Honey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin muffins

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
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Honey Balsamic Skewers

Honey skewers

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

Honey Super food Bowl

Honey Superfood Bowl

Do you know that bee pollen and honey are a superfood? 

This is one of my favorite snacks to enjoy before bedtime or for breakfast with fruit. I find that pairing the honey with a protein is a great way to keep my blood sugars levelThe honey gives me the glucose I need to feed my brain all night or all dayThis recipe is one of the best ways to get the nutritional benefits of bee pollen, honey, hemp seeds, and the cocoa nibs; plus it is easy and quick to make.  It is hearty, filling, made with all raw foods, and nutrient dense. You can dip apples in this, eat it by itself, or put it on pancakes or toast. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!! 

Ingredients:  

1/3 cup Peanut butter   

Tbsp. honey 

1 ½ tsp. hemp seeds 

tsp. bee pollen 

2 tsp. cocoa nibs 

½ cup of walnuts 

Directions: 

Take the peanut butter, honey, hemp seeds, bee pollen, and mix them together. Then add the cocoa nibs and walnuts to the top and lightly fold. Spread on your favorite breakfast or eat it with apples. Refrigerate any portion that is not used to keep it fresh. ENJOY!

Tips: 

  • Try this recipe with cbd honey 
  • Add goji berries to boost the super foods 
  • Instead of using cocoa nibs use chocolate chips 

Blueberry Peach Honey Cupcakes

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Have you ever tasted happiness?

Spring is here and there is no better way to celebrate then with this recipe.  Honeyville makes a blueberry peach butter that just makes your mouth happy. We really enjoy using this in yogurt, oatmeal, and in our cupcakes! If you leave off the topping you can use these for morning breakfasts. If you want a swirl effect; mix everything together and swirl the blueberry peach butter in at the end.  We hope this recipe makes you as happy as it does for us! Happy Spring!!

Ingredients:

1 cup- Apple sauce (room temperature)

¼ cup-Honey

½ cup- Coconut oil (liquefied)

¾ cup- Honeyville’s Blueberry Peach butter

2 cups- Ground wheat berries

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Baking soda

Topping:

1 pint- Heavy cream

¼ cup of honey

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the apple sauce, honey, coconut oil, and blueberry peach butter. Then add the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon; 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 over half way full; makes about 15-16 cupcakes. Place in the oven and cook for 15-18 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. While the cupcakes are cooling; pour the heavy cream into a mixer and start to whip at a medium speed. Add ¼ cup of honey to the whip cream and whip it until it makes firm peaks when pull the whip up. When the cupcakes are nice and cool, top them with the whip cream. Enjoy!

Tips:

  • Try using a buttercream frosting as a topping
  • Try using Honeyville’s bumbleberry jam
  • Swirl ¼-½ cup of the blueberry peach butter into the whipping cream for extra flavor

The Health Benefits of Honey and Wheat Berries

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I have a secret to share with you; we cannot eat at restaurants anymore! I have switched over the majority of my diet to clean healthy foods. As a family we are 100% on wheat berries for all of the bread products we make at home! A week ago, we snuck out for a family meal; I had some chicken, coleslaw, and waffle fries. That night I started having pains in my abdomen, which continued all through the next day, and got worse. I thought we were going to have to go to the hospital; thankfully it finally calmed down that night. The hours of pain were just the worst and showed me that I need to be more careful what goes in my body.  What we have been learning over the past months and changing has made a huge difference in only two months. We are so stunned with what real food can do for you that we have to share with the whole world. 

There are so many chemicals in our daily diet it can be hard to avoid them! This is one of the reasons we work with only organic wheat berries. Another reason is because they are LOADED in vitamins and minerals that you do not get from store bought pre-processed flours; even the organic ones. Wheat berries are also a great protein source, fiber, omega- 3 Fatty acids, betaine, and plant lignans. All of this combined is what benefits your body and fights against; inflammation, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, carcinogens, food allergies, and reduces cardiovascular disease. These are just some of the small benefits we have seen and felt in our own body.   

Raw honey is the same way! When it is raw and unprocessed it is loaded in vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, proteins, flavonoids, and amino acids! These are important for your diet and your immune system!! These are all the benefits you can receive when you buy raw straight from the hive honey. Most store-bought honeys are pasteurized or ultra- pasteurized which KILL all of the benefits you can get from raw honey. Not to mention you get the benefits of glucose; which feeds your brain and fuels your body. All raw honey has sugars that benefit your body and feeds your body usable sugars that are from…flowers!!!  Sugar is processed and derived from sugar cane; all the nutritional properties are lost in this process.  The bees get everything that you get from honey from flowers! That is it! Nothing else is added 

My new saying is, “think before you eat.” If you think you should not eat it or if something does not seem right; it does not belong in your body!  

From our beehive to yours,

Queen Bee

The Buzz About Honey and Wheat Berries

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How do you feel when people say, “You are what you eat”?

I never realized how true this statement is and have been feeling astonished that even the organic foods we have been purchasing are not as “healthy” as we think. Processed food is processed food. So we are back to the basics in our house; except for a few small treats that we have not figured out how to make yet. We are thrilled to say that we have taken all sugar out of the kitchen and are strictly using raw honey as a sweetener! Plus, we have been grinding our own wheat berries, learning how to make homemade honey bread, and learning more about our nutritional needs.

What we found fascinating is that the organic bread flour we have been buying is not the same as grinding your own wheat! Freshly milled flour will only last a couple of days before you have to worry about your flour going rancid; unless you put it in the fridge, or freezer then you have a better time line of use. Think about how many months flours sit on the store shelves (not a fridge) and then in your home. That got me wondering if it really has all the nutrients it is supposed to have? The answer is no. The flour in the store has the endosperm, the embryo, and the bran taken out of it; which is where all of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are. They are also adding different things to make sure that the flour does not go rancid sitting on the store shelves. So what is really going into our body now?

We have also had a big eye opener with pre-made bread too. None of the store-bought breads have basic ingredients; and many of them have soy and corn syrup. We make a simple honey bread with; freshly milled organic wheat berries, water, honey, egg, butter, salt, and yeast. That’s it! Sure, it won’t last a month on the counter, but we KNOW what is going into it. Plus, our blood sugar is showing a great reduction; it does not shoot through the roof using the wheat berries and honey.

Just like wheat berries, honey has the same problem; the store bought honey can be pasteurized or even ultra- pasteurized. This means that it takes away the possibility of the honey crystallizing and all of the vitamins, minerals, and pollen out of the “honey”. It takes cooking it for long periods of time and at high temperatures to achieve this; meaning there is NO benefits to the honey you are eating. Cheaper is NOT always better!!  Make sure you are reading the back of the ingredients; you will be surprised to see some honeys have added ingredients. Another problem we are seeing is with something called prairie honey; this is where they take the flowers boil them down and add sugar. Just because it comes from the flowers does not mean it is going to have the same benefits; neither does adding cane sugar.

This is why working with a beekeeper is so crucial; you can ask questions of them and know what is going on with your honey!!    *Buyer bee-ware of the “honey brokers” because they get honey from different states and even countries and call it local honey! They are not beekeepers, but are highly educated to get you to buy their products.

Next month we will go over the nutritional benefits of honey and wheat berries!

REMEMBER; IF IT IS NOT MADE BY A BEE IT IS NOT HONEY!!!

From our beehive to yours,

Queen Bee

Honey citrus salad

Honey citrus salad

Are you ready to hear something exciting?!?!

Recently we have been learning more about what is good to eat and what needs to be taken out. I am so excited to say we have been learning about wheat berries and all of the benefits they have. They are nutrient dense and are great for blood sugar. We are seeing our health change in great ways and I am super excited to share this new recipe with you! We are finding it is easy to add a ¼ cup of wheat berries to our meals and can be a great protein source, even for vegetarians. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup wheat berries

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup asparagus

6 ounces salmon

2 Tbsp. O’Hara’s honey dill mustard

¾ cup spring leaf mix

¼ cup yellow squash

¼ cup mushroom

½ cup cherry tomatoes

½ a carrot

Dressing

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp. Orange blossom honey

1 tsp. lemon

1 tsp. lime

Directions:

-Cook 1 cup of wheat berries in 4 cups of water for 45 minutes or until soft. Drain and rinse the wheat berries and put aside.

-Warm up a sauté pan with the coconut oil; add the asparagus and cook for 5 minutes. Brush the top of the salmon with 1 Tbsp. of honey mustard, place face down in the pan, and cook for 4 minutes. Brush the top of the salmon with the remaining honey mustard, flip over, and cook for 4 minutes. Make sure both sides are golden brown and the salmon flakes off with a fork.

-Slice the squash, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. Shred the carrots.

-For the dressing: Take the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, orange blossom honey, lemon, and lime and mix together thoroughly.

-In a bowl; put the wheat berries, salmon, asparagus, spring leaf mix, squash, mushroom, tomatoes, carrots, and dressing. Toss everything together, put on a plate, and ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Try the honey chipotle mustard
  • Try the dressing with apple cider vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar
  • Add some sliced orange pepper and shredded purple cabbage to add extra color and flavor

Honey Jello Treats

Honey Jello Treat

We really love jello, but over the years have learned that we cannot have the dyes that are added to this treat. So I have found that making my own jello is not only easy, but it is tasty and much healthier. I use different juices and fruits for this recipe depending on what flavors we want for each batch. You can really come up with something fun every time. We use Knox Unflavored Gelatine to make this recipe. I hope you ENJOY!!

Ingredients:

For the Jello-

3 cups of any fruit juice warmed

4 envelopes of the gelatine

1 cup of the same fruit juice cold

1/4 cup of honey

2 can (14.5 ounce)-  diced peaches in fruit juice

For the whip cream:

1 pint of heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup of honey

3 Tbsp. Honeyville lemon whipped honey

Fruit layer:

2 cup of honey whip cream

1-2 cans of mandarin oranges

1/2- 1- tsp.of orange extract

Directions:

Put 3 cups of fruit juice into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Take the 4 envelopes of gelatine and sprinkle it in the bottom of a glass dish; the bigger the dish the faster the gelatine will firm up. Take the cold water and pour it on top of the gelatine; stir the mixture until the gelatine has dissolved. Drizzle the honey on top of the gelatine lawyer once it is firm. Add the warmed juice to the gelatine mixture and stir for several minutes until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Drain the canned peaches and mix thoroughly. Put the jello into the fridge until the jello is completely solid.

For the honey whip cream; you will take the pint of heavy cream and honey and put into a deep bowl or a mixer; or the cream will splash everywhere while it is being whipped. Whip the heavy cream until you get for about 5-7 minutes until you get stiff peaks.

To create the layers: 

Fruit layer- Take about half the whip cream and put it into a separate bowl. Drain the mandarin oranges and fold them into the whip cream. Then add the orange extract and mix again. We like it to have a light orange flavor, but you can add up to a tsp. if you like it strong.

Whipped cream- Take the other half of whip cream and add 3 Tbsp. of Honeyville’s  lemon whipped honey and fold it in.

Take a dish or bowl; add 1/4 of the fruit layer into the bottom of the dish. Next add a layer of jello. Then add a dollop of whip cream on top. Add a drizzle of honey and serve!

Tips:

  • Serve the mandarin oranges by themselves without the whip cream
  • Add some diced nuts to add some protein
  • Try using strawberry kiwi juice and add fresh strawberries and do kiwi on top with the whip cream

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Honey Bunchies

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Happy 2019! We hope you have had a wonderful January!

I can honestly say this month was way too quick for me and I can’t believe tomorrow is February. I am excited share that we were able to bring a new product into The Honey Cottage! Family owned and operated Honey Bunchiesare a natural, gluten-free, grain-free, and soy-free gourmet honey bar! This delightful product was made by accident by the owner of the company. As we have learned over the years all the best products were made by accident!

I don’t know about you, but I struggle to find energy bars that are good for you, not loaded in sugar, and do not have soy in them. Honey Bunchies is my solution for all of those problems; even better I actually know what is in this bar and it tastes amazing! These gourmet honey bars are handmade locally in Longmont Colorado and have; honey, sunflower kernels (sunflower oil, salt), milk, butter (pasteurized cream, salt), Tapioca syrup, peanuts, pecans, vanilla! All ingredients that you can pronounce and you know! These are a great alternative to the sugar coated bars that have ingredients that you are not quite sure what they are. I have also found them to be a great alternative to candy bars too! We are big about supporting locally made products as much as possible and are pleased to offer these to our customers. They are absolutely perfect for hikers, walkers, bikers, runners, and busy go-getters! Put them in your back pack, your lunch bag, your gym bag, or your purse for the perfect pick me up! Come get one at The Honey Cottage and see why we think they are all the buzz!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen