Honey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin muffins

At The Honey Cottage we bee-lieve fall is an amazing time to enjoy pumpkin EVERYTHING! This is one of our favorite recipes because we also bee-lieve honey and chocolate should cover everything too! What we love most about this recipe is that it is not just for the fall time, you can use it anytime you are in the mood for pumpkin. This is a great muffin to have on the go or for picnics.  If using the wheat berries; grind up the wheat berries and then measure out the 1 1/2 cups. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Ingredients:

½ cup coconut oil (liquefied)

3/4 cup of honey

1 tsp. of vanilla

1 cup of canned pumpkin

1 Tbsp. of pumpkin pie spice 

1½ cups whole wheat flour

1 cup chocolate chips

1 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the coconut oil, honey, vanilla, canned pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice. Then add the flour, chocolate chips, and baking soda; 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 3/4 of the way full; makes about 12 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:

  • Try using canned sweet potato for a different flavor
  • Add 3/4 cups crushed pumpkin seeds
  • Add 1/4 cup of ground flax seed
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Honey Balsamic Skewers

Honey skewers

How easy is it to add honey to your recipes?

At The Honey Cottage we really try to find ways for people to use honey in their daily life. I really love this recipe because it is super easy and quick to make and can be pre-made to make lunch easier to pack. I have noticed that everyone has a moment where they want things that are easy or light to eat. I really love being able to make these and having them ready for whenever. These skewers can be used as an appetizer, as a snack, or even put with a salad and made into a meal. The other benefit of this recipe is that the honey is used in raw form. This recipe is great with tofu, chicken, or steak too! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp-Balsamic vinegar

4 Tbsp- Raw Honey

1 cup- ½ inch thick ham cubes

5- Red grape tomatoes

5- Orange cherry tomatoes

5-10- Basil leaves

5-Mozzarella cubes

5-Pitted green olives (optional)

5- Small skewers

Directions:

Mix the balsamic vinegar and the honey in a bowl or container. Cut the ham into 1-inch cubes and place into the balsamic vinegar honey sauce, mix the pieces around to get a nice coat of sauce on each piece, and place into the fridge overnight.

When you are ready to put together;

Wash the tomatoes and basil and place on a plate. Cut up the mozzarella into 1-inch cubes and place next to the tomatoes. Pull the marinated ham out of the fridge.

Take a skewer and push the end through a red tomato, then fold the basil leaf in half and push the skewer through the center of the basil leaf, push the end through a piece of ham, fold another piece of basil and push the skewer through the center of the basil leaf, then place an orange tomato next to the basil, and lastly add a piece of mozzarella to the end.

Continue this pattern with the next four skewers.

Add a green olive to either end of the skewer to add more color and flavor. Serve and ENJOY!

Tips:

-Add sliced up pieces of green or yellow pepper

-Drizzle the tops of the skewers with extra honey

-Try adding a slice of cucumber (this can be marinated in the balsamic honey sauce over night too!)

 

 

 

NATIONAL HONEY MONTH 2019

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Do you know what September is?!?!

It’s our favorite month of year; NATIONAL HONEY MONTH!! We love bees, honey, and beekeeping and love that there is a whole month dedicated to it! What I love most is that I finally found the perfect job; most people say that after time they can’t stand where they work. Guess what? I don’t have that problem; we love talking about bees so much!! There are so many honey varieties and so many ways to use them!  I am so excited to share these fun facts this year and hope you enjoy anything new that you learn!

1- If you are thinking of planting raspberry and blackberry bushes bee aware that it will take time before you see fruit! They take a full year to establish before they will produce fruit the following year! Fruit honeys are the best and worth the wait!

2-Raw straight from the hive honey has oligosaccharides; this natural sugar serves as a prebiotic in the gut!

3-Medicinal uses of honey dates back thousands of years; from Sumerian art to Greek literature honey spans a multitude of times and cultures.

Early Sumerian art and Greek writing talk about using raw honey for medicinal use for 1,000’s of years! From open wounds to pain relief, honey has been used for everything!

4-Raw honey can bee used every day it is nature’s best sweetener and as always don’t over indulge!

5-Raw honey will not cause inflammation, like white sugar can, because raw honey is an anti-inflammatory!

6-True manuka honey is only produced in New Zealand and Australia; it contains a powerful chemical called methylglyoxal. This is what makes manuka honey so wonderful for wound healing! Please check out “The Honey Revolution” by Ron Fessenden for more details on manuka honey!

7-Children under 1 years of age should not have honey due to the fact their immune system is not fully matured. After 1 year of age they are ready to handle all of the nutrients that honey has to offer.

8-Raw honey contains 18 bioflavonoids; these are antioxidants that fight for your body and prevent damaging effects from free radicals!

9-Food for thought; Bees collect nectar from the bee-autiful flowers you see everyday and make honey. Honey is highly nutritional and our bodies are able to break down and use every molecule. White sugar is made from sugar cane or sugar beets and has to be processed and refined to where there is no nutritional value. Corn syrup and High fructose corn syrup are made from cornstarch which is also refined and processed and is foreign to the human body. This year we hope you make the switch to something that is better for your body and enjoy the nutritional benefits you receive.

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, Royal Jelly, and Skin Care

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Do you ever look at a skin care product and wonder why honey and royal jelly are used?

At The Honey Cottage, one of the many questions customers ask is, “doesn’t honey make you feel sticky”? The neat thing about honey is when it is used in a complete formula it actually is not sticky. The biggest reason that honey is used in skin care is because it is a humectant!! A humectant means that that honey is going to draw moisture to the skin. It also creates a barrier on the skin to prevent moisture from leaving.

Royal jelly is a substance that is fed to the bees,in their larva stage, for the first three days and the queen bee her whole life. Honey and royal jelly are both an antibacterial, have antioxidants, and are an antimicrobial. Raw honey and royal jellies ability to fight bacteria are what make them perfect for skin care.Raw honey and royal jelly are loaded in antioxidants which make them perfect for giving your skin the ability to repair itself. Lastly, the antimicrobial ability of honey and royal jelly means that they keep microorganisms at bay. This is why honey and royal jelly are favored for being used in facial scrubs, lip balms, soap, lotions, and even shampoo!!

We bee-lieve that royal jelly should be used sparingly, but we also bee-lieve in the huge benefits people are seeing using it in their skin care regimen. This is why we are fighting hard to find the best products for our customers. A good skin care product will leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, and revitalized.

We are so excited to be working with Practical Herbs and her skin care line. Not only does she use the gifts from the hive, but she has researched every ingredient she uses to make the best products for her customers. All of her products are developed to add moisture to your skin and not take it away. Practical Herbs has been perfecting her business for 10 years and really is making a buzz!

Buzz on by The Honey Cottage and check out her amazing skin care line!We have samples of her lotion for you to try!

Stay tuned for our next blog on skincare benefits with bee pollen and beeswax!

From our beehive to yours,

Queen Bee

 

 

Summer honey fruit salad

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There is nothing that celebrates summer more than all the luscious fruit that is coming in! I keep forgetting that honey can be used in anything and everything and this is one of our favorite ways to eat honey, especially for fighting allergies. So, I wanted to show how easy it is just to add a little bit of honey to the diet. It not only boosts the immune system, but it is super easy to use! I toss the apples and bananas in the honey and orange/ lemon juice to keep them from browning and to add a little extra flavor to the recipe.

Ingredients:

¼ cup- blueberries

4 strawberries

8 grapes

1 mandarin orange

2 Tbsp. Pecans

2 Tbsp. Walnuts

2 Tbsp. of orange juice or lemon juice

Honey

¼ cup of apples

½ of a banana

Directions: 

Wash the blueberries and put them in a bowl, then slice up the strawberries into quarter slices and place them in the bowl, next slice the grapes and mandarin orange into halves (since they are small you can keep them whole too) and place them the bowl. Smash the walnuts and pecans into bite sized pieces and add them to the fruit bowl.

In a separate bowl; mix the orange or lemon juice and the honey together thoroughly and put a side.

Take the apple and cut it into bite sized pieces and place in the honey sauce, then slice up the banana, and add it to the apples and honey sauce. Toss together lightly coating all pieces of fruit.

Add the apples and bananas to the other fruit lightly toss again and serve! ENJOY!

Tips:

-Try using honeyville’s raspberry whipped honey to add some extra flavor

-Take out the pecans and walnuts and try with sunflower seeds

-Try adding a ¼ of pineapple chunks

Honey Super food Bowl

Honey Superfood Bowl

Do you know that bee pollen and honey are a superfood? 

This is one of my favorite snacks to enjoy before bedtime or for breakfast with fruit. I find that pairing the honey with a protein is a great way to keep my blood sugars levelThe honey gives me the glucose I need to feed my brain all night or all dayThis recipe is one of the best ways to get the nutritional benefits of bee pollen, honey, hemp seeds, and the cocoa nibs; plus it is easy and quick to make.  It is hearty, filling, made with all raw foods, and nutrient dense. You can dip apples in this, eat it by itself, or put it on pancakes or toast. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!! 

Ingredients:  

1/3 cup Peanut butter   

Tbsp. honey 

1 ½ tsp. hemp seeds 

tsp. bee pollen 

2 tsp. cocoa nibs 

½ cup of walnuts 

Directions: 

Take the peanut butter, honey, hemp seeds, bee pollen, and mix them together. Then add the cocoa nibs and walnuts to the top and lightly fold. Spread on your favorite breakfast or eat it with apples. Refrigerate any portion that is not used to keep it fresh. ENJOY!

Tips: 

  • Try this recipe with cbd honey 
  • Add goji berries to boost the super foods 
  • Instead of using cocoa nibs use chocolate chips 

The Honey Cottage C.B.D. Honey

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Why CBD honey? What is it good for? 

We have been noticing an increase in people wanting to stop taking pills and stop the side effects they are having by taking them. They are looking for another way to decrease pain. Decrease anxiety. Decrease sleep insomnia. They want to have a product that they enjoy taking and using on a daily basis. At The Honey Cottage we have taken the plunge and have been making CBD honey; the CBD is from hemp. We only use a Raw Honey from Colorado then we add CBD isolate. There are three reasons why we use CBD isolate; it is fast acting, there is no chance of THC, and it is 99% CBD. The CBD isolate is perfect for those using it for relaxation, anxiety attacks, stress, and sleep issues.  

The reason why CBD honey works is because people actually use the honey! There is a wide variety of people using this; from young adults, to parents, to elderly. What they love it that it is like using any other honey that you would get here at The Honey Cottage and you don’t realize you are getting the benefits of the CBD. The CBD honey can be used on toast, in tea and coffee, or just taking a table spoon by itself. What we love about it is that the flavor of the CBD is covered by the sweetness of honey. I personally use it for stress and for anxiety and it makes a world of difference for me. We had a customer come in and bought it because they were terrified of flying on a plan. They came back in and said that it helped them make it through the plan trip to and from their destination!  

This is not to say it will work for everyone; the CBD honey is not a product that fits all Many people are learning to use the tinctures and they are seeing amazing results. We also have a wide variety of people using the CBD body whip from Practical Herbs for muscle relaxation. With CBD products you have to try different ones to see what works best for you! We want you to buzz on by The Honey Cottage and see what we have so you can try the products for yourself. We have sample sizes so that you can try before you buy the bigger jars too! 

From our beehive to yours, 

Queen Bee 

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

Honey Bread

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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!!

Practical Herbs

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!!!