Honey Apple Cake

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My favorite thing to do for the holidays is to bake. I love waking up on a holiday to sweet treats that we have made as a family. I enjoy this recipe because for me it is comforting and makes everything seem more peaceful. Serve this with eggs and some orange juice and you have a complete breakfast or you can serve this with brunch. I noticed that once it bakes that the brown sugar will make a little river through the cake. If you want to prevent that, lightly swirl the topping into the top layer of the cake.

Ingredients:

Filling:

3 large granny smith apples

½ Tbsp. of apple pie spice

½ Tbsp. cinnamon

½ cup honey

½ cup butter

Cake:

Wet

2 eggs

1 ½ tsp vanilla

1 cup milk

1cup coconut oil

1 cup honey

Dry

3 cups of flour

½ tsp of salt

3 tsp of baking powder

Topping:

½ cup of room temperature butter

1 ½ cups coconut sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

-Turn on your oven to 350 degrees F.

-First, cut up the apples and dice them into medium cubes. Put them in a sauce pot and add the apple pie spice, the cinnamon, honey, and butter. Turn on medium heat and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the apples are soft, once done put apples aside.

-Take the eggs, vanilla, and milk and mix it together. Then add the oil and the honey and mix thoroughly together. In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt, and baking powder. Then add the liquid to the dry; mix together for about 2 minutes until everything is nice and mixed. Oil a 9X13 pan; add half the batter to the pan and evenly spread out. Add the apple filing evenly in a nice layer. Pour the rest of the batter on top to cover the apples.

-For the topping; take the butter, coconut sugar, and cinnamon and blend thoroughly. Then add to the top of the cake evenly. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 before serving. ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Instead of the apples add a thin layer of jam in the middle
  • Sprinkle some of the topping in the middle layer and the other half on top to cut down the river affect.
  • Add a scoop of ice cream and serve it as a dessert
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Mini Honey Cheesecakes

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OMG, I am so excited to say I have found a great new way to use Honeyville jams and whipped honey! These mini honey cheesecakes are perfect for any occasion and people can top with their favorite toppings! I was so excited when I realized that I could use Honeyville jams as a topping too. Lily wanted blueberry peach butter, Frank wanted chocolate buzz honey sauce, Alice wanted mountain peach whipped honey, and I wanted cherry rhubarb jam! Everyone was able to have everything they wanted, it was awesome!! I also recommend using Honeyville whipped honey caramel sauce too! SO YUMMY!

Ingredients:

Crust:

9-Graham crackers

¼ tsp- Sea salt

1 tsp-Ceylon cinnamon

1/3 cup- Butter

¼ cup- Honey

Filling:

16 ounces- Cream cheese

½ cup- Honey

2 eggs

1 tsp.-Vanilla extract

Directions:

*Set out the cream cheese half an hour before you start, this way the filling will be less lumpy*

-Heat the stove to 350 degrees; put a bread loaf pan into the oven with about 2 cups of water into the oven. This will add moisture to the cooking process to prevent the cheesecake from cracking.

-Take the graham crackers and mash them up into tiny pieces or grind them in a blender. Add the sea salt and the cinnamon until thoroughly mixed. Melt the butter; add the butter and the honey to the graham cracker mixture and then mix thoroughly.

-Pull out 12 muffin tins and then line them with cupcake liners and spray with your favorite cooking spray. I really love to use FSC certified baking cups because I don’t have to spray them. Put about 1 1/2 TBSP of graham cracker mixture into each cup.

-Put the cream cheese into a mixer and start mixing; then add the eggs and mix together, scrap down the sides. Add the honey and vanilla mix together and scrap down the sides again. Mix one more time to make sure everything is mixed together.

-Put the filling on top of the graham cracker crust; fill all of the muffin cups evenly until the mixture is all used. Do not over fill the cupcake cups. It will puff up while cooking, but does not over flow.

-Cook the cheesecakes for about 35-40 minutes. Pull out of the oven and place on a hot pad to cool for 15 minutes. Transfer the cheesecakes to the fridge and let chill for about 4 hours.

-Serve with a variety of toppings so everyone can enjoy their favorite cheesecake!

Tips:

  • Set out chocolate chips, whipped cream, and nuts for toppings
  • Use fresh fruit like raspberries and strawberries
  • Use orange blossom, blueberry blossom, or raspberry blossom honey for a fruity flavor

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

 

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

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 Coconut Granola

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It is that time of year to get out and about; hiking, biking, and picnics galore! I really love being able to take something with me that is sweet and gives me energy. This is a treat that can be made in advance and can be used for any time! It is also great for sharing with friends and family; I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Ingredients:

2 cups quick rolled oats

1/3 cup whole flax seed; grind this fresh with a coffee grinder

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

¾ cup cashews

2 Tbsp. of cocoa powder

½ cup of peanut butter

5 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil

½ cup Honeyville cinnamon whipped honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Heat the stove to 300 degrees F. Place the oats, flax seed, coconut, and cashews. Place the cocoa powder, peanut butter and coconut oil in a small sauce pan and put on the stove to warm it up; set the stove at warm. Once this is warm and thoroughly mixed, turn off the stove, and pour in the honey and the vanilla extract. Thoroughly mix again and pour over the dry ingredients. Use a spoon and mix it together until everything is combined. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the granola on top. Press the granola down to make a nice even layer bake for 25 min. Once it is done, let cool for an hour before putting in a container.

Tips:

  • Try using Honeyville’s Salted Bourbon Vanilla for a more savory granola
  • Use crunchy peanut butter for more protein
  • Use pecans instead of cashews for more fiber

Honey Foil Packets

 

Honey Chicken Packets

Do you ever struggle to make a dinner where each person likes something different?

We have the solution; try honey chicken packets! Each person can choose their own sauce and vegetables. What makes this even more awesome is it is all done at the same time; there is no need to cook several different meals! This is an excellent recipe to use for Honeyville whipped honeys and sauces too!

Our favorite Ingredients:

Chicken breasts

Carrots

Green, orange, red, or yellow bell peppers

Celery

Onions

Potato

Enough to drizzle on the breast-Coconut oil or favorite sauce

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut up carrots, peppers, celery, onions, and potatoes into slices; try not to cut them to thick or they won’t cook thoroughly. Using heavy duty foil; you will need approximately 24 inches of foil, fold the foil in half, and spray the foil with cooking spray or brush oil. Place the chicken and a ½ cup of sliced vegies onto the foil. Drizzle honey, oil, or BBQ sauce on top and salt and pepper to taste. Then fold the sides of the foil up to where they are touching, fold the edges together and fold several times. Then take the sides and fold together to make into a sealed pocket. Bake on a baking sheet for 15 minutes for small breasts, 20 for medium, and 25 minutes for large breasts on each side. Pull one out of the oven and make sure the breasts have reached the internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Take them out of the oven and cut open the end of the packet and pour onto the plate or place the whole packet on the plate and open them at the table. ENJOY!

Tips:

  • If do not want to have sauce; add an ice cube inside the packet.
  • Can be cooked on the BBQ grill
  • Can use Patty’s Jalapeno jams in the packet
  • Can use Eggplant to substitute for the chicken

Surprise Honey Cake

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Here is a fun cake that we really love; it turned out amazing, moist, and tender!!!  I made some notes on what I did differently right next to the ingredients.  Also, for the pudding, for honey selection make sure it is something that is not to strong unless you love the honey as much as we do!!  So pleased with how this turned out!! This cake is perfect for parties!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour Blend
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or 1/2 cup carob powder
  • 1-11/4 cup of honey, this depends on how sweet you would like the cake
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft.  I used salted butter with mine.
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 large eggs

Directions:

1) Place a strainer over a large mixing bowl. Measure in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and sugar. Sift/shake the dry ingredients through the strainer into a mixing bowl, to eliminate any lumps.

2) Add the butter and mix at low speed for 1 minute. With the mixer running, add the oil and continue mixing until the mixture looks like sand.

3) Combine the vanilla with the milk and coffee or water, and add all at once. Mix for 1 minute at low speed, stop and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then mix for 30 seconds.

4) Add the eggs one at a time, beating well at medium-high speed between additions. The batter will be thin.

5) Pour the batter into the prepared pan of your choice (one 9″ x 13″ pan, two 9″ round pans, or three 8″ round pans). Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 34 minutes for a 9″ x 13″ pan; 28 to 30 minutes for 9″ layers; or 24 to 26 minutes for 8″ layers. Make sure to gently move the pan to get any air bubbles out of the mix before putting in the oven. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack before frosting.

Optional: Pudding Filling: Makes 2 cups of pudding

2 cups milk

5 Tbsp cornstarch

1/2 cup of honey

1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.  Whisk until smooth.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until pudding is very thick.  Chill, either in one container or in individual cups.

Optional: Whipped Topping:

Ingredients:

8 ounces of Heavy whipping cream

Honey- to taste on average I use about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup

Directions:

Put the whip cream in a bowl and use a mixer to whip up the heavy cream until soft peaks, add the honey to taste and whip again to stiff peaks.

Now take a piece of cake and slice it in half when it is fully cooled, add a tablespoon of pudding, put the top of the cake back on top, and place whipped cream on top!  ENJOY!!!

Tips:

  • Instead of pudding use fresh cut fruit in the center
  • Use jam to make it sweeter
  • Put chocolate chips or chopped nuts in the batter

Honey Pork Salad

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Do you ever look at your salad and wish it was more?

I have always been a fan of making fancy salads! This is one of my favorite recipes because you can use a different fruit or meat and change it up! This is a salad that is perfect for lunch or dinner and is easy enough to make in advance. The best part of this salad; is the sweet and savory satisfaction you get from eating it. I truly believe a salad should not just be a salad; it should be fun and leave you feeling great. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Remember the eyes it first; making the salad look good will mean that you will feel more satisfied.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of spring leaf mix

½ of a tomato

½ of a pear

¼ cup-black olives

¼ cup-raisins

½ cup-sliced pre-cooked pork

¼ cup-pecans

1 Tbsp.-apple cider vinegar

1 tsp.-lemon juice

1 Tbsp.-honey

*I pre-cook pork so I can use it when I need it

Take the spring leaf mix and place it spread out onto a plate. Slice up the tomato and the pears into medium sized wedges and place them into different sections of the salad; tomatoes in two opposite sections, and pears in a third. Slice up the black olives and put them into the last corner. Place the pork into the center; then sprinkle the top with raisins and pecans. Mix together the apple cider vinegar, honey, and the lemon juice and drizzle over the salad. ENJOY!

Tips-

  • Use chicken instead of pork
  • Use balsamic vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar
  • Try craisins instead of raisins
  • Use ½ cup of garbanzo beans instead of meat

Confessions of a Beekeeper

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Have you ever been affected by someone else’s mistake? Have you ever made a mistake that affected others?

Let’s be real here for a minute…we are ALL human! Things happen. Mistakes happen. Life happens. In December I was in a car accident; another person hit me. It was in that moment where I realized I could not fix someone else’s mistakes. I have done my best to fix my own and work on not making mistakes, but I could not fix what someone else had done. Now this could have been much worse, but I have been working through a concussion and whip lash. This has limited me on what I can do and how long I can do it for. This is where I finally realized that there are many parts of my day that relate to what the bees do.

At The Honey Cottage we strive to help our customers, community, and others around us understand bees. What we do affects them every day. Mistakes that we have made, in the past and are continuing to make, affect them every day. People want more houses; so we build them. People want stores closer to them; so we build them. People want more things to do; so we build movie theaters, batting cages, and other forms of entertainment. There are less people demanding to see flower gardens. There are less people asking for pesticides not to be used. There are less people taking a stand for the bees. Without the bees our food supplies suffer. Without bees flowers are no longer pollinated. Without bees you no longer have straight from the hive honey, propolis, beeswax, or royal jelly. MAN CANNOT DUPLICATE WHAT WE GET FROM BEES!!! Bees are unique to their field. No bees. No flowers. No honey.

Here is what I have learned from the accident; I cannot fix everything and I cannot do everything alone. I have learned that I need help. I have learned that bees cannot talk for themselves and say okay this is what we need. We may not be able to fix the past, but WE have to take the stand for them for the future. WE have to speak for them and bee their voices. WE have to bee the change in order to save them. THEY NEED FLOWER NECTAR TO STAY HEALTHY AND ALIVE!!!

PLEASE HELP BEE THEIR VOICE; plant flowers and ask neighbors to plant flowers. STOP the use of pesticides that kill the bees! Use other methods of taking care of bees; co-planting and adding lots of lady bugs!

In support of the bees we have bee attracting flower seeds available at The Honey Cottage! Here is a link as to what is in the packet: https://thehoneycottage.com/p/bee-seeds

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen