The Bumble Bee Blog
Take a garden stroll through some of our favorite finds of bites, bottles, & bees. The Beehive Shoppe blog called Rooster & Bee is a collection of the very best of bees.
Whenever there was a death in the family, someone had to go out to the hives and tell the beesRead More
There are few treats as timeless as Lemon Bars. Sister Kimball arrived at many church and social functions with plates of these delicious Lemon Crumb Squares. Before long she was selling them to local diners & restaurants around Nashville, Tennessee . You’ll love these !!
Makes 2 dozen
1 (15 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
Blend together condensed milk, lemon juice, and lemon rind; set aside.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
Cream butter; blend in sugar. Add oatmeal and flour mixture and mix until crumbly.
Spread half the oatmeal mixture in an 8x12x2-inch buttered baking pan and pat down. Spread condensed milk mixture over top and cover with remaining crumb mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees F until brown around edges (about 25 minutes). Cool in pan at room temperature for 15 minutes, then cut into 1 3/4-inch squares. Chill in pan until firm.
This new beehive invention by Stuart and Cedar Anderson, family run beekeeper business, honey bees around the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Their Flow Hive invention allows beekeepers to harvest honey from their hives without disturbing the bees inside.
The clever invention works by providing the bees with a partially-completed wall of honeycomb cells that they then complete with their own wax. After they fill these cells with honey and cap them with wax, the beekeeper can open the other end, allowing the honey to flow out into a tap without ever disturbing the bees. The bees simply reopen the cells and fill them up again.
Honey bees around the world are in trouble from something called colony collapse disorder, and this is highly worrisome because of the honey they produce and the agricultural plants they pollinate. Hopefully, this hive will give weakened hives a much-needed break from intrusive visits from the bee keeper!
HONEY BEE DISH: Among some of the specialty recipes found in the south is this delightful rendition of the buttermilk pie. It’s an easy recipe with a rich, down-home goodness.
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp. flour
4 tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. lemon juice
Grated rind of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cup buttermilk (churned buttermilk is best)
1 pie shell, baked but not browned
Beat eggs and sugar together until light and lemon colored. Add flour and beat some more. Mix the butter, vanilla, lemon juice, lemon rind and the buttermilk, then add it to the egg mixture, pour into the pie shell. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-30 min. Over baking makes it tough.
One of the most popular questions people ask about bees is - How to get rid of a Bumble bee nest. Bumble bees are social insects that tend to form colonies of their own. Each colony of bumble bees has a single queen. Bumble bee colonies are typically not as large as honey bee colonies - typically there are roughly 40-50 bees per nest. Bumble bees can sting multiple times and can be very painful. The good thing about bumble bees is that they tend to stay away from animals and humans.
It’s important that you not kill bumble bees. Their population is already threatened and we need bumble bees in our ecosystem for many of our plants and food products to survive. Make sure you know what variety of bees are in your garden or yard before you try to get ride of them.
All that being said here are three effective tricks to safely remove bees from your yard or garden:
1) Mixing up a vinegar spray is an easy way remove bumble bees. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water and put it into a spray bottle or can. Be sure to wear protective clothing and spray the hive at night while the bees are resting. This should do the trick !
2) Citrus is another good way to ward off bumble bees. Boil a pan of water with lemon slices in it. The water should boil down to about one-third and then put it in the spray bottle. Spray this around the hive and on surrounding flower beds.
3) The sweetest way to get rid of bumble bees without killing them is to use cinnamon . Simply sprinkle some ground cinnamon around the hive at night for a couple weeks and they’ll eventually get the hint.
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