Archive for January, 2013

Bee Housing

Bee Housing

5 by / on January 31, 2013, 1:58 pm / in Bees, Preservation Projections

  (If you haven’t yet, read The Beekeeper’s Apprentice for some context before beginning this one.) Before you start assembling your hive or hives, consider where you will put it or them.  Start with two hives if you can.  Two hives gives you a comparison point, which can be helpful when you are wondering if something is normal, and can […]

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The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

2 by / on January 29, 2013, 10:22 pm / in Bees, Preservation Projections

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”       Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine     Any summer day I want I can relax with the bees, iced mocha in hand.  I sit surrounded by the wild yet gentle buzz of thousands of […]

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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

0 by / on January 28, 2013, 9:58 pm / in Farm Home Cooking, Sweet Endings

This pudding cake recipe is perhaps the best thing I got out of my Naylor Junior High days.  The most enduring thing for sure.  7th grade.  My worst year.  Ever.  If memory serves me right, something akin to this recipe came from my Home Economics class.  I’ve revised it over the years, adding the optional peanut butter and more water. […]

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Indian Spice Vegetable Stew

Indian Spice Vegetable Stew

0 by / on January 26, 2013, 9:13 pm / in Farm Home Cooking, Soups & Stews

If you are wondering whether or not Mark and I eat anything but stews and soups, let me assure you that we do!   But in the wintertime soup is fairly common fare.  I promise to branch out into other categories with my recipes soon.  Meanwhile, this hearty lentil/sweet potato/tomato/pea/spinach stew goes great with the Naan recipe posted last week. […]

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Choosing Health: Yours, Your Community’s and the World’s

Choosing Health: Yours, Your Community’s and the World’s

0 by / on January 26, 2013, 8:22 pm / in Community, Faith, Farming/Gardening, Ponderings

I’ve been deep cleaning the two hen houses this week.  The 50 hens that live at Fern Creek give us a lot of poop-infused straw bedding that breaks down into really great fertilizer.  We spread that nitrogen-rich bedding on strawberry plants, around fruit trees, along rows of raspberries and marion berries, and know that we are replenishing the earth in […]

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