Thursday, November 26, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
Recently I’ve changed up my party presentation (the entire presentation is coming soon) as a part of the presentation I’ve started having the guest make sugar cookie fruit pizza.
It is super fun. Guest LOVE participating and everyone I've done this with has loved the fruit pizza.
Purpose: This activity is used as a part of the party presentation to help guests understand freeze dried food and how to rehydrate and use it in their kitchen.
Powdered pineapple--blend dry freeze dried pineapple in dry blender or food processor
Frosting-homemade or store bought *See recipe below.
Pre cooked sugar cookies--use the Thrive Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix
Freeze Dried Strawberries--not rehydrated
Freeze Dried Blueberries-not rehydrated
A food grade water squirt bottle
A water tight clear tupperware container with lid.
1 paper plate and napkin per guest (you can have the host provide this)
Knife for spreading the frosting (a bent frosting spatula works great, but any knife is fine)
A plate for the strawberries.
How to do the presentation:
1. Eat Freeze Dried Food Dry
Pass around samples of dry freeze dried strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple. Briefly discuss the freeze drying process as the guests are eating.
List some ways your family eats freeze dried food dry and ask them for more ideas. Here are some of the ideas I have used:
A quick healthy snack on the go
Camping--men love to eat the meat dry
School sack lunches--my kids love dry corn. Crazy I know.
As a salad topping, the FD tomatoes are amazing dry on a salad, it is like a tomato crouton that bursts with flavor.
2. Rehydrate by Spritzing:
Select one guest to assist.
Have them spread out a bunch of strawberries on a clean plate. You only want a single layer of strawberries.
Give them a food grade squirt bottle filled with warm water (it is delicious with a little lemon in the water) and have them spritz the strawberries.
Tell them: Some foods are delicate when freeze dried. These foods only need a little water in order to rehydrate. Foods like berries and cheese rehydrate well when spritzed with warm water.
Have the helper turn the strawberries over and spritz the second side.
Let the strawberries sit.
3. Rehydrate by tumbling
Select one guest to help.
Add blueberries to the watertight clear container.
add water until they float--point out that most freeze dried food only needs enough water to float. Don’t drown the blueberries just float them.
Add lid, and secure so the container won’t leak.
Give the container to the helper and instruct them to tumble the blueberries by gently rolling the container in their hands. (they’ll do this until you tell them to stop)
4. Add it to your favorites
One of the best things about thrive is you can add it to your favorite recipes to make it fancy with out a lot of hassle.
Select one guest to help.
Instruct them to add the pineapple powder to the frosting and stir.
While they are doing that. Explain that at the bottom of each can there is a little powder from the freeze dried fruit. This powder is magic. It adds intense flavor to your food. We love to add it to frosting or smoothies, or use veggie powder to dust pizza crust or flavor soup.
I powdered this pineapple in my blender because I love it in frosting so much.
Have the blueberry helper stop tumbling and drain any excess water.
When the frosting is well mixed have the helper demonstrate how each guest will assemble the fruit pizza. Cookie → Pineapple Frosting → rehydrated strawberries. → rehydrated blueberries.
Have each guest make one and then eat them as you explain the Q.
Pineapple Glaze Recipe--from Chef Todd at Summit Saturday
1 cup Thrive Freeze Dried Pineapple Chunks, dry
1 ½ cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoons Thrive vanilla powder
3 Tablespoons water or milk
Place pineapple in a ziplock bag and crush to powder or blend in food processor.
Mix all ingredients together and stir until smooth
Think glaze to desired consistency with addition water.
Serving ideas: This glaze is great on cookies, cakes, muffins, and more!
This week is a little crazy for me. I have two LARGE parties this week and that is pretty much all I’m going to get done.
I usually limit myself to 1 party a week because that is what works best for my family. But sometimes it just works out that I have two in one week. This is one of those weeks.
The first party is a Meal in a Jar party for a Women’s group. So far we have 58 women who have RSVP’d, and ordered their meal in a jar. They had to order and pay in advance, so I could have all the supplies ready. This party with have a short presentation and then we’ll assemble their meals in a jar. This party is about 2 hours away from my home so on party day the travel will take up a lot of time.
