Friday, December 7, 2007


I love a flavored coffee once in a while! Actually, I'm a member of "Java Junkies Anonymous"! Starbuck’s is my favorite, but the closest one is 15 minutes away. Because when I want a cup, I want it now, I like to keep flavored coffee fixin’s around.

I don’t do sugar. I have about 10 different flavors of Davinci’s sugar fee syrup that I can add to some freshly brewed coffee & cream to create my own “grande, sugar-free, raspberry, yada, yada, yada…you get the idea!

But here’s an even easier idea – brought to you by Tupperware! ”Make Your Own International Coffee Mixes”!

I do realize that these mixes will never replace schmoozing with your favorite barista, but they're convenient & tasty nonetheless!

These are mixes you can whip up and keep on the shelf for those got to have a “froo-froo coffee” urges. I recommend that you store these in one of Tupperware’s Modular Mates. An oval 2 or 3 would be the perfect size, and it will keep the mix fresh for a year or more…if it lasts that long! The cost for these airtight, bug-proof, modular storage containers is $8.50 for the oval 2, and $9.50 for the oval 3.

If you are like me and do not use sugar, substitute your artificial sweetener of choice for the sugar in the recipe. (I prefer Splenda because the measurement conversion is 1 to 1.)

One more thing before I get to the recipes. This would make a wonderful gift! A Modular Mate, filled with one of the coffee mixes, a pretty mug & a package of biscotti all wrapped up in cellophane with a big bow would be appreciated by any hostess, girlfriend or teacher!

Enough advertising already…here’s some recipes!

Coffee Mixing Directions
~Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until powdered. Store in an airtight container.

Swiss Mocha Coffee
1 c. instant coffee
1 c. sugar
2 c. nonfat dry milk (I prefer Milkman brand - low fat, not non-fat)
4 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
(Use 1 – 2 tsp. Mix with each cup of hot water for individual serving.)

Cafe´ Vienna
1 c. instant coffee
1-1/3 c. sugar
1-1/3 c. nonfat dry milk - I prefer Milkman brand - low fat.
1 tsp. Cinnamon
*Tupperware’s Cinnamon Vanilla blend is really good for this
(Use 1 – 2 tsp. Mix with each cup of hot water for individual serving.)

Bavarian Mint Coffee
2/3 c. instant coffee
1 c. sugar
1 rounded tsp. Loose, dried mint leaves
2/3 c. non-dairy creamer
(Use 1 – 2 tsp. Mix with each cup of hot water for individual serving.)

Cafe´ Au Lait Mix
1 – 11 oz. jar of non-dairy creamer
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. Instant coffee crystals
Dash of salt
(Use ¼ c. Mix to 2/3 c, hot water)

Russian Tea
1 c. instant tea
1 – 9 oz. jar of Tang
1 – 3 oz pkg. of pre-sweetened lemonade
½ tsp. Ground cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
(Use 2 tsp. Mix to 1 c. boiling water.)

Enjoy! Chris

Thursday, November 29, 2007

One of Those Must-Have Kitchen Items!

The Pick-A-Deli® Round Container is undoubtedly one of my favorite pieces of Tupperware! It is one of those kitchen helpers that I use constantly!

We eat a lot of pickles around here. Not just pickle pickles, but pickled vegetables of all kinds. You’ve got to have pickled green beans or asparagus for Bloody Marys. And then there is the occasional jar of “Frog Balls”, (actually small pickled Brussels sprouts – the makers name, not mine)! We all love to eat kosher dills, olives, and beets. I like to keep Italian-style pickled vegetables (Giardiniera) around for a quick, low-carb snack.

This wonderful container has some features that I love!

First, it is a good size. It will hold a whole jar of Claussen pickle halves, spears or chips and Giardiniera. It will also hold two 14 oz. cans of pickled beets. It is great for a jar of sauerkraut.

Second, it has a fork that stays in the container to spear the food & keep your fingers out of the juice.

Third, the insert can be lifted and turned to rest on a “shelf” inside so that the food is easier to spear, like those pesky olives you have to chase all over container. It also allows the items to drain, which is handy in the case of pickled beets that are destined for your salad or kraut for your hot dog! A hint here: When the beets are gone, put a few peeled hardboiled eggs into the remaining juice. After a day or too…Yum!

Lastly, the container is stable and the seal has a little ring that makes it easy to stack one on top of the other. They just look nicer than all those different glass jars, too!

I have four of these, and there are always at least 2 in the refrigerator. I could probably use a few more…

You can get a few for yourself or the pickle-lovers in your family by visiting my website:

Sunday, November 4, 2007

I Love Cranberry Season!

This recipe is REALLY GOOD! It's another way to enjoy cranberries and just about everyone likes it!

It can be served with your Thanksgiving turkey as a side, and it is especially good on those leftover turkey sandwiches! But my favorite way to serve it as a salsa with cinnamon crisps.

Cut flour tortillas into wedges and spread them on a baking sheet. Spritz them lightly with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. (Tupperware's Cinnamon Vanilla Seasoning Blend is wonderful here!) Bake @ 350 deg. until lightly browned. Watch them closely because they can go from light brown to burnt quickly.

Another idea: Pour the salsa over an 8 oz. block of cream cheese and serve with crackers or gingersnaps...yum!

Tupperware's Cinnamon Vanilla Seasoning Blend, and other products featured in the recipe above may be purchased at my website, .

Enjoy! Chris

Friday, November 2, 2007

Giving Holiday "Appreciation" Gifts?

Do you give Holiday gifts to neighbors, teachers, and service persons such as the mailman, the UPS/FedEx Driver? Many of us show our appreciation for friendships or services rendered during the Holidays by giving out a small token of appreciation to a myriad of folks.

What if THIS year, it could be something useful and festive? What if you gift could “keep on giving” throughout the year, and even came with a lifetime guarantee?

Check this out! The Tupperware 14 piece Canister Set, in Spearmint & Candy Cane, makes ideal Holiday gifts! During November only, a $100 value for only $50!!

Fill ‘em up!
Here’s a great way to create several gift ideas in one, value-packed offer. For a gift that anyone would appreciate, these handy, holiday color-themed canisters can be filled with candies, nuts or other goodies for best friends, close family members, neighbors, school and church teachers, etc.

Consider this. One popular on-line shopping site has 3 pretty throwaway boxes, filled with candy & nuts (1 lb. total weight) for $29.95. The cost per container is approx. $9.98 each, including contents.

With this offer from Tupperware, you could make four 3-pc. gift towers and one additional 2-pc. gift tower for about $3.57 per container. Add your own homemade goodies and you would still be about $4.00 to $6.00 per gift tower! PLUS, the recipient has a useful gift that won’t end up in the trash bin!

Wrap them up in cellophane; add a big red bow & you have a fabulous gift!

Here’s a delicious Holiday recipe to fill some of those wonderful Tupperware containers:

“Sugar ‘N Spice Popcorn”
4 quarts popped corn
2 or 3 Tablespoons sugar
1/4-teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4-teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3-cup butter or margarine
Melt butter and add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Drizzle over popcorn and toss until well coated.
Please visit my Tupperware website at to see more Holiday ideas & recipes!
Cheers! Chris

California Wildfire Relief & Tupperware!

I thought it was appropriate that the first post on my new blog be one of public service...

I have always been proud to be a Tupperware Consultant!

I gladly offer the products and systems that can truly save consumers time, money, waste and space. But now I am especially proud to participate in Tupperware's relief effort for those affected by the California Wildfires!

For the next couple of weeks, 100% of the proceeds ($8.50) from the sale of our Heartbeat Sandwich Keeper will be donated to the fire relief efforts. The goal is to raise at least $100,000! If I know Tupperware consultants, it will be much more than that! Tupperware Corporate is also working with The American Red Cross to distribute essential care packages to those who have lost their homes, been displaced or are otherwise affected by these devastaing fires.

These containers are such fun! The heart design is holographic & it looks like the heart is beating when the container is tipped. The containers are useful for more than sandwiches! Think mini first aid kit, purse make-up or sewing kit. It would be a cute small gift container. Last Valentine's Day, I filled them with chocolate truffles and heart-shaped cookies for my girlfriends.

Please follow this link to view the container and the product details, and to place your order! (Click on the California Wildfire Relief icon on the left-hand side of the page.)

Thanks so much for helping! Chris