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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
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New Bees

The guy who sold me the bees came by to help me check on them. I figured he would come today since it is the only day so far without rain. We wanted to go in and make sure the queen was laying eggs and that the rest of the bees had settled in okay.

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A little smoke at the hive entrance and on top to make sure the girls were mellow.

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As soon as you pull off the covers you can see the bees focused on the center frames. This is where the queen is laying eggs so they stick close to her and work their way out filling up cells. Then they work towards the frames on the outside.

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Bees will build off of a frame just to fill in the extra space. Normally you wouldn't have a shorter frame in a deep box. But these were full of honey to make sure they had enough to eat while they got started. Later on in the year I will try to pull these out and replace them with the correct size. It just makes for a cleaner hive. Right now the queen is using them so I'll have to wait.


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Here is almost an entire frame of brood. Soon tons of baby bees will pop out and start eating and growing. Then they will join in to make wax on the frames which aren't filled out yet. More room for more babies!

So now I will leave them alone for a couple more weeks. The next time I go in I will try to pull out the two shorter frames. I will also check to see if they have filled up all the frames and need more space. Then it will be time to add another box. After that I will start adding honey boxes. This year I am going to make sure I get a taste of my hive.

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