Summer nights make me think of crickets, warm breezes, sleeping with the window open, and of course catching fireflies. One of the things I look forward to come summertime, is spending time with my kids. They’re growing up so quickly. I share lots of memories from when I was a little girls with them and catching fireflies was one of them. Sadly, I’ve been wondering why we don’t have as many fireflies as when I was little, so we changed things up. This past week, I worked with my daughter on creating this firefly lantern from a mason jar and clearance miniature LED lights that I picked up on clearance from the after Christmas sales at one of our local crafting stores. Here’s what we did.
I’m such a lover of frozen fruit. Have you ever tried freezing grapes, melon and bananas? They are a fave around here and this past week, I wanted to create a delicious, healthier, summer treat for the kids. Instead of calorie-filled ice cream, these frozen chocolate banana pops were a breeze to make. When I was little my Mom used to freeze the bananas that were on the edge of tossing. Later, she’d give them to us frozen or use them for banana bread. Nothing ever went to waste in our household. Last week, my daughter had a sleepover with her friend, little did she know that I had popped in some bananas the night before. While they slept the bananas were freezing.
My bees are mutts. They are a blend of Carniolan, Italian, German, Russian and Australian. The apiary where I purchased my bees believes that by diversifying their genetics, they are hardier and more resistant to disease. Recently when my mentor opened up my hives with me, he was amazed at how the bees’ genetics expressed themselves. As we pulled the frames, there were so many different looking bees working together. Initially, before he knew that I had mutts, he exclaimed, “Hey, you have a Carniolan in here!”
As we continue to endure this heat wave across New England, I have received many tips and suggestions on keeping the flock cool and not stressed from the soaring temperature and humidity. I have, created a day spa for the chickens. There are many options for them to keep cool and hydrated. Today, I thought that I would share some of those with you. Also, please be sure to check out Beat the Heat for other suggestions and ideas as well.