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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The Queen's Sabbatical

Getting back to the bees. I had suspected early on this year that they hadn't made it. Nevermind that I couldn't hear any buzzing through the winter. It was a feeling I got from the hive. Like it had no soul. This is probably why I was avoiding checking for sure. Finally I just had to know and it was confirmed.
Preparing for the confirmation of a dead hive is like preparing for anything else disappointing. It allows you to make plans. Make decisions. So along with encouragement from a fellow beekeeper, I have decided. I will not buy a nuc or new package of bees this year. I am going to relocate the hive to their apiary next year and then start over. And I will start over with atleast two hives. Maybe I have finally learned about eggs in one basket. At first I didn't want to take break, I feared that I would lose my way and not return to beekeeping. But I don't fear that any more. I know I will be back. I love it too much.
Beehives die, people lose their jobs, relationships end. Sometimes life is trying to send you a message.

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