Part 3: Off with her head! The queen is dead in our Africanized honey bee hive!

Off with her head, the queen is dead!!! Before you read this post, you need to read Part 1 and Part 2 to understand what’s going on in our honey bee yard. The below video explains what happened when we opened the crazy africanized hot honey bee hive! Last weekend, we did the first step in dealing with our […]

Part 2: Our battle plan to deal with our “hot” Africanized bee hive!

You’re not going to believe this, we’re not going to kill our whole colony of crazy hot Africanized bees. Instead, we’re going to do what all responsible beekeepers and real men and woman do, re-queen! Aaaahhhhh. Yeah. Notice in the above picture, we’re not in the mood to let any bees in our suits… duct […]

Part 1: Disaster strikes new beekeepers in East Texas: Africanized killer bees

WARNING: Don’t read this if you are looking to start keeping honey bees. We might be done with bees. We’re contemplating knocking over the hive and spraying pesticide in the entrance. Which coming from a girl who really tries do it all ‘NATURAL’ is saying a lot. We have two hives, this spring we started […]

Trouble in the land of milk and honey! One of our bee hives is in distress!

It’s HOT in Texas right now and  there is trouble brewing in one of our two top bar bee hives! This morning Andrew and I went out for our weekly check. We have two top bar bee hives. Both were started with bee packages this spring from a bee breeder in South Texas. Our number […]

Easy Ice Cream Recipes

Can you imagine, guilt-free ice cream that’s actually good for you?! Yup, that’s what we eat around here… all the time! It’s our favorite treat and very easy to make (compared to pies, cakes, cookies etc.). Here’s a video on how to make it… or read below for the details 🙂 My ice cream recipe […]

Featured at CHEESESLAVE: Sneak peak in my kitchen

Wanna know what’s in my fridge and freezers? I bet your curious 🙂 Ann Marie with featured my kitchen in Real Food. Click here to view her post. SIDE, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Plain whole milk yogurt, crispy pumpkin seeds, fermented garlic heads, bacon drippings, kefir, left over chilli, lemons, baby food in mason jars, raw […]

What should we name our bull calves?

We need some suggestions on naming our new bull calves. I like the names Chuck Roast and T-Bone what do you think? We’re looking for two names that sounds good together. Here’s a video we took yesterday of the calves on the compost pile. They love to play on it 🙂

The Birth of our Family Milk Cow!

The milk is really flowing now, Elsie just had a bull calf! Elsie is our first family milk cow from two seasons ago.  She calved one week after Faith, our second family cow, so we have two jerseys with calves! The best part about this birth is that Andrew caught it on video! The day […]

The Milk’s Flowing Again, Faith Calved!

Faith calved! Hip hip hooray, she had a cute little brown bull 🙂 Which is perfect because once he’s grown we can use him as a sire to our other two Jerseys since he won’t be related. Faith had the calf with out difficulties during the day this past Sunday, April 29, 2012. In the […]

Top Bar Beekeeping: First Full Hive Inspection

It’s been a week since we put our 3 lb bee packages in our Top Bar hives. We’ve been watching them through an observation window and filling their sugar water (which they go through one quart every three days!). Saturday was the big day. We lit the smoker for the first time, put on all […]

Honeybee Swarm Update

We lost the swarm. This is a picture of what you DO NOT WANT TO SEE. We put the swarm in this box at about 9:00 a.m. Isabella and I took this picture of the box that afternoon at about 3:00 p.m. we thought they were just hot, but they were hot, botthered and about to […]

HEADLINE NEWS! This morning, a wild swarm of honeybees clustered under our mail box!!!!

On Andrew’s way off to work this morning, he noticed that there was a huge basketball size cluster of bees underneath our mail box! The first thing he thought was “oh know, our bees left the hive!” We all went down to our hives and found that our bees were still there! There was a […]

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