Honey Bees-Care

Bee Man cutting access to Hive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Koldsmoke team member Allen Dewey discovered his Las Vegas home was being turned into an African Honey Bee hive.  Instead of killing the hive he looked for alternative methods.  Honey Badger was unavailable so he called these guys: LV BEES.  A successful mission never tasted so sweet…

Bee Man with Bee-Vacuum

Honey Comb from Las Vegas Honey BeesLas Vegas Honey Bee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bee Men with Bee-Vacuum

Bee Men at Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight days ago i became the guardian of a thousand or so bouncing (bobbing & weaving) baby Bees in search of a new Home… They chose a tiny hole in the side of my house & set up camp in my Attic. I’ve learned many things about Bees in the process of encouraging them to choose another place of Residence. When Bees become too numerous for the existing Hive, they split into groups & search out a new place to live… Even the Queen loses weight to regain the ability to fly & leads them off to a resting spot while workers scout out a good location to inhabit. One of her industrious worker Bees apparently suggested using my attic… Cool in Summer months, plenty of water (dog dish & pools next door), tiny entrance, easily defendable… So, i figured to encourage them to choose another less problematic location i would make them think there was a fire nearby… hey, i smell smoke… let’s get outta here… I stapled cardboard to the eves forming a Soffit to direct the smoke into the spot they were using to enter the new Hive & lit sage on the end of a long pole & swung it into position near them & poked it up thru a hole i put into the cardboard… Apparently, Bees in search of a new home are very mellow already & will not use aggression to defend the new home until construction of the Hive is underway. Apparently ALL Bees in Nevada are Hybridized with African Bees… another Fun Factoid. I failed to chase them away but apparently created a whole group of Very Mellow Killer Bees… I crawled into the Attic to see if i could see exactly where they had taken up residence & saw a Basketball sized roiling mass of Bees… Yowza!! Anywhooo… In trying to avoid killing off my new Bee Neighbors, i called in the experts: www.LVBees.com, David Sharpless & Paul Grube brought their Bee Vacuum, cut through the wood cover & sucked most of the Bees, including the Queen, into a 5 gallon plastic container customized to capture without harming the bees. I had five or six honey combs the biggest around 6 inches across hanging from the attic ceiling… filled with Bee Larvae, Eggs, Pollen & Honey. The Guys used most of the Comb to entice the Bee Ball to stay with the Queen in the new Hive they dumped them into… but gave me one to taste, suggesting i take a bite right off the comb… YUMMY!! Fresh Honey is amazing… super fine flavour, light in colour… just wish i’d noticed the Larvae… & eggs… So, i have a few Lingering Bees huddled together, acting very confused & looking for a manager to tell them what to do next & the Hive was moved off to the Desert to continue to thrive!! Apparently i’m raising Bees.  Thanks Allen!

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“Welcome to the Captain’s World” Featuring Captain Morgan’s First Mate Marisa Miller

Marisa miller First Mate

You can’t make a Lundine-ee without Captain Morgan’s spiced rum.

Lundine-ee:

Measure Equal parts Captain Morgan’s spiced rum and 7-up or to taste.   Serve on ice in a tall glass.  Don’t plan on doing anything the next day.

via YouTube – “Welcome to the Captain’s World” Featuring Captain Morgan’s First Mate Marisa Miller.

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Wheelmen & Co. — Goldman Leather Koozie

Leather Koozie Leather, NeopreneKoozie with beer Leather Neoprene

At some point BC is going to have summer.  Maybe?  When the heat hits, go executive banquet beer style-ee with this Leather and Neoprene Beer “Koozie” from Wheelmen and Co.  I’m sorry to say my Ovens Rappel beer Coozie was left behind in my rental car in downtown Sydney.  Leather, Neoprene, beer.  Good.

Wheelmen & Co. — Goldman Leather Koozie.

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The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate: Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

 

It’s paleo.  No flour, but loads of chocolatey goodness.  May I recommend a glass of moo juice as well gasp, that’s not paleo, but oh well.  Bam, that just happened.  Thanks Rhea!

Ingredients:

3 cups Blanched Almond Flour

1/2 cup Virgin Coconut Oil, unrefined

1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup

2 Omega 3 Eggs

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 1/2 cups Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Process:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium sized mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.

In a small mixing bowl beat eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract with a hand mixer.

Pour wet ingredients into dry and beat with hand mixer until combined.

Melt coconut oil, pour into batter, and continue to blend until combined.

Stir in chocolate chips.

On a parchment lined baking sheet, drop balls of cookie dough, about a tablespoon in size.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Let cool and serve with a cold glass of almond milk!

via The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate: Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Baladeo Laguiole Damascus with corkscrew

Laguiole damascus corkscrew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine, cheese, a significant other after a long hike up to a scenic view.  This is your knife.  The Baladeo full carbon Damascus steel Laguiole with corkscrew.  There is no official set standard for a quality laguiole knife, but Baladeo has set the standard themselves.  Juniper wood handle, fully forged blade construction, real Damascus steel, the best example I’ve seen so far of this traditional french style blade.

WELCOME ON BALADEO.COM – TO EACH HIS NATURE.

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Combat Coffee 101

 

 

Combat coffee 101 is sort of an anti cooking show, cooking show, about how to make hot coffee with an MRE kit, well, as they point out, just the parts they like.  WARNING…these are Canadian soldiers…and they know how to swear, and smoke, and shoot at the Afghanistan country side…Not a Timmy’s in site.

 

via Combat Coffee 101 – The Awesomer.

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Vermont Castings – 501 Signature Series

Vermont Castings 501 series

It’s grilling season, if there is such a thing, I admit to BBq’ing every single month this winter.  The Vermont Castings 501 series grill is propane heaven.  Giant grill surface, heavy construction, lateral heating element and a rotisserie make the 501 stand out.  Crank it up and close the lid, the grill heats up fast…even with only one burner lit!  Now you only have to decide what to BBQ…

Lots of good info and recipes on the website, here is what VC has to say about the 501.

With features you won’t find on competitively-priced models, this five-burner grill offers the best combination of style, power and value. With up to 102,4000 BTUs and 990 sq. in. of total cooking area, you have the versatility to cook everything with restaurant-style performance. You even have enough room to grill up to 36 burgers at once!*

*Based on approximately 4″ diameter patties.

Featuring:

Signature FlavorSeal System

104 BTUs per sq. in.

304 True Stainless Steel Construction, including Firebox

Rotisserie Burner and Kit

EasyFire Ignition System

15,000 BTU Side Burner

Grill Light

Condiment Shelves, Side Shelves and Towel Bars

via Vermont Castings – 501 Signature Series.

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A wee Dram o’ Whisky

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Master of Malt packages a dram of whisky (30ml) in a neato looking glass jar.  Genius idea.  Not crazy about the 700+ GBP price tag for a full bottle of 40 year old scotch?  Just get a dram for a fraction of the cost, you might not like it that much, or you’ll like it a lot and buy more.  Your choice of individual drams or prepackaged taster sets, not just from Scotland, whisky from all over the world.

From the Master of Malt website:

Highland Whisky Set Bottling Note

The Scottish Highlands is a region known for its big bodied, often peaty, often deep and fruity whiskies. This tasting set of five 3cl samples covers all bases, from the oily, sooty Brora, through the rich, fruity Dalmore, right the way to the thoroughly unusual Edradour (Scotland’s smallest distillery).

via Highland Whisky Tasting Set – Master of Malt.

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Big Protein Bar

Protein Bar

Instead of munching a bunch of protein bars or snacks next outing, or as a recovery meal, just take one giant protein bar.  Amino acids, wrapped in chocolate sauce, cut off a chunk as you need it.  A brand new recipe with familiar ingredients.  Peanut butter protein, yum!

via YouTube – Maximum Protein Experience – Epic Meal Time.

 

 

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Journey Bar

 

Savoury flavours in a food bar?  Easy to eat texture?  Ingredient list that sounds like food?  Journeybar food bars began in 2010, and I welcome this addition to the food bar world.  Rapattack, hikers, and people on the go generally turn to food bars and energy bars because they are easy to pack, easy to eat(sometimes), and keep well.  Problem is they usually taste like punky sawdust packed in low grade molasses.  Or even if they taste ok the flavours usually are more like dessert than a meal.  Coconut Curry and Parmesan Romano are the only flavours so far and lets hope that they keep up the good work and forgo the urge to make chocolate covered river sand.

Our Story | Journey Bar.

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