Small Business Saturday 2022

Do you shop Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday is coming November 26, 2022!!! Why is this exciting? Bee-cause we can help you knock out that Christmas shopping list with you!

Here are a few reasons to shop small for Small Business Saturday:

-You are supporting a local business.

-Shopping with a small business means; WE GET TO SUPPORT OTHER LOCAL BUSINESSES OURSELVES!!!

-You are supporting friends, family, or neighbors who work for those small businesses.

-Your investing in your community; some small businesses have kids and they send them to local activities or they go out and do activities themselves.

-You are supporting other small businesses; for example you are supporting local beekeepers by shopping at The Honey Cottage.

-You get personal customer service with a small business.

-You will find unique gifts for friends and family.

-This day allows many businesses to stock up on product for the holiday season!

The best way to shop small on Small Business Saturday:

-Write a list of the people you need to shop for and map out the small businesses you feel you can best support.

-Set a budget for the people on your list; so incase you find something you did not expect you have the ability to swap ideas!

-Don’t bee afraid to come down and just look around at the small businesses; you might find something you did not expect.

-If there are certain things you are looking for; reach out to the business and see if they can set aside items so you can purchase them on Small Business Saturday.

Other ways you can help Small Businesses for Small Business Saturday:

-Tell your friends and families about the small businesses you like going to.

-Share on social media.

-Make it a shopping day and have lunch with your friends that you have not seen in a while.

-Shop online and send out gifts early so they are there in time for Christmas.

-Get gift cards!!

-Most of all; BRING PEOPLE IN!! SHOW your friends and families why you like certain shops. For example: we do honey sampling here at The Honey Cottage!

What ever you decide to do please support as many small businesses that you can on November 26, 2022! Small Business Saturday helps small businesses in so many ways. Everyone will bee buzzed by the help you are giving this holiday season!

Don’t forget we accept American Express at The Honey Cottage!!

From Our Hive to Yours,

Bee Queen

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Honey Balsamic Chicken Salad

Do you struggle to eat salads?

One of my favorite lunches to eat is salad! I love that you can make it different every time by adding different vegetables, fruits, meats, and dressings. This salad is one of my favorites because you can cook up chicken at the beginning of the week and have it ready to go to make a salad. I find I eat more salads during the week if I have a different one each day. So like Monday would be a chef salad, Tuesday would be honey balsamic chicken, Wednesday would be tuna salad on a bed of lettuce, and so on. I also like salad because most of my dressings are made with honey which is a benefit for my allergies! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Ingredients:

2 cups of lettuce

2 Tbsp. shredded carrot

1/3 cup of cucumber

½ tomato

½ cup shredded chicken

10 green olives

1/3 cup feta cheese

2 Tbsp. wildflower honey

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Wash the lettuce, carrot, cucumber, and tomato.

Have a rectangular container with lid ready; I like the 8.5 x 6 x 11 size so that I have room to shake the dressing around.

Take the lettuce and either tear it or cut it into bite sized pieces; you can also use bagged lettuce to cut down on time.

Take the carrot and grate it on top of the lettuce; then mix the lettuce and carrot together.

Dice the cucumber, tomato, and chicken into small pieces and place on top of the lettuce.

Sprinkle with green olives and feta cheese.

Mix the honey and balsamic vinegar together and put in a small container to drizzle on top when ready to eat; keep the dressing outside of the fridge so the honey is easier to mix. When you are ready to eat the salad; mix the dressing and drizzle it on top. You can place the lid back on the salad and give a little shake to help the dressing coat the salad.

ENJOY!

Tips:

– Add a squeeze of lemon for a hint of citrus

– Add 1/3 cup of shredded purple cabbage for a splash of color

– Try the salad dressing with fireweed honey

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Honey & Carrot Cupcakes

Have you ever made something that you were just super proud of?

