Posts Tagged ‘Oregano’

I grabbed my camera this morning and headed outside with the intent of capturing a rainbow of colors in my yard. I snapped of photo after photo and then headed into the vegetable garden. The buzzing of honeybees caught my attention and I found them scattered all across my blooming oregano. Braving stingers, I sat in front of a set of blossoms hoping to capture some of these lovely ladies as they went about their daily task of collecting pollen. I share with you today the honeybees in my garden! To really get the detail of the honeybee, I suggest that you click on the photo to isolate the image and then click on it again to enlarge the photo. The details are pretty amazing! I give you the honeybee!

The Honeybee

The Honeybee

The honeybee will collect the nectar from a flower and drink her fill.

Drinking her fill

Drinking her fill

Once full, she will go back to the hive where she will pass on the nectar to another worker bee who will hold the nectar on her tongue until the water evaporates. What she is left with is honey. Pretty cool, huh?

The honeybee is covered with hair.

One fuzzy body!

One fuzzy body!

These bees are pretty docile unless the hive or they themselves are threatened. Just sitting there and snapping off the photos did not seem to bother them, but I think they were watching me.

Watching me closely

Watching me closely

This one turned her back to me!

The backside of a honeybee

The backside of a honeybee

There wings are glassy and paned. A real work of art if you ask me!

The lace of a wing

The lace of a wing

If you would like to get involved in a bee counting project please take the time to visit http://www.greatsunflower.org/

Well, I hope that you enjoyed the photos today! Thanks for stopping by and Bee happy today!

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On the weekends, I am all about easy in the kitchen! And, after having worked all day in the garden, I wanted to do something that I could let slow cook to really take it easy on myself. So I pulled some baby back ribs out of the freezer the day before and took out the crock pot in the morning. Plan on 10 hours on low heat, and do not remove the lid until the meat is done!

Baby back pork ribs
Chipotle sauce
Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper

Spray the crock pot with a non-stick cooking spray. Place the ribs on foil and rub with the chipotle sauce. Then sprinkle with the remaining ingredients.

Ribs with sauce and herbs

After 10 hours in the crock pot, remove them to a cutting board and cover with foil. Let them sit for about 10 minutes. Then separate the ribs into two ribs.

Ribs are done

Serve this with my broccoli cole slaw. Click below for that recipe:

Broccoli Slaw

Don’t forget a really good beer or have a glass of Barbera!

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We have been having a mixed bag of weather. Rain, sunshine, hail, thunder, lightning, and now snow! What could be better on a cold spring evening than a pizza? Again, this pizza does not use sauce but tomatoes in its place!

Pizza dough
Extra virgin olive oil
4 medium tomatoes, sliced thin
1 1/2 tsp basil leaves
1 1/2 tsp oregano leaves
3 cloves finely chopped fresh garlic
Mozzarella, cheddar and asiago to your liking
Hard salami
Chopped tomatoes, from the tops and bottoms of the tomatoes
black olives

Tomatoes sliced for the pizza

These tomatoes are not too bad for this time of year. Summer time tomatoes are best, but these will do!

Lay out your crust then let it rest. Turn the oven on to 425 degrees. When the oven is hot, place the pizza dough in the oven for about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then brush on the olive oil, lay out the sliced tomatoes, and add your herbs and the garlic.

Add the herbs and garlic

Top this with 2/3 of the cheese. Follow this with the pepperoni, salami, tomatoes, mushrooms and olives.

Add the toppings

Follow this with the remainder of the cheese. Then place this in the oven,

Pizza is in the oven

and set the timer for about 10 minutes. Check the crust to see how it is doing. I had to add another five minutes to the timer.

Pizza right out of the oven!

Let the pizza sit for about 5 minutes, then slice it up!

Pizza is served!

Serve this up with a hearty red wine or an ice cold beer!

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