Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Healthy Workout In The Garden #TENways #PMedia

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With Summer is just around the corner, I know a lot of the younger gals are thinking about getting ready for swimsuit season. I, however, am not. As you all know, I am a woman of a certain age and some things just ain't gonna happen, like seeing me in a 2-piece! This is not to say I don't want to look good and that I am not concerned about my health. I just know that words like "Zumba" and "Step Class" are no longer in my vocabulary.

So, how do we older, but still active, ladies get rid of that winter weight?
You could do what I do, I go for a healthy work out, in the garden!
Kathe With An E - A Healthy Garden Workout
See those 10 bags of garden soil? They didn't get there by themselves. I had to bring them from the front driveway, down the side of the house, to the backyard. 10 bags! I did 2 bags at a time so it was back and forth 5 times carrying a heavy weight. No expensive gym membership required! No equipment purchased to later become a bulky clothes hanger. Added bonus? Fresh air baby!!

And, before I could even lay down the new garden soil, I had to prep the existing soil in the vegetable garden. What I found was, not one but, 2 layers of gardening weed control fabric. I needed to remove both layers so that my plants roots had somewhere to go! That meant I had to move the soil TWICE! More heavy dirty work that also included bending over and pulling at the fabric as I moved the dirt out of the way, from one end of the garden to the other and back again. Up and down, pulling and tugging. Bend those knees, use those dormant muscles Kath! Feel the burn!

The weed barrier duo did not beat me! Oh yeah, it took some time and I was a sweaty, muddy mess, but I won!! And it felt so good!

I then put the new soil down and tilled it all together. (I saved a couple of bags for an herb garden I have planned in another area, so um, they'll be moved again)
Kathe With An E - A Healthy Garden Workout
Oh yeah! One garden ready for planting in about 6 weeks time!
Kathe With An E - A Healthy #Garden #Workout
Even better with the addition of some fencing to keep Mr. Max out!

After that workout I was hungry and thirsty! Luckily I had picked up some tasty, low calorie sodas from Walmart. 
Kathe With An E - #TENways
There are actually four TEN products that can be found at Walmart from the DPSG (Dr Pepper Snapple Group) in 7UP, Sunkist, A&W, or Canada Dry Ginger Ale. The Four TEN sodas are Low Calorie, only ten calories actually, but each has that great full flavor taste I love!
Kathe With An E - #TENways
Not only is it refreshing to drink after a hard workout in the garden, I used some of the TEN A&W Root Beer to make a healthier sauce for some 'qued ribs!
Kathe With An E - Root Beer BBQ Sauce

Root Beer BBQ Sauce
(adapted from www.mrfood.com)

  • 1 cup A&W TEN Calorie Root Beer
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar (to keep it healthier I substituted 3 tablespoons of organic honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • In a medium saucepan, combine ingredients; mix well and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes, or until sauce is reduced by half. 
    Kathe With An E - Root Beer BBQ Sauce
    Some freshly made cole slaw on the side kept my meal light.
    Kathe With An E - Root Beer BBQ Sauce
    There were plenty leftover for Mr. B too.  He loved the sweet sticky sauce and could not believe it was healthier for him! And he does love root beer! Now he can really enjoy it, TEN calories at a time!

    I'll be keeping cold cans of the TEN products on hand for a refreshing light, full flavored drink, to look forward to as I work out in tend to my garden this season! 

    You can join me in keeping  up with the Dr Pepper Snapple Group on Facebook and Twitter. And here's a treat, when you go to Walmart to pick up your TEN soda , make sure you print out this great coupon for $0.50 off the purchase of TWO 2 Liter bottles or TWO 4-pack cans of 7UP TEN, A&W TEN, Canada Dry TEN, RC TEN or Sunkist TEN soda. AND...if you share this offer you can get a $1.50 off coupon!! Woot! This offer is available from March 27 – April 17, while supplies last.

    Now I ask you, how do you plan to get back in shape after the long winter months?

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    Monday, April 14, 2014

    You're Gonna Love It Tuesday

    I am so behind!  Seriously!  I am setting up this post just mere hours before the party starts!  Therefore, I'm keeping it short and sweet and we'll talk more next week, m'kay?  Thanks friends!

    The most viewed link last week came from Leslie who blogs at 
    Leslie gave a terrific tutorial on how to optimize your posts for Pinterest.
    Such awesome information Leslie!  I have, you guessed it, pinned it to remind myself how to make the best of my posts! Be sure to grab yourself an I've Been Featured button Leslie and display it proudly!

    Now, on to the party!!

    Feel free to link up anything you have created.
    Recipes, decor, crafts, written or photographed.
    Anything you are so proud of you just gotta share it with others.
    I will reserve the option of deleting any post that I do not feel fits the
    theme of my blog.

    I love to spotlight some of my favorites on my Facebook page and pin them to my You're Gonna Love It Tuesday board on Pinterest so,
    be sure to follow me there too! As always, you don't have to be a follower in order to link up. 
    I want you to follow Kathe With An E because you want to, not because it is required.

    You can sign up to receive my updates by email right here.
    I would love it if you would link back in some way so that others come and party with us. Either grab the party button or add my blog link to your post or on your blog party page. But again, it's not required.

    I ask that you please DO NOT link up giveaways, Etsy shops or anything for sale. Save those for the first Tuesday of each month when,
    Anything Goes!

    Please remember, this is a party. So, after you link up, mingle around 
    and visit some of the other party guests.

    *By linking up your post, you are giving Kathe With An E permission to use your pictures as a feature on this blog and other social media outlets.

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    Friday, April 11, 2014

    New Flavor Choices At Pei Wei

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pei Wei Asian Diner for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

    It's the middle of April.  How's your New Year's resolutions going? Was one of your resolutions to eat better? 
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    Well, Pei Wei Asian Diner has introduced a nationwide reFresh in the new year, complete with fresh new dishes, a fresh look and fresh small size entrée. Their new menu options not only have wonderful flavor profiles, but have great price appeal, too.  Starting at just $6.39 for a small size entrée, you can reFRESH with Pei Wei on a whole new level in 2014! 

    We love Asian inspired food. It is one of our favorite go to food choices when when we eat out. Pei Wei is now offering a new flavors on their menu that is sure to be a hit. The newest tastes to be available is the Thai Lime & Chili entree, which feature citrus flavors combined with spicy Fresno chilies.
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    You can also get it in a small size, or as a salad!
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    In addition to the Thai Lime & Chile options Pei Wei's new reFRESH menu also includes:
    Wok Roasted Vegetable Salad a flavorful combination of wok-roasted cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, green beans, scallions, assorted lettuce, Napa cabbage, cucumbers and tomatoes topped with toasted sesame seeds, curry salt and tossed in a miso vinaigrette.
    Ginger Orange Edamame with steamed soybeans, orange peel, ginger, garlic and sea salt.
    Szechuan Green Beans with wok seared green beans with Hunan sauce, chile paste and garlic.
    You can also keep up with new menu additions by connecting with Pei Wei on social media:
    So,  tell me, which new menu item you are most excited to try?

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    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Easter Tablescape #Hopitforward

    I am a World Market ambassador. As always, all opinions are my own.

    Recently I found myself, once again, at my favorite store, World Market, trying to get inspiration for an Easter tablescape.  World Market is just full of Easter decor this time of year and it wasn't long before my creative juices started flowing and my cart was full of goodies to set the perfect table.
    Kathe With An E - Easter Tablescape
    This sweet bunny with his hands full of carrots was my jumping off point.
    Usually my holiday tables are more formal. You may remember the Easter table I set last year, seen here. This year, I decided to set a fun table, full of greens and bright oranges, like the bunny's carrots.
    Kathe With An E - Easter Tablescape
    I started with a green tablecloth from World Market, as it reminded me of Spring green grass. I've had the square orange dinner plates for years and I love how they frame the bunny dish perfectly!
    Kathe With An E - Easter Centerpiece
    I knew I wanted to use the terrarium that was a Christmas gift from Mr. B for the centerpiece. I spied the cute wooden bunny, fishing for carrots, staring at me, begging me actually, and had to bring him home! He fit perfectly, and surrounded by some of the carrots he "caught", he makes a sweet focal point on the table.
    Kathe With An E - Easter Table

    Kathe With An E - Easter Table
    He has a couple of bunny helpers to help carry his carrots too! As well as a pair of smaller bunnies with their own tiny carrots.
    Kathe With An E - Easter Table

    Kathe With An E - Easter Table
    The World Market wooden bunny napkin rings each have a carrot of their own too.
    Kathe With An E - Easter Table
    No one goes hungry at my table, not even bunnies!
    Kathe With An E - Easter Table
    Mr. B fell in love with this little egg holder from World Market.  Once it gets closer to Easter we will dye some eggs and I will put them in this carrier.
    Kathe With An E - Easter Table
    I also found these little take out boxes at World Market.  I used some orange basket filler and placed green and orange foiled covered chocolate eggs in each as little take away gifts.
    Kathe With An E - Easter Table
    I had some little ceramic lambs in my stash and I just knew they'd be a cute unexpected addition to the table.
    Kathe With An E - Easter Table
    Doesn't he just make you smile? Me too!
    Kathe With An E - Easter Table
    I had so much fun setting up this holiday table thanks to all of the inspiration I found at World Market!
    Kathe With An E - Easter Table
    If you love World Market as much as I do, head over to enter the #Hopitforward Easter contest going on now until April 17th.  You can participate by sharing how you have spread Random Acts of Hoppiness and enter for a chance to win.  The grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 World Market gift card and a year’s supply of Divine Chocolate, and there are 3 Runner Up Prizes of a $500 World Market gift card and Divine Chocolate. Visit the World Market Facebook Page each day as they share their favorite Random Acts of Hoppiness with you. Help them reach their goal of 5,000,000 hops and they’ll Hop It Forward by donating 50,000 meals to regional food banks. Now, get hoppin' on your own Random Act of Hoppiness!
    For more information about World Market and their amazing products, be sure to visit your nearest World Market location or check them out online at their Web store, and be sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter or on Pinterest.
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