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

Banana and Bourbon Honey French Toast

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OMG if you have talked with me at The Honey Cottage you know how OBSESSED I am about the salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey from Honeyville. I especially LOVE this on stuffed French toast!!! I am super excited to share this recipe because the flavors of the bananas and bourbon combine to make a super yummy experience. This is a great recipe to make as a family, to serve for a Sunday brunch, or your family breakfast night. Whatever the reason we truly bee-lieve there is no better way to enjoy your day than with bourbon haha!

Ingredients:

10- Eggs

1 ½ cups- Milk

3 Tbsp.- Vanilla extract

2 tsp.- Cinnamon

12- Slices of Bread

8 ounces- Cream Cheese

Salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey

1 pint- Heavy whipping cream

2 Bananas

Directions: 

Crack the eggs into a bowl, add the milk, vanilla extract, and the cinnamon and whip together until thoroughly mixed together. Heat up a pan a little past medium heat. Spray the pan with your favorite cooking spray. Take the slices of bread, one at a time, and place in the batter, flip the bread over so both sides have the batter on them. Place the bread in the pan and cook until golden brown; depending on stove and heat level it can be about 3-5 minutes on both sides. Place the cooked toast on a plate until they are all cooked.

You can assemble the following ingredients in advance before you start the French toast, or while you are cooking the French toast.

Cream cheese center– take 8 ounces of cream cheese and whip it to make it spreadable, then add 2 Tbsp. of salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey and mix together. Place in a bowl to the side; you want it slightly warm so it will spread onto the French toast.

Whip cream topping- Take a pint of heavy whipping cream and place it in a mixer. Whip the heavy cream until you get soft peaks; then add 4 Tbsp. of salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey until you get firm peaks, about 2 minutes. Set the whip cream in a bowl.

Slice up the bananas and place in a bowl ready for assembly.

To assemble:

Take a piece of French toast and place it on the plate, spread some of the cream cheese onto the bread, place a layer of bananas on top, add the next piece of French toast on top. Place a few bananas on top, pipe out the whip cream on top, drizzle the top with salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey, and enjoy!!

Tips: 

-Add crushed pecans on top of the French toast

-Drizzle with a little bit of chocolate on top

-Sprinkle the top with a little shredded coconut

 

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Bee Queen’s Kitchen

Raspberry Honey Salad

Raspberry Honey Salad

Do you get bored with cooking?

I was super shocked to hear someone say that they were bored with cooking. I have heard many people say they don’t know how to cook and some say they don’t like to cook. I did not understand how someone could be bored. Then I talked with a customer one day who said they struggled with getting enough flavor to come out in their cooking. A light bulb moment happened for me. If people were not getting enough flavor in their meals then that may be why they were so bored with their food. Good food does not have to be boring or lack flavor. This is where Honeyville steps in; I literally am their number one fan!! They make user friendly whipped honeys to add flavor to your everyday meals. I am so excited to say this is a bee-licious meal! This recipe makes approximately 4 servings.

Ingredients:

8 ounces bacon

2 pounds of chicken

1 tsp. ground turmeric

A pinch of Salt and pepper

8 ounces shredded purple Cabbage

1 Orange Pepper

1 Yellow Squash

4 cups of spinach

6 ounces fresh raspberries

½ cup Raspberry whipped honey

1 fresh lemon- juiced

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Directions:

Cut up the chicken into medium chunks and put in a bowl to the side. Slice up the squash and orange pepper into strips and place in another bowl on the side. Put the spinach in a big mixing bowl and place to the side.

Cook up the bacon until lightly crispy and place on a paper towel to allow it to cool; save the bacon fat. Add the chunks of chicken into the bacon grease and cook for 5 minutes. Add the turmeric, salt, and pepper and toss the chicken to lightly coat it. Add the cabbage and cook for five minutes, then add the squash, and peppers; cook for another five minutes until desired doneness. Chop up the cooked bacon, rinse the raspberries, and fully drain; place the chicken, vegetables, chopped bacon, and raspberries to the bowl with the spinach.

Take the raspberry whipped honey and place into a mixing bowl. Squeeze a whole lemon in a separate bowl to get all seeds out; then add to the honey, and add the olive oil. Mix together thoroughly. Add to the salad and toss together. ENJOY!!

Tips:

  • Try adding a cup of quinoa or wheat berries
  • Use the bumbleberry whipped honey and add blackberries or blueberries instead
  • Instead of bacon grease use coconut oil