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
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Honey Bread

Honey Bread blog

Have you noticed that when you make a change and try to go back it is not the same?

That is what we have noticed with our homemade honey bread. Frank has been making and perfecting this recipe for over 3 months (I am so proud of my cooking family)! We tried to have bread the other day that was not ours and it just tasted terrible and left us feeling terrible. I am so excited to share this recipe with you because we have been able to make; bread, hamburger buns, rolls, the best cinnamon bread ever, and hoagies with this same recipe!  What is really awesome is that it is only a few ingredients and we know what is going into our homemade bread! There are a few tricks that we have learned that we have made notes on as well. We love it and hope you enjoy it too!

Ingredients:

½ cup honey

2 cups of water (Hot 110°)

2 ½ TBSP yeast

7-8 cups of ground wheat berries (room temperature)

1 ½ tsp. salt

¼ cup butter (room temperature)

¼ cup coconut oil

2 eggs (room temperature)

Directions:

Put honey and water in mixing bowl and blend together, add yeast and let set for 2 to 3 minutes.

Put the ground wheat berries and salt into a bowl

In another bowl place the eggs, butter, and coconut oil mix together thoroughly

After the 3 minutes set time for the water add 3 cups of flour mix and let set 3- 5 minutes

After set time mix on slow speed and add the egg, oil, and butter mixture. Then add the four cups of flour, 1 cup at a time.

*Use the last cup of flour

Turn up the speed of the mixer and mix together for 5 minutes until a nice dough ball forms without sticking to the bowl.

Knead the dough for 1 to 2 minutes, put into an oiled bowl, place dough in oven next to a pot of boiling water for 1 hour do NOT cover the dough.

After 1 hour; knead the dough again and form into loafs (makes 2 large loaves)

Let rise in the oven next to a pot of boiling water; about 40 minutes. Do NOT cover loaves

Bake at 375° for 25 minutes

Let cool thoroughly before slicing or storing.

Tips:

  • Slice medium slices off the bread and use it for French toast (it is soo good)
  • Add 1 cup of raisins and 1 Tbsp. of Ceylon cinnamon for cinnamon raisin bread
  • Try using blueberry, Rocky Ford wildflower, or rabbit brush honey to change the flavor of the bread

The Honey Cottage Memorial Day SURPRISE!!

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We have super exciting news at The Honey Cottage; we now have Practical Herbs products in our shop!!! We are working very closely with Barbara to bring unique products that are amazing for your skin and your health. She is a Certified Medical Assistant, a Certified Nurse Assistant, an Herbalist, is a member of women’s P.O.W.E.R., is a mom, and grandmother. She has been perfecting her body care line for 27 years and makes everything in small batches. She has an entire baby skin care line, aromatherapy play dough, bath salts, bath bombs, and whipped hand and body frosting. She also has the best deodorant I have ever used in my life; usually when I use deodorants I really smell. Her deodorant is made with ingredients that combat that problem. What I am really excited about is everything that has a colorant is colored with Mica! All of her products are made with essential oils and natural scents. No nasty chemicals and everything leaves you feeling like a Queen Bee! She also has a line of handcrafted body care with CBD!! We have lots of products just in time for Territory Days May 25-27 in Old Colorado City!

So far we have her bath bombs, whipped hand and body frosting (made with royal jelly and bee pollen), aromatherapy play dough, and bath salts! We also have CBD full spectrum tinctures, CBG full spectrum tinctures, CBD whipped hand and body frosting, CBD bath bombs, and CBD lip balms! We are super excited to bee carrying her products; come to The Honey Cottage and see what we will have!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: BARBARA WILL BE HERE DURING TERRITORY DAYS ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY FOR A MEET AND GREET!!!!  SHE WILL HAVE SAMPLE BAGS!!!! SO BUZZ ON BY THE HONEY COTTAGE THIS WEEKEND!!!

Blueberry Peach Honey Cupcakes

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Have you ever tasted happiness?

Spring is here and there is no better way to celebrate then with this recipe.  Honeyville makes a blueberry peach butter that just makes your mouth happy. We really enjoy using this in yogurt, oatmeal, and in our cupcakes! If you leave off the topping you can use these for morning breakfasts. If you want a swirl effect; mix everything together and swirl the blueberry peach butter in at the end.  We hope this recipe makes you as happy as it does for us! Happy Spring!!

Ingredients:

1 cup- Apple sauce (room temperature)

¼ cup-Honey

½ cup- Coconut oil (liquefied)

¾ cup- Honeyville’s Blueberry Peach butter

2 cups- Ground wheat berries

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Baking soda

Topping:

1 pint- Heavy cream

¼ cup of honey

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the apple sauce, honey, coconut oil, and blueberry peach butter. Then add the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon; mix until everything is thoroughly mixed. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners and spray with your favorite cooking spray. You can also use FSC certified baking cups, these do not need to be sprayed. Fill the baking cups with batter a little over half way full; makes about 15-16 cupcakes. Place in the oven and cook for 15-18 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 the cupcakes are cooling; pour the heavy cream into a mixer and start to whip at a medium speed. Add ¼ cup of honey to the whip cream and whip it until it makes firm peaks when pull the whip up. When the cupcakes are nice and cool, top them with the whip cream. Enjoy!

Tips:

  • Try using a buttercream frosting as a topping
  • Try using Honeyville’s bumbleberry jam
  • Swirl ¼-½ cup of the blueberry peach butter into the whipping cream for extra flavor

The Health Benefits of Honey and Wheat Berries

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I have a secret to share with you; we cannot eat at restaurants anymore! I have switched over the majority of my diet to clean healthy foods. As a family we are 100% on wheat berries for all of the bread products we make at home! A week ago, we snuck out for a family meal; I had some chicken, coleslaw, and waffle fries. That night I started having pains in my abdomen, which continued all through the next day, and got worse. I thought we were going to have to go to the hospital; thankfully it finally calmed down that night. The hours of pain were just the worst and showed me that I need to be more careful what goes in my body.  What we have been learning over the past months and changing has made a huge difference in only two months. We are so stunned with what real food can do for you that we have to share with the whole world. 

There are so many chemicals in our daily diet it can be hard to avoid them! This is one of the reasons we work with only organic wheat berries. Another reason is because they are LOADED in vitamins and minerals that you do not get from store bought pre-processed flours; even the organic ones. Wheat berries are also a great protein source, fiber, omega- 3 Fatty acids, betaine, and plant lignans. All of this combined is what benefits your body and fights against; inflammation, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, carcinogens, food allergies, and reduces cardiovascular disease. These are just some of the small benefits we have seen and felt in our own body.   

Raw honey is the same way! When it is raw and unprocessed it is loaded in vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, proteins, flavonoids, and amino acids! These are important for your diet and your immune system!! These are all the benefits you can receive when you buy raw straight from the hive honey. Most store-bought honeys are pasteurized or ultra- pasteurized which KILL all of the benefits you can get from raw honey. Not to mention you get the benefits of glucose; which feeds your brain and fuels your body. All raw honey has sugars that benefit your body and feeds your body usable sugars that are from…flowers!!!  Sugar is processed and derived from sugar cane; all the nutritional properties are lost in this process.  The bees get everything that you get from honey from flowers! That is it! Nothing else is added 

My new saying is, “think before you eat.” If you think you should not eat it or if something does not seem right; it does not belong in your body!  

From our beehive to yours,

Queen Bee

Honey Fajita’s

Honey Fajitas

There are just some days when you want a really good fajita and this recipe is phenomenal! The chicken and beef come out so tender and flavorful. I also really liked that the saltiness of the Worcestershire sauce was complimented by the sweetness of honey. I used Rocky Ford honey because I really like the flavor it brings to this dish. What I love most about this combination is that you can place this on a tortilla or on top of salad greens and have an amazing meal no matter what! You can also add extra vegetables to add more flavors too! I hope you are as buzzed about this recipe as much as I am!

Ingredients:

1 pound Chicken

1 pound Beef

¼ cup Honey

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

2 green peppers

½ a sliced onion

½ cup sliced mushrooms

½ cup of Monterey Jack Cheese

½ cup of cheddar Cheese

½ cup Pico De Gallo- optional

1 Tbsp. sour cream- optional

Tortillas

Directions:

Cut up the chicken and the beef into slices. Take 2 gallon sized bags and put the honey, Worcestershire sauce, oil, salt, and pepper into each bag then put chicken in one and beef in the other. Tightly close the bags and move the meat around to thoroughly coat the meat; place in the meat in the fridge overnight. In the morning move the meat around again to make sure all pieces get a good coat, place back in the fridge.

Slice up the onion, green pepper, and mushrooms.

In two separate sauce pans; add a Tbsp. of olive oil to each sauté pan, put the heat in between the middle between medium and high. Add the onion to each pan and sauté until they are see through. Add the bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Then drain the beef in a colander and add to one sauté pan; do the same with the chicken and place in the other pan. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until the meat is at desired consistency.

Shred the cheese into a bowl.

Serve with Pico De Gallo, sour cream, and tortillas! Can serve these with beans and rice for sides!

Tips:

  • Try this recipe with shrimp
  • Add extra color by using purple onion and yellow peppers
  • Use romaine lettuce instead of a tortilla

The Buzz About Honey and Wheat Berries

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How do you feel when people say, “You are what you eat”?

I never realized how true this statement is and have been feeling astonished that even the organic foods we have been purchasing are not as “healthy” as we think. Processed food is processed food. So we are back to the basics in our house; except for a few small treats that we have not figured out how to make yet. We are thrilled to say that we have taken all sugar out of the kitchen and are strictly using raw honey as a sweetener! Plus, we have been grinding our own wheat berries, learning how to make homemade honey bread, and learning more about our nutritional needs.

What we found fascinating is that the organic bread flour we have been buying is not the same as grinding your own wheat! Freshly milled flour will only last a couple of days before you have to worry about your flour going rancid; unless you put it in the fridge, or freezer then you have a better time line of use. Think about how many months flours sit on the store shelves (not a fridge) and then in your home. That got me wondering if it really has all the nutrients it is supposed to have? The answer is no. The flour in the store has the endosperm, the embryo, and the bran taken out of it; which is where all of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are. They are also adding different things to make sure that the flour does not go rancid sitting on the store shelves. So what is really going into our body now?

We have also had a big eye opener with pre-made bread too. None of the store-bought breads have basic ingredients; and many of them have soy and corn syrup. We make a simple honey bread with; freshly milled organic wheat berries, water, honey, egg, butter, salt, and yeast. That’s it! Sure, it won’t last a month on the counter, but we KNOW what is going into it. Plus, our blood sugar is showing a great reduction; it does not shoot through the roof using the wheat berries and honey.

Just like wheat berries, honey has the same problem; the store bought honey can be pasteurized or even ultra- pasteurized. This means that it takes away the possibility of the honey crystallizing and all of the vitamins, minerals, and pollen out of the “honey”. It takes cooking it for long periods of time and at high temperatures to achieve this; meaning there is NO benefits to the honey you are eating. Cheaper is NOT always better!!  Make sure you are reading the back of the ingredients; you will be surprised to see some honeys have added ingredients. Another problem we are seeing is with something called prairie honey; this is where they take the flowers boil them down and add sugar. Just because it comes from the flowers does not mean it is going to have the same benefits; neither does adding cane sugar.

This is why working with a beekeeper is so crucial; you can ask questions of them and know what is going on with your honey!!    *Buyer bee-ware of the “honey brokers” because they get honey from different states and even countries and call it local honey! They are not beekeepers, but are highly educated to get you to buy their products.

Next month we will go over the nutritional benefits of honey and wheat berries!

REMEMBER; IF IT IS NOT MADE BY A BEE IT IS NOT HONEY!!!

From our beehive to yours,

Queen Bee

Honey citrus salad

Honey citrus salad

Are you ready to hear something exciting?!?!

Recently we have been learning more about what is good to eat and what needs to be taken out. I am so excited to say we have been learning about wheat berries and all of the benefits they have. They are nutrient dense and are great for blood sugar. We are seeing our health change in great ways and I am super excited to share this new recipe with you! We are finding it is easy to add a ¼ cup of wheat berries to our meals and can be a great protein source, even for vegetarians. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup wheat berries

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup asparagus

6 ounces salmon

2 Tbsp. O’Hara’s honey dill mustard

¾ cup spring leaf mix

¼ cup yellow squash

¼ cup mushroom

½ cup cherry tomatoes

½ a carrot

Dressing

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp. Orange blossom honey

1 tsp. lemon

1 tsp. lime

Directions:

-Cook 1 cup of wheat berries in 4 cups of water for 45 minutes or until soft. Drain and rinse the wheat berries and put aside.

-Warm up a sauté pan with the coconut oil; add the asparagus and cook for 5 minutes. Brush the top of the salmon with 1 Tbsp. of honey mustard, place face down in the pan, and cook for 4 minutes. Brush the top of the salmon with the remaining honey mustard, flip over, and cook for 4 minutes. Make sure both sides are golden brown and the salmon flakes off with a fork.

-Slice the squash, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. Shred the carrots.

-For the dressing: Take the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, orange blossom honey, lemon, and lime and mix together thoroughly.

-In a bowl; put the wheat berries, salmon, asparagus, spring leaf mix, squash, mushroom, tomatoes, carrots, and dressing. Toss everything together, put on a plate, and ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Try the honey chipotle mustard
  • Try the dressing with apple cider vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar
  • Add some sliced orange pepper and shredded purple cabbage to add extra color and flavor

Honey Oatmeal

Honey oatmeal

There is nothing better than starting your day with something hearty; especially, on cold days during the winter. We have been finding that the more complex a carbohydrate is the more nutritious it is for your body. It has been a little challenge for us because so much of the food in the grocery store is processed. So…we are back to the basics; we are learning that homemade is the best way. We have made a switch to steel cut oats because they have more fiber and will keep you fuller longer. This is my favorite way to make oatmeal and it is very flavorful. Plus, I don’t leave the table wanting anything else; I am full and satisfied for several hours.

Ingredients:

¾ cupSteel cut oatmeal

½ cup Walnuts

1 Tbsp. Flax seed

½ a Banana

1 Tbsp. Honey

1 tsp. of Ceylon cinnamon

1 Tbsp. of Butter- optional

Sprinkle of salt- optional

Directions:

Measure out the water, according to the servings you need, place in a pot and heat the water until it is boiling. Add the oatmeal to the water and turn down the heat as low as possible. Leave the pot uncovered and let it cook for 25 minutes; if you like it a little softer cook a little longer. Let it set for a few minutes and put in a bowl; add the walnuts and flax seed stir into the oatmeal. Cut half a banana and put the slices on top, drizzle the honey, and sprinkle the Ceylon cinnamon. If you like a little saltiness add a pat of butter or sprinkle of salt on top. ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Add a Tbsp. of chocolate chips or cocoa powder
  • Try hemp seed instead of flax seed
  • Try ½ cup of blueberries and raspberries instead of banana’s

Honey Jello Treats

Honey Jello Treat

We really love jello, but over the years have learned that we cannot have the dyes that are added to this treat. So I have found that making my own jello is not only easy, but it is tasty and much healthier. I use different juices and fruits for this recipe depending on what flavors we want for each batch. You can really come up with something fun every time. We use Knox Unflavored Gelatine to make this recipe. I hope you ENJOY!!

Ingredients:

For the Jello-

3 cups of any fruit juice warmed

4 envelopes of the gelatine

1 cup of the same fruit juice cold

1/4 cup of honey

2 can (14.5 ounce)-  diced peaches in fruit juice

For the whip cream:

1 pint of heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup of honey

3 Tbsp. Honeyville lemon whipped honey

Fruit layer:

2 cup of honey whip cream

1-2 cans of mandarin oranges

1/2- 1- tsp.of orange extract

Directions:

Put 3 cups of fruit juice into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Take the 4 envelopes of gelatine and sprinkle it in the bottom of a glass dish; the bigger the dish the faster the gelatine will firm up. Take the cold water and pour it on top of the gelatine; stir the mixture until the gelatine has dissolved. Drizzle the honey on top of the gelatine lawyer once it is firm. Add the warmed juice to the gelatine mixture and stir for several minutes until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Drain the canned peaches and mix thoroughly. Put the jello into the fridge until the jello is completely solid.

For the honey whip cream; you will take the pint of heavy cream and honey and put into a deep bowl or a mixer; or the cream will splash everywhere while it is being whipped. Whip the heavy cream until you get for about 5-7 minutes until you get stiff peaks.

To create the layers: 

Fruit layer- Take about half the whip cream and put it into a separate bowl. Drain the mandarin oranges and fold them into the whip cream. Then add the orange extract and mix again. We like it to have a light orange flavor, but you can add up to a tsp. if you like it strong.

Whipped cream- Take the other half of whip cream and add 3 Tbsp. of Honeyville’s  lemon whipped honey and fold it in.

Take a dish or bowl; add 1/4 of the fruit layer into the bottom of the dish. Next add a layer of jello. Then add a dollop of whip cream on top. Add a drizzle of honey and serve!

Tips:

  • Serve the mandarin oranges by themselves without the whip cream
  • Add some diced nuts to add some protein
  • Try using strawberry kiwi juice and add fresh strawberries and do kiwi on top with the whip cream