Weekly Ad Recipe – Citrus Cocktail Smokies

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Get ready for the big game by preparing this cocktail smokies recipe. Instead of using BBQ sauce, change it up with a sweet and savory sauce. The pineapple juice and soy sauce give this recipe a whole new yummy twist! Enjoy….I did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Citrus Cocktail Smokies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Flour
  • 2 tsp. Ground Mustard
  • 1 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • ½ Cup White Vinegar
  • 1½ tsp. Soy Sauce
  • 2 Lbs. Cocktail Smokies
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, flour and mustard.
  2. Gradually stir in pineapple juice, vinegar and soy sauce.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Add sausages, stir to coat.
  5. Cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes longer or until heated through.
  6. Serve warm.

 

Cute as a Button Birthday

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Holly

Well my baby girl has turned one. Her name is Claire and she is the sweetest, cutest little thing, as most mothers would say about their children. When deciding what theme to do her birthday, I was considering “Cute as a Button” or “Bear” as we always call her Claire Bear. We obviously landed on “Cute as a Button” and decided to dress her up as a bear for Halloween.

In this blog I will share with you some things that we did to create this theme and give you all of the free printables you will need to make this happen at your home.

Invitations

I have to admit, I am a bit of a procrastinator and I let the invites slip this time. I wanted to send out these cute invitations I made, but I ended up just making a Facebook event and inviting people that way. It was faster than mailing it and the RSVP feature on Facebook is convenient. However, I would have preferred to send it out in the “Real” mail because I’m a bit old fashioned that way. Whichever way you do it, I have a printable for the “O’Fashioned” Invites here or Jpeg for you to use on your Facebook Event here.

Birthday Sign

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This birthday sign is pretty self-explanatory. You simply print the pieces, cut them out and glue them together. After that, all there is to do is punch two holes in each piece and string them together with some curling ribbon. Feel free to use whatever pieces you want. You could use only the “Happy 1st Birthday” without the buttons, or you could use only the “Happy Birthday” words if it is for a different age. Whatever you do, it is sure to be adorable. I hung mine on the wall with some pushpins and over matching crepe paper that I had also hung from pushpins, floor to ceiling.

Upcycled cans for décor

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Free Printable Tin Can Covers - www.cobornsblog.comThe name of my blog is “Practical Party Planning”, so here is a practical idea for you. Save your aluminum cans from your Food Club corn, beans or peaches, etc. and these will be come part of your décor. All you have to do is click here, print out the papers, cut to fit your different sized cans and wrap and attach. You have now matched your décor, have a recyclable decoration and have upcycled all in one shot.
I filled mine with matching artificial flowers from the dollar store and used one of them to hold the forks in my buffet line. They were super cute, and the hoarder in me would have wanted to keep them, but thankfully my husband recycled them when I was not looking, or else they would have been added to my stash!

Beverage Covers

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Free Printable Cute as a Button Beverage Covers - www.cobornsblog.comTo add to my décor I also made wraps to cover the cute little 7.5 ounce cans of Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist. Just as simple as wrapping the aluminum cans, and just as cute. To decipher which can is what you could use the green covers on the Sierra Mist, the polka dot on a Diet Pepsi and maybe the pink on a Mountain Dew.

I also made little wraps to cover the Food Club Drinking Water bottles I bought from Coborn’s, click here for those. Fun and festive!

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Favors

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Free Printable Cute as a Button Theatre Candy Covers - www.cobornsblog.comI enjoy giving little favors to the kids who come to the party, just a little something for them to take home. While shopping at Coborn’s I found a sale on the movie theatre candy, 10 for $10. I decided on Nerds and grabbed as many as I would need so each kid would get one box. Of course, I would then need to make these match as well! So click here to get the free printable to wrap around your boxes of candy. There is also a nametag included that you can attach on each box. You could even write a sweet little note on each one too, whatever you prefer.

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Now this one I do not have a free printable for you because… well…. it can’t be printed. But I wanted to mention it to you anyway. To make Claire’s outfit for the day, because it obviously has to match, I sewed matching buttons on a white shirt in the shape of the number one. If you have basic sewing skills you should be able to pull this off. I paired it with a matching tutu and there we go, as cute as a button I would say!

The Cake

Next to the wedding cake the first “Dig-In” cake is the most important, right? Typically I like to make my own cake for my kids’ birthdays but I needed a break. With planning the party, getting the food ready, decorating and cleaning the house, I decided to leave this task to the professionals.

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Cute as a Button Birthday Ideas - www.cobornsblog.comI stopped at my local Coborn’s in Sartell on Pine Cone Road and ordered my cakes from my favorite cake decorator, Amanda. You may know her, she writes a cake blog for Coborn’s, check it out! I simply told Amanda my theme and gave her a copy of the invitations so she could match the look. I then told her that I wanted a cute “dig-in” cake to be in the shape of a bear, just to get in the “Claire Bear” theme at least once.
Needless to say, I was VERY happy with the results. Chocolate cake, whipped frosting and a beautiful design, it can’t get much better than that! As you can see from the photos, Claire loved the cake as well. I served it with Food Club Chocolate/Vanilla ice cream and it was perfect!

The Food

Cute as a Button Birthday Party - www.cobornsblog.comCute as a Button Birthday with Free Printables - www.cobornsblog.comI knew that I would have last minute cleaning to do in the morning so I didn’t want to spend too much time fussing with food, so here is what I served: egg bake, Sweet P’s mini muffins and grape clusters. Click here for the egg bake recipe. I mixed up the egg bake the night before and simply put in the oven the morning of the party. I served that with the mini muffins and grapes that were simple enough to get onto my buffet and for beverages we had the water and soda pop and I made a pitcher of Food Club Sugar-Free Lemonade and had some Champagne and OJ to make Mimosas for the adults. I bought matching plates, cups and napkins from the local party store to complete the look.

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

*Please note that the printables may not appear as they do shown in the images. However, once you download them they would be correct. So I would suggest downloading the images and not just print from the link.

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Simply Spooky Oreo Cookies

Simply Spooky Oreos

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Holly

Halloween is almost here and it is one of my favorite holidays. It is so fun decorating, dressing up and trick-or-treating with the kids. This year my sister-in-law is hosting a Halloween Party and we are all to bring something to share. I will be bringing these “Simply Spooky” Oreo Cookies.

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkins

I don’t know about you but Oreos are my all-time favorite cookies. Every variety they come out with are absolutely delicious. This year I noticed they have a Pumpkin Spice Oreo. I was intrigued… and not disappointed. They are amazing. I decided to “Spice” them up a bit, pun intended, and make them into little pumpkins. I added a half of a pretzel stick in the frosting to create the look of a stem I then added orange frosting to the tops and a little fleck of green near the stem to look like leaves. I made the frosting by mixing heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar until I reached a desired consistency. I then added some yellow and red dye to make my orange and green with a bit of yellow to make my bright green for the leaves. This frosting combination works well because it sets up nice and gets a little firm, but still tastes good and does not take away from the flavor of the cookie.

Oreo Spiders

For my Oreo spiders I used the original Oreos. I again mixed up my heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar frosting to dab on some eyes and simply opened the cookies and put in some Pull ‘N’ Peel Twizzlers to look like legs. After I finished these cookies I felt that they appeared to resemble little crabs. So even though I am not a black licorice fan, I think I will use black next time to make them look more like spiders.

Monster Cookies

These “Monster Cookies” I made really are Monster Cookies. I simply purchased a package of fresh Monster Cookies from the Coborn’s Bakery and added Monster Eyes. I made the Monster Eyes by carefully twisting apart Mini Oreos. Using the side with the frosting as the eyeball and adding a brown Reese’s Pieces as the pupil. I then smeared a small amount of frosting on the back of the eye and attached it to my Monster Cookie. Three Cookies in one, and oh so spooky!

I hope you enjoy these Simply Spooky Oreo Cookies this Halloween!

Party On,
Holly

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6 Simple Halloween Party Ideas

6 Simple Halloween Party Ideas

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Hi and happy October! Halloween this year falls on a Saturday and I can just hear the buzz in the air with all the planning for those spooktacular parties that everyone will either be hosting or attending.
Life is so busy and I’m sitting here putting together some quick appetizers for my Halloween party that I’m hosting this year. So you know me by now I love to talk and share recipes with anyone that wants to listen

Festive Halloween Punch

Festive Halloween Punch

I first started with a festive Halloween Punch. If you want to impress your guests and get that really eerie atmosphere then dry ice is the key to any party. I found a small bowl and put it in an extra larger bowl. So in between each of the bowls I placed chunks of dry ice. Make sure to always use gloves when working with dry ice or you will burn yourself. Here is the punch recipe that I put together.

So right when your guests arrive, pour warm water in between those two bowls over the dry ice. It is just the coolest look and your guests will love it.

Festive Halloween Punch
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Can Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
  • 1 Can Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
  • 2 Liters Sierra Mist or Sprite
Instructions
  1. Mix together and it’s ready to go!!

 

Out of your Gourd

Out Of Your Gourd

I wanted to stay with the Halloween theme but still wanted to serve other refreshments so on my way home today I stopped at our local Coborn’s Liquor store and the great guy that helped me suggested to serve a Pumpkin Beer, after learning more about the beers from the staff I decided to get the “Your Out of Your Gourd” Pumpkin Porter.

Simple Halloween Meatballs

Simple Halloween Meatballs

I always seem to be short on time and I just don’t always have time to make homemade meatballs so I picked up the next best thing. If you haven’t tried them make sure to check out Simek’s Meatballs. They are awesome and the best part is all you have to do is drop them in a Crock Pot and add Ol’West BBQ Sauce. They are fully cooked so just turn the heat on low setting for an hour. Too add to the festiveness, I added these cute little appetizer picks. Click here and you can make them as well. Simply print, cut-out and attach to some toothpicks. Place one pick in each meatball and serve.

Bare Bones Meat & Cheese Tray

Bare Bones Meat & Cheese Tray

My next spooky appetizer couldn’t get any easier. All I did was slice a variety of cheese and meat and placed it on a tray surrounded by an assortment of crackers. Then I looked through some of my Halloween decorations and found this skeleton that I thought would look so awesome!

Pumpkin Fluff

Pumpkin Fluff

Now every party has to have some kind of sweet desserts so I found a very quick recipe and to add to my Halloween theme I bought one of those cute little pumpkins and carved it out and used it as a serving bowl. Here is the pumpkin spread that I prepared.

Mix all together and serve in a bowl or mini pumpkin. Don’t forget to serve them with Nilla Wafers, Gingersnaps or Cinnamon Graham Crackers. They are so yummy and have a perfect pumpkin spice flavor!

Pumpkin Fluff
 
Ingredients
  • 15 Oz. Can Pumpkin Puree
  • 5 Oz. Instant Vanilla Pudding Package
  • ¼ tsp. Pumpkin Spice
  • 16 Oz. Whipped Topping
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix well & top with a sprinkle of Cinnamon or Pumpkin Spice
  3. Serve with Vanilla Wafers, Gingers Snaps or Pumpkin Spice Cookies!

 

Witch’s Brooms

Witch's Brooms

Last but not least you just have to have some kind of chocolate at your party don’t you?? Well here are some cute little goodie to share and they are so very easy to make. Just unwrap individual pieces of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and tip them upside down. Insert a pretzel stick and you have a Witch’s Broom.

 

Whether you are the party planner or the guest, I hope your Halloween weekend is safe, festive and filled with treats!

Jayne
Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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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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