Skip chopping and dicing; still make it at home.

Skip chopping and dicing; still make it at home.

Maybe you start with a mirepoix, a sweat of onion, celery and carrots, or your eyes have already glazed over. If you’re in the latter camp, read on. You might fit into the new category of weeknight meals if you

love great food

shudder to think of your monthly food spend and

start mouth breathing at the thought of chopping and dicing.

The good news is, today your life might get a little bit easier. Pampered Chef is setting 3 new dishes under your nose, and they’re likely to become family favourites. Here’s a made at home alternative to meal delivery that will suit many busy families especially prepping for back to school. Have these in your cupboards next week.

This blender might change how you shop and eat!

This blender might change how you shop and eat!

I can’t get enough of this blender. I made jam with zero mess! Whoa. It made nut butter for me, even while I was being a “scaredy cat”. It was roasted almond, cashew, sunflower seed combination, and smells sooooo good! Oh, and it cooked and pureed some soup for us.. no hands.

And.. my fav feature? The price. Seriously so much less than I paid for my other high-powered blender that starts with a V. Or wait.. It won’t start without the lid either. That’s really awesome too.

When our kids move out... how much of us do they take?

When our kids move out... how much of us do they take?

Speaking of the dark; I lie awake wondering “Do they have any clue how fiercely I love them?” I fear they might unconsciously be taking a big chunk of me with them. Come to think of it, I often felt my heart swell countless times as they grew up:

as I saw how much they loved each other;

as I watched them patiently teach children much smaller than themselves;

as I watched them be kind to elders.

I console myself that my heart has lots of love to give away and send with them. That I will still be whole without them here in my kitchen.

New! Look whose parties went above and beyond!

New! Look whose parties went above and beyond!

20 years ago when I joined Pampered Chef, I had no idea how to host a fun and well-attended party. Some hosts seemed to have the “party” gene, and I didn’t seem to have it.

So I studied it. I asked them questions. I found out some simple but profound truths. And I now share them with my customers who aspire to have fun and well-attended cooking parties. My average has never been higher, and I’m super stoked to put in lights the names of my hosts in the first half of 2019 who went above and beyond. They either had sales OVER $1200, 3 of their guests each scheduled their own cooking party or both.

I call them my Caramel Club! Look and see who is here!!

Summer Sample Sell-Off

Summer Sample Sell-Off

Amp up your summer cooking AND get on Shelly’s Summer Sample Sell-Off in a fun new way. My fall samples will be arriving in a few weeks, and I’m in trouble!

If you have internet access on Wed Jul 24 at 12:30pm, join me on a live zoom meeting to see everything I have available to sell, ask your questions, and if you’re joining me live, you’ll get first access to bid.

If you’ll be in the middle of nowhere (or at work!), you can still join the summer sample sell-off by watching the replay to see all the items, then putting your bid in the comments below. I will post the replay here. You’ll likely want notification of the zoom meeting, the replay link, and updates, so click here to be included in the updates.

Blast from the past. Women and men working together. A podcast.

Blast from the past. Women and men working together. A podcast.

And that was how I came to chat with Christopher Lochhead at www.lochhead.com on his podcast Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different; a dear friend with whom my connection is always full-on no matter that we chat once every 10 years on average. Turns out, his podcast is legendary, his language is blue, and his giggle is still as infectious as ever. And I still love him dearly. Listen here: https://lochhead.com/shelly-witzke/

What Was Missing In My First Attempt

What Was Missing In My First Attempt

One day when I was 13, my mom landed on her elbow skating at an outdoor rink in Vickers Park in Thunder Bay. The main reason I remember this mundane, albeit painful experience for my mom, is that it was my first attempt at making homemade bread while her elbow was in a sling. Although I had rejected the prospect of store-bought bread, I do remember the crust peeled off, the slice crumbled, and I was generally unimpressed with my results.

When You Get A Mention, Warm Fuzzies Follow

When You Get A Mention, Warm Fuzzies Follow

Larissa texted me, “You’re a celebrity! You’re In The Hills”! I know she was somewhat tongue in cheek, but isn’t it every entrepreneur’s wish that someone notices their work? It surely was mine even if I didn’t realize it until it happened.

The feeling of warmth and gratification was noticeable as I pored over the mention of my workshops. [ahem.. page 88 in the Spring issue of “In The Hills” if you haven’t read it yet!] Toiling behind the scenes in any endeavour is not particularly gratifying. Heck, it’s why meal planning goes by the wayside all too often in my house.. it gets no recognition, it gets boring, and couldn’t someone else please plan what we’re going to eat, get the groceries and prep it all for goodness sake?

22 Years In: What Women Are To Me

22 Years In: What Women Are To Me

22 years after I retired at the age of 32, women are far more important to me now than they were then.

I had no idea how hard it is to be a mom. Were it not for the honesty and support of other women, I’m convinced my children would not be who they are today. That’s not to diminish the partnership of my husband, but women play a unique role for other women, and I’m indebted to many, many women in my life.

Grace L., 9 yrs, wants her own drawer now.

Grace L., 9 yrs, wants her own drawer now.

I say - ‘You go, Grace! And thanks for the plug! Here’s a recipe I suggest you try - recommended by my own kids who were so proud to make these whenever I would buy bagels and wieners for them! They too, had their own PC baking tools that I was expressly and loudly forbidden to touch! Please have your mom write to me when you try them?’

Friends make Family Day

The sky is a light aqua blue I’ve only seen in northern skies on cold sunny days. The open hillside is blindingly bright white with unbroken snow, except for our snowshoe prints and rabbit and fox prints that cast deep tiny blue shadows. We’re pausing for a rest and are drinking steaming hot chocolate from Thermos’s and sweating lightly in our warm parkas. The skin on my cheeks is cold on the surface, but my hands feel warm against them. My mitts are wet. I’m sure my eyes are shining because they do right now as I picture this day.