What is Raw Honey? Part II

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Welcome back to The Honey Cottage; What is Raw Honey Part II! Last month we talked about; what is raw honey? What are the nutritional benefits of honey? Now, we will bee going over; why is honey different from other sugars you find at the store? Can I get sugar free honey? How is honey better from other sugars? 

Honey is a much better sweetener because it is not a chemical made by man. It does not feed cancer and other illnesses because raw honey is an alkaline ash food; acidic foods feed cancer!! That is why cancer patients can have honey safely because it aids the body by keeping it at an alkalized state. Honey that is produced from flowers, meaning the bees are not eating sugar water, and is kept in the raw state has vitamins, trace minerals, and other nutrients that boost your immune system. It even has antioxidants!! When raw honey is eaten it will raise your blood sugar and level off; that means no crazy sugar crashes!  

Don’t want sugar in your honey? Well there is no such thing as “sugar free” honey. Bees collect the nectar from flowers and raw honey is made from plants and flowers. If the honey is not coming from flowers or being made by bees; it is not honey. Honey is the best “sugar” you will find on the market. Dr. Ronald Fessenden is a medical doctor out of Castle Rock Colorado. He has been working with honey for years. He has written several books showing that the benefits of honey and what it does for the body. He recommends honey for his diabetic patients, for those who are sleep deprived, and many other daily health improvements. One of his books, The Honey Revolution, breaks down how honey can work with your body and boost your body’s ability to fight allergies, stress, and yes even how it works with your body to kick cancers butt!! Honey has been around for centuries and does not go bad. We highly recommend that if you don’t want any sugar then just don’t eat any. Fight for your body not your cravings!  

The human brain lives off of glucose which can be found naturally in; raw honey, molasses, and fruits. When the brain has not had enough glucose; people have issues with brain fog, tiredness, and irritability. When your body is not getting enough sleep that means your body can lose its ability to fight off infections, your immune system can crash, or you are more susceptible to getting sick. Honey is the ONE sugar that will fight for you and get you the little sweetness you are wanting. Many people have even noted how they use less honey then they would sugar! Oh, and remember the prebiotics and probiotics; those feed your healthy gut bacteria making it easier for your body to break food down and getting your body the nutrients, it needs to bee healthy! This is why honey is the bee-st pick for sweetening your food!  

From our hive to yours, 

Bee Queen 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Can you bee-live it is 2020?

I am so happy for a new year and for a new outlook. In October 2019 we found out that a dear friend has terminal cancer. She is one of the bravest strongest people we know and she has helped us so much. I was very shocked to learn that she is doing an exit plan, but I have realized how intelligent this plan is for herself and her family. She is getting rid of stuff, cleaning things out, and is aligning everything so that her family does not have to worry about anything except grieving when it is time. Over the last couple of years; I have really been enjoying her blogs because her outlook on life, business, and family is incredible. The things, stuff, and objects that we hold so near and dear now don’t matter. She is non-stop making memories, videos, and things that will matter to her family and children. I am blessed that she is passing on this powerful message and am now sharing this message with you. It is time to realize that family is not going to remember the things you bought or the objects you gave, they are going to look at photos and remember the memories that you made with them. She has also shown us that just because you get a terminal diagnosis does not mean you give up and give in. You start getting things done and work even harder to make sure you leave behind great things!  So it is time to get back in the kitchen, eat at the dinner table, take the time to talk, and really learn to listen to each other. It is a new decade and new year. Let’s make a difference in each other’s lives this year!

I am excited to announce she has inspired me (told me) to start making videos of what we do in the kitchen. To also show why we are soooo excited about honey and why the honey is so amazing! I will also do my best to start recording my blogs of videos as well. We use a great program to write our blogs, but cannot seem to use apps to read them to our great followers. So, my new plan is to get in front of the camera and start showing people what I do in the shop!

We are making new recipes as well so that you can see how easy switching sugar for honey really can be. I will also be making some family friendly ones so that you can get your kids involved. We seem to eat so much better when we all take time as a family to make things together. We have also noticed our kids are more willing to try new things when we talk about how it is grown, made, and the importance of the vitamins and minerals that the food provides. We want to also show how easy it is just to use honey and add it to different recipes.

We want to make 2020 great and hope that you will join us too! We love what we do and are excited to show you how amazing honey really is for your diet. HAPPY 2020!!!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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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

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

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

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

Pollination Experiment

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There are different ways for people to learn and we at The Honey Cottage are excited to share this neat experiment to explain how bees pollinate flowers. This is a great way to explain how bees work, what they do, and why they are so very important for us. This also explains what a symbiotic relationship is and why it is important for our world. Pollination is so very important for flowers and for our food. Please share this with friends and family!!

Materials:

4 tsps of glitter (different colors)

4 small paper cups

Yellow and black pipe-cleaners

Pencil

Questions (At the end)

 

How do bees pollinate flowers? Find out here!

  1. Gather the material you will need.
  2. Make a paper-cup flower: Put 1 teaspoon of colored glitter in a small paper cup. The glitter is the flower’s pollen. Make 3 more flowers. Use different colors of glitter.
  3. Make a pipe- cleaner bee as shown in the diagram below: wrap a yellow then a black pipe- cleaner around a pencil.
  4. Fly your bee into a flower. Gently tap your bee around the bottom of the flower. Your bee is drinking nectar and gathering pollen.
  5. Fly your bee to a new flower. Choose one with a different color of glitter. Gently tap your bee around the bottom of that flower.
  6. Fly your bee to two more flowers. Make sure you visit a flower with every color of glitter.
  7. Return to the first flower. Look inside. Do you see pollen from other flowers? (Look for glitter of the other colors.) If so, your flower was pollinated!
  8. Think: The job of flowers is to attract pollinators. Why is that job important? Why are bees important to flowers? Why are flowers important to bees?

Questions:

  1. Do steps 2-7 of the investigation. Do you see “pollen” from other flowers?
  2. Think: Why is it important for flowers to attract pollinators?
  3. Why are bees important to flowers?
  4. Why are flowers important to bee?

From our beehive to yours,

Queen Bee

Honey Jalapeno Salmon Pasta

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I am so excited; Lily is starting to get creative with her cooking! I am so proud to say that I got to help my daughter make this recipe. We have been talking more and more how healthy meals should be, but should also taste good. So she wanted to do something fun that was not too spicy and not too sweet! The jalapeno jam and the honey make a perfect combination with this salmon pasta. If you are not used to super spicy food add an extra ¼ cup of honey to cut the jalapeno jam. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

Ingredients:

2 cups-Pasta

¼ cup-Honeyville jalapeno jam

¼ cup-Honey

½ cup-Red pepper

½ cup-Yellow pepper

1-Shredded carrot

¾ pound-Salmon

1 cup-Spinach

½ cup-Goat cheese

Directions:

Take the pasta and boil it approximately 5-7 minutes until it is al dente. Once it is cooked, drain it and put to the side. In a sauté pan put the jalapeno jam and honey in and warm it up mixing it together. Cut up the red and yellow pepper into chunks and add to the sauce, add the shredded carrot and let simmer for 3 minutes. Cut the salmon into chunks and add to the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Take the spinach and rip it into smaller pieces into a serving bowl. Add 2 cups of pasta on top, and then add the vegetables and salmon. Toss together mixing thoroughly; sprinkle with the goat cheese, and a drizzle of honey right on top.  ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Add half a cup of diced purple onions
  • Add ¾ cup of asparagus pieces
  • Try adding some snap peas