Back to School

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Well folks it’s that time of year again- I hope you all had a fabulous summer and remember we do still have 1 more month let of summer season before,  its BACK TO SCHOOL! Continue reading “Back to School”

Valentine Sundaes

DIY Valentine Sundes - - Crafty Creations with Lynell

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
  • 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.
  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,

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Weekly Ad Recipe – Fresh Sole With Almonds

Fresh Sole With AlmondsSo many of my friends think it is so difficult to prepare fish and so they don’t purchase it. I’m here to end that myth. This fish recipe is baked and has a hint of citrus and I love how easy and fast I can put this together after I get home from work. It is usually ready in 25 minutes or less. To compliment the fish I serve brown rice and green beans along side it.


1 Lb.  Dover Sole Fillet
1/3 Cup  Almonds, sliced (optional)
3 T.  Margarine Or Butter, at room temperature
1.5 T.  Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp.  Salt
Cooking Spray


Spray shallow baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; place fish in single layer. Mix the almonds, margarine, lemon juice and salt. Spoon this mixture over the fish. Bake uncovered in 450°F oven for 4-6 minutes per 1/2 inch of thickness, until internal temperature reaches 145°F.
Makes 4 Servings

Suggested Wine Pairing

Chateau Ste Michelle Pinot Gris
This Pinot Gris is reminiscent of a lighter Italian style Pinot Grigio.  Its fresh aromas of pear and fig make it a perfect match with fish.

Fresh Sole With Almonds
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Cooking With Nuts

Courtesy: CA Almond Board

Recipes for Nuts

Nuts can get a bad rap – but in moderation – they’re really, really good for you. October 22 is National Nut Day – so let’s grab a handful and start cooking with nuts!

Need some convincing that nuts are a good part of your diet? This article from Cooking Light Magazine details the good fats in nuts to help our hearts, how nuts’ Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes and how nuts are full of vitamin E, folic acid, niacin, copper, magnesium and potassium. All of those nutrients are key to staying healthy. Continue reading “Cooking With Nuts”

Easy Road Trip Snacks

Easy and Affordable Snacks for the Road

Fruits and vegetables are always ideal family snacks but are not always travel-friendly. When you’re thinking about what to bring with you on your family’s road trips this summer – we have plenty of portable options. Continue reading “Easy Road Trip Snacks”