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Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 | 4 comments

Adventures in Beekeeping

Adventures in Beekeeping

Beekeeping is something that I had been wanting to do for a long time. When I finally got all my supplies and bees, I was over the moon! The whole adventure started when I got my first package and installed it. Putting the bees in the hive on the first day was both scary and exciting. Upon my first inspection, I was able to identify and find the queen in 5 minutes. She is marked with a green dot on her back. I had worried about her all week! Her survival is imperative to the hive. Her only job is to lay eggs. Without her the hive would not flourish. I’ve been keeping a journal and taking photos. A veil and gloves are essential items for a beginner beekeeper’s protection. I absolutely love inspections, I am very curious as to what is going on in the hive. I actually have to hold back because I don’t want to disrupt their work. During the first month, I inspected every 7...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 | 4 comments

The Animal Welfare League’s Lady Grey

The Animal Welfare League’s Lady Grey

We love visiting our local animal shelter, the Alexandria Animal Welfare League. Both of our family pets come from the shelter including Wei, the sweetest Schnauzer mix you will ever meet, and BB-8, our Hemingway cat who has brightened up our lives since we got him in January this year. There is one special cat at the shelter named Lady Grey. She is beautiful and sweet as can be. Unfortunately, she has been at the shelter since January. This really upset both my kids because January is when we adopted BB-8. The thought of her being in the shelter all that time makes us sad. The Animal Welfare League has a great program called Adopt it Forward. There are generous people who pay the adoption fees for some of the animals at the shelter. Lady Grey’s fees have been paid! She has to be an only cat because she has an upper respiratory infection that is contagious. My daughter has a special affection for Lady Grey. She drew a...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Easy Hanukkah Latkes

Easy Hanukkah Latkes

One of our favorite Hanukkah traditions is making latkes. Food made with excessive amounts of oil is common in Hanukkah –the cooking oil symbolizes how the one vial of oil that was only supposed to last one night lasted eight. Making latkes is so easy. You only need: Potatoes- 3 to 4 (don’t worry about peeling them) Half an onion Oil- enough to cover the pan each time you make a new batch 2 tablespoons or more of flour 2 Eggs Salt and pepper to taste Toppings: Apple sauce Jam Sour cream 1. Start heating the frying pan. 2. Grate the potatoes and onion. 3. Squeeze all the excess liquid from the potatoes and onion. 4. Mix in 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of flour. 5. Check your frying pan to be sure that it is nice and hot and fill it full of about a quarter inch of oil. Hanukkah is all about oil – the whole point is to remember the Hanukkah miracle. I use olive oil,...

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 | 1 comment

A Nepalese Tradition Comes to Del Ray

A Nepalese Tradition Comes to Del Ray

When photos of adorable dogs in Nepal decked in marigold garlands appeared in the news earlier this year, we thought it would be great to do something similar in Del Ray. After all, Del Ray is a haven for dogs. We imagined a parade of Del Ray dogs through town. On September 20, we honored Del Ray dogs in the Nepalese tradition called Kukur Tihar or Kukur Puja, the worship of dogs. While in the initial planning phase for the event, our friends at doggiewalker.com referred us to local Del Ray resident and dog lover Susan Walke. Susan lived in Nepal and participated in Kurkur Tihar so she had first-hand knowledge about how it works and strong ties to the local Nepalese community in our area. Several Nepalese community leaders celebrated with us and even donated all the marigold garlands that adorned each dog. We met at the Del Ray “Pocket Park” on the corner of E. Del Ray and Commonwealth Ave. where the dogs had a chance to...

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 | 1 comment

Easy Cherry Lambic Ice Cream

Easy Cherry Lambic Ice Cream

When I first heard the words “beer ice cream” while visiting Belgium this summer, I was reluctant to try. But once I did, I couldn’t believe what I was missing. My husband and I loved the lambic cherry beer ice cream so much, we searched the Internet for recipes when we got home. We came across a cherry lambic ice cream recipe that did not require an ice cream machine. In this recipe, you are not actually making ice cream, but flavoring it. Lambic is a sour Belgium style beer that requires open fermentation and wild yeasts and bacteria. The ingredients are: 2 cups vanilla ice cream 1/2 cup pitted cherries (fresh or frozen) 12 oz. bottle of lambic 1/4 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips First we boiled down the lambic… I chopped the cherries. The recipe says to chop in quarters, but I went a little further making the pieces a bit smaller. As we waited for the lambic to boil down, my husband and I enjoyed a...

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