Honey s’mores party mix!

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Don’t you just love it when an accident actually becomes a success?

So I was helping my little girl with a project and really wanted to help her make something fantastic and simple. Years ago I would make the mixes that they had on-line, but could not find anything that came close to this. I have also become a little too cautious when it comes to chemicals in our diet; the less chemicals the better. I had found a cereal, at a health food store, called wheat waffles and was hoping that there would not be too much of a taste difference. Being a chef I am used to thinking on my toes, but I had never done this type of thinking! When we first began I thought I totally messed it up, but I was surprised when we finished that it had actually turned out great. I am proud to say this recipe is perfect for parties!

Ingredients                      

7 cups of wheat waffles

1 cup of chocolate chips

1 ½ cup of mini marshmallows

1 cup of cashews

1 cup of mini pretzels

5 Graham crackers broken up into bite sized pieces

3 Tbsp. of honey

1/3 cup of Honeyville caramel whipped honey sauce

1/3 cup butter

Directions

Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Take the wheat waffles, and graham crackers and place them in a microwave safe bowl. Warm the butter and the caramel honey sauce, in a separate bowl, for 30 seconds in the microwave, mix well and pour over the wheat waffles cashews, pretzels, and graham crackers. Mix together until nicely coated. Place the mixture in the microwave for a minute. Add the chocolate chips, marshmallows and the honey on top. Microwave for one minute, then mix together thoroughly, last pour the mixture onto the baking pan. Let this set for an hour and now you have honey s’mores party mix!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

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Honey yogurt and dip

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If I told you some people did not grow up eating honey, would that surprise you? It sure shocked me, but not everyone grows up eating the same things. So it has been lots of fun talking with customers on how to use honey. It has been even more fun showing people how they can add honey to their diet so that they can fight allergies at the same time. I am excited to say that adding honey to the diet is super easy and super yummy. One of my favorite ways to use honey is in my yogurt; I can’t stand the yogurt loaded in sugar, it is way too much and ruins the flavor. With plain yogurt I am able to add different honeys to make a totally new yogurt every time. Then you have the many fruit combinations that can take yogurt to a whole new level. The best part is this is a recipe that adults and kids love!!

Homemade honey yogurt:

6- 8 ounces of plain yogurt

1 Tablespoon of your favorite honey

1/3 cup of your favorite fruit

*If you use frozen fruit, set out a couple of hours before use. Place 8 ounces of plain yogurt in a bowl and add the 1 Tablespoon of honey; mix well and add the ¼ cup of fruit. The fruit can be mixed in or just used as a topping. Enjoy!

Homemade honey yogurt dip:

6 ounces of plain yogurt

1 Tablespoon of honey

¼ – ½ cup of 5 different fruits; banana’s, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.

Place the 6 ounces of yogurt and the 1 Tablespoon of honey and mix together thoroughly. Place bowl in the center of a plate and place cut and/ or washed fruit around the bowl. Dip the fruit into the yogurt dip and Enjoy!!

Tips: Use the yogurt or dip within 2-3 days for maximum freshness. Sliced bananas and apples should lightly be squirted with lemon or orange juice to keep them from browning; they should be used right away when possible.

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

 

Lily’s love cupcake’s!!

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One of our favorite holidays is Valentine’s Day, the day to show everyone LOVE! I have always loved being in the kitchen and now love it even more because Lily wants to learn how to cook. One of our favorite mother and daughter recipes is honey cupcakes. This month Lily wanted to put her own spin on it, so here is the recipe for Lily’s love cupcakes!

Ingredients:

½ cup coconut oil (liquefied)

¾ cup of honey

1 cup of applesauce (room temperature works best)

½- ¾ cup of pureed strawberry

1½ cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

Topping:

12 ounces of cream cheese (room temperature)

¼- ½ cup of honey (depending on sweet tooth)

1 Tbsp. of cocoa powder

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the coconut oil, honey, applesauce, and the strawberry puree until smooth. Then add the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon; mix until everything is mixed, about 2 minutes. 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 16 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.

While the cupcakes are cooling; take the cream cheese, honey, and cocoa powder and mix with a mixer until nice and smooth and creamy. When the cupcakes are cooled down; either spread or use a piping bag to top the cupcakes. Then decorate the cupcakes with bits of strawberry and/or chocolate chips. Enjoy!

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee and Lily Bee

 

Caramel and Chocolate Honey popcorn

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At The Honey Cottage we are all about experimenting with honey to make things taste bee-licious! I FINALLY figured out how to make one of my favorite foods; caramel and chocolate popcorn. I don’t know why I did not think of it sooner, but I used one of our favorite products from the shop. Honeyville makes whipped honey and adds the most amazing flavors to make your food pop! I have been very frustrated for a while looking at the different products in the grocery store and finding nothing but junk. I am so happy to say the simplicity of the ingredients in Honeyville is what makes me so happy to share this product. I make my popcorn from scratch on the stove; it is not hard and it turns out yummy every time.

Caramel and chocolate popcorn

For the popcorn;

2 Tablespoons of coconut oil

¾ cup popcorn kernals

Salt to taste

Place a 6 quart sauce pan on the stove and turn on the heat to high; have a lid ready on the side. Place the 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil in the pan and let melt, place the ¾ cup of popcorn kernels in the oil, and put the lid on. Give a good shake to make sure all the kernels are coated with oil. Wait until you see the first kernels of popcorn pop, and then shake the pan. Continue shaking the pan (to prevent burning), turn off the heat when the popping speed of the popcorn slows down and let sit for 30 seconds. Take off the lid and place in a bowl; salt to taste.

Warm up the Honeyville whipped caramel sauce and the chocolate buzz honey fudge sauce in a pan of water. Do not let it come to a boil!! Just warm enough to get it to drizzle on the popcorn. I used about 1 ½ Tablespoons of both, but you can add more or less depending on your taste buds. Bee prepared it gets sticky, but the flavor is amazing and is so worth it!!

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

Honey Smoothies

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At The Honey Cottage we are firm believers in using honey instead of sugar; that includes our smoothies! We find it very hard to stay healthy during the holidays; from the parties to the family dinners, we want to eat it all. We have learned to bulk up on our fruits and vegies in the morning through smoothies! We used to use a blender to make fruit smoothies and a juicer to make vegetable drinks. However, we have fallen totally in LOVE with the Ninja! It pulverizes the fruits and vegetables without leaving large chunks and leaves all of the pulp that a juicer would take out. Here are a couple of our favorite juices that we like to make:

Queen Bee favorite:

1 banana

1 cup of cherries

1 cup of rice milk

2 Tbsp. of honey

1 scoop of wheat grass powder

Lily Bee request:

1 cup of blueberries

1/2 banana

1 scoop of wheat grass powder

2 Tbsp. of honey

1 cup of milk

Frank’s guilty pleasure:

2 carrots

2 stalks of celery

1 apple

1 Tbsp. of honey

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

Simple Ways to Use Honey

Welcome to 2015! It has been a hard transition getting into the habit of writing 2015 instead of 2014. We are super excited for big changes this year, are you?

We have a lot of customers that want to use honey, but are unsure how to use it. Honey can be used successfully in place of sugar with everything that is made. I love to cook with honey because I know the fantastic benefits of honey and how it works in the body. I do like to use it in baking; however, I try to only use it in small amounts.

I love to do what is called raw food cooking; this means that I keep the honey as raw as possible in everything that I make. For example: I make raw food bars, add it to tea, and love to eat it straight of course by dipping our fruit in it.

Any time we make a sauce with honey we add it at the last minute. Meaning we cook chicken and then add the honey as we are about to serve. This makes an excellent sauce or glaze while at the same time keeping it in raw form. If a recipe calls for a sauce, I will cook the other ingredients of the sauce on low heat and add the honey at the very last minute to mix thoroughly. This again prevents any loss of nutrients or benefits.

There seems to be a variance on the temperatures that can be used to heat honey and not cause any damage. From what it looks like I can safely say that anything above 110 degrees F is pushing it. In the hive, bee’s put the honey in the comb at a temperature of 98 degrees- 104 degrees. So that is why we like to stay at about 110 degrees F. Never microwave honey or a swarm of bees will come and sting you on your knee cap.If you’re heating honey for more than a couple of minutes, then do it on super low heat to keep it as raw as possible and for as short of a period as possible.

My favorite thing to do is to use honey as a dip, this is a great way to keep the unique flavor of honey at its best. Our favorite saying is KISS; Keep it simple silly!! Don’t make more work for yourself then you have to, the simpler the better.

Any thoughts? We would love to hear what you do with honey!!! Click here: thehoneycottage.com/contact-us/

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From our hive to yours,

Queen Bee