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Happy Gardening Season! 

Summer is here, and so is gardening season. I love to plant annual flowers and keep hanging baskets in my yard for color and all summer enjoyment. With this beauty comes real physical pain. Well, I guess it does not have to be painful, however, I do tend to go overboard and injure myself from time to time. From cuts and bruises to sore muscles and back pain, beauty comes at a price to some.

Gardening is a favorite hobby of mine, even if I experience some pain and minor injuries from it. Here is a  typical injury from cutting branches and weeding below.

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I applied Max Arnica on the bruised area with the easy glide on roller and it did provide relief from the pain. I also used on my lower back after a long day of weeding my flower beds and watering my plants.

 

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It’s a perfect size to keep on hand and really convenient to use with the roll on applicator.

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  • Zim’s Max Arnica (roll-on): provides temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscle and joints associated with simple backache, arthritis, strains, bruises and sprains;

Zim’s

ZM Arnica Homeo Roll-On

 

Product Description

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Zim’s Max Arnica Roll-On  is a homeopathic topical pain relief product containing arnica and other beneficial homeopathic ingredients with a convenient roll-on applicator.

The Zim’s® brand is dedicated to bringing you innovative naturally based products that live up to their brand promise in every way. Our goal is to improve the lives of consumers with our brands that include over 25 products that are packed with the best of nature and range from skin care to pain relief gels.

The Zim’s Brand History

Zim’s® started over 60 years ago with the creation of Zim’s Crack Creme® by a pharmacist in Austintown, Ohio.

Today, the Zim’s® brand has expanded to over 25 products ranging from lotions and cremes to pain relief gels and diabetic care items. The Zim’s Max-Freeze® brand provides an affordable topical pain relief gel that emphasizes the use of natural ingredients such as Ilex Flower and Aloe Vera.

Zim’s® continues to offer exceptional naturally based products from a small town in Ohio. We look forward to expanding more in the future to provide you with products that utilize the power of natural ingredients to a make a difference in your life and those you love.

Zim’s Max Arnica is sold in stores and through online retailers with the 3-oz. Roll-on at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

The Zim’s® line offers a number of different over-the-counter solutions for pain relief, skin and lip care. The Zim’s product line aims to expand consumers’ options for quality topical products. To learn more about the Zim’s product line and Perfecta Products Inc., visit http://www.zimsusa.com.

About Perfecta Products, Inc. ™
Based in North Lima, Ohio, Perfecta Products Inc. is the national manufacturer and distributor of the Zim’s® product line, a dynamic line of naturally based consumer products. The Zim’s product line features different over-the-counter solutions, formulated with naturally based herbal ingredients, for pain relief, skin care, lip care, elder care and first aid. Perfecta Products, Inc. was founded over 60 years ago to help cement workers with their dry, cracked hands and feet with its flagship product, Zim’s Crack Creme. Today, Perfecta Products’ brands can be found in nearly every major retailer in North America.  For more information, visit http://www.zimsusa.com.

My Thoughts:

I really recommend this product for use on sensitive skin, I recently had a bout of poison Ivy and my skin was really sensitive after it healed. I applied it several times and loved that it did not irritate or inflame the area. So glad Zim’s asked me to try this product, I now have a new favorite go-to Natural Pain relief topical product rather than the OTC medication.

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Happy Gardening Season! 

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I recently got my sprouts on. I have a set of Sprouting Jars and its been a while since I sprouted so I thought a Spring sprout was needed. The variety of seeds I am using is a 3 part mix of Alfalfa, Radish and Broccoli. So they are a much small sprout than the Mung bean sprouts you typically find in the vegetable section at the grocery store.

I added 1/4 cup of seeds to my jar and then 4 cups of warm water which you soak for 6-8 hours. After the 6-8 hours you just drain the water and rinse the seeds and then store in a warm dark location for 3 days. You must rinse the seeds two to three times per day during the sprouting cycle.

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The easy straining caps makes it convenient to strain fresh water to the sprouts.

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This little amount of seeds will produce a huge amount of sprouts.

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Here are my sprouts after only one day. I rinsed them twice and left out on the counter to soak up some sun for an hour, that seems to help green up the sprouts. It is recommendation but is not necessary.

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Here are my sprouts on day two. Wow, this is going to be a huge amount of sprouts.

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Here are my sprouts on day three. They are ready to be strained, stored and consumed.

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Just soaking in water and gently swishing around does a good job of getting the hulls to float up.

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Sprouts are ready to be served.

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My all time favorite way to eat them is on a piece of pita bread with hummus.

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Basic Sprouting Instructions:

How to Grow Sprouts in a Jar

Growing sprouts in a jar is easy. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Place one to two tablespoons of seeds in your jar, and cover with approximately two inches of warm water. Let this sit 6-8 hours or overnight depending on the sprouting seed you are using.
  2. Drain the water, using a sprouting jar with the draining lid or just use a fine sieve or cheesecloth.
  3. Rinse the seeds by adding water the jar, swishing the seeds around, and draining.
  4. Repeat twice a day, every day until your sprouts are the desired size. This will take anywhere from three to seven days, depending on the variety of sprout you’re growing. Sprouts are best when they’re still fairly small and just starting to turn green.
  5. Store your sprouts in a covered bowl or food storage bag with a paper towel inside to absorb excess moisture. Use the sprouts within a week.

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Tonight I craved pasta, so I thought long and hard about what kind of pasta I wanted and nothing came to mind, so I let the ingredients I had on hand guide me.

I grabbed some items out of the fridge. Fresh spinach, feta cheese, asparagus and broccoli. I also had some brats that I thought my husband would love in his pasta bowl.

So first things first, I started the grill for the brats.

Then I chopped the broccoli and trimmed the asparagus and got them ready to roast on the grill. Roasted on the top shelf of the grill for 17 minutes lightly seasoned. Brats went on the bottom rack for the 17 minutes of grill time, and I turned them once. While that was roasting I got my pasta going. Used a can of chicken broth and brought the noodles to a boil. Added the fresh spinach and cooked for 12 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Once the pasta was done I added the feta cheese and the roasted broccoli and tossed together.

Grabbed the brats from the grill and sliced them into chunks. Used the asparagus as a side vegetable.

Put it all together and there you have the Pasta Bowl. This bowl was Jeff’s.

And this Pasta Bowl was mine.

Looking back at the assembly of this dish, I cannot get over how easy it was. I had 4 main ingredients, 3 were on the grill and the pasta on the stove. It really only took 30 minutes to complete, and it cured my pasta craving. I love my grill, it makes throwing a dinner together easy.

Snapped a few pictures. I love summer and outdoor living. I live for outdoor walks, eating outdoors, taking pictures of the great outdoors.

I harassed this little worker for about 5 minutes, he could careless, he was too busy doing his work.

He was Bee-utiful.

Stuart helping me weed.

Enjoy your day!

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So this grumpy little guy fell out of his nest early. He perched himself on the Concrete Turtle that my Stuart loves to jump on. Looks like Big T has a new friend. Fearing my dogs would get him, I went and grabbed my gardening gloves, put down my camera and went over to grab him and move him to a safer place.

So here’s what happened. I picked little grumpy up and was immediately attacked by both his parents. It scared the heck right out of me. I am so glad I had my hair up in a bun on the top of my head, because these Robins went straight for my head and one of them actually hit me in the bun on my head. Flash backs to one of my first horror movie The Birds came streaming back….But I was on a mission to move this little one for his own safety.

It did not bother them when I was taking his picture, I actually did not even see them or hear them anywhere near me, but once I had him in my hands they pounced on me. I was able to get him into the front yard and placed him near a bush and he hopped under it and I ran back into the back yard. They were flying down on me and making enough noise to alert the entire neighborhood. I have rescued birds before, but have never been attacked by them, I guess there is a first for everything. I’d do it again, I will just wear my motorcycle helmet next time!

Grumpy hung out in my front yard for the next few days, with mom and dad staying very close and keeping an eye out for me. I have not seen him since so I like to imagine him flying high and telling stories of the human he escaped from.

So anyway, enough with the bird stories for now, and onto some food talk.

I made a steak, egg, blue cheese and brussels salad. I roasted the brussels on the grill for 20 minutes, fried the egg and used some pre-cooked fajita steak meat to create this really fun dinner. Along with the salad I also made an easy dressing, I took A-1 steak sauce, a splash of balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard and mixed it all together and lightly coated the lettuce with it. I had no idea what I was setting out to make, but it sure did turn out well. Plus the toasted pita squares really added to the meal.

Sometimes the meals thrown together on the fly are the best. I smashed it all up together and dug in.

Now back to some more bird news. So during a recent visit with the chickens at my neighbors farm, I left with a parting gift.

Poison Ivy. I was visiting my Lovely Ladies and pulled some weeds in the coop that seemed to be growing like crazy. I did have gloves on, but when I stacked up the weeds in my arms to move out of the coop, I had on short sleeves and ended up getting poison ivy on my upper arms by my biceps. Within 5 minutes I knew I came into contact with something because my arms were on fire. So I went to my doctor and got a cortisone shot and some cream to help with the itching. What is it with birds and me lately?

Sometimes you have to take the good and the bad. It makes me think of the theme song from the Facts of Life TV show. Back in the day, that was my favorite show. That show ran from 1979 to 1988. I seriously grew up watching that show. I really did learn the Facts of Life from those girls. Well I’m off, hope you have a great day free from attacking birds and poison ivy plants.

Question of the Day:  Have you ever had poison ivy? I sure hope I never get it again.

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Work has been busy lately and I love that, the days have been flying by, but I am on the Fitmixer Boot Camp program and the program is set up to eat 6 small a day. So during the day I have been setting the alarm on my phone to remind me when it’s time for my next meal.

That has been really helping me stay on schedule. My first two meals are protein smoothies. The first protein smoothie I blend at home before I leave for work with fruit and the second meal mixes up well with the Fitmixer blender bottle.  Then I have lunch and a mid afternoon snack.

Me being the planner I am loves this, I pack all my water, Fitmixer powder, snacks and lunch all in a big bag the night before work. I love to be prepared.

So here’s how I started my day. Fitmixer Boot Camp Smoothie with banana and raspberries.

Digging my morning smoothies lately. I love the vanilla protein powder and I love choosing what frozen fruits I’ll be adding to it. Today’s was delicious.

Sliced and bagged an apple for my mid morning snack.

Later, dinner was thrown together. I knew what I wanted to make, but was not sure how it would all fit together. Grilled chicken breast, seasoned rice and kale chips on Flat Out bread, with a side of roasted broccoli. I wanted a clean, easy and filling dinner, and it worked out well together, I really liked it.

Had a really nice cool evening so we sat on the deck, ate dinner and enjoyed the view.

We have a pair of nesting swans on the lake this year and I have been watching them every night, tonight the male was swimming around while the female sat on the nest. He sit’s next to her most of the time, but tonight he took a nice long swim and cleaned his feathers. I hope I am home when the eggs hatch. She has been on her nest now for three weeks and the normal process is 40 days, so I really think the hatching is getting close.

The Lilly pads are starting to bloom and I love when they flower, I will be sure to post a picture as soon as I get one.

Finally got the picture I have been trying to get for days, the Baltimore Oriole that visits my bird bath daily.

Killian laid in the grass and relaxed for approximately 30 seconds, then it was right back to running around the yard monitoring any movement from anything.

Stuart was fascinated by the swan and stood on the deck woofing at him.

I snapped a picture of my blooming lavender, so pretty, smells amazing.

Then Killian and Stuart decided to chase each other and play fight. They had a blast.

Later in the evening a hummingbird was hanging around the feeder so I grabbed my camera and ran upstairs to my bedroom balcony for a better view and was so excited that he was still buzzing around taking drinks.

The last picture I took today was this little bunny, he has had a few close calls with my dogs, but each time has made it to shelter. I try to look for him before I let the dogs out, but sometimes he’s in a bush or a plant and I don’t see him, so glad he’s fast, I like watching him weed my yard.

Well, I had a great day and now it’s time to watch Master Chef, I love me some Gordan Ramsey. What did I ever do before DVR? Digging that it’s the weekend I need some extra sleep.

Now to the Winner of  The 4 Simply Bars # 7 Lisa at Fit in the Midwest.

  1. Caramel peanut sounds delicious!

     

Also, The Simply Bar has offered to send a  Lemon Coconut Bar to an additional winner. So I did another drawing and the winner of the Free Bar direct from The Simply Bar is #10 MLLrungirl.

  1. I follow you on twitter.

So now I just need the winners to email me at denajeanne@gmail.com with your shipping information and your prize will be on it’s way. 

Thanks to everyone who entered. 

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite cooking show?  I’m love around the world in 80 plates.

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Today was a great day for a light meal. I had a fresh batch of kale and some tofu and had lasagna on my mind so Tofu Kale Lasagna is what I made.

With the tofu, you really have to press out all the water or you will end up with a watered down pasta sauce. First I crumbled up the tofu with a fork and season it with salt, pepper, parsley and Italian Garlic Gold Nuggets all to taste. Remove all the stems from the kale and tear into small pieces. Then get ready to layer.

  

There are no rules when making a lasagna. Do as many layers as you want or what will fit in your dish. As I was layering the lasagna, I remembered that I had two mozzarella balls (I said balls!) left, so I grabbed them (ha), sliced them and topped off my lasagna with them.

      

Bakes on 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

I was so ready to give it a try. I normally use spinach so I was excited to try the kale. Verdict: Loved it. It still had the firm texture that kale offers, but was soft enough to cut with a fork. The extra cheese was also a nice touch. It was TofuKaleTastic.

Simple, easy and healthy.

After dinner I took a few pictures of my garden. It was a beautiful day.

     

   

I have a thing for yard decorations and my favorite yard decor is this concrete turtle. It’s huge, and it’s heavy and gives my garden a little flair. I named it Big T. It was in a different part of my yard and I recently moved it closer to my deck so I could see it while lounging. I had to use a Hand-Cart to move Big T.

Here’s a picture from 5 years ago of Big T being used as a step stool by Stuart. Stuart and Killian chased a squirrel up the tree. Wow this picture shows my tree before I landscaped around it.

I have these rain barrels under my gutter to collect all the rain water and I use it for all my potted plants. I have used these barrels now for 8 years and I have not run out of water all summer. Seems like each time I was close to being dry, it would rain and fill them right back up. Mother Nature will provide.

Now here’s the recipe I threw together for the Tofu Kale Lasagna.

Tofu Kale Lasagna

8×8 Baking Dish

Serves 4 Large Pieces

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Kale
  • No Boil Lasagna Noodles
  • Tofu 1 Container
  • Mozzarella Cheese Balls (optional)
  • Shredded Italian Cheese
  • Seasoning for the Tofu: Italian Garlic Gold Nuggets, Parsley, Salt and Pepper
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese Shaker (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press the water out of the Tofu. Crumble with a fork and season with Salt, Pepper, Parsley and Italian Garlic Gold (or any other Italian Seasoning). Mix well. Cover bottom of 8×8 pan with pasta sauce, then a layer of noodles, then spread the tofu mixture over noodles, then a layer of Kale and add some shredded cheese. Repeat the process 3 times. When finished top layer should be pasta sauce topped with shredded cheese or slices of Mozzarella cheese. I used both! I’m cheesy like that.

Bake on 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

I just have fun when making a lasagna. I layer as much as I can depending on the ingredients. One note to stress when making this recipe, make sure you press out all the water from the tofu.

Question of the Day: Meat or Vegetarian Lasagna?

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