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Kale-soup

Quick & Easy Veggie Kale Soup Recipe

Quick & Easy Veggie Kale Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Category: Soup

Cuisine: Vegan

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 CUPS Kale
  • 1 CUP Chopped Green Onions
  • 2 1/2 CUPS Chickpeas
  • 1/4 CUP Parsley
  • 1/4 CUP Bob’s Red Mill Large Flake Yeast
  • 1 Carrot (diced)
  • 1 Knorr Vegetable bouillon Cube
  • Salt to taste (optional)
  • Water (based on your bouillon cubes directions

Instructions

  1. Soften diced carrot in a few tbsp of water (feel free to add more water if/when needed)fresh-kale
  2. Add kale and continue to saute in water
  3. Add salt (if desired) and Knorr bouillon cube
  4. Pour in 1-2 cups of water (I like to go a little less than what is recommended on the package. It gives a stronger flavor)
  5. Add parsley and chickpeas and continue to cook over medium heat
  6. Once everything comes to a simmer, turn off the burner and stir in Bobs RedMills Nutritional Yeast
  7. Add in the green onions at the last minute for a delicious crunch and flavor

It’s honestly THAT simple. I have had this on my stove nearly every day for about a week or so. I can’t get enough of it! It’s so incredibly hearty and delicious. Sometimes I have it for lunch, and then think about it all day, and question whether or not to make it for dinner!? I admit though, I do get a bit obsessive when I find a delicious and healthy meal to make!

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Spring Garden – What To Planting – How & Why

I know it’s the end of February, and for most of us, spring is probably a month or two away still.  However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t start planning your spring garden. There are many things you can do now to prepare and get ahead of schedule for the warm weather that will be showing up in just a couple of months. so here is WHAT I am planning to plant in my spring garden along with how and why I  am planting it.

This year is actually going to be a first for me, I am going to be planting some flowers as well as my regular vegetable garden. Up until now I always thought that having flowers was such an unproductive waste of space. In reality, though, flowers are an integral part of the gardening ecosystem. They help attract pollinators (AKA bees) to early starter flowers. Not to mention, with our declining bee population, my goal is to have flowers blooming as soon as the bees are waking up! Dandelions are usually the first food source for bees in the spring, so hopefully, I can give them an extra food source!

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I was lucky enough to get in on Cheerio’s “bring back the bee” initiative about a year ago. If you signed up with them they sent you a pack of Vessey’s bee-friendly wildflower mix. So my goal is to have planted flowers to entice the bees onto my balcony so that they can then know to come back and pollinate my vegetable plants.

This spring I want to start out with cooler weather crops such as beans, lettuce, broccoli,  and of course my herb garden.  This year I’m actually going to switch it up and use my large storage tub for a large green leaf Garden. I plan to be growing some dark green cos. lettuce, baby leaf spinach, Tyee spinach, Tokyo bekana, regular iceberg lettuce, buttercrunch, and of course I can’t forget my kale.

So in a 63-liter storage container, I plan on growing a couple of plants each. So with seven varieties, I will probably get around fourteen plants in my spring garden tub of greens. They are a great cool weather plant, They won’t bolt (start producing flowers and seeds) until early summer. this hopefully will allow for several different meals. As well as harvesting several batches of spinach and kale for the freeze.

SIDE NOTE

If you are new to gardening of any sort. Bolting halts your ability to eat the plant, because it then turns bitter. So until the summer comes, if you see one of your lettuces growing a flower head. Just snip the little head off as soon as possible. I usually will take a leaf as a taste test just to see if it’s too late for that plant. I am in the mentality that you can never have too many seeds! So if they bolt, and I taste the leaves and it’s too late. I will let it bolt and collect the seeds.

This year another one of my hopes is you have a beautiful large and luscious herb garden. Right now my plans are to grow parsley, dill, and basil in it. With an emphasis on parsley and basil. Doing this will allow me to not only have fresh herbs available but I also plan on drying a lot of it as well.  This way we have an abundance of homegrown herbs on-hand all year round. Even if for some reason I am unable to grow herbs in my kitchen during the winter at least I’ll have them dried from my garden. I also haven’t gone seed shopping yet. So I might actually be able to add more herbs to the pot depending on what I find when I go shopping.

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Something I have yet to grow successfully in my garden is beans and peas. So this year I’m testing out a tent pole method of growing them. In two different pots I will have my Little Marvel Peas and in the other, my Blue Lake 274’s. This will allow me to not only test out the tent pole method that I have in my head. It will also allow me to hopefully finally be successful in growing both beans and peas in my Spring Garden. This will actually be my test for the season.

I always have one or two plant products that I want to test out. This year it will be two new plants and a growing method. I will be doing another post about the tentpole method that I am going to be trying out. However the tent pole method is basically using a central Pole and then I am going to run twine down to the four corners so that the beans can grow up the twine and kind of act like a vertical growing method so it will help them keep from getting all tangled up and it allows air to flow freely through the plants so that I don’t get any diseases caused by moisture, or anything else of that sort in my plants.
In my final planter, I will be growing some broccoli. This is a pretty deep and long planter so that will allow me to probably have at least 4 Broccoli plants in my spring garden. Now, this is another plant that I have actually been very unsuccessful with. I’ve tried growing it a couple of different times, the first was from seed which did not grow properly, at all. The next one was actually a seedling that I bought at a local Nursery. This time I will be trying from seed again and hopefully, we’ll get it right.

so, if all goes well this year. I should have lots of lettuces, kale, and spinach for the spring. As well as kale and spinach in my freezer. Hopefully, as long as my broccoli grows properly and produces, I’ll also have at least four heads of broccoli. I have also heard of a successful bumper crop (a second or even third crop from the same plant).

If I play my cards right, there is a possibility that we could actually have 8 heads of broccoli in total. The approximation estimate for the beans and peas shows roughly two to four pounds per plant. So if I have four plants of each hopefully that will be another opportunity to can or freeze the excess. So that I can again prolong the harvest into the summer, fall, and winter months as well. Then, of course, you have herbs and they are ever-growing. I might even be able to bring them inside when it gets too cold. So they can actually grow over and over again. While I have my Spring garden growing. I will actually be germinating and growing my summer garden gradually over time as well. So that they have an early start. So stay tuned for that update!

Couscous-salad

Summer Fresh Couscous Salad – Fresh Quick and Simple Recipes

Summer Fresh Couscous Salad – Fresh Quick and Simple Recipes

Prep Time: 10 minutesFresh-Couscous-salad

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Category: Salad

Cuisine: African/American

Yield: 4

This is a simple quick and fresh dish. It takes very little time to prepare and can be easily used in meal prepping to give an option of fresh taste to each meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup CousCous
  • 400mL Water
  • 1 Bell pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1 Bunch Parsley (Optional)
  • 1 Tomato
  • Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Dice the onion and bell pepper finely and saute in a bit of olive oil for 5 min
  2. In the same pan, place 1 cup of couscous and 400mL of water.
  3. Place lid on and let cook on med heat until the water has cooked the couscous and is completely absorbed.
  4. Dice remaining vegetables, and place in a large bowl
  5. Mix in the couscous, olive oil, and lemon juice to preferential taste (if you wish to salt and pepper the dish you can at this point.)
  6. At this point, you can eat it warm or place it in the fridge to get cold (I prefer it cold personally)
  7. Before serving chop up some parsley (completely optional) and mix half through and place the other half on top as decoration

You will NOT be sorry with this fresh summer couscous salad. It is everything simple and delicious that summer deserves. It’s also great after sitting in the fridge as well. So make it ahead of time and wow the family or the crowded BBQ. This recipe has yet to disappoint anyone I have ever fed it to. Which is why I am sharing it with you!

Shop all of my personal favorite brands needed for this recipe down below. I have used many different brands, however, these are my tried and true favorites.

Outdoor-StairLift

3 Types of Reconditioned Stairlift You can Get for Your Home

Some people see this as a necessity, while others just like a simple way to get to the top floor in their house or apartment, but stairlifts have become more popular than ever.

Even though they were invented a long time ago, only now they have become a truly modern piece of technology and an item that helps people with their daily activities. In general, you can get three types of stairlifts. They are all different between them.

Some of them are more luxurious, and others are pretty basic, but they all the job. Depending on what you need, you can opt for one of them, and see you or your loved ones getting around the home without any problem.

On top of it, it’s much safer to have one of these. People with the difficulty of moving around will have to pay extra care when going up and down. Just one small wrong move and they can fall down the stairs, which will eventually cost them their lives.

That’s why stairlifts are invented. All you need to do is install one in your home, and make sure it is working properly. In this article, we’re sharing the three main types of reconditioned stairlifts in Ireland, which you may need. Read on see what they are.

1. Straight-line reconditioned stairlift

This one is the most commonly used in Ireland. The reason for this is obvious, most stairs are made this way in the country. Most houses are made in this style and that’s why providers of stairlifts most commonly install this one.

If you’re about to install something like this, first do a little research to find out who’s best in the business. There are more options, and not all of them are reconditioned. Some are better than others, but in the end, they all do the same job. Transport people from one floor to another.

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2. Curved reconditioned stairlift

The curved one is always less affordable than the first option. The reason for this is that there are more materials used and it’s more complex to install them. Before you opt for something like this, make sure that you’re within the price range and you can cover the expenses for it.

Of course, if there’s no other option for you or someone from your family to get to the second floor, and it’s absolutely necessary to do it, then you can find some options across the country that will be more affordable than others. Just take a look at the next point, and make sure you have your options open.

3. Refurbished stairlift

When you’re on a budget then you need to focus on this. Luckily for everyone, there are always options that are going to make you happy. In this case, you can opt for a curved or straight one, but under special conditions.

These special conditions mean you are getting a refurbished stairlift. This is great for everyone who is not keen on spending tons of money on this thing. You’re basically getting a second-hand stairlift, but made to work and function like a brand new one. It is not going to fail you and will come with a guarantee.

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Conclusion

These three are the best ones and you should choose one of them. Of course, if you don’t have curved stairs then you don’t need to look at that option, and if you don’t have a straight line on which you’ll install something like this, then you don’t need to look at that point either.

They all differ in many stages of installation, as you can. Take a look at your budget too, and if you think that you wouldn’t appreciate spending money on something like this, then go ahead and opt for the final point. Why spend tons of money on something you might not need in the near future?

Take whatever feels best for you, and be sure that you’re making the right choice. After all, freedom of movement is one of the things that are guaranteed by the law. Provide this for yourself or your loved ones.

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The Importance of Choosing The Right Dumpster Size for Your Renovation Projects

We can all agree that stuffing debris and junk in old containers is not a sustainable solution. At the same time, you will have to pay more because of the time consumption that comes with picking everything up until the end of a project.

That is the main reason why you should understand the dumpster sizes, which will help you find the right container for your requirements, especially when you are planning for a renovation.

The easiest way to understand everything about waste management is by checking here for more information.

For instance, you can find roll-off dumpsters, which come in four different sizes: ten, twenty, thirty, and forty-yard capacities.

A single cubic yard is the measure of both volume and space. Generally, it is a cube of length, width, and height. When you multiple these measurements, you get a cubic yard, depending. The main idea is to calculate the number of cubic yards a single dumpster can handle.

It works by multiplying length, height, and width with an idea to determine the right cubic feet. Then you should divide the overall cubic feet by twenty-seven. It would be best if you also remembered that most dumpster’s dimensions come from the outside of the walls.

Therefore, you should use the exterior dimensions and the formula we have mentioned above to estimate each dumpster’s capacity. The question is what size container you should use in the first place, which is something we will explore in the further article.

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Things to Remember When Choosing a Right Dumpster

You can find a wide array of waste hauling companies available on the market that can provide you both industrial and commercial dumpsters that can range between one and eight cubic yards depending on your preferences.

If you own a large industrial or commercial building, you will need an effective disposal solution, including commercial trash compactors. The largest ones can reach up to forty yards, which is something you should remember.

At the same time, you should know that the price tag depends on the frequency of pick-ups and the size of the container you wish to choose. You should consider a few things before you make up your mind, such as:

  • Size – The most common commercial front-load sizes include two, four, six, and eight cubic yard containers. Besides, you can find some rental companies that can provide you other sizes as well. However, if you own a brick-and-mortar business, you will need at least a two-yard dumpster. On the other hand, if you own a restaurant or a small retail shop, you may need a small commercial dumpster such as a two or four-yard bin. Larger businesses will need larger containers such as six or eight-yard mostly made for busy restaurants, large apartment complexes, construction sites, and businesses that could benefit.
  • Waste – When choosing the right dumpster, you should know the type of waste that you will dump, which will help you with the process. Everything depends on the company you choose, but you need to consider particular regulations from the state in which you operate. As soon as you deal with waste removal, a professional company should plan for both non-hazardous and hazardous waste. Simultaneously, the service will charge you depending on the type of waste they come to pick up, which is another consideration you should remember.
  • Proximity to Your Business – When choosing a service, you should consider the closeness to your business. Since waste management is something you need frequently, you should check out their location to determine whether they can handle services on time. Remember that you will pay for their transportation, which is why you should choose the closest option you can.
  • Disposal Methods – It is vital to determine the methods a particular company utilizes to handle waste while conserving the environment and recycling everything. It would be best if you researched before choosing a particular dumpster renting company, which will help you determine the most approved methods. You should check out the dumpster sizes for renovations which will help you determine the proper one for your needs.
    Proper Equipment – Finally, most trash removal services should have proper equipment and tools to handle the job without any additional problems. Of course, it depends on a dumpster, but you may need a piece of large machinery to handle commercial ones. Even though it seems daunting, you should check out the closest services from your area and narrow your search down by asking your coworkers and friends to help you along the way.
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Simple Steps Anyone Can Take To Improve Home Security

There are a good number of reasons why the security of your home should be a top priority. One of the major concerns for many homeowners and renters is burglars and thieves who will be only too glad to break into your home and lay their hands on your belongings.

No matter if you own your home or just renting, you need to consider how vulnerable you may be. And it’s up to you to take the necessary steps towards making your house more secure.

Now, when you start to take a serious look at your home security, most of the older houses do not have a modern security system. It’s easy to pinpoint where you are vulnerable if you simply take the time to investigate. Let’s take a look at some of the simplest and most effective ways to ensure your property is secured:

1. Doors and Windows

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The first thing to consider is getting the doors and windows secured. Make sure they are strong enough to resist unwanted trouble. Get into the routine of keeping them shut and well secured at night. If you can install a strong lock on the windows, you can expect even more security.

2. Lighting & Motion Sensors

If you can keep the surroundings of your home well-lit, you can expect to ward off even more unwelcome visitors. Thieves will think twice about breaking into a house if they are clearly visible.

Using the lights that come with the motion sensors can be a good idea. These can light up when they detect any movement within a specific range and set off an alarm when intruders breach your perimeter.

3. When You Are Away

If you are planning to be away over the weekend, or are going away for a long vacation, take some extra precautions to ensure the safety and security of your house. First of all, make sure you lock all the doors and shut all the windows properly before you leave.

Make sure you inform your neighbors that you are going to be away so that they can keep an eye on things till you are back. You can also ask someone reliable to stay in your house through that period of time, and hence avoid leaving the house empty for anyone to break in.

Ask someone to collect your mail from your mailbox. Unattended mail is an easy signal for opportunistic burglars that nobody’s home.

More importantly, think twice before putting up your photos on social media while you’re away. Broadcasting to the world that you’re on holiday may get you a few likes, but it can be an advertisement that your apartment is unattended.

4. Use of Equipment

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Finally, if you check the stores that sell home security equipment and other home improvement accessories, you will notice how easy it is to add extra layers of security to your property. You will come across cameras, alarms, and a host of other gadgets that are easy to install. Something like a lock and key is simple to implement and can drastically improve your home’s overall security instantly.

5. Opt for Monitoring

At the end of the day, nothing is going to give the peace of mind like a reliable home security provider with 24/7 monitoring. However, if you do want a reliable security company, be sure to opt for a well-established company with a proven track record in the industry such as Vivint, Frontpoint, ADT, and SimpliSafe.