April 29, 2013

April 25, 2013

An Affair To Remember

Had a wonderful time tonight at the Alzheimer's Network of Oregon's fundraiser - An Affair to Remember.  I haven't gotten to dress up and be girly since my nieces quinceanera in 2008!  

Ate way too much good food.  And got to be around a lot of good people!  

Kathleen took a pretty decent picture of me.  I know a lot more were taken but this one got posted to Facebook rather quickly so I'm posting it here!

April 22, 2013

April 21, 2013

Working the Girls

Today Babbitt and Isaak and I went out to the farm to work the Girls.  Two of the hives are extremely healthy.  Isaak and I made a split for me and took a couple of frames with queen cups on them for him.  The other two hives are doing okay but aren't bursting at the seams like the others. 

Medina and I also brought the top bar hive into town to the house.  So, we're at four hives at Minto Island Growers, one full hive at the house, one top bar hive at the house, and a nuc (made from one of the healthy hives). 

It really helped having Isaak there yesterday.  He was able to explain things that we were looking at.  And, I found the queen in one of the boxes.  Isaak had a holder and pen to mark her so we did! 

It was a stressful weekend having Tamara and her kids visiting and then Andrew took the boys to Grand Ronde for an overnight visit - my first night away from Riley.  Getting to work the bees helped relax me a bit.

All photos from Isaak's cell phone!

April 10, 2013

April 6, 2013

April 5, 2013

April 4, 2013

Blueberry Flax a Coffee Cup

There are a billion and one recipes for baked goods cooked in a coffee cup in the microwave.  This one is tasty, easy and actually healthy!  I adapted it from one I found online but really made it my own.

Blueberry Flax Muffin in a Coffee Cup

1 egg
1 tsp melted coconut oil
1 T maple syrup or honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 c ground flax (I just grind the hell out of the seeds in my coffee grinder but you could use the flax seed meal as well)
1/4 c blueberries, frozen is fine

Whip the egg, oil and syrup.  Add the dry ingredients and then stir in the blueberries.  Pour into a coffee cup you've oiled a bit (I'm lazy and use the spray crap even though it's really not all that good for you).  Cook in microwave for 90 seconds.  If it isn't firm cook another 30-60 seconds.  Put on plate and serve with butter and/or a little more maple syrup!

Be sure to make one for each person or they'll try to eat yours!

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