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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Flaming German Mulled Wine (Feuerzangenbowle)

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My parents have celebrated the holidays with many cultural traditions, often revolving around foods and drinks. Because they spent the first three years of their marriage living in Germany, many of the traditions my folks hold most dear tie back into their newlywed days. One of our favorites as a family is the Feuerzangenbowle.

Feuerzangenbowle is a traditional German mulled wine drink that features warm, spiced wine that is sweetened with a rum-soaked flaming sugar cone. It’s often served during Christmas or New Year’s celebrations and is a beautiful presentation at a dimly lit evening party. The German name Feuerzangenbowle translates to “fire-tongs punch.” Some people ask if this is gluehwein, which is the German name for the mulled wine, only it’s without the flaming sugar cone.

We begin by making a sugar cone a few days ahead of time, giving it some time to dry out and set up. Then we heat the wine mixture (being careful not to boil it), place a metal grate over the pot, place a sugar cone atop the grate, and spoon some Bacardi 151 over the top of the cone. We then light the cone on fire and enjoy the beautiful flames that dance in tall blue swirls above the punch. As the sugar begins to carmelize and drip into the wine, it makes smooth sizzling noises. When the flames die down, if there is any sugar left, we simply spoon more rum over the sugar cone until all the sugar has melted and mixed with the wine. The sweet mulled wine punch is then stirred and served in mugs.

Sugar Cone

Sugar Cone
  • 1 Cup Fine Cane Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Water
  • ½ Cup Bacardi 151
  1. Mix water and sugar well with a fork.
  2. Scoop a third of the mixture into a tall beer glass or other cone-shaped form and press it firmly (I use the back of a melon baller).
  3. With fork, rough up the top ¼” of the pressed sugar.
  4. Scoop, press, and rough the top twice more until all the sugar is in the mold.
  5. Once it is firmly packed, flip the mold over and tap a few times to pop the cone out.
  6. Once it falls, remove the mold.
  7. Set aside for a day or more.
  8. The cone will be about 6 inches tall or so.
  9. Hold on to that Bacardi until you’re ready to make the mulled wine.


Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine
  • 2 Bottles Red Wine
  • 2 Cups Orange Juice
  • 1 Orange, sliced into four thick slices
  • 50 Cloves (or so)
  • 4-5 Cinnamon Sticks
  1. Combine the wine and juice in a pot and simmer over low heat.
  2. Poke the cloves into the white part of the orange slices on both the top and bottom side.
  3. Add the orange slices and cinnamon sticks to the wine.
  4. After mulled wine is hot (not boiling), remove the pot from the stove and place it on a trivet in an open area.
  5. Atop the pot, balance a metal “stand” for setting the sugar cone onto (metal cooling rack works, so does a pair of metal shish kebab skewers).
  6. Carefully place the sugar cone onto the stand.
  7. With a ladle, slowly pour the Bacardi 151 over the sugar cone until it is fully covered.
  8. Then light the cone and enjoy the blue flames that dance from the cone.
  9. As the sugar and rum melt, they caramelize and drip into the wine, adding to the already amazing mulled wine flavor.
I use a mid-priced Cabernet or Shiraz wine for this recipe.


You don’t have to save this treat only for the holidays. Any time we have wine-drinking friends over for dinner during the winter months, we make a pot of Feuerzangenbowle. It has a charming, relaxing effect that everyone enjoys.


– Rebecca
Coborn’s, Inc. Communications Manager

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5 Simple No-Bake Treats for Fourth of July

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Some of my very favorite memories from growing up occurred during Fourth of July celebrations at our family cabin. From decorating the boat in the morning and then waving at dock sitters as we pass by in the boat parade to potlucks and games of beanbags with our fun neighbors and late-night fireworks and Northern Lights on the beach, we all enjoy the laid-back holiday that celebrates our country’s Independence Day.

We have some pretty awesome veterans in the family, so we always hang our flags proudly and make patriotic treats to enjoy. Part of the “charm” of our cabin is freedom from air conditioning and a dishwasher, so when I plan a cabin menu, I try my very hardest to find recipes that don’t need the oven. This year, my fingers are crossed for a hot and sunny holiday, so I’ve picked five no-bake treats to bring to our festivities.

On a side note, the timing of this blog post couldn’t have been better for me. At Coborn’s, we started carrying a new line of cake decorating supplies called Over the Top. They catch my kids’ eyes every time we walk through the baking aisle, with rich colors and super-fun textures. I was delighted to give them a whirl – my new very favorite grocery product is the sanding sugars! You’ll see in my photos that there are lots of pretty sparkly accents. Enjoy!

Strawberries and Stripes

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Strawberries & Stripes
  • 1 Pint Medium or Large Strawberries
  • ½ Package Almond Bark
  • ¼ Cup Blue Sugar
  1. Wash the strawberries and gently pat them all the way dry; set aside.
  2. Pour the sugars into their own small bowls.
  3. Melt the almond bark in a small microwave-safe bowl for one minute.
  4. Stir.
  5. Microwave for 15 seconds and then stir.
  6. Repeat until it is fully melted and smooth.
  7. Holding a strawberry by the stem, dip two-thirds of the berry into the almond bark.
  8. To keep these berries patriotic, be sure to leave the top ⅓ showing at the top of the berry.
  9. Dip the bottom third of the berry into the blue sugar until the bottom third is covered in blue.
  10. Set the strawberry on waxed paper and repeat until all of the berries are dipped.
  11. Store the berries in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them.
I used the Over the Top sanding sugar (royal blue) and regular colored sugar (light blue)


Yankee Doodle Yummies

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Yankee Doodle Yummies
  • 1 Bag Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop
  • 2 Cups Mini Pretzels
  • 1 Small Can Shoestring Potatoes
  • 1 Cup Peanuts
  • 1 Package Almond Bark, melted until smooth
  • 1 Canister Over the Top Red Sixlets
  • 1 Canister Over the Top White Sixlets
  • 1 Canister Over the Top Blue Sixlets
  • 10-20 Shakes of Over the Top Red Sugar
  • 10-20 Shakes of Over the Top Blue Sugar
  • 6 Pull-n-Peel Twizzlers (red, white and blue), cut into ¼” pieces
  • Wax paper
  1. Spread out a 3 feet of wax paper and set aside.
  2. Pour into a large bowl and mix well: popcorn, pretzels, shoestring potatoes and peanuts.
  3. Melt the almond bark according to the package directions, then pour over the top of the snack mix and stir to thoroughly coat the snack mix for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add in the Sixlets, colored sugar and licorice. Mix for another 30 seconds, then dump the mixture onto the wax paper to dry.
  5. Let it sit for a minute, then shake some more colored sugar as the mixture is drying.
  6. Let sit for a half hour before packaging it.
  7. I usually scoop it into sandwich bags so the kids can each have their own snacks without digging their mitts into a larger bowl.


Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Frozen Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Two small rectangular bowls (a butter dish is perfect)
  • ¼ Cup Blue Over the Top Sanding Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Red Over the Top Sanding Sugar
  1. Pour blue sugar in one bowl and red sugar in another.
  2. Unwrap an ice cream sandwich and dip the long sides in one color sugar and the short sides in the other.
  3. Place decorated sandwich on a platter and repeat until all the sandwiches are decorated. Serve immediately or place the platter in the freezer until just before serving.


Layers of Liberty Drinks

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Layers of Liberty Drinks and 4 more simple no-bake treats for the 4th of July. www.cobornsblog.comThe layered look works because the higher the sugar content of the drink is, the lower it sinks in the glass, which is why you must start with the cranapple juice in order for the layers to stay separated. If you do not pour each layer onto ice and instead pour it into the layer beneath it, you will simply create a glass of lavender-colored juice.

Also, had I remembered my plan before I began pouring, I would have dipped the rim of each jar into some water and then dipped it into some colored sugar to add a little more sparkle to the drinks before filling the jars. Oops.

Layers of Liberty Drinks
  • 1 Cup Ocean Spray CranApple Juice Drink
  • 1 Cup Coco Libre Coconut Water
  • 1 Cup Blue G2 Gatorade
  • Four Small Glass Jars
  • Ice
  1. Fill each jar with ⅓ cup of CranApple juice.
  2. Fill each jar to the top with ice.
  3. Slowly* pour ⅓ cup of coconut water directly on top of a piece of ice.
  4. Slowly* pour ⅓ cup of Blue G2 Gatorade directly on top of a piece of ice.
  5. Insert a straw and some decorations and serve.


Firework Cupcakes (or Muffins)

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Firework Cupcakes (or muffins)
  • Cupcakes (I purchased blueberry muffins at the bakery to stick with my no-bake approach)
  • 1 Can White Over the Top Aerosol Decorating Icing
  • 1 Tube Blue Over the Top Decorating Icing
  • 1 Tube Red Over the Top Write-on Gel
  • Toothpicks
  • Napkins
  1. Ice top of cupcakes with white frosting using the larger round tip.
  2. Pipe icing to make a target shape, starting with a red dot in the middle. Make alternating blue and red circles around the top of the cupcake. Make a total of three rings around the dot, leaving some white in between each circle.
  3. Using the end of a toothpick, start in center of cupcake and draw toothpick through icing to the outer edge of the cupcake to pull the frosting colors into a starburst. Wipe the toothpick onto a napkin, then drag it from the center and pull it a half-inch out. Repeat, making small pie-like drags around the entire top of the cupcake.

This year, whether you celebrate old memories or make new traditions, don’t forget to enlist your favorite people to help make the holiday special. By keeping your menu simple and cool, you’re sure to enjoy the Fourth of July even more.


– Rebecca
Coborn’s Communications Manager

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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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Fourth of July Picnic Caddy

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The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time when we usually go camping with family and friends and I just love incorporating the festivity of the day into everything we do. When we camp, we try to eat outside as much as possible, often around picnic tables. Even though it’s such a casual setting, it doesn’t mean we can’t decorate. I found a fun way to incorporate a party into our picnic, while also making life a little easier.  My Fourth of July Picnic Caddy makes it easy to haul all the mealtime essentials in one trip and it doubles as a festive centerpiece for the picnic table.

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Fourth of July Picnic Caddy
  • 1 Coffee Can, empty
  • 6 Tin Cans, empty
  • Red, White and Blue Spray Paints
  • Painters Tape
  • Drill
  • Wire
  • Black Marker
  • 14 Small Nuts and Bolts*
  • Styrofoam
  • Decorations (flags, fireworks décor, white adhesive vinyl etc.)
  1. Begin with a clean tin coffee can and spray paint it with blue spray paint.
  2. Then paint the 6 smaller cans with white spray paint.
  3. Let all your cans dry for a night.
  4. The next day, make stripes around the small cans by adding painter’s tape and spray paint the cans red.
  5. Let dry and remove tape.
  6. From the inside of the coffee can, about two inches from the base, drill two holes side by side, about a 1.5" apart, vertically.
  7. Set a small tin can right next to the coffee can, then press it close to the outside of the coffee can and poke a black marker through each hole to mark the small tin can.
  8. Drill through the tin can as marked and fasten the small can to the large can with two nuts and bolts.
  9. Repeat with the other 5 small cans. (Note, space cans so that you have three cans on each side so that when you attach the handle, the can balances well.)
  10. After the small cans are all attached to the large can, mark two spots to drill on opposite sides of the large can near the top for inserting the handle.
  11. Drill the holes and insert one bolt and nut into each side without tightening all the way. (This will give you something to tie the wire to)
  12. Make a handle out of red wire and wrap it around the stem of each bolt, then tighten the nut to hold the wire in place.
  13. Now, begin decorating.
  14. Cut out stars from white adhesive vinyl or find patriotic stickers and affix them to the blue coffee can. You could also buy a star shaped sponge and dip in white paint to create the stars on your can.
  15. Take a few steps back and spritz short bursts of white paint from your spray cans to give your centerpiece an antiqued, speckled look.
  16. Place Styrofoam in the base of the two small cans that are in the center of your groupings so your salt and pepper shakers can poke out.
  17. Fill the small cans with silverware, napkins, salt, pepper and rolled up paper plates.
  18. In the center of the large can, add a layer of Styrofoam, then poke a couple flags in.
  19. Add condiments and some fun festive wire to give the impression of fireworks.
*When selecting the nuts to fasten, pick short ones with flat ends and a nut to ensure plenty of room for storage within the cans and also to ensure no one scratches their hands.

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