June 29, 2013

Farm Hive Check-in with MC

MC and I went and worked on the bees out at the farm today.  It was hot as hell...nearly 91 degrees or more.  We ended up pulling three boxes of frames to bring home and spin for honey.  I also got stung in the index finger on my left hand ;)  Ended up not really working the last hive (Hive 1) because we were hot, tired and a bit dehydrated at that point.  But, so far they all still appear to be alive and kicking!

June 10, 2013

Bang-Bang Chicken

Um, this was yummy and super easy!!!!!  I adapted a shrimp recipe I found online.

Bang-Bang Chicken

three LARGE chicken breasts diced, sprinkled with salt and fresh ground black pepper
gluten-free flour in a ziploc

palm shortening/oil

Shake the chicken in the ziploc, drop into hot oil.  Use a nice big pan for this!  Cook on medium stirring frequently.  It's okay if it sticks a little.  Add a little more oil if you need it.  Cook until chicken is done and starting to get golden.  Remove to a bowl.

1/2 c. mayo
1/4 c honey
1-3 tsp Saracha...I'm not sure exactly how much I used.  I liked it with more!
1 T coconut aminos or tamari or soy sauce - pick your poison

Mix together and then mix with the chicken.  Add a little fresh parsley if you have it.  Otherwise, enjoy.  Good by themself or over something like quinoa and rice.

June 1, 2013

Farm Hives Check-in

I have never seen that many bees in a hive.  Hive No. 4 is full of bees!!!!  But, they aren't filling the supper in as well as I would like.  Hive No. 3 is really weak but I went ahead and put a super on in just in case since I can't get out to the Farm as often as I would like.  

I went ahead and threw a second super on Hive No. 2.  The bees have built some crazy comb in some of the boxes.  Not sure what's up there and I didn't see the queen in any of them. 

I also noticed that bees were flying in and out of one of the old boxes that the previous folks had left.  Turns out a swarm of bees has taken up residence there too.  I think I'm going to see if Isaak wants it since 7 hives feels like my limit or I might combine it with one of my weaker hives.  Not sure yet.

Entrance to Hive No. 4....the hive on steroids!

Hives when I got there.

Hives when I left.

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