Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin-Carrot Cake

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon Watkins Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Watkins Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup finely grated carrot
Watkins Cooking Spray
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Lightly spoon flours into measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 4 ingredients (flours through salt).

Place eggs in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed or a wisk for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, pumpkin, oil, and butter; beat until well blended.

Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in raisins, carrot, and nuts. Spoon batter into an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray.

Bake an 8-inch pan for 30 minutes, 9-inch pan for 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Frost with cream cheese frosting.

When I made this cake my raisins were dry so I plumped them in a sauce pan with 1/3 cup of water on low heat while I mixed the other ingredients. I drained the excess liquid and added the raisins to the mixture before baking.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Microwave Peanut Brittle

My mom always made peanut brittle for the holidays. She made hers in an electric skillet and used a candy thermometer. This recipe is made in the microwave.

Have all your ingredients ready and together when you start this recipe as you have to move quickly between steps. Prepare your baking sheet first so it is ready when you add the baking soda to the mixture. You have to pour the hot brittle onto the baking sheet and spread it out very fast as it hardens quickly.

1 to 1 1/2 cups raw shelled peanuts, skins removed
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon Watkins Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon baking soda

1. Grease a baking sheet lightly. Combine peanuts, sugar, corn syrup and salt in a 1 1/2-quart microwave-safe bowl and mix well. Microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes; stir to mix well.

2. Microwave for 4 minutes. Stir in butter and vanilla extract.

3. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Add baking soda. Stir quickly until light and foamy.

4. Pour immediately onto prepared baking sheet, spreading thinly. Let stand to cool. Break into small pieces. Store in an airtight container. Makes one pound candy.

Use dry roasted lightly salted peanuts instead of raw peanuts and omit the salt called for in the recipe.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Extract! Extract! Read All About It!

We are delighted to announce new, special savings on our 2 ounce Almond and Lemon Extracts!

These fat-free, liquid flavorings are economical to use and add a full, rich flavor to a variety of foods — not just baked goods. They're concentrated, true-to-life, and all backed by the same expertise that's made Watkins Vanilla the choice of generations.

• Quality ingredients: High in flavoring content; full, long-lasting flavor and strength.

• Convenient: The easy way to add some of your favorite flavors.

• Versatile: Use for baked goods, ice cream, syrup, frostings, candies, breads, fruit sauces, jellies, marinades, and gelatins.

• Variety: One of the widest flavor varieties available.

• Concentrated: Economical; a little goes a long way.

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Delightful almond flavor enhances a wide variety of cookies and desserts. Excellent in cherry pie!
21380 Almond Extract 2 fl. oz.

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Lemon Extract
Pure lemon extract adds a lift to just about everything! Use a few drops in cookie dough and cake batter for a refreshing hint of citrus.

21395 Lemon Extract 2 fl. oz.

Regularly $4.99 USD - November Special $4.49 USD
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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Free Apple Recipe E-Book - Happy Apple Autumn!

I love autumn with the colorful leaves and the abundance of fresh apples and pumpkins. I have wonderful childhood memories of picking apples and pumpkins with my dad and the aroma of my mom baking apple pies, cakes, and cookies. The warm scent of apples and cinnamon filled the house.

I put together an e-book of apple recipes called Happy Apple Autumn - Apple Recipes From My Kitchen to Yours. This apple recipe e-book is free to copy, download, save, and give away in its entirety. You'll find Happy Apple Autumn here


Eleisia Whitney

Monday, September 27, 2010

Caramel Apple Muffins

These muffins are to die for! Spiced apples, warm, gooey caramel - it's like taking a bite of autumn. Any one who loves caramel apples will love these muffins. These are great served for breakfast or as a midday pick-me-up with a cup of coffee or tea or a glass of cold milk. Substitute Kraft Caramel Bits for the caramels if your grocery store carries them.

Caramel Apple Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons Watkins Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Watkins Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons Watkins Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup chopped peeled tart apple
12 caramels, chopped

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon Watkins Ground Cinnamon

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, butter and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apple and caramels.

Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter.

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Yield: 12-14 muffins.
Happy apple autumn!
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Watkins Pumpkin Pie Spice isn't just for pumpkin pie! This spice blend tastes great in cakes, breads, coffee, cookies, ice cream, and oatmeal. Here is a delicious cake that uses pumpkin pie spice.

Pumpkin Spice Cake
1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 cup mashed cooked fresh pumpkin
1/2 cup Oil
1/2 cup Water
3 Eggs
1 Tbsp. Watkins Pumpkin Pie Spice
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans

Heat oven to 350°F.

Combine first 7 ingredients with mixer until well blended. Pour into 13x9-inch pan sprayed with Watkins Cooking Spray and dusted with flour.

Bake 32 to 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting; sprinkle with nuts. Keep refrigerated.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup Butter or margarine, softened
1 tsp. Watkins Original Double-Strength Vanilla
1 pkg. (16 oz.) powdered sugar (about 4 cups), sifted

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until well blended.

Add sugar gradually, beating after each addition until well blended.

How to Cook Fresh Pumpkin

Cut a 4- to 5-lb. pumpkin in half with a large knife. Scoop out seeds and stringy fiber. Save seeds for roasting, if desired. Cut pumpkin into 1-1/2-inch cubes. Place pumpkin in large saucepan. Add water to 1-inch depth. Bring to boil; cover. Reduce heat and simmer 25 to 30 min. or until pumpkin is fork-tender. Drain well; cool just until pumpkin is easy to handle. Remove peel. Mash with potato masher for a chunky mixture. For a smoother consistency, process pumpkin in a food processor. Drain mashed pumpkin in sieve for about 20 minutes to remove excess liquid. Store in refrigerator up to 5 days. Cooked pumpkin can also be frozen up to 6 months in resealable freezer-weight plastic bags.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pumpkin Butter Cupcakes

Watkins Pumpkin Butter is one of our Seasonal Favorites Gift Line products for 2010. It tastes great spread on bread, toast, biscuits, and quick breads. Buy a jar for your family and a jar for a friend.

Put together a gift basket or a gift bowl with a jar of Watkins Pumpkin Butter, Watkins Pumpkin Bread Mix, a whisk, and a festive napkin, towel, or oven mitt for a lovely holiday gift or birthday present.

Pumpkin Butter Cupcakes

2 1/4 cup/560 mL all-purpose flour
1 tbsp/15 mL Watkins Baking Powder
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL baking soda
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL salt
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL Watkins Organic Cinnamon
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL Watkins Organic Ginger
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL Watkins Organic Nutmeg
1/2 cup/125 mL butter, softened
1 1/3 cups/325 mL sugar
2 eggs
1 cup/250 mL Watkins Pumpkin Butter or canned pumpkin
3/4 cup/180 mL milk
3/4 cup/180 mL chopped walnuts

Brown Sugar Frosting

1/4 cup/60 mL butter
6 tbsp/90 mL brown sugar
6 tbsp/90 mL half-and-half
2 cups/500 mL powdered sugar
1 tsp/5 mL Watkins Original Double-Strength Vanilla

Pumpkin Butter Cupcakes
In medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. In large bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs. Blend in pumpkin. Stir in dry ingredients and milk, blending until batter is smooth. Stir in chopped walnuts. Spoon batter into paper lined muffin tins. Fill about 2/3 full. Bake at 375°F/190C for 18 to 22 minutes. Makes 16 cupcakes.

Brown Sugar Frosting
In 2 quart/2 liter saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar and half-and-half. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil (2 to 3 minutes). Remove from heat and add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Let cool to spreading consistency (5 to 10 minutes). Frost cupcakes.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Homemade Cherry-Vanilla Cream Soda

Keep things cool with a simple, homemade version of this soda shoppe classic. Thick with the flavor of vanilla, served chilled in a tall glass, this homemade cream soda is a delightfully easy summer treat. For a special treat skip the ice and add a scoop of vanilla or cherry ice cream.

2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons Watkins Vanilla Extract
1/4 tablespoon of Watkins Almond Extract
1/4 cup cherry juice
1 quart soda water

1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water and the sugar. Boil over medium heat for 2 minutes or until the mixture is reduced to a thin syrup.

3. Allow the syrup to cool. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts and the cherry juice.

4. Pour 2 tablespoons of the cherry-vanilla syrup over ice cubes in a tall glass and fill with soda water. Stir to combine. Yield: Serves 8

Look for cherry juice in the natural foods section of the market if it is not in the juice aisle. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Healthy Eating May Save Your Sight

The right diet can help protect against diseases that affect sight, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in those over the age of 55. Researchers at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-funded Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research have found that the combination of a low glycemic index diet combined with vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids can help maintain quality of life and reduce health care costs due to sight-robbing eye diseases.

Macular degeneration (MD) is an eye disorder affecting more than 13 million Americans, and is generally considered to be irreversible. In fact, more people are affected by MD than by glaucoma and cataracts combined. It is the leading cause of blindness in those over the age of 55, with a new case of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) diagnosed every three minutes. (Age-related macular degeneration is a term used for the disorder when it affects people over the age of 60.) The cause of MD is not known, but the condition runs in families, and it likely has a genetic component. It affects an equal number of women and men, but seems to be more common among Caucasians than African-Americans.

Macular degeneration refers to the breakdown of the macula – the central portion of the retina. The function of the retina is to receive visual images, to partially analyze them and transmit the information to the brain. The macula contains the most concentrated collection of light-sensing nerves in the retina and is responsible for producing the most critical aspects of vision. There is a rich supply of blood vessels that carry oxygen and important nutrients to the retina that are required for healthy vision, and disruption of this vasculature can be a contributing factor in MD. The retina has no pain nerve fibers, therefore most diseases that affect the retina do not cause pain.

There are actually two forms of MD. The first, atrophic or dry MD, results from a gradual breakdown and degeneration of critical photoreceptors in the eye that provide night vision and visual acuity. The second, exudative or wet MD, is caused by leaks in the blood vessels of the retina. The bleeding causes scarring and retinal tissue death. About 80 to 85 percent of those with MD have the atrophic form; but most cases of severe vision loss can be attributed to the exudative form. About 10 percent of those with dry MD will also develop the wet form.

Causes and Symptoms

Although there are no definitive answers as to what specifically causes MD, there are a few emerging theories that may help explain what circumstances lead to the problem. Since the macula depends for its healthy functioning on one of the highest rates of blood flow through its blood vessels, anything that interferes with this blood flow can cause the macula to malfunction.

The following dietary or lifestyle choices can reduce the supply of oxygen and vital nutrients to the retina and eventually lead to the death of cells in the retina and macula:

•Smoking can decrease blood supply by causing a narrowing of the blood vessels and a thickening of the blood, much the same as in a heart attack or stroke.
•High saturated-fat diets can cause plaque buildup along blood vessel walls, including the macular vessels, which impedes blood flow.
•A lack of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, vitamin E and lutein may increase the ability of plaque to stick to the blood vessel walls and promote the damage of the tissue.

With macular degeneration there is typically a loss of vision in both eyes. The initial symptom may be a distortion of vision in one eye, causing straight lines to appear wavy. Eventually, loss of central vision worsens, making it difficult to see at long distances, read up close, see faces clearly or distinguish colors. Peripheral vision (what you see out of the corners of your eyes) is not affected.

Recommended Lifestyle Changes

•Don’t smoke and avoid exposure to second-hand smoke.
•Protect your eyes. Be sure to wear sunglasses that contain UV protection.
•Follow a diet that is very low in saturated fat and rich in antioxidants, focusing on vegetables, fruit, and legumes including soy, whole grains and fish.
•Eat antioxidant-rich berries, especially blueberries, frequently.
•Increase your intake of antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, lutein and zinc.

Nutrition and Supplements

Try to choose foods or take supplements that contain vitamin C, vitamin E and lutein, as well as zinc. Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruits, melons, tomatoes, potatoes and broccoli. You can get vitamin E from soybeans, greens, fish, wheat germ, nuts and seeds. Dietary sources of zinc are legumes (peas, dried beans, garbanzos/chickpeas, black-eyed peas, lentils and soy products) and whole grains. The carotenoid pigment lutein is found naturally in spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce and peas. Other protective compounds are the red and purple pigments found in berries and other fruit. Eat berries, especially blueberries, often. You can also get these pigments into your diet with supplements of bilberry, grape seed extract or pine bark extract.


Watkins Eye Care Formula contains vitamins A, C, E, Riboflavin, Selenium, Zinc, Taurine, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Anthocyanosides, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Rutin. Read more details about Watkins Eye Care Formula.

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Living Naturally - Natural Home Care Products

A report from Packaged Facts says eco-friendly is where the opportunity is, with products offering ideological, practical and functional benefits.

The new study, "Green Household Cleaning Products in the U.S." on dish detergents, bathroom cleaners, general household cleaners, laundry care/detergents, and other products, says that of the $557 million consumers spent last year on green products, $339 million came from green household cleaning products, and $218 million from green laundry products.

While that $557 million is only 3 percent of the total amount that consumers spent last year on the category, Packaged Facts says sales of green cleaners grew 229 percent between 2005 and 2009, more than doubling their footprint in dollar terms and more than tripling their share of the total household cleaner market.

Don Montouri, publisher of Packaged Facts, says, "If the trend continues, sales of green products will reach $2 billion by 2014."

Why are natural home care products important?

  • Thirty-seven percent of Americans suffer from chemical sensitivities, skin rashes and allergies — many of them provoked by chemicals in cleaning products.
  • Reactions can include eyes watering, breakouts, skin rashes, and coughing or sneezing uncontrollably.
  • Asthma is the leading cause of emergency room visits and absenteeism in schools.
  • Children breathe faster in proportion to their body weight than adults, making them more vulnerable to chemical exposure.
  • Warm baths and showers open pores so that what we have cleaned with is more readily absorbed.
Use Watkins Natural Plant-Based Cleaning Products

Product Ideas for Back to School

The kids will be going back to school this month. The following Watkins products could be highlighted for "back to school" sales. One of my team members is joining with other direct sales neighbors and friends and planning a multi company Back to School Open House.

Back to School Marketing Ideas

1. Use extracts and spices to make nutritious cookies, muffins, and quick breads for lunches and after school snacks. My favorites are Oatmeal Cookies with a little Cinnamon, Banana Bread with Vanilla Extract or Blueberry Muffins with Lemon Extract.

2. Make nutritious healthy after school snacks with Snack and Dip Seasoning Mixes. Mix with low-fat yogurt or low-fat sour cream and serve with veggie dippers and whole grain crackers.

3. Mix Dessert Mixes to make pudding for kids who carry their lunch. Mix pudding and put a serving in a sealed container in their lunch bag.

4. When the weather gets cooler make nutritious soups with soup bases for school lunches.

5. Use Aloe Vera Moisturizing Sunscreen and After Sun Gel to protect from UV rays at sports practices and outdoor school activities.

6. Daily Cleansing Cream and Gentle Pore Scrub help keep teen skin clean and blemish free.

7. Lip Tints and Lip Balms moisturize, protect, and heal dry lips.

8. Use Peppermint Foot Cream to revive and moisturize feet after sports and outdoor activities.

9. Keep a container of All Purpose Wipes in the car for car pool clean-ups.

10. Use Petro Carbo First Aid Salve for playground and sports cuts and scrapes - one for the medicine chest and pocket size for purse or gym bag. (Not sure if kids could keep a small tin with them but mom and dad could.)

11. Children's Chewable Vitamin for optimal physical and mental development.

12. Superfood Multiple Vitamin for older children and adults.

13. Immunergy and Rezist Plus for adults to keep immune system strong and fight off colds and flu as the school year progresses. Rezist Plus also helps with fall allergies.


Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Jerk Chicken Breasts

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
1–2 Tablespoons hot sauce, or more to taste
2 teaspoons ground allspice
2 teaspoons Watkins Onion Flakes or Watkins Organic Onion Powder
2 teaspoons Watkins Organic Garlic Powder
2 teaspoons Watkins Ground Cinnamon
4 large chicken breasts, 8 to 10 ounces each
Salt and Watkins Granulated Black Pepper, to taste
2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
2 limes, cut into wedges

In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, molasses, hot sauce, allspice, onions (or onion powder), garlic powder and cinnamon.

Place the chicken breasts in a gallon-sized Ziploc Bag, pour the mixture over the chicken until thoroughly coated and seal the bag. Place the bag in the refrigerator and marinate for several hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and place the chicken on a plate. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper (on one or both sides, according to taste).

Spray a baking pan with Watkins Cooking Spray. Place the chicken in the pan and spray the surface of the chicken lightly with the cooking spray. Roast the chicken in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and firm to the touch.

Once done, arrange the chicken on a serving platter with corn on the cob as a side dish. Sprinkle with the chopped scallions and garnish the platter with the lime wedges.

To cook the chicken on an outdoor grill, heat the grill to medium-high heat. Place the marinated chicken on the grill and cook for 10 to 15 minutes (5 to 8 minutes on each side), turning the chicken once, until the chicken is cooked through and firm to the touch.

Whether you cook this recipe on the grill or in the oven, the cooked chicken's temperature should be 165 degrees F when measured with a meat thermometer.


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cooking with Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is a useful addition to a healthy kitchen. This oil is lower in saturated fat and higher in unsaturated fats than nearly all other oils. It is one of the only foods shown to both lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol and increase HDL ("good") cholesterol. Pressed from the tiny seeds of grapes, grapeseed oil is a good choice for salad dressings - it has a neutral taste. It is also ideal for use as a cooking oil, especially for high-temperature cooking such as sautéing or stir-frying, since it can be heated to higher temperatures than other oils before it starts to smoke. Try it out and see if you like it - store in a cool, dark place and don't buy more than you can use up in a few months.

Watkins offers All-Natural Grapeseed Oils for dipping and cooking.
Original Grapeseed Oil #01535
Citrus and Cilantro Grapeseed Oil #01528
Garlic and Parsley Grapeseed Oil #01527

Use the Citrus and Cilantro and the Garlic and Parsley as dipping oils for French or Italian bread. They are delicious as is or add a little Balsamic Vinegar for a flavor treat.


Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Fourth of July

Today we celebrate the Fourth of July in the United States, our Independence Day.

Happy Fourth of July to our followers, friends, and readers.
Have a happy and safe day.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Iced Vanilla Coffee Milk

Summer is the time for frosty cool drinks and desserts. Indulge with coffee year round with this low-cal, low-fat vanilla-flavored treat.

Iced Vanilla Coffee Milk
Serves: 4 (1-cup)

Whipped topping turns this coffee milk into a satisfying, rich-tasting summer drink or dessert. The cinnamon stick stirrer adds a light spiced flavor. You can also sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top, if you like.

3 cups strongly brewed decaffeinated coffee, chilled
1 cup fat-free or 1% milk
2 teaspoons granular sugar substitute
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Vanilla Extract
Ice cubes
1/2 cup fat-free or light whipped topping
Pinch ground Watkins Cinnamon for garnish (optional)
4 cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

In a pitcher, combine coffee, milk, vanilla, and sugar substitute, and vanilla; stir well. Fill 4 (10-ounce) glasses with ice. Pour coffee mixture over ice. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the whipped topping into each glass.

Stir gently so that some topping mixes with coffee and some remains at the top of the glass. Garnish each with a pinch of ground cinnamon and a cinnamon stick, if using.


Friday, May 21, 2010

U.S. Organic Product Sales Grow

Living Naturally

U.S. Organic Product Sales Reach $26.6 Billion in 2009

U.S. sales of organic products continued to grow during 2009 despite the distressed state of the economy, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) revealed today in releasing findings from its 2010 Organic Industry Survey. In fact, organic product sales in 2009 grew by 5.3 percent overall, to reach $26.6 billion. Of that figure, $24.8 billion represented organic food. The remaining $1.8 billion were sales of organic non-foods.

"While total U.S. food sales grew by only 1.6 percent in 2009, organic food sales grew by 5.1 percent. Meanwhile, organic non-food sales grew by 9.1 percent, as opposed to total non-food sales which had a 1 percent negative sales growth rate. These findings are indicative that even in tough times, consumers understand the benefits that organic products offer and will make other cuts before they give up products they value," said Christine Bushway, OTA's Executive Director.

In the organic non-food sector, organic supplements led, with $634 million in sales, representing 35 percent of total organic non-food sales, Organic supplement sales were 12 percent higher than in 2008. Organic fiber (linen and clothing) totaled $521 million in sales, up 10.4 percent, while personal care products, at $459 million, were up 3.7 percent from 2008 sales.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Shop Organic for Earth Day and Every Day of the Year!

Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day!

According to Chef Ann Cooper, Renegade Lunch Lady
"Between industrial farming practices, fossil fuel processing plants, packaging, and shipping, our modern food system is said to be responsible for a third of global warming. But we can change that by making better choices.

Whenever you can, eat organic, eat local, eat seasonally, and turn off the TV and talk to your kids about these things. Plus, isn't it nice to spend a little family time together? We could all use more of that."

Shop Watkins for organic vanilla, herbs, and spices.

Watkins Pure Organic Vanilla Extract , 1 fl oz and 2 fl oz bottles

Watkins USDA Certified 100% Organic Herbs and Spices

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chocolate-Mint Sandwich Cookies

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, March 17. Our family enjoys celebrating all holidays with food. Tomorrow for dinner our menu includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. These Chocolate-Mint Sandwich Cookies with green mint filling make a perfect dessert.

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Double-Strength Vanilla Extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Watkins Baking Cocoa
1 teaspoon Watkins Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon Watkins Pure Peppermint Extract
2 to 3 drops green food coloring, optional

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Shape into two 10-1/2-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

Unwrap dough and cut into 1/8-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 325° F for 9-11 minutes or until edges are set. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Combine filling ingredients; beat until smooth. Add food coloring if desired. Spread on the bottom of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Yield: 5 dozen.


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St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic. ~Adrienne Cook

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Steps To Happiness

Everybody Knows:
You can't be all things to all people.
You can't do all things at once.
You can't do all things equally well.
You can't do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.

You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.

You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you'll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you'll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

- author unknown

Eleisia Whitney
Independent Watkins Manager
Business Opportunity

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Immunergy Drink Mix

Introducing Watkins Immunergy
Available to Order NOW!
Immunergy provides an energy boost and natural immune support.

What is Immunergy?
Watkins Immunergy (02285) is a drink mix physician formulated to provide natural immune support plus a caffeine free energy boost using only all-natural ingredients, colors and flavors. Its blend of eight fruit and herb seed powders and D-Ribose supports your natural defenses and energy levels so you can feel your best every day.

• is 100% all natural.
• supports immune function.
• increases energy level.
• is formulated by physicians.
• contains only natural ingredients.
• contains 8 individual servings — great for travel!
• tastes great!

The Cold Press Process
Our proprietary cold press process of fruit and herb seeds yields incredibly potent powders that retain nearly all of their natural nutritional characteristics. Since no heat or damaging chemicals are used, the results are pure, natural and healthy.

Immunergy has only 20 calories; just mix in 8 oz to 12 oz of water.

Immunergy Drink Mix - #02285
Introductory Special - Buy One at $15.99, Get the Second for $8.00!

*Available in U.S. only. Special price valid March 11 – May 5, 2010.

Eleisia Whitney

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Natural Living Tips and Tricks

Adapted from Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, by Alex Wilson, Jennifer Thorne, and John Morrill. There are a number of easy ways to save energy with laundry, whether you're buying new appliances or not.

Follow these suggestions whenever possible to keep energy use to a minimum.

  1. Use lower temperature settings. Use warm or cold water for the wash cycle instead of hot (except for greasy stains), and only use cold for rinses. By presoaking heavily soiled clothes, a cooler wash temperature may be fine. The temperature of the rinse water does not affect cleaning, so always set the washing machine on cold water rinse.

  2. Turn down the thermostat on your water heater. A setting of 120°F is adequate for most home needs. By reducing your hot water temperature, you will save energy with either hot or warm wash cycles.

  3. Load the washing machine to capacity when possible. Most people tend to underload rather than overload their washers. Check your machine's load capacity in pounds, then weigh out a few loads of laundry to get a sense of how much laundry 10 or 18 to 20 pounds represents. Then use your eye to judge the volume of clothes for a load. Washing one large load will take less energy than washing two loads on a low or medium setting.

  4. If washing lightly soiled clothes, use the suds-saving feature if it's available on your washing machine. This saves the wash water to be reused in the next load. Only use this feature, though, if the second load is to be washed right away.

  5. When drying, separate your clothes and dry similar types of clothes together. Lightweight synthetics, for example, dry much more quickly than bath towels and natural fiber clothes.

  6. Don't overdry clothes. Take clothes out while they are still slightly damp to reduce the need for ironing — another big energy user. If your dryer has a setting for auto-dry, be sure to use it instead of the timer to avoid wasting energy.

  7. Don't add wet items to a load that is already partially dried.

  8. Dry two or more loads in a row, taking advantage of the heat still in the dryer from the first load.

  9. Clean the dryer filter after each use. A clogged filter will restrict flow and reduce dryer performance.

  10. Dry full loads when possible, but be careful not to overfill the dryer. Drying small loads wastes energy. Air should be able to circulate freely around the drying clothes.

  11. Check the outside dryer exhaust vent. Make sure it is clean and that the flapper on the outside hood opens and closes freely.

  12. In good weather, consider hanging clothes outside and using totally free solar energy to do the drying.

  13. Eleisia Whitney
    Independent Watkins Manager
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Pomegranate seed (Punica granatum)
Black Cumin (Nigella sativa)
Milk Thistle seed (Silybum marianum)

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Friday, February 19, 2010

The Five Most Common Mistakes That People Make With Biscuits

What are the five most common mistakes that people make with biscuits?

Patting the dough too thin.
Everyone loves big tall, flaky biscuits. The dough should be about 3/4-inch thick. The biscuits should double in height.

Handling the dough too much.
Gently form a dough ball handling no more than necessary. Kneading will develop the gluten and you'll have "hockey pucks" for biscuits.

Letting the butter get too warm.
tart with ice cold butter, work quickly, and don't let the butter melt. If it melts, it will soak into the flour and ruin the texture.

Not getting the oven hot enough.
The hot oven quickly turns the water to steam and creates flaky layered biscuits. Give your oven an extra five minutes to warm up and don't rely simply on the temperature register.

Making too dry of dough.
You want the dough as wet as you can handle, even a little sticky. A wet dough rises easier.

Buttermilk Biscuits
3 cups pastry flour
4 teaspoons Watkins Baking Powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup cold butter
1 1/3 cup fresh buttermilk or reconstituted from buttermilk powder

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until the mixture forms coarse pieces.

Add the buttermilk and stir the mixture with a fork until most of the dry ingredients have been moistened. Turn the ingredients onto the counter and knead and fold until the dough is formed. Do not knead longer than necessary.

Roll or pat the dough to about 3/4-inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits on a greased baking sheet with the edges touching.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops are just golden brown and biscuits sound hollow when gently tapped. Serve warm. Yield: 15 large biscuits

Baking Powder Biscuits
2 cups/500 mL sifted all-purpose flour
1 tbsp/15 mL Watkins Baking Powder
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL salt
5 tbsp/75 mL cold butter
3/4 cup/180 mL milk

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and cut into dry ingredients with two knives or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Make a well in center and gradually add milk, stirring until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto lightly floured board and knead lightly for 30 seconds. Roll out 1/2 to 3/4-inch/1 to 2-cm thick. Cut with a floured biscuit cutter. Arrange on greased baking sheet. Bake at 450ºF/235ºC for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes 12 biscuits, one per serving.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Blueberry-Maple Muffins

Whole-wheat flour and flaxseeds give these maple syrup-sweetened blueberry muffins a delicious, nutty flavor. Compared to a traditional version of the recipe, they have four times the dietary fiber and substitute healthful monounsaturated fat (canola oil) for saturated fat (butter).

Blueberry-Maple Muffins
1/5 cup whole flaxseeds
1 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Watkins Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Watkins Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup nonfat buttermilk, (see Tip)
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon Watkins Double Strength Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

2. Grind flaxseeds in a spice mill (such as a clean coffee grinder) or dry blender. Transfer to a large bowl. Add whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; whisk to blend. Whisk eggs and maple syrup in a medium bowl until smooth. Add buttermilk, oil, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla; whisk until blended.

3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and stir in the wet ingredients with a rubber spatula just until moistened. Fold in blueberries. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops with sugar.

4. Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched lightly, 15 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen edges and turn

No buttermilk? You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Saucy Aloha Chicken Wings

These aloha chicken wings bring Hawaiian flavor straight to your table. The spicy seasoning mixes with the sweetness of the pineapple for a delicious sauce that can't be beat. These are great as a party appetizer or as a quick meal.

Saucy Aloha Chicken Wings
25 chicken wings
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Watkins Garlic Salt
1 tablespoon Watkins Organic Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Watkins Ginger
1 teaspoon Watkins Paprika
20 ounces can crushed pineapple
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup soy sauce

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut wings at joints into 3 pieces. Discard bony end of wing tip or reserve for soup.

2. Arrange remaining chicken pieces in single layer in well-oiled baking pans. Prick skin with fork.

3. Combine vinegar, garlic salt, onion powder, ginger and paprika to make a baste; brush over chicken. Bake 30 minutes. Turn once.

4. Combine pineapple and juice with ketchup, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Spoon sauce over wings. Continue roasting 15 minutes more, or until done. Remove wings to serving platter. Serve immediately or until serving time. Wings may be reheated in oven or over hot coals on a grill.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Mini Apple Pizzas

Children enjoy snacking on these sweet little pizzas. The warm cinnamon flavor and light crust make them delicious! Your kids will love helping in the kitchen when they get to eat their creations.

Mini Apple Pizzas
1 tube refrigerator biscuits (about 10 biscuits)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Watkins Ground Cinnamon
2 medium tart apples, peeled and shredded

Roll or pat biscuits into 3-1/2-in. circles; place on a lightly greased baking sheet. In a bowl, combine brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Add apples and mix well; spoon rounded tablespoonfuls onto biscuits.

Bake at 350° F for 15-20 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Serve warm. Yield: 10 servings.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Keeping Your Hair Healthy

What you eat can work magic or wreak havoc on your hair. Learn which foods will help keep your locks shiny, full, and healthy.

The food you eat can’t turn straight hair curly, or dark hair blond. Your stylist has to help you with that. But the right diet can help improve your hair’s health at the source, and shiny, vibrant tresses can be the result.

There are many ways that diet affects the health of your hair. Here are a few things you can do to assist nature.

Pay attention to protein.
Your hair consists mostly of protein, so you need protein in your diet to build more hair. Protein deficiencies are uncommon in the United States, but if your diet is low in protein, add more meat, poultry, eggs, legumes, whole grains, and soy.

Seek trace minerals.
As their name suggests, trace minerals are found in foods in small amounts. Silica is just one trace mineral that's important for hair health. Unprocessed foods are the best choice for trace minerals. Organic foods often have higher concentrations of these minerals than conventionally grown foods.

Lose weight slowly.
A diet too low in calories will probably be low in the foods that promote healthy, shiny hair. If you cut back on calories drastically, you might find yourself shedding hair in the weeks and months following your diet. A reasonable weight-loss plan will set both your diet and your hair back on track.

Stay hydrated.
Drink plenty of water, mineral water, unsweetened juice, and herbal tea to stay hydrated, which benefits your body and your hair. These choices are better than soft drinks, carbonated beverages, or sugary juices and sports drinks.

Limit tea, coffee, and alcohol.
These beverages can interfere with the body's absorption of some minerals.

Eat lots of fruits and veggies.
Most fruits and vegetables are high in health-promoting antioxidants.

Consider a multivitamin.
Talk to your doctor to see whether a daily multivitamin might help supplement your diet and support the health of your hair.

For certain hair conditions, there are foods that contain nutrients that may lead to healthy, shiny hair.

Dry hair.
Your diet might be lacking in essential fatty acids if your hair is dry and prone to breakage. Foods that can encourage shiny hair include oily fish like salmon, tuna, trout, herring, and mackerel. Olives, nuts, seeds, and avocados are also high in these fatty acids.

Greasy hair.
Foods high in B vitamins can help fight the grease. Also, it's best to avoid fried foods.

Graying hair.
The link between diet and graying hair isn’t clear, but it’s possible that tyrosine, an amino acid, might help ward off the gray. Vitamin B5 has also shown promise in fighting gray hair — find it in meat, fish, poultry, and eggs.

Thinning hair.
A diet low in iron can contribute to hair loss, so if your iron levels are low, add red meat, beans, fortified cereals, and green leafy veggies to your plate. Protein might also be a problem — hair consists mostly of protein, so reach for protein to help build it. Try meat, low-fat dairy foods, eggs, nuts, seeds, and soy proteins, such as soymilk and tofu. Vitamin E may also help reduce hair loss — find it in green leafy veggies, grains, and nuts. If you suspect that your hair loss stems from a thyroid problem, try iodine-rich seafood.

Choose the right foods, and your body and hair will both thank you.

Watkins offers several products to improve the health of your hair.

Superfood Multiple - Complete Multivitamin, #02260
Optimum nutrition means more than just vitamins and minerals. This vitamin includes antioxidants, enzymes, bioflavonoids, greens and whole food concentrates along with optimum potencies of every important vitamin and mineral to keep you feeling and performing at your very best.

Skin, Hair, & Nails, #02270
Revitalize your skin, hair, and nails with this unique blend of vitamins, minerals, essential oils and antioxidants that protect from aging and help rejuvenate new growth of skin, hair, and nails while replenishing them with essential nutrients for a healthier, more vibrant appearance. A good source of Omega-3

Aloe and Green Tea Shampoo, #23326
Bring out the natural beauty of your hair with J.R. Watkins natural daily shampoo. Our gentle formula contains mild cleansers, which remove dirt and oil without weighing hair down. Our natural formula also contains wheat proteins to strengthen hair.

• 99.42% natural.
• NPA certified.
• Mild formula gently cleanses.
• Rich, luxurious suds.
• Gently removes dirt and oil.
• Safe for use on all hair types.
• Will not weigh hair down.
• Will not weigh hair down.
• Will not harm surface water, safe for aquatic life.

Essential Ingredients
• Aloe Leaf Juice: natural moisturizer.
• Lemon Peel Extract: natural exfoliant.

Aloe and Green Tea Conditioner, #23327
Nourish your hair with a daily conditioner that conditions as it moisturizes, leaving hair shiny and tangle-free.

• 98% natural
• Safe for use on all hair types
• Won't weigh hair down

Monday, January 18, 2010

Looking for Additional Income?

Can you think of another method of creating income for you and your family where you get superior quality products at a discount, share consumable products that customers order over and over again, earn a 25% commission or more on sales, and earn from the sales and personal use of the people you sponsor?

Watkins offers all of the above. Watkins is a well-established company that has survived the Great Depression and several recessions. The company and the products continue to meet the needs of everyday families. Watkins offers award-winning products with a money back guarantee. Watkins and the Summit Group provide training, support, and motivation to help you build a profitable Watkins business.

Watkins isn’t a “get rich quick” business. Earn "now" income by selling products as you share catalogs and samples with the people in your community, online sales, at fairs or shows, or by sampling products at Living Naturally get togethers. Use the products in your home and sponsor other associates who also use the products and sponsor for residual income. You don't have to buy a bunch of products you won't use or to meet sales quotas. Just replace some of the products you buy locally with products from you Watkins store. By following a proven system you can build a very profitable business in 3 to 5 years. You choose the business methods that go along with your lifestyle and goals. If you are considering a home-based business or a source of additional income Watkins is the company for you.

You don't have to reinvent the wheel or start from scratch like many small business owners. The system is in place and ready for you to follow.

Take our free no-obligation online tour. There's no pressure because I want to sponsor people whose goal is to build a profitable business. Follow the business tour at and then email or call me if you have any questions.

Start your business for $39.95 and choose from optional assortments depending on your budget and goals.

  • Take the tour and request a Business Information packet that includes a Watkins catalog, The Summit Group business opportunity booklet Have the Life You Deserve, product samples, and optional assortment flyer.

  • Order products to check out the quality and benefits Watkins offers products for every family.

Monday, January 11, 2010

How to Read a Nutrition Label

At the start of the New Year many of us make plans to lose the extra pounds from indulging in our favorite holiday foods.

Even if you don’t count calories, fat grams, carbohydrates, or anything else, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to the Nutrition Facts label on packaging. If you have a hard time making heads or tails of food labels, take this cheat sheet with you the next time you go to the grocery store.

Understanding the labels will ensure that you are getting enough daily nutrients, which will help you reach your health and weight-loss goals.

Serving Size and Servings per Container
This is the first thing to look at when you are scanning a Nutrition Facts panel. Serving sizes are standardized by product type to make it easier to compare similar foods; they are provided in familiar units, such as cups or pieces, followed by the metric amount (for example, number of grams). It’s important to be aware of how many servings there are in a package. Many products that look like they contain one serving actually contain more than that in a single package.

Calories and Calories From Fat
Calories are a measure of how much energy you get from a serving of the product. Even if you don't count calories you should be aware of them. It’s also useful to see how many of those calories come from fat. If it’s more than half, you should check how much is from saturated or trans fats, which you’ll find farther down on the label (see Total Fat below).

% Daily Value
On the right side of the panel is a column that lists % Daily Value (DV) for each nutrient based on 2,000 calories a day. As the label also points out, your recommended DV needs to be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat
This section is broken down into saturated and trans fat content. Manufacturers are not required to list unsaturated fats; however, they are included in the total fat calculations. Avoid products with 20 percent or more of the daily recommended value of saturated fat, as well as those that contain trans fats. Be aware that a label can say 0% trans fats if it contains less than 0.5 gram per serving — so be sure to check for hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (which indicate the presence of these bad fats) in the ingredients list if you are concerned.

Cholesterol and Sodium
You should discuss your situation with your own physician, particularly if you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure and are salt-sensitive.

Total Carbohydrate (Dietary Fiber, Sugars)
Total carbohydrate is the heading that lists total grams of dietary fiber and sugars, with the subcategories of dietary fiber and sugar following. Getting plenty of fiber is very important (25 to 30 grams daily is optimal), so pay close attention to this section of the label. When choosing whole-grain breads, for example, select those that contain at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. When it comes to sugars, be aware that this number represents the sum of sugars that occur naturally in foods, like lactose and glucose, as well as added sugars (corn syrup, dextrose, high-fructose corn syrup, and honey, to name a few). Take a peek at the ingredients list to check for these added sugars — and when possible avoid products made with them.

Vitamins and Minerals
Manufacturers are required to list the percentage of the DV of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron supplied by a serving of food. Listing other vitamins and minerals is voluntary, unless a claim is made about the nutrient or they are added to supplement the foods (as in breakfast cereals that supply 100% of your daily need for various vitamins and minerals). If a food supplies less than 2 percent of the DV for the required nutrients, the value does not have to be listed.