A bee ornament is a natural addition to your Christmas tree. These ornaments range from the silly to the sublime! All are available online.
And of course we can’t forget our Batty friends!
Looking for the perfect gift for your honey-loving friends and family? Give them an autographed copy of Cooking with Honey!
From now until December 31, Cooking with Honey will be available from Romancing the Bee for the discounted price of $10.00, shipping included. Cash or checks only.
Order soon, supplies are limited!!
Cooking with Honey contains over 90 delicious honey recipes, many of which have never been posted on the blog. Just look at the recipes!
COCKTAILS AND PARTY DRINKS
Honey Mint Julep
Honey Bee Cocktail
Ginger Honey Liqueur
El Dorado Cocktail
Honey Barbecued Oysters
Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
Honey Baked Brie
Honey Whiskey Dogs
Smoked Salmon and Caper Pizza
Bruschetta with Ricotta, Honey, and Lemon Zest
Caprese Salad with Honey Balsamic Reduction
Honey Vinaigrette Salmon Salad
Honey Apple Cider Vinegar
Spicy Penne Pasta Salad with Honey, Artichokes, and Tomatoes
Honey Caesar Salad
Tea Room Honey Frozen Fruit Salad
Honey Garlic Vinaigrette
Honey Netherland Salad
Linguine alla Cecca
Honey Barbecue Pulled Pork
Beef Tenderloin with Honey Bain Sauce
Honey Bain Sauce
Honey Barbecue Baby Back Ribs
Honey Mustard Glazed Corned Beef Brisket
Honey Roasted Turkey
Honey Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Salmon
Honey Glazed Ham
Honey Rosemary Roast Leg of Lamb
Honey Ginger Pork Tenderloin
Spicy Honey Barbecued Chicken
Awesome Turkey Burgers
Honey Glazed Baby Carrots
Best Southern Green Beans
Honey Garlic Cheese Grits and Spinach Soufflé
Honey Szechuan Green Beans
Honey Corn Soufflé
Honey Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Honey Szechuan Noodles
Honey Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Honey Zucchini Fritters
Southern Squash Casserole with Honey
BREADS, ROLLS, AND MUFFINS
Honey Blueberry Muffins
Honey Lemon Poppy-Seed Muffins
Jeff’s Honey Cinnamon Rolls
Honey Butter Rolls
Roasted Garlic, Honey, and Kalamata Olive Bread
Garlic Cheese Bread
Honey Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting
Honey Magnolia Red Velvet Cupcakes
Honey Espresso Black Velvet Cupcakes
Honey Bittersweet Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cupcakes
Honey Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Bittersweet Chocolate Frosting
Honey Buttercream Frosting
Honey Cherry Cupcakes with Honey Cherry Frosting
Honey Chai Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
PIES AND CAKES
Kentucky Honey Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie
A Pie Named Steve
Mini Strawberry Honey Pies
Kentucky Honey Jam Cake with Caramel Icing
Honey Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Icing
Honey Chocolate Whiskey Bundt Cake
Honey Cheesecake Squares
COOKIES AND CANDY
L.J.’s Honey Peanut Butter Pinwheels
Honey Spice Chocolate Truffles
Honey Shortbread with Vanilla Glaze
Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies
Honey Chocolate Fudge
Honey Bourbon Truffles
Honey Chocolate Mousse
Honey Lavender Gelato
Honey Crème Brûlée
Honey Pots de Crème
Honey Watermelon Sorbet
Honey Soufflés with Crème Anglaise
Honey Ice Cream
Honey Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
I love Halloween, especially the pumpkin carving. Last year I carved the bee pumpkins above!
It’s easy and fun! All you have to do is find a template you like and print it out. Below are some suggestions. As you can see, your design can be as simple or as complicated as you wish. You can also design your own!
Remove the seeds, pulp and flesh of your pumpkin. Tape the template to the pumpkin and poke holes along the outlines. Make the holes close together so you can see the design clearly when you remove the template.
Then, carefully using a sharp knife, cut out your design. Add a light and enjoy your Bee-utiful Pumpkin!
