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Beekeeping Basics

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In winter, there isn't much a beekeeper can do to help the bees other than watch your hive entrances, keep them clear of snow, inspect the bottom board for activity in the hive and be sure the hives are protected from the wind! If you have a window in a top bar hive, you can sometimes catch a glimpse of the winter cluster (the huddle of bees in a ball). It's a good time to catch up on reading bee journals, repair and replace old equipment and render wax for candles, salves and balms. 

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Playing with Flowers

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In the depths of winter I love to amuse myself with flower crafts. Winter weather allows you the time indoors to pull out the craft box and let that inner artist dance around. A snowy weekend afternoon is perfect for this - after the prerequisite smoked salmon benedict brunch and nap under the covers. Revived, you can pull out easy, inexpensive ingredients and spend time off immersed in the colors of summer. Fun to do with the kids, also. I loved watching the concentration exerted by my macho nephews when we made floral candles for Christmas gifts one year.

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Flavors of Morocco

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Moroccan cuisine is steeped in a deep and diverse culinary history dating back to medieval times. The food is vibrant, warming and welcoming. Morocco is most well-known for significant use of spices, herbs and aromatics. Traditional and modern culinary styles were influenced by the Berbers of North Africa, Europe and the Middle East, giving us an exotic, intriguing and refined cuisine. Morocco was located in the area of the spice routes, lending to this extensive use of spices.

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Healthy Cooking at Home: How to Stock Your Pantry

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Is it likely that you will be making a New Year’s resolution to start eating better and cooking at home more? If you find it challenging to come up with a constant array of new recipes, this class is perfect for you, whether cooking for yourself or your family. The best cooks don’t base their meals off a specific recipe and head straight to the grocery store; rather, they look at what ingredients they already have and create something delicious. Cooking fresh, healthy meals all week long isn’t difficult, but it does require a well-stocked pantry.

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