Mika’s Toy Box and The Honey Cottage gift card give away!

I have to say that being a small business owner has not been easy in the last year. We have been blessed by our customers each and everyday and are truly grateful. We were very surprised to see businesses helping other businesses by talking about each other on social media! We love that the community is pulling together and helping in anyway that they can.

To celebrate all our customers stepping up and keeping our business in business through all of these difficult times we say thank you! Any time you make a purchase in February you may enter for a chance to win a $25 dollar gift card. This gift card is sponsered by Mika’s Toy Box here in Colorado Springs! We want to step up and help each others businesses get their names out there as much as we can!

Mika is a spunky young entrepreneur who loves to share her experiences with her fans! Mika has reading videos, unwrapping presents videos, silly joke videos, and adventure videos on her channel. This channel is perfect for kiddo’s that are looking for something fun and educational. It is also perfect for kids that love a good laugh! We are also hoping to get her some sponserships to keep her channel going!! Please buzz by her youtube channel and check her out!

Check out her Youtube channel; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI35bapcyp6dIjBHvuhfXmw

From Our Bee Hive To Yours,

BeeQueen

Buzzed with gratitude for 2020!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Are you ready for 2021?

Oh my heavens what a year! We don’t know about you, but 2020 left us feeling bee-yond thankful and grateful for our AMAZING customers. Yes, this year has been hard, but it has also left us humble for our community and customers that shop with us! You took the time to really make an impact on our lives.

So, we wanted to take a moment and just say Thank you. Thank you for shopping with us, thank you for sending honey to your family and friends, and thank you for keeping us going. Our community has been absolutely fantastic in doing everything they can to shop local. Customers who live far away have been shopping local and even on-line. Thank you for calling ahead to place orders. Thank you for the customers that are sharing us with their families! We had a family come up from Texas and came in because their sister needed honey as well!

Thank you for helping your neighbors; we have had a great number of customers shop for their neighbors too! Thank you for fighting for your community. Thank you for the soldiers who are not only fighting for our country, but who also placed orders. Thank you to the military families that are sending honey over sees so they have a piece of home!

Thank you to Kangaroo Coffee for buying gift cards for their customers. Thank you to the customers that bought honey sticks to give as gifts to the hospital workers! Thank you for those who have come in and bought honey to give as gifts to their friends, families, and loved ones. Thank you to the new customers that are now finding the sweet spot in Colorado Springs!!! Thank you to the customers that come and visit us for your honey needs!

As we celebrate the New Year, we are reflecting on what an impact all of you have made not only to us, but in our community. We are seeing more togetherness even while we are apart. We are seeing people connect more even if it is over video chat. We are seeing more people caring, loving, and making an impact.

We are bee-yond grateful, thankful, and truly buzzed by all of you! Thank you for making 2020 a little easier to buzz through! We hope 2021 is fantastic!!!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

The Honey Cottage for Kids- Lily’s spread

At The Honey Cottage; we get asked all the time how to use jalapeno and apricot habanero jellies. I was super sad when mom would answer, use it with cream cheese. I don’t like hot stuff! I was surprised when mom said we can use other types of jam! I am so excited to share this recipe; I used blueberry peach honey butter from Honeyville. I think this recipe is super special because of how yummy it is!

Ingredients:

8 ounces of cream cheese

1/2 a jar of blueberry peach honey butter

Directions:

We use a separate plate for the cream cheese so it does not soak into the crackers.

Open the cream cheese and place it onto a small plate. Pour half a jar of blueberry peach honey butter on top. Serve with crackers and enjoy!!

Small Business Saturday November 28, 2020

Why support small businesses on Small Business Saturday?

A couple of years ago, I read a blog that was talking about how everyone needs to have support on Small Business Saturday. This included big businesses because our neighbors, friends, and family members work there so it is good to support their pay check. At first, I agreed with this blog because I understood their message bee-hind it.

Then 2020 hit…

Here is why I bee-lieve you should be supporting small businesses on Small Business Saturday. When COVID-19 hit this year, we saw a large increase of people shopping at big businesses. They have food, electronics, toys, and other daily essentials that people need. While small businesses had to shut down. They had to let people go. Other businesses literally could not survive the shut down to keep going. Many tried to get on-line sales, curb-side pickup, and even went as far as to deliver to homes to try and keep going. Small businesses suffered while big businesses kept booming by the influx of buyers.

I also realized something else this year; where do people shop on black Friday and cyber Monday? That is right big stores. So many people rush out to get the better deals, the big buy, or the cheapest items to make the budget stretch. I get it. We are all on a budget so I totally understand these sales and do not down them.

What I am trying to get across is; big businesses are not suffering they get support 365 days a year!  Small businesses have one special day that belongs to Small Businesses. Small Business Saturday is about supporting the mom and pop shops that are trying to do something they are passionate about while also making a living. When you show your support by shopping with a Small Business you are helping them. For some it is putting their kids through school, paying for dance lessons, paying rent for their home, or allowing them to support other businesses.  For some businesses this is their big push to get through the slow months of January and February.

Now let me be clear; I completely understand that COVID-19 has changed the game this year. Maybe you are not able to get out. Maybe you don’t want to be around people. We totally understand. BUT, you can shop on-line or call them and ask them if they can do curb-side. Or shop on another day when it is less crowded. Customers don’t like seeing their favorite businesses go; so, let’s all work together to keep Small Businesses open!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Confessions of a Beekeeper 2020

Do you get super excited about what you do?

I feel as beekeepers we should be doing more than collecting honey because we get money from it. Beekeeping should be about the excitement of keeping bees, educating people, and getting excited about what other beekeepers are doing!

At The Honey I have seen people get really antsy about the bees! The pure excitement that I feel when I watch a bee, go from one flower to the next, is indescribable. This summer, I got even more excited when I saw that we got sunflower seeds from our sunflowers. To watch the bee go to each flower on the sunflower and then get seeds three weeks later blew my mind! That is how beekeeping works for me too! They go from flower to flower drinking the sweet nectar, put the nectar into the cells of the beeswax, and then BAM! a couple of weeks later there is honey! It is way more exciting then television! You get to see the whole cycle of our food system as you watch them.

For the longest time I have been stumped on on why beekeepers would feed their bees; high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar water, or powdered sugar. To bee bluntly honest…I still am! I understand that it is another food source, for bees, if there are no plants around. I understand that the consistency of sugar water is the same as flower nectar. BUT here is my problem; as humans WE KNOW we don’t get nutrition from sugar. No vitamins. No minerals. No trace minerals. No energy. No health benefits. Right?!?! So why do so many beekeepers insist on feeding it to the bees? If our immune system takes a hit and makes us more susceptible to catching a cold, flu, or any other illness; why do the same thing to bees? Bees get the same nutrition we get when we eat a salad because they are the ones pollinating the flowers so we get the food. So why are we not pushing for more people to plant flowers and gardens?

OMG watching another beekeeper do honey harvesting is way cooler then watching a movie star go to the store with no make up! To say that I was overwhelmingly excited is an understatement! The smell of honey baths your senses like no other experience. Seeing their process, their machines, and talking about their methods is BEE-YOND anything else in the world! I feel this is how we should be reacting to beekeeping and to other beekeepers. I think we should be excited to try their honey, talk about beekeeping, and sharing ideas. We should be excited about why they bee-lieve in the methods they use. Beekeepers should be passionate about taking care of the bees; it will show in your honey 😉

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

National Honey Month 2020

This really is one of my favorite months; I love that I can talk about honey everyday at The Honey Cottage. To bee able to share with others around the world is even more exciting! As a continued tradition here are our favorite fun facts for the year 2020!

1- Even though bees are fed sugar water, corn syrup, or high fructose corn syrup; they get no nutritional value from it. This leaves them open to low immune system and even viruses.

2- If nectar is not gathered from flowers by bees it is not honey.

3- Raw Honey is good for cancer patients because it keeps the body alkalized; meaning it will not feed the cancer.

4- There are 118 known chemical elements; depending on the flower sources available, bee pollen can have about 60 of them!

5- Bees do not have a nose or lungs!! Bees actually breathe through holes in their sides!

6- Propolis is loaded with bioflavonoids which are fantastic for fighting off free radicals in the body, mending blood vessels, and aid your bodies ability to fight off illness.

7- In order for us to get food on the table; a bee has to pollinate the flowers. On a sunflower there are about 1,000 individual flowers on it; if each one is not pollinated the sunflower seeds do not produce!

8- Amino acids are important for the human body to function; from making hormones to healing. Bee pollen is one of the few foods that have ALL 22 amino acids!!

9- Bees have three ways to taste; they can use their proboscis, their antennae, and their feet!

Share with everyone you know and spread the word about how special bees are!! The more we know about bees the more we can help them properly. Help save the bees with us!!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

The Honey Cottage for Kids – Honey Chocolate Milk from Lily Bee’s Kitchen!

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My favorite drink is honey chocolate milk; I like it because I can drink this hot or cold. Plus, I can make it by myself. I use the honey because it is so good in chocolate milk and it makes my taste buds very happy! I don’t like sugar because it is overly sweet. I also like that I can use different honeys; like blueberry or local honey. I don’t get it a lot, but I really love this drink with whip cream.

Ingredients:

8 ounces-Milk

1 Tbsp.-Honey

1 Tbsp.- Cocoa powder

Directions: 

I take about 3 ounces of the milk and warm it up in the microwave, 30 seconds. I then add the honey to the milk and give it a good stir. Then I add the cocoa powder and stir it until thoroughly mixed. Then add the rest of the milk and stir again. If your like me, you will love whip cream on top! Enjoy the honey chocolate milk!!

Thanks for buzzing by Lily Bee’s Kitchen!!

Frank’s Honey Burgers with True Blonde Honey mustard

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I cannot get enough of Durango Artisan Foods honey mustard! If you have been to The Honey Cottage you already know how AMAZING their Honey Dill mustard is, but my new love is True Blonde Honey mustard! It is hand crafted with Ska True Blonde beer made in Durango Colorado!! Why I am so excited about this mustard is because the flavor is crazy bee-licious and adds tons of flavor. Frank had made a batch of burgers several months ago and added this honey mustard to it and really surprised me! Now I cannot get enough of our homemade hamburgers. My husband gets all the credit with these amazing burgers.

Ingredients:

1 pound of hamburger

1 Tbsp. Honey

2 Tbsp. True Blonde Honey Mustard

1 egg

¾ cup grated cheese

Hamburger buns

Leafs of lettuce

1-2 Sliced tomato

Directions:

Place the hamburger, honey, mustard, and egg into a mixing bowl; mix together until thoroughly mixed. Add the grated cheese and mix again. Roll into about 3-4 balls, depending on how much meat you like, and flatten them out into a circle. Cook on the grill or in a pan. Depending on how you like your burger you will cook about 3 minutes and flip and then cook another 3 minutes. If you like your hamburgers well done; cook for another 1-2 minutes on each side. Place on a hamburger bun and place lettuce and tomato on top. ENJOY!

Tips:

-Try the Cherry Habanero honey mustard

-Add grilled onions

-Add chopped up green chili or jalapeno to the hamburger mix before cooking

 

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Bee Queen’s Kitchen

 

The Honey Cottage for Kids – Apple Cinnamon Ham Rollers from Lily Bee’s Kitchen

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I love this recipe; it is delicious and easy to make. There is nothing better than honey, ham, and cheese all together. In this recipe I add apple and cinnamon whipped honey from Honeyville. Sometimes I eat just the honey, ham, and cheese rolls by themselves and sometimes I slice them up and put them on crackers.  I hope you love the flavors as much as I do!

Ingredients:

5 slices of ham

4 ounces of cream cheese

2 Tbsp. of Apple cinnamon whipped honey

Directions: 

Lay the ham flat on a plate; mix together the cream cheese and the apple cinnamon whipped honey. Spread a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture evenly onto the ham and roll them up! Serve by themselves or eat with cut up vegetables.

Thanks for buzzing by Lily Bee’s Kitchen!!

Honey Strawberry Banana Malt O Meal

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No matter the time of year; our family really enjoys malt o meal! In our house, malt o meal reflects the season we are in. When it is spring, we add strawberries and bananas. When it is summer, we add peaches or lemon whipped honey. When it is fall, it is chunks of pumpkin or apple cinnamon whipped honey. When it is winter, we use a cinnamon or winter spice whipped honey. There are many occasions for which we will sprinkle a little cocoa powder in to add a hint of chocolate. No matter the weather we enjoy this as much as possible! We don’t eat a lot of salt in our daily diet and have to add a little more than most are used to; please adjust accordingly! We hope you enjoy this amazing breakfast as much as we do!

Ingredients:

1 cup- Water

¼ tsp.- Salt

1/3 cup- Malt o meal

½ cup- Strawberries

½- Banana

1 Tbsp.- Honey

Directions:

Put water and salt into a small sauce pan; bring to a boil. Take the water off of the heat and stir in the malt o meal; let set to thicken. Scoop the malt o meal into a bowl; sprinkle with the strawberries and banana. Lastly, drizzle the honey right on top. This recipe makes a single serving. ENJOY!

Tips:

-Add blueberries instead of banana

-Try with a splash of milk

-Add ¼ tsp. of vanilla when mixing in the malt o meal to add more flavor

 

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Bee Queen’s Kitchen