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Beekeeping DIY Hive Maintainance

Seasonal Recipes for Feeding Honeybees

As beekeepers, there come times when we need to feed our bees or offer them up reserves to help them get through dearths and winter. New colonies should be fed so that they can quickly build out new comb for the queen to lay and for them to store their foraged pollen and nectar.  Existing colonies also require feeding, especially a back up method to help ensure their winter survival. Today I thought that I would place these all recipes in one place for you to easily find them.

Main Dishes Recipes Soups

Chicken Curry and Rice Soup

I have a deep love for Indian food. When we go out to eat it is almost always one of my favorite places to go. Last night, I was craving Indian food, but I was so wiped out from a most exhausting week that I was too tired to make the trip. So I decided to whip up my own version of a curry infused soup. My recipe did not disappoint. It was a bit spicy, savory, and delicious.  My son even asked for seconds!

Main Dishes Recipes

Curry Chicken Salad

Tilly'sNest-currychickensaladwp

Yesterday I was craving curry chicken salad.  It is a simple, easy recipe that comes together in a matter of minutes but tastes so rich and full of flavor. I had some left-over chicken that just worked perfectly.  Whenever I make this I practically lick the bowl.  Today, I’m sharing how you can make this too.  Enjoy!

Eggs Recipes

My Favorite Fried Egg Breakfast Sandwich

I woke up crabby.  We had at least six inches of snow overnight.  I rolled out of bed and headed out on hopefully my final date with the snow blower and shovel for this season.  Spring is taking its sweet time on arriving.  I came in cold, wet and hungry.  The bowl of chicken eggs on the counter was calling me- breakfast time!  I am always cheered up by a good fried egg sandwich.  Even the simplest things quickly turn my mood around.  Thank you chickens!

Main Dishes Recipes

Mexican Stacked Lasagna

Sometimes, we are so cramped for time and often, if you are like me, you do not want a huge clean-up after dinner.  Cooler days are here and I don’t mind turning on the oven.  Another easy, family favorite is my Mexican stacked lasagna.  My kids think it is delicious and I am happy to provide them with a meal that has protein, starch, vegetables and dairy.

Main Dishes Recipes

Crock Pot Ratatouille

Yesterday, we decided to go apple picking.  Since we had a bunch of squash, eggplants and tomatoes, it seemed like an easy solution to dinner to make our crock pot ratatouille.  This is a very easy satisfying recipe.  When completely cooked it is like a vegetable stew.  We serve it over rice or pasta with crusty bread.  Last night, I fried up a few sausages per the kids request as a side.

Appetizers Recipes Sides

Tomato and Cucumber Relish

Arugula dressed with relish and feta cheese

If you are like us, you now have an abundance of cucumbers and tomatoes from your garden. One thing that I like to do is make this relish.  It is so quick to make, versatile and delicious.  We use the relish in many ways including:

As a side dish
Place it on top of a bed of mixed greens sprinkle it with feta cheese and make a salad.
Use it on sandwiches
Serve it with fresh crusty bread
Use this instead of salsa with tortilla chips
Toss with fresh pasta-serve hot or as a cold pasta salad
Add a generous spoonful to the top of grilled meats prior to serving

The best part is that it takes no more than ten minutes to create!

Ingredients:

Three medium tomatoes-diced
1 cucumber cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 tbsp of fresh basil cut as chiffonade
2 tbsp capers
3 tbsp diced kalamata olives
drizzle of your favorite balsamic vinegar
drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste


Preparation: 

Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, basil, olives, and capers in a medium sized bowl.  Drizzle the vinegar and oil over the top.  Add salt and pepper (don’t skimp on this one) and mix well.  Store in the refrigerator for up to four days.(but it probably will not even last that long once you try it).

Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest

Appetizers Recipes Sides

Rustic Grilled Bruschetta

Sometimes it is just too hot to cook.  No one feels like eating anything too heavy and we certainly do not feel like cooking in the house.  This is when we take our cooking to the grill.  It is very easy to make a wonderful light meal for warm summer nights that is both easy delicious and keeps the kitchen clean!  Who doesn’t love that part!?  One thing that we find incredibly delicious and simple is a rustic crusty bread with fresh from the garden tomatoes and basil, and a drizzle of olive oil.  Some days, this serves as our main course paired with an assortment of summer salads.  Other days it’s a side.  Either way, it is fast, delicious and easy!

Main Dishes Recipes

Mini-Muffin Tin Cheddar BBQ Meatloaves

muffin tin meatloaf

Today we went exploring.   So when we returned home in time for dinner, I decided to make something quick and easy with the ground beef that I had pulled out of the freezer early this morning.  One of my family’s favorite things is when I make mini meatloaves in a muffin pan.  They love it for the novelty and I love it because it cooks in half the time.  This one is especially easy with a yummy gooey cheesy surprise in the middle.