Monday, March 9, 2015

Weekly Newsletter: Bees, New beginnings and Honey Milk

Sadly we discovered our bees did not survive the winter.  Sigh..... My heart sank.  My husband found moisture in the hive, which is detrimental to the bees.  There was plenty of honey, so they did not starve.  Our brutal winter and excess amounts of snow seems to be the cause.  The loss of a hive is a risk any beekeeper takes, sad none the less.  Our plan was to add a second hive this spring.  Instead we will rebuild the original hive and again cross our fingers.

This beekeeping road has been wonderful and crazy all at the same time.  These amazing creatures and all the work they do is truly amazing.  The "why's" of what they do can cause one to scratch their head..... ours had us doing this many times. I'm sad. It's a strange sense of loss.

As we come upon daylight saving and the equinox quickly approaching, I'm reminded of  new beginnings.   I'm reminded that we are all exactly where we need to be.  We will start fresh.  Probably better than before; our hard worker bees built a fantastic hive, a great start for a new pack.

We will rebuild the hive.  We will still cross our fingers.

Healthy Recipe of the Week:

Cinnamon-Honey Milk.  

2 cups of milk (whole, skim, soy, almonds whichever you like)
1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp honey

 In a small saucepan, bring the milk, cinnamon, and vanilla to a simmer over low heat.  Simmer for 10 minutes, but do not let it boil.
Remove from the heat and add the honey.  Stir until the honey dissolves.
Cool as needed, then serve

Adapted from Weelicious.

                             A delicious, warm drink for those nights when you can't sleep.

I hope you have a wonderful week.  I know I will enjoy the lighter days ahead!
Much love, 

1 comment:

  1. I'm so sorry to hear about the bees, makes me sad! This Winter has been harsh. I love the fact that you will try again in the Spring, starting fresh is a great idea. Thank you for this delicious recipe too, it looks comforting!