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Feb 3, 2023

Starting Your Colony

Starting Your Colony

February 3, 2023

A BEE-Ginners Guide

If you are looking to start a new backyard hobby, beekeeping makes a perfectly paired outdoor pastime. While a honeybee has a strong economic value due to their pollination, the honey crop is the driving force behind most backyard beekeepers.  Before diving in, it’s important to know what running a successful first-time hive entails. Beehives require management and good stewardship, which take both time and knowledge.

Annie Spratt | Unsplash Images
Annie Spratt | Unsplash Images

What should I know before?
Before diving headfirst, though, know that there's a sharp learning curve when successfully running your first-time hives. For starters, you'll need beekeeping equipment and a protective beekeeper suit and hat.

Beekeeping is local- Bees are directly influenced by their environment and their behavior and success vary across climates. Familiarizing yourself with what beekeeping looks like for your climate.

Biology of a Bee- Understanding bee biology is imperative for all beginners. Within the community lives, the queen who lies upwards of 1500 eggs daily, worker bees who run the hive, and drones which are male bees who mate with queens from other colonies.

Take a beekeeping class:  An experienced, respected individual or organization to learn the basics of proper terminology, the equipment uses, and how to manage bees from season to season.

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What equipment do I need?

Woodenware -This makes up the beehive itself and includes the hive bottom, hive body, and top cover.
Protective veil and gloves- beekeepers, should avoid stings at all costs by wearing protective clothing. Getting stung can be a distraction leading to a dropped frame.
Smoker- This helps calm and distract the bees while you're working within the hive.
Hive Tool- A must-have that allows you to easily access the hive and move frames around.
Bees- Pre-Order enough to fill your colonies. The most frequent route, and the one we offer at Shipton’s Big R,  is called a package—a small screen box with about 10,000 loose bees. The queen, which typically bears no kin to the other honeybees, stays separated in a cage.

When Should I Start My Hive?
The answer varies by climate and geography, 
What is the time commitment?
Like any hobby, you get out of beekeeping what you put in. All in all, for every two hives, allow an average of one hour per week to manage your bees. Some seasons will be busier than others, though.
Where should I set up my hives?
For the best placement, face the opening of each hive in either the south, east, or southeast direction.
Bees get to soak in the morning sun (which gets them up and moving) and then cool down with a bit of shade later in the afternoon.  Avoid high-activity backyard hotspots, too, like sidewalks or a swing set. And, of course, make sure you put the hives in an easy open spot for your beekeeping simplicity.

Jan 27, 2023

Brazilian Steak Recipe

Brazilian Steak Recipe

January 27, 2023

Garlic Butter Brazilian Steak Recipe – the most tender and juicy steak with a golden garlic butter sauce that's out of this world good! So easy, plus only 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make! This delicious steak recipe is perfect with sour cream mashed potatoes or a side salad.
1 lb. skirt steak
6 tsp Garlic
1/4 cup Parsley
Baking & Spices
1  tbsp  Salt and pepper
5 tbsp Butter, unsalted

Prep the ingredients 
The best way to start this Brazilian steak is to prep prep prep! Clean the parsley dry and chop, same with the minced garlic, and get the butter out. Cut the skirt steak into 3 or 4 parts. This garlic butter Brazilian steak is just amazing! It's made with my favorite cut of beef, skirt steak! And only 4 other ingredients (not including salt and pepper). Yes, just 4 ingredients and I bet you have most of them. 4 Ingredients and 15 minutes are all it takes.  It's my opinion this is the quickest and most delicious meal. Especially when short on time or just want something fast but GOOD!  The other great thing about this Brazilian steak recipe: you'll feel like you're dining at the famous, Fogo de Chao. Nothing like eating restaurant-quality dinners in the comfort of your home. 

1.             Cut the steak into 3 or 4 parts. Pat the steaks dry then season both sides liberally with salt and pepper
2.             In a heavy-duty skillet large enough for the skirt steak, heat oil over medium-high heat until it’s very hot. Add the steak and sear both sides (brown both sides) for 2-3 minutes until medium rare or cook longer until your desired doneness. I cooked mine for about 4 minutes on each side. Place steaks to rest on a plate and cover with foil.
3.             In a skillet melt the butter over low heat then adds the garlic. Cook by swirling or using a spatula to move the butter and garlic around until lightly golden. Don’t overcook, or the butter and garlic will burn.
4.             Pour the garlic butter into a bowl and salt to taste. Slice the steak against the grain. Garnish with parsley and then spoon or pour the garlic butter over the steak. Serve immediately.

When I cut the steak into 3 equal parts I like to cook each side for about 4 mins. 4 equal parts: 3 minutes. 
Do not move the steaks around as they cook. Leave them alone to sear (they brown very well). 
We love garlic so I used 6 tsp of finely minced garlic. I felt like anything less wasn't as flavorful. Feel free to use less garlic if you like. This is what I use when I don't feel like mincing garlic. 
Cutting the steak
Make sure you cut against the grain of the steak. If not, your steak may be tough. Cutting against the grain will make it nice and tender. 

Tips to make this steak well done: 
If you like your steak well done, just cook it longer until your desired doneness. 

Jan 10, 2023

Top ten tips for a cleaner and leaner New Year

Top ten tips for a cleaner and leaner New Year

January 10, 2023

Top ten tips for a cleaner and leaner New Year 

Here, I’d like to share some basic tips for how to maintain your healthy lifestyle, body weight, and overall well-being. 

1. Be physically active every day. 
2. Limit unhealthy foods. 
3. Take multivitamin supplements 
4. Drink water and stay hydrated, and limit sugared drinks 
5. Get enough sleep 
6. Reduce Sitting and screen time 
7. Read five pages from a book. 
8. Limit your intake of alcohol 
9. Do not smoke or vape 
10. Manage stress levels 

Trying day by day will help set long-term goals that are more achievable than trying to set year-long resolutions. There is no perfect health and every single one of us has challenges, but every decision we make allows us to choose the most positive outcome for our health and well-being. That gives us power! 

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