Thursday, January 31, 2008
When you look around your office or your work space what do you see? I believe there are certain “tools” that are a must for any work space:
A clock or a watch. I believe it’s very important to know how long you are investing in each task. If you’re writing an article, how long have you been writing that article? If you are placing ads, how long have you been sitting at your computer placing those ads? Perhaps you are speaking with folks on Instant Messenger. It’s amazing how much time can fly by when you are chatting with others. Having a clock or a watch lets you be accountable for your time.
Your calendar. I still keep my calendar offline. Many folks keep their calendars online. Either way, a calendar is a must. With your clock or watch, your calendar will help keep you on schedule. I write in both personal and business commitments. I don’t want to tell someone I’ll call them at 2 p.m. tomorrow if I have to be at my daughter’s school at 2:15 p.m. tomorrow.
Paper and pen. I believe you should have paper and pen everywhere. You should have paper and pen by your desk, by your bed, in your vehicle and for women that carry a purse, you should have paper and pen in your purse. Ideas come to us at all times, day and night. When we get ideas, we need to be able to jot down our thoughts, so that we can act on them later.
Your goal sheet. In order to know what needs to be accomplished today, you’ll need your goal sheet. Goal sheets can be detailed or they can be a simple task list. I believe goal sheets are very similar to road maps. Road maps tell us how to get where we need to go. If we’re on familiar roads, our map can be very simple. If we are on unfamiliar roads, we need a more detailed map.
A phone. It’s near impossible to run a business without a phone. I have both a home phone and a cell phone. I also have a calling card for my home phone. At one time I had a separate line for my business. Today, with calling card rates so low, I just use a calling card on my home phone. I know that calls made on the calling card are charged to the business.
My own work space also includes a bottle of water and my computer. I believe that with the above tools, you’ll be ready to make the most of each day as it comes to you.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I admit, I'm a bread lover. Ahh the smell of freshly baked bread and then warm bread with melted butter on it. There is nothing quite like it.
Tupperware makes awesome loaf pans for bread.
Modern alternative to conventional cookware is made of state-of-the-art silicone-so it won't break, rust or crack.
Silicone material in Red provides even heat distribution when baking, eliminating over-baked edges and under-baked centers. Plus, it releases food easily, so little or not fat is required prior to baking.
Safe for baking in conventional, convection and microwave ovens up to 425ºF.
Unlike traditional metal cookware, you can use your Magic Baking Forms in both the fridge and freezer.
Soft, flexible material saves space. Roll it up and place in a drawer-it snaps back to its original shape when you're ready to use it again!
9¾" x 4" x 3" H
I've found a wonderful website for bread recipes including gluten free bread recipes. http://www.cookingbread.com/bread_recipes.html
Some bread baking tips:
If you are using yeast, always allow ample time for rising. Dough can take up to 2 hours to rise. I most often put dough inside the oven with a towel over the bowl. (do not turn oven on).
You also want to make sure your water is room temperature when using yeast. If your water is too hold or too cold, your yeast will not activate properly.
If you have never used organic flour when making bread, give it a try. Not all flours are created equally. Bread taste can vary depending on the flour being used.
The first ten minutes are very cruicial as the yeast is still active. Try not to open the oven door during this time to allow for maximum rising.
Leave me a comment, let me know what your favorite type of bread is.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I have several suggestions on running a business with small children. My kids are grown now, so I’ve lived through running a business with infants, running a business with toddlers, running a business with school aged kids and running a business with teenagers.
The amount of children you have and the amount of time you put into your business are going to affect the amount of help you need with your children. “Help” can mean many different things. I had various forms of help over the years.
Infants sleep a lot. Working during sleep time can often give you the necessary hours to run a business. When I was on the phone, I had my daughter’s in their room, so if they cried, I heard them but the person on the phone did not hear them. I really did not need help during the infant stage. I was able to balance work and being mom.
The next stage was probably the most difficult, the toddler stage. At this stage, children nap perhaps two hours per day and the remainder of the day, at least my children were very high energy and wanted to be entertained.
At age two, my younger daughter went to preschool 3 mornings per week. She was there from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. She loved it and I was amazed at how much I could get done in those two hours at home. I NEVER used that time to run errands, clean the house etc. That time was almost always devoted to using the phone. In addition, her dad and I rotated night time routines so that some nights I was able to work from 7 p.m. until bedtime uninterrupted. As she got older, I increased her days in school up to five mornings per week and as she neared kindergarten age, I had her in school from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Once a child enters preschool they begin making friends. I did many play dates. I swapped with other moms. One day the kids would play at my house and the other day, the kids would play at the home of the other child. This can help in two ways. The day your child is with someone else, you have time to work. The day the kids are at your house, the kids play together, which allows you time to work. I could pick them up from school, come home and fix lunch and then actually work while the kids ate. If the kids wanted to play outdoors, my yard was fenced and my computer faced the backyard. I could keep an eye on them at all times. If the kids played indoors, they were either in the same room as I was or in the very next room. I was not always able to use the phone, but I could catch up on emails, complete paperwork and do any other tasks that did not involve the phone.
Scheduling is key here. If the kids were at my home on Monday, I tried to make Monday my day to not do the evening routine at home. I needed that time to make phone calls. If the kids were playing at someone’s home on Tuesday, I knew I had several hours I could be on the phone during the day and so I would take over the evening routine.
We also had an emergency box of toys. These toys only came out when I needed to make a phone call and I needed my toddler quiet for just a little while. My daughter loved these toys and would sometimes ask me to make a call just so she could play with the toys in the emergency box. We did not bring that box out very often and so when we did, I knew I’d have about 30 minutes of quiet time.
My older daughter did not like school and so only went to preschool from age 4 to 5, and then went to kindergarten. We joined several mommy and me classes which introduced her to other children, which then led to play dates. I also had her take longer naps, 2 or 2 ½ hours in the afternoon. She was up longer at night, but that was ok, as I wanted the time during the day to be able to make phone calls.
If you live near a college, check if the school has an early childhood development program. If they do, consider hiring someone to come to your home two mornings or two afternoons per week to watch the kids while you work. You get work time and they get experience with children and some income.
Once your kids enter elementary school, you will always have mornings to work. Afternoons can be play dates, individual play or consider hiring an older child, say 8 or 9 years old who can earn a little money and come play with your child. My kids loved their older friends. They would beg for the days their older friends would come over and play. These older kids can read to your child, fix a very simple snack, play a game with them and even watch them outside. One hour is often enough time to make a few phone calls, and after an hour sometimes the kids are getting a bit restless.
All of these ideas require scheduling. If you plan one or even two weeks at a time, you’ll have a very clear idea of when you can be on the phone and when you’ll just be mom.
Monday, January 28, 2008
If the crock-pot directions say 1.5 to 2.5 hours on high (4 to 6 hours on low), that's equivalent to 15 to 30 minutes in a 350-degree oven. A crock pot's 3 hours on high (6 to 8 hours on low) is about 35 to 45 minutes in the oven. And 4 to 5 hours on high (8 to 13 hours on low) is equivalent to 60 minutes to 3 hours in the oven.
Another good thing to know: For many crock pots, the low setting is equivalent to about 200 degrees, while the high setting is about 300. Also, one hour on high in the crock pot is about 2 to 2.5 hours on low.
And now, a few recipes for your crockpot:
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 - 15 ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
Salt & pepper to taste
8 flour tortillas
1 can cream of chicken soup
3/4 c. milk
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
In a skillet, brown ground beef, onion and garlic. Add tomato sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper. Heat thoroughly. Spray crock pot with cooking spray. Line with 2 tortillas. Cover with 1/3 of meat mixture and cheese. Layer 2 more times beginning with tortillas, meat mixture and cheese. Top with 2 more tortillas. Combine soup and milk. Pour over top tortillas. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
1 - 8 inch pan prepared cornbread
8 slices dry white bread
2 cups chicken broth
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Celery to taste
1 medium onion
2 tablespoons butter
Mix all ingredients except butter. Place in crock pot. Dot butter on top. Cook 2 hours on high then 4 hours on low.
Crockpot Cherry Cobbler
2 - 21 ounc cans cherry pie filling
1 package yellow cake mix, dry
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Pour pie filling into 5 quart crockpot. In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix with butter until it is crumbly; sprinkle over pie filling. Sprinkle with nuts. Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
20 ounces crushed pineapple
16 ounces cherry pie filling
1 package yellow cake mix, dry
1 1/2 sticks butter, sliced
Dump all ingredients into baking pan and bake at 350 F until brown, approximately 1 hour.
You can substitute anything in this reciped. For example try other pie filling flavors. You can even use a chocolate cake with the cherry pie filling. That is one of my personal favorites.
Try adding some chocolate chips, nuts or coconut to the batter.
Another of my favorite kid recipes is trail mix. This is actually a great snack and can be packed in lunches. Buy a bag of nuts, a box of Chex cereal, a bag of chocolate chips, a bag of pretzels, a bag of raisins and any other goodies you want in the trail mix and then get out the snack size Ziplocs. The kids each get to choose what they want in their trail mix. When they make it, they love the joy of eating their own creations.
Have you ever had a waffle sandwich? Buy some frozen waffles. Let the kids toast the waffles and then spread peanut butter and jelly on them. You can also let the kids cut up bananas and add them. The kids love this breakfast sandwich that they can make all by themselves. If you have egg salad, you can add that to the top of a waffle also.
Do your kids like burritos and tacos? Let them make their own burritos. Set out containers of tomatoes, cheese, olives, chopped chicken and anything else you might have in the fridge. Give the kids tortillas or taco shells and let them add the ingredients they like and then wrap and eat.
My final child friendly idea is kabobs. Kids love to make their own kabobs. Chop up some apples, pineapple or melons. Cut some cheese squares and let the kids make their own fruit and cheese kabobs. Use a yellow cheese and a white cheese. Use a red melon and an orange melon. This lets the kids make colorful and delightful kabobs that they’ll enjoy both making and eating.
Friday, January 25, 2008
I thought I'd share some of my favorite dip recipes with you:
Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip
4 cloves garlic
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 (10 ounce) container Alfredo-style pasta sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
Preheat oven to 350°. Place garlic in a small baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes, until soft. Remove from heat. When cool enough to touch, squeeze softened garlic from skins. In an 8x8 inch baking dish, spread the roasted garlic, spinach, artichoke hearts, alfredo-style pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and cream cheese. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, or until cheeses are melted and bubbly. Serve warm. Serve with tortilla chips or hard cracker.
Hot Crab Dip
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese
1 tablesppon milk
1 - 6 1/2 ounce can flaked crabmeat
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon cream style horseradish
1/4 teaspoon sal
2/3 cup toasted, sliced almonds
Combine cream cheese and milk. Add crabmeat, onion, horseradish, salt, pepper and 1/3 cup of the almonds. Blend entire mixture well with a spoon. Plance in casserole dish and sprinkle with remaining almonds. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes.
Hot Pizza Dip
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 - 14 ounce jar pizza sauce
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 - 6 ounce can sliced black olives
2 ounces sliced pepperoni
Spread cream cheese in the bottom of a 9-inch glass pie plate. Spread pizza sauce over cream cheese and layer remaining ingredients in the order listed. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes.
Baked Taco Dip
1 pound hamburger meat, browned with one package taco seasoning, drained
1 can refried beans
1 small can chiles
2 cups cheddar cheese
3/4 cup taco sauce
1/2 pint sour cream
small can sliced olives
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
In a 9x13-inch baking dish, layer the meat, beans, chiles, cheese and taco sauce. Chill for an hour. Bake 25 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from oven. Spread with sour cream, then top with olives and tomatoes. Serve.
Hot Chicken, Cheese and Chile Dip
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cooked and then shredded
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
4 ounces of mayonnaise
4 ounces of sour cream
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1 - 4 ounce can diced green chiles
1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced
Place shredded chicken in a medium bowl, and mix in cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, cheese, green chiles and jalapeno pepper. Transfer the chicken mixture to a medium baking dish.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Have you ever taken the kids to a restaurant and had the kids served glass plates that then fall and break? I think this has happened to most of us. I've always wondered why restaurants don't make plastic dishes or even disposable dishes for their younger guests.
Tupperware's Flat Out containers can solve many restuarant situations. First of all, these containers store flat, so you can throw them in a diaper bag, or even a larger purse. You can put your child's meal in the bowl to eat and then bring home the leftovers in an airtight container, by putting the lid on after eating.
These containers are both dishwasher and freezer safe.
Do you own an R.V.? Again, these are wonderful for storage as they fold completely flat. You can take them camping, bring them on airplanes or take them in the car. Bring them to football games, outdoor concerts or any other sporting activity.
Tupperware Flat Out containers come in 3 cup , 4 cup and 8 cup options. To order Flat Out containers or any other Tupperware containers, please visit http://mytupperware.com/audreyoka
Monday, January 21, 2008
Each canister is 4-cup/1 L capacity.
Includes one canister with striped imprint and one with floral imprint
There are so many gift ideas for these adorable canisters:
*Fill with candies, either hard candies or chocolate kisses
*Fill with small heart shaped soaps
*Fill with spices for the cook in your life
*Fill with assorted thread colors for the seamstress
*Fill with embellishments for the scrapbooker
*Fill with stickers for children or the craft enthusiast
*Fill with colored paper clips for your children's teachers
*Fill with assorted tea bags for the tea lover
*Fill with hair accesories for the girls of the family
The ideas are limitless. You can give these as a set, or seperate them and create two wonderful, very personal gifts for those you love.
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If you have not yet seen the Tupperware Stuffables, you are in for a treat. These containers have expandable lids. You can fill your container and then fill it a bit more as the lid pushes out.
These containers are also wonderful for those odd shaped or bulky items.
These containers won the Good Housekeeping "Good Buy" Award! Covered under Tupperwares Life-Time Product guarantee so you can't go wrong with these containers!
8 cup capacity
6 cup capacity
4 cup capacity
If you're like me and like little containers, then the Stuffables mini-set is perfect for you!! A set of 3 containers with seals and includes a 1 cup, 2 cup and a 3 cup container.
For maximum freshness, expel air from your Tupperware Stuffables Storage Containers by pushing down lightly on center circle, and walking the seal around the container.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Today, thousands of people build online Tupperware businesses with the many tools Tupperware offers their sale force.
Tupperware offers all consultants their own Tupperware email. This means you are able to send and receive email at a firstname.lastname@example.org. You are able to completely customize your my.tupperware email account.
In addtion, Tupperware has prewritten marketing emails that you can use for your business. Each month, Tupperware offers several choices of these prewritten emails.
Each Tupperware consultant receives a Tupperware website free of charge for their first 30 days. After 30 days, a minimal charge is added. These websites are again very customizable so that you can create a very unique Tupperware site for your business. Your website comes with page stats.
Your website is constantly updated with sale products, product news and current catalogs.
Not a graphic designer? Not a problem, Tupperware has a large selection of buttons and banners for you to use.
Tupperware continues to support an online business by providing corporate consultant message boards with a wide range of topics.
Online parties are very popular today. Tupperware supports your online parties with online party tracking, online catalogs and online party tools.
Both you and your customers can securely place all orders online. No needs for paperwork or phone calls. Tupperware keeps tracks of all online sales and provides reports to you that update as soon as orders are placed, no waiting until the close of the business day.
Online training is offered through Tupperware University and is all free to consultants.
Yes, Tupperware sure has changed with the times.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
In 1946, Mr. Tupper introduced Tupper Plastics. The company began with 2 products, the Bell Tumbler and the Wonderlier bowl.
Brownie Wise was given a set of Tupperware products and loved them. She then began brainstorming and wrote to Mr. Tupper asking for permission to sell his products via direct sales/home parties. Mr. Tupper said yes, although he had no idea what she was going to be doing.
In 1951, Tupperware was officially pulled from retail stores and Brownie Wise was hired as Vice President and General Manager for the new Tupperware Home Parties.
In 1997 a survey by HFN Magazine ranked the Tupperware brand the third most recognized name in home furnishings in the United States, and in 2005 the same magazine ranked Tupperware the most recognizable name in the food storage category in the United States.
In 2001, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum awarded Tupperware the "National Design Award for Corporate Achievement" in recognition of its outstanding design. Tupperware remains the standard in food storage.
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Monday, January 14, 2008
While Tupperware products are known as "kitchen products", the Modular Mates can be used in almost every room in the house. Here are some ideas:
In the bathroom - Store your cotton balls in one of the round Modular Mates. Store pony tail holders and scrunchies in a Modular Mates container. You can also store bath salts, nail polishes and makeup in our Modular Mates containers.
In your craft room or sewing room - Store spools of thread in one of our many Modular Mates containers. Store ribbons and/or lace easily in any of the containers. Store needles and knitting and crochet hooks in one of our rectangular Modular Mates.
In the toy room - Store dice and other small pieces in our small round Modular Mates. Store puzzle pieces in a container. Crayon pieces, colored pencils and markers fit very nicely in many of Modular Mates containers. Do you own Barbie dolls? Store purses, shoes and other Barbie accessories all in one container.
In the garage - Store nails, nuts, bolts and drill bits. Do you have a garden? Modular Mates are wonderful for storing seeds for any type of garden, vegetable or flower.
In the kitchen - The ideas in the kitchen for Modular Mates are never ending. Chocolate chips, potato chips, cereal, packs of gum, raisin boxes, hard candies and more easily fit in several of our containers. We also store dry dog food, in the Cereal Storer. Makes pouring into dishes very easy. You can store tea bags, coffee beans and kool-aid packets. You can organize an entire kitchen with Tupperware Modular Mates.
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