Foulbrood by Dr. Sandra Burnett

We have been corresponding with Dr. Burnett about Foulbrood and wanted to post what she said about it, especially with the current proposed honeybee bill in the Utah House of Representatives. Here are two emails. The first is one I sent to her with some questions and the second is her response. She gave permission for […]

How to measure cell size

Wondering if your natural comb bees are small cell or large cell size? Here’s how to measure. Harvest some uncapped worker-sized comb or honey comb. (Drone comb is naturally larger than worker comb. Most comb in the hive is worker comb.) Using a metric ruler, place “Zero” on the side wall of a cell. Cout […]

Featured Queen Bee: Queen Windy

The queen featured is a daughter of Queen Windy, a Cordovan Italian. On the way back from California package pickup, Queen Windy’s cage was on the cold, windy side of the truck coming through Wyoming. The workers clustered on the other side of the package cage, behind the can of syrup, leaving her exposed. We […]

Featured Queen Bee: Junie Bee

Junie Bee is a 3-year old New World Carniolan. We purchased her from Strachan Apiaries, which is part of Sue Coby’s project to collect genetics from all over the world. Junie Bee is survivor stock from 2012, a major drought year. Carniolans are known for reducing their numbers (cluster size) when there is a shortage of […]

University of Minnesota Bee Lab

Today I visited the University of Minnesota Extension Bee Lab website after a long break. New to me are the beginning beekeeping videos on THIS PAGE. We’ve attached the videos here for your convenience. Everything they do is awesome and sustainable. I hope you learn something! I know I did!  

Earthquake-Proof Canning Jar Storage

  In the 1990’s, Stan came up with this idea to store quart canning jars so they won’t break in an earthquake. Each box holds 12. This box fits perfectly Here is the lattice by itself. Here is how he cut it. He cut the width of each slot to be the same as the […]

Family Night: Bows and Arrows

We had a fun, successful Family Night last night and I thought I’d share the lesson and activity here. Our 6-year old daughter chose the lesson this week from the Friend Magazine, called “Aim for the Best!”(Click photo to go to article on Clara read the quotes, then hung the target on the wall, then we […]

Family Home Evening

I have a dear friend who is awesome at having Family Home Evening. She is excellent at making the Gospel, and especially temple covenants, the center of their home and lives. She inspires me. I see her adult children honoring their promises to God and want that for my children too. She makes me think of the Hymn, […]

Cutting Queen Cells from the Middle Bar Frame

Here’s another video blog post about using extra queen cells to make splits. If you like the genetics of your current hive, this is a great way to save money by raising your own queens with minimal effort. See the beekeeper use his hive tool to cut out the queen cups and then clip them […]

Worker Bee Emerging from Her Cell

Dale Wright and his amazing wife Valerie just sent these photos in sequence of a worker bee emerging from her cell. I thought I’d share it here so you can see it too! It’s amazing to see how bee biology works from these pictures. Here is the frame from which she will emerge. It is […]

Cornbread Muffins

Sometimes a good cornbread muffin really hits the spot. This recipe is great because it uses whole food, whole grain ingredients. Here’s what you need. Some cornmeal, whole wheat flour, salt, milk, honey, eggs, butter, and baking powder. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line 24 muffin tins with liners or spray with oil. I love […]

Corn Bread Muffins

Real food, whole grain, honey cornbread muffins. Adapted from Betty Crocker’s New Cookbook. Corn Bread Print Recipe Makes 24 muffins. 10 minutes prep, 18 minutes bake time. Servings Prep Time 24 muffins 10 minutes Cook Time 18 minutes Servings Prep Time 24 muffins 10 minutes Cook Time 18 minutes Corn Bread Print Recipe Makes 24 […]

Sourdough Bread

A few months ago, Martha Levie from Abigail’s Oven demonstrated how to make sourdough bread at a workshop here at our home. I fell in love with this bread and have been making it ever since. It is kind of a long process, but not too intrusive. If you’re up for it, read on! Or you […]

Bean Museum Kids

Today we had the opportunity to host the BYU Bean Museum kids field trip. Including our family, there were 15 kids and 5 adults. Here are a few things we did together! First, we suited up. We have a classroom set of adult-sized bee suits. They were a bit big on the kids, but protective. […]

Corn Meal

Today I started to make cornbread muffins. However, when I looked into the cupboard, there was no cornmeal. Thus time to grind more. I thought I would share some tips on successfully making corn flour. We have a K-Tec Kitchen Mill. I’m pretty sure it belonged to Stan’s grandmother. We live in her (former) home […]

Vinegar Rinse for Garden Greens

A friend of ours, and a long-time gardener taught me this trick to get the grit off of garden greens. Rinse the greens in running water, then fill a bowl with enough water to cover the greens and add a cap full of vinegar. (About 1 T per gallon of water.) Let it soak for about […]

Garlic Scapes

We are enjoying a beautiful year in the garden! In fact, today I found some garlic that I didn’t remember planting. This garlic was growing beautiful scapes, ready to harvest and eat! The garlic from our garden is sourced from a local garlic farmer and friend, Greg McGary, at Thistle Creek Farms. Check it out! Scapes are […]

Plastic Foundation Review

We were working with a customer today to fit frames with foundation, and thought it would be useful to have a post showing different brands of foundation. We have been going foundationless lately in the middle bar frame, but when we use foundation, we like the plastic kind that has been sprayed with beeswax. All of the types […]

How to get rid of the waist gap in the back of pants

Have you ever tried on pants that are a “10” in every way, except they have a large gap in the back of the waistband? If so, here’s one technique to “Close the Gap!” You will need: Some 1″ elastic. You will need enough elastic to go around the back of your waist. I cut 18 […]


I have been meaning to write a blog post about Pysanky for years! This post is quite out of season, but I hope to use it for future years and future events. Before we got married, Stan hosted an annual Pysanky art workshop. We continued this tradition together with friends and with our own children. This […]