Friday, November 13, 2009

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

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Thanksgiving Prayer
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.
Mary Fairchild

Thanksgiving Day is almost here. As you plan your holiday dinner menu you may decide to add a new dish or vary your traditional fare. Pumpkin Pie is the standard dessert for most families. We love pumpkin pie with whipped cream! This Pumpkin Bundt Cake makes a tasty alternative to pumpkin pie for those guests who prefer cake instead of pie.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake
Watkins Nonstick Cooking Spray, for pan
4 cups cake flour (not self-rising), plus more for dusting
4 teaspoons Watkins Baking Powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Ground Ginger
2 teaspoons Watkins Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Ground Cloves
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
2 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 14-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Dust with flour, and tap out excess.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
3. Beat butter and brown sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to low. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk. Beat until just combined. Add pumpkin puree, and beat until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
4. Bake cake until golden and a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Carefully turn cake onto rack too cool completely. Before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


This is a cinnamony-sweet crunchy cookie. Palmiers are best the day they're made, and you can bake them hours before the party.

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon Watkins Cinnamon
1 package frozen puff-pastry sheets (such as Pepperidge Farm)

1. Heat oven to 400° F. Adjust rack to middle position.

2. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the work surface. Unfold 1 sheet of the pastry and place it on the sugar. Roll it to an even thickness. Mix 2 tablespoons of the sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over pastry. Starting at one short side of the rectangle, roll the pastry toward the center of the sheet, stopping at the middle. Repeat with the opposite short end, so the rolls meet. Trim the ends with a knife.

3. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices and place flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing them 1 inch apart. Sprinkle with 1 more tablespoon of the sugar.

4. Bake until golden and puffed, 20 to 23 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack.

5. Repeat recipe with the remaining puff pastry, sugar, and cinnamon. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Why You Should Order Our Quality Products

Even if I never got another customer order (bite my tongue and shut my mouth!) I would still be a Watkins Associate. My family and I use many of the superior quality products created by Watkins Incorporated. And I buy them at a 25% discount.

I cook with the soup and gravy bases, dessert mixes, extracts, herbs and spices. Have you ever tasted real whipped cream made with Watkins Pure Vanilla? Compare homemade real whipped cream with whipped topping on your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. After whipping the cream and adding a little sugar and Pure Vanilla Extract take the taste test. So delicious!

Our medicine chest wouldn't be without Menthol Camphor Ointment, Medicated Lip Balm, Petro Carbo Salve, Pain Relieving Liniment Spray, and Pain Relief Burn Cream. We stay healthy by using Watkins Supplements - Superfood Multiple Vitamin, E+CoQ10 Softgels, Skin, Hair, and Nails, and Rezist Plus.

I love the delicately scented moisturizing lotions and creams - Aloe and Green Tea, Lavender, Lemon Cream, Mango, and Vanilla. The Peppermint Cream and Foot Scrub cool and invigorate your feet. Aloe Vera Moisturizing Sun Block is 95% natural, water resistant, SPF 30, chemical sunscreen and PABA free, with an eco-friendly formula.

The personal care kits with travel sized products are just the right size for your vacation. They are perfect for Christmas stocking.

Our new cleaning and home care products are natural and plant-based so they are safe for you, your family, and the environment.

I know most of us are tightening our financial belts and budgeting our income. Watkins brings you economically priced products that are tried-and-true and backed by a 100% money back guarantee.

Order from the online catalog or the printed catalog. Email to request a printed catalog

If you place an order for $100 or more I will give you a $10 gift certificate to use on your next order.

If you place an order for $150 or more shipping is free. Ask your friends, relatives, or neighbors to place a combined order with you and get your products shipped for free!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Natural Apothecary Now Has 40 Products Carrying the NPA Seal

With 40 products certified, including the new line extensions of facial and body care, J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary is the second most certified brand.

WINONA, Minn., (Nov. 03, 2009) — J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary has received Natural Products Association certification for its newest line extensions; Daily Cleansing Cream, Divine Day Cream, Nourishing Night Cream, Medicated Lip Balm, Peppermint Foot Scrub, Aloe and Green Tea Shampoo and Body Wash. With the addition of these products, the company now has the second most products certified out of fourteen companies that currently carry the seal.

This highly regarded seal represents natural products that are formulated with at least 95% natural ingredients made from renewable and sustainable resources.

The average woman slathers over 125 chemicals onto her scalp, body, face and lips each day. Wouldn't be such a big deal if they were all cleared by health officials, but only 11% of the 10,500 chemical ingredients that go into making personal care products are actually tested for safety.*

Meeting the NPA Standard
Products must follow strict guidelines set out by the Natural Products Association to carry the seal, including:

· At least 95 percent truly natural ingredients or ingredients that are derived from natural sources.
· No ingredients with any potential suspected human health risks.
· No processes that significantly or adversely alter the purity/effect of the natural ingredients.
· Ingredients that come from a purposeful, renewable/plentiful source found in nature (flora, fauna, mineral).
· Processes that are minimal and don't use synthetic/harsh chemicals or otherwise dilute purity.
· Non-natural ingredients only when viable natural alternative ingredients are unavailable and only when there are absolutely no suspected potential human health risks.
About Watkins, Incorporated
For more than 140 years, J.R. Naturals has been America's pioneer in natural living, utilizing only the finest natural ingredients. Watkins provides quality brands to meet consumer's needs for environmentally friendly and sustainable products — to help people feel better and live healthy lives.
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*, Natural Beauty Products? Written by: Adria Vasil, author of Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products & Services

Sunday, November 08, 2009

New Products Today and Tomorrow

J. R. Watkins began with one product in 1868, "red liniment", now called "Original" Pain Relieving Liniment. This liniment is one of the top selling products today. In 1868 Watkins introduced America's first money back guarantee. 1895 saw the introduction of Vanilla Extract, Black Pepper, and Cinnamon.

Today the Watkins product line includes over 350 products. These products include Watkins Organic Vanilla Extract and USDA Certified 100% Organic Herbs and Spices, natural plant-based personal care products and natural plant-based home care and cleaning products.

The Natural Products Association has granted the J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary products the NPA Seal of Compliance. To earn this coveted seal, products must be made out of at least 95% natural products from renewable and sustainable resources.

Watkins continues to improve the product line to meet the needs of today's families. New products to be introduced in 2010 include

  • Pet Wipes
  • Pet Shampoo
  • Pet Stain and Odor Remover
and a new Baby Line with

  • Lotion
  • Head to Toe Wash
  • Baby Oil
  • Butt Balm
With Watkins you can place your order online at my Watkins web site, by phone by calling 1-800-WATKINS (1-800-928-5467), or by mail (order form in master catalog and at my web site). Please give my Watkins ID# 335001 as your associate.

Contact me if you would like a Watkins catalog and product sample

Holiday Beverages

After raking leaves or shoveling snow, a winter jog or walk, a snowball fight, or Christmas carolling enjoy a delicious hot beverage. Perfect for cuddling up by the fire or after a holiday meal, our instant cocoa mix delivers gourmet flavor. Get yours now.
Serve your family and guests one of these steaming Watkins beverages.

Peppermint Stick Hot Cocoa Mix #05347 $4.99 (available during November only)
White Chocolate Almond Hot Cocoa Mix #05315 $4.99 (available during November only) sold out
Traditional Cider Brew #05939 Regularly $8.99 Special $7.99 sold out

Chai Latte # 05311 $6.99 The exotic taste of chai – the creaminess of latte – the ease of instant cocoa


Monday, November 02, 2009

Holiday Giveaway

Greetings Everyone!

It's time for another Watkins Holiday Giveaway! Are you making plans for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays?

The winner of this giveaway will be chosen at random on Monday November 30th. The products will be shipped USPS Priority Mail so they will arrive the first week of December before the Christmas holiday in time for your holiday baking and entertaining!

This giveaway includes:

Pumpkin Bread Mix
Pumpkin Butter
Original Double-Strength Vanilla Extract, 2 fl oz
Butter Extract, 2 fl oz
Irish Cream Extract, 2 fl oz
Bakers Size Almond Extract, 6 fl oz
Mexican Soup and Seasoning Base
Roasted Turkey Gourmet Gravy Mix
Food Colors - Red, Green, Blue, Yellow
Black Pepper, 4 oz tin
Roasted Garlic Snack and Dip Seasoning
Bacon Cheddar Snack and Dip Seasoning
Cinna-Cream Sprinkles
Body Oil
Winter Pine Holiday Room Spray
Menthol Eucalyptus Room Freshener
Lemon Cream Hand and Body Lotion, 1 fl oz Travel Size
Natural Beeswax Lip Balm
Vanilla Lip Balm

Total Product Value $122.05

(Because of Shipping Charges This Giveaway is For US Residents Only)

To enter the Holiday Giveaway, place any size order at my Watkins web site, by phone, or by mail. Watkins sends me a notification when you place an order. I will acknowledge your order by email or mail and enter you in the contest. You can also send me an email at

Order online at

Order by phone - call 1-800-WATKINS (1-800-928-5467)

Order by mail. Send order to

Watkins Incorporated
P.O. Box 5570
Winona, MN 55987-0570

Give my name and Watkins ID# when placing your order, Eleisia Whitney ID# 335001.

The winner will be announced here on December 1st and I will notify the winner by email or mail.

Good Luck!

Merry Christmas To All!