Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
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Head Of The Hive

Second session of beekeeping school tonight and I still really enjoy it. Although I do keep attracting weird people to sit by me. Tonight's candidate was prone to muttering to herself and asking questions directed at noone in particular. Fun.
I am now obessesed with finding the perfect place for my apiary. Somewhere that the bees and people can live in harmony. I might explore finding a place to keep them offsite.

Because you know you love them, here is the latest installment of bee facts:

1. Worker bees only live about 6 weeks they literally die because their wings wear out.
2. Honey is flower nectar that is carried in a bee's second stomach where it mixes with an enzyme. The nectar is then regurgitated and fanned by their wings until the water content is reduced to 17-20%.
3. It takes 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey. That's a lot of flight time.
4. A fully loaded bee can fly 6-9 mph. Empty they go up to 15 mph.
5. Bee pollen contains 50% more protein than an equal amount of beef.

And finally my favorite.

6. The queen controls the population with her "essence", a hormone, that keeps the bees calm and doing what she wants.

God I wish I could bottle and sell that. It probably doesn't work on husbands, co-workers and children anyway.

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