The Romancing The Bee Diet – Day 3 – Breakfast Baked Apple With Honey

microwave baked apples

Day 3 and I feel great!!  I lost another half pound, making a total of 1 1/2 pounds to date!!

I had this for breakfast -every bit as good as broiled grapefruit!!

Yield:  1 serving


1 large apple, cored and, if you like, peeled.  (I used Honeycrisp, unpeeled.)

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

2 pinches cinnamon


Core apple and place in a small bowl.

Fill  hole with honey and cinnamon. Wrap the bowl tightly with good quality plastic wrap. It must be air tight or this won’t work. Microwave on high for 5 min.

The plastic wrap will make a big bubble as it cooks.  This is normal. It works like a steamer to cook the apple quickly.

When taken from the microwave (WITH POT HOLDERS) the plastic wrap will shrink wrap the apple.  Now keeping those pot holder on, carefully pull off the plastic wrap with a fork. Be careful to avoid hot steam.

Let cool (if you can…) and enjoy!

The Romancing The Bee Diet – Broiled Grapefruit With Honey And Cinnamon

broiled grapefruit

Want to know what to have for breakfast tomorrow? This is the best!!

1/2 grapefruit

1 Tbsp honey

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of cinnamon

Position oven rack so that it sits four inches below the broiler in the oven. Preheat the oven to broil. Place one half grapefruit in a small baking dish. Drizzle with honey and vanilla extract. Sprinkle cinnamon over top and broil in the oven for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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Cranberry Week – Scalloped Sweet Potatoes With Cranberries and Honey

It’s the end of Cranberry Week.  Only one more recipe after this one.  But the important thing is to remember to:

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries and Honey


  • 6 sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter


Preheat oven to 350°.
Cook potatoes until tender and drain; peel and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices. Arrange slices in a baking dish. In a saucepan, mix cranberry sauce, water, honey, orange rind, and cinnamon. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add butter; stir until butter is melted. Pour cranberry mixture over potatoes, then bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes, or until glazed and hot.

Mulled Rum Punch With Honey

I recently posted a recipe for Hot Buttered Rum. With all of this wretched weather, I think another hot and spicy rum drink is in order.

While Paula Deen may beg to differ, not everyone likes butter in their cocktails. For those of you who prefer your spiced rum without the cow, here is a delicious recipe for Mulled Rum Punch.

It’s a perfect treat for the grownups on Halloween!


4 quarts apple juice or cider
1/2 cup honey
24 whole cloves
16 whole allspice
8 2-inch cinnamon sticks
2 whole nutmegs, cracked
1 to 2 cups golden rum
Lemon peel and/or other garnish of your choosing


  1. In a large saucepan, combine apple juice or cider, honey, whole cloves, whole allspice, cinnamon sticks, and nutmegs.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat, cool, then refrigerate several hours.
  3. To serve: strain and stir in 1 to 2 cups golden rum, according to taste. Reheat and serve with thin strips of lemon peel.

Makes 24 (6 ounce) glasses.

Hot Buttered Rum With Honey

This recipe is for my “oldest friend” Mary Ann Mulford, a cook as adventurous and crazy as I am!  We’ve never let the lack of ingredients stop us, and we are fearless in our substitutions.

One snowy evening many years ago (I refuse to do the math!), we decided to make Hot Buttered Rum to accompany an evening of sledding.

Only one problem.  We didn’t have any butter.

Did that stop us?  Heck, no!  Thus was born a new concoction, Hot Margarine-ed Rum!

It will never replace the original. Trust me…  🙂

Hot Buttered Rum with Honey


  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup spiced rum
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 sticks cinnamon, for garnish


Using an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl until blended and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a 4-cup (or larger) measuring cup. Add the rum and then 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until the butter mixture dissolves. Divide the buttered rum among 4 mugs. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and serve.

Honey Baked Apples

Apples and honey are perfect for this time of year, especially when they are baked together!  This is a perfect dessert or sweet snack for when the weather turns cooler…


3 1/2 cups apple cider
1/2 cup packed brown sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
1/3 cup honey (preferably 100 percent raw honey from a small producer)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pinch freshly ground pepper
6 unpeeled Braeburn, Golden Delicious, Gala, Honeycrisp or McIntosh apples, halved and cored with a melon baller
1/2 cup golden raisins or currants
1/2 cup dried apricots, julienned
6 whole cloves
2 or 3 star anise pods
2 to 3 cinnamon sticks, optional
1/4 cup apple brandy


In a medium saucepan, combine the apple cider, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 25 minutes or so, or until mixture is syrupy and reduced to about 2 2/3 cups.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put the apples, cut side down, in a 12-inch baking pan. Distribute the raisins, apricots, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon sticks, if using, over the apples. Pour the hot syrup over the apples. Cover the pan with aluminum foil.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until the apples are almost tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife. Remove from the oven, turn the apples over, add the brandy. Baste apples with the apple cider and apple brandy many times, allowing the apples to absorb the flavor. Let the pan stand, covered, for 15 minutes.

Serve baked apples with the liquid and dried fruits spooned over them in a bowl. Served with whipped heavy cream or ice cream and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.