The Honey Cottage Shares Pollination

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I want you to take a moment to think about soybeans, wheat, rice, and oats. These foods are wind pollinated food items that are pollinated by the help of the wind. Now take a moment to think about the other food you drink and eat. Teas, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables are a daily part of our life and are pollinated by bees. This means more than 70% of the food we eat is pollinated by bees. Animals also get the benefits of eating many of these plants and flowers. Bees are very important to how our world works and functions on a daily basis.

Some of the questions we hear a lot at The Honey Cottage are: Why are bees important? Are there only honeybees? How can we help Save the Bees?

Why are bees important?
Bees are vital to our ecosystem; bees pollinate almost all our food supply. Bees go from one flower to the next and collect nectar to make honey. The male part of the flower is the stamen and it produces the pollen. The pollen sticks onto the bee’s body hairs and are then transported to the next flower. Flowers need 10 granules of pollen to make pollination happen and produce seed or food. The granules of bee pollen stick to the stigma of the female flowers, which goes down the pistil, and into the ovule. This allows the seeds and fruits to be produced and consumed by humans and animals.

Are there only honeybees?
Honeybees are NOT the only bees we should be worried about. At The Honey Cottage we are constantly showing our customers that the honey bee is not the only bee on this planet. There are 20,000 different species of bees and they are ALL important. There are some bees that are better at pollinating our food supplies than honeybees. For example, bumble bees are able to do buzz pollination to shake the pollen out of tomato plants. Orchid bees generally only pollinate orchid plants. Leaf cutting bees are best for pollinating alfalfa. Many of these bees are designed to pollinate only certain types of plants. They are different sizes, shapes, or their proboscis only extends a short distance. Honeybees are wonderful, but we also need to work hard to stop pushing out the native bees that live with us too! Many of these bees are solitary; they only make a little honey to feed themselves and that is it.

How can we help Save the Bees?
The biggest and best role we can take to help bees is to plant more flowering plants and stop using pesticides. The biggest food source for bees should not be sugar water or corn syrup pellets. Bees are not livestock and they matter just as much as humans do. We understand there are emergencies in which bees need to have food, but sugar water or corn syrup should not be what bees solely live on. Do you want good honey? Bees want it too! Planting flowers allows the bees to be as healthy as we are when we eat their honey.

I am the Bee Queen and I am the bee’s voice, for they do not have one. Please take the time to help bees by planting flowers. Help beekeepers by allowing them to not need to use emergency feed. Please put in more plant gardens. Please help the bees win the battle against rock gardens taking over entire landscaping projects.

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Frito Pie

Honey fritos pie

Are you looking for something to keep you full?

It is cold outside and it is time for some hearty warm food! This is one of our most versatile recipes because you can use ground beef, pork, chicken, or turkey and it does not overly change the flavor. Also, this recipe does not take a lot of time to make and works great in a crock pot. This recipe also works well if you just want a hearty bowl of chili or if you want to make chili cheese dogs. What I find most wonderful is that it is filling and really hits the spot on cold days. I hope you get as buzzed with this recipe as I do!

Ingredients: 

1 pound ground turkey

2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning

1 Tablespoon of chili powder

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 28-ounce can of tomato puree

1 6-ounce can of tomato paste

1 large fresh tomato

2 cans of triple beans; pinto, black, and kidney beans

1/2-3/4 cup of honey

1 bag of Frito’s

2 cups of cheddar cheese

Dollop of sour cream (optional)

Directions:

Put the ground turkey, Italian seasoning, chili powder, and cumin into a medium sized cooking pot (make sure to have a lid for it). Cook the turkey for about 4 minutes just to get the flavor of the seasoning into the meat. Add the tomato puree and the tomato paste to the turkey; dice the tomato into medium chunks and add to the pot. Drain any water off of the beans and add to the chili. Place a lid on top of the pot and let simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes stirring every 5 minutes to make sure it is all mixing together. Take off the heat and stir in the 1/2 cup of honey; depending on how sweet you like your chili you can add up to 3/4 cup.

Take 1/2 cup of Frito’s and place in a bowl, add about 3/4 cup of chili, a sprinkle of cheese, and a dollop of sour cream if you want to.

Tips:

  • Add some diced onions for extra crunch and flavor
  • Add some green chili or some jalapeno’s for some spice
  • Try a dollop of Greek yogurt if you are not into sour cream

 

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Cherry Rhubarb, Chocolate, and Honey Cupcakes

Cherry cupcakes

Have you ever had a duh moment?

I have been making cupcakes for what seems like forever! I love that you can mix flavors together or that you can make them simply one flavor. Cupcakes are the one dessert that I have the most fun making and enjoy the most. I really like being able to add filling to my cupcakes, but always felt that squeezing the filling in the center did not give enough filling. I was watching a cooking show and, low and behold, the lady cut a hole in the center and filled it up with filling. I slapped myself and wondered why have I not known about and been doing this? So without further problems I now have the perfect amount of filling in my cupcakes!!! I really hope you enjoy these as much as I do!!

Ingredients: 

1 cup- Applesauce (room temperature)

¼ cup- Honey

½ cup- Coconut oil (liquefied)

1½ cups- Whole wheat flour

1 tsp.- Cinnamon

1 tsp.- Baking soda

Filling-

¾ cup- Honeyville’s Cherry rhubarb jam

Topping-

10 ounces- Chocolate chips

3/4 cup- heavy whipping cream

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the apple sauce, honey, and coconut oil. Then add the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda; mix until everything is thoroughly mixed. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners and spray with your favorite cooking spray. You can also use FSC certified baking cups, these do not need to be sprayed. Fill the baking cups with batter a little more than half way full; makes about 13-15 cupcakes. Place in the oven and cook for 18-19 minutes or until a toothpick 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.

Make a double boiler by; filling a medium sized pot halfway up with water, find a metal or glass bowl that will fit on top. Bring the water to a low boil and place the bowl on top with the chocolate chips. While the chocolate is melting; warm up the heavy cream in a separate small sauce pan. Do not bring to a boil or it will be too hot. Once they are both warmed up; with oven mitts take the bowl of chocolate and put it on the counter. Pour the heavy cream in and mix together. Once thoroughly mixed; set aside.

Take the cooled cupcakes and cut a hole in the center of the cupcake at an angle. Pull out the center and set aside. Take a spoon and fill up the cupcakes with cherry rhubarb jam.

Take some of the warm ganache and spread it on top of the cupcakes in a nice even layer. These can be served right away or you can put them in the fridge and just pull out an hour before serving. ENJOY!

Tips:

-Add whipped cream on top of the ganache for another layer of flavor

-For a little crunch you can sprinkle with nuts

-Try whipping cream cheese and mix it with the cherry rhubarb jam to make it a cheesecake cupcake

 

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