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It’s that time of year! As summer comes to an end, high school sports camps ramp up. Football, volleyball, basketball, tennis, swimming, soccer, and band camp are upon us, and that means long days for your student outside in the heat, humidity, and sun.

Before your child steps onto the field or blacktop, here are some tips to keep your teen nourished and alert all day long.

  • Drink water. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 17 ounces (a little more than two cups) of water two hours before exercise. Start the day with water, and avoid dairy and sports drinks before getting underway.
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Feeding a group with different dietary needs can pose a challenge. It’s hard enough to feed a family with the mature tastes of adults and the picky habits of children. So what do you do when you know you need to accommodate for an allergy or particular diet? Here are some ideas to make your next gathering enjoyable for all diners.

According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat. Unfortunately, these products can hide in foods that you least suspect would contain such ingredients. In addition to double-checking for allergies with those on your guest list, try to stay away from butter, gravies, sauces, and salad dressings, or serve these condiments on the side.


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Hard to believe that August has arrived…which means there is only one month of summer left!  With entertaining, traveling, adventures and fun abounding, it will be hard to see it go.  But it’s not too late to make the most of these weeks.  Here are a few ways to pay homage to what’s left of the precious days:

Take a mystery day trip: Packing a cooler full of picnic food and drinks and heading out to wherever the road leads is a great way to take advantage of the time off school and the freedom summer brings.  Pull out the map, find a cool road and begin to explore with the kids – just be sure you remember it is about the journey, not the destination.  Don’t rush to get somewhere – treasure the places you find, and savor your picnic along the way in a newfound location.


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As my week back in the “real world” ends (think home from cabin), and 10 days of continuous company commences, I am immersed in meal planning and packing for another extended stay at the lake.  But thankfully, I am saved by my summer motto, “Have totes, will travel.”

You see, CobornDelivers not only solves my empty refrigerator dilemma at home, they also spare me the high prices and trips to town when I’m up North. When I order from CobornDelivers before heading to the lake, I can bring all my groceries with me right in their totes – especially those with the insulated coolers.  Then I don’t have to repack my groceries, and when I get there I can enjoy my company and the lake right away!

Additionally, I love the family packs section of the online store (click on “Grocery Store”, then on “Family Packs”) and the time and money saving options found there.  Everything from bakery and produce – check out the beautiful sandwich topper, fruit and vegetable trays – to the meats and beverages will have you set to travel and entertain in no time.

Never has shopping “on-the-go”, been so valuable or easy.   Thank you CobornDelivers for allowing me stay out of the store and savor my summer!

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One of the most exciting things about cabin life is discovering new things about a different locale or property.  As for us, we stumbled upon a goldmine as we embarked on our first summer at the cabin.  Nestled behind the grand pine trees, between the woods and our driveway, was an abundant, thriving raspberry patch.

Imagine our joy at discovering that plump, ripe fruit right outside our door – having done nothing to deserve its rewards.  From picking parties with grandma and early morning dashes for cereal topping, to the rain and mosquito filled harvests for exquisite company worthy desserts, those bushes have delivered!

My favorite dessert of the summer is a Raspberry Tart found online at Epicurious.com from the August, 1995 Gourmet magazine.  It has quickly become highly requested by all of its privileged tasters.

No raspberries of your own – no problem.  CobornsDelivers prides themselves on their daily produce rating, and rapsberries are considered “BEST” right now.  So skip the mosquitoes, order up and try the tart today!

Blogger, Sarah, and her family

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We recently joined the ranks of cabin ownership and all its glory.  Yet, one of the challenges of dual home management is maintaining your sanity while traveling back and forth, meal planning for company and keeping two places stocked with the essentials (not to mention remembering which house has what).

But, cabin owners rejoice – CobornsDelivers has the answer to your nomadic woes.

This week I am heading home after 28 days straight at the lake, and what would normally fill me with dread (not having so much as a drop of milk in the house) has turned into joy-filled anticipation.  Why?  Because I am ordering my groceries from the cabin online – and they will be waiting for me upon my arrival home!  No dumping the laundry out and rushing off the grocery store for me.  Which leaves me more time to actually enjoy my summer…and BOTH of my homes.

Take advantage of this great feature yourself this summer – whether you are at your own cabin, on a family car adventure or just taking a few days away to visit friends or family.  And discover the most welcome sight for sore eyes when you get back…green CobornsDelivers totes filled with groceries waiting at your door.

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One of the best parts about Minnesota is the seemingly endless number of trails that run throughout the state. These trails make for wonderful bike paths and relaxing weekends where riders can crisscross safely from town to town, taking in lush greenery, fresh air, and abundant sunshine.

The only problem is that one can get caught up biking for a long time without realizing how much time has passed! Don’t get stuck far from home on an empty stomach. Having extra water and portable snacks on hand to keep your energy level up will ensure an enjoyable trip, no matter how long your ride. Keep the following tips in mind as you plan your next trip. (more…)

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