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March 20, 2017

Airbnb for Bees!

We had the pleasure of hosting guests all winter long here on the dairy farm this season.  Approximately 10 million Honey Bees vacationed here for the winter season.  Yep, 10 million!



Two hundred bee boxes (hives) were placed at two separate locations on the ranch.  Each box contained 50,000 bees and one queen bee.  They are taken away from their area of work to rest and take care of the queen bees through the winter months.



Bees have one priority in the winter...to take care of the queen bee.  What this means is they need to keep her warm and safe.

In order to keep warm, the bees form a cluster or huddle in the hive.  They flutter their wings and "shiver" in order to create heat.   The continuous motion and use of energy is how the bees keep the inside of the hive warm.  The bees are free to fly outside of the hive, if desired as well.

To create enough body heat and to stay alive, the bees need enough honey to keep them going, which the bee keeper provides.

Fun Facts:

  • To make one pound of honey, bees must visit 2 million flowers.
  • Honey does not spoil
  • Honey Bees are the only insect that produces food that humans consume.
  • Worker Honey Bees are female. (Duh)
  • A worker bee lives about 6 weeks and a queen bee can live up to five years
It was a fun experience to have the bees on the farm.  Everyone seemed to cohabitate nicely.  They didn't bother the cows or my horse, Joey.  They are now located back in the Central Valley of California to work the many acres of almond and walnut orchards.





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January 13, 2017

Warm Up Your Winter With Kale Soup

It's been storming non-stop here in Northern California lately and its got my kids climbing the walls but all I want to do is stay indoors as much as I possibly can where it's warm and cozy.  The day before my Dad's 90th birthday, yesterday, I decided to make one of his favorite soups and venture out to deliver it to their house so they could stay warm and cozy too.  


This soup is SO good and hearty and super easy to make.  I grew up on it as it was one of my Mom's go-to, feed a family of five meals.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.



Easy Portuguese Kale and Linguica Soup
Ingredients:

4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 15 oz cans of chicken broth
4 cups of kale, chopped, thick stems removed
3 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 15 oz cans of white Cannellini beans
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 15 oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 link of Linguica, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup of your favorite dried pasta


Directions:

In a large soup pot, cook onions and garlic in olive oil...careful not to burn the garlic, until onions are translucent.

Add the potatoes.  Stir and cook for 5 minutes.  Add the linguica, beans, kale, diced tomatoes, dried pasta and broth and bring to a boil.

Cover and reduce heat to medium low and continue cooking stirring every so often, until the potatoes are tender.  About 20 minutes.

Salt and pepper to taste.  Continue to cook a little longer and add water if needed for a thinner broth.


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