Honey Layer Bars

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Are you ready for a great 2019?!?!

At The Honey Cottage we are looking at the New Year and thinking about how to make it more amazing and tasty. We are going to start off the year with an amazing honey layer bar recipe. In this recipe I use Ceylon cinnamon because of its anti-inflammatory properties and because it adds antioxidants to this recipe. I bee-lieve everything should be packed with fiber so I use the ground flax seeds. The caramel sauce and chocolate chips add just enough sweetness, so to keep it balanced I use unsweetened shredded coconut. At The Honey Cottage we want to start 2019 off right, will you join us?

Ingredients:

½ cup- melted butter

1 ½ c- graham cracker crumbs

¾ cup- Honeyville honey caramel sauce

¾ cup- chocolate chips

½ cup- ground flax seed

1 Tbsp. – Ceylon cinnamon

¾ cup- walnut pieces

1 can- condensed milk

1 cup- shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions:

Set out a glass pan that is 13 X 9 inches and measure out all ingredients. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Take the melted butter and spread evenly on all sides of the pan.

Sprinkle the graham crackers on top and spread out until the bottom of the pan is covered.

Take ¾ of Honeyville’s Honey caramel sauce and spread it out on top of the graham crackers.

Scatter the chocolate chips on top, as evenly as possible.

Grind the flax seed with the Ceylon cinnamon and layer that on top of the chocolate chips.

Scatter the walnut pieces on top, as evenly as possible.

Pour the condensed milk on top and spread in an even layer.

Distribute the coconut until the condensed milk is lightly covered.

Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven, uncovered, and cook for about 25 minutes or when the sides of the bars are starting to brown.

Let the bars sit on the stove for approximately 2 hours to set up properly.

Cut into bite sized or medium squares and serve!

Tips:

  • Use honey instead of the caramel sauce
  • Add pecans to make it more protein packed
  • Add a layer of hemp seeds to add a different flavor

 

Thanks for buzzing by The Honey Cottage!

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The Honey Cottage 2018

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At The Honey Cottage we wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a wonderful HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  This year has been so wonderful to see our customers and their families grow. It has been so neat to see kids grow and change, new relationships and marriages happen and new babies welcomed into 2018! We are so happy that we were able to get to be apart of your special moments this year. Thank you for your continued support of our little bee hive! WE LOVE YOU!!!!  We hope to have some really amazing new products and new things to share with you in 2019. Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve!! Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

The Honey Cottage Master List for Raw Honey

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I LOVE HONEY!! If you have been able to come to The Honey Cottage you know how much I love honey and how much I use it. We are all passionate about beekeeping, bees, and honey here at The Honey Cottage. I get all excited about how each honey is different, tastes amazing, and how wonderful it is to use in your everyday life. The biggest question I get is what is my favorite honey? I no longer can answer that question like I used to; I had a huge bias with the honeys we were getting from our hives for years. These last several years we have not been able to take much honey from the hives, but the little tastes we get are phenomenal. My favorite honeys are all of them, but I have my favorites for different reasons and here is my master list. Feel free to send me messages if you have other unique ways to use one of these special honeys!

Wildflower, that secret blend of flowers that only the bees know for sure, honeys are ones that I use most commonly in all of my cooking because the flavor and the sweetness stands out more in my recipes; spaghetti sauce, muffins, my granola, sweet and sour sauce, BBQ sauce, and for my honey beef and broccoli. I also do not have to use as much in my recipes, I have found that I can actually use a little bit less of the honey, but still get the same sweetness.

The Colorado mountain honeys, clean fresh and pure, fireweed, alpine wildflower, and honey dew are my favorite for teas, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, and on meats. I like the subtle sweet flavors they add to foods.

Super nutritional and dark buckwheat honey is one that I drink during cold and flu season to boost my immune system and coat sore throats. I really love using this one in tea the most or in muffins. We are playing with a BBQ sauce recipe to see how it tastes, check back to see if it works!!

Fantastic fruit honeys like blackberry blossom, blueberry blossom, raspberry blossom, orange blossom, pumpkin blossom, and cranberry blossom honeys are so good in yogurt, on fruit, in tea, and on toast. I also really love using these honeys in homemade bread or dinner rolls because the flavor is more intense…so good!!! I also like to use these honeys in my salad dressing to add more flavor.

Familiar alfalfa and clover or clover honeys are super light so I love to use these on bagels, cornbread, and on biscuits. I use these two for flavor more than for sweetening. It seems when I cook with these honeys I have to use more to get the sweetness that I like. So I will not use these as much for cooking.

The exotic dark robust goodness of eucalyptus, avocado, and thyme honeys is that they are amazing in sauces, on English muffins, making whipped butters, drizzling on pancakes, flavoring my water, and making cream cheese spreads. These honeys are ones that produce unique dark mead for mead makers as well.

Colorful by taste sage, tupelo, sourwood, and acacia are gourmet honeys that I use for tea and coffee, French toast, smoothies, and on biscuits the most because I love the flavor they offer. These are also honeys that are used a lot for mead makers because of the subtle flavor they offer.

Mysterious meadowfoam is one that is a super amazing honey because it naturally has a hint of vanilla or as Frank argues marshmallow. So I add this to my cake recipes, my cupcakes, frosting, raw food bars, and for my honey chocolate coconut balls.

Striking Cactus blossom is a honey that naturally crystallizes right away so I prefer to put this one on chicken, oatmeal, or anything warm that naturally liquefies it. I also love to eat this with a spoon; crystallized honey is like candy for me!

We love our 100% cotton honey with its unique spicy flavor; next year we are hoping to kick it up a notch and get the cotton polyester blend. (Little bee humor)

Don’t take my word on how to use these amazing raw honeys. Come into The Honey Cottage and try these for yourself. You will bee glad you did!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Goat Cheese Dip

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I LOVE DIP!!! It adds a totally new flavor to what you are eating and I really love that. To me nothing celebrates fall better than food that has cranberry orange in them. This recipe is one of my favorites because you can make it into a dressing and also a spread. Nothing beats having a versatile recipe in your cook book! I have found that using canned mandarin oranges adds more flavor then the fresh or frozen. I really like the orange flavor to come out in this recipe, so if you do not want to use the mandarin oranges add a touch more orange oil. You can also use Honeyville’s seasonal flavor cranberry orange whipped honey too! This is only available until Christmas so try it and stock up on it now!!

Ingredients:

10.5 ounces of goat cheese

½- 1 Tbsp cinnamon to your taste

½ cup honey

½ tsp. organic orange oil

1/3 cup cranberries

1/3 cup walnuts

¼-1/3 cup mandarin orange slices

Directions:

Place the goat cheese, cinnamon, honey and orange oil in a blender and blend for 2 minutes. Then add the cranberries and walnuts and blend for 30 seconds to a minute; depending on how chunky you want it. Put the dip in a bowl that you will be serving in and fold the mandarin orange slices into the cheese mixture. Put in the fridge for 2 hours for it to firm up and serve with your favorite fruits, vegetables, and crackers. Also, tastes good on chips! ENJOY!

Tips:

-Add 2 Tbsp of mandarin orange juice to make the dip into a dressing

-Add 4 ounces of cream cheese to make the dip into a spread

-Try pecans instead of walnuts

Honey Zucchini Muffins

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What do you do when you have picky eaters?

I have been finding that kids are not the only picky eaters; adults are picky too! So hiding vegetables in baked goods is the best solution for me! I really love to play with recipes and see what will make things more interesting. I was really surprised how well the zucchini and cranberries went together! I was even more surprised when my picky eaters enjoyed it and gobbled up the whole pan. I hope that this recipe makes it on to your breakfast table; ENJOY!

Ingredients:

½ cup coconut oil (liquefied)

¾ cup of honey

1 cup of applesauce (room temperature works best)

½ cup crushed pecans

½ cup of chopped juice sweetened cranberries

¾ cup of pureed zucchini

1½ cups whole wheat flour

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the coconut oil, honey, applesauce, pecans, cranberries, and zucchini puree until smooth. Then add the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda; mix until everything is mixed together. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners and spray with your favorite cooking spray; we LOVE using FSC certified baking cups because then you don’t have to spray them. Fill the baking cups with batter a little over half way full; makes about 20 muffins. Place in the oven and cook for 18-20 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 while they are cooking.

Tips:

  • Add ½ cup of shredded carrots in place of the cranberries
  • Use ¾ chopped pumpkin seeds in place of the pecans
  • Try making bread with this recipe

Understanding the Bee Simply

SFF1Have you noticed that bees do not visit your yard as frequently as they used to? Have you noticed that certain fruits and vegetables are not as prominent as they used to be?

In the last several years I have started to really notice that things around me have been changing. People are not gardening as much as they used to. The water levels are starting to go down and hinder people’s ability to take care of a garden on a reasonable budget. Flowers are not blossoming year round like they used to. People are starting to do more zero-scaping. More houses are going up and farm lands are becoming null and void. Know that the purpose of this is not to make you depressed, it is meant to raise awareness on the things that bees really need. Yes, bees and beekeepers rely on you to grow flowers because without them too many beekeepers are being forced to feed their bees sugar water. There are not enough people being educated on how bees work and why they are so very important for mankind.

Bees and flowers work together to form a one of a kind harmony. The flowers produce nectar and pollen; this pollen is taken from flower to flower as the bee fills up on nectar and pollination is complete. Many flowers rely on the bees as we do. This is also the only way that the flowers will make fruit. The bees get their food supply from the nectar of the flowers and make honey. The cold hard truth is more flowers need to be planted in order for bees and us to survive. When you have a limited flower supplythere is too much competition for the bees and stress in the hive. What are needed most are wildflowers that will bloom spring, summer, and fall. For beekeepers it is a real struggle to watch your bees have a hard time. Please think about what you can do to help. If you cannot plant flowers; help spread the word, become part of a community garden, or help be a bigger voice for the bees. I would like to see things change for our sake as well as for our children. Help make a difference with us at The Honey Cottage. Help make a difference for our world. Help make a difference for the bees!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

 

Crystal’s Miss Bee-Haven News

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Have you ever made a plan, laid it all out, did what needed to be done, and it still did not go right?

Sometimes you can do all the planning and things still don’t go as planned. That is what happened with us this year with Crystal’s Miss-bee-haven. We have had a rough start the past two years and were dedicated to making sure this year would be good; third time’s a charm right? Unfortunately, for our bees it was not; we had so much rain this past July our plants got watered out. We are happy that our hives in the south have made enough honey to winter over! It has been a very slow summer for them, but now we know to start planning now for spring. There is A LOT of housing developments going up in the south and NOT enough flowers to help bees survive. It is almost heartbreaking driving by and seeing more land being used for more houses.

Good news is our hives up north are doing very well and will have enough honey for winter and for us! We have been checking on them and have seen winter stores are going successfully!! We have taken some frames of honey and may get a couple more. At The Honey Cottage we highly bee-lieve in making sure the bees have enough honey for the winter to feed themselves and have a good start to the spring. We noticed that there are a LOT more flowers in this area and are hopeful for an even better year next year!!

The Honey Cottage wants to remind you; Nature has her own plan and one must bee ready for her changes. Saving the bees is important to us! We are here to help and we will be starting some classes on beekeeping. We need to get more people involved if the bees are going to have a good strong come back. We have found different beekeepers have had a better year than others and we want to cultivate that! Lastly, we are going to have bee seeds coming out of our ears next year and will also be pushing to make a class for this! Saving the bees means we need flowers; lots of them and everywhere. Until next time…

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen