May 03

National Honey Bee Management and Loss Survey Extended to May 6, 2014!

ParticipageTakeSurveyNowThe National Honey Bee Management and Loss Surveys have been extended to May 6th! This survey is for ALL beekeepers of all sizes, with or without unusually high losses this winter.  This survey helps quantify the number and types of bee losses as well as what management practices worked and which ones didn’t’.   The survey is anonymous so please only take the survey once. If Ohio has enough beekeepers take the survey, the results will be separated so that we can see how Ohio compared to other states.  If beekeepers did not lose bees, they should definitely take the survey so we can see what they did (or bees did) to survive! Go to for more information and to take the survey.

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May 02

Gaughan Bee Dancin’, LLC – Bee Supplies.

Gaughan Bee Dancin’, LLC.  We sell beekeeping supplies including beginner kits, woodenware, tools, extraction supplies, etc. Check out our schedule of events for the location of our farm market and dates for seminars on beginning beekeeping. Located in Medina, serving the Greater Cleveland area.
Thank You,
Kristopher Gaughan

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May 02

Italian Bees, $110 for 3# packages from Georgia

Italian Bees, $110 for 3# packages from Georgia.  Delivery dates 5/11 and 5/24 depending on the weather.  Call Evona 440-801-1476 or email  Also check out our website for more information on bees and beekeeping supplies. Located in Medina, serving the Greater Cleveland area.
Kristopher Gaughan

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Apr 27

Curry-Up Honey Chicken

Curry-Up Honey Chicken
Here’s an easy, tasty chicken dish. By the way, leftovers make delicious chicken salad sandwiches or wraps.
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 T. butter, melted
  • ½ c. honey
  • 1 t. curry powder
  • dash of hot sauce (I used Frank’s)
  1. Preheat over to 350.
  2. Spray a shallow baking pan with Pam.
  3. Put chicken on the baking pan.
  4. Mix together remaining ingredients.
  5. Pour over chicken.
  6. Cover with foil.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes.
  8. Uncover and bake another 10 minutes.
  9. When chicken is no longer pink in the center, its ready for dinner!


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Apr 21

Love These Sprouts

Love These Sprouts
I’m not sure why brussel sprouts have such a bad rep. This recipe is the perfect balance of just a few ingredients that provide big flavors and textures: sweet-salt-sour-bitter along with crunchy and chewy— yum
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 netted bag of fresh brussel sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 t. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ c. raisins
  1. Chop bacon into ½ inch strips.
  2. Cook over medium heat until crisp.
  3. While the bacon is cooking, cut off the base of the sprouts and cut the sprouts into quarters.
  4. When bacon is cooked, add sprouts.
  5. Stir the sprouts into the bacon bits.
  6. Continue to cook until sprouts are bright green and still slightly firm.
  7. Add honey, lemon juice, and raisins.
  8. Stir to blend and to warm raisins.
  9. Serve



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Apr 15

Honey Raisin Chip Oatmeal Cookie

When the world gets busy, and tasks pile up….sometimes all you need is a warm, chewy cookie.

Honey Raisin Chip Oatmeal Cookie
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • ½ c. softened butter
  • ½ c. honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1½ c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1 c. flour
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ⅓ c. chocolate chips
  • ⅓ c. raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with Pam.
  2. Cream sugar, butter and honey until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until mixed.
  4. Mix together oats, flour and baking soda in a bowl.
  5. Add to honey mix and blend completely.
  6. Stir in chips and raisins.
  7. Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges just start to brown.
  9. Remove from oven, let cool on sheets a few minutes before placing cookies on cooling racks.


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Apr 12

Take the National Colony Loss Management Survey now!

The National Colony Loss Management Survey is organized by the Bee Informed Partnership and is sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).   It is important that beekeepers participate in this survey because it will help track losses and evaluate management practices.    The survey is open from April 1st until April 30th and can be found at

The Colony Loss Survey has evolved from our winter loss survey because last year we found that commercial beekeepers lost 25% of their colonies over the summer, and so we are now starting to monitor and report annual losses. The National Management Survey is conducted annually in conjunction with the Colony Loss Survey. Designed to take about 20 minutes, the 2 surveys are aimed at looking for relationships between colony loses and colony management (including disease treatment strategies, supplemental feeding, etc.) and/or other factors that may influence colony health (such as colony location, honey production, and forage type). Your participation in this research is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential. In any publication or presentation resulting from this research, no personally identifiable information will be disclosed.

Information about past Winter Loss and National Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online at

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Apr 10

Honey Pumpkin Pie

Honey Pumpkin Pie
  • 1 9 inch crust, unbaked
  • 2 c. pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1½ t. ground ginger
  • 1½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. nutmeg
  • ½ t. allspice
  • ½ t. salt
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c. honey (I used a light honey), slightly warmed so it blends
  • 1 c. heavy cream (accept NO substitutes…you want a creamy yummy pie)
  1. In a large bowl blend together the pumpkin puree, spices and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, honey and cream.
  3. Pour into prepared pie shell. I usually use the Butter Pie Crust Dough from
  4. Bake at 400F for 50-55 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool on a cooling rack.



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Apr 03

Easy Honey Caramel Drizzle

Easy Honey Caramel Drizzle
  • ½ c. honey
  • 1 stick butter (not margarine)
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  1. Mix together honey, butter and brown sugar in saucepan.
  2. Bring mixture to a low bubble for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Add condensed milk and continue stirring until completely mixed.
  4. Cool slightly and pour into containers.
Warm this slightly before serving over: apple slices, cheesecake, ice cream, poundcake, etc.


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Mar 30

‘Save the Honey Bee’ License plate needs your support!

 For over the past year, the Ohio State Beekeepers Association has been working to DEVELOP a ‘Save the Honey’ license plate FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE OHIO STATE BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES.   This license plate will bring more public awareness about the plight of the honey bee and raise additional funds that OSBA can use to support education and beekeeping research.  House Bill 474 has been proposed to create this license plate by Mike Dovilla (R-BEREA) and DOROTHY Pelanda (R-MARYSVILLE) and OSBA has been given very short notice to testify in front of the Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee ON TUESDAY (4/1).
However, We Need Your Help!   In addition to our spoken testimony, we can submit letters of support.   We are asking all local associations, companies and individuals to submit letters of support.  You may use the attached sample letter to HELP YOU compose your letter of support.

Due to the very short notice OSBA has received on this, please submit letters by email to or via fax to 614-633-1036 so that we receive them in time for the meeting.  Please have the letters in by midnight on MARCH 31st.




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