simple and the recipes quick and easy.
  • When planning the menu choose food that is easy to eat while standing.
  • Choose food that can be made ahead of time.
  • Don’t forget those special decorations like, your favorite team colors for plates, napkins and tablecloths, football dishware, balloons, etc.

Last but not least…..GO VIKINGS!! And enjoy….I did!

Jayne
Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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