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SBKA or summit county beekeepers association January 28, 2010

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Have you ever sat through a class with an extremely knowledgeable  but horrible teacher?  My intro into beekeeping classes are a perfect example of this.  Tonight’s class was the second in a series of three sessions about bees, beekeeping and general how to information about honey bees.

Something I have learned about beekeeping and beekeepers in general is this.  For every one question, there are three possible answers and each of those answers boil down to “it just depends on the attitude of your bees.”  This might be a slight exaggeration, but not really.

You are on the area swarm list to get a call to capture a swarm and score some free bees, frustration and probably a few bee stings.  Great, here is how you capture a swarm, but it depends on how high up they are, what time of day it is, where the queen is located and of course what is the general “mood” of these bees.

What is the best time of the day to open up the hives and take a look?  Well generally try for the hottest time of the day, the bulk of the worker bees will be outside looking for nectar, pollen and water and the hive will be a little slower because of the heat, but you really just need to get a feel for your bees moods.

I’m told that, just as with everything else, there is a Beekeeping for Dummies book.  And while it comes with surprisingly high recommendations I think I will find it tells me what I already know. 

Bee’s can have a bad day too.

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a recipe January 25, 2010

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I love to read, look at, study and make new recipes.  Cooking and food blogs are something I love to read and follow and I have often thought that I would love to take part in some food blogging collaborations.  There is just one big problem…

I don’t follow recipes.

This makes posting or writing about a recipe very difficult.  I don’t generally measure, I add spices by smell and taste and less by what is instructed, and I have a very hard time recreating any dish I have made because I don’t take the time to write down the changes and things I did differently.  This bothers my husband more than he verbalizes but believe me, I can sense it and I am pretty sure you would as well.

You see I cook by sense, feel and look and I believe, because I have some cooking experience built up and it makes me feel good about myself, recipes are more of a guide than instructions.  All of this changed for one 24 hour period over this past weekend.  I followed 1 recipe completely, 2 recipes partially and took the time to completely write out and document an “experiment” that turned out splendidly. 

As I can only really give you the recipe I followed 100%, here is the link.  Chocolate Pecan Cake.  Below is a list of the qualifications I had when searching for a dessert, and they are steep.   So please make it,  read the reviews and cut the cooking time short.  I only needed 38 min.  (small note here, this is only 3/4 cup away from being gluten-free and I really want to try it again with those changes, maybe I will post a recipe then)

1.  Substance.  I asked Nate what he wanted for dessert and he said something with substance…I ask you to explain to me exactly what that means. 

2.  Chocolate.  Ok, this one is easy except that I don’t particularly like chocolate cakes, he does.

3.  Egg Whites.  I have or rather had a freezer full of egg whites.  So many recipes call for egg yolks only and the saver and “user upper” in me just cannot throw away the left over egg whites.  However, I don’t particularly like angel food cake and my other attempts at meringue cookies have flopped, pun intended, so I am left with frozen, ziplock baggies  filled with 2 or 3 or 6 egg whites in them. 

4. Pantry items.  I wasn’t going to the store that day.  You could not have made me.  This cake could not call for anything I didn’t already have.

So there you have it!  A recipe link, a new leaf for me and hope for maybe another recipe in the future.  Amazing!

 

wood, but not THAT kind January 19, 2010

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We heat with wood, as in logs, bark, grain, labor intensive, free, HOT wood.  When we moved into our current house there was no wood stove.  There was a very old and burnt out furnace, literally…it had charcoal on the outside.  We replaced the furnace with another old hand-down furnace and seriously kidded about heating with wood.  That first winter our gas bill was amazing, scary and HUGE.  Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of factors at play here, large gaps and no insulation being the two biggest, but still!  The following summer that kidding turned to serious talking and we pursued getting a wood stove for the basement.

Oh the gloriousness that winter.  A gas credit instead of bill, warm floors, sweet smoky smell of wood fire, lots of work and great satisfaction in watching the thermostat go up without turning the furnace on.  The house was still drafty and our heating inefficient but time and repairs to the outside of the house has greatly improved our heat staying power.

Now each year is a cycle of find wood, bring it home, cut split chop and stack wood to season for a year or so before we pile it into the back of the truck and haul it to the house where it gets thrown down a basement window to be stacked  next to the stove for easy loading.  Repeat when the call comes of we have wood, a tree came down, do you want it?

I grew up hauling firewood and loved and hated it.  Jack is going to grow up with it as well.  Right now it is fun and exciting.  Helping daddy with the piles, and sometimes he really does help.  I have a feeling though…..that might change.  I love that we are able to take an often unwanted item and turn it into a money-saving heat-giving thing.

 

Sunday Sunday January 10, 2010

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relaxing
serving
learning
teaching
playing
sleeping
cooking and
being

I think I am finally learning what my Grampie knew all along. Sunday is a day to rest and just be.

 

what is a memory? January 6, 2010

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Do you have any pictures that bring more to mind than just a single memory.  With these pictures below I can feel, smell, hear, taste and essentially be at Croatan National Forest again.  There is nothing special about the pictures…it is the memories that make them important to me.  Suntan and a little burn from our days previous at Myrtle.  Wind like you can not imagine, blowing through huge pine trees and making the waves crash so loudly the 20 feet below our campsite.  Sleeping that night was a pleasure!  The taste of our fresh scallops, sweet corn, wine and cheese we had gathered on a bike ride through New Bern.  Local food for an amazing dinner!  This part of our vacation was only 24 hours long, but holds such great memories and brings me such pleasure when looking at them.

What pictures bring “full” memories to life for you?

 

Clean up, clean up January 5, 2010

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We spent this last weeks  end and weekend doing massive cleaning through out the house.  NOTHING was safe and I washed my hands more in those three days than I had for the month of December combined.  Lots of dust…just saying.

Found:

3 gift cards to great places

1 pair of brown leather gloves that match my new coat amazingly well

50 pounds (literally) of food magazines and old magazines that could be recycled
(here is where I should tell you that I have a serious problem with recipes. I can’t throw them away until  I’ve either read it, or tried it out. As a recipe collector, that gets to be messy)

old bear shaped honey jar
 

a stash of wool and yarn
(here is where I should tell you that I adamently have stated that I am not one of THOSE knitters who buy yarn and don’t use, thus creating a stash. It’s true, I have a stash.)

VHS video’s we borrowed from a co-worker 2 plus years ago…we no longer have a VHS player

enough “cute” stationary to drown a small child. Apparently I would forget and purchase some more, stashing it in    another place. Expect many letters and notes soon.

More importantly, I also found my desire to give things a home.  To make a place for all of that stuff that I feel the need to keep.  Nate cleaned out a spot for a 8 foot crafting table in the basement next to my sewing machine.  He also built me a shelf and a cabinet to store some of the massive amount of fabricyarntrashstartedprojectsetc.  This has been a huge help and motivator to get things done!  So far LJ’s stocking has been finish…I know this is his third christmas, hush, made a promised tea cozy, repaired a favorite pair of dress pants and sorted an immense amount of stuff.

Here is hoping 20-10 will bring lots more finished projects and organized junk!