Upcycled Garden

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At The Honey Cottage we wanted to show that even the smallest garden helps the bees! We have many people that live in apartments or small housing. We wanted to show that even in the smallest house you can have a mini garden. We firmly bee-lieve everyone can help the bees. Every flower planted helps the bees. We are also excited to show how upcycling what you have around the house also helps the Earth! Many people are starting to find that instead of things sitting at the dump; things can be refurbished and repurposed for something even more amazing! We know gardening is not for everyone, but at least wanted to show the possibilities for those who are! We at The Honey Cottage know it is important to inspire our customers! We hope this really sparks some creativity for you!

Here we have tomato plants, pepper plants, and cucumbers growing in an old bee hive box. This was falling apart and no longer safe for bees to live in. So we fixed it up and are now using it for plants that will help feed them.

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This mini pool was starting to become dented and was no longer being used. I almost threw it out when I realized if we drill some holes in the bottom we can use it for bee friendly plants! The holes are to make sure that water does not stay in the bottom and become moldy. It also prevents over watering of the plants as well. I am so excited to see what pops up soon!!

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This is my favorite idea because it is small, easy to take care of, and offers many flowers for the bees to feast on. It is a simple container you can buy at the store and grow different things in it! We are growing carrots in it this year to see how they do. We also drilled holes in the bottom so that we are able to control the water a little better.

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My favorite refurbished item is this old utility sink; not only do I have a piece of history, but I also have a planter! We have more tomatoes on the left side (I LOVE tomatoes!!) and on the right we have squash and zucchini growing.

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We have part of our back yard that is just for deer. We feel that we should be able to share our lives with wild life that lives around us. We have clover for bees and deer friendly grass growing back here so that both have a little bit of their own haven.

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We might not have acres and may not save the bees all by ourselves, but want to prove that a little bit goes a long way. Helping the eco system takes more than one person it takes a community. Please join us and plant more flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Stop using pesticides that kill our bees. Save the bees by sharing the word. Our bees, food supply, and eco system depend on it! 

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

 

 

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Honey Chicken Wraps

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Do you find that is hard to keep up with a dinner schedule?

At The Honey Cottage we absolutely LOVE seeing our products in action. We were able to have Michael Cotton Your Personal Chef play in OUR kitchen and show us how he uses honey in some of his recipes! When it gets hard to plan, shop, and make dinner it is time to get someone take care of that for you! It is a great way to have healthy dinners for families on the go. We highly reccommend you have Chef Michael as your personal chef check him out at; http://michaelcotton-yourpersonalchef.com/index.html. You will bee glad you did!!

Ingredients:
4 6 ounce boneless chicken breasts (organic)
1 green or red cabbage head
5 carrots
5 yellow zucchini
5 green zucchini
3 cucumbers
Honey
Dash salt and black pepper
Parnam oil
Directions
Sear chicken breast for 2 minutes per side.
Heat in oven at 350 for 16 minutes.
Quarter cut each piece.
Add light drizzle of parnam oil to pan
Spiralize all vegetables and add to pan for 2.5 minutes high heat
Add dash of salt and pepper into pan and sauté vegetables.
Gently peel cabbage to make shells.
Add sauté vegetables into cabbage shells
Drizzle line of honey on top
Serve and enjoy.
TIPS:
  • Substitiute the chicken for eggplant
  • Try Patty’s Jalepeno Mango Jelly on top of the wraps
  • Make cauliflower rice for a side dish

Honey Pickles

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I have been told that eating more fermented foods is a must for your gut health and pickles are a perfect solution for me. I have been trying to find the perfect pickle and cannot seem to find the right one. All pickles that I have looked at are made with sugar, from what I understand, sugar is not good for the gut. So what I have been finding; it is a lot cheaper to make them myself, taste better, and are easy to make!! I have also found that I can make pickle spears and chips for different occasions. You can also add different ingredients to change the flavors; I actually found making pickles to be a lot of fun! I have found that warming up the vinegar helps the honey dissolve and infuses the pickles better. I have not played with keeping the cucumber whole yet, so I may update this if it turns out well. I hope you enjoy honey pickles as much as we do!

Ingredients:

5 mini cucumbers

3/4 cup vinegar

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

3/4 cup honey

1 Tbsp. Dill

2 tsp. Celery Salt

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cut the mini cucumbers into spears or circles and put them into a wide mouth quart jar. Put the vinegar and apple cider vinegar into a small pot and bring it to a boil. Let the vinegar boil for a minute and turn off the heat. Add the 3/4 cup of honey and stir until it is completely dissolved. Add the dill, celery salt, a pinch of salt, and pepper. Put them in the fridge and let the pickles sit for at least a day; the longer they sit the more flavor they have. ENJOY!!

Tips:

  • For a less sweet pickle reduce the honey to 1/2 cup and take out the apple cider vinegar and do 1 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • For more savory pickles add a 1 tsp of onion salt and 2 tsp. of chopped garlic
  • Try different honeys to change up the flavors of the pickles

Honey Coconut Granola

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It is that time of year to get out and about; hiking, biking, and picnics galore! I really love being able to take something with me that is sweet and gives me energy. This is a treat that can be made in advance and can be used for any time! It is also great for sharing with friends and family; I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Ingredients:

2 cups quick rolled oats

1/3 cup whole flax seed; grind this fresh with a coffee grinder

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

¾ cup cashews

2 Tbsp. of cocoa powder

½ cup of peanut butter

5 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil

½ cup Honeyville cinnamon whipped honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Heat the stove to 300 degrees F. Place the oats, flax seed, coconut, and cashews. Place the cocoa powder, peanut butter and coconut oil in a small sauce pan and put on the stove to warm it up; set the stove at warm. Once this is warm and thoroughly mixed, turn off the stove, and pour in the honey and the vanilla extract. Thoroughly mix again and pour over the dry ingredients. Use a spoon and mix it together until everything is combined. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the granola on top. Press the granola down to make a nice even layer bake for 25 min. Once it is done, let cool for an hour before putting in a container.

Tips:

  • Try using Honeyville’s Salted Bourbon Vanilla for a more savory granola
  • Use crunchy peanut butter for more protein
  • Use pecans instead of cashews for more fiber

Confessions of a Beekeeper…awareness

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Do you ever feel like you have to really get mad before people hear you?

At The Honey Cottage we experience things a little differently than normal beekeepers. We are able to talk with customers, educate the community and hear their questions, and are blessed to work with other beekeepers.

It has come to our attention that many HOA’s will not allow flowers to be planted in the front yards. This was a huge shock to us that there are rules against planting flowers. That there are rules against having dandelions grow in the front yard. Dandelions may bee just a “weed” too many people, but this “weed” is a food source for bees. It is also used in herbal medicines, used as tea, and used by many to make skin care products. We are hearing more and more people saying that they are not seeing bees in the yard, on flowers in the neighbor hoods, or even at the stores where there are flowers for sale.

Bee populations are stressed and honey production is down for more than one reason. Let me be clear to say bees are stressed because there are NOT ENOUGH FLOWERS in many areas and there are too many hives for urban bees to be successful. We are hearing from beekeepers how they have to feed their bees sugar water to keep them going. If there are no flowers the bees will NOT survive, our food supply will be gone, and we as humans will not survive. Can you live off of candy bars and sugar? As you know we CANNOT survive on sugar alone. We get NO nutritional value from sugar and neither do the bees. So why feed it to bees? Why make them suffer? When a beekeeper has to solely give sugar to their bees, instead of flowers, what do you think is in the honey you are eating? These are the questions we are now asking. IT IS TIME TO STAND UP FOR THE BEES AND GIVE THEM THE FOOD THEY NEED! You want better honey help the beekeepers by planting flowers. Don’t let our bees die out because people don’t think the dandelions are pretty.

We have started a campaign at The Honey Cottage; spend $20 in the store or on our website and you receive a free package of bee seeds. We are working hard to save the bees one flower at a time.

I AM THE BEE QUEEN, AND I SPEAK FOR THE BEES FOR THEY HAVE NO VOICE. SAVE THE BEES BY PLANTING FLOWERS. DON’T USE PESTICIDES. SPREAD THE WORD!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Potato Salad

 

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We are so excited for BBQ season; it is such a great time to get together with friends and family! One of my favorite dishes at any summer party, picnic, or BBQ is potato salad. I can never get enough and there are so many ways to make it different. From using different potatoes to using a vinegar for the dressing; potato salad can come in so many flavors! I really love adding O’Hara’s sweetwater draw honey dill mustard, but definitely try their other AMAZING honey mustards too!

Ingredients:

5 Potatoes

3 Eggs

3 stalks of celery

1 Carrot

½ cup Mayonnaise

3 Tbsp. O’Hara’s Honey Mustard

½ Tbsp. of honey

1 Tbsp. Celery Salt

A dash of curry powder

Dice the potatoes and put them in a pot of water, boil them for about 22 minutes or until soft. Also, boil the 3 eggs for 20 minutes. While they are cooking, dice the celery and shred the carrot into a bowl. Once the potatoes are done, drain the potatoes and put them in the fridge to cool. With the eggs; remove the shell, dice them up, and put them in the fridge to chill for about 5 minutes. Take a bowl and mix together the mayonnaise, honey mustard, honey, and celery salt. Pull out the potatoes and eggs out of the refrigerator. Mix thoroughly together the potatoes, eggs, celery, carrot, and the dressing. This is perfect to serve right away or can sit over night to let all flavors combine.

Tips:

  • Try putting 1/2 cup of chopped purple onion
  • Put 1/2 cup of large diced red bell peppers for added color
  • If you like a little kick to your potato salad add a splash of cayenne pepper

Honey Foil Packets

 

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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

Surprise Honey Cake

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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