Monday, July 27, 2009

Why Chose A Watkins Home Based Business?

For over 140 years Watkins have been committed to using only the finest natural ingredients. While we are quite proud of our rich past, we are even more proud of our commitment to your family and future. Bringing you products that are family approved, Watkins guaranteed, and trusted for generations. From our natural home care cleaning line to our organic spices and extracts, Watkins has products everyone will love.

The Watkins Story began in 1868 with the vision of a 28-year old entrepreneur, J.R. Watkins. With confidence in the exceptional quality of his first product, Watkins Red Liniment, he offered the first-ever money-back satisfaction guarantee by inventing his famous "Trial-Mark" bottle. Demand for Red Liniment quickly multiplied. To meet this demand, he hired salesmen to market this growing line of products from home to home, thus founding the Direct Sales Industry.

"The Watkins Man" became a household name as North America developed and grew. J.R.'s dream lives on in the vision and entrepreneurial spirit of today's Watkins Associates. Watkins invites you to become part of this tradition.

Extraordinary Products — People use our consumable products every day.

Trusted Brand — People all over North America know and respect the Watkins brand. We boast a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee and have been committed to quality since 1868!

Brand Awareness — A small percentage of Watkins products can be found in select retail locations — a great opportunity for you to gain new customers, service their on-going needs, generate new business leads and grow your Watkins business.

Simple Business — Watkins business system is easy to duplicate.

Exceptional Compensation — Watkins rewards Associates in relation to their efforts and offers leadership bonuses!

Low Start-up Cost — Watkins has one of the lowest start-up costs for a home-based business and requires no inventory.

Support — Receive business support from me as your sponsor, your upline leaders, the Summit Group, and Watkins Home Office Staff.

Incentives and Recognition — Watkins rewards top performers with powerful recognition, rewards, and luxury travel.

What About You?
You Deserve to be Rewarded!

Whether you are looking to:

  • Save on your monthly grocery budget.
  • Pay off outstanding debt/credit cards.
  • Make a mortgage/auto payment.
  • Pay for your children's education.
  • Pay for your children's extra curricular activities.
  • Take that special vacation with your family that many have had to forfeit in these tough economic times.
  • Save for retirement.
  • Buy products people know — and love! — and earn extra income.
Watkins is the perfect solution!

You Decide What Marketing Method

Living Naturally — Group events, presentations, and samplings present Watkins product and business opportunity to a group of people at the same time. These are very time effective methods for building your business and can represent significant "now money."
Public Events — Trade Shows, Public Displays, and Fairs and Trade Shows bring the public to you. This is a fantastic fit for those who are free to work their business on the weekends and are willing to invest in inventory.
Online — Bring customers and prospects right in to your virtual home anytime of day! Work your business full or part-time when you like.
One-on-One — Present the product and business opportunity to individual prospects any time in any setting. This method is highly duplicable avenue for building your Watkins business.
Team Building Personal Use - Buy the products you use everyday from your Watkins store and build a team by sponsoring other associates who do the same.

Start during July with a Watkins Membership Package for Only $39.95 and receive a $10.00 Gift Certificate from Watkins and a $30 Gift Certificate from me.

Learn more and sign up here.

Business Opportunity and

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
Eat a bowl of creamy strawberry ice cream or make ice cream cookie sandwiches with chocolate cookies. There's nothing better on a hot summer day.

1 pint fresh, ripe strawberries
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 cup milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon Watkins Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Watkins Strawberry Extract

In a small bowl, combine 1 pint ripe strawberries that have been stemmed and sliced with 3 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar. Stir gently and allow the strawberries to macerate in the juice for at least 2 hours. Strain the berries, reserving the juice. Mash or puree half of the berries. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on low to combine 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup sugar until the sugar is dissolved. (It seems tempting to do this step by hand, but it really does make a difference in the texture of the ice cream, so I suggest not skipping this one.) Stir in 2 cups heavy cream, the reserved juice, the mashed strawberries, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon strawberry extract.

Turn on the ice cream maker and pour the mixture into the freezer bowl. Let mix until thickened, about 20 - 25 minutes (or according to directions for your ice cream maker). Five minutes before mixing is complete, stir in the remaining sliced strawberries and let mix completely. This will be soft and creamy; you may place in an airtight container and freeze for an additional hour before serving. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Watkins Strawberry Extract, 2 fl oz


Friday, July 24, 2009

Bagel Chips

I had a stale bagel and didn't want to throw it away so I made Bagel Chips. I ate half the chips with Artichoke Jalapeno Dip. yum!

Bagel Chips
Butter or Watkins Grapeseed Oil
Watkins Garlic Liquid Spice
Watkins Garlic Salt or Watkins Garlic Powder

First, slice the bagel. Place sliced bagel on a baking sheet. Brush with a mixture of melted butter or grapeseed oil and Watkins Garlic Liquid Spice. Use just a small amount of the liquid spice because it is concentrated. Then sprinkle slices with Garlic Salt or Garlic Powder depending on desired amount of saltiness. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees F until golden brown. Tastes great by themselves or with dip.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Make these delicious chocolaty cookies. If you like chewy cookies don't over bake.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Watkins Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Watkins Baking Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk-chocolate chips
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream the butter and sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed. Lower to medium speed and add the egg and vanilla. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. On low speed, add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Beat until fully incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.

2. Form the dough into approximately 1 1/2-inch balls. Place on greased or parchment-lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart.

3. Bake until the centers are just set, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

July is National Ice Cream Month - Chocolate Sauce

July as National Ice Cream Month and Sunday, July 19 is National Ice Cream Day.

Make these ice cream sundaes for your family.

Ice Cream Sundae with Chocolate Sauce
For each sundae
Banana slices
1 large scoop vanilla ice cream (or flavor of your choice)
2 ounces chocolate sauce (see recipe below)
1 heaping tablespoon chopped almonds, watlnuts, peanuts
1 dollop whipped cream

In a dish, add sliced bananas and ice cream; then cover with warm chocolate sauce. Top with chopped nuts, whipped cream, and sprinkles.

Chocolate Sauce
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup Watkins Cocoa (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon Watkins Vanilla Extract

In a medium saucepan, combine cream and butter. Stir over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture comes to a slow boil. Add sugars, stirring until dissolved. Reduce heat and add salt and cocoa, stirring until smooth. Add vanilla. Remove from heat and serve. May keep for weeks in the refrigerator. Sauce should be thick.

You can substitute milk for the cream; sauce will be a little thinner in consistency. Yield 2 cups.


Herbs and Spices Add Healthy Flavor to Your Cooking

Consumption of spices and seasonings in North America is at an all-time high. In fact, spice consumption in North America has increased by 50 percent in the past decade. We are not only using spices more frequently and in greater volume, but in a much wider variety; approximately 28 spices are used in the average North American home.

Watkins was a pioneer in spices and seasonings in the late 1800s, and by the turn of the century had acquired a national reputation for quality. Today, our spice line has grown and diversified to accommodate a growing appetite for spices, while retaining the same high quality.
  • Quality raw materials - Watkins buys the pick of the world's herb and spice crop, each selected from the best growing region.
  • Skillful preparation - All spices contain volatile flavoring oils. If care is not exercised during grinding and granulation, it is possible for enough heat to be generated to evaporate these oils and result in an inferior product.
  • Strict quality control - We select our spices for taste, color, and appearance; then more thorough tests are made to further determine the quality. After the spices are processed, they are bottled in glass or tins to preserve quality (many of the spices' essential oils are not compatible with plastic).
  • Glass bottle with shaker top - After processing, our natural herbs an spices are immediately packed in custom glass bottles to preserve quality.
  • Certified Kosher
Watkins spices were originally introduced in 1895 and were awarded the Grand Prize with Gold Medal for Highest Quality at the International Exposition, Paris in 1928.
Watkins brings you
All-Natural Herbs and Spices
Organic Herbs and Spices
Seasoning Blends and Salts
Black Pepper and Pepper Collection
Watkins Lemon Peel, #01933
Watkins Organic Ginger in Tin, #00595 or Ginger in Glass Bottle, #01932
Watkins Pure Lemon Extract, #00395

Lemon-Ginger Fruit Dip
8 oz/227 g marshmallow creme
8 oz/227 g cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tbsp/23 ml Watkins Pure Lemon Extract
1 tbsp/15 ml Watkins Lemon Peel
1/4 tsp/1.2 ml Watkins Ginger

Beat marshmallow creme and cream cheese together. Add the lemon extract, lemon peel and ginger; mix well and refrigerate until ready to use. Serve as a dip for fruit kebabs, pieces of fresh fruit, or pour as a sauce over fruit.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Banana Ice Cream

If you are looking for a cold creamy summer dessert or treat you'll love Banana Ice Cream. Freeze this banana and vanilla flavored custard in an ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions.

Banana Ice Cream

4 cups half-and-half cream
2-1/2 cups sugar
Dash salt
4 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups heavy whipping cream
1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
1 tablespoon Watkins Vanilla Extract
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4 to 5 medium)

In a large heavy saucepan, heat half-and-half to 175°; stir in sugar and salt until dissolved. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon.

Remove from the heat. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the whipping cream, milk and vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Stir in bananas. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. When ice cream is frozen, transfer to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. Yield: 3 quarts.

Watkins Original Double Strength Vanilla Extract, 01008 - 11 fl oz, 01196 - 6 fl oz, 21390 - 2 fl oz
Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, 01197, 6 fl oz
USDA Certified Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, 00402, 2 fl oz or 00403, 1 fl oz

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe in 2009 Midyear Watkins Catalog

The new midyear Watkins Catalog has a photo on the front and a recipe inside for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies using Watkins Vanilla Extract.

Today I decided to bake Chocolate Chip Cookies. After mulling over whether to use the recipe on the chocolate chip bag or my favorite recipe, I remembered the recipe in the new Watkins catalog. I've made lots of chocolate chip cookies using several different recipes.

This recipe calls for 12 ounces of chopped chocolate. I used 12 ounces of semi sweet chocolate chips. Sprinkling Watkins Sea Salt on the cookies while still warm from the oven is optional. I opted not to use the sea salt.

These delicious cookies are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Bake until light golden brown. Be careful not to over bake so that the cookies come out chewy. If you over bake they will be delicious but crunchy.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
4 1/4 cups/1060 ml all-purpose flour
1 tsp/5 ml Watkins Baking Powder
1 tsp/5 ml baking soda
1 1/2 cups/375 ml butter, softened
1 1/4 cups/310 ml sugar
1 1/4 cups/310 ml firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp/15 ml Watkins Vanilla Extract
12 oz chopped chocolate
Watkins Sea Salt (optional)

Heat oven to 375 degrees F/ 190 degrees C. Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda in medium bowl; set aside.

Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add ebbs and vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. reduce speed to low. Gradually bear, adding flour mixture, until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chunks.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2-inches/5 cm apart, onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Sprinkle with sea salt while still warm. Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.


Tuesday, July 07, 2009

July Sign Up Special $10 Gift Certificate

Join today and Watkins will give you a $10 Gift Certificate! (offer valid July 1 - July 31)

I will give you a $30 Gift Certificate if you join with me as your sponsor!

Use the gift certificates to buy products for yourself and experience the superior quality and benefits of Watkins products.

Start Today with Watkins Membership Package for Only $39.95. Other optional upgrade assortments are also available based on your business goals.

My no-obligation tour to learn more about the Watkins Business Opportunity

Contact me with your questions.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

July Giveaway - Mandarin Orange Dip Mix

July's Watkins Giveaway is a jar of Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip Mix.
Mix with sour cream, yogurt, cream cheese or whipped topping for a luscious fruit dip. Mix with cream cheese for a bagel spread.

To win place any size order at my online web site or call Watkins at 1-800-WATKINS (1-800-928-5467) and give my name and ID# as your Watkins Associate, Eleisia Whitney ID# 335001. I will acknowledge your order and choose one winner at random at the end of the month. I'll post the winner's name here on August 1st. Winner will be notified by email or in writing.

Mandarin Orange Fruit Pizza

1 2/3 cups/400 mL flour
1 tbsp/15 mL sugar
1 tbsp/15 mL Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip Mix
3/4 cup/180 mL butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tbsp/15 mL milk

1 cup/250 mL vanilla baking chips
2 tbsp/30 mL heavy whipping cream
4 oz/113 g cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp/1.2 mL All-Natural Pure Orange Extract
3 tbsp/45 mL Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip Mix

Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter, stir in egg and mix just until moistened. Shape into a ball, roll out to about 1/4-inch/6-mm thickness. Press in pizza pan. Bake at 400F/200C for approximately 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Makes one 12 inch/30 cm round or ten 3.5 inch/9 cm rounds.

Melt chips and cream in microwave oven on high 30 seconds. Stir well and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until chips are melted. Beat in cream cheese, extract and dip mix. Spread on cooled crust. Add sliced fruit.


June's Giveaway Winner!

Naomi from Michigan is the winner of June's Giveaway, a tube of Natural Beeswax Lip Balm with Peppermint Oil and a 2.7 fl oz bottle of Great Outdoors Insect Repellent Lotion. Both products are small enough to carry in your purse, pocket, or backpack. Summer has arrived and with the warmer weather comes outdoor fun!

Her name was chosen at random.