Honey Zucchini Muffins

Honey Zuccini cupcakes

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
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Honey Comb Chocolate Balls

 

 

Honey comb balls

Do you know that superfoods are nutrient rich foods that are great for boosting your health?

It is well known that everything that comes from the beehive is a superfood. So it is no surprise that we, at The Honey Cottage, use honey every day. We also love using honey comb and this recipe is a great use for this bee-licious product. This snack is packed with other superfoods too; hemp seeds, cocoa nibs, goji berries, and shredded coconut. It is high in protein, fiber, and usable energy. We hope you are as buzzed about these honey comb chocolate balls as much as we are; ENJOY!

Ingredients:

4 ounces- Unsweetened Bakers Chocolate Bar

1/3 cup- Honey Comb

½ cup- Honey

1/3 cup- Peanut butter

3 Tbsp- Hemp seeds

2 Tbsp-Cocoa nibs

2 Tbsp- Goji berries

3 Tbsp- Sunflower seeds

½- ¾ cup- Shredded coconut

Directions:

For this first part you will use a double boiler; take a sauce pan and add about a cup and a half of water into the pot. Place a glass or small metal bowl on top of the sauce pan to melt the chocolate; I found that it prevents the chocolate from burning and allows the honey comb to melt without over heating it. *Use pot holders when holding the bowl.

When the chocolate is halfway melted, add the honey comb and honey. Stir with a spatula until the honey comb is nice and melted and mixture looks smooth. Using pot holders; take the bowl off of the pot of water and place on the stove. Add the peanut butter and hemp seeds; fold until thoroughly mixed. Grind the cocoa nibs and goji berries until they are bite sized pieces; add to the mixture with the sunflower seeds. Mix until everything is nice and coated. Take a Tbsp sized cookie dough/ ice cream scoop and scoop out the mixture into the shredded coconut. Coat each piece and place on a sheet pan, lined with parchment paper, about ½ inch apart. Place into the fridge for hour to firm up the balls. Store in an air tight container; keep them fresher and keep them in the fridge for up to a week! ENJOY!!!

Tips:

– Grind up almonds or walnuts and use it in place of the coconut for the coating

– Add almond butter instead of peanut butter

– Use a lighter honey to add a different flavor

 

Honey Jalapeno Dip

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One of our favorite things about fall is; FOOTBALL!!! There is nothing more thrilling then hanging out and watching the game with friends and family! One of our favorite dips to eat when we are watching the game is Honey Jalapeno dip. This is perfect to serve with crackers, chips, and vegetable trays. We even like spreading on our sub sandwiches. Hope you enjoy it this dip as much as we do!

Ingredients:

1 cup of sweet potato

8 ounces of cream cheese

1 1/2Tbsp of Jalapeno

1 1/2Tbsp of green chili

½ Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp of honey

½ -¾ cup crushed pecans

Directions:

If using canned sweet potatoes; thoroughly drain the water off the sweet potatoes. If using a raw sweet potatoes; bake the sweet potato at 425 degrees F for about 45 minutes or until the sweet potato is soft. Let the sweet potato completely cool before using it.

Take a cup of sweet potato and cream cheese until nice and smooth. Add the jalapeno, green chili, Worcestershire sauce, honey, and half the pecans; mix again until combined. Sprinkle the other half of the pecans on top! Enjoy!!

Tips:

  • To make it hotter use habaneros instead of jalapenos
  • Use peanuts instead of pecans
  • Add half a cup of grated cheddar cheese

National Honey Month 2018

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There is nothing more amazing then learning something new every day. That is why we LOVE what we do at The Honey Cottage! Our customers learn something new about bees, or honey, or beekeeping every time they come in to see us. We find bees extremely fascinating and they teach us something every time we open up the hive. Every year to celebrate National Honey Month we get to talk even more about our favorite friends and what they make. So here are 9 facts about honey, bees, and beekeeping. Follow us on facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn to learn more about The Honey Cottage everyday!

1- Most of our clothes come from the cotton plant. Without bees pollinating the cotton plant we would not have cotton honey or clothes.

2- There are plants that can be planted in drought stricken areas that would help give the bees forage. Lavender, thyme, and sage are a few that survive wonderfully without lots of moisture.

3- There are some plants that will not bloom in their first year of being planted. Strawberries and clover are two examples of plants that take a year to put down full roots.

4- Plants and trees need rest just like we do; that is why a cold dormant winter is very important for them. They need a full rest to produce good healthy blooms for bees.

5- The nectar that the flowers produce has the natural sugars that bees make into honey. There is no sugar added to the process; these are natural sugars usable by the human body and bees.

6- If you are handed a candy bar; will you get up to get to the kitchen for some chicken and broccoli? That is the same thinking for bees; if you give them sugar water they will not go out for flowers. Honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and natural usable sugar. Why give bees something that has no nutritional value and weakens, just like humans, their immune system? Think about this; if you won’t eat it don’t give it to the bees.

7- Gardening takes time, energy, and effort. The rewards of seeing your flowers and plants bloom and make food is a big reward. Bees are needed for the flowers to bloom and make the fruits, vegetables, and herbs that we eat to sustain life.

8- Neonicotinoids sprayed on plants are known to attach to the bee paralyzing them and then attacks their central nervous system thus killing them. STOP USING PESTICIDES AND SAVE THE BEES!!

9- Bees will only cap honey when the water content has reached 15%-20%; each honey varies on amount.

Share with everyone you know and spread the word about how special bees are!! Help save the bees with us!!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Beef with zucchini noodles

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This year has been super exciting for us; we have improved on our gardening!!! We actually grew cherry tomatoes, carrots, flowers, and zucchini!! We have learned from some of our mistakes and will do much better next year, but for now it is so exciting to see what we did this year. I normally put honey beef on Jasmine rice, but I have fallen in love with zucchini noodles! Not only are you getting more vegetables in the diet, but they add a great flavor to the dish. Try it both ways and see which one you like better!

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups- Broccoli

¾ cup- Celery

1 shredded carrot

1- 6 inch Zucchini

1 pound- Sliced beef stir fry meat

¼ cup-Balsamic vinegar

1 tsp.-Garlic

¼ cup- Honey

1 Tbsp.-Coconut oil

Directions:

Cut the broccoli and celery into bite sized pieces and put into a bowl; then shred the carrot into the bowl on top of the broccoli and celery. Take the zucchini and spiralize it into a separate bowl. Put the sliced beef stir meat, the balsamic vinegar, and garlic into a sauté pan. Cook on medium heat for about five minutes. Add the broccoli, celery, and carrot into the sauté pan and cook for 10 minutes. While that is cooking; in another sauté pan warm up the coconut oil on medium to high heat and put the spiralized zucchini into the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes and place into a bowl or on a serving plate, add the meat and the vegetables on top. Drizzle your favorite honey right on top and serve! ENJOY!

Tips:

-Add half a cup of pineapple for a little added sweetness

-Put on a bed of jasmine rice

-Add 2 tsp of Turmeric for some added flavor

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

 

Honey Chicken Toast

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Do you enjoy simple dinners that are healthy and tasty?

One of my favorite meals is Honey chicken toast because it is a great meal on a busy day. This meal is perfect for one person or a whole family. My favorite honeys to use on this recipe are; alfalfa clover and the plain whipped honey from Honeyville. I switch between two different honeys depending on my mood. These are nice and sweet; which is complemented by the salt sprinkled on top. This dish is perfect for sparking your taste buds. Don’t take my word, try it out for yourself and see what the buzz is all about.

Ingredients:

2 slices- Texas toast

Butter for spreading on the toast

½-3/4 cup- Chicken

½ cup- Cheese

1 Tbsp- Honey

Pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:

Turn on the broiler on the stove. Slice the chicken into stripes and cook it with your favorite oil. Lay the Texas toast out on a baking sheet and spread a little butter on top. Split the chicken and add evenly to both pieces of toast. Sprinkle each piece of toast with ¼ cup shredded cheese. Put in the oven for up to two minutes or until the cheese has melted. Pull out the toast, place on a plate, drizzle the honey on top of the toast, and sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top of the honey. ENJOY!

Tips:

-Try Honeyville peach whipped honey to add some extra flavor

-Cook the chicken with a little bit of garlic

-Looking for a spicy flare; add some jalapeno’s or green chills before cooking

 

 

Upcycled Garden

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At The Honey Cottage we wanted to show that even the smallest garden helps the bees! We have many people that live in apartments or small housing. We wanted to show that even in the smallest house you can have a mini garden. We firmly bee-lieve everyone can help the bees. Every flower planted helps the bees. We are also excited to show how upcycling what you have around the house also helps the Earth! Many people are starting to find that instead of things sitting at the dump; things can be refurbished and repurposed for something even more amazing! We know gardening is not for everyone, but at least wanted to show the possibilities for those who are! We at The Honey Cottage know it is important to inspire our customers! We hope this really sparks some creativity for you!

Here we have tomato plants, pepper plants, and cucumbers growing in an old bee hive box. This was falling apart and no longer safe for bees to live in. So we fixed it up and are now using it for plants that will help feed them.

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This mini pool was starting to become dented and was no longer being used. I almost threw it out when I realized if we drill some holes in the bottom we can use it for bee friendly plants! The holes are to make sure that water does not stay in the bottom and become moldy. It also prevents over watering of the plants as well. I am so excited to see what pops up soon!!

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This is my favorite idea because it is small, easy to take care of, and offers many flowers for the bees to feast on. It is a simple container you can buy at the store and grow different things in it! We are growing carrots in it this year to see how they do. We also drilled holes in the bottom so that we are able to control the water a little better.

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My favorite refurbished item is this old utility sink; not only do I have a piece of history, but I also have a planter! We have more tomatoes on the left side (I LOVE tomatoes!!) and on the right we have squash and zucchini growing.

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We have part of our back yard that is just for deer. We feel that we should be able to share our lives with wild life that lives around us. We have clover for bees and deer friendly grass growing back here so that both have a little bit of their own haven.

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We might not have acres and may not save the bees all by ourselves, but want to prove that a little bit goes a long way. Helping the eco system takes more than one person it takes a community. Please join us and plant more flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Stop using pesticides that kill our bees. Save the bees by sharing the word. Our bees, food supply, and eco system depend on it! 

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

 

 

Honey Chicken Wraps

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Do you find that is hard to keep up with a dinner schedule?

At The Honey Cottage we absolutely LOVE seeing our products in action. We were able to have Michael Cotton Your Personal Chef play in OUR kitchen and show us how he uses honey in some of his recipes! When it gets hard to plan, shop, and make dinner it is time to get someone take care of that for you! It is a great way to have healthy dinners for families on the go. We highly reccommend you have Chef Michael as your personal chef check him out at; http://michaelcotton-yourpersonalchef.com/index.html. You will bee glad you did!!

Ingredients:
4 6 ounce boneless chicken breasts (organic)
1 green or red cabbage head
5 carrots
5 yellow zucchini
5 green zucchini
3 cucumbers
Honey
Dash salt and black pepper
Parnam oil
Directions
Sear chicken breast for 2 minutes per side.
Heat in oven at 350 for 16 minutes.
Quarter cut each piece.
Add light drizzle of parnam oil to pan
Spiralize all vegetables and add to pan for 2.5 minutes high heat
Add dash of salt and pepper into pan and sauté vegetables.
Gently peel cabbage to make shells.
Add sauté vegetables into cabbage shells
Drizzle line of honey on top
Serve and enjoy.
TIPS:
  • Substitiute the chicken for eggplant
  • Try Patty’s Jalepeno Mango Jelly on top of the wraps
  • Make cauliflower rice for a side dish

Honey Pickles

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I have been told that eating more fermented foods is a must for your gut health and pickles are a perfect solution for me. I have been trying to find the perfect pickle and cannot seem to find the right one. All pickles that I have looked at are made with sugar, from what I understand, sugar is not good for the gut. So what I have been finding; it is a lot cheaper to make them myself, taste better, and are easy to make!! I have also found that I can make pickle spears and chips for different occasions. You can also add different ingredients to change the flavors; I actually found making pickles to be a lot of fun! I have found that warming up the vinegar helps the honey dissolve and infuses the pickles better. I have not played with keeping the cucumber whole yet, so I may update this if it turns out well. I hope you enjoy honey pickles as much as we do!

Ingredients:

5 mini cucumbers

3/4 cup vinegar

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

3/4 cup honey

1 Tbsp. Dill

2 tsp. Celery Salt

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cut the mini cucumbers into spears or circles and put them into a wide mouth quart jar. Put the vinegar and apple cider vinegar into a small pot and bring it to a boil. Let the vinegar boil for a minute and turn off the heat. Add the 3/4 cup of honey and stir until it is completely dissolved. Add the dill, celery salt, a pinch of salt, and pepper. Put them in the fridge and let the pickles sit for at least a day; the longer they sit the more flavor they have. ENJOY!!

Tips:

  • For a less sweet pickle reduce the honey to 1/2 cup and take out the apple cider vinegar and do 1 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • For more savory pickles add a 1 tsp of onion salt and 2 tsp. of chopped garlic
  • Try different honeys to change up the flavors of the pickles