A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

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Wow how the summer has flown by and now we enter into August. The last month before school starts and everyone’s summer becomes a memory. The flower gardens still look very nice and soon the fall mums will be coloring our front porches. With all the summer and fall colors that brighten our world we still look at roses to be a special flower. Yes some of us are able to grow them in our short MN growing season but our greenhouse growers still do a great job providing us with them year round.

During the month of August we have a rose special of a dozen roses for only $7.99, which is a savings of $7.00. This gives our guests a great opportunity to have fresh flowers in their homes and offices. It’s a great time to give someone a gift of roses. They can be a friend, neighbor, family member or the love of your life. There is a saying that certain colored roses mean different things, but that isn’t as important as choosing the color that strikes your eye. Some people just love orange or yellow or pink, and because they’ve been told that red is for love, that’s the color they go with. Well people, it’s time to pick your colors and enjoy roses for their beauty.  The colors have been grown in so many different shades and colors and bi-colors that anything goes.

Even though I’ve attached the meaning of the roses on the bottom does not mean I agree or disagree with the meanings, it’s just that everyone needs to choose by personal preference. Personally I like to mix it up a little bit and get different colors by the mood I’m in, or by what mood my husband is in.

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Dar
Coborn’s Floral Manager, Sauk Rapids, MN

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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!

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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
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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,
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Jayne's Garden Party – Including 4 delicious recipes!

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Are you as sick of the rain as much as I am?  I thought I would never say that after the drought we had a few years ago, but enough is enough. Summer is the time I look forward to celebrating outdoors. I love working in my flower garden but between the rain and those nasty mosquitoes I haven’t had the chance to enjoy them as much as I normally would. So I thought the next best thing I could do is throw a garden party with some of my friends on the back patio and show off some of those beautiful flowers. So I sat down one morning and planned out my menu.

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail Salad

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I wanted to start off with a salad that would WOW my friends and I had gotten this recipe from my mom a few years back and fell in love with it. Number one reason why?? Anyone that loves Bloody Marys will love this recipe. It has no alcohol in it but it has all the flavors of a great Bloody Mary and the taste of fresh Grape Tomatoes makes this recipe outstanding.

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Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail Salad
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Red and/or Yellow Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • ½ Cup Celery, diagonally sliced
  • ¼ Cup Scallion, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. Celery Salt
  • 1 Lemon
  • ¼ Cup Chili Sauce
  • 2 tsp. Prepared Horseradish, drained
  • ⅛ tsp. Pepper
  • ½ Lb. Cooked Shrimp, peeled and deveined
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, toss tomatoes with celery, scallion and celery salt; let stand for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  2. In separate bowl, grate 1 tsp. zest of lemon and squeeze 1-T. juice from lemon; stir in chili sauce, horseradish and pepper, then stir into tomato mixture.
  3. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  4. Divide tomato mixture among 4 glasses or dishes and top with shrimp.
  5. If desired, garnish with lemon and celery leaves.

Pink Lemonade Cocktail

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Next I wanted something to drink that would scream “refreshing” for a hot summer day and I found the solution. This recipe is perfect for your next garden party, hot summer night or a picnic by the lake.

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Pink Lemonade Cocktail
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 12 Oz. Container Frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate
  • 2½ Cups Cold Water
  • 1½ Cups Lemon-Citrus Rum
  • ¼ Cup Triple Sec
  • 2 Cups Ice Cubes
  • 4 Lemon Slices
  • 12 Oz. Can Lemon Lime Soft Drink (Sprite)
Instructions
  1. In a 2-quart pitcher, stir together frozen pink lemonade concentrate, water, rum and triple sec until blended.
  2. Add ice cubes and lemon slices.
  3. Top with lemon-lime soft drink; stir lightly.
  4. Serve immediately in ice-filled glasses.
  5. If desired, garnish with lemon slices.
Notes
This drink can be made without alcohol just by making the lemonade like it says on the package and just adding some lemon-lime soda to it.

 

Italian Roast Beef & Turkey Sandwich

Italian Roast Beef & Turkey Sandwich Receipe and other great recipes for your next Garden Party - www.cobornsblog.comNow for the main entrée and I wanted something simple so I decided to serve this sandwich.  I think this was not only a hit for the party but it was also a hit in the kitchen for me because it was so easy and quick to make.

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Italian Roast Beef & Turkey Sandwich
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Chipotle Flavored Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Loaf Crusty Italian Bread, halved lengthwise
  • 6 Leaves Romaine Lettuce, torn
  • 4 Oz. Deli-Sliced Roast Beef
  • 4 Oz. Deli-Sliced Turkey Breast
  • 3-4 Slices Deli-Sliced Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tomato, sliced
  • ¼ Cup Sliced Banana Peppers, drained (optional)
  • Large Pimento-Stuffed Spanish olives
Instructions
  1. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, Chipotle flavored mayonnaise and chopped cilantro.
  2. Spread mixture over cut sides of bread.
  3. Arrange half of lettuce on bottom half of bread.
  4. Top with roast beef, turkey, cheese, tomatoes, banana peppers and remaining lettuce.
  5. Cover with bread top.
  6. If desired, before serving garnish with olives threaded onto toothpicks

 

Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa Receipe and other great recipes for your next Garden Party - www.cobornsblog.comNow it’s time for dessert and I was looking for something light and since we are in the heart of berry season I thought I would come up with something where I could use those fresh wonderful strawberries that make my mouth water every time I see them in the grocery store. Well sure enough I found the perfect recipe.  Wait until you try this recipe with the chocolate covered graham crackers. Ooooo la la! They were fantastic.

