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Helen Heil
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  • Florissant, MO
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Earth Mama
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It takes 12 honeybees their entire life to make 1 tablespoon of honey!
A bit about me:
I live near the Missouri river and am lucky enough to have space to raise honeybees. It is an exciting endeavor and my favorite thing to do is just sit and watch them.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Perogies. An old Polish traditional stuffed dumpling. I make it with the help of my kids who love to cook.
Currently reading:
Eat, Pray, Love
Currently listening to:
Embryonic by the Flaming Lips
My latest DIY project:
A quilt to cover a new loveseat and a knitted baby blanket for my daughter's daughter due in January.
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Harvest season.

Late summer or early fall is harvest time for beekeepers. It's also time to think about preparing the hives for winter. After the honey is removed and only the hive bodies are left some will medicate, others may not. Medication takes several weeks. By November 1st, or first frost, the hives should be sealed for the winter with enough stores to last until April. Over the winter the bees will maintain an internal hive temperature of about 90 degrees F. Amazing!

Today Mark and I have… Continue

Posted on September 27, 2009 at 6:22pm — 1 Comment

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At 6:30pm on October 3, 2009, Lizz said…
I have, but I mostely use it in soaps, lotions, and salves. Thanks for the tip!
At 9:39pm on October 3, 2009, Greenville Bread & Honey said…
Thanks Helen. I'm a first timer....this was my first summer and things seem to have gone well. I'm using a top-bar hive so will only take a little bit of homey now, and harvest more in the Spring. I'm enjoying your pictures.
At 10:56am on October 16, 2009, Cornelia said…
Sorry Helen, "Sonny" was a spammer and I had to delete him from the site. He was linking to a bogus banking site.
At 8:35pm on November 17, 2009, Rozzy Gosnell said…
Here is the plum recipe!

3 c chopped and mashed italian prune plums
1 c fresh squeezed orange juice
1 T grated orange peel
1 t cinnamon
4 t calcium water
3t pectin
1 c sugar or 2/3 cup honey!

i don't have the cook times with me but I think you can easily look that up if you don't already know. <3 It is so yummy and not too sweet!
At 1:59pm on November 18, 2009, Helen Heil said…
Thank you Rozzy! Just in time for the holidays. I will enjoy making, eating & giving this.
At 4:07pm on December 2, 2009, Heather Flansworth said…
Your beekeeping setup is so pretty! I'd love to try raising bees one day, once I've got a handle on gardening and cooking. Do you have any trusty honey beauty remedies?
At 2:11pm on December 4, 2009, Heather Flansworth said…
Thanks for the tips! I'll have to pick some honey up at the farmer's market tomorrow and give it a go!

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