How to Steal Honey...


Run really fast! Or send your 8 year old out to the hives looking like this:

Eowyn's birthday was in July and one of the things she asked for was a bee suit. Her Papa (my Dad) has 3 bee hives and collects honey every year. Eowyn loves this honey. And she's decided she wants to learn how to take care of bees so that one day she can get her own hive.
Plus, in our house we don't do allowances. What we will do is allow the kids to earn money. How are they going to earn money? Well, Eowyn hopes to sell some honey, and make and sell goat milk soap. Gideon is planning on selling chicks and keets, and both will help sell the goat kids. So they both understand and are excited about these opportunities. And yes, they will have to pay overhead, meaning we won't let them have a straight profit without knowing the cost. So they'll learn hard work for earnings and making investments to make profit. Pretty awesome lessons!

So Eowyn is learning about bees! We all anticipate her becoming a bee keeper that doesn't have to wear a suit and sings to the bees. She loved it! It was hot, one of the hottest Saturday's in August around here, but she did great. I am so proud of her.

She donned her suit with Papa and they headed out to the bees. They were out there for a couple of hours, and when she got back to me she was telling me all about the bees, the honey, the queen, and the baby queen they found growing. (The homeschool mom in me was ecstatic!)
Mom and I got in the car and drove over to get a closer look. There was no way I was getting get out of that van though!





Can I just point out how cute she looked? Like a little astronaut! Papa said she did great, she asked questions, and was patient. I was worried she would be overly excited and get in the way, but I think she was just nervous enough facing down hundreds of stinging bees to stay calm and collected.

After the two of them finished collecting the boxes, everyone was crammed into the honey house (which is a room of about 12 square feet) to get the honey out of the boxes. There is a little window unit for AC in the room but it was still hot and we were closely packed. My stomach kept getting in everyone's way. I can only squeeze in so much these days!

It was Mom, Dad, Granddaddy, Eowyn, Esmond, and me. Gideon also joined later; he was out with Daddy that morning. Jeremy came and took a quick look, but he's very allergic to, well, everything but bee stings are bad for him. So he was a little nervous. I'm not used to seeing my strong man so afraid of something, so I really got a kick out of it. Bless his heart!

First we had to scrape the wax away from the honey so that the honey could come out. Mom and Dad have this huge spinner that we put the boxes into and spun the honey out of them. The honey came dripping out the bottom of the spinner into a 5 gallon bucket. We collected THREE five gallon buckets, and will still get more from the wax drippings. That's a lot of honey for three hives! And Dad left plenty of honey behind for the bees to have this winter. The bees have been busy this summer. It took all day; the kids even had to miss a birthday party that afternoon. We were so sticky, hot, and tired when we finished. We got in the pool to relax and rinse off. Sometime later, we'll strain the honey.



We did have three bee stings; Eowyn was the first and she just handled it so well. It hurt, but she didn't cry or even make any noise. I saw her involuntary reaction, otherwise I think she wouldn't have said anything until later. We put some honey on her finger and that helped with the stinging, but baking soda would have pulled more of the poison out. I got stung on my hand, and my Dad got stung on his side.

It was a fun day, and we're so thankful for the large harvest. God is good. I'm going to be doing a lot more experimenting with honey! Do you know of any great recipes, particularly cookies, made with honey? Let me know!

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  1. I have a friend who substitutes honey for her sugar in all kinds of recipes but personally I like honey oat bread the best.

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    1. I'm thinking that's how I'll start, just substituting honey for sugar. I guess it will take some experiments! Honey oat bread sounds really good too. Thanks for reading and commenting, Helene!

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  2. What a blessing to have your own honey! That is on our homestead list (we have the suit for starters :)... And you are right, this is the perfect homeschooling lesson! We also don't pay for chores... Our daughter has an egg business and she must pay for the feed, etc... She has a little chart where she records all the debits and credits... I love that she is learning many lessons through this little business. Thanks for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Jennifer. Have a lovely week :)

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    1. I love the idea for the chart! I'll have to remember that when the time comes. These are some great lessons. Thanks for visiting Jes, and for the link up each week!

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  3. Great post!! I've been to 2 classes on bee keeping but haven't made the commitment yet.

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    1. It'll be a couple of years before we have any hives on our property (Jeremy's a little iffy about it because he doesn't want bees anywhere near him), but the real life training is very valuable, and it's delicious! Thanks for reading Cynthia!

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    2. Tell Jeremy I have four hives and I will be glad to help you get it started and make sure you are comfortable. I am pretty close by. Randy Mabry

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    3. Thanks Randy, I'll pass on the message!

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  4. Glad to see your daughter wanting to be involved in the bee process at her age. What a great experience. And looks like she has a great teacher! We just harvested our first honey. We are new to the whole hive experience.

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    1. Congrats on your first honey! That's so exciting. And it is really good for Eowyn. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. The day hubby pulls honey is one of the best days all year. Our honey is like gold to us!

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    1. It is just life liquid gold! So much goodness. Thanks for reading Tracy!

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  6. That is really neat (and your daughter looks adorable). Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre hop. Be sure to stop by at www.PintSizeFarm.com or one of the other hosts to submit another this week.

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