Oh. my. gravy! This was the recipe that really caught me off guard this year. I had made them earlier this year as a surprise for a friend and holy cow they were so yummy! We do not eat very much sugar and I was actually concerned that they would not be sweet enough for the people I was sharing them with. After I had taken them out of the oven; I let them rest for 10-15 minutes. Then, I added a swirl of the winter spice whipped honey right on top. The honey soaked in and they were bee-licious! I hope you enjoy this special surprise!

Ingredients:

½ cup coconut oil (liquefied)

3/4 cup of winter spice whipped honey

1 tsp. of vanilla

1 cup of apple sauce (room temperature)

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup crushed walnuts

3/4 cup shredded carrot

1 Tbsp. of cinnamon

1½ cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking soda

Frosting:

12 ounces of cream cheese room temperature

1/4c- 1/2 cup of winter spice whipped honey

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the coconut oil, winter spice whipped honey, vanilla, and apple sauce. Next, mix in the raisins, crushed walnuts, and shredded carrot. Then add the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda; mix together thoroughly. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners and spray with your favorite cooking spray. Fill the baking cups with batter 3/4 of the way full; makes about 12 cupcakes (you might get a couple more). Place in the oven and cook for 17-20 minutes or until the tooth pick comes out clean, then pull out of the oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Take the winter spice whipped honey and place in a pipping bag; make a medium sized swirl on each cupcake.

Whip 12 ounces of cream cheese together with the winter spice whipped honey, put in a pipping bag and decorate the cupcakes. Add some crushed walnuts for garnish and enjoy!

Tips:

  • Instead of cream cheese add whip cream
  • Use salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey instead of winter spice
  • Add cranberries instead of raisins

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Honey Super Rolls

Is it just me or does it seem like time is moving super fast?

For me; it seems like some days are on hyper fast mode!  I have been noticing that almost everything prepackaged, even the healthy alternatives, is loaded in sugar and is now super expensive.  Sometimes we need a fast snack without having all the added junk and sugar to it.  This has been one of the BEST snacks to have on hand for us.  We keep them in the fridge to help them stay fresh longer and they are super easy to grab and go!  We hope you are as buzzed about this recipe as we are!

Ingredients:

3 cups Pitted dates

1 cup Raw Honey

1/3 cup Cocoa powder

2 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon

2 tsp. Vanilla extract

1 ½ cups Walnuts

½ cup Hemp seeds

¾ cup Unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

Chop the dates into bite size pieces.  Then add them to the food processor, and pulse the dates for about 3 minutes or until finely ground down to make a paste.  Place the paste in a bowl and place to the side.

In a separate bowl; add the honey, cocoa powder, Ceylon cinnamon, and vanilla, mix together, and set aside.

In the food processor add the walnuts and pulse it for 1 minute to make bite sized pieces.  Next, add the chopped walnuts and the hemp seeds to the date paste.

Take the honey mixture and pour it on top of the walnuts, hemp seeds, and date paste.  Take clean hands and mix the mixture together until thoroughly mixed.

Using a #40 disher scoop; scoop out the dough and roll into logs.  Roll the logs into the shredded coconut and lay on a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the logs into the fridge for about an hour and then place into containers.

Tips:

-Try it with ¾ cup dried blueberries

-Add ¾ cup mini chocolate chips

-Try this recipe with substituting the vanilla extract with orange extract and add dried cranberries for a different flavor

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National Honey Month 2022

Are you as excited about bees as we are?

We are so happy because it is National Honey Month! Everyday is our favorite day, but to have an entire month to talk about bees and honey is even more FANTASTIC!!! Every year we do 9 facts that we think are pretty cool about: bees, beekeeping, honey, and anything about the beehive! So here are some neat things to know about the life of bees!

1- Do you know there are bees called Giant bees? They live in the Himalayas and are approximately ¾ inches in size.

2- Bees will do a round dance that communicates to the other bees that flower nectar is near the beehive.

3- Do you know that it takes at least 10 grains of pollen to pollinate a flower? That is why bees are so efficient and important for pollination.

4- The queen will lay two types of eggs; worker bees come from eggs that have been fertilized and drone bees are
from eggs that are not fertilized. The queen bee is the only one that can lay eggs for queen bees; these eggs also must be fertilized.

5- Bears do not attack beehives for the honey! Bears are going after the larvae and pupae in the beehive. It is a quick fat and protein source for bears; the honey is just an extra sweet treat.

6- A queen bee is fed royal jelly her whole life; she also never leaves the hive, except for her mating flight and to swarm.

7- Do you know that bees have mini claws on their feet that allow them to stick to flowers!

8- There are many honeys that will not taste like the flowers that the bees visit. Cilantro, pumpkin, sage, and coffee
blossom honeys are just a few that taste different from the flowers.  

9- Worker bees are the ones that make royal jelly! The worker bees have glands in their heads that produce the liquid
to feed the queen!
 

We hope you enjoyed learning about bees with us this month! Please share with everyone you know and spread the word about how special and amazing bees are!! Help save the bees with us!!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Good- Bye 2021!!!

Is anyone else ready for 2022?!?!

At The Honey Cottage we want to take a moment and just say thank you!!! We are very grateful to all of our amazing customers. You helped our small business make it to the 20 year mark in October. You shared our shop with family, friends, and neighbors. You helped make a hard year special and a blessing. We were able to bee apart of births, weddings, office meetings, and work celebrations this year. Honey was given as gifts and thank you’s to; teachers, preachers, accountants, to clients from realtors, and so many more new customers! We are so happy that so many people are sharing the joy and love of honey! As we get ready to step into 2022 we pray everyone has a very safe and Happy New Year’s!!!! Thank you for making 2021 at The Honey Cottage so amazing!!!

Have a Bee-licious New Year!!!

Bee Queen

National Honey Month 2021

Wohoo!! One of our favorite months of the year is September because it is National Honey Month!! We are very blessed to bee able to talk with everyone about honey, beekeeping, and bees every day! However, we think the whole world should learn more about bees and how they work and function. So, every year we share 9 things we think many people may not know about bees or honey!

1-Bees use water for keeping the beehive at a proper temperature! The bees will put a thin layer of water down on the beeswax and move their wings very fast circulating the moisture and cooling the hive. The world’s first swamp cooler how cool is that?

2- Orchid bees are a species that only pollinate orchids; they will share nests with other orchid bees, and they live in tropical locations!

3-Honey is a humectant; this means that honey will draw moisture to your skin! That is why honey is used in so many lotions, face masks, hair conditioners, soaps, and lip balms!

4-The first modern beehive was made in 1851 by L. L. Langstroth! He is known as the father of beekeeping and was the one who discovered what bee space was in 1852. Bee space is known as a ¼ of an inch to 3/8 of an inch. This is where bees will walk around the frames of honey in this space and they would not fill the space with wax.

5-One of the oldest drinks on the planet is called mead; this is a fermented honey alcohol. Many cultures have been enjoying mead for centuries; Greeks, Irish, and the Mayans, just to name a few. Many mead makers now add different fruits and flavorings to offer an even bigger variety of mead!

6-The first honey extractor was invented in between 1864 and 1865 in Venice by a man named Major Franz Elder Von Hruschka!

7- Many species of bees will build exposed honey comb on tree limbs. The bees will use propolis as a lining between the tree limb and the honey comb. This lining of propolis traps the ants that try to take the honey!

8-Milkweed and orchids have something called pollinium; this is a bundle of pollen that gets carried to the other flowers for pollination!

9-Do you know that if it gets too hot on the inside of the beehive the beeswax can melt?

Please share with everyone you know and spread the word about how special and amazing bees are!! Help save the bees with us!!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

The Sunflower and the Bees

What is the most fascinating thing you have ever seen?

For me; it was seeing the process of how sunflower seeds are actually made! I have known my whole life that sunflower seeds came from sunflowers, however, actually seeing the process made it come to life! One of the blessings that came out of 2020 for us was that we were forced to slow down and actually stop and smell the roses. We decided to plant more flowers last year and actually got the joy to watch them grow, bloom, and watch the bees buzz about.

When the sunflowers popped up, I was so excited to just sit and watch the bees move about the flower. The bees move about in a counter clock wise direction! Look at all of the pollen this bee has!

For some reason I had never seen that the sunflower has a lot of little flowers in the center! Each of those little flowers has to be pollinated for us to get sunflower seeds!!

It took a couple of weeks before I saw the flowers dry out and little seeds were underneath these tiny flowers! They have to be brushed off to see the seeds!

Then we were able to peel the seeds out of the head of the sunflower! WE HAD HARVESTED OUR SUNFLOWER SEEDS FROM OUR OWN GARDEN!!! To see the whole process was just mind blowing for me and so exciting for the whole family! We hope to get more this year; thanks for buzzing by!

From Our Bee Hive To Yours,

Bee Queen

Mika’s Toy Box and The Honey Cottage gift card give away!

I have to say that being a small business owner has not been easy in the last year. We have been blessed by our customers each and everyday and are truly grateful. We were very surprised to see businesses helping other businesses by talking about each other on social media! We love that the community is pulling together and helping in anyway that they can.

To celebrate all our customers stepping up and keeping our business in business through all of these difficult times we say thank you! Any time you make a purchase in February you may enter for a chance to win a $25 dollar gift card. This gift card is sponsered by Mika’s Toy Box here in Colorado Springs! We want to step up and help each others businesses get their names out there as much as we can!

Mika is a spunky young entrepreneur who loves to share her experiences with her fans! Mika has reading videos, unwrapping presents videos, silly joke videos, and adventure videos on her channel. This channel is perfect for kiddo’s that are looking for something fun and educational. It is also perfect for kids that love a good laugh! We are also hoping to get her some sponserships to keep her channel going!! Please buzz by her youtube channel and check her out!

Check out her Youtube channel; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI35bapcyp6dIjBHvuhfXmw

From Our Bee Hive To Yours,

BeeQueen

Buzzed with gratitude for 2020!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Are you ready for 2021?

Oh my heavens what a year! We don’t know about you, but 2020 left us feeling bee-yond thankful and grateful for our AMAZING customers. Yes, this year has been hard, but it has also left us humble for our community and customers that shop with us! You took the time to really make an impact on our lives.

So, we wanted to take a moment and just say Thank you. Thank you for shopping with us, thank you for sending honey to your family and friends, and thank you for keeping us going. Our community has been absolutely fantastic in doing everything they can to shop local. Customers who live far away have been shopping local and even on-line. Thank you for calling ahead to place orders. Thank you for the customers that are sharing us with their families! We had a family come up from Texas and came in because their sister needed honey as well!

Thank you for helping your neighbors; we have had a great number of customers shop for their neighbors too! Thank you for fighting for your community. Thank you for the soldiers who are not only fighting for our country, but who also placed orders. Thank you to the military families that are sending honey over sees so they have a piece of home!

Thank you to Kangaroo Coffee for buying gift cards for their customers. Thank you to the customers that bought honey sticks to give as gifts to the hospital workers! Thank you for those who have come in and bought honey to give as gifts to their friends, families, and loved ones. Thank you to the new customers that are now finding the sweet spot in Colorado Springs!!! Thank you to the customers that come and visit us for your honey needs!

As we celebrate the New Year, we are reflecting on what an impact all of you have made not only to us, but in our community. We are seeing more togetherness even while we are apart. We are seeing people connect more even if it is over video chat. We are seeing more people caring, loving, and making an impact.

We are bee-yond grateful, thankful, and truly buzzed by all of you! Thank you for making 2020 a little easier to buzz through! We hope 2021 is fantastic!!!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen