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Ways to Use Excess Meyer Lemon Harvest

If you are like me the idea of growing your own fruits and vegetables is bountiful. Notice I said the “idea” was bountiful not always the harvest. I grew up on a farm so one would think I had a green thumb. Guess that is why it was a  cattle farm and not a corn field. I mean sure we had a garden, and a greenhouses for a while. But I did not a seem to get many of those traits. Now that I live in the suburbs there is not much space much less manure to have a harvest regularly. I have tried growing everything from broccoli to zucchini even grown fennel and Habanero. Usually the harvest is small considering the time and work put into them. A few years back I planted a fruit tree.. a lemon tree best I knew. After a few years it put out fruit. The fruit was weird-looking for lemons. They were about the size of oranges or small grapefruit. Yellow and sour like lemon but the flesh consistency of an orange. I had saved the tag on the tree and read that it was a Meyer Lemon. Meyer Lemons are hybrids thought to be a cross of a lemon and a Mandarin Orange. Oh and once they start to produce they can produce thousands. So the first couple of seasons I did nothing with the harvest. Much dropped and became fertilizer. The rest ended up in the trash. This year I decided to make use of my […]

10 Blogger Tips To Get Noticed

10 Blogger Tips To Get Noticed. As a blogger we all have our own ways of doing the same things. Ultimately our goal is to have our voices heard. Some will do it with headlines, others with extreme SEO while others base it on their content alone. No matter what you write if it is engaging and interesting people will read it, otherwise … well. There are a few basic guidelines that if you follow them at least to some extent you might get noticed. Choose your topic – it really does not matter what the topic, as long as you choose one. Many bloggers take a shotgun approach and try to cover everything and in turn cover nothing. Whatever the topic stick with it, which is why you are being read in the first place. Nothing worse than a headline about leadership that spills into a story about your dog and peanut butter cookies. There are at least three posts in that one sentence if not more. Short and sweet – very blogger that has anything to say will start with nothing and in minutes have a book. Keep your blog posts short. The experts say anywhere from 500 to 1000 words with the happy medium around 700. Anymore and well you probably won’t get read. Break it up if you have to, make it bite size nuggets of great content. Edit your work – one of the biggest detractors is someone who cannot spell. Grammar and punctuation is not as important, but at least […]

How to Treat Dad Like a King on Fathers Day

With Father’s Day 2014 coming up on June 15th , how do you get the guy who has everything?  No longer will an ugly tie or shirt that does not fit suffice as a Father’s Day gift that will be remembered, at least not for the right reasons.     Casio Men’s DW9052-1V G-Shock Black Stainless Steel and Resin Digital Watch ~ $39.99 New Balance Men’s ML402 Classic Running Shoe ~ $64.95 – $65.00 Ducti Classic Silver Super Duct Tape Bifold Wallet ~$17.40 Skullcandy S2IKDY-010 Ink’d 2.0 Earbud Headphones with Mic (Black/Red) ~ $17.98 WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup – Black ~ $72.67 The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All ~ $14.55 Jackery Bar Premium Fast-charging Aluminum Portable Charger 5600mAh External Battery Backup Power Bank. Compact Design, High Capacity. For Apple iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad, Air, Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note, Nexus, LG, HTC. (Orange) ~ $29.95 X-Men and the Wolverine Collection (X-Men / X2: X-Men United / X-Men: The Last Stand / X-Men Origins: Wolverine / X-Men: First Class / The Wolverine) [Blu-ray] ~ $ 32.96 Roku 3500R Streaming Stick (HDMI) (2014) ~ $49.00 Have I missed anything ?  What are you getting you father this year?