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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Give Them Space

Loving the fellow beekeepers. The reply to my inquiry:

"Sounds like you are off and running...excellent! If your bottom hive body is 3/4 full with drawn out wax, brood and honey its a good time to add your second deep to expand the hive brood nest and stores. If they have not yet filled out the last two frames, don't worry they will. The girls always work from the center of the brood nest to the outside. If you want to get the outside frames filled quickly, swith them with a frame that is full (or partially) with honey, just be careful not to pull a frame with brood from near the center...you don't want to split up the brood nest!

At this point you sound like you are good to go as far as adding a second box. Remember, though not as important now as in the winter, ventilation is still important. Pull your outer cover up and set it flush on the front side of the hive. The front of the outer cover should now be sitting on the top of the inner cover and it will be sloped towards the back of the hive. This allows more air to flow, cooling the hive and removing moisture from the nectar. Make sure your reducer is off too! Let me know if you have any questions.

Bee well!


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