Archive for February, 2011

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. ~C.S. Lewis

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Besides reading, I love baking cookies.   Sugar cookies aren’t my cup of tea, though. Holly is the official “Sugar Cookie Baker” of the family! Aren’t these cute?  My favorites are Ginger Snaps, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter and of course Cranberry Noels.  What’s your favorite cookie recipe?

Ginger Snaps

3/4 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg, beaten

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp Watkins Baking Powder

2 tsp each Watkins Cinnamon, Ginger & Ground Cloves

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add molasses and egg.  Beat together.  Combine dry ingredients.  Add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Roll into balls, then in white sugar.  Press flat with a fork.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8 – 12 minutes.  Makes 4 dozen cookies.

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Have a great day!


“Appetizers are the little things you keep eating until you lose your appetite.” — Joe Moore

Friday, February 11th, 2011

The last Sunday in January used to be Superbowl Sunday, then starting in 2002 it was the first Sunday in February; whenever it is it’s a great time  to entertain and try new appetizer recipes!  According to, only three of five people who watch the Superbowl are actually football fans; the other two are at the party to socialize and enjoy the excitement. Some fun facts from their site; potato chips are the biggest salty snack seller, it’s the biggest day for guacamole consumption (second is Cinco de Mayo), and pizza is the number one choice for take-out with pepperoni the favorite topping.

Watkins Gourmet Snack & Dip Seasonings turn ordinary snacks into extraordinary.  Just mix them with regular or low fat sour cream, pureed cottage cheese or plain yogurt for a delicious dip; or mix with cream cheese for roll-ups, cheese balls and canapes.   One bottle makes eight cups of dip, for just $8.99.  Click HERE to purchase a bottle and try some new recipes!  There are 10 flavors; Cucumber & Dill is my family’s favorite, what’s yours?

10 Dip Mix Tips

1.  Add Watkins Garlic & Dill or Cucumber Dill Snack & Dip Seasoning when sauteing or steaming vegetables.

2.  Stir Watkins Tomato & Horseradish Dip Seasoning into ketchup or chili sauce to make your own cocktail sauce.

3. Add Watkins Bacon & Onion Dip Seasoning to your basic white sauce recipe.  Toss with cooked fettuccine and sauteed chicken; garnish with Parmesan cheese.

4. Make Crab Dip with 8 oz cream cheese, 1/4 c. sour cream, 4 Tbsp Watkins Crab Dip Seasoning and 1/4 c crabmeat or imitation crab. Or just blend 3 Tbsp mix with 1 c sour cream.

5. Watkins Salsa & Sour Cream Snack & Dip Seasoning  prepared per package directions makes a great taco topper, a dressing for taco salad or make layered dip with dip on the bottom, layered with cheese, tomatoes and green onions.

6. Stir Watkins Cucumber & Dill Snack & Dip Seasoning into mashed potatoes or sprinkle on baked potatoes.

7. Whisk together 1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise, 1/3 c low fat milk, 2 tsp vinegar and 1 1/2 Tbsp Watkins Garlic & Dill Snack & Dip Seasoning for a low fat salad dressing.

8. A variety of stuffed celery mixes can be made by combining cream cheese, your favorite Watkins Snack & Dip Seasoning and enough milk to make a smooth texture.  A quick way to fill celery is to put mixture in a zip-top bag, cut off one corner and squeeze on celery.

9. Add Watkins Bacon Cheddar Snack & Dip Seasoning to a small amount of milk to make a paste.  Brush on cooked hamburgers for bacon cheeseburger taste without the fat.

10.  Mix Salsa & Sour Cream Snack & Dip Seasoning into cream cheese and spread on tortillas to make roll-ups.

Happy snacking!