Monday, May 30, 2011

Shelf Reliance Leader Getting to Know you Survey

Saturday, May 28, 2011

How do I order more Shelf Reliance Catalogs or Invitations?

It is a little bit tricky to figure out how to order more catalogs or invitations.  Here is what you need to know.  
To order more catalogs you need to go to:
Consultant Materials then click on Consultant Materials Price List. This is the price list that shows the cost of the consultant kits. Scroll to the second page.  This is where catalogs and invitations and other good stuff is located.  The id number for 1 catalog is  81114 and they are $1.50 retail or $1.00 party.  You can also buy them in packages of 10.  One package of 10 catalogs is 1248 the retail price is $20.00 and the party price is $10.00. 

Catalogs (10)
Catalog (1)

Inviations are located in the same place.  
Invitations (100)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Placing An Order

  1. Add the customer
  2.  Orders  → Place New Order    Select Party (NEVER SKIP THIS STEP!!!) →Next → Enter Guest’s E-mail Address → Enter Billing Information  → Enter Shipping Information (if different)
  3. Enter the products that the customer wants. You have two options you can enter the product ID number, which is found on the price list or the catalog, or you can Browse Categories and select the product from the list. 
  4. Enter the payment information
  5. Confirmation page:  Review the order and submit it.  You will receive an e-mail telling you the order has been placed. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Blackberry Cinamon Rolls with Pineapple Buttercream Frosting

A few months ago I got a copy of the new Shelf Reliance Cookbook. The photo on the cover is a beautiful cinnamon roll with berries in it.  I have made the recipe a couple of times now and I like it. But since I can’t leave a recipe alone I have made a few changes and I love it now.  
What did I change?  I used my whole wheat bread dough instead of the dough in the book.  I love this bread recipe and I use it for everything.  I also changed the frosting.  I love cream cheese frosting but my family does not.  So I switched to my stand by butter cream frosting recipe, that my dear fried Ann gave me years ago (Thanks Ann!).  I had just used the end of a can of Freeze Dried Pineapple and there was all of this wonderful powder at the bottom of the can.  I had a roommate in college who  always to put pineapple concentrate on her cinnamon rolls, so I added it to the frosting and it turned out great. 

Blackberry Cinnamon Rolls with Pineapple Butter Cream Frosting

Printable Recipe

2 3/4 c Warm Water
2 T Olive/canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1 T Dough Enhancer
1/4 cup Gluten
1 1/2 Tablespoon yeast
1 T Salt
7 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

½ cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ cup brown sugar
 2 cup FD Blackberries rehydrated and patted dry

Place warm water, oil, honey, yeast, enhancer, gluten, and 3 1/2 c flour in Kitchen aid and mix well, Let sit 10 min until bubbly.  Add salt and enough flour to clean sides of bowl. (about 4 cups) Knead dough on speed 2 for about 8 min.  Divide the dough into two equal portions.  Form each into a large rectangle.  Dividing butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and blackberries between the two rectangles.  Spread with butter, sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle blackberries sparingly over the dough.  Roll up. Slice into fat cinnamon rolls.  Place on a rimmed baking sheet that has been lined with parchment.  Rolls should be close together almost touching. All the rolls should fit onto one baking sheet.  Bake 350 for 30-34 minutes.
Remove and cool on a rack.  Frost with Pineapple butter cream frosting.

Pineapple Butter Cream Frosting
½ cup butter or margarine, softened
¼ cup shortening
3 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. corn syrup
2 tsp. milk
½ cup freeze dried pineapple powder * see note

Mix butter and shortening together with hand mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and pineapple powder. Beat until smooth. Add corn syrup and milk. Beat until smooth.

*Frosting Note:  When you use a can of freeze dried fruit there is often some powder at the end.  This is amazing stuff.  It is instant intense flavor that you can add to anything.  I love to add it to frosting.  I find that adding about ½ cup of the powder is perfect in this recipe.  If you don’t have any powder from the bottom of the can you can crush some freeze dried pineapple in the food processor or blender.  I also find that the pineapple flavor develops a little as you let this frosting sit. So if you have the time make the frosting first and then make the rolls.

Microwave Lemon Curd

This is one of my all time favorite recipes.  I love lemon curd on everything, scones, graham crackers, white cake, and pancakes.  This is a recipe with mostly fresh ingredients in it but I love it so I thought I would share.
I have made lemon curd with several different recipes and I like the microwave version the best for some reason in the microwave the eggs don't curdle like they do whenever I make it on the stove.   My sister Crystal shared this recipe with me.

Microwave Lemon Curd 
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
Finely grated zest of 3 lemons
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Melt butter in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes.  Grate the lemon peel to get lemon zest.  In a separate bowl, combine sugar, eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Blend with a wire whisk.  Slowly whisk in the hot melted butter.

Microwave mixture on high 3-4 minutes until thickened, whisking well after each minute.

Pour into a clean glass jar and allow to cool in refrigerator.  Will keep a week or more if kept refrigerated, and more if sealed in canning jars.

Setting Up a Q

2)   Click on Q-Set Up then  Enter the customers e-mail
3) Select the Party that the Q will be tied to. 
4.)  You can do one of two options. 
Option #1 Enter the information for the Family plan  (this is the Planner)
     And then Review the Planner--Making any changes needed.  When you press next it will move all the products to the Q. 

THRIVE Planner:  I like to have party customers “go on a shopping spree”  I give customers who are signing up for the Q a new price list and have them mark everything they want in their Q, and the quantities they would like.  Then I bypass the planner and just enter exactly what the customer wants.  However there are times when the planner is good.  You  can  set  up  a  generic  Planner  based on the family member the customer gave you or you can call the customer and customize it over the phone.  If you are setting up a planner here are a few tips.     
  •          I  suggest  going  through  the  Planner  and  adding  a  good  variety  of  foods.    
  •         Count  the  number  of  items  in  each  category  and  spread  it  out  more  evenly  
  •           If  this  is  a  single  customer,  student,  elderly,  exchange  1,  #10  can  for  3  pantry  cans      
  •           If  this  is  a  large  family  or  a  year’s  supply,  exchange  6,  #10  cans  for  a  case  
Customer  can  log  into  front  end  and  customize  Planner  and  send  updated  Planner  to  Q  on  their  own        
a)    When they do this they will receive a message like this:  “You  already  have  items  in  your  Thrive  Q.  What  would  you  like  to  do?”   They have two choices:
1.      If  you  would  like  to  add  a  few  changes  to  your  existing  Q  select  “Add  as  additional  items.”  
2.      If  you  would  like  to  clear  your  existing  Q  and  add  a  brand  new  Planner  select,  “Replace  my  existing  Q”    

Option #2  Choose the Thrive Quick Picks, and then enter the items the customer wants.
4.  Enter the Q Plan settings.  This includes the montly budget the ship date and the Q club membership level. 
The customers budget.  A customer can use any budget they want.  (yes it can be below $50.00).  I strive to have all Qs set up at $100.00 this allow customers to really build their food storage and to receive the platinum membership in the Q club for free.  I suggest getting the platinum membership and then buying what is on the Q-pon for that month.  This way the customer maximizes their savings.  
The ship  date  (the  same  every  month).  I encourage customers to choose a date that they will easily be able to remember, like their birthday or anniversary.  
  •         Do not choose:  the  15th,  it bogged  down  at  SR  with  this  date.  
  •         Do  not  choose  the  1st  of  the  month,  because  price  list  changes  and  customer  won’t have  time  to  look  it  over  before  the  Q  is  submitted.  
  •        Do not choose the 31st as there are a lot of months that don’t have a 31st in them.
The Q club:  Choose  Bronze  for  everyone  and  computer  will  upgrade  to  Platinum  when  Q  goes  through  and  qualifies.  
Customer  keeps  Free  Platinum  as  long  as  Q  is  active  
·         PAUSE  Q  and  restart  as  a  Platinum:  pay  the  $19.99  yearly  fee.    
·         STOP  the  Q  and  start  up  as  a  Platinum:  pay  the  $79.99  enrollment  fee  and  $19.99  yearly.  
·         They  can  always  start  up  again  as  a  Bronze  and  pay  nothing.

5)  Enter the  billing  information
6) Enter Shipping Information


7)  Enter Billing Information

Things to know about Setting up Qs   
  •     Customers  will  now  receive  a  reminder  e-­‐mail  from  SR  that  their  Q  will  ship  and  what  is  in  their  shipment  –  this  is  GREAT!  
  •     Send  Q  customer    letter  on  “Consultant  Dashboard”  after  their  Q  is  set  up.  This walks them through how to use the Q.  ( I have included the letter below)
  •    Q  customers  will  appear  under  “Customers”  →    “Q  Customers”  
     If  it  shows  that  the  Q  is  active,  but  has  no  ship  date,  this  means  that  the  Q  will  go  out  in  the  following  month.  
  •    Only  active  Qs  with  current  month’s  ship  date  will  show  date  on  Q  Customer  page.    
  Q Requirements:

  1.  Customers  are  required  to  keep  the  same  ship  date  and  for  3  months  on  the  Q,  after  that  they  have  flexibility  to  change  their  Q  Settings.  
  2.  They  need  to  keep  Q  Budget  fixed  the  1st  month,  then  they  can  increase  it  on  month  2-­
  3.   Qs  need  to  remain  active  for  a  minimum  of  3  months  make sure there is enough product in their Q to go for at least 3 months.  I like to have enough in their Q to go for 1 year.     
  Much of this is based on Becky Powell’s New Consultant Training Notes.  I have shared it with her permission and added my thoughts and images.