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ABF E-Buzz: March 2015
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ABF E-Buzz — March 2015

In This Issue:







Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

by Tim Tucker, ABF President

down south - 

waitress with a bee-hive

calls me "honey" - Stanford M. Forrester

Welcome Back! I am sure everybody is getting bees ready for spring now and doing stimulative feeding on hives that are light in stores or just short on bees. Those who haven't been keeping bees for more than a year or two will often make the mistake of thinking that the bees have made it through the winter and they will get by on their own from natural sources of nectar and pollen, but while lots of early trees and bushes may have pollen there is little or no nectar available right now. When these early pollen flows start it stimulates the bees to begin rearing brood, and three to five weeks down the road there are lots of bees that have been raised and that process uses a lot of stored honey, which can deplete the colony of stores very quickly. If they run out of stores before a good spring honey flow begins, they can starve to death in just a few days with this expanded population. So be sure to check your hives for available resources of honey and pollen and make sure they have good weight. There's a good picture of a pail type community feeder for several hives on the ABF Facebook page that you might want to take a look at. It would be good for a yard where you have a few hives located. If you have more than a dozen in the yard, I would look at interior feeding that keeps bees from competing for stores. Most of the time where you have communal feeding the weaker bees can't even compete for the stores and it just builds up the stronger hives that can easily outnumber the weaker ones.

We have a great piece of news about our Apimondia Bid. The ABF board has voted to match any donations to the Apimondia Bid Fund up to a total of $20,000.00. We want to let others know how important this is to ABF so if you donate, you can do so knowing we will match your generosity dollar for dollar.  We hope doing this will kick-start the funding for these last few months. There is still much to be done for the Apimondia committee to win the 2019 bid this coming August in Daejon, South Korea. There has been enough funding raised to pay for our booth at the conference, however,  there are still a lot of needs i. e. decorating the booth and providing handouts to the voting delegates that will actually be determining which country will be selected to host the 2019 Apimondia Congress. We have been planning this for over two years. The committee has, in its opinion, selected the best city in the U.S. to host the event which is Minneapolis, Minnesota. It has the perfect sized facilities for the event and easy access for five or six blocks downtown where you never go need go outside if it's raining. It is also the site of the Minnesota State Fair which we are aiming at the same week for hosting the Apimondia and we will also have the new bee lab constructed at the University of Minnesota by then. So there will be lots of things to do for beekeepers from all over the world and we know they are wanting to come here to the honey bowl of U.S. production in the area. We will also schedule some side trips for before and after the event. One day will be technical tours, likely to the lab and others will be to honey production facilities. We really need to make this happen and we NEED YOU! If all of our beekeepers in the ABF would just contribute ten dollars to the cause we can make this happen. So visit our website and if you feel like it, we will take donations above ten dollars as well. Again, your dollars are going twice as far!

Other exciting news are within this issue. We have another great month lined up for you. Our riddle was finally solved and we have another one to try and stump you. There are updates from our Honey Queen and Princess from Anna Kettlewell, program chair, and the Kids and Bees program from Sarah Red-Laird, the Bee Girl. For Science Buzz, you will be hearing from several of our leading scientists and researchers throughout the year, who will be keeping us up to date on the newest ideas and information in the world of the honey bee. These great people are who will be filling the void left by our friend Peter Teal. This month, Jay Evans will be talking about Beenome-mania. So, ….once again, we really hope that you enjoy your time spend here, and if there’s something you would like to see in the ABF E-Buzz please let me know and if you have an article you feel is good for our readers just send me an email at tuckerb@hit.net. Thanks!

Government Relations Update

by Gene Brandi, ABF Vice President 

Oxalic Acid Registration:

On March 12, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the unconditional registration of oxalic acid for control of varroa mites in honey bees. The application for this registration was submitted by USDA-ARS in November of 2014. EPA was able to “fast track” this registration due to the fact that under the NAFTA agreement, existing Canadian data on oxalic acid was utilized by EPA risk assessors and risk managers.

