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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Castello Havarti Cheese

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Castello Creamy Havarti - Coborn's May Cheese of the Month - www.cobornsblog.comIt’s getting warmer every day and when I’m thinking of a cheese to snack on or to top my favorite sandwich I reach for the Coborn’s May “Cheese of the Month”, Castello Havarti. This semi soft cheese has a buttery, creamy taste and a mellow aroma. It’s a versatile, gourmet cheese that’s easy to cook with and delicious as a snack.

Havarti originated in Denmark in the 1800’s and is named for Havartigaard, the dairy where it was invented. Castello master Danish cheese makers continue this proud tradition, and today Havarti is favored around the world by home cooks and professional chefs alike.

To give your favorite dishes a twist, try Castello Havarti Creamy:

  • As a Snack, sliced in sticks and drizzled with honey, preserves or chutney
  • On a Gourmet sandwich, such as a Panini, grilled cheese or slider
  • In Comfort Food, such as macaroni and cheese or French onion soup
  • On a Cheese Board, with subtly sweet and savory pairings
  • Pairs well with Pinot Noir, Pilsner or sparking apple cider

Or you can try this creamy, delicious recipe I have provided for you here.

Cauliflower Macaroni & Havarti Cheese

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Cauliflower Macaroni & Havarti Cheese
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 Head Cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • To Taste Salt
  • To Taste Black Pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • ½ Cup Mascarpone
  • 1 Cup Castello® Creamy Havarti
  • To Taste Hot Sauce
  • ½ Cup Chives, finely chopped
  • ½ Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add salt to water.
  3. Place cauliflower florets to the water and cook until tender but still crisp, about 5 minutes.
  4. Drain well, pat dry and set aside.
  5. Preheat your broiler to high.
  6. While preheating oven, in a 2-quart sauce pan add the cream, salt, pepper and hot sauce to the pan and bring it to simmer on medium heat.
  7. Reduce the cream by ⅓, about 3 minutes.
  8. Whisk in Mascarpone and Havarti.
  9. Keep the sauce at a simmer, the sauce will be slightly thickened at this point.
  10. Add in cauliflower and chives, stirring well to coat the cauliflower.
  11. Pour into oven-proof dish and top with breadcrumbs in an even layer.
  12. Place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.
  13. Remove from the broiler and let set for 5 minutes before serving.
If you cannot find Mascarpone, cream cheese will work in a pinch.


So when you are trying to come up with a tasty cheese that will tantalize your taste buds, try our May “Cheese of the Month” Castello Havarti!

Coborn’s, Inc. Director of Deli

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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,
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Imported Old Croc Sharp White Cheddar Cheese

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Australia is a land like no other. Its geographic isolation has meant that much of its flora and fauna is very different from species in other parts of the world. High rainfall, fertile soil and lush, green pastures encourage dairy farming in Australia.

Old Croc cheeses are crafted with pure Australian milk from cows that graze on these rich pastures.  This all-natural cheese is also made from Non-GMO ingredients and has no added hormones.

Old Croc Sharp White Cheddar is aged 9+ months for a full, rich flavor that’s bold, sharp and a little nutty. The texture is crumbly, yet creamy, so it slices and shreds perfectly.  It melts beautifully, making it great for cooking, so try it on grilled paninis, in macaroni & cheese or on baked potatoes.

Keep plenty of Old Croc on hand for snacking.  Enjoy it with sweet pear or apple slices, water crackers, dry sausage and roasted almonds.

Entertaining? No gathering is complete without the Croc. Pair it with a citrusy Sauvignon Blanc, medium Cabernet Sauvignon with warm vanilla tones or a cold, crisp Pale Ale.

 Aussie Stuffed ‘Shrooms

What could be better than mushrooms, cheese and bacon? This is a very easy recipe that is sure to please.

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Aussie Stuffed ‘Shrooms
Serves: 4
  • 12 Button Mushrooms
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 1 T. Butter
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped
  • 7 Oz. Old Croc Sharp or Extra Sharp White Cheddar, shredded
  • To Taste Chopped Chives
  1. Cook bacon over medium high heat until crispy.
  2. Drain, chop and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  4. Remove mushroom stems.
  5. Finely chop stems.
  6. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and slowly sauté chopped stems and onion until onion is soft.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. In a medium bowl, combine mushroom stem mixture and bacon.
  9. Stuff mixture into mushroom caps.
  10. Bake in preheated oven approx 15 minutes.
  11. Top with cheese.
  12. Heat until cheese is melted.
  13. Sprinkle with chives.
  14. Serve warm.

Crinkey Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Here is another excellent recipe using Old Croc cheese. With the bite of sharp cheddar and the creamy texture of the sauce, it is sure to become a family favorite.

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Crikey Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  • ½ Lb. Elbow Macaroni
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1½ Tbsp. Flour
  • ¾ Cup Whole Milk
  • 14 Oz. Old Croc Sharp or Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Chives, chopped
  • To Taste Cayenne Pepper
  • To Taste Salt & Pepper
  • ⅛ Cup Plain Breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Butter large baking dish or individual baking bowls.
  3. Boil macaroni about a minute less than the instructions say on the box.
  4. Drain pasta.
  5. Set aside.
  6. In large, deep skillet, melt oil and butter together over medium heat.
  7. Whisk in flour until mixture is smooth.
  8. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  9. Slowly add milk, whisking continuously.
  10. Bring mixture to a slow bubble for about 10 minutes, until thickened.
  11. Stir in about ⅔ of the shredded Old Croc, adding only a handful at a time so that it stays smooth and creamy.
  12. Season with chives and a few dashes of cayenne, salt and pepper.
  13. Remove skillet from heat.
  14. Add cooked pasta.
  15. Stir until pasta is completely coated in the sauce.
  16. Pour macaroni and cheese into buttered baking dish and cover evenly with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs.
  17. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

Old Croc is an ‘Aussome’ good time!

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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)

Firework Cupcakes (or muffins) and 4 more simple no-bake treats for the 4th of July. www.cobornsblog.com

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
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