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 Cookies

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Have you noticed; when you make a switch to something your taste buds just won’t let you go back?

I used to love store bought cookies and when other people made cookies. Until, I tried this recipe. Now no matter what I try to eat, it just tastes way too sweet for me. I really love this recipe because you can add little things to make it taste different. I also like that I can freeze them so if I am not in the mood to make them, I have some ready! However, they never last long enough in our house. I really have a bad habit of eating them for breakfast too!

Ingredients

1 cup of honey

1 cup peanut butter

½ cup softened butter

1 egg

¾ cup chocolate chips

1 ¼ cup of white wheat flour

1 tsp. baking powder

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Next, put the honey, peanut butter, butter, and egg in a bowl. Mix together with a hand mixer until it is completely mixed together.  Then, add the chocolate chips, sift the flour and the baking powder into the bowl and mix again until smooth. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.  Using a small, #40 scoop; scoop the dough onto the cookie sheet. Using a fork; spread the dough out a little. Place in the oven on the middle rake and cook for 12-13 minutes for soft or if you like cookies with a little more crunch cook for 14-15 minutes. The sides will be slightly brown when they are done.

Tips

  • Add ¼-½ cup of crushed nuts
  • Make faces with the chocolate chips instead of stirring them in
  • I have not tried it yet, but try using almond butter instead of peanut butter
  • Instead of chocolate chips add ¾ cup crushed walnuts

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

 

Honey Drink

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Do you ever wake up in the morning and find you are not hungry?

Here is one of my top favorite recipes because it is simple, easy, and boosts my immune system! Each ingredient is designed to help your body in some way. I find that it also jump starts my stomach when I don’t wake up hungry. Water is to wake up your body and gets you hydrated. The honey is great for supplying your brain with the glucose it needs to keep you focused and the fructose gets you the energy you need to get going. Apple cider vinegar and lemon are to get your digestion going. Cinnamon and garlic aid in cleansing the body. ALL of these ingredients are energy and immune system boosters! What I love about adding the garlic is that I don’t taste it; I just swallow it and it boosts my immunity.

Ingredients:

20 ounces of water

2 Tbsp. of honey

1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

½ tsp. of cinnamon

½ Fresh squeezed lemon

½ tsp. fresh chopped garlic (optional)

Use warm water and add the honey, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, lemon, and garlic. Shake vigorously until thoroughly mixed. Add ice if you want it chilled and drink up within about 30 minutes.

Tips:

  • Add fresh cucumber
  • Reduce the water to about 10 ounces; add 8-10 ounces of green tea
  • Add 1-2 Tbsp. of chia seeds

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

National Honey Month 2017

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Ah, this is one of our favorite times of year; not just because of fall, but because it is…..National Honey Month! That is right September is a whole month of nothing but honey, bees, and everything bee hive related! So here is one of our favorite ways to celebrate; 9 super interesting facts about everything related to the bee hives!

1- Bumblebee queens will lay their eggs on top of pollen, cover it with wax, and some may lay on them to keep the babies warm.

2- There are bees that do NOT sting; they are called stingless bees! They do have other ways to protect themselves; some will bite and some have poisons.

3- Drone bees don’t work; they are strictly there for procreating with the queen bee!

4- After the enriched nectar is deposited into the honey comb; the bees bring the water content to 14%- 18%. Now you have honey!!

5- Bees have 3 sets of ears; one set is on their legs, the next is at the end of the antennae, and the last set is in the middle of their antennae.

6-Bees can’t read and Bees will never read the same books you do no matter how well written the book is. The bees are just not interested; they go by their own rules and can surprise you at anytime.

7-One of the main enzymes that bees have it called invertase. This is an enzyme that the bees use to break down sucrose, in nectar, into the sugars fructose and glucose.

8- Some people love the fruit and berry honeys. The flavor of fruit comes through; for example, a hint of orange flavor that naturally comes from the orange blossom. Some of my favorite honeys are blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry blossom honey; each is berry tasty with a hint of the berries.

9- The oldest honey ever found was over 5,000 years old!! Would you dare to eat it?

From our Hive to Yours,

Bee Queen

Sweet and Sour Honey Sauce

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Have you ever been told you can no longer have something because you are allergic to it?

This has happened to me! I have had bad issues with MSG and soy for over 15 years now. It has been hard to revamp my diet, but I have found ways to make my diet work for me! Chinese is one of those types of foods that have been super hard to find a substitute, but I DID IT! This is one of my all time favorite recipes; honey style of course. No soy and no MSG and just the way I like it. I have found that a dark wild flower honey offers a better flavor and makes it a little sweeter. I also really like that I can use this with meat or I can do a vegetarian style dish.

Sweet and Sour Honey Sauce

1 cup white vinegar

1 cup of honey

½ cup of ketchup

2 cup water

¼ cup cornstarch

Combine the vinegar, honey, and ketchup in a medium size sauce pan; turn the stove on medium heat. Take the water and cornstarch and mix together thoroughly and add this to the sauce. Stir the sauce for a minute and bring it to a boil. Once it starts to boil, mix for one to two minutes; turn off the heat and put aside to top on your favorite stir fry or put in the fridge and enjoy for up to a week.

Tips:

  • Adjust the cornstarch to the thickness that is desired; we like it a little thicker so we add more cornstarch, if you desire a little thinner add less cornstarch
  • This recipe is amazing for using as a dip for chicken fingers or eggplant dippers
  • The sauce will thicken when it is in the fridge; the sauce reheats better when mixed into the food instead of placed on top
  • Chicken, beef, pork, tofu, and shrimp all work well for the sweet and sour honey sauce

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Butters

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Do you love toast, bagels, English muffins, and muffins? I do too, but I think they are so much better when they are dressed up fancy with honey butter. I have found that honey is super versatile and comes in so many yummy flavors. This allows me to make something super bee-licious every time! Honey butters are no exception. The sweet and salty combination really makes baked goods even more satisfying. I have even used the honey butter on our chicken and ham.

Cinnamon Honey Butter-

8 ounces- butter room temperature

4 Tbsp. – Rabbit brush honey

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Place the butter, at room temperature, into a mixer and whip until it is nice and light. Take a spatula and scrape down the sides, mix again for a couple more minutes. Then, add the honey and the cinnamon and mix until thoroughly blended. Place in an air tight container and put it into the fridge. Use up within 2 weeks.

Honey caramel pecan-

8 ounces- butter room temperature

4 Tbsp. – Honeyville caramel honey sauce

1/3 cup- crushed pecans

A pinch- Sea salt

Place the butter, at room temperature, into a mixer and whip until it is nice and light. Take a spatula and scrape down the sides, mix again for a couple more minutes. Then, add the caramel honey sauce and crushed pecans and mix until thoroughly blended. Place in an air tight container, sprinkle with sea salt, and put it into the fridge. The caramel has milk in it so make sure to refrigerate. Use up within 2 weeks.

Tips-

  • I like to whip the butter all at once and then measure out what I need for each recipe, and then continue mixing
  • Walnuts make a great substitute for the pecans
  • Take the cinnamon out if you want just a plain honey butter
  • Try adding 2 tsp. pumpkin spice and 1/3 cup crushed pumpkin seeds

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

Chocoholic Honey Muffins

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Do you ever feel like you need a nap before lunch? Your body may not be getting enough glucose for breakfast to get you through the day. At The Honey Cottage we bee-lieve breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. This is the meal that will help get you through your morning without needing a nap. This is why we LOVE muffins for breakfast!! We like to add some fresh fruit and eggs to make a nice light breakfast. These can be pre-made on the weekend so your morning ritual runs smoothly.

Ingredients:

½ cup coconut oil (liquefied)

½ cup of honey

1 cup of applesauce (room temperature works best)

1½ cups whole wheat flour

3 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

½ cup of chocolate chips

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the coconut oil, honey, and applesauce. Then add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and chocolate chips; mix until everything is thoroughly mixed. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners and spray with your favorite cooking spray. 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. Enjoy!

Tips:

  • Add ½ cup of your favorite crushed nuts
  • Add ¼ cup more of honey for a sweeter muffin
  • Try using FSC certified baking cups; they don’t need to be sprayed with oil
  • Take out the cocoa powder and add fresh banana instead

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

 

Honey Yogurt Popsicle’s

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Yogurt is such a versatile product; you can use it in so many recipes and in so many ways. Another favorite recipe at The Honey Cottage is honey yogurt pops. They are great for the summer time; and are perfect for any time of day! These also work really well for on the go people and families. Whether it is for breakfast, snack, or just because; these tasty treats hit the spot. This is also an amazing way to try different raw honeys and flavor combinations with fruit. We really like using blueberry blossom, cranberry blossom, and Honey Dew honey. The whipped honeys from Honeyville are also a fun way to mix this recipe up!

Ingredients-

1 ½ cups whole milk yogurt

1 ½ Tbsp. honey

½ cup of fresh fruit

Directions-

Place the 1 ½ cups of yogurt in a bowl and drizzle the 1 ½ Tbsp. of honey on top. Next, mix it together until thoroughly mixed (a blender can also be used to make it easier). Then add the ½ cup of fruit into the yogurt and mix together. Using a popsicle mold; fill carefully to the top making sure to leave enough room for the tops to fit without the yogurt spilling out. Put in the freezer for about 6-8 hours; depending on the size of the molds. Any leftover yogurt can be saved for the next batch or eaten with granola. ENJOY!

Tips-

-Use Honeyville whipped honeys to add an extra flavor; our favorite is the lemon whipped honey with diced peaches (Pictured at the top)

-Puree the fruit you are going to use to add some fun color

-Add 2 tsp. of wheat grass powder to the mix for added vitamins

-Use ice trays and popsicle sticks for smaller servings

 

Honey Berry Cake

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At The Honey Cottage we love things that are unique; honey is no exception. Bees have a way of making every honey different. No year or season is the same as the last and bees have a way of making every honey more delicate then the last. It seems if you hand them a flower they make their own unique art from it. The bees “season” the honey differently as they find new nectar to nibble on. As a cook this works the same way for me; no two recipes turn out exactly the same. Either I use a different honey or I tweak something so the recipe is more amazing then the last. Honey Berry Cake is one of my favorite recipes to play with because you can add a different honey or berry and change it every time.

Ingredients:

1 cup of butter, room temperature is best

1 ½ cups of honey

1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 ½ Tbsp. cinnamon

4 eggs, room temperature

1 cup of milk

½ tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. baking powder

3 cups of sifted cake flour

1 cup fresh blueberries

1 cup fresh diced strawberries

Directions:

Let the oven preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit while preparing the cake. Spray a 9X13 inch pan and set aside. Using a mixer; blend the butter, honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon together at medium speed until nice and fluffy. Add 2 eggs and thoroughly mix, scrape down the side of the mixer, add the other 2 eggs, and scrape the side again. Add the milk, salt, and baking powder and thoroughly mix; make sure to scrape down the sides. Add a cup of flour at a time until the batter is completely combined. Fold in the strawberries and blueberries gently and pour the batter into the sprayed pan. Take the pan and lightly bang the pan on the counter to work out any air bubbles in the batter. This takes a couple of minutes. Put into the oven for approximately 35-40 minutes; insert a tooth pick into the center make sure it is done, it will come out clean. Let set for about 30 minutes or until completely cool. This cake is great with or without topping! ENJOY!

Tips:

-You can use frozen berries for this cake; let them set out over night and leave the juice in if you want to add a natural color to the cake.

-Honey Whip Cream is one of our favorite toppings for summer; add fruit on top for a little more color

-Honey Cream Cheese is a adds a nice flavor to the cake; you can add fresh fruit puree to make it a little lighter too

Orange Blossom Honey Granola

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One of my all time favorite things to do in the kitchen is make honey granola. I love being able to play with the recipe and make something new every time. I just recently began experimenting with using cocoa powder and chocolate chips. I was super surprised on how well it came out and had to share. This has now become my favorite recipe because it gives me just enough of a chocolate fix! What I love about this granola is that I can use it any time of day and it goes great in yogurt. It is nice to have something that will give you energy that you can carry with you and not worry about spoilage! At The Honey Cottage we are very excited to work with amazing beekeepers and have their honeys in the shop. This specific recipe is really good with a lighter honey; alpine wildflower, cactus blossom, orange blossom, or alfalfa clover are the best! It gives it enough sweetness without over powering the other flavors.  Hope you enjoy this recipe 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

½ cup of raisins

¾ cup walnuts; mashed into bite size pieces

½ cup chocolate chips, ¾ cup if they are mini chocolate chips

½ cup of peanut butter

5 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil

½ cup orange blossom honey

½ teaspoon orange extract

Directions:

Heat the stove to 300 degrees F. Place the oats, flax seed, coconut, raisins, walnuts, and chocolate chips in a bowl. Place the 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 orange 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; if using an 11X17 pan bake for 25 min., for 9X13 bake for 35 minutes. Once it is done, let cool for an hour before putting in a container.

Tips:

The granola will be a little softer in a 9X13; if you want it crispier, stick with the 11X17 pan.

You can use these ingredients instead to mix it up:

  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Almond Butter
  • Cashew butter
  • Raw cashews
  • Raw peanuts
  • Use Alpine wildflower, cactus, or alfalfa clover honey

I find that the granola keeps better in glass or plastic containers. Zip locks can be used if you use the granola up quickly.