The second party is my local monthly meal in a jar group. So far I have 8 people that will be attending. I love these parties but they are a fair amount of work.
Host Coaching/Party Scheduling:
1. Mail Host packets
2. Do “Day Before” call with Tuesday’s host.
1. Contact Leads (call Allison Monday to schedule party, Call Lyndsi Wed to update her)
1. Prep for Tuesday’s Meal in a Jar Party
2. Prep for Thursday’s Local Meal in a Jar Group
1. Team email—My fun new party presentation
1. Photograph the Burrito Bowl Meal in a Jar Recipe
2. Create printable and graphics for Burrito Bowl Recipe
3. Publish Goals
4. Publish Burrito Bowls Meal in a Jar recipe.
5. Publish fruit pizza post
1. Listen to the Tuesday Night corporate call. I have a party during the call so I’ll have to listen to it when it is available online.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Recently I asked on Facebook if anyone would be interested in seeing my weekly goals. A couple of you said it would be helpful so here they are.
Note I usually make pretty ambitious goals and work like crazy during my "work hours", I don't always get everything done but I'd rather have a lot to do then spend time trying to decide what to do next.
Goals for the week of January 5th
Host Coaching/Party Scheduling:
- Contact all January hosts
- Make sure auto reminders (in Google Calendar) are set up for All January and February parties
- Close any November or December parties that aren’t closed.
- Plan my personal Meal in a Jar Party (move the date, the RS activity is that Wednesday)
- Call potential host (that haven’t booked yet) from Emergency Prep Expo.
- Customer Email—including recipe, and tip.
- Thank you notes for online orders.
- Contact potential consultant list—email those I haven’t heard from in a while.
- Contact those from Emergency Prep expo
- Facebook Meal in a Jar group—at least 3 posts this week plus 1 question.
- Prep for Scott Sperry’s party (Tuesday night)
- Prep for Marilyn’s party (Saturday Lasagna Soup Meal in a Jar, decide on a dessert, last time we did fruit pizza on sugar cookies so choose something else.)
- Laminate numbers for party bags & cards for bags
- BUY COLORED INK!!
- Team email—Goals/Life Vision. Send link to Ruth’s goal setting workbook.
- Facebook—Share 3 past posts helpful posts.
- Upcoming—new party presentation—finalize slides/handouts and recipes. Set up a time to video.
- Publish Zuppa Toscana Recipe (already Scheduled)
- Add Meal in a Jar invites to Etsy store.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
November is a crazy busy month for my business. I always have a bunch of parties in November and the huge Black Friday Sale is November, so I choose to do less in December.
I don’t hold home parties (with the exception of the monthly meal in a jar party I have at my house). I do keep working on my business. I focus on organization, preparation, planning, and everyone’s favorite taxes.
I get all of my tax documentation in order so I can take it to my accountant in the New Year.
I do that using an Excel Spreadsheet, and a 3 ring binder.
Let me walk you through it.
I use this throughout the year. Don’t worry if you didn’t use it this year. It is still a great way to catch up.
What I do:
I have a binder with a divider and envelop for each month. I keep track of my finance by month and category.
Here is what my binder looks like:
Want to make your own? Here is how.
- 12 copies (one for each month) of Monthly Expense Record
- 12 Envelopes (to put receipts is)
- 3 ring binder—or file folder (to organize it all)
- Hole punch
Write the name of each month on each of the monthly expense records.
Staple an envelope to the back of each month.
Punch holes in the side of everything
Insert into the binder.
The Excel Spread Sheet
I love love love this spreadsheet. It makes going to the accountant to do taxes so much easier.
Notice that each month has its own page to enter data on. You enter the data on the monthly pages and it then everything auto populates to the first sheet and you have your income and expenses.
You can download the 2014 Tax Spreadsheet here.
Disclaimer: I’m not a tax professional be sure to consultant your own accountant.