Weekly Ad Recipes – Father’s Day Treat Ideas

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Pink Polka Dot Cake

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Well, my oldest daughter is now a three year old. Of course, as a Mom, I want to give her whatever she wants and this year, for her birthday, she wanted to have a pink bowling party. So we went bowling and ordered pizzas, pretty simple. But, I couldn’t just let it end with that. So we went back to our house and had cake, ice cream and presents!

Pink Party

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Practical Party Planning with Holly - www.cobornsblog.comWhen I asked Grace what kind of party she wanted, because if you know me you know there must be a theme, she said “pink”. Well we did PINK! For decoration we had pink tissue paper balls, pink balloons, pink crepe paper streamers, pink plates, pink polka dot treat bags, pink polka dot napkins, pink cups and pink polka dot straws. I served pink lemonade, pink ice cream and pink cake with pink icing. It was pretty cute and Grace loved it all. Planning any kind of get together can get really stressful, but as I was icing the cake and Grace looked and me and said “I really like my pink cake Mom!” it made all the fuss worth it.

With all of my pink decorations and white polka dots on the napkins, straws and crepe paper, I decided to make a polka dot cake to match. It turned out super cute and was really easy. So I want to share with you how I made it so you can do it too!

Pink Polka Dot Cake #DIY - www.cobornsblog.comIcing the Cake and Cupcakes

First off, I made two 9” round cakes and 24 cupcakes with two strawberry box cake mixes. After they cooled I began to ice the cakes. We love the buttercream icing from the Coborn’s Bakery, so I went over to the bakery and got the “Good Stuff”. They sell it in the cases by the cupcakes and they typically have white and a couple other random colors to choose from. I bought two and a half pounds, but I should have just bought three because I ran out before all 24 cupcakes were iced.  I put A LOT of icing on the cake. So you may be able to get away with only two pounds. I colored the icing myself at home to make the best color match, however if you wanted a certain color, I would think the nice people in the bakery would dye some for you. Long story short, I iced my two round cakes together to make a higher cake with an icing layer in the middle. I did that with just a butter knife. I then did a simple icing of the cupcakes with a pastry bag and round tip. Click here for more ways to ice a cupcake.

Decorating the cakes

Pink Polka Dot Cupcakes #DIY - www.cobornsblog.comThe next steps are really easy. I bought Over The Top Party Pink Sanding Sugar from the cake aisle along with Over The Top White Sugar Beads.  I simply sprinkled the top of the cake with the Sanding Sugar. Then I took the White Sugar Beads and created a polka dot pattern on the top of the cake to match the décor. I used the rest of the beads to make a border against the plate and the bottom of the cake and voila, the cake is now decorated. For the cupcakes, I sprinkled the Party Pink Sanding Sugar on half of the cupcakes and did one White Sugar Bead on the top of the other half of cupcakes, this way they all coordinated with the cake, but were a little different.

Making the Cake Topper

Now on to the cake topper. I had purchased polka dot pink straws from the party store when I purchased my tableware, but who really uses a straw? So I knew I would have leftovers to use for my cake. I took three straws to use for my cake topper. Next I took three pink paper plates to cut out circles for my saying. My Mom has a Cricut™ cutting machine that we used to cut out white vinyl letters to write out “Grace is three”.   I then placed the vinyl on the round circles. Next I simply hot glued the straws to the back of the circles. The last thing I had to do was to arrange the straws and stick them into the cake. I also placed a pink number three candle and my cake was complete.

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I realize that you may not all have a Cricut™ cutting machine at home, so I made Free Printables for you so you can make these at home. Obviously I do not know the name of the person for whom you are making the cake, so the printables read “Happy 3rd Birthday”. Each printable has four sheets. Sheet one has the Happy, Birthday and 1st – 5th circles. Sheet two has 6th – 14th circles, sheet 3 has 15th – 21st circles and the fourth sheet has 30th – 100th, by decade. Click the links below for different colors. I made a pink version, green version, blue version and one white version with just black text so you can print on whatever color you wish. I would just suggest using a heavy/thick card stock so that the circle stand up nicely against the straws, if you do not have a heavy/thick card stock, you can just glue the circle a little farther down the straw to add a little stability.

 

This cake and these cupcakes are cute and fun for any birthday party. I hope you can use some of the ideas I gave you here to make your own!

 

Party On,
Holly
Coborn’s, Inc. Consumer Content Manager

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Weekly Ad Recipe – Parmesan Chicken In Cream Sauce

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If you want a quick, easy recipe that is done in 30 minutes or less this is the recipe for you. This is definitely my husbands all-time favorite meal and also one of my favorites. Just a quick tip that I tried, instead of plain white rice I made Chicken Flavor Rice-a-Roni. We both loved it. It gave the recipe even more flavor and now that’s the only way we make this dish. The sauce really puts this meal over the top. I know what I’m making for dinner tonight. Enjoy….I will!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Parmesan Chicken In Cream Sauce
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Instant Rice, uncooked
  • 14.5 Oz. Chicken Broth, divided
  • 6 Snack Crackers, finely crushed
  • 2 T. Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 14-15 Oz. Boneless Skinless Pkg. Chicken Tenders
  • 2 tsp. Oil
  • ½ Cup Chive & Onion Cream Cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook rice as directed on package, using 1.25 cups of the broth and ½ cup water.
  2. Mix cracker crumbs and parmesan on plate.
  3. Rinse chicken with cold water and then dip chicken in crumb mixture, turning to coat both sides.
  4. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet on medium heat.
  5. Add chicken; cook 5-6 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  6. Transfer to plate; cover to keep warm.
  7. Add remaining broth and cream cheese to skillet; bring to boil, stirring constantly.
  8. Cook 3 minutes or until thickened and then spoon over chicken.
  9. Serve with rice.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing Bread & Butter Chardonnay

 

Red, White & Blue Cakes!

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Red, White & Blue JELL-O Cake with Berries

With the Forth of July coming up, it’s a great time to make some red, white and blue treats. One of my favorite cakes to make for the holiday is the classic JELL-O Cake. It’s super easy to make and you can decorate it with fresh fruit in a patriotic pattern.

All you have to do is make a white cake in a 9”x13” cake pan. Go the easy route and just make it from a box mix. The box cake mixes these days are delicious and moist, but if you are a stickler for the real thing, use your favorite white cake recipe. The key to the JELL-O Cake is to poke holes in the cake while it is still warm. Use the handle of a wooden spoon or fork for this. After you poke the holes in the cake, make up a small box of red or blue JELL-O gelatin, according to the package directions, I used Food Club Raspberry gelatin. While the gelatin is still in liquid form, pour slowly and evenly over the cake until all the gelatin is absorbed. Place the cake in the fridge to let the gelatin set.

While you are waiting for the gelatin to set, get your fruit ready. Wash the blueberries, strawberries and raspberries that you will use on the top of your cake.

Red, White and Blue JELL-O Cake with Berries. - Delicious and Easy! www.cobornsblog.comAfter your cake is completely cooled, and the gelatin is set up, take it out of the fridge, and frost the top with an 8 oz. tub of thawed Food Club whipped topping, and arrange your fruit in a pattern of your choice. You can use the blueberries for the blue corner of a flag and the strawberries and raspberries in rows for the stripes on the flag. However, I decided to do a diagonal stripe pattern so that each piece had a variety of fruits on top. Once you are done you have a beautiful, patriotic cake before serving that will look just as wonderful when you cut into it and reveal the colors inside.

Everyone is going to devour this dessert, but on the off chance that you do have a piece or two left over, it needs to be covered and stored in the refrigerator. Keep watch on the cake when serving outside on a hot day, the cool whip does tend to melt quickly.

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Red, White and Blue Layed Cupcakes. Simple and Festive! www.cobornsblog.comAnother great idea that is perfect for a Forth of July get together is Red, White and Blue Layer Cupcakes. They are easy to make and easy to serve. You can make them festive by preparing a box of white cake mix and dividing it into three equal portions. Leave one portion white, and use food coloring to tint one portion red and the other blue. Put your cupcake liners in the pan, and using an ice cream scoop or spoon, fill each cup with some of each of the three colors. Bake and directed, and when the cupcakes are cooled, frost with white icing and sprinkle with Over the Top’s red and blue sprinkles from Coborn’s.

I hope that you have a wonderful Fourth of July holiday and are able to enjoy some sweet treats!

– Alison
Coborn’s Bakery Manager
St. Cloud, MN – Cooper Ave.

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