Lessons from the Queen Bee!

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Holy Cow! It is another year and time seems to bee flying by faster and quicker! Do you believe in New Year’s Resolutions or just day by day goals? As Queen Bee I am learning that sometimes it is hard to keep a New Year’s Resolution because for me it was always unmanageable. Do you experience the same problem? How do you handle it? I am learning to set goals instead because things change and situations crop up. This makes me feel much more accomplished because I can set different size goals and manage the time limit better. I often find myself thinking about how a true queen bee must feel; she has an entire hive that she has to take care of and is responsible for how it runs. The queen bee is able to delegate job duties and does not think about outside influences. I finally started taking the example of the queen bee and applied it to my life. Instead of trying to do a million things because I felt like I had to be super woman; I sit down and set goals and do not let other things influence my goals. What I have also been learning, over time, is that some things can wait until the next day; so I have learned to prioritize what is absolute for the day. Like the queen bee I am learning to focus on my hive.

We have been finding at The Honey Cottage that goal setting also works much better. Mother Nature does not work on our time table or the exact way we want her to. The weather, bees, and flowers have to all work together to produce an amazing honey. No flowers. No Honey. No rain. No honey. It is all interrelated and we have to work with what we are blessed with year to year. So we have learned that one of our best goals to set is to educate our customers on as much as we can about bees, flowers, and educating others. We love Facebook, BUT it is not as educational as it should be. We have been finding that the information that is passed around is all about getting attention and not based on facts. We believe at The Honey Cottage that working with beekeepers is the best way to get good honey as well as knowing that the bees are well taken care of properly. So another goal for us means that beekeepers have the same goals we have; saving the bees and taking proper care of them. Lastly, it is important that we all work together because taking care of them is a community effort. This is why one of our big goals is to bring in things that help the community help the bees. We are working on bringing in bee friendly seeds and doing more education on staying away from pesticides. Stay up with us and find out what we are doing.

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

 

Honey BBQ Sauce

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At The Honey Cottage we are as obsessed with honey as much as we are with food! One of my favorite recipes is bbq sauce; it can be used in the summer time on the grill or in the winter time in a crock pot. I love the sweet and tangy flavor that bbq sauce adds to meat to make it pop!

Honey BBQ Sauce

Put all of the following ingredients in a sauce pan:

1 packet of French onion soup mix

1 ½ cups of water

½ cup of vinegar

¼ of honey

½ cup of butter

2 Tablespoons of mustard

2 teaspoons of salt

1 teaspoon of pepper

Cook on medium heat, bring to a light boil, and let cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat, add 1 cup of ketchup, and stir until thoroughly mixed. This makes a quart of bbq sauce that is ready to use.

Some of our favorite ways to use this recipe; BBQ chicken legs, BBQ shredded pork sandwiches, and BBQ Brisket! This is a versatile sauce that can be used in the crockpot or the sauce can be put on the meat as it is cooking on the grill.

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

Caramel and Chocolate Honey popcorn

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At The Honey Cottage we are all about experimenting with honey to make things taste bee-licious! I FINALLY figured out how to make one of my favorite foods; caramel and chocolate popcorn. I don’t know why I did not think of it sooner, but I used one of our favorite products from the shop. Honeyville makes whipped honey and adds the most amazing flavors to make your food pop! I have been very frustrated for a while looking at the different products in the grocery store and finding nothing but junk. I am so happy to say the simplicity of the ingredients in Honeyville is what makes me so happy to share this product. I make my popcorn from scratch on the stove; it is not hard and it turns out yummy every time.

Caramel and chocolate popcorn

For the popcorn;

2 Tablespoons of coconut oil

¾ cup popcorn kernals

Salt to taste

Place a 6 quart sauce pan on the stove and turn on the heat to high; have a lid ready on the side. Place the 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil in the pan and let melt, place the ¾ cup of popcorn kernels in the oil, and put the lid on. Give a good shake to make sure all the kernels are coated with oil. Wait until you see the first kernels of popcorn pop, and then shake the pan. Continue shaking the pan (to prevent burning), turn off the heat when the popping speed of the popcorn slows down and let sit for 30 seconds. Take off the lid and place in a bowl; salt to taste.

Warm up the Honeyville whipped caramel sauce and the chocolate buzz honey fudge sauce in a pan of water. Do not let it come to a boil!! Just warm enough to get it to drizzle on the popcorn. I used about 1 ½ Tablespoons of both, but you can add more or less depending on your taste buds. Bee prepared it gets sticky, but the flavor is amazing and is so worth it!!

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee