Turn Your Balcony Into a Paradise With These Potted Trees

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you can grow tons of fruit and veggies even if you live in an apartment.  also, you can plant these trees in pots and bring them inside during the winter.  i live in the country but my mandarin and lemon trees come inside for the winter.  each are in a wine barrel.  now they are on my deck and loaded with blooms.  the hummingbirds are very happy and i will be, too in a few months with all that fresh fruit. for all the details, check out this link:

turn your balcony into a paradise with these fruit trees



black bean and farro salad

black bean farro salad


Black beans and farro team up beautifully in this ultra-hearty
grain salad. The duo pairs unexpectedly well with a crunchy
Granny Smith apple and creamy avocado. A bright cilantro
and shallot vinaigrette ties the whole dish together.
Farro (Wheat), Black Beans, Avocado, Apple, Shallot, Cilantro, White Wine Vinegar
Cooking time 45 min
Difficulty level Level 1
2 People
Farro 1 ¾ C
Black Beans 1 box
Avocado 1
Granny Smith Apple 1
Shallot 1
Cilantro ¼ oz
White Wine Vinegar 2 T
Olive Oil* 2 T
4 People
Farro 11/2 C
Black Beans 2 boxes
Avocado 2
Granny Smith Apple 2
Shallot 2
Cilantro 2 (came in a box with about 6 small stems)
White Wine Vinegar 4T
Olive Oil 4T
Nutrition per person Calories: 787 cal | Carbs: 106 g | Fat: 28 g | Protein: 28g | Fiber: 33g | Sodium: 155mg
1 Cook the farro: add the farro to a large pot of water with a large pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30-35 minutes until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.
2 While the farro cooks, drain and rinse the beans. Finely chop the cilantro. Halve, peel, and mince the shallot.
3 Make the cilantro vinaigrette: in a large bowl, combine the cilantro,shallot, and 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar. Whisk in 2 Tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
4 Halve, pit, and dice the avocado. Cut the apple into ½-inch cubes,discarding the apple core. Toss the apple into the vinaigrette.
5 When the farro is ready, toss it into the vinaigrette along with the black beans. Season with salt and pepper.
6 Plate the farro mixture, then top with the avocado. Dig in and enjoy!
NOTE: i hate cilantro as does my husband, so i got some fresh basil out of my garden and added it instead of cilantro.

from hello fresh

80 mind blowing kitchen hacks that will rock your world


While sometimes time spent in the kitchen is relaxing and enjoyable (think cooking warm, hearty stews on a cold winters day), sometimes we just want to get things done as quickly as possible.

This article compiles 80 of the cleverest, most ingenious, “why didn’t I think of that” ideas for becoming the most efficient and most talented kitchen whizz ever!

Go to the link for the full story:80 mind blowing kitchen hacks

make your own vinegar


Vinegar is easy to make, from a variety of products. And you can make your own mother of vinegar too, although you don’t actually need it. All you have to do is add already-made vinegar to apple cider, in a proportion of 1:4. However, to make mother of vinegar, expose a mixture of one-half vinegar and one-half cider to a temperature of 80 degrees for a few days. The thin scum that forms on the surface is mother of vinegar.

learn more at the link! homemade vinegar


(photo by theprairiehomestead.com)


Good question. Here is how Wikipedia explains it:

“Life hacking refers to any productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life; in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way”

Apply that definition to homesteading, and that, my friends, is a Homestead Hack.
I’ve featured various Homestead Hacks in the past, but this, my friends, is the granddaddy of all Homestead Hack posts. I hope you are ready for this!
for 70 great hacks click the link!

How To Harvest Dandelion Roots & 7 Ways To Use Them


from natural living ideas

For centuries, dandelion has been embraced by herbalists and natural living enthusiasts to treat everything from liver problems to digestive issues.

Every part of this healing weed is edible – from the blossoms and leaves right down to the oft forgotten roots. However, it’s these deep roots that contain so many of the plant’s health benefits. Not only are they a rich source of vitamins A, B, C and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium and zinc; but the bitter substances in these tubers also aid in detoxification and liver stimulation.

Keep reading to discover how to harvest and use dandelion roots for better health and vitality.

how to harvest dandelions