Oxalic acid has been registered for use on bee hives in Canada and Europe for several years and is used on colonies during periods when little or no brood exists as it is only effective on phoretic mites. It can also be used on packaged bees as, of course, there is no brood present in which the mites can be protected. Even though its effective use on bee hives is limited to periods of no or low brood, it is great to have another tool in the tool box to use against varroa.

State Programs for the Protection of Bees:

The ABF has been involved in an AAPCO (American Association of Pest Control Officials) workgroup which has been assigned the task of developing state programs for the protection of bees. George Hansen, Dave Mendes, and Mario Jacob have been representing the ABF in these discussions, and their participation is very much appreciated.  Currently the draft statement of principles, which we believe still needs to be amended, is being reviewed. It is possible that such state programs might be helpful as part of a total plan to protect bees from pesticides, but the primary means of such protection is clear, enforceable “bee warning” language on pesticide labels.

Report of the Federal Task Force on Pollinator Health:

The bee industry is anxiously awaiting the report from the Federal Task Force on Pollinator Health, which was convened as a result of the Presidential Memorandum last summer. We believe a major portion of the report will deal with new pesticide label language relating to pollinator protection. Given the ongoing situation with certain pesticides and their negative impact on pollinator health, it is hoped that new label language will afford pollinators better protection from pesticides.

New USDA-ARS Honey Bee Research Facility:

Recently Bob Curtis, of the Almond Board of California, and I met with representatives of USDA-ARS Western Regional Research Center. We discussed the fact that ARS has reached an agreement with UC Davis to establish a federal honey bee research facility on that campus. The long term goal is to build a new ARS facility in Davis; however, initially the ARS researchers will be using a portion of the existing Harry H. Laidlaw Honey Bee Research Facility. It is anticipated that ARS research will be underway on the Davis campus sometime in 2016. The establishment of this facility will bring the number of USDA-ARS honey bee research facilities back up to four, including Beltsville, Baton Rouge, and Tucson.

In Memoriam

E. Randall (Randy) Johnson

Longtime ABF member and Past ABF President Randy Johnson, age 88, passed away peacefully at his home in Nampa, Idaho on February 2, 2015 with his wife Betty at his side. Randy and Betty were married for 66 wonderful, adventurous years.

Randy joined the US Navy two days before his 18th birthday and served throughout the South Pacific Theater in the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and China. After the war, he returned to finish his studies at Oregon State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Technology. Randy accepted a position with Libby, McNeill, and Libby where he worked for the next 23 years. During the “Libby years” the Johnson family moved 20 times, making dear, life-long friends in Portland, Yakima (3X), Cuba, Chicago (2X), Puerto Rico, and several places in California. While in Cuba in the 1950’s, Randy joined Rotary International and continued his Rotary membership everywhere he lived.

Randy resigned from Libby’s in 1973 after traveling the world as VP of their international division in order to purchase some honey bees and establish Honeygold Corporation in Nampa, Idaho. At Honeygold, Randy worked with a group of fine men who became friends as well. He and Betty established deep roots in Nampa where he became president of the local Rotary and was an active member of the community.

Randy served as ABF president from January 1987 - January 1989. During his time with the ABF, he was instrumental in the formation of the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees and remained very active in the ABF for many years. Randy played a major role in the establishment of the National Honey Board in the mid-1980’s, served two terms as Producer Member Region I, and served as Chairman of the NHB in 1995-96. In his later years, he also traveled to the Republic of Georgia, Armenia, Russia, and Turkey to advise beekeepers on methods of modern beekeeping. These and his many other contributions to the ABF and the entire beekeeping industry have certainly left a very positive, long-lasting legacy and are very much appreciated.

Randy will be greatly missed for his hearty laughter, engaging smile, hearty hugs, his love of jokes, and his constant interest in people and what they were doing.

Memorials can be sent to Oregon State University Master Beekeepers Program or to the Rotary Club of Nampa.

