|Good news Canada! Watkins Great Outdoors Insect Repellent is back in stock and ready to order!
|July 24th is |
International Cousins Day.
A day for YOUR generation to spend
catching up on your favourite memories
and shared experiences growing up!
... and remember, today's greeting is
"What's buzzin cuzzin?"
|... from Watkins Inc....|
We hear from so many customers who would like to be able to prepare their Watkins grocery list in their lounger on the deck, curled up in their favourite chair, over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table - but away from their computer. Watkins heard you all! Now, each month, we will bring you your Monthly Specials and Featured Products PLUS our Complete Product Price List in a fully downloadable and printable Adobe Acrobat format!
Our beautiful, full-colour Specials flyer will provide details and tips for some of our most timely products and our special sales prices. Our Complete Product Price List will list EVERY Watkins product and highlight those that are on special to make your shopping experience simple, quick and enjoyable.
If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, or would like to upgrade to the latest version, you can do that for FREE - right here!
||"Ahhhh"... in a bottle!|
Watkins All-Natural Body Oil Mists
Summer sun can be both a benefit and a curse! It's the very best source of natural Vitamin D, it nourishes our soul and warms our hearts after a cold, long winter.... but on the other hand, it can be very damaging and drying to our skin!
Watkins has the perfect solution! Our All-Natural Body Oil Mists are the perfect to spritz on much needed moisture where and when you need it! Natural Apricot Kernel Oil and Vitamin E quickly soothe and nourish dry, wind or sunburned skin and lock the moisture in for long-lasting relief.
Even in the hottest time of the year, we still need to moisturize, but for many, a lotion or cream feels too heavy. Our Body Mists are light, quick and fast-absorbing so that you don't feel weighed down or 'coated'. They travel well and will fit into your camping gear, backpack or overnight bag perfectly.
Let the soothing and relaxing scent of Lavender make your vacation even more relaxing; the invigorating citrus scent of Grapefruit can help you make it through a full day at the amusement park with the kids; and our delightful Coconut Milk and Honey is perfect for an afternoon in the hammock with a good book and a glass of your favourite 'adult' beverage!
You can learn more about all 3 of these wonderful Mists in your Specials; just click on your link above, or head to my Watkins online store for more details and to place your order.
|Tasty Tips & Tricks...|
... and always remember... Watkins Gourmet Herbs & Spices, Seasoning Blends and Salts, and Gourmet Grinders are the perfect place to start ANY healthy meal with ... during ANY season!
- For kabobs, use the squared skewers instead of the round; the meat and vegetables will stay in place when turning instead of rolling around.
- For fast, easy, delicious glazes, dilute jams or jellies with a little orange or pineapple juice and brush on meats during the last minutes of grilling.
- Grilled fruit makes a yummy quick dessert. Place assorted fruits (grapes, pineapple, apples or peaches) on skewers and grill 5 to 10 minutes. Baste with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar, Cinnamon or Ginger.
- A new trend in snacks is small portions of pre-cooked chicken or other meats to provide a high-protein, low-calorie, healthy snack. You can easily make your own and/or simplify your summer meal preparations by pre-cooking and freezing portions of cubed chicken or turkey. This would be perfect to add to a green or Caesar salad for a quick, cool summertime supper!
- Pasta is popular any time of year, but is perfect for summer salads, added to green salads, or as a quick hot or cold side dish. Here are a few tips from Watkins "Pasta & Sauces" Cookbook from 1996:
- Don't overcook pasta. Perfectly-cooked pasta has a texture known to the Italians as al dente ("to the tooth"). It should have a firm, tender consistency (not mushy). Begin checking for doneness prior to the minimum recommended cooking time.
- Add pasta gradually to keep the water at a boil. Stir frequently... you can never stir past too much!
- Leftover pasta may be tossed lightly with olive or Grapeseed Oil to keep it from sticking, then refrigerated in an airtight container for a few days. To reheat, place it in a colander and pour boiling water over it, or drop it into boiling water, remove from heat, and let stand a couple of minutes before draining. You can also microwave it, covered, on HIGH for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Start timing your pasta when the water returns to a full boil. Always cook uncovered. Cooking times vary with size and shape; always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- With the kids home and looking for activities to fill their days with, baking cookies can fill the time and their tummies at the same time! Here are a few tips from Watkins "Cookie Cookbook" from 1991:
- Always use a good cookie sheet and do not grease unless it is called for in the recipe.
- Always place your dough on a cool cookie sheet; dough will spread if placed on a hot one.
- Unless otherwise directed, immediately remove cookies with a wide spatula from the sheet onto wire racks to cool.
- Cookie dough can be frozen. Make a double-batch to save time later, and place in an airtight container or wrap tightly in foil. Thaw until just soft enough to spoon onto sheet. Shape dough for refrigerator cookies in rolls; wrap and freeze. Thaw rolls just enough to slice easily.
- For evenly browned cookies, place one cookie sheet at a time on the center oven rack. Check at the end of the minimum time - a minute can make a big difference in 'cookie-time'! Don't over-bake!
- Store crisp, thin cookies in a container with a loose-fitting cover. If they soften, they can be re-crisped by placing in a 300 F/150 C oven for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Store soft cookies in a tightly covered container. A piece of bread or apple will help keep the cookies soft but needs to be changed frequently.
- Here's a quick tip that would work great when you're camping as well as at home - if you find you are short a colander or sieve, you can quickly improvise by punching holes in the bottom of an aluminum pie plate and bending it a bit to create a bowl shape.
- Use frozen drinking boxes or fruit juice cans as ice packs in your lunch box or picnic hamper - they will be thawed and drinkable by lunch and you won't have to carry them back home!
- Frozen foods also work great to keep cold foods cold when you're grocery shopping. Keep a collapsible cooler in your car and put your frozen and refrigerated food items in there instead of a regular bag. This way you know your groceries will be okay if you have a little extra running around to do.
- Do you have old, ragged bathtub decals that you want to remove from the bottom of your tub? Use hot vinegar! Vinegar will also remove stick-on hooks from painted walls as well as price tags and labels from china and glass. (To remove a stick-on hook, saturate a cloth or sponge with vinegar and try to squeeze the liquid behind the hook so that it comes in contact with the adhesive.)
- Do you have a drain that smells? The best way to get rid of the odour is to take a thin "bottle brush" and push it down into the pipe and scrub the sides of the drain to get rid of the build-up that accumulates there. Be sure to scrub around the entire pipe, then rinse - the smell will be gone!
- Revive your wooden cutting board - to smooth away scratches, use a medium to fine grade sandpaper on the splintered areas then rinse the board in COLD water. Don't soak it, or it will warp and split. After it is dry, wipe it with vegetable or mineral oil; leave it set for a few minutes, then wipe it dry with a clean cloth.
- To remove crayon marks from painted walls scrub them with toothpaste, then rinse and wipe! This works well on enamel paints as well as flat paints.
- To catch wasps that get inside your house, quickly spray them several times with clean tap water from a spray mister bottle. The weight of the water will keep them grounded long enough for you to catch them in a jar to take back outside.
- .. The Ants go Marching....
- Spraying your countertops, cabinets and floors with equal parts of vinegar and water will go a long way to keeping ants from invading!
- If you already have ants coming in, sprinkle baby powder where they enter (such as a windowsill or doorway). The ants won't walk through the powder - and it's a lot less harmful than other poisonous repellents.
- You could also try planting peppermint around all the entrances to your house. This may deter ants from entering - especially if, every so often, you go out and crush a few of the leaves to release the mint oils, making the plant more effective.
- Tomato Lime Cocktail
- Crab Deviled Eggs
- Spring Garden Salad
- Fry Bake Chicken
- Cherry Upside Down Cake
|Summertime is here! This month we have some really cool summertime recipes for you to make for your friends and family!
Like a yummy for your tummy
Fruit Ice and Lime Salad
... refreshing and delicious!
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