Independent Watkins Consultant Lynne Mickley #044375N

Seasons For Success

"To everything there is a season..."

Happy May Day! And don't forget Mother's Day is next Sunday. You still have time to order her a Watkins Gift Basket, such as the Romantic Vanilla Collection or the Gift Basket for the Chocoholic.


Or treat Mom to Salade Niçoise, the famed salad of the French Riviera. (Recipe below.) But if that doesn't appeal to her, maybe the recipe for Triple Chocolate French Silk Pie will.


Several issues ago I alluded to a review of the Chai Latte Sink Set from the 2004 Gift Line. I didn't get the review posted before the Gift Line ended, so I forgot about it. Well, it's back for Mother's Day. The Sink Set, that is. So now I have posted the review. Watkins claims the Chai Latte Lotion & Soap quickly sold out last fall, and that now they've had more made just for Mother's Day. Sold out? A likely story. I bet they just dusted off the leftover bottles the first opportunity they had. id=82&backPID=31&tt_news=68" target="_top" >Lynne's Chai Latte Sink Set review.

Lynne Aurand Mickley

Watkins Associate #044375

Product News

Watkins Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip Mix

Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip Mix available through September. We are happy to report that due to strong sales of this product, we have extended the availability of Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip Mix throughout the summer months, in fact all the way through September. This product will not appear in any future catalogs, but will continue to be available through September.

US Product #02059 $7.69

CDN Product #32059 $10.79


Black Walnut Extract. We have run out of stock of Black Walnut Extract in the US and expect to run out of stock in Canada within the next month. This stock out is due to a key ingredient that was unavailable. However, we have been able to obtain this ingredient, and we are doing our best to get this product back into production as quickly as possible while meeting the high quality standards that our customers can always expect from Watkins. At this time we don't have an estimate of when we can resume production, so we will not take backorders. We suggest the following Watkins Extracts as substitutes until Black Walnut is back in stock:

Butter Pecan US Product #21371, CDN Product #01371

Butternut US Product #21373, CDN Product #01373


Chai Latte Sink Set Available. Our popular Chai Latte Sink Set sold out during the holiday season, so we have brought it back for a limited time, as a Mother's Day promotion. We are happy to report that the Chai Latte Sink Set, Chai Latte Hand Soap, and Chai Latte Hand Lotion are all currently in stock and ready to ship.

id=82&backPID=31&tt_news=68" target="_top" >Before you get too happy about it too, read Lynne's Review.

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Salade Niçoise

Salade Niçoise using Watkins Gourmet Ingredients

  • 1 head Boston lettuce, broken into pieces
  • 1 lb/450 g fresh string beans, steamed, cooled, in half lengths
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, cooled, quartered
  • 8 red potatoes, boiled, cooled, halved and sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 (6 oz/170 g) cans solid olive oil-packed tuna, drained
  • 24 Niçoise or other brine-cured ripe olives, pitted
  • 4 oil-packed anchovy fillets, drained, chopped


  • ½ tbl/7.5 mL Watkins German-Style Mustard
  • ¼ cup/60 mL red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp/10 mL Watkins Italian Salad Dressing Blend
  • ¾ cup/180 mL Watkins Garlic & Parsley Grapeseed Oil
  • Watkins Sea Salt to taste

Whisk vinegar and seasoning into mustard. Slowly whisk in oil. Let stand 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop. Season with salt as needed.

Arrange salad ingredients nicely atop lettuce leaves (or toss, if you prefer). Pass dressing or toss with salad.

Serves 4.

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Triple Chocolate French Silk Pie

  • ½ cup/125 mL butter
  • 3 oz/85 g unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup/250 mL granulated sugar
  • 2 tbl/30 mL cornstarch
  • 2 tbl/30 mL Watkins Pure Cocoa
  • 1 tsp/5 mL Original Double-Strength Vanilla
  • 1 tsp/5 mL Chocolate Extract
  • 1 cup/250 mL heavy whipping cream

  • 1 baked pie crust

Melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Combine cornstarch, cocoa, and sugar and then stir into chocolate mixture.

Beat eggs with a mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes. Stir eggs into chocolate mixture and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Vanilla and Chocolate Extracts. Let cool 15 minutes.

Beat whipping cream in chilled bowl until stiff. Carefully stir chocolate mixture into whipped cream and spread in cooled pie shell. Cover and freeze at least 3 hours or until firm. Garnish with chocolate shavings before serving.

Makes 12 servings.

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Watkins Printable Order Form

Did you know you can print an order form directly from my website? This is very convenient if you prefer to mail your orders instead of ordering online. US order form only; Canadian order form coming soon. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click Here

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The statements made and opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the Independent Watkins Associate who is the publisher of this document, and are not to be construed as the statements or opinions of Watkins Incorporated. Because Watkins apparently likes the Chai Latte Lotion and Soap.

Testimonials are based on personal experiences and we cannot guarantee these same results for everyone.

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