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!
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
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.
Add ½ cup of shredded carrots in place of the cranberries
Use ¾ chopped pumpkin seeds in place of the pecans
Have 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!
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…