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

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

 

 

Honey Potato Salad

 

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We are so excited for BBQ season; it is such a great time to get together with friends and family! One of my favorite dishes at any summer party, picnic, or BBQ is potato salad. I can never get enough and there are so many ways to make it different. From using different potatoes to using a vinegar for the dressing; potato salad can come in so many flavors! I really love adding O’Hara’s sweetwater draw honey dill mustard, but definitely try their other AMAZING honey mustards too!

Ingredients:

5 Potatoes

3 Eggs

3 stalks of celery

1 Carrot

½ cup Mayonnaise

3 Tbsp. O’Hara’s Honey Mustard

½ Tbsp. of honey

1 Tbsp. Celery Salt

A dash of curry powder

Dice the potatoes and put them in a pot of water, boil them for about 22 minutes or until soft. Also, boil the 3 eggs for 20 minutes. While they are cooking, dice the celery and shred the carrot into a bowl. Once the potatoes are done, drain the potatoes and put them in the fridge to cool. With the eggs; remove the shell, dice them up, and put them in the fridge to chill for about 5 minutes. Take a bowl and mix together the mayonnaise, honey mustard, honey, and celery salt. Pull out the potatoes and eggs out of the refrigerator. Mix thoroughly together the potatoes, eggs, celery, carrot, and the dressing. This is perfect to serve right away or can sit over night to let all flavors combine.

Tips:

  • Try putting 1/2 cup of chopped purple onion
  • Put 1/2 cup of large diced red bell peppers for added color
  • If you like a little kick to your potato salad add a splash of cayenne pepper

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

Why is honey so special?

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At The Honey Cottage we are frequently asked aren’t all honeys the same? Or why is this so expensive?

Honey is like a fine wine; the more rare and special a honey it is the higher the price will be. Many people use honey for its medicinal qualities. They also use it because it is a sweetener that works with the body. Let us be clear that not all honey is the same. The quality of the honey you purchase is dependent on who the beekeeper is and the rarity of the honey.

Tupelo honey is no exception to this rule. There are several types of tupelo trees, but only three locations for the tupelo tree known as Nyssa Ogeche also known as the white tupelo tree. These trees thrive in the wet swampy lands of the Ogeechee, Altamaha, and Suwannee Rivers. These trees only bloom 2-3 weeks out of the year and the bloom depends on weather. If there is not a sufficient winter so that they have a good rest they won’t bloom very well. If there is not enough sunlight they also struggle to have a good honey season.

What makes white tupelo honey even more special is the way the beekeepers have to get honey. There are not a lot of flat lands in the areas where the trees grow and the possibility of flooding is high in these areas. So the beekeepers have to keep their hives on flat barges; they have to use boats to access these hives to extract honey. Beekeepers also have to switch out frames, this is what holds the honey in the beehive, and so what they extract has as much tupelo nectar as possible. Tupelo is also unique because it has a higher amount of fructose then sucrose; this honey resists crystallization!!

When you come into The Honey Cottage remember that you are able to sample any of the bottled honeys. This will give you a better idea of what different honeys will taste like and you will leave happy knowing you have a honey that you will enjoy!

From our beehive to yours,

Bee Queen