Honey Apple Cake

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My favorite thing to do for the holidays is to bake. I love waking up on a holiday to sweet treats that we have made as a family. I enjoy this recipe because for me it is comforting and makes everything seem more peaceful. Serve this with eggs and some orange juice and you have a complete breakfast or you can serve this with brunch. I noticed that once it bakes that the brown sugar will make a little river through the cake. If you want to prevent that, lightly swirl the topping into the top layer of the cake.

Ingredients:

Filling:

3 large granny smith apples

½ Tbsp. of apple pie spice

½ Tbsp. cinnamon

½ cup honey

½ cup butter

Cake:

Wet

2 eggs

1 ½ tsp vanilla

1 cup milk

1cup coconut oil

1 cup honey

Dry

3 cups of flour

½ tsp of salt

3 tsp of baking powder

Topping:

½ cup of room temperature butter

1 ½ cups coconut sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

-Turn on your oven to 350 degrees F.

-First, cut up the apples and dice them into medium cubes. Put them in a sauce pot and add the apple pie spice, the cinnamon, honey, and butter. Turn on medium heat and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the apples are soft, once done put apples aside.

-Take the eggs, vanilla, and milk and mix it together. Then add the oil and the honey and mix thoroughly together. In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt, and baking powder. Then add the liquid to the dry; mix together for about 2 minutes until everything is nice and mixed. Oil a 9X13 pan; add half the batter to the pan and evenly spread out. Add the apple filing evenly in a nice layer. Pour the rest of the batter on top to cover the apples.

-For the topping; take the butter, coconut sugar, and cinnamon and blend thoroughly. Then add to the top of the cake evenly. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 before serving. ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Instead of the apples add a thin layer of jam in the middle
  • Sprinkle some of the topping in the middle layer and the other half on top to cut down the river affect.
  • Add a scoop of ice cream and serve it as a dessert
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Honey Goat Cheese Dip

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I LOVE DIP!!! It adds a totally new flavor to what you are eating and I really love that. To me nothing celebrates fall better than food that has cranberry orange in them. This recipe is one of my favorites because you can make it into a dressing and also a spread. Nothing beats having a versatile recipe in your cook book! I have found that using canned mandarin oranges adds more flavor then the fresh or frozen. I really like the orange flavor to come out in this recipe, so if you do not want to use the mandarin oranges add a touch more orange oil. You can also use Honeyville’s seasonal flavor cranberry orange whipped honey too! This is only available until Christmas so try it and stock up on it now!!

Ingredients:

10.5 ounces of goat cheese

½- 1 Tbsp cinnamon to your taste

½ cup honey

½ tsp. organic orange oil

1/3 cup cranberries

1/3 cup walnuts

¼-1/3 cup mandarin orange slices

Directions:

Place the goat cheese, cinnamon, honey and orange oil in a blender and blend for 2 minutes. Then add the cranberries and walnuts and blend for 30 seconds to a minute; depending on how chunky you want it. Put the dip in a bowl that you will be serving in and fold the mandarin orange slices into the cheese mixture. Put in the fridge for 2 hours for it to firm up and serve with your favorite fruits, vegetables, and crackers. Also, tastes good on chips! ENJOY!

Tips:

-Add 2 Tbsp of mandarin orange juice to make the dip into a dressing

-Add 4 ounces of cream cheese to make the dip into a spread

-Try pecans instead of walnuts

The Honey Cottage Master List for Honeyville

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One of our favorite products at The Honey Cottage is Honeyville whipped honeys. If you have come into the shop and seen us you know how excited we are about this product. We are always handing out samples and talking about how they can be used. For those who have not been able to buzz by The Honey Cottage; this is a great guide as to what we use these fantastic whipped honeys for. When you see this list you might think we are obsessed…and you are RIGHT!!! We are their # 1 fan!!!

You can use most of these whipped honeys with;

  • Coffee/ tea
  • Toast, biscuits, corn bread
  • Pancakes, waffles, French toast
  • Yogurt and yogurt dips
  • Oatmeal and Malt-o- meal
  • Ice cream
  • Cakes
  • Use in Muffin and cupcake recipes instead of sugar
  • Cream cheese dip
  • Buttercream icing
  • Smoothies
  • Flavor your water
  • Raw food bars
  • Use in homemade salad dressings
  • Add to your cookie recipes for a sweetener instead of using sugar

We use these specific whipped honeys on;

  • Apple cinnamon on ham, pork chops, and zucchini noodles
  • Lemon on fish and chicken
  • Pomegranate on steak
  • Chocolate buzz on peanut butter sandwiches
  • Mountain Peach on Chicken
  • Peanut butter on sliced apples and pretzels
  • Cinnamon on lamb
  • Use maple hazelnut on carrots for a glaze
  • Use raspberry in your BBQ sauce to add more flavor

If you have other recipe ideas please share them on our facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn!! We would love to see how creative you get Honeyvilles whipped honeys!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Mini Honey Cheesecakes

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OMG, I am so excited to say I have found a great new way to use Honeyville jams and whipped honey! These mini honey cheesecakes are perfect for any occasion and people can top with their favorite toppings! I was so excited when I realized that I could use Honeyville jams as a topping too. Lily wanted blueberry peach butter, Frank wanted chocolate buzz honey sauce, Alice wanted mountain peach whipped honey, and I wanted cherry rhubarb jam! Everyone was able to have everything they wanted, it was awesome!! I also recommend using Honeyville whipped honey caramel sauce too! SO YUMMY!

Ingredients:

Crust:

9-Graham crackers

¼ tsp- Sea salt

1 tsp-Ceylon cinnamon

1/3 cup- Butter

¼ cup- Honey

Filling:

16 ounces- Cream cheese

½ cup- Honey

2 eggs

1 tsp.-Vanilla extract

Directions:

*Set out the cream cheese half an hour before you start, this way the filling will be less lumpy*

-Heat the stove to 350 degrees; put a bread loaf pan into the oven with about 2 cups of water into the oven. This will add moisture to the cooking process to prevent the cheesecake from cracking.

-Take the graham crackers and mash them up into tiny pieces or grind them in a blender. Add the sea salt and the cinnamon until thoroughly mixed. Melt the butter; add the butter and the honey to the graham cracker mixture and then mix thoroughly.

-Pull out 12 muffin tins and then line them with cupcake liners and spray with your favorite cooking spray. I really love to use FSC certified baking cups because I don’t have to spray them. Put about 1 1/2 TBSP of graham cracker mixture into each cup.

-Put the cream cheese into a mixer and start mixing; then add the eggs and mix together, scrap down the sides. Add the honey and vanilla mix together and scrap down the sides again. Mix one more time to make sure everything is mixed together.

-Put the filling on top of the graham cracker crust; fill all of the muffin cups evenly until the mixture is all used. Do not over fill the cupcake cups. It will puff up while cooking, but does not over flow.

-Cook the cheesecakes for about 35-40 minutes. Pull out of the oven and place on a hot pad to cool for 15 minutes. Transfer the cheesecakes to the fridge and let chill for about 4 hours.

-Serve with a variety of toppings so everyone can enjoy their favorite cheesecake!

Tips:

  • Set out chocolate chips, whipped cream, and nuts for toppings
  • Use fresh fruit like raspberries and strawberries
  • Use orange blossom, blueberry blossom, or raspberry blossom honey for a fruity flavor

Honey Zucchini Muffins

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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

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

Understanding the Bee Simply

SFF1Have you noticed that bees do not visit your yard as frequently as they used to? Have you noticed that certain fruits and vegetables are not as prominent as they used to be?

In the last several years I have started to really notice that things around me have been changing. People are not gardening as much as they used to. The water levels are starting to go down and hinder people’s ability to take care of a garden on a reasonable budget. Flowers are not blossoming year round like they used to. People are starting to do more zero-scaping. More houses are going up and farm lands are becoming null and void. Know that the purpose of this is not to make you depressed, it is meant to raise awareness on the things that bees really need. Yes, bees and beekeepers rely on you to grow flowers because without them too many beekeepers are being forced to feed their bees sugar water. There are not enough people being educated on how bees work and why they are so very important for mankind.

Bees and flowers work together to form a one of a kind harmony. The flowers produce nectar and pollen; this pollen is taken from flower to flower as the bee fills up on nectar and pollination is complete. Many flowers rely on the bees as we do. This is also the only way that the flowers will make fruit. The bees get their food supply from the nectar of the flowers and make honey. The cold hard truth is more flowers need to be planted in order for bees and us to survive. When you have a limited flower supplythere is too much competition for the bees and stress in the hive. What are needed most are wildflowers that will bloom spring, summer, and fall. For beekeepers it is a real struggle to watch your bees have a hard time. Please think about what you can do to help. If you cannot plant flowers; help spread the word, become part of a community garden, or help be a bigger voice for the bees. I would like to see things change for our sake as well as for our children. Help make a difference with us at The Honey Cottage. Help make a difference for our world. Help make a difference for the bees!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen