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
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Honey Do

Their was a brief respite in the rain today. We even got a little sunshine. So I quickly suited up and went out to check my hive. It seems as though a lot of my girls are drowning in my bee bath. I had put flat rocks in to give them more surface area. But all this ran has kept me from being as vigilant about the water level as I should be.
I also opened the cover to see if they had worked honeycomb in all the frames. They still haven't proceeded over to the left side and the majority of the bees were still hanging in the same spot. I didn't pull frames because the sky was getting darker and a lot of the workers seemed to be miffed that I was poking around. I replaced the cover and then watched the entrance for a few minutes. I could see the field bees coming in with their pollen cups fully loaded. They were carrying relatively large loads. Other beekeepers had told me about sitting and watching field bees bringing home pollen but I didn't realize it would be so easy to see.
I started back towards the house and it started to sprinkle. Two of the girls were riding on my sleeve so I brushed them off to get home ahead of the rain. I took off my gear in the garage instead of going right into the house. I am hoping to avoid hitchikers like the last time.
I do think that I will call me bee mentor to touch base and compare progress on where my hive should be at this point. I am nervous that they are not working their way into another box of frames by now. Although I am sure the non-stop week of rain has been a factor.

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