Summer time means an endless number of outdoor activities for you to enjoy with your friends and family. To make sure you don’t miss anything, Real Simple put together a list of the Top 50 Summer Activities.
Here are our top 5 must-do’s:
- Make lemonade from scratch
- Stargaze in the park
- Take a last-minute road trip
- Make a summer playlist
- Play miniature golf
Creole Spice Rub
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
This Father’s Day, get outside and barbecue! We’ve put together a Creole Spice Rub from our JR Watkins spice rack that is sure to please Dad’s palate. This dry rub works best with beef tenderloin and can be adjusted to your desired taste.
- 4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed (1 inch thick)
- 1 teaspoon Watkins Ground Mustard
- 1 teaspoon Watkins Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Watkins Ground Sage
- 1 teaspoon Watkins Thyme Leaves
- 3/4 teaspoon Watkins Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Watkins Ground Cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon Watkins Crushed Red Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Watkins Black Pepper
Combine dry ingredients and rub evenly over steaks. Grill until at your desired cooked state.
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Casbah Roast Chicken
Hosting a dinner party in the near future? This chicken recipe is the perfect savory entrée that will leave your guests wondering when they get to come back!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Rinse chicken; pat dry. Place chicken on rack in large roasting pan. Stir oil and next 7 ingredients in small bowl to form paste. Rub spice paste all over chicken. Roast chicken 1 hour. Squeeze juice from lemon halves over chicken; place lemon halves inside main cavity. Continue to roast until chicken is cooked through and thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 175 degrees (F), about 1 hour longer. Transfer to platter; let rest 15 minutes.
Photo credit: Mike Monaghan
With the balmy breezes and sun-kissed skin of summer comes a definite need for tousled hair that looks straight off the beach! While there are multiple beauty products that claim to give you those sweet and soft textured waves, it’s easy to make your own with just a few at-home ingredients. Save your cash for that bikini you’ve been eyeing instead!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Spray bottle
- 2 tsp. Watkins Sea Salt
- 4-5 Drops of your favorite essential oil (we love coconut or argan!)
- 1 Cup of warm water (helps the sea salt to dissolve better)
Put all of the ingredients in spay bottle and shake well before each use. Spray generously over hair after just-conditioned damp tresses and — voila! — you’re a beach babe on the go.
In 1917 Watkins introduced a soap product called, Pure Vegetable Oil Soap. The soap contained no animal by-products, fillers or colors with a tagline that read “Pure enough to eat!”
Today we carry two great lines of hand soap: Foaming Hand Soaps and Liquid Hand Soaps! Check out the scents and lines – we’d love to hear what you think!
Spoiler: look for new products this year!
Baked Tortilla Chips
For on-the-go snacking or movie nights in, these Baked Tortilla Chips are a Watkins tradition. Bonus: they’re easy to make!
Cut tortillas into 8 wedges each. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with seasoning. Bake at 450 degrees (F) for 6 minutes or until crisp, but not brown.
Makes 10 servings.
Freshen up! Our Room Fresheners are the perfect way to spritz up a room. Combined with open windows and fresh air, these are the perfect remedy for kickin’ back at home.
Planning a fiesta this summer? Our cumin rubbed chicken tacos are sure to spice things up!
Cumin Rubbed Shredded Chicken
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs
1 tsp. Watkins Cumin
½ tsp. Watkins Chili Powder
½ tsp. Watkins Sea Salt, ground
¼ tsp. Watkins Paprika
2 tbsp. Watkins Original Grapeseed Oil
1 (16 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 large tomato, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 Anaheim or poblano pepper, diced
1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1 tbsp. Watkins Salsa & Sour Cream Snack & Dip Seasoning
1 tbsp. cilantro
1 tsp. Watkins Cumin
1 tsp. Watkins Garlic Powder
1 tbsp. Watkins Garlic and Parsley Grapeseed Oil
Shredded lettuce for garnish
Rub chicken breast with spices. In a large skillet sauté chicken in grapeseed oil. Cook over medium high heat, turning once, for 10 to 12 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Shred chicken for tacos, enchiladas or fajitas.
Combine all ingredients and serve on top of tacos with lettuce.
Something we’re really proud of here at J.R. Watkins is our history. In honor of #tbt, we thought we’d share a few fun facts from the past 100+ years! For more of our history, check out the timeline on our brand new website.
1868: Introducing Liniment, our very first product. Fun fact: it’s still sold today!
1912: Construction was completed and we moved into our administration building located in Winona, Minnesota! Fun fact: this building is still our headquarters.
1928: We were awarded gold medals for our Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon and Black Pepper. Fun fact: you can still find these on our packaging today!
2011: We opened our very first retail store, located in Orange County, California!
We love our rich history and enjoy hearing fond memories from fans, as well. What is your favorite Watkins memory?