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Things I have been diggin this week

Ben with his first hive
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I am gonna take a break from Old Fashioned cocktails for a day and just talking about things I have been digging lately in the world of food, cocktail, and entertainment.

Fall weather

Ok, it is not fall yet, but it has been a little cooler than normal and I love it. Summer is awesome, but when we start getting into the sweaty dog days of Summer, it can get to be a bit long. Feeling a bit of cool breeze in the morning has been refreshing. For food, it also means squashes and pumpkin season are also on there way!

Game of Thrones finale

Damned you HBO…. not enough Game of Thrones! This season has come and gone much too fast. It makes me sad that I am going to have to wait for an eternity for next season. THAT being said, I am really looking forward to Sunday.

Fantasy Football

I am not a football fanatic, but I learned two years ago that I LOVE LOVE LOVE fantasy football. It is something about the numbers that really gets to me. I do get a bit more into the games, but mostly because I am excited to see how my guys are doing. I guess if I had to claim a team it would be the Minnesota Vikings as my primary and the SF 49ers as my secondary… mostly because of where I grew up.

And I do get into it a bit more during playoffs and whatnot, but I love looking at my team. I love reorganizing my team. If I can go a week and maximize my potential points and make a pick that increases my total points, I am in heaven.

Fat washing spirits

This is a new to me thing…. Take a melted fat (butter, oil, meat fat even) and add it to an alcohol. Let the fat sit in the alcohol in either the fridge or freezer until all the fat solidifies and bingo bammo boomo. You could have sesame oil infused ginger or bacon infused bourbon. Serious eats talks about it here.

My Bee hive

It is in full swing! I was thinking that I might not be able to take any honey this year, but things are looking up! As an estimation, I might harvest between 30 and 60 lbs of honey this first year. Still not calling it a win until I keep these bees alive for a full year.

 

I am not sure what I am going to do with the honey yet. I have been dreaming of making mead, but I am not sure I am gonna this year. I might try and do some other things with that honey and work to build a few more hives for next year. I am really enjoying this and, honestly, it is not that difficult of an endeavor.

 

Molly Yeh’s blog

So, I am pretty new at this whole food blogging thing, but it has been cool to learn that this fairly famous blogger lives in my area.  She moved to North Dakota and is a pretty big food blogger. Her cakes and pastries tend to look fabulous and it is fun to read about her stories on the prairie.

My friend Jenna is also a popular food blogger and it is neat to know that there are more than a few in the area.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Frank
    August 26, 2017 at 7:43 am

    60 pounds of honey… now that’s impressive. Will you sell it?

    • Reply
      Ben
      August 29, 2017 at 6:25 am

      I think some gifts and some I might sell to friends. Unless I make mead, I certainly could not use it all. If I sell any, I think it will be to help fund the expansion of my bee operation. I think 5 hives would be ideal

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    Jeff
    August 30, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Fat washing spirits? That’s a new thing to me, too!

    • Reply
      Ben
      September 6, 2017 at 7:56 am

      I will probably end up doing a post on it, but I did to a little test run on this. I had some bacon in the fridge (because that is how I do) and I had some bourbon on the counter (also how I do). Now, there is some bacon flavored bourbon in the freezer. Probably going to give it a bit before I strain and serve it.

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    Joyce
    September 18, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    You’re doing some really awesome stuff! I had no idea fat washing spirits existed! Love to learn more about it! and your BEES! This is SO AWESOME! Makes me sad that the bees are dying down and becoming endangered – it would be exciting to mead from it when you have enough honey!! 🙂

    Molly lives in your area?! :O I love her blog, her stories are so awesome and make me warm all over haha! 😀

    • Reply
      Ben
      September 19, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Thanks, Joyce!

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