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Top 8 must-have tools for gardening

Is there anything like waking up early in the morning, paying a visit to the garden, and on your way back bringing some roses for your family and also fruits and vegetables? Not only it is healthy for you and your family, but it also gives you a chance to connect and bond with your family and make good memories every day. Bringing your little ones to help around the garden while your wife makes homemade treats such as cupcakes and pies for everyone.

If you love gardening, you have got to love everything that comes with it; joy and hard work. Once you are in it, there is no turning back and you are in it for the long run. An essential aspect of gardening is that it has to be done right, otherwise it might just be a waste of time. If you want to do it right and get the most out of it, you have to get every single tool that is important to help you along the way.

Following are the must-have gardening tools to help you make your garden look like a delight to the sore eyes.

1. Hose Reel

If you know plants, you know that watering them every day is the only thing that is necessary for them to grow. Lack of water affects the plants and they might be dead before you know it. Plants can live and grow alongside weeds and other unwanted plants but there is no way that they are going to survive without water.

Keeping that in view, to make the water get to every single one of your plants is a very tricky job. Hose reels might just be the tools that you need to overcome this problem. A hose reel is a tool that is used to wrap the long hose that is needed to convey water to different parts of the garden.

Not only it makes watering the garden perfectly easy, at the end of the day, but you can also save a lot of time by just rotating the reel and the tube will be wrapped around the wheel in a single small space.

2. Soil Knife

As the name indicated, soil knife is the most commonly used tool to dig up soil for different purposes. It is the handiest tool which might replace other tools that you have in your inventory. It is so versatile and can be used to perform several functions, all at the same time.

For starters, it is used to plant the seeds and bulbs of different fruits and vegetables. It can also be used to dig out weeds, trim the smaller plants, divide different plants and clean the racks.

3. Secateurs

Secateurs, also known as pruners, are the must-have tools that make your garden look tidy, clean and attractive. They are used to cut down anything you don’t like in your garden or any branch that is standing out. Different forms and sizes of pruners are there depending upon the use but bypass pruners are the most commonly used ones.

4. Rake

A rake is another garden tool that comes in handy for the purpose of loosening the soil, trimming the plants and removing flowers and leaves that are fallen. Rakes consist of a long handle and teeth made up of steel and they come in different sizes and shapes to serve different purposes. A smaller rake is used to reach places where a bigger rake cannot reach, for example under the shrubs or smaller plants.

5. Long-reach Saw

As the name indicates, a long-reach saw is a tool that has a long handle made of wood or steel and a saw on the other end. There are different types of saw depending upon their use. A pruning saw is one which is used to perform the same function as secateurs, but it is mainly meant for strong branches of trees that cannot be reached.

6. Spade

A spade is a tool that is used for the purpose of planting, softening the soil, digging and cutting through some tough roots. Usually, shovels and spades are considered the same, but they are used for totally different purposes. A shovel is a long-bladed tool used to dig holes while a spade has a smaller blade.

7. Leaf Blower

A leaf blower comes in handy when your garden has seen a windy day or in the autumn season. When leaves from the trees fall down and they make your garden a mess, a leaf blower is used to tackle these leaves and clean the garden.

 8. Garden Gloves

Last but not least, you must always have a pair of garden gloves on when you are working. You never know what might be lurking under those plants that’s why gloves must be worn for your own safety.All of the above tools must be present in the garden shed at all times for any emergency that comes your way. You can get more information about their operation, usage and prices on a website named Northern Arizona Flora. Now, it might be difficult to select the type of tools that you want to buy, you can also visit the site for this purpose too.

Some Amazing Low-Fat Recipes

One of the most frustrating thing about committing to a healthy lifestyle is the fact that we are forced to give up on some of the most delicious foods. A great lifestyle should not make you compromise on the things that make you happy. Well, on the diet side of things, we can help with that. At Reinwald’s Bakery, we are committed to providing the freshest, high quality baked goodies for everyone- including you! The three recipes below will bring back the joy and warmth that a good dessert brings, while still allowing you to stay focused on healthy living. Keep reading to discover more.

Brownies Without Guilt

For how long have you craved brownies? The feeling of the chocolate melting into your mouth? Well, ordinarily, this heart soothing dessert will derail your healthy lifestyle, especially because it is so addictive! That is why we bring to you the perfect chocolate brownie. A brownie without the guilt. Now, a run of the mill brownie has an average of 240 calories per piece. Our match made in heaven only has 190. Your usual brownie will have around 29 grams of fat. Our version only has 11.

To make this delectable delight, you will need the following ingredients: Dark chocolate (4 oz bar), a cup of chocolate chips (70% chocolate), Plain flour(4 oz), cocoa powder (0.9 oz),baking soda (1/4 teaspoon), brown sugar (4 oz), coffee granules (1/2 teaspoon), vanilla extract (1 teaspoon), buttermilk (2 tablespoons), an egg, mayonnaise (4 oz). This recipe makes a serving of 12 brownies.

The directions are as follows

Pre-heat your oven to approx. 356 Fahrenheit. As that happens, fill a small pot halfway with water and boil. Place a larger glass bowl on the pot then put your chocolate in it to melt. When fully melted, let the chocolate cool off a bit.

 Prepare a square baking tin that is 19cm and 5cm in depth. Coat the tin lightly with some oil and line it with lining paper. You may use an oil spray for this.

  In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and cocoa). Pour the sugar, buttermilk, egg, mayonnaise, and vanilla into the bowl containing the hot chocolate. Mix until the mixture is smooth, then sift in the dry ingredients mixture. Stir everything together using a spatula. Do not overdo the mixing.

Place the mixture into the tin and bake for 30 minutes. Let the mixture cool, then ease it out of the tin and cut into 12 brownie cubes.

Low-Calorie Carrot Cake

Just because this cake has carrots in it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is normally healthy. A single slice of your usual carrot cake may contain upwards of 800 calories, with about 500 being derived from fat. This rethought carrot cake only has 131 calories and 3.9 grams of fat per slice. This is how to make it:

You will need a cup of baking flour, a cup of brown sugar, a cup of whole wheat flour, one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of baking powder, half a cup of white sugar, three eggs, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, 11/2 teaspoons of powdered cinnamon, 2/3 cup of buttermilk, 11/2 cups of carrots(grated).

The directions are as follows

Have your oven pre-heated to 350 Fahrenheit. Prepare your 9 by13 inch pan by greasing and lightly flouring it. Separate the yolks from the whites of your three eggs and beat the whites until they’re frothy. At this point pour in the white sugar and keep stirring until whites are stiff. Combine your dry ingredients (flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon) and mix. Incorporate the buttermilk and vegetable oil stir. Incorporate the egg yolks and fold in the carrots and whites. Place the batter into the baking pan. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Wait to cool then serve!

A Lite, Easy Meringue Crust

This flaky delight is a healthy dessert option especially for those who don’t have the time to bake. Coming in at 53 calories a slice, with NO fat, this one can be a great companion for your healthy lifestyle! This is how to make it:

You will need half a cup of white sugar, a quarter teaspoon of cream of tartar. A quarter teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and two egg whites.

To bring the ingredients together, preheat your oven to 300 Fahrenheit. Separate the yolks of your two eggs from their whites and beat the whites. Add the salt and cream of tartar and stir until soft peaks appear. Stir in the vanilla and sugar until the mixture is glossy and stiff. Pour the mixture into equal circular shapes on a pie plate (9 inches) and bake. Leave the mixture to cool then serve!

Amazing Low-Calorie Pancake Recipes

What’s not to love about these warm fluffy delights? These versatile pastries are a go-to for many homes around; from the States to Japan, or from Great Britain to Italy, many cultures have a pancake variant. In fact, archaeological studies have it that the pancake was the most widely eaten pastry in prehistoric societies! Why then should you be stopped from eating these delights when on a diet or when trying to lose weight? You shouldn’t. With these three innovative recipes, you no longer have to forego pancakes. Keep reading to find out more.

The Quintessential Pancake with a Healthy Twist

The beauty of pancakes is that there isn’t one single recipe. They come in all shapes and sizes; and flavors! However, before we get to the more elaborate recipes, we might as well give a healthy makeover, to the common whole-wheat buttermilk pancake. While a serving of this delight using a normal recipe would yield 250 in calories per serving, this healthier version slashes that number to about 190 calories. Here’s how to make it:

You will need ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, ¼ teaspoon of salt, an egg (large), 2 teaspoons of baking powder, one and a half cups of whole wheat flour, one and a half cups of fresh buttermilk, a tablespoon of sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and two tablespoons of vegetable oil.

To bring the mixture together, stir the flour, salt, and the baking soda together. In a separate bowl mix the egg, together with the buttermilk, sugar, vanilla extract and oil until well incorporated. Once that is done, bring together all the ingredients (wet and dry) while avoiding over-mixing. Allow the mixture to rest for approximately 15 minutes.

Lightly spray a non-stick pan with oil and place over moderate heat. Using a ¼ cup pour equal measures of the batter into the pan. Do not crowd the pan. Each side should take two to four minutes. Serve when warm with apple slices on the side.

A Healthier German Apple Pancake

We did mention that pancakes came in many different forms and sizes. This variant is a delicious iteration from continental Europe. A normal recipe for German apple pancakes will contain 141 calories per pancake. Our recipe contains just 282 calories for a serving of four! Here’s how to make it:

For the topping, you will need 4 peeled and sliced apples (granny smiths are preferred), 1½ teaspoons of vegetable oil, three tablespoons of sugar, a cup of apple cider, a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder and a ½ teaspoon of vanilla.

For the batter, you will need a quarter cup of all-purpose flour, a cup of milk (low fat preferred), and two teaspoons of sugar.

To make the topping, melt the oil and butter in a pan and add in the sliced apples. In a different pot boil the cider for approximately 15 minutes or until reduced to half a cup. Proceed to stir the apples in the reduced cider.

For the pancakes, begin by preheating your oven to 400 Fahrenheit and prepare a skillet by spraying some cooking oil judiciously. Bring together the wet and dry ingredients, stirring until batter is smooth. Do not over mix. Pour in the mixture onto the skillet and bake for fifteen minutes. Once done, rest the pancakes till warm then pour the apple topping mixture on top of them. Delicious!

Savory Cornmeal and Sausage Pancakes

Pancakes need not be a breakfast only affair. That is why we said that they are so versatile! This cornmeal variant is warm and savory and best of all low-calorie. It is also easy to put together and requires very little time. A serving of this pancake (serving calculated as 1) will contain 234 calories. Considering that this is a savory snack that can be eaten also for lunch, the calorie figure is acceptable. Here’s how it’s done.

All you’ll need is a link of sausages (chicken is preferred), an egg, two tablespoons of cornmeal, a tablespoon of honey and optionally two tablespoons of maple syrup (sugar-free is preferred).

To make the pancake, you need to first cook the chicken sausages. Use as little oil as possible. Preferably, simply spray the frying skillet with vegetable oil. In a bowl, mix the egg, honey, and the cornmeal together until well incorporated. Pour the mixture into the skillet with the sausages and cook for roughly two minutes per side. You may choose to serve the pancake with some sugar-free maple syrup.