this week in my kitchen :: blog hop

I’m playing along with Heather from Beauty That Moves sharing photos of our kitchen this week.

“A weekly collection of photos from the center of my home.”

DSC_0001-small DSC_18-smallDinner with friends.  A simple couscous, salmon, asparagus and pork chops.

DSC_0048-small DSC_0025-small DSC_0027-smallPork Lo Mein.

DSC_0020-smallI’m not one to drink the beer from the bottle so this new glass I found is perfect for wine and of course, beer.  

DSC_0002-smallOur beehives both are empty now.  A sad winter for our bees.  So Mark cleaned the hives and we found ourselves with our honey bucket up working again (it’s just sitting on the stove as it drains because it’s almost our only spot without ants…)



DSC_0017-small DSC_0011-smallHere I’m cleaning the beeswax.  We didn’t get much.

DSC_0021-smallBut honey.  Yes, we got some. I feel so very lucky.

If you’d like to join us please do so.  Link up!  Happy cooking and making in your kitchen this week.  Thanks for stopping by.  


18 thoughts on “this week in my kitchen :: blog hop

  1. Elvira May 22, 2014 / 11:42 am

    I like the peek into bee keeping. It’s not something I see ourselves do (my husband is terrified of flying insects), but it looks so interesting!

    • NaturallyFunDays : Marcela May 22, 2014 / 12:35 pm

      Yes, it is amazing. I am the one taking pictures only, my husband is the one in there… it is amazing.

  2. katykidwell May 22, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    Keeping bees is definitely on my list of life goals. What fun! Your salmon dinner looks so yummy, perfect for late spring.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Erin May 22, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    It all looks wonderful! I wish I had the bravery and time to keep bees. Not going to happen any time soon, though. And salmon with a simple grain and green is one of my all time FAVORITE meals. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Christine Westermark May 22, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    I would love to have bees….and chickens, but my husband won’t let have either! Since I travel too much to even look after my garden, I have to agree with him. For now…

    • NaturallyFunDays : Marcela May 22, 2014 / 6:55 pm

      Hi Christine. Yes, bees are amazing. We’ve really enjoyed having the two hives. Amazing insects they are.
      I would also love to have chickens, but I think we need more space. Maybe some day.

  5. Kim May 22, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    Salmon and asparagus… a perfect meal for springtime.
    How interesting to see you cleaning the beeswax. I’ve seen beeswax, but never realized the honey was extracted in that manner.

    • NaturallyFunDays : Marcela May 22, 2014 / 6:53 pm

      Hi Kim. Well, there’s different ways to get the honey, depending on the hive you have. And we don’t have a lot of hives and we’ve never had this much honey. So it’s a more rustic way of doing it I guess. And I’m sure there’s other ways to clean the beeswax, maybe if you have more of it. This works for us because it’s so little what we’ve gotten.

  6. Tracey May 22, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    I think my Mike is finally on board with getting bees [I’m allergic] and I am so excited.
    I have a jar filled with honeycomb that I have no idea what to do with, how do you use yours?

    • NaturallyFunDays : Marcela May 22, 2014 / 6:51 pm

      Hi Tracey. I think bees are amazing. It has been so much fun to see more bees around the yard.

      Is the honeycomb with honey then? If it is, you need to crash it (I know, this is the hardest part for me, because they are so pretty and the bees have worked so hard in making these…) and then put it in a mesh to let the honey run through. Then you eat the honey. Once the (crashed) comb is drier (lighter) you can clean it. I put it in a pot (I only use for this) with water to boil. You want the wax to melt, so before it boils you get it out of the stove. It’s just to melt the wax and clean it. Then I pour it through a colander with cheesecloth over a bucket (only used for this purpose because anything that will touch the beeswax will stay stained like that). You let it cool. Once cold, the beeswax will harden on top and the water stays in the bottom.
      Do this (heating of beeswax with water) as many times as you want to clean the wax. Then of course, you can use the beeswax however you want. We make salve, and wood cream, and lip balm and candles…

      Hope this is helpful! Enjoy.

      • Tracey May 23, 2014 / 3:39 am

        Thank you for this Marcella. I have had this comb for about a year now, not sure how to clean it and now I know. I will have to give it try this weekend so I can finally use the wax.
        Have a great weekend.

  7. Josie May 23, 2014 / 3:33 am

    I love looking at your beeswax and honey and reading the comment above about how you use it, fascinating. It looks like a lovely week in the kitchen!

  8. Valeria May 24, 2014 / 3:09 am

    Thank you for visiting my blog! Your photos are great!! Mine are made with my phone so the light is often too dark… “biscotti” are cookies, these one are with coconut, very simple and delicious, with no butter, so also light 😉 Happy weekend from Italy!!!

    • NaturallyFunDays : Marcela May 24, 2014 / 4:30 pm

      Valeria… coconut biscotti??? Sounds delicious! Could you share your recipe? Maybe I could make them here… I made biscotti once a very long time ago, and they turned out great. I haven’t tried them again. I am not the baker in the house, it’s my husband and my daughter they love baking and make cookies. And she ALSO love coconut… maybe I’ll convince them to make these 🙂
      Happy weekend in Italy!

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