Jeremy Pendell

Jeremy Pendell passed away on March 7, 2015. He had been ill with pneumonia for a week and suffered a blood clot to the lung. He was the son of Frank and Sheri Pendell. Jeremy was 29 years old. He leaves behind his wife Robyn, his 4 year old son Landon, and his 2 year old daughter Anzley. Jeremy was a selfless person. He loved everyone he met and was loved by everyone who had the privilege to know him. Above all, Jeremy loved his wife and kids. He was the sole provider for his family. Jeremy wanted the very best for his kids. He worked hard so that Robyn could care for their kids, rather than having to put them in daycare. Even as a teenager, Jeremy wanted nothing more than a wife and kids–a family of his own. They were his pride and joy and everything he did was with them in mind.

Jeremy and Robyn had just moved down to San Jose a year ago for a welding job with PG&E. That move had drained them of their savings. Robyn now has to move them back north to be nearer to family. This transitional time, with Robyn supporting and raising the kids on her own, will be extremely difficult for the family. As Robyn seeks housing, a job and childcare for their children, they will need support.

Science Buzz

by Jay Evans, Acting Research Leader, USDA-ARS Bee Research Lab 

Beenome-mania is hitting the honey bee research world. The human genome has now been sequenced over 200,000 times, a statistic that is awe-inspiring to some, scary and even a bit creepy to others. The efforts to do so are paying off in disease insights for cancer, obesity, and the behavioral sciences, spurring doctors to initiate genome screens as a routine part of identifying and limiting disease. Considering that the first human genome sequence cost $3 billion to generate, and these copycat efforts now cost about $1000, it is also a remarkable case of building on prior results and pushing the limits of new technologies.

Eight years after the first sequencing of a honey bee genome (appropriately a mite-fighting bee from the Lone Star State), honey bees are starting their own genome boom. Two recent papers have used this platform to expand bee science and give an example of what is to come. One group, headed by Matt Webster in Sweden, sequenced 140 distinct honey bee genomes to tackle questions of honey bee race evolution, coming to surprisingly solid evidence that Apis mellifera arose as a species in Asia, prior to its successful spread across Africa, Europe and eventually the rest of the world (doi: 10.1038/ng.3077). This study provides exquisite details for the relationships among currently accepted honey bee subspecies and races.

A second study, from the group of Amro Zayed in Ontario, focused on 39 honey bee genomes sampled from Europe, the Middle East and Africa (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1315506111), providing a staggering 12 million sequence variants across these sampled genomes. The results suggest new markers for breeding stocks and new tools for distinguishing Africanized bees in the Americas, along with clues for the proteins needed by bees to battle disease and stress. On the heels of these studies are multiple efforts to define what it is to be a bee, and to find targets for breeding programs. With costs now in the hundreds of dollars, you may soon find that your favorite bee stock has revealed its genome secrets to the world.

Kids, Bees and Safety

by Sarah Red-Laird, Bee Girl

Apiary-based education programs around the country are starting to develop at a rapid pace, which is completely fantastic. We do, however, need to remember that honey bees do in fact have a stinger and aren’t afraid to use it. I, myself, have become quite lackadaisical to stings. They don’t really hurt anymore, and I don’t often swell. One thing that I must remind myself is that while everyone and their dog thinks they are deathly allergic to bees, some people actually are. Most likely one out of every one hundred people can have a systemic (anaphylactic) reaction to stings. While we can’t control this, we can control our safety measures and precautions, especially with kids.


Before I was a beekeeper I was an outdoor adventure guide, and a volunteer for the city of Skagway, Alaska’s, Fire, EMS, and Search and Rescue teams. Two models that we used often were “Situational Awareness,” and “Risk Management.” I also had training on how to handle the most anticipated emergency situations, and physically practiced the protocol ad nauseam. If you are an educator who works with the littlest beekeepers and bees, I recommend you think beyond the waiver, and consider the following points.

  • Situational Awareness: know what is going on around you.
    • Develop a “Baseline” for what is normal. What do the kids sounds like? What to the bees sounds like? What are the smells? How does everything look when it’s put together in a functional and safe fashion? What are the normal sounds in the neighborhood, farm, park, etc?
    • Once you establish this baseline, monitor it. Once kiddos start getting into hives, or even near bees, constantly be on the lookout for situations breaking your baseline. An unhappy tone of voice, a crash, a bump, (smoker) smoke smelling stronger than it should. When you are working with kids, you have to have ten pairs of eyes and twenty sets of ears. Knowing what is and is not normal will help you queue your intuition.
    • Avoid “Expert Bias”. You have done this a million times without getting stung. Oh, it’s fine if they just dump the smoker ashes there, I’ve never had a problem. My nephew has used that tool dozens of times and never hurt himself. These bees are nice, the kids don’t really need protection.
    • When you bring kids into your apiary, you are totally changing the situation. New energy, new smells, new fears, new problems. Remember that most of these kids have never been around bees before. You really could be risking someone’s life, or your property or livelihood, by taking the actual risk of bringing kids to your apiary. Don’t discount this, or ignore the real consequences that are present. Develop a healthy amount of paranoia to keep your kids safe and your business going.
    • Watch out for “Focus Traps”. There always seems to be that one kid that needs your attention more than others, or perhaps something amazing has happened (finding the queen, seeing a new adult emerge from a cell) and the whole group is drawn to it.
    • It’s great OK to engage with one specific kid or situation, but always keep your eyes peeled elsewhere at the same time. When you totally focus on one thing, this is when all hell can break loose. Little Timmy slips off his gloves and grabs the top of the hot smoker. Little June steps on a pile of 800 live bees that got knocked off the frame in your last hive inspection (the other kids will never let her live it down). The one kid who didn’t follow directions and showed up in shorts saunters directly in front of your most defensive hive. On another note, if you do have one kiddo who is constantly needing your attention, and therefore putting others at risk by drawing your focus from the safety of the group, don’t be afraid to ask a parent, a babysitter, or a paraprofessional, to accompany them to your apiary.
  • Risk Management: in short, “balancing the good stuff against the bad stuff.” For this section, I am going to borrow from “The Risk Assessment & Safety Management Model,” a creation of Rick Curtis, Director of the Outdoor Action Program at Princeton University and the founder of OutdoorEd.com. l encourage you to take this as a template, and then balance in your own “Hazard Factors” and “Safety Factors,” focusing on the equipment, environment, and people in your teaching apiary. “Hazard factor” means the risk to be aware of, and “safety factor” means how to manage the risk.
    • Hazard Factor/Equipment:
      • Beekeeping Gear
      • Gear Use
    • Hazard Factor/Environment:
      • Bees
      • Fire season
      • Ticks
    • Hazard Factor/People:
      • Fear
      • Bee venom allergy
      • Other medical condition
      • Physical condition
      • Behavior issue
      • Communication
    • Safety Factor/Equipment:
      • First aid kit
      • Sting kit
      • Personal epi pen
      • Well maintained gear (no holes in suits, smoker with cages to prevent burns)
      • Smoker ash can
      • Hose / water packs
    • Safety Factor/Environment:
      • Cell reception
      • Emergency access
      • Support team
    • Safety Factor/People:
      • Protocols
      • Experience
      • Leadership style
      • Training (first aid, wilderness first responder)
      • Judgment

I also receive many questions on waivers and insurance. While I’m not an expert on either, I would say yes to both. I, however, can’t really give specific information because different states have various laws on insurance. Also, certain property owners, kids’ camps, schools, etc. have different requirements for waivers. Teachers, school administrators, farm to school program directors, and environmental education experts can be excellent resources to give you direction for your project in your community.

While this can all seem overwhelming, I hope it helps you on your path to being safe and making the best decisions for yourself, your students, and our industry. Apiary-based education is truly magic. There is nothing like seeing a kiddo crack a hive for the first time, but please always remember to hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.

For more detailed tips and information on starting, or growing, your own “Kids and Bees” program, please attend my webinar (free to ABF members): “Conserving Honey Bees by Sharing the Love with the Littlest Community Members.” Sparking an interest for our honey bees in the “next generation” is imperative in the survival of our industry. As the Bee Girl and ABF’s Kids and Bees director, I have developed an open source strategy for engaging preschool through college-aged youth. Join this entertaining webinar to hear about my adventures in the US and beyond, garner some tips for your own kids’ program, or maybe get inspired to launch your own program to conserve our favorite charismatic mini-fauna.

Webinar Details:

Tuesday, April 7th. 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 3:00 p.m. HST. This webinar is an ABF member benefit. If you are a member and wish to register, please go to ABF’s website and log in. You will find the webinar under the Education/Events tab and “Conversation with a Beekeeper”. If you are not an ABF member, you can still join and receive the benefit of the webinar series. Membership starts at $60 for small scale beekeepers. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Lake, ABF Membership Coordinator at valerielake@abfnet.org or 404.760.2875.

Until next time, have fun and bee safe! 

Bee Updated: Latest and Greatest News from the National Honey Board 


Honey: The Secret Weapon For Your Grilling Needs!

We recently traveled to New York City to meet with top-notch editors and bloggers to showcase the versatility of honey in grilling. We enlisted the help of Chef David Guas, a spokesperson for the National Honey Board, to get the guests excited about grilling. In fact, we stopped by the FoxNews Lifestyle studio and had a chance to sit down and talk about the many benefits of honey, which you can view here! 

As an all-natural ingredient, honey is essential in every kitchen pantry, but it can also be your secret weapon when grilling. We aren’t just talking about marinades, sauces or your favorite BBQ recipe; honey also adds an extra flavor boost to your grilling noshes and beverages as well!

With the help of Chef Guas, the NHB demonstrated a few of his newest, honey-inspired recipes from his upcoming book, Grill Nation: 200 Surefire Recipes, Tips and Techniques to Grill Like a Pro, (2015, Oxmoor House). The recipes included a Chipotle Mango Salsa, Backyard NOLA Swingers, Asian Grilled Tri-tipRanch BBQ sauce, Charred Jalapeño-Honey Butter, and rounding out the menu a Honey Flan. He also showcased one of our own favorite recipes, a Honey Cucumber Salad, a light and refreshing compliment to the savory dishes.

Chef Guas is host and co-judge of "American Grilled," Travel Channel’s 13-episode high-heat, high-stakes cooking competition program, which aired throughout summer of 2014. With no competition for attention, Guas has garnered national praise in publications like Food & Wine, Southern Living, Garden&Gun, Saveur and Bon Appétit for showcasing the soul of the South in his sinfully delicious, Louisiana-style favorites and signature desserts at the neighborly Arlington, Virginia restaurant, established in 2010, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery.

Honey Queen Buzz 

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

Queen Gabrielle presenting at the Florida Bee College

March was a busy promotion month for Queen Gabrielle and Princess Hayden. Early spring is a great time to host a Honey Queen promotion!

Coming right off the University of Minnesota’s beekeeping course, Queen Gabrielle had the tremendous opportunity to participate in the University of Florida’s annual Bee College. It was a great venue for her to learn more about beekeeping in southern climates, along with promoting the ABF and even teaching the attendees a few of her skills on beeswax crafting! I send a special thanks to Dr. Jamie Ellis and David Westervelt for making this trip possible. Queen Gabrielle also was a guest presenter at the Wyoming Bee College in Cheyenne in late March. The Queen Program is delighted to have excellent learning opportunities for our American Honey Queen and Princess in the northern part of the country and the southern and western as well!

The rest of the month brought promotional trips for Queen Gabrielle and Princess Hayden in Kentucky, Texas, Connecticut, and Iowa. Capital visits were a popular event with trips to the Connecticut and Kentucky state capitols. The Queens had the opportunity to speak to legislators about the importance of honey bee habitat restoration as well as to promote using honey in people’s daily lives!



Princess Hayden at a radio interview in Kentucky

Princess Hayden made a stop in Houston for the Houston Livestock Show, where the Harris County Beekeepers have a large educational display for the countless attendees to this large annual event.

The Queens also filled their time by giving presentations in their home states to local elementary and high school students, along with 4-H clubs. Consider contacting your county 4-H extension agent when you host the Honey Queen. Often, the county extension agent can arrange for a large 4-H gathering to allow the Honey Queen or Princess to give an educational presentation about honey bees, or the agent can connect you to local clubs that may be interested in having a guest speaker at their event. They are typically delighted to have a free guest speaker option for their meetings.

I look forward to hearing from you about your potential Honey Queen promotions soon! Contact me at 414.545.5514 or honeyqueen99@hotmail.com to schedule a visit to your area. Happy promoting! 

Bee Thinking

Last month's riddle was: 

"I'll introduce you to the sweet honey bees, Made from the best of big old trees, You can find a hive to keep bees in, And the answer to this riddle lies within. Everything bees you need to know. Just take my advice, you'll be a pro." Sophia Price got the correct answer: "The Hive and the Honeybee"!

Here is another one for you to ponder. Think you know the answer? The first to e-mail Tim Tucker at tuckerb@hit.net will lay claim to another fun ABF prize.

Thinner than a pencil lead am I,

Not often tall enough to look you in the eye.

Long when you need me long,

Short when you like,

Never wise to cross me,

Better take a hike!

Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News

  • A recent study has unearthed Peterborough residents' views on pollinators, with an overwhelming amount of support expressed for the protection of nature's creatures. Read more.
  • On March 4, 2015, a coalition of beekeepers, farmers, business leaders, environmental and food safety advocates rallied in front of the White House and delivered more than 4 million petition signatures, calling on the Obama administration to put forth strong protections for bees and other pollinators. This action anticipates the Pollinator Health Task Force recommendations, expected later this month. Learn more.
  • Marla Spivak: To grasp our bees' plight and prospects, stay focused on food. Read more.
  • Covered in white blossoms, California almond orchards are now teeming with millions of honeybees that have been placed into orchards to pollinate the season's bloom, brought on early by sunny winter weatherLearn more. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for the National Honey Board. The board is seeking to fill seven positions -- one first handler, one importer, and one producer, and their respective alternates -- to replace representatives whose terms expire Dec. 31, 2015; as well as one vacant importer alternate position. All nominations to the National Honey Board must be made by qualified national organizations within the honey industry and include a completed application. The members will serve 3-year terms, except the vacant alternate importer who will complete the remainder of the term that expires Dec. 31, 2016. If you are interested, please contact the National Honey Board for more information. Read More.
  • Foraging bumblebees would prefer to dodge traffic rather than pesticides and other agricultural chemicals, according to the results of a new study published in the Journal of Insect Conservation. Researchers from Plymouth University in England discovered that the number of bumblebees observed foraging plants along roadsides was over twice the number located in adjacent patches facing agricultural crops. Learn More.

ABF Welcomes New Members — February 2015

  • Aristides Alvarez, Washington
  • Ron Babcock, Nebraska
  • Richard Boyle, New Mexico
  • Hunter Deas, South Carolina
  • Robert Gallo, California
  • Jerry Gudauskas, Illinois
  • Diane Holland, Georgia
  • Nick Huffman, North Carolina
  • Zach Kelehear, South Carolina
  • Dan Kern, Minnesota
  • Keith Kimes, California
  • Jonathan Lundgren, South Dakota
  • Chet McDonald, Georgia
  • Dennis McGinnis, Georgia
  • Slade Mercer, Georgia
  • Julio Morales, California 
  • Hollera Nielsen, Georgia
  • Dewayne Pitts, Georgia
  • Sophia Price, Georgia
  • Dennis Quintana, California
  • Don Richardson, Indiana
  • John Scott, Tennessee
  • Scott Sievers, Virginia
  • Mindy Tharp, Kansas
  • Michael Thompson, Florida
  • Paul Townsend, California
  • Margaret Townsend, California


Recipe of the Month: Honey Coconut Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies  

Source: organicgardening.com


2 1/2 cups old-fashioned uncooked oatmeal  

1 cup coconut flour 

1/2 cup all-purpose flour 

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup wildflower honey

2 large eggs

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, softened 

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups shredded coconut

1 cup raisins

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, blend together the sugar, butter, honey, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon and salt until creamy. Blend in the flours by hand until well mixed. Stir in the oatmeal, coconut, chocolate chips and raisins. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet on an oven rack near the top of the oven. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.  

Queen Susannah prepares for her next cooking class at the HAS 2014 Conference. 


July starts the beginning of the Queen and Princess’s heaviest travel time of the year. This year, July took the program to seven unique states, reaching honey consumers in a variety of settings. 



Princess Elena makes honey snacks for the West End Senior Center Residents.
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