Bad Economy!

“The WORST thing you can do in this economy is get a second job.

The BEST thing you can do is start a home based business!” ~Dave Ramsey (well said!)!

Dave Ramsey has specifically mentioned The Pampered Chef as a great way to earn money and pay down debt.


“New Beginnings Can Jump Start Your 2012”

We, as people, begin to search our lives and evaluate things around us as the New Year begins. Some make resolutions to change this or that and others make short or  long term goals.

All these things are good but to do these, we must not only evaluate and critique, but in making and setting a goal, we need a roadmap, a plan to reach that goal. The goal must also be an attainable/reachable goal.

Goal setting is a must in all areas of our lives. When setting goals, generalized goals, such as I want to lose 50 pounds in 2012, or I want to earn more $ in 2012, are nice goals but are less likely to be attained if you do not have a roadmap to get there.

Have you ever been on vacation without knowing where you were going? Once in awhile this could be a fun adventure but most of us, would not leave home with our children or pets for a vacation without knowing where we were going, how long it would take to get there, will we need to make stops along the way, how far between stops, etc.

My niece, for example, in driving from NC to Texas with her young daughter and large dog, knew how often they would need to rest and even how long to drive each day before getting a room. She checked ahead, to see within that mileage, which places would allow her to keep her dog within her room.

If you don’t know where you are headed, you don’t know how to pack, the type of clothes or accessories you might need while away. So being prepared, is not only key to a trip or vacation with family but key in all parts of our lives.

In a direct sales business and all home based businesses, we must set goals.

What would we like to see from our business in 2012? Once we know we want something, WHY do we want it? How will attaining that goal make us or our families happier, healthier, or financially sound?

Once we know our WHY, then you need to know how (the roadmap) to get to the goal.One friend often says, “if your WHY” doesn’t make you cry, it isn’t large enough”; meaning, you haven’t delved deep enough within yourself to why you want to reach that goal.

First you need to write your goal down. You also need to know by when do you need to accomplish the goal. It needs to be an attainable goal so you must ask yourself, is this a realistic goal in this amount of time.

To figure it out, let’s say you have a goal for the year. You need to divide that goal by 12 months so you know what needs to be accomplished monthly, then divide by 4 so you know what you need to accomplish weekly.

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

Now does it look more doable? If not, then you need to rethink the goal if your goal looks impossible. If your goal looks just a bit scary, that’s ok. We need to stretch ourselves and our goals, so we don’t get lax into thinking it’s a piece of cake and I can work on this as I please, when I please, and it will just happen. That mindset will not work at all. This is the reason so many people try to convince others, direct sales companies isn’t a real job because that person either did or knew someone who took just that approach to the business. If you want something bad enough, you will change your mindset and not be influenced by those people. You get from any business or project, what you put into the business. Often those who chose to think of it as not a job or business, also chose to not be trained or work it as a business.

All business owners must have a goal and a business plan.

Write down your Ultimate Goal. Your long term goal for the year.

Write down your Monthly Goal.

Write down your Weekly Goal.

Write down one quote that empowers you.

Did you know, only 3% of the population write down their goal? Did you know 3% of the population are millionaires?

You are 75% more likely to meet your personal or business goals if you write them down.

Now you know where you are going; you have a plan.  Now you need the roadmap to get there.So now, you must decide what it will take to get there. If you are in a party plan business, the person who introduced you to the business or your director can show you how to calculate that figure, how many shows will it take to get me to that goal?

Once your see your goals as clear, concise, inspiring, and achievable, find an accountability partner. This can be a supportive spouse, a good friend, or the person who introduced you to a business, or an up-line director, if you are in direct sales. Writing your goal down is key but sharing it, holds you accountable to your goal.

Next, give yourself four minutes each day to focus. First, for just one minute, reconnect to your business or your vision for your business. For 60 seconds, revisit what you want. Write down three things you are thankful/grateful for (should take just one minute), and in your 3rd minute, determine the quality you will embody in this day; decide the qualities you are going to live this day to show up more confident in the day. Perhaps it is to be positive, smile more, be curious, a better listener, less of a procrastinator or not going to make excuses today.  Your fourth minute is to read or recite a quote/thought that will empower you each day.

For example, mine in 2012, is “You Must DO the thing, you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt.

“What’s the MORE you are looking for today?”

If you are looking to earn some additional money so your family can “play more” in 2012, help pay for college, pay off college loans, help make ends meet, needing some adult or “mommy” time, or just needing to fill some “me” time, Pampered Chef could be the answer. It’s perfect for a college student because it’s flexible, can be worked around classes and it’s perfect for the full-time worker or stay at home Mom, because the hours are flexible to work around most schedules. If you are looking for supplemental income where you can find a healthy balance/harmony between work and family, it’s perfect too. There is no inventory, a very small investment to begin (less than the cost of a new outfit and matching shoes), training and support. Pampered Chef is perfect for the hobbyist, wanting to fill their kitchen with quality tools without having to pay full price, while others wanting a part-time or full-time income/earnings can achieve that, too, with The Pampered Chef.

“What’s the MORE you are looking for?”

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Chicken & Broccoli Ring

Chicken & Broccoli Ring–using the Pampered Chef’s large 15″round stone with handles…..this recipe is wonderful by itself or serve with your  favorite soup or chowder


2-package (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls

1 cup cooked chicken (2-3 small chicken breasts cooked in your deep covered baker–chopped with the salad chopper or you could use the food chopper

3/4 cup coarsely chopped broccoli (very small head of florets works perfectly)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) cheddar cheese–i like extra cheese–so individual taste
1/4 cup  red bell pepper or green peppers–depend on price—I just slice down one side- with forged cutlery knife–don’t really measure–chop fine with the  food chopper
2 tbsp mayonnaise–I used more than that—so do it as you need according to ingredients added, some use more chicken than others
1 tsp Pampered Chef Pantry All-Purpose Dill Mix (or dried dill)—-or some leave it out—I like the wonderful taste it gives
1 small garlic clove, pressed (minced)—I used two-three cloves—-healthy
1/8 tsp salt couple turns of the grinder
1/8 tsp pepper couple turns of the grinder

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Unroll each container of crescent rolls; separate into 8 triangles.  Arrange triangles, slightly overlapping, in a circle on a PC Small Round Baking Stone with wide ends 3 inches from edge of baking stone (points will extend off the edge of the baking stone).  Roll (or use fingers to press) wide ends of dough toward center to create a 3-inch opening.  This part sounds kinda tricky the first time you do it, but it’s not so bad.  To see picture look in Pampered Chef’s  “All The Best Cookbook”
2. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, broccoli, cheese, bell pepper, mayo, seasoning mix, garlic, salt, and pepper and mix well.
3. Using a  scoop, scoop filling evenly over dough in a continuous circle. Make sure filling is evenly spaced/spread.  Bring points of triangles up over filling and tuck under dough at center to form a ring.  (the filling will show)

Optional: Lightly brush dough with egg white; and/or sprinkle with almonds.You can add cheese to top.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until deep golden brown.

0?Weight Watchers Point Garden Vegetable Soup

0?Weight Watchers Point Garden Vegetable Soup 


2/3 cup sliced carrots

1/2 cup diced onions 

2 garlic cloves, minced 

3 cups fat?free broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable) 

1 1/2 cups diced green cabbage 

1/2 cup green beans 

1 tbsp. tomato paste 

1/2 tsp. dried basil 

1/4 tsp. dried oregano 

1/4 tsp. salt 

1/2 cup diced zucchini 


In a large saucepan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, saute carrots, onions and garlic over low heat 

for about 5 minutes. Add broth, cabbage, green beans, tomato paste, basil, oregano and salt, and bring to 

a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for around 15 minutes or until beans are tender. Lastly, stir in 

the zucchini and continue to heat soup for 3?4 minutes. Enjoy!!

Beef Taco Ring

Beef Taco Ring ,  a wonderful alternative to taco shells…….

¾ to 1  lb lean ground beef

1 package (1-1.25 oz.) taco seasoning mix

1 (4 oz.) cheddar cheese

2 tbsp water

2 packages (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent rolls

1 medium green bell pepper

1 jar  salsa

lettuce optional

1-2  medium tomato

1/2 onion

½ c pitted ripe olives (optional)

1 tub Sour cream

Cook ahead up to 1 2/3 cups ground beef.  Cook in large skillet over medium heat.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In Classic Batter Bowl, combine beef, taco seasoning mix (southwestern seasoning) and water.  Using the  Deluxe Cheese Grater, grate cheese into mix.

Unroll crescent dough; separate into 16 triangles. Arrange triangles, slightly overlapping, in a circle on Large Round Stone with wide ends 4 inches from edge of baking stone; wide ends overlapping in center.

Points will extend off the edge of the baking stone. Using Baker’s Roller,  roll wide ends of dough toward center to create a 5-inch opening.

Using Medium Scoop, scoop meat mixture evenly onto widest end of each triangle.

Bring points up over ?lling and tuck under the wide ends of dough at the center of the ring.  (The Filling will not be completely covered.)

Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Cut off top of bell pepper.  Discard top and insides.  Fill pepper with Salsa.

Shred lettuce and slice tomato.  Chop onion using the Food Chopper.  Slice olives using a knife or the Egg Slicer Plus.  Place bell pepper in the center of ring; arrange lettuce,

tomato, onion and olives aroung the bell pepper.  Fill the Easy Accent Decorator with Sour cream.  Garnish.  To serve, cut with Slice ?n Serve.

Yield: 8 servings

You can also place extra ingredients in side bowls, letting dinner guests top their slice with any or all the extra ingredients….my preference ……enjoy!

“Taco Soup”

Here you go.  Love this soup.  I think it could easily be made in the Deep Covered Baker. I would cook hamburger first and then add other ingredients and cook 10-15 minutes covered in m icrowave.  Finish off with sour cream and cheese.

“Taco Soup”


2 lbs fresh lean ground beef

1 onion, coarsely chopped

1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies

1 (1 1/4 ounce) taco seasoning, packet

1 (1 ounce) Hidden Valley Ranch dip, packet

2 (11 ounce) cans corn, undrained

4 (14 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, undrained

1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, undrained

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, undrained

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

grated monterey jack cheese, and or cheddar cheese


Prep Time: 10 minutes/ Total Time: 40 minutes

step 1 Brown the meat with the onions in an 8-qrt stockpot.

step 2 When cooked all the way through, add remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.

step 3 Eat now, if you are not freezing it.

If eating now, Top with grated cheese. Use a grater and a  block of cheese for a healthy and cheaper choice. Shredded cheese purchased in bags contains a large amount of, not only air, but cellulose: note it’s normally third on the ingredient list.

Using the easy accent decorator, fill it with sour cream. When the soup is ready, it’s refrigerated for your family and easily dispensed, no mess.

Tortilla chips are a good substitute for crackers.

step 4 If freezing, let soup cool completely, then  pour into freezer bags. First mark the bags with “Taco Soup, Reheat to Serve” and the date and/or use the leak proof glass containers with labels.

step 5 When ready to eat after frozen, Let the bag partially thaw, enough to get it out of the bag and then heat over low until warmed through or if using container, let it partially thaw, then microwave and serve.

This recipe was one prepared and eaten at a cooking show, introducing Power Cooking.

No Knead Ciabatta Bread

No Knead Ciabatta Bread

This has been one HOT recipe! No one can believe how easy it is. Try it…

“it’s delicious and only costs 35 cents to make! “

No-Knead Bread


3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting

¼ teaspoon instant yeast

1 ½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups tap water


Step 1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 ½ cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18 hours, at room temperature.

Step 2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Liberally flour a Pastry Mat using the Flour/Sugar Shaker, and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Fold the 2 sides of the Pastry Mat over the bread and let it stand on the counter for 2 hours to rise.

Step 3. 1 ½ hours into the 2 hour rising, preheat oven to 450 degrees & place the empty Deep Covered Baker with lid in oven for 30 minutes. (This is the only recipe I have ever preheated a stone for!)

You want the Deep Covered Baker blazing hot. Dump the dough into the The Deep Covered Baker, put the lid on and put back in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes then take the lid off.

Bake for another 8 to 15 minutes until the bread is golden brown on top. Cool on a cooling rack.

Can’t wait?!?! OK…go ahead. Get a stick of butter and and eat it. We don’t have the patience in our house either to let it cool!

Bon Appetit!!