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high
Oh, Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry
One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky
But until that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mammy standing by
One of the many great things about Farmers’ Markets is that you can find unprocessed honey, also known as raw honey, for sale. Most of the honey sold in grocery stores has been pasteurized and sometimes even blended with cane sugar or corn syrup. However, raw honey is naturally antiseptic and does not need pasteurization.
People have been using raw honey for its health benefits for millennia. Raw honey contains pollen, enzymes, antioxidants and many other beneficial compounds that researchers are just beginning to discover. These compounds largely disappear during processing. The general rule is the darker the raw honey, the more nutritious it is.
Recent research supports the theory that local honey– obtained as close as possible to where you live–may help build an immunity to seasonal allergies. Honey made by bees in the vicinity of an allergenic plant will contain tiny amounts of pollen from that plant. This honey will act as a sort of vaccine if taken in small amounts–a few teaspoons per day–for several months, and can provide relief from seasonal pollen-related allergies.
Raw honey contains powerful cancer-fighting antioxidants, while pasteurized honey does not.
Raw honey contains many enzymes that can help some people digest food more easily so it may also help treat ulcers and diarrhea.
Vitamins and Minerals
The nutrient content of raw honey varies (darker honey is more nutritious), but a 1-ounce serving contains very small amounts of folate as well as vitamins B2, C, B6, B5 and B3. Minerals including calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc are also found in raw honey.
Wound and Skin Care
Honey has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. It is used by the medical profession to treat wounds, burns, and various other skin conditions including acne.
Honey is also useful in treating upper respiratory infections. Studies have shown that a small dose of raw honey was more effective than an over-the-counter cough treatment. Be sure not to give any honey, either raw or treated, to a child under the age of 12 months.
Blood sugar regulation:
Even though honey contains simple sugars, some researchers believe it does not affect the body in the same way as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Honey’s exact combination of fructose and glucose may actually help the body regulate blood sugar levels.
In addition to its health benefits, it is a scientific fact that cooking with honey makes food taste better. Honey contains gluconic acid, a completely safe and natural flavor enhancer. According to the National Honey Board, honey “balances and enhances the flavor profiles of other ingredients used in a recipe.”
A little honey makes everything better!
I’ve posted a lot of pictures of decorated hives, but I love the look of simple white hives too, especially when they’re a beautiful part of the landscape.
I think these are especially elegant.
Flowers are opening slowly and shyly. I can’t wait for May!
The heart of every organic English Cottage Garden is compost, and lots of it! You are looking at three cubic yards of specially blended compost which is equal to 45 bags. It isn’t going to be enough.
I add at least 4 inches of compost to my beds every year. My gardens would do better if I added twice that much. Southern Ohio soil is mostly clay, and it needs a lot of work by earthworms and microorganisms to make it friable. The only way to achieve that is to add organic material.
I make my own compost, but it’s not nearly enough to cover my beds. This year I was lucky to find a supplier who will blend compost to my specifications and deliver it for a reasonable fee. I’m using 1/3 aged manure, 1/3 leaf mold and 1/3 mushroom compost.
I’m also lucky to have the assistance of Loyal Yard Dude Alex Lang. For a reasonable fee, he will shovel compost for hours and doesn’t complain except when it comes to composting the border running down my back yard aka Mount Everest. He also doesn’t mind the bees, which is very important!
I help too, and am writing this post during our lunch break. Time to go shovel some more poop!
Simon Kurtz of Kurtz Acres asked me a very good question. Was I worried about my “wicker” hive stands being able to support the weight of full hives which can easily weigh in the hundreds of pounds?
I would be worried if my stands were actually wicker. They’re not.
Pier One Hive Stand
They’re all-weather ottomans of synthetic wicker over a durable iron frame. They’re fully capable of supporting a heavy hive. I found them at Pier One.
So, if you want to copy my look, PLEASE don’t use real wicker, or if you do, make sure it is fully supported from below with bricks or a concrete block.
And many thanks to Simon for bringing up the subject. I would hate to be the cause of a beekeeping debacle out there!!