Woot, woot! We completed our first bee robbing of the season this past weekend! And I immediately came home and whipped up a big ol' batch of this Honey-Vanilla Granola. It's such a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful flavor of honey.
I always enjoy taking pictures during our bee robbing. This time around, I took over 300 photos! I enjoy sharing them with you, too ... but don't worry, I won't share all 300. I've picked out just a few of my favorites. If you'd like to see more photos and process information from previous robbings, click one of these links:
Who Stole the Honey?
2nd Bee Robbing of the Season!
Mark loves it when I share bee robbing photos, too, 'cause it makes him feel like a bee stud. So without further ado, here is the bee stud and his bees!
(Notice that he's being all super-studly and not wearing his beekeeper suit. Our bees are sooooo gentle, that one can get away with this. Seriously though, people - I DO NOT recommend this. If you work with bees, wear a beekeeper suit!)
First up is Mark getting the smoker ready. Our smoker is so super old, and I love it. I've taken about a million photos of this old smoker. I just think it has so much character. (I'm exaggerating, of course, on the million photos ... but I do find myself taking the smoker's picture a lot.)
Mark loves this photo of sending smoke into the hive. It is pretty cool.
|Smoke in action!|
After he smokes the hive, he takes the top off the hive and takes out a frame or two to see if the honey is ready to be robbed.
|Frames in the box|
The cows were quite interested in what we were doing ...
Out come the frames, and they're ready for robbing! We can tell because they're full, and they have that white stuff (wax) sealing up all the cells.
|The honey cells are all capped, so this hive is ready for robbing.|
After Mark removes all the frames from the box, we take them inside. The first step once we're inside is to cut off the wax caps. Usually, the wax doesn't come off in nice big sheets like Mark got it to in the photo below. He got lucky with that cut!
Look on the left side of the photo --- See the very pale, almost clear-colored honey? Now look to the right, even with the right-side board of the frame --- See the darker, amber-colored honey drippings? Pretty big difference. To me, all honey is delicious, but I do prefer the darker stuff if I have a choice.
|Different colors of honey, as seen in the wax cuttings & drippings|
|Bits of wax & other impurities float to the top|
Look at the bee at the bottom right ... can you see it's tongue??
|Bees are cleaning up!|
Hopefully we'll be robbing again in a few weeks. Get busy, little bees so we can come play with you again!
So, have I got your mouth watering for a honey treat? Well, go on and whip up some Honey-Vanilla Granola. You know you want to!
(Oh, and please leave a comment for my bee-stud hubby ... he would love it.)
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Honey-Vanilla GranolaSource: A Tracey original
- 7 c. old-fashioned oats
- 1 c. wheat germ
- 1 c. coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1 c. unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 c. honey
- 3/4 c. canola oil
- 1 T. vanilla extract
- 1 c. golden raisins
- In a large bowl, stir together oats, wheat germ, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and salt.
- Place honey, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl; stir to combine. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture; mix together until oats are evenly coated with the honey mixture.
- Spread granola mixture onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring about every 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and stir in golden raisins. Let cool completely. Store tightly covered.