Archives for June 2010

Chicken Tortilla Soup

serves 4 (1 1/2 cups ea.)
3 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut into 1/4-inch strips
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
3 cups water
3 Tablespoons Watkins Chicken Soup Mix
1 cup peeled and diced fresh tomato
1 teaspoon Watkins Chili Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Garlic Flakes
1/8 teaspoon Watkins Black Pepper
2 cups (10 oz) diced cooked chicken breast
1 Tablespoon lime juice

In a large skillet sprayed with Watkins Cooking Spray, saute tortilla strips for 5 minutes or until crisp. Place strips on a paper towel while preparing soup. In a large saucepan sprayed with Watkins Cooking Spray, saute onion for 5 minutes. Stir in water, chicken soup mix, water, tomato, chili seasoning, garlic, and black pepper. Add chicken. Mix well to combine. Bring mixture to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and tortilla strips. Serve at once.

Each serving equals:
171 calories,
3 gm fat,
25 gm protein,
11 gm carbohydrate,
321 mg sodium,
43 mg calcium,
2 gm fiber
DIABETIC EXCHANGES: 2 1/2 meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch


Tuna Roll

1 package Watkins Pizza Crust Mix – white deep dish or whole wheat
2 cans (14 ounces) drained tuna
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ teaspoon (2 mL) Watkins Celery Seed
¼ teaspoon (2 mL) Watkins Purest Granulated Black Pepper
½ teaspoon (1 mL) Watkins Sea Salt, ground
¼ cup (60 mL) green pepper, finely chopped
2 tablespoons (30 mL) melted butter

Measure 3 tablespoons Watkins Pizza Crust Mix, set aside. Mix remaining Watkins Pizza Crust Mix as listed on package direction. Roll out into 10″ by 16″ rectangle, using extra Watkins Pizza Crust Mix in place of flour if sticky. Combine remaining ingredients. Spread onto dough. Roll up and turn edge side down. Slice into 6 or 8 sections. Brush with melted butter. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes in a 375’F oven. Top with White Sauce. Serve hot.

White Sauce
½ cup (125 mL) Watkins Cream Soup and Sauce Base
½ cup (125 mL) flour
1 cup (250 mL) milk
1 ½ (375 mL) cup water
Watkins Purest Granulated Black Pepper, to taste
Watkins Sea Salt, to taste
Prepare sauce as per package directions. Serve warm.

Herbs ‘n’ White Sauce To White Sauce recipe add:
¾ teaspoons (3 mL) Watkins Parsley
1 ½ teaspoons (7 mL) Watkins Dill
¼ teaspoon (1 mL) Watkins Basil
¼ teaspoon (1 mL) Watkins Tarragon
1 ½ teaspoons (12 mL) Watkins Original Grapeseed Oil
¼ teaspoon (1 mL) Worcestershire sauce

Prepare sauce as per Watkins Cream Soup and Sauce Base direction.


Singing Cake

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs, separated
2 squares bitter chocolate, melted
1 cup raisins
2 teaspoons Watkins cinnamon
1 teaspoon Watkins cloves
4 cups sifted flour
1 cup strawberry jam
1 cup chopped nuts
2 teaspoons Watkins baking powder mixed in 1 cup buttermilk


Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and stir. Add melted chocolate and stir. Add raisins. Add cinnamon, cloves, and flour, stir. Stir in nuts and jam.
Now add the baking powder to the buttermilk and quickly stir into the cake mixture. Fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites.
Quickly pour mix into angel food cake pan which has been sprayed with Watkins Cooking Spray and floured. Bake at 350 degrees until cake stops singing, about 45 minutes.


Make sure you time this so your guests are present during the baking. Once the cake is baked, the effect is over.



Watkins Healthy Mayonnaise

Here’s a recipe for homemade mayonnaise from Martha Stewart’s cookbook that has been Watkinized and revised for
your health. It is absolutely, outrageously good – and good for you!

2 eggs
1/4 tsp. Watkins Dry Mustard
3/4 tsp. Watkins Sea Salt (ground)
2 Tbsp. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups Watkins Original Grapeseed Oil
Combine the eggs, mustard, salt and lemon juice in a food processor or blender. Turn on machine and pour in the oil, drop by drop, until the mixture thickens. Add the remaining oil in a steady stream. Store, lightly covered in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Easy and delightful. Wonderful for egg salad. Use Garlic & Parsley Grapeseed Oil to
make Garlic Mayo – Yummy!


Preparing For Grandbaby

Hi there,

I’ve been quite busy these days. =) Do I know if I’m coming or going? Yes however, barely. lol

I keep telling hubby that we need to get the cradle up from the basement so I can clean it up and get it ready. He says, “You have plenty of time!” 😮

I tell him, “Hello, I don’t think so! Have you looked closely at our DIL lately?”

I bet him $100 that she’ll deliver early. (She’s due July 13th)

I’ve been busy trying to get a few things online accomplished like, letting go of 3 of my blogs. I’m hoping that will be a sufficient enough downsizing so I’ll be able to get my other work done after I start caring for our new grandson.

I know our lives will change considerably! 😀

This is the cradle that I was referring to. My Dad made it for me when I had my son. 🙂It has a music box attached to the bottom of the cradle part. 🙂

I took a pic of it, yes, it’s still down in our basement. I’ll get it up here one way or another. lol

Schools Out! Plan the Perfect Teen Summer

By Aurelia Williams

It’s inevitable. School ends and suddenly, your teen has no idea what to do. Or they waste their days staring blankly at the TV screen, playing video games or even worse, they just get themselves into trouble.

If you’re ready to finally make this the summer where your kids are fully engaged in safe and fun activities, there’s help for you with the “Schools Out! Plan the Perfect Teen Summer” package.

This practical toolkit has been put together by Aurelia Williams, Certified Life Coach and host of the popular “Parenting My Teen” Internet radio program. It includes:

– Interview recordings with experts on the topics of:
– Getting ready for the next year of high school and college prep.
– Helping your teen deal with sexual and drug-related peer pressure.
– Keeping your teen busy, entertained and focusing on positive things.
– Creative ways to help your teen find a job or even start a business.

There are also some very practical tools to use that information like:

– Action Plan for Teenagers: A practical 10-week plan to keep teens occupied during the summer.
– Keeping the Balance Report: Staying friends with a teenager and raising them to be happy and successful.
– Summer Work for Teens Report: Suggestions and strategies for finding summer work.
– Summer Learning for Teens Report: How to prevent learning loss over the summer.

…and a bunch more useful stuff.

Learn More And Grab All Your Goodies Here.


More News and Photos Of The Triplets

Hi there, This week has flown by fast 😉

I have lots of new photos of the triplets. They are precious…and growing, growing! 😮

Follow Up From: Not Just Grandma but Great Aunt Too =)

My brother had his first “Grandpa Friday” day at caring for the “precious cargo” 😉

He said he did pretty good. Needless to say the stress was running at full speed when ALL 3 were crying at the same time. LOL!

There has been a call-in-sick-day already with one of the helpers 🙁 Other than that, all are doing as well as can be expected. 🙂

Enjoy the photos 🙂