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Strawberry Salsa
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Strawberries hulled and chopped
  • 1 Cup Fresh Pineapple, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1 T. Fresh Mint, chopped
  • ¾ tsp. Grated Lemon Zest
  • ½ tsp. Sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine strawberries, pineapple, mint, lemon zest and sugar and mix together.
  2. If desired you can garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  3. Serve with ginger snap cookies or chocolate covered graham cracker cookies.

Now for putting the finishing touches together by creating a table setting that your friends will love.  You don’t have to spend a ton of money on decorations for your party just look around your home and it’s amazing what you can find for ideas. Here are a few that I want to share with you.

  • Bring out pillows to create a relaxed atmosphere on your chairs.
  • Hang pretty paper lanterns in the trees or from the porch railing.
  • Make sure to add candles or fill small lanterns with tea lights surrounded by petals.
  • Mix and match linens and dishes, in pale, pretty colors. Try white and pink together or baby blue and peach or yellow.
  • Top your table with a vase of cut blooms, herbs or greenery.  Have an extra watering can and fill them with flowers and put near your entryway of the patio.
  • I also added a little country touch to my garden party and since I do canning towards the fall I had empty jars to serve the lemonade in. I just love the look of the old fashioned striped paper straws and believe it or not I found them at our local craft store under $2.00. They just add that extra special touch.

Now I had pretty much everything planned except the weather and as we all know that is the one thing you can’t do in the great state of Minnesota. Well wouldn’t you know a half hour before my garden party was to start it rained and I was defiantly not a happy camper.  Fortunately I did not have my table set so I was ok. Within 10 minutes the sun was out and everything turned out perfect. My neighbor Donna, my son’s girlfriend MacKenzie and Holly my co-worker and fellow blogger joined me for a perfect afternoon luncheon. Hopefully this gives you some simple easy ideas for you to create your own garden party or any fun occasion.  Enjoy…we did!

Garden Party Giveaway!

WIN ME! Pin, Share and/or Tweet this blog for your chance at winning this Begerage Dispenser! One Winner chosen on July 31, 2014. #JaynesGardenPartyWell it’s been a while since I have given something away on my blog so I believe it is time again!
I’m giving away this 2-Tier Stackable Ice Cube Glass Beverage Dispenser! It will be PERFECT for your next Garden Party!

This Giveaway has now ended. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Eva H. who shops at our Albertville Coborn’s, she WON the beverage dispenser.

 

 

– Jayne
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Valentine Crispy Bars

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Hello again! Are you ready for your next sweet project? I thought we could mix it up a bit this time around; let’s switch out the cake for another tasty snack. I have also found an assistant to help me here in my kitchen at home, my two year old son. I think you should find yourself a little helper too and find time to create this fun little Valentine’s Day treat.

I thought we could make some extra flashy crispy bars. Why not put a little pizazz in an old classic? You’ll need your favorite crispy bar recipe and ingredients, a bit of red food coloring, a baking pan, a heart shaped cookie cutter, and Fruit by the Foot. I made sure to buy red, strawberry flavored, Fruit by the Foot, I didn’t think the green and orange swirl would look very valentinish.

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The first stage is simple; you make some crispy bars. While I was melting the marshmallows and butter I let my assistant butter up a pan. I chose a deep cookie tray versus a cake pan. Why? My cookie cutter wasn’t very tall, so I needed to make thinner bars so I could cut all the way through. Also, the cutter was a bit large width wise and I didn’t want massive, thick bars. But you can make these guys as big as your hunger demands.

Once the marshmallows are melted you add a bit of your food coloring, stirring it in. After you have created some nice, pink goo you add your cereal and stir some more.

Then you pan it up and pat, pat, pat. My young protégé enjoyed the smashing process, but who doesn’t? Just make sure the goo has cooled down enough to avoid burning little fingers.

After admiring our work my son decided we needed more marshmallows (I think he wanted an excuse to eat more while I wasn’t looking) so we poked some into the bars to make polk-a-dots. Sometimes two heads are better than one.

Shape into hearts

The next step is easy enough; making bars in the shape of hearts. I tried it two ways, and both ways worked well enough. First we just cut the shapes out with the cutter. Pretty straight forward. You may need to reshape the bar a bit but it’s easy for little hands to help with this method.

This method left a lot of scraps. They were still pretty sticky and pliable. I took chunks and pressed them into the cookie cutter, packing it solid. This produced bars that were much more dense and held their shape well. However, it was more time consuming and your thumbs may get sore if you plan to do lots of them.

Top it off

At this point you can call it done and start chowing down with your favorite sweetheart. But I can’t just leave it like that. It needs a little extra something special! This is where the Fruit by the Foot comes in. We are going to make cute little bows!

  • I cut six inch long strips, making a little mark at the half way point.
  • Next fold one side to the middle, then fold the other side to the middle. The secret to making it stick is to smear a little dab of water. Just enough to make the fruit roll sticky.
  • Now you give the middle a pinch.
  • For the finishing touch take a small bit of the fruit roll, about an inch or so, and wrap it around the center. Have the ends meet on the underside of the bow. Hold it in place with a little smear of water. This hides where the two ends meet and keeps the pinch tight.

Now one side of your bow should look like you tied a bow from ribbon. Repeat, repeat, repeat. With a bit of patience my helper was able to make a few bows as well. Of course, by this point his will power was waning and he couldn’t resist eating our supplies. So mom took over.

The last step is to attach the bows to the bars. If the bars are still warm you may be able to get them to stick with a little pressure. I ended up putting another dab of water on the bottom of the bow before pressing them on. After letting them sit a bit the bows stayed on well enough for me to package the bars and move them around.

I hope you find time to try making these this February. There will be enough chocolate floating around for Valentine’s Day, try something different. And most importantly take time out to make them with your sweetie.