Beekeeping For Newbees or Wannabees

Beekeeping has moved from the pastime of fusty middle-aged men to young urban couples and singles. It is trendy now to become a beekeeper! Who could have predicted that? When I worked at the bee booth at the Fairgrounds recently, I was amazed at the young (under 30!) people, both male and female who were …

Wannabees Thinking About Honey Bees

A bee swarm is a thing of beauty

Ummmm…..that’s sooo good! I hear that phrase over and over when someone tastes my home-grown honey for the first time. Their face lights up and a look of delight transforms them when they dip their fingers into the sticky sunshine. Most people are used to the purchased plastic bear of generic clover honey (sometimes adulterated) …

Beeswax-Honeybee Gift

Used for thousands of years as the duct tape of the ancients, today beeswax is still collected from the beehive and is an environmental friendly solution for many applications. Read how to make beeswax fabric for food storage, candles, soap, and honey body butter as well as some amazing facts about how bees produce it.

DIY SOAP

I love handmade soap, preferring it to the commercially overly scented variety, picking it up at local craft fairs and boutique stores.  The cost was adding up, plunking down $5 or $6 for a small bar, and I looked into making it at home. I have always hesitated to make soap due to the use of caustic lye …