Banana and Bourbon Honey French Toast

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OMG if you have talked with me at The Honey Cottage you know how OBSESSED I am about the salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey from Honeyville. I especially LOVE this on stuffed French toast!!! I am super excited to share this recipe because the flavors of the bananas and bourbon combine to make a super yummy experience. This is a great recipe to make as a family, to serve for a Sunday brunch, or your family breakfast night. Whatever the reason we truly bee-lieve there is no better way to enjoy your day than with bourbon haha!

Ingredients:

10- Eggs

1 ½ cups- Milk

3 Tbsp.- Vanilla extract

2 tsp.- Cinnamon

12- Slices of Bread

8 ounces- Cream Cheese

Salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey

1 pint- Heavy whipping cream

2 Bananas

Directions: 

Crack the eggs into a bowl, add the milk, vanilla extract, and the cinnamon and whip together until thoroughly mixed together. Heat up a pan a little past medium heat. Spray the pan with your favorite cooking spray. Take the slices of bread, one at a time, and place in the batter, flip the bread over so both sides have the batter on them. Place the bread in the pan and cook until golden brown; depending on stove and heat level it can be about 3-5 minutes on both sides. Place the cooked toast on a plate until they are all cooked.

You can assemble the following ingredients in advance before you start the French toast, or while you are cooking the French toast.

Cream cheese center– take 8 ounces of cream cheese and whip it to make it spreadable, then add 2 Tbsp. of salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey and mix together. Place in a bowl to the side; you want it slightly warm so it will spread onto the French toast.

Whip cream topping- Take a pint of heavy whipping cream and place it in a mixer. Whip the heavy cream until you get soft peaks; then add 4 Tbsp. of salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey until you get firm peaks, about 2 minutes. Set the whip cream in a bowl.

Slice up the bananas and place in a bowl ready for assembly.

To assemble:

Take a piece of French toast and place it on the plate, spread some of the cream cheese onto the bread, place a layer of bananas on top, add the next piece of French toast on top. Place a few bananas on top, pipe out the whip cream on top, drizzle the top with salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey, and enjoy!!

Tips: 

-Add crushed pecans on top of the French toast

-Drizzle with a little bit of chocolate on top

-Sprinkle the top with a little shredded coconut

 

Buzzing by from,

Bee Queen’s Kitchen

Honey Mustard Appetizers

Honey Mustard Appetizer

Do you find yourself running out of time to make meals or snacks?

There are days when you just run out of time to get tasks done.  Whether you are preparing for a party or just looking for something quick and simple to prepare as an appetizer; this really is a great recipe. I LOVE this recipe; it is fast, simple, and can be prepped two days in advance! I stumbled upon using this as a lunch one day while I was actually making it for a holiday event and was prepping food and cleaning!  I realized I had missed lunch and simply started snacking while I was getting things done! I really hope you enjoy this recipe and use it all the time!

Ingredients:

12- crackers

12- spinach leaves

3- slices of tomato

4- slices of ham

12- slices of cheese

Steamworks Backside Stout Honey mustard

Directions:

Line out the crackers in a single layer on a plate or serving tray.

Place a Spinach leaf on top of each cracker.

Clean the tomato and slice up three slices; take the slices and cut them into quarters. Place a quarter of the tomato on top of the spinach.

Take the ham and slice it in half length wise and then cut vertically two times as evenly as possible. Put 2 slices of ham on top of the tomatoes.

Slice up 12 pieces of cheese into 1 X 2 inches and place on top of the ham.

Drizzle the tops of the cheese with the Steamworks Backside Stout Honey mustard 

Serve and ENJOY!!

Tips:

– Try turkey with Swiss cheese

– Try these crackers with sliced green olives

– Add some jalapenos to add some spice

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Can you bee-live it is 2020?

I am so happy for a new year and for a new outlook. In October 2019 we found out that a dear friend has terminal cancer. She is one of the bravest strongest people we know and she has helped us so much. I was very shocked to learn that she is doing an exit plan, but I have realized how intelligent this plan is for herself and her family. She is getting rid of stuff, cleaning things out, and is aligning everything so that her family does not have to worry about anything except grieving when it is time. Over the last couple of years; I have really been enjoying her blogs because her outlook on life, business, and family is incredible. The things, stuff, and objects that we hold so near and dear now don’t matter. She is non-stop making memories, videos, and things that will matter to her family and children. I am blessed that she is passing on this powerful message and am now sharing this message with you. It is time to realize that family is not going to remember the things you bought or the objects you gave, they are going to look at photos and remember the memories that you made with them. She has also shown us that just because you get a terminal diagnosis does not mean you give up and give in. You start getting things done and work even harder to make sure you leave behind great things!  So it is time to get back in the kitchen, eat at the dinner table, take the time to talk, and really learn to listen to each other. It is a new decade and new year. Let’s make a difference in each other’s lives this year!

I am excited to announce she has inspired me (told me) to start making videos of what we do in the kitchen. To also show why we are soooo excited about honey and why the honey is so amazing! I will also do my best to start recording my blogs of videos as well. We use a great program to write our blogs, but cannot seem to use apps to read them to our great followers. So, my new plan is to get in front of the camera and start showing people what I do in the shop!

We are making new recipes as well so that you can see how easy switching sugar for honey really can be. I will also be making some family friendly ones so that you can get your kids involved. We seem to eat so much better when we all take time as a family to make things together. We have also noticed our kids are more willing to try new things when we talk about how it is grown, made, and the importance of the vitamins and minerals that the food provides. We want to also show how easy it is just to use honey and add it to different recipes.

We want to make 2020 great and hope that you will join us too! We love what we do and are excited to show you how amazing honey really is for your diet. HAPPY 2020!!!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Why Shop Small Business Saturday at The Honey Cottage?

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Why should I shop at a Small Business? Why should I spend more money when I can get it cheaper elsewhere? What difference does it make if I shop at a mom and pop shop? 

These are some of the common questions we hear here at The Honey Cottage. At first, I used to get sad that people did not understand what Shop Small Saturday really means. Yes, you can go shopping at big stores too, but this is the one day that really shows your appreciation for the mom and pop shops that are trying to make a go at having their own business. When we shop small, we are shopping with other small businesses because we know who they are!! We also support other small businesses and beekeepers.  

What I really want you to think about this holiday season; as a small business we get to know our customers. We try to remember what honeys you like, how your kids are doing, how your job is going, and we get excited when your family and friends visit with you!! We are excited when you get to share your favorite things with them. We have had many customers and say you need to give them samples of this, this, and this. At The Honey Cottage we get the pleasure of watching our customers blossom. We get to see the good and the bad days. We get to show you the new things we have and the things we think will wow the people in your life. We get to watch the excitement of new customers opening up honey sticks for the first time or the families who are bringing in their 1-year old to try honey for the first time. The weddings, the births, and the friendships that happen over honey mean something to us! We go home thankful that we were able to get new customers, that the quality of honey speaks for itself. 

I cannot stress this enough; cheaper does not mean better or good quality. When you come to The Honey Cottage you will notice that I am all about samples. You don’t know what you like until you try it!!! As consumers ourselves; we know the frustration of buying something and not enjoying it. Then it either sits as a constant reminder of what a bad decision it was and then gets thrown away. That is why we try very hard to have a sample of all the jarred honeys so that you can taste it yourself. We bee-live in try before you buy. What we have learned is that if you have a honey that you LOVE you will not only come back in for more, but you will use it. We don’t like hearing that honey has gone to waste because they bought it from someone and did not like it. What I love most is watching people light up when they find a honey they like. It makes a big difference when we can say we have helped people find something they actually enjoy. 

Mom and Pop shops are the ones that take the time to talk with you. They take the time to know you, your friends, and family. We are the ones that get to hi five your kids when they have brought up their GPA, when they finally got the hang of potty training, or they took their first steps. We get excited with you when you find out you are pregnant, you finally got that promotion you have been waiting for, or the house you have been saving up for the last three years. We notice when you don’t come back in and you have been a monthly customer. We may not always have your name down to say “Norm”, but we know you by face and we get excited to see you.  

At The Honey Cottage we are a family business and you the customer are apart of our family!!  We hope you will buzz by November 30 and shop with us for Small Business Saturday!!! 

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Joliday Honey Jalapenos

Joliday Honey Jalapenos

I really love being able to cook in the kitchen. I love how my creativity can take over and make something really amazing. I want to make food that is fun and unexpected and came up with Joliday Honey Jalapenos. I wanted to do something that was sweet and spicy and is not common for the holidays. I am excited to share this because they are FREAKING AMAZING!!  This is a great appetizer and each large jalapeno will serve one person. If you use them as a meal, serve one to two of them with a side salad and some potato wedges.  I hope that you love them as much as our family and friends do!!!

Ingredients: 

8- Big jalapenos

1 lbs- Chicken breast

4 ounces- Cream cheese

¾ c- Winter spice whipped honey

¾ cup- Juice sweetened dried cranberries

1 cup- Cheddar cheese

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F, and spray an 8 X 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

Slice the chicken into chunks and cook the meat for about 10 minutes until the inside of the chicken is white. Set aside to cool for about 5 minutes.

Using gloves, wash the jalapenos. Slice one side down the center and take the seeds out. Place them into the baking dish.

Next, put the chicken, cream cheese, winter spice honey, and dried cranberries into a food processor. Mix for about 3 minutes. Take out the blade and fold the cheddar cheese into the mixture.

Stuff the jalapenos with the chicken mixture until they are plump, but not over flowing. Bake the jalapenos for 30 minutes.

Take the jalapenos out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Put on a serving platter and drizzle the jalapenos with the winter spice honey. Serve and ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Try adding pecans into the mixture for some extra crunch
  • If you cannot find big jalapenos; get approximately 15-18 of the smaller size and bake for about 15 minutes or until the jalapenos are soft
  • Try adding bacon; about 8-9 stripes will add just enough flavor

 

Have a Bee-licious Day from the Bee Queen’s Kitchen!

Green Pepper Honey Soup

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                                    Don’t you love fall when you can start eating soup? 

At The Honey Cottage we LOVE the fall season, not only do the leaves change, but we can start eating soup all the time!! It is just the right meal with vegetables, meat, and sometimes pasta or rice! There are some soups that we are able to add honey to and they taste AMAZING! This is a fun twist on our homemade tomato soup. I also enjoy the fact that I can put it all in a crock pot and I only have to check on it periodically. We noticed if we did not cook the meat beforehand that it kind of tasted boiled. I really hope you enjoy this bee-licious soup as much as we do! 

Ingredients: 

1 ½ pounds ground beef 

½ green peppers 

32 ounces of beef broth 

1- 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes 

1- 14.5 ounce can of tomato sauce 

1 cup- Cheddar Cheese 

4 ½ cups of beef broth 

2 cups- Brown Jasmine Rice 

¼ cup- Honey 

Directions:  

– In a sauté pan break up the beef and cook for 3-4 minutes; just enough to bring out the flavor of the beef. We do not drain our meat; so if you don’t want the extra fat you can drain it. Add it to the crock pot. 

-Cut up the green pepper into 1 inch chunks and add to the crock pot. 

-Add the beef broth, diced tomatoes, and the tomato sauce. Place lid on the pot and cook on low for about 6 hours. Check on it and stir about every hour.  

-Grate the cheese into a bowl and place in a container for later.  

-About an hour before the soup is done. Cook the rice in a separate pot; add the 4/ ½ cups of beef broth and the 2 cups of brown jasmine rice. Place a lid on top and let it cook on medium heat for about 45 minutes. 

Turn off the crock pot and add the honey, stir the soup, and let sit for five minutes. 

-Set out the bowls; add ½ cup of rice to the bottom, place ¾ cup soup on top, and add ¼ grated cheese to the top.  

-Serve and ENJOY! 

Tips:  

-Instead of rice try this with whole wheat noodles 

Use ground turkey or chicken 

Switch out the green pepper and use yellow pepper if you want more color 

Confessions of a beekeeper 2019

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We have been asked so many times; why are plants so important? Why does it matter so much how bees are taken care of?

This year has been un-bee-livable! I have been learning so much for the last several years, but this year was different. If you follow The Honey Cottage or have read any of my other blogs; you know that we are BIG advocates on planting flowers. We are also advocating for the bees needing at least an acre and a half of constantly blooming flowers in order to stay healthy. This year we saw PROOF on what this can do for a beehive!! Our bees were busy and are super healthy. We know that many beekeepers have to sometimes feed the bees sugar water, which is a necessary evil. However, we are determined to show what happens when bees have a natural diet of flowers and lots of them. When we do feed our bees; we feed them with frames of honey that we have packed away from the year before.

We have a bee hive that is in the mountains where the bees have access to everything! There is a small river nearby and tons and tons of flowers for the bees. There is a huge basswood tree, apple trees, chokecherry trees, wildflowers, and sour cherries. Every time we went to check on the bees there were more flowers blooming. We saw so many new flowers that we have never seen before that we were in shock. There are acres and acres available to the bees. Since we have just established the bees this year, we wanted to leave enough honey for them to make it to spring. We did manage to steal a couple of frames of honey and the honey is INCREDIBLE!!!  I have never had honey so amazing! We are super pleased with how well that they are doing that we are making more planes to plant more flowers next year.

The property where they located at said this was the best year, they had for the fruit that was produced! That is one of the biggest complements a bee can receive. In order for the flowers to produce seeds, fruit, or vegetables; the bees have to pollinate them. Flowers are males and females just like humans; males produce the pollen that the bees are able to take to the female flowers. The pollen needs to get to the stigma of a female plant in order to reproduce. It takes 10 grains of pollen just to pollinate the other plants correctly. Which is why bees are faster and more proficient in pollinating flowers then humans. Once the flower has been pollinated it will produce the seeds and food that we eat. The amount of food that is eaten on the plant means the bees are doing an essential job for humans to keep eating and survive!

Help save the bees and start planning out your flower garden for next year now! There are drought resistant plants, perennials, and annuals that can bee planted. There are plants that will come up in the Spring, Summer, or Fall. Help where you can if you cannot plant your own garden. Please help save the bees one flower at a time!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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At The Honey Cottage we bee-lieve fall is an amazing time to enjoy pumpkin EVERYTHING! This is one of our favorite recipes because we also bee-lieve honey and chocolate should cover everything too! What we love most about this recipe is that it is not just for the fall time, you can use it anytime you are in the mood for pumpkin. This is a great muffin to have on the go or for picnics.  If using the wheat berries; grind up the wheat berries and then measure out the 1 1/2 cups. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Ingredients:

½ cup coconut oil (liquefied)

3/4 cup of honey

1 tsp. of vanilla

1 cup of canned pumpkin

1 Tbsp. of pumpkin pie spice 

1½ cups whole wheat flour

1 cup chocolate chips

1 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the coconut oil, honey, vanilla, canned pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice. Then add the flour, chocolate chips, and baking soda; mix until everything is thoroughly mixed. 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. 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. Some ovens work differently so make sure to keep an eye on them. Enjoy!

Tips:

  • Try using canned sweet potato for a different flavor
  • Add 3/4 cups crushed pumpkin seeds
  • Add 1/4 cup of ground flax seed

Honey Balsamic Skewers

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How easy is it to add honey to your recipes?

At The Honey Cottage we really try to find ways for people to use honey in their daily life. I really love this recipe because it is super easy and quick to make and can be pre-made to make lunch easier to pack. I have noticed that everyone has a moment where they want things that are easy or light to eat. I really love being able to make these and having them ready for whenever. These skewers can be used as an appetizer, as a snack, or even put with a salad and made into a meal. The other benefit of this recipe is that the honey is used in raw form. This recipe is great with tofu, chicken, or steak too! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp-Balsamic vinegar

4 Tbsp- Raw Honey

1 cup- ½ inch thick ham cubes

5- Red grape tomatoes

5- Orange cherry tomatoes

5-10- Basil leaves

5-Mozzarella cubes

5-Pitted green olives (optional)

5- Small skewers

Directions:

Mix the balsamic vinegar and the honey in a bowl or container. Cut the ham into 1-inch cubes and place into the balsamic vinegar honey sauce, mix the pieces around to get a nice coat of sauce on each piece, and place into the fridge overnight.

When you are ready to put together;

Wash the tomatoes and basil and place on a plate. Cut up the mozzarella into 1-inch cubes and place next to the tomatoes. Pull the marinated ham out of the fridge.

Take a skewer and push the end through a red tomato, then fold the basil leaf in half and push the skewer through the center of the basil leaf, push the end through a piece of ham, fold another piece of basil and push the skewer through the center of the basil leaf, then place an orange tomato next to the basil, and lastly add a piece of mozzarella to the end.

Continue this pattern with the next four skewers.

Add a green olive to either end of the skewer to add more color and flavor. Serve and ENJOY!

Tips:

-Add sliced up pieces of green or yellow pepper

-Drizzle the tops of the skewers with extra honey

-Try adding a slice of cucumber (this can be marinated in the balsamic honey sauce over night too!)

 

 

 

NATIONAL HONEY MONTH 2019

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Do you know what September is?!?!

It’s our favorite month of year; NATIONAL HONEY MONTH!! We love bees, honey, and beekeeping and love that there is a whole month dedicated to it! What I love most is that I finally found the perfect job; most people say that after time they can’t stand where they work. Guess what? I don’t have that problem; we love talking about bees so much!! There are so many honey varieties and so many ways to use them!  I am so excited to share these fun facts this year and hope you enjoy anything new that you learn!

1- If you are thinking of planting raspberry and blackberry bushes bee aware that it will take time before you see fruit! They take a full year to establish before they will produce fruit the following year! Fruit honeys are the best and worth the wait!

2-Raw straight from the hive honey has oligosaccharides; this natural sugar serves as a prebiotic in the gut!

3-Medicinal uses of honey dates back thousands of years; from Sumerian art to Greek literature honey spans a multitude of times and cultures.

Early Sumerian art and Greek writing talk about using raw honey for medicinal use for 1,000’s of years! From open wounds to pain relief, honey has been used for everything!

4-Raw honey can bee used every day it is nature’s best sweetener and as always don’t over indulge!

5-Raw honey will not cause inflammation, like white sugar can, because raw honey is an anti-inflammatory!

6-True manuka honey is only produced in New Zealand and Australia; it contains a powerful chemical called methylglyoxal. This is what makes manuka honey so wonderful for wound healing! Please check out “The Honey Revolution” by Ron Fessenden for more details on manuka honey!

7-Children under 1 years of age should not have honey due to the fact their immune system is not fully matured. After 1 year of age they are ready to handle all of the nutrients that honey has to offer.

8-Raw honey contains 18 bioflavonoids; these are antioxidants that fight for your body and prevent damaging effects from free radicals!

9-Food for thought; Bees collect nectar from the bee-autiful flowers you see everyday and make honey. Honey is highly nutritional and our bodies are able to break down and use every molecule. White sugar is made from sugar cane or sugar beets and has to be processed and refined to where there is no nutritional value. Corn syrup and High fructose corn syrup are made from cornstarch which is also refined and processed and is foreign to the human body. This year we hope you make the switch to something that is better for your body and enjoy the nutritional benefits you receive.

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

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen