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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.
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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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Oh Beehave!

I realized that it has been a while since I updated on my bees. I did check them this past Sunday while Angie watched from the porch. They were very calm as I lifted each frame to see their progress. There was drawn out honeycomb and I could see the pollen they stuffed in. It ranged in color from red to yellow. Matching the sources available at this time. I couldn't really identify any eggs. Basically because I am not entirely sure what to look for.
I think I figured out my smoker problem too. I used a combination of dryer lint and grass clippings. Both fuels I seem to have an endless supply of. It smoked nicely without being too hot and then kept smoking even after I was done bugging the bees. I will post more pics when I can coax my mom back over here to be my offical photographer.

Fun honeybee facts:

1. Honey has been used for years as a topical dressing for wounds since microbes cannot live in it.
2. The brain of a worker honeybee is about a cubic millimeter but has the densest neuropile tissue of any animal.
3. Fermented honey, known as Mead, is the most ancient fermented beverage. The term "honeymoon" originated with the Norse practice of consuming large quantities of Mead during the first month of a marriage. (That one is for Christine my homebrewing pal.)

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