December bee update
Some weekend Winter days are so cold, wet and grim that the thought of having to leave the house is a non-starter. Why not stay curled up all day under a blanket on the sofa and make a meal from whatever we've got at home? Mrs. Mouse thinks the same thing when she is house-hunting in the Fall.
A favorite Winter home for rodents is often a beehive. If the beekeeper doesn't secure the hive entrance in late Summer, as the temperatures fall and the days shorten, mice will seek out a nicely stocked hive and set up housekeeping.
Sometimes the bees attack the interloper and repel them. But more often the bees can't attack because the temperatures are too cold. When it is cold the bees can't patrol the hive because they need to stay together in a cluster to keep warm. In these situations, the mouse moves right in.
To keep the mice out, beekeepers install a mouse guard on the entrance of each hive. The holes in the guard are big enough for a single bee to pass through and keep pesky mice out!
Happily, each of the Second Story Honey hives are nice and secure from maurauding mice.
If you have questions about the bees email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday gift-giving made easy with homemade honeycomb candy - that is if you don't eat it all yourself!
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment and spray with non-stick cooking spray or use a non-stick baking mat. In a small bowl whisk together the baking soda, grated ginger and ground ginger. Set aside.
In a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, honey and 1/4 Cup of water. Heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Continue cooking without stirring until the caramel is dark amber in color and reaches 300F on a candy thermometer, about 8-10 minutes.
Immediately remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the baking soda-ginger mixture. The mixture will bubble up vigorously. Working quickly, pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Do not spread the mixture, it will settle itself as it cools. Sprinkle with sea salt. Set aside to cool completely. Break the candle into large pieces. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days. Also, try dipping in dark chocolate for an even more decadent experience.
Adapted from "Honey" (Short Stack Editions volume 8) by Rebekah Peppler.
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