Honey Foil Packets

 

Honey Chicken Packets

Do you ever struggle to make a dinner where each person likes something different?

We have the solution; try honey chicken packets! Each person can choose their own sauce and vegetables. What makes this even more awesome is it is all done at the same time; there is no need to cook several different meals! This is an excellent recipe to use for Honeyville whipped honeys and sauces too!

Our favorite Ingredients:

Chicken breasts

Carrots

Green, orange, red, or yellow bell peppers

Celery

Onions

Potato

Enough to drizzle on the breast-Coconut oil or favorite sauce

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut up carrots, peppers, celery, onions, and potatoes into slices; try not to cut them to thick or they won’t cook thoroughly. Using heavy duty foil; you will need approximately 24 inches of foil, fold the foil in half, and spray the foil with cooking spray or brush oil. Place the chicken and a ½ cup of sliced vegies onto the foil. Drizzle honey, oil, or BBQ sauce on top and salt and pepper to taste. Then fold the sides of the foil up to where they are touching, fold the edges together and fold several times. Then take the sides and fold together to make into a sealed pocket. Bake on a baking sheet for 15 minutes for small breasts, 20 for medium, and 25 minutes for large breasts on each side. Pull one out of the oven and make sure the breasts have reached the internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Take them out of the oven and cut open the end of the packet and pour onto the plate or place the whole packet on the plate and open them at the table. ENJOY!

Tips:

  • If do not want to have sauce; add an ice cube inside the packet.
  • Can be cooked on the BBQ grill
  • Can use Patty’s Jalapeno jams in the packet
  • Can use Eggplant to substitute for the chicken
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Surprise Honey Cake

Surprise honey cake

Here is a fun cake that we really love; it turned out amazing, moist, and tender!!!  I made some notes on what I did differently right next to the ingredients.  Also, for the pudding, for honey selection make sure it is something that is not to strong unless you love the honey as much as we do!!  So pleased with how this turned out!! This cake is perfect for parties!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour Blend
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or 1/2 cup carob powder
  • 1-11/4 cup of honey, this depends on how sweet you would like the cake
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft.  I used salted butter with mine.
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 large eggs

Directions:

1) Place a strainer over a large mixing bowl. Measure in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and sugar. Sift/shake the dry ingredients through the strainer into a mixing bowl, to eliminate any lumps.

2) Add the butter and mix at low speed for 1 minute. With the mixer running, add the oil and continue mixing until the mixture looks like sand.

3) Combine the vanilla with the milk and coffee or water, and add all at once. Mix for 1 minute at low speed, stop and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then mix for 30 seconds.

4) Add the eggs one at a time, beating well at medium-high speed between additions. The batter will be thin.

5) Pour the batter into the prepared pan of your choice (one 9″ x 13″ pan, two 9″ round pans, or three 8″ round pans). Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 34 minutes for a 9″ x 13″ pan; 28 to 30 minutes for 9″ layers; or 24 to 26 minutes for 8″ layers. Make sure to gently move the pan to get any air bubbles out of the mix before putting in the oven. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack before frosting.

Optional: Pudding Filling: Makes 2 cups of pudding

2 cups milk

5 Tbsp cornstarch

1/2 cup of honey

1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.  Whisk until smooth.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until pudding is very thick.  Chill, either in one container or in individual cups.

Optional: Whipped Topping:

Ingredients:

8 ounces of Heavy whipping cream

Honey- to taste on average I use about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup

Directions:

Put the whip cream in a bowl and use a mixer to whip up the heavy cream until soft peaks, add the honey to taste and whip again to stiff peaks.

Now take a piece of cake and slice it in half when it is fully cooled, add a tablespoon of pudding, put the top of the cake back on top, and place whipped cream on top!  ENJOY!!!

Tips:

  • Instead of pudding use fresh cut fruit in the center
  • Use jam to make it sweeter
  • Put chocolate chips or chopped nuts in the batter

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

Bee Queen’s Honey Tomato Sauce

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Mmmmm…there is nothing more amazing then the smell of good food. Going through school one of my favorite classes was soups, sauces, and consumes. I could really put my personality, passion, and love into anything I made. It was like signing my signature through food and showing people what I was really made of. This special honey spaghetti sauce has been one that I have been trying to make versatile for many years. I think I have accomplished that because I like to use it as spaghetti sauce, on meatball subs, for chili, on pizza, and for frito pies. I hope you enjoy this sauce as much as we do at The Honey Cottage.

Ingredients:

28 ounce can of tomato puree

14.5 ounces of diced tomatoes

2 Tbsp. of tomato paste

½ cup of diced green pepper

1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

½ cup of sliced or chopped white button mushrooms

½ cup of wildflower honey

2 cups of spinach

Directions:

Put the tomato puree, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, green pepper, and Italian seasoning in a medium sized pot with a lid. Put on medium heat and simmer for 15 minutes; stirring every five minutes. Add the mushrooms and honey; put the heat in between the low and medium setting. Cook for another 30 minutes so all the flavors can combine. Last, add the spinach and turn off the heat. It is ready to serve with your meatball subs or spaghetti!

Tips:

  • Add ½ cup of chopped onion
  • Add 1 tsp. of minced garlic
  • Add shiitake mushrooms for a sweeter flavor in the sauce
  • Add a 1/3 cup of shredded carrot

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

Raw Honey Cookies

 

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Are there lessons that you have learned that other people do not understand?

In the past several years I have learned that I cannot eat a lot of sugar without consequences. I know many people say there is no connection between hyperactivity and sugar, but I know how I act and feel when I have it and when I do not. I have noticed more and more that in “organic” and “natural” products there is no junk, BUT there is a never ending amount of sugar in the products. I know that this is because in order to keep people buying the product it has to taste good and keep people wanting more. So I have had to find alternatives for the things I like without having a massive amount of things that I don’t want. I have also learned that I should not spend all day in the kitchen making it too. So here is one of my favorite recipes that is great for snacking and on the go people!

Ingredients:

16 dates

2 Tbsp. of honey

1 cup of walnuts

½ cup cashews

½ tsp. cinnamon

1 Tbsp. hemp seeds

2 Tbsp. goji berries

2 Tbsp. of shredded coconut

 

Directions:

Take the dates and honey and puree them together into a paste. Crush up the walnuts and the cashews and add them to the paste, pulse the mixture three to four times just to give a good mix. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the cinnamon, hemp seeds, and goji berries. Mix together thoroughly and add the coconut, give a light mix. Put parchment paper on a plate or baking sheet and roll the mixture into balls; place each ball on the sheet and mash down. This recipe makes 7 medium size cookies, or 14 small ones. Cover the cookies and let stand over night; place in an air tight container and enjoy for a week!

Tips:

–Keep the mixture in ball shapes and roll it in coconut

-Add a ¼ cup of chocolate chips or cocoa nibs

-Use pecans instead of walnuts

-Use pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts and add pumpkin spice instead of cinnamon

From our beehive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Drink

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Do you ever wake up in the morning and find you are not hungry?

Here is one of my top favorite recipes because it is simple, easy, and boosts my immune system! Each ingredient is designed to help your body in some way. I find that it also jump starts my stomach when I don’t wake up hungry. Water is to wake up your body and gets you hydrated. The honey is great for supplying your brain with the glucose it needs to keep you focused and the fructose gets you the energy you need to get going. Apple cider vinegar and lemon are to get your digestion going. Cinnamon and garlic aid in cleansing the body. ALL of these ingredients are energy and immune system boosters! What I love about adding the garlic is that I don’t taste it; I just swallow it and it boosts my immunity.

Ingredients:

20 ounces of water

2 Tbsp. of honey

1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

½ tsp. of cinnamon

½ Fresh squeezed lemon

½ tsp. fresh chopped garlic (optional)

Use warm water and add the honey, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, lemon, and garlic. Shake vigorously until thoroughly mixed. Add ice if you want it chilled and drink up within about 30 minutes.

Tips:

  • Add fresh cucumber
  • Reduce the water to about 10 ounces; add 8-10 ounces of green tea
  • Add 1-2 Tbsp. of chia seeds

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

National Honey Month 2017

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Ah, this is one of our favorite times of year; not just because of fall, but because it is…..National Honey Month! That is right September is a whole month of nothing but honey, bees, and everything bee hive related! So here is one of our favorite ways to celebrate; 9 super interesting facts about everything related to the bee hives!

1- Bumblebee queens will lay their eggs on top of pollen, cover it with wax, and some may lay on them to keep the babies warm.

2- There are bees that do NOT sting; they are called stingless bees! They do have other ways to protect themselves; some will bite and some have poisons.

3- Drone bees don’t work; they are strictly there for procreating with the queen bee!

4- After the enriched nectar is deposited into the honey comb; the bees bring the water content to 14%- 18%. Now you have honey!!

5- Bees have 3 sets of ears; one set is on their legs, the next is at the end of the antennae, and the last set is in the middle of their antennae.

6-Bees can’t read and Bees will never read the same books you do no matter how well written the book is. The bees are just not interested; they go by their own rules and can surprise you at anytime.

7-One of the main enzymes that bees have it called invertase. This is an enzyme that the bees use to break down sucrose, in nectar, into the sugars fructose and glucose.

8- Some people love the fruit and berry honeys. The flavor of fruit comes through; for example, a hint of orange flavor that naturally comes from the orange blossom. Some of my favorite honeys are blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry blossom honey; each is berry tasty with a hint of the berries.

9- The oldest honey ever found was over 5,000 years old!! Would you dare to eat it?

From our Hive to Yours,

Bee Queen

Crystal’s Miss Bee-Haven News

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Have you ever made a plan, laid it all out, did what needed to be done, and it still did not go right?

Sometimes you can do all the planning and things still don’t go as planned. That is what happened with us this year with Crystal’s Miss-bee-haven. We have had a rough start the past two years and were dedicated to making sure this year would be good; third time’s a charm right? Unfortunately, for our bees it was not; we had so much rain this past July our plants got watered out. We are happy that our hives in the south have made enough honey to winter over! It has been a very slow summer for them, but now we know to start planning now for spring. There is A LOT of housing developments going up in the south and NOT enough flowers to help bees survive. It is almost heartbreaking driving by and seeing more land being used for more houses.

Good news is our hives up north are doing very well and will have enough honey for winter and for us! We have been checking on them and have seen winter stores are going successfully!! We have taken some frames of honey and may get a couple more. At The Honey Cottage we highly bee-lieve in making sure the bees have enough honey for the winter to feed themselves and have a good start to the spring. We noticed that there are a LOT more flowers in this area and are hopeful for an even better year next year!!

The Honey Cottage wants to remind you; Nature has her own plan and one must bee ready for her changes. Saving the bees is important to us! We are here to help and we will be starting some classes on beekeeping. We need to get more people involved if the bees are going to have a good strong come back. We have found different beekeepers have had a better year than others and we want to cultivate that! Lastly, we are going to have bee seeds coming out of our ears next year and will also be pushing to make a class for this! Saving the bees means we need flowers; lots of them and everywhere. Until next time…

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen