Frank’s Honey Burgers with True Blonde Honey mustard

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I cannot get enough of Durango Artisan Foods honey mustard! If you have been to The Honey Cottage you already know how AMAZING their Honey Dill mustard is, but my new love is True Blonde Honey mustard! It is hand crafted with Ska True Blonde beer made in Durango Colorado!! Why I am so excited about this mustard is because the flavor is crazy bee-licious and adds tons of flavor. Frank had made a batch of burgers several months ago and added this honey mustard to it and really surprised me! Now I cannot get enough of our homemade hamburgers. My husband gets all the credit with these amazing burgers.

Ingredients:

1 pound of hamburger

1 Tbsp. Honey

2 Tbsp. True Blonde Honey Mustard

1 egg

¾ cup grated cheese

Hamburger buns

Leafs of lettuce

1-2 Sliced tomato

Directions:

Place the hamburger, honey, mustard, and egg into a mixing bowl; mix together until thoroughly mixed. Add the grated cheese and mix again. Roll into about 3-4 balls, depending on how much meat you like, and flatten them out into a circle. Cook on the grill or in a pan. Depending on how you like your burger you will cook about 3 minutes and flip and then cook another 3 minutes. If you like your hamburgers well done; cook for another 1-2 minutes on each side. Place on a hamburger bun and place lettuce and tomato on top. ENJOY!

Tips:

-Try the Cherry Habanero honey mustard

-Add grilled onions

-Add chopped up green chili or jalapeno to the hamburger mix before cooking

 

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The Honey Cottage for Kids – Apple Cinnamon Ham Rollers from Lily Bee’s Kitchen

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I love this recipe; it is delicious and easy to make. There is nothing better than honey, ham, and cheese all together. In this recipe I add apple and cinnamon whipped honey from Honeyville. Sometimes I eat just the honey, ham, and cheese rolls by themselves and sometimes I slice them up and put them on crackers.  I hope you love the flavors as much as I do!

Ingredients:

5 slices of ham

4 ounces of cream cheese

2 Tbsp. of Apple cinnamon whipped honey

Directions: 

Lay the ham flat on a plate; mix together the cream cheese and the apple cinnamon whipped honey. Spread a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture evenly onto the ham and roll them up! Serve by themselves or eat with cut up vegetables.

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The Honey Cottage Patchouli Soap

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Do you love essential oils?

We LOVE essential oils and what they do for the human body. We have many customers who love our soaps because we use essential oils in them. We do use other natural oils too, but we have found essential oils do more than, as Grandma put it, “stink pretty”.

What we find so important and what we want people to realize is that bees are important for pollinating the flowers from which essential oils are extracted. Essential oils are used to help with everything from skin conditions to depression. Sometimes just the smell of essential oils will lift someone’s mood.

One of our favorite essential oils at The Honey Cottage is patchouli. We have heard quite a few times that if you lived through the 1970’s you either love or hate patchouli! We have seen more and more people have a piqued interest in this amazing essential oil and it is for good reason too; it is fantastic!

Essential oils have been long loved for their natural effectiveness. Many love the fact that they can use an essential oil for an ailment, see results naturally, and not need to take a pill with a long list of side effects.

Essential oils come from plants and flowers! They are a natural health resource that comes from Mother Nature herself. Essential oils are normally used topically and as a perfume. Many people are finding that breathing in these diluted aromatic oils works wonders on their mood. Patchouli is one such oil that can be used in these ways and be effective depending on its purpose.

Patchouli is part of the mint family and has a very earthy scent. Patchouli is quite often used for its calming effects, athlete’s foot, eczema, acne, anti-inflammation, dry skin issues, and depression. For some this essential oil greatly reduces what they are having issues with and without side effects.

When this amazing oil is combined with our handcrafted soap, you have a great combination for healthy skin. We use honey and beeswax in all our soap!! The honey and beeswax create a barrier that allows the essential oil to get into the skin and go to work. Honey and beeswax are also antibacterial and antimicrobial; that is why these ingredients are the best combination for fighting skin issues!!

Let honey kiss your skin and buzz on by for a bar today! You will bee buzzing with excitement just like us!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The Honey Cottage for Kids – Honey Breakfast Parfaits from Lily Bee’s Kitchen

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I really love that I can put fruit in my yogurt and I get to choose which one I want. My favorite fruits are blueberries, strawberries, and bananas.  Yogurt is great with honey too! I use granola to make it crunchy. I hope you like this recipe as much as I like honey!

Ingredients:

¾-cup – Whole milk plain yogurt

2 Tbsp. – Honey

4 Tbsp. – Honey granola

¼-cup – Blueberries

1 tsp. – Honey

1 tsp. – Honey granola

5 – Blueberries

Directions:

Mix yogurt and 2 Tbsp. honey together thoroughly. In a glass dish add ¼ cup yogurt-honey mixture then sprinkle with 4 Tbsp. granola evenly. Add another ¼ cup yogurt-honey mixture and top with ¼-cup blueberries in an even layer. Add final ¼ cup yogurt-honey mixture. Decorate with five blueberries, sprinkle with 1 tsp. granola, and drizzle 1 tsp. honey on top. Enjoy the parfait!

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Honey Banana Ice Cream

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Who loves ice cream?

We LOVE ice cream; almost as much as honey. It is definitely one of our top five favorite foods lol. I am not going to lie had some trouble with this recipe, it has taken me quiet a few months to get the consistency just right. I think I finally figured out how to make it work. I have had loads of people ask how to make a dairy free ice cream; so I began playing in the kitchen with a simple way to do it. Lets face it many people are struggling for time and it has been getting harder to make things at home! I did add the chocolate and caramel whipped honeys, so if you want this completely dairy free keep those out. So here is my simple Honey Banana Ice Cream.

Ingredients:

3- ripe medium banana’s

1 cup- Cashew milk

1/4- 1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup- chocolate whipped honey (optional)

1/4 cup- caramel whipped honey (optional)

Directions: 

Unpeel the banana’s and cut them up into 1 inch chunks. Place them in a quart ziplock bag and freeze them over night. Place the frozen banana’s into the blender and start blending. Add 1/2 cup of cashew milk and let blend, add the second 1/2 cup and blend again. Add the 1/4 cup of honey. If you do not use the chocolate or caramel whipped honey or dairy free equivalent; add 1/2 cup of honey.

Tips:

-Add some crunch with adding a TBSP. of peanuts or almonds

-Add 1/4 cup of fresh fruit on top

-Add whip cream

 

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The Honey Cottage for Kids & Honey Boats from Lily Bee’s Kitchen

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What do you do with honey?

At The Honey Cottage we have heard a lot of questions, but by far our favorite it; what do you do with honey? If you have been in at The Honey Cottage and asked me, you see me get all giddy and excited as I explode with all the ways you can use honey.

Several times Lily has been with me at the shop and was shocked when one kid said they did not like eating honey by itself. As you can imagine, her jaw dropped and she looked at me in shock. I explained to her that some kids don’t know how to use honey.

Lily had an idea idea to start making recipes that are simple, fun, and allow kids to use their imagination with honey! So we are now starting The Honey Cottage for Kids specifically for kid friendly recipes. We hope you are as buzzed as we are!!

This month’s pick is:

Honey Boats

Ingredients:

3 Stalks of celery

2 TBSP-Peanut Butter

1 TBSP-Raw Honey

Toppings:

-Flaked coconut

-Raisins

-Dried Blueberries

-Chocolate chips

-Walnuts

-Honey

Directions:

Cut the celery stalks into 2-3 inch sticks. Stir the peanut butter and the raw honey together. Spread the peanut butter and honey on top of the celery sticks. Stick the flaked coconut on top so it looks like sails. Add raisins, chocolate chips, and walnuts to a couple of sticks. Add blueberries, chocolate chips, and walnuts to another couple of sticks. Finish the remaining sticks with chocolate chips and walnuts (my mom loves this one because it kind of tastes like a candy bar). I like adding a drizzle of honey on top too!

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Honey Caramels at The Honey Cottage

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At The Honey Cottage we are so very excited to bee working with a company out of Steamboat Springs Colorado called Bee Grateful Farm! They are making a buzz because their honey caramels are 100% sweetened with honey! Hethir and Jason Rodriguez have been keeping bees since 2013. In 2019 Hethir and Jason wanted to make something that was much healthier and made with a more sustainable sweetener. They wanted to go above and beyond just making a sugar infused candy. They took their idea and made it into a reality by selling at farmers markets.

Customer after customer would come back for more and so “Heavenly Honey Caramels” was born! These amazing caramels are melt in the mouth goodness and not sticky. The caramels come in salted honey, chocolate, and lavender. At The Honey Cottage they have been selling super fast and we are so happy that they are making such a huge buzz! Come on by The Honey Cottage and see why we are so excited with these amazing honey caramels!!

Oh before I forget; they have a program for all of the caramels they sell!! It is called the Grateful for Pollinators Program. So every bag of caramels that is bought; 10% of the profits go back to the bees!! The program funds and supports pollinator sanctuaries, education, and research!!

So Buzz on by The Honey Cottage and pick up bags of the honey caramels! They are BEE-LICIOUS!!! This is not a joke — my kids and husband have to hide them from me!!!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

The Honey Cottage Shares Pollination

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I want you to take a moment to think about soybeans, wheat, rice, and oats. These foods are wind pollinated food items that are pollinated by the help of the wind. Now take a moment to think about the other food you drink and eat. Teas, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables are a daily part of our life and are pollinated by bees. This means more than 70% of the food we eat is pollinated by bees. Animals also get the benefits of eating many of these plants and flowers. Bees are very important to how our world works and functions on a daily basis.

Some of the questions we hear a lot at The Honey Cottage are: Why are bees important? Are there only honeybees? How can we help Save the Bees?

Why are bees important?
Bees are vital to our ecosystem; bees pollinate almost all our food supply. Bees go from one flower to the next and collect nectar to make honey. The male part of the flower is the stamen and it produces the pollen. The pollen sticks onto the bee’s body hairs and are then transported to the next flower. Flowers need 10 granules of pollen to make pollination happen and produce seed or food. The granules of bee pollen stick to the stigma of the female flowers, which goes down the pistil, and into the ovule. This allows the seeds and fruits to be produced and consumed by humans and animals.

Are there only honeybees?
Honeybees are NOT the only bees we should be worried about. At The Honey Cottage we are constantly showing our customers that the honey bee is not the only bee on this planet. There are 20,000 different species of bees and they are ALL important. There are some bees that are better at pollinating our food supplies than honeybees. For example, bumble bees are able to do buzz pollination to shake the pollen out of tomato plants. Orchid bees generally only pollinate orchid plants. Leaf cutting bees are best for pollinating alfalfa. Many of these bees are designed to pollinate only certain types of plants. They are different sizes, shapes, or their proboscis only extends a short distance. Honeybees are wonderful, but we also need to work hard to stop pushing out the native bees that live with us too! Many of these bees are solitary; they only make a little honey to feed themselves and that is it.

How can we help Save the Bees?
The biggest and best role we can take to help bees is to plant more flowering plants and stop using pesticides. The biggest food source for bees should not be sugar water or corn syrup pellets. Bees are not livestock and they matter just as much as humans do. We understand there are emergencies in which bees need to have food, but sugar water or corn syrup should not be what bees solely live on. Do you want good honey? Bees want it too! Planting flowers allows the bees to be as healthy as we are when we eat their honey.

I am the Bee Queen and I am the bee’s voice, for they do not have one. Please take the time to help bees by planting flowers. Help beekeepers by allowing them to not need to use emergency feed. Please put in more plant gardens. Please help the bees win the battle against rock gardens taking over entire landscaping projects.

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Frito Pie

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Are you looking for something to keep you full?

It is cold outside and it is time for some hearty warm food! This is one of our most versatile recipes because you can use ground beef, pork, chicken, or turkey and it does not overly change the flavor. Also, this recipe does not take a lot of time to make and works great in a crock pot. This recipe also works well if you just want a hearty bowl of chili or if you want to make chili cheese dogs. What I find most wonderful is that it is filling and really hits the spot on cold days. I hope you get as buzzed with this recipe as I do!

Ingredients: 

1 pound ground turkey

2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning

1 Tablespoon of chili powder

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 28-ounce can of tomato puree

1 6-ounce can of tomato paste

1 large fresh tomato

2 cans of triple beans; pinto, black, and kidney beans

1/2-3/4 cup of honey

1 bag of Frito’s

2 cups of cheddar cheese

Dollop of sour cream (optional)

Directions:

Put the ground turkey, Italian seasoning, chili powder, and cumin into a medium sized cooking pot (make sure to have a lid for it). Cook the turkey for about 4 minutes just to get the flavor of the seasoning into the meat. Add the tomato puree and the tomato paste to the turkey; dice the tomato into medium chunks and add to the pot. Drain any water off of the beans and add to the chili. Place a lid on top of the pot and let simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes stirring every 5 minutes to make sure it is all mixing together. Take off the heat and stir in the 1/2 cup of honey; depending on how sweet you like your chili you can add up to 3/4 cup.

Take 1/2 cup of Frito’s and place in a bowl, add about 3/4 cup of chili, a sprinkle of cheese, and a dollop of sour cream if you want to.

Tips:

  • Add some diced onions for extra crunch and flavor
  • Add some green chili or some jalapeno’s for some spice
  • Try a dollop of Greek yogurt if you are not into sour cream

 

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Cherry Rhubarb, Chocolate, and Honey Cupcakes

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Have you ever had a duh moment?

I have been making cupcakes for what seems like forever! I love that you can mix flavors together or that you can make them simply one flavor. Cupcakes are the one dessert that I have the most fun making and enjoy the most. I really like being able to add filling to my cupcakes, but always felt that squeezing the filling in the center did not give enough filling. I was watching a cooking show and, low and behold, the lady cut a hole in the center and filled it up with filling. I slapped myself and wondered why have I not known about and been doing this? So without further problems I now have the perfect amount of filling in my cupcakes!!! I really hope you enjoy these as much as I do!!

Ingredients: 

1 cup- Applesauce (room temperature)

¼ cup- Honey

½ cup- Coconut oil (liquefied)

1½ cups- Whole wheat flour

1 tsp.- Cinnamon

1 tsp.- Baking soda

Filling-

¾ cup- Honeyville’s Cherry rhubarb jam

Topping-

10 ounces- Chocolate chips

3/4 cup- heavy whipping cream

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the apple sauce, honey, and coconut oil. Then add the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda; 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 more than half way full; makes about 13-15 cupcakes. Place in the oven and cook for 18-19 minutes or until a toothpick 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.

Make a double boiler by; filling a medium sized pot halfway up with water, find a metal or glass bowl that will fit on top. Bring the water to a low boil and place the bowl on top with the chocolate chips. While the chocolate is melting; warm up the heavy cream in a separate small sauce pan. Do not bring to a boil or it will be too hot. Once they are both warmed up; with oven mitts take the bowl of chocolate and put it on the counter. Pour the heavy cream in and mix together. Once thoroughly mixed; set aside.

Take the cooled cupcakes and cut a hole in the center of the cupcake at an angle. Pull out the center and set aside. Take a spoon and fill up the cupcakes with cherry rhubarb jam.

Take some of the warm ganache and spread it on top of the cupcakes in a nice even layer. These can be served right away or you can put them in the fridge and just pull out an hour before serving. ENJOY!

Tips:

-Add whipped cream on top of the ganache for another layer of flavor

-For a little crunch you can sprinkle with nuts

-Try whipping cream cheese and mix it with the cherry rhubarb jam to make it a cheesecake cupcake

 

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