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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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I checked on the bees for the first time in 3 weeks. I brought out two deeper frames hoping to replace the short ones that came with the nuc. However the bees were still using them. I think the first one they actually packed with honey again. I could see the cells filled and waiting to capped. The bees were pretty focused on working and didn't act aggressively or fly around me.
I also brought out another box to put on top in case they had run out of space. But the outer frames on the current box weren't filled. I am prettysure I should wait before giving them more space. I am a little concerned because now until and the end of August is when the honey flow runs. I was thinking they would need that second box and then I could add a honey box in a few weeks.
I think that I will call my bee buddy to consult. I didn't worry about this last year because I had no intention of collecting honey. But this year I figured having the nuc would give me a head start.

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