Fire up the pizza oven in a blizzard!

Some may have heard it said that Minnesota is no place for the weak!  You have to be able to take sub-zero temps often and lots of the fluffy white stuff.  Today it has been snowing heavily non-stop.   It is supposed to continue into tomorrow.  Luckily the wind won’t start until later this evening.  Since today Mario turned 6 years old, we all decided a pizza cook out would make it extra special.  Plus it always helps us to remember how warm it was in Minnesota and how we actually do receive summer at some point. 

I made up ciabatta dough at 2:00 p.m. and the pizza is all ready to go in the oven at just short of 5:00 p.m.  You’ve got to love that recipe.  My 11-year-old Caleb has the fire roaring out there but we await the guests who just drove in commenting, “Holy smokes, you can’t even see the road.”  We are protected by the grove of pines so it seems better out than it actually is.  As always though it is so nice to be able to spend these special days surrounded by family.  My son-in-law should be able to make it soon and then the party will begin!

The bees were still alive this morning when Marisa checked them but we are anticipating more severe cold weather.  One can only pray and if they do not make it we will fill them with new packaged bees.  Our new order is being mailed tomorrow for a quite a few of the  3 pound package bees.  Marisa has decided on a mix of Italian and Minnesota Hygienic bees for this season.  It is a large order so we will need to make sure it is in the mail tomorrow.  This  could be a problem considering the mailman barely made it through today. 

For now we continue to enjoy our lives, count our blessings and dream of the spring that, no doubt, will eventually arrive!


About Callens Honey Farm

We live on a small family farm located in S.W. Minnesota, near the South Dakota border. The source of our honey is from white and red clover. The honey appears as liquid gold in color. Our honey is extracted using a hand cranked centrifugal force extractor. Then the honey is screened once into a holding container from which we later fill the small honey bottles. We do not heat treat the honey nor add any other ingredients. Pure and natural is our Minnesota honey! What could taste better?
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5 Responses to Fire up the pizza oven in a blizzard!

  1. anthony bovi says:

    enjoyed your site i am waiting for spring good luck with the honey many years ago i sent for bee literature from dadant and sons in ohio but didn’t have the guts to start a hive. but i have mason bee nests for polinating my fruit trees and garden mason bees is another good business to get into as they sell out their supply of mason bees every year and the nests and supplies keep warm i’ll take my pizza with anchovies please uncle tony

    • Uncle Tony,
      When you come to visit us I promise to make you all the anchovy pizza you can eat!
      What a nice surprise to hear from you, my hero gardener. Too bad you did not try
      the bees years ago as it has added much fun and learning to our farm life.
      Funny you mention Dadant; we just ordered their catalog. Thanks for your note:)
      God bless you,

  2. Anet Villani says:

    Seeing that outdoor oven ablaze makes me miss all the cookouts we had last summer.
    Freeze me a piece of pizza!
    Happy birthday Mario!!!
    Love, Aunt Anet

  3. Molly says:

    really fun to see! love the blog.

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