Honey Macaroni Salad

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Have you come to The Honey Cottage and looked at a product and thought “what in the world do I do with this”? This is my favorite question that customers ask because I end up making the most amazing suggestions that make their mouth water! I am so in love with food it is not even funny. If you have ever seen the movie Ratatouille; I am compared to the mouse. I love combining different ingredients to make new flavors that excite the mouth! One of my favorite recipes is macaroni salad because you can add anything and change the flavor every time. One of my favorite products that we get questions about is O’Hara’s Honey Mustard out of Durango Colorado! It is a wonderful local product that is super versatile and works well in this recipe.

Honey Macaroni:

2 cups of uncooked Macaroni

½ cup diced green pepper

¼ cup of diced red pepper

2 stalks of celery

1 tsp of celery salt

2 Tbsp O’Hara’s Honey mustard; I like using the honey dill

2 Tbsp of relish

¼ cup of mayonnaise

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook the 2 cups of macaroni to the consistency that you like. Rinse well and put aside to cool. Dice up the green pepper, red pepper, and celery. Next, in a separate bowl, place celery salt, O’Hara’s Honey mustard, relish, and mayonnaise and mix together. Put the dressing and vegetables on top of the macaroni and mix together until thoroughly blended. Last, put it in the fridge for about an hour or overnight and then salt and pepper to taste and make any adjustments necessary. Serve with hot dogs, burgers, or sandwiches! This makes 6-8 servings depending on portion size. ENJOY!

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You can use orange or yellow peppers instead of red; I really love the color the red one adds. You can also add diced hard boiled eggs to this dish too. The relish in this recipe makes a big difference; I prefer my macaroni to be sweet. I made a mistake and used dill relish. I was able to correct this mistake by using 2 tsp. of honey mixed right in. Thankfully it worked and made it sweet! BUT if you are not a fan of your macaroni salad being sweet the dill relish is a great compliment to the recipe! It is all up to your taste buds!

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

 

Honey Bees in Spring!

We at The Honey Cottage are excited for spring. It’s coming; we have seen the signs and heard from our bee whisperer. The bees are in the peacock feed and enjoying the warmth after a cold winter. Just look at the photos and you will see.

First is what we call bottoms up!!

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This is the time to give the girls a nutrient boost, POLLEN, to make sure they have all the energy they need to start the spring ritual, no sugar for my girls, no man made super food either. We prefer nature made super goodness for our girls. (POLLEN AND HONEY)

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Of course the pollen needs to bee powered. We use a mortar and pestle and as you can see we get plenty of help!

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Back at the hive; it’s party time and the girls love their pollen. Yes, we also give them honey when needed…ONLY honey!

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These girls are from a hive that I saved from the eve of a home in the Springs last September and they are doing just fine and no sugar was used.

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Yes spring is coming, the bees are buzzing, the sun is shining, my girls are growing, and my wife is glowing. Here’s to a sweet year!!

From my hive to your hive,

The Beekeeper

 

Ambrosia the gift of LOVE!

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February is here and love is in the air. The Honey Cottage believes that one should not give the gift of flowers, but you should…

Give the gift of the flowers, Honey.

Give the gift of the sun, honey.

Give the magical gift of nature, Honey.

All honeys (not ambrosia) are a gift of three from nature; the mighty warmth of the sun, the beauty of the flowers, and the passion of the bees. Take just one out of the mix and we have nothing left. No love, no passion, no life. So give the gift of love, passion, and life. Give the gift of HONEY to your special flower and let’s let the bees have the flowers.

What about ambrosia? What is ambrosia? What if your love (like mine) is more than a flower, but is in fact a goddess that brings you warmth, love, and yes life to your world. Only the food of the gods will do. Only the magical gift that rains down from the stars at night to settle on the foliage as dew drops. No not morning dew, but as the ancient Greeks described it honey dew; for its sweetness. The Greeks followed the bees as they collected the magical gift of the heavens, the honey dew, and in their hive turned this gift into ambrosia the food of the gods (honey dew honey). Ambrosia is the elixir of choice used on the arrows of cupid; the god of love. When one was struck by a single arrow launched from cupids bow, true love would bee found. Ambrosia is the only gift suitable for the goddess in your life.

It’s remarkable with all of the powers of the gods; the little bee is the key to the elixir of love, the creator of passion, the very meaning of life.

Could the bee…bee a god? The Mayans believed so, what about you?

At The Honey Cottage we have a passion for honeys, for bees, for love. We have true ambrosia; Honey dew honey.

Stop by and try a taste, and get the gift of love for your love.

From my hive to your hive,

The Beekeeper

Honey Hot Chocolate!!

 

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Baby it is COLD outside and what better way to celebrate the cold then with a cup of hot chocolate. Here at The Honey Cottage we are not big fans of sugary hot chocolate! So here is my favorite recipe for honey hot chocolate!

-Four ounces of baker’s chocolate unsweetened

-about a 1/4 cup of honey

-5-6 cups of milk.

Take the baker’s chocolate and heat on low until it is melted; then add honey and mix until smooth. Slowly stir in a cup of milk at a time; this will keep the chocolate mixture from becoming chunky. I don’t let the mixture get to hot, just warm to keep the honey from cooking too much. I like 5 cups to this ratio, but you can add a cup more or less; depends on how chocolatey you want the hot chocolate to be. The best part is adding honey marshmallows or homemade honey whip cream on top. We like to pop some popcorn and watch movies. ENJOY AND STAY WARM!!!

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

Buzzing by with Crystal’s Miss Bee-Haven Updates

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We have incredible news; one of our hives survived the winter!!! We were so excited to see bees buzzing around when we took off the protection we had around the hive during the winter. Talk about a happy surprise. Crystal’s miss bee haven is slowly taking off; we have about a quarter acre filled with flowers this year. As we are finding out, sometimes things take smaller steps to be successful. With the help of the flowers we have been able to actually get a small amount of honey from our hive this year. We are always hoping for more, but a good bee keeper knows that smaller amounts are better than no honey at all. Plus, we are of the belief that the more honey we leave behind for winter, the better off our bees are. We would rather find something else to eat then make our bees suffer by feeding them in the spring.

Earlier this month I was interviewed by the incredible Chef Stevie, of A Fresh Take!! She is a Registered Nutritionist, Healthy Chef, and Holistic Health Coach. She is all about healthy cooking, as well as education. On her show we talked about the bees, bee products, and what can be done with honey. As I tell everyone; I am still learning about bees and love sharing what I am learning with everyone. My favorite part was how to cook with honey and my favorite honey recipes! Here is the podcast: http://www.chefstevie.com/podcast.html. Just click on the link and then scroll down to The Buzz about Honey.

We are also very happy to say that we got a new extractor to get honey out of the frames!! This is very exciting for us because it gives us practice extracting honey and it now takes less time! We are hopeful that we will be able to get honey next year for The Honey Cottage. We are very pleased to say that it works well and has given us the opportunity to extract honey from the frames without destroying the beeswax completely. This saves our bees energy and helps them to put away honey faster instead of having to make more beeswax! We are hoping that the color changes here within the next couple of weeks so that we can show the differences between honey harvested at the beginning of summer and later in the summer.

We are in the process of revamping our website; to make it easier for customers to navigate! There have been a lot of struggles with it, so please bee patient as we repair our hive. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn to get the best updates and information as to what is happening in our hive. Lots of surprises are still on the way!!!

Here are a couple of bee-autiful pictures of the honey we have so far!!

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

The Honey Cottage – Beekeeping Adventures continued

Welcome back to The Honey Cottage!

This month was super exciting; we got some amazing pictures of the hive, and our bee suits are almost complete. Lily has been bugging us for weeks asking where her bee suit is and when will she be able to look in the hive.

I used to be afraid that something would happen with my little one if she got near the hive. However, the more education and experience I get with the bees makes me realize how safe she really is. So my gold nugget that I would like to share is; when we give ourselves and children more knowledge, the less fear there will be. Knowledge = power.

As you can see from the picture Lily only has a hood on and is looking into the hive. She was not afraid of the bees at all and I relaxed a lot! I just remembered to keep talking to her and that kept us both calm.

One of the best ways to save our bees is to stop fearing them. They won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. Bees are looking for food and have no intention on attacking unless they feel threatened. It has been an pleasure learning about these ladies and how they work. So proud of Lily for wanting to be the next generation of beekeepers. Stay tuned and learn what we are up to!

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The Honey Cottage Beekeeping Adventures

This month has been super special for me; I put on the bee suit for the first time and was able to look in the hive. It was a neat opportunity to see what the bees do in the hive. Normally, I would get really excited and bounce off the walls. However, I have had to train myself not to be overly excited. One of the most important things that I have learned about being a beekeeper is that bees can sense fear, excitement and when someone is nervous. So putting on the bee suit was the best way to put everything I learned into practice; especially learning how to stay calm.

It was so incredible to be able to put into practice all that I have learned. To be able to be open up the hive by myself (with Frank’s direction of course) and look into the hive was beyond words. To see the frames of honey and brood was very educational because it increased my thirst for knowledge. Seeing pictures has been very helpful for me, but being able to actually have the hands-on experience was even better.

My head keeps saying I want to get closer without the suit; I want to take chances, and see what it is like having bees all around me. Thankfully, I have a fantastic teacher like Frank who finally sat me down and explained why it is so important not to take chances. I am excitable person and if I got stung I would not stay calm, this in turn would cause the other bees to attack because they now would feel threatened.

So I am very happy to say that I am thrilled to be a beekeeper. I always thought that it was too much and that I would not ever be able to be up close to the hive. I can’t believe that I ever feared bees. This in turn tells me what we need to do with our little one. I don’t want her to fear bees and want her to learn how important bees are for our future. Needless to say, beekeeping is so cool and I am so excited to be able to share my experiences as a new beekeeper.

I am very happy to say that we have been getting some great pictures of the bees and flowers that are bee friendly. A lot of our flowers are blooming!!! We have also been getting some AMAZING pictures of the inside of the bee hive as well as the outside. Stay up with us to see what we are doing here at The Honey Cottage!!!

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

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