Poconos, Pa.

"HoneyBee Farm Apiaries" is located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  We have been selling honey and honey products for more than 11 years to many satisfied customers who keep coming back for more.  To date, we have not used any chemicals to treat the hives in our apiary, we try to keep it as natural as possisble.  We have accepted the losses incurred and believe we can continuously improve our success rate using natural means.  Our goal is to make people aware of the harmful uses of chemical pesticides and the dangers of GMOs.  

Our mission is simple: to provide the best products and service to our customers at the lowest prices possible. We take great pride in our company, our commitment to customer service and in the products we sell. Our online store is designed to provide you with a safe and secure environment to browse our product catalog.

 

3/8/18 - Why do you never see honey bees mating?  Because it takes place about 200 feet above the ground.

4/25/16 - Drone (male) honeybees will fly up to 8 miles from the hive in search of a mate.

1/10/16 - TOO HOT -When it gets too hot inside the hive, honeybees will cool the cells using their wings, which beat at 11,400 times a second!

8/11/15 - To look at a honeybee from an aerodynamic point of view, you wonder how on earth it could even fly, but it does indeed. although it has a wobbly hoover and I have observed many a crash landing at the hives, it is still capable of flying at 15 MPH and can reach a speed of 20 MPH when it's not carrying propolis, water, nectar or pollen.

1/11/15- Honey Bees have two sets of wings that are hooked together which they can unhook at will for purposes such as grooming. 1/06/15 - Did you know that PROPOLIS, which is made by bees, is the most potent naturally occurring antibiotic there is. Honey Bees shellac the interior of the hive with it to maintain a sterile environment.

11/07/14 - Honey Bees require complete protein just like we do. They get this protein (amino acids) from only one place, "pollen".

7-21-14 - Did you know that only the Genus Apis are considered true "honeybees", of which there are only 6 to 11 recognized species?

2/11/14 - AMAZING LITTLE CREATURE SERIES: HEART - A honey bee has a simple series of masculated chambers for a heart.  They have a very efficient and simple open circulatory system that is well suited for small insects.

2/4/14 -AMAZING LITTLE CREATURE SERIES: LEGS - The legs of a honey bee possess tools that can be used to clean their antennas,comb and remove pollen from their body hairs, stab fresh wax flakes and press pollen into a dense mass.

11/28/13 - AMAZING LITTLE CREATURE SERIES: BREATHING - Honey Bees breath through a complex sysstem of tubes (tracheas) and air sacs, (no lungs).  Oxygen is sucked in through openings in each segment.  The outer vents are then closed and air is forced into tubules that get smaller and smaller until they reach the cells they need to.

11/18/13 - AMAZING LITTLE CREATURE SERIES: SALIVARY GLANDS - Honey Bees have salivary glands that produce enzymes to break down food.  One enzyme, invertase, breaks down sugars in nectar and is essential to the process of converting it into honey.

11/13/13 - AMAZING LITTLE CREATURE SERIES: ANTENNAE- The Honey Bee's antennae are covered with thousands of sensory cells for touch and smell.  Their sense of smell is much more acute than any mammal's.  They not only use it for finding food but also for communicating within the hive.  Antennae are also used to relay info about air speed and orientation during flight.

11/5/13 - AMAZING LITTLE CREATURE series: BODY HAIR- The Honey Bee's body is covered with branched "setae", feathery hairs.  Pollen sticks to these hairs and is transferred to other plants thereby pollenating them.  Pollen is also combed from these hairs and placed in sacs on their rear legs, then carried back to the hive where it is stored as food.

10/16/13 - A long term study revealed that people who suffered from severe allergies were 100 % cured after taking pollen for a minimum of three years.

9/20/13 -  Know where your honey is coming from.  In 2012 New Zealand produced 1,700 tons of Manuka honey and sold and shipped 10,000 tons.  Nice trick!  That would mean that 83 % of the Manuka honey out there is probably phoney.  All the more reason to buy from the small guy, especially the local source and stay away from the huge commercial importers.

9/18/13 - Queen attendants groom and feed the queen.  They also collect QMP (queen mandibular pheremone) from the queen and share it with the bees around them that also share it and spread it throughout the hive.

9/18/13 - It requires 6 times the energy to draw comb as it does to make honey.

9/13/13 - Honeybees can beat their wings 200 times per second.  Why is this important?  It gives them the ability to regulate hive temperature and also  evaporate the water in the nectar until it is around 17%, then it becomes HONEY and the cell is usually sealed.

9/10/13 - One honeybee hive visits about 225,000 flowers a day.  That's what I call pollination!

9/4/13 - Dipping screws in melted beeswax will help prevent splitting wood.

8/30/13 - Honey bees can detect changes in air pressure.  They know when it's going to rain, so they hang around the hive.

8/14/13 - Beekeepers will often requeen their hives in September because as a queen ages she gradually loses her ability to produce queen pheromone and this may cause the colony to swarm (leave the hive) in the Spring.

8/9/13 - Beeswax, a byproduct of honey production, has a multitude of uses in the pharmaceutical industry, such as coating pills;  the food industry, such as coating aging cheese and the cosmetic industry, such as in quality creams.

7/30/13  French reasearchers in an effort to find out why the world honey bee population is dwindling so fast, have developed a way to track the activities if individual bees.  They glue a small tracking device to the bee which tells them when they leave the hive, where they go and when they return.  By placing the hives in designated areas they can determine what is killing the bees.  Of all the possibilities, one has already been proven, "pesticides". 

7/25/13 - Cave paintings demonstrate that people have been gathering honey from bees for at least 7000 years, but estimates are that honey bees have been around for about 30 million years. 

6/7/13 - Given the worldwide plight of the honeybee and recognizing their extreme importance to mankind, scientists at Harvard University are attempting to creat a "robotic honeybee" for pollinating plants.  They are working on one about the size of a penny which is tethered with a wire to a controller.  They believe it will be at lease 20 years before it is viable.  Hmmm, of coarse you wouldn't get any honey, royal jelly, propolis, beeswax, etc., not to mention the expense of such robotic bees.  Harvard?

6/25/13 - Did you know that most Olympic athelets in the world use "bee pollen" to increase their energy and performance.  Beside containing vitamins, minerals, amino acids and having anti bacterial properties, bee pollen also contains 5 to 7 times more protein than beef!

6/20/13 - Should you leave your honey in the sun like near a window or on an open table outside at a farmer's market?  Not a good idea.  Why?  Because enzymes are sensitive to heat and light (uv) and you destroy one of the main benefits of the honey. 

6/7/13 - About one out of every 4 or 5 honeybees in the field will gather pollen for the colony.  It sticks to their fuzzy little bodies and cross polinates flowers as they travel from flower to flower.  The pollen is stored in special pollen sacs attached to their rear legs and brought back to the hive where it is turned over to the house bees that store it in special areas to be used as food later.  Field workers will make up to fifty trips a day gathering pollen and visit up to about 300 flowers each trip!

6/04/13 - The U.S. produces about 176,000,000 lbs. of honey per year.

6/03/13 - Pennsylvania, where our apiaries (Honeybee Farm Apiaires) are located, has 50 % fewer hives now than it did in 1983, 30 years ago!  We hear almost daily about the loss of hives beekeepers are suffering both from the harsh winter and CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) a disease apparently directly related to pesticides.  One of the best arguments for this is that beekeepers that do not rent out their hives for pollinating do not seem to suffer as many losses, because many orchards, etc. that hire pollinators, use pesticides on their crops.

6/02/13 - Honeybees are often given a bum rap.  Honeybees are vegetarians and they are not interested in your meat.  They are not attracted by your sandwiches, lunch, barbeque, etc