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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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Room To Move

Keegan is taking a nap so I popped out and put a second box on top of my hive. I have been waiting for a time that is best for the bees. Meaning when I can catch them in a good mood. Mid-morning to mid-day is best because most of the field bees are out working. If there has been good weather the day before they will also be in good humor from having been collecting and storing. You want to avoid days where the pressure changes are extreme due to either a storm just passing or one on the way. You can work with your hive at these times but why not wait until it is a good time for the bees?
I didn't use my smoker or even tuck in my pants when I just went out. Someday I hope to have enough confidence to go without gloves. I think I will always wear a veil because I hear face stings are the worst. They hardly moved at all as I removed the covers and placed the second box. Although when I came in I shook my pant legs a million times to make sure I wasn't carrying any hitchhikers. When bees land on you they always head up. Not the best place get stung if they end up in your pants.

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