If you need your fruit and vegetables to ripen quicker, cover them with a generous amount of uncooked rice for at least 24 hours. The tomato on left was covered with rice for 24 hours, while the one on the right wasn't.
Create a fragrant and colorful centerpiece with fresh lime slices and blooming perennials. The trick to keeping the lime slices upright is to use two vases of varying sizes, fitting one inside of the other and filling in the space with 1/4-inch-thick lime slices. The luscious fruit and floral scents will last for two-to-three days.
Put a spin on the traditional holiday fruit basket by throwing all those delicious ingredients into a half gallon glass jar. Angie from The Country Chic Cottage recommends starting with apples and oranges. Add in mixed nuts, cranberries and other small fruits to fill in the gaps and add a pop of color. Add a tag and a festive ribbon, and you have a gift almost anyone will enjoy.
Combine a variety of fruit and blended veggie juices to make your own flavorful ice pops packed with vitamins. Try different combinations for fun- try carrot, orange, cherry and strawberry. Just pour into the plastic sleeves, squeeze out the air and place in freezer upright!
This low growing perennial delivers a punch of perfectly pink, semi-double blossoms that make a fragrant edging in planting beds. Drought tolerant and low maintenance, this beauty is also deer resistant. What’s not to love? Shear plants after flowering to encourage a second flush of blooms in early fall. Hardy in Zones 4-8. Botanical name: Dianthus ‘Sweetie Pie’
"White pottery goes with everything," says interior designer Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson of Terracotta Design Build. "White pottery is always a great investment because it looks good forever. It doesn’t have to be expensive to pack a punch."
Make every day a farmers market in your home by using crates to store and display fruits and veggies. This DIY crate stand project uses bins from Crates & Pallet in a wheeled cart made of reclaimed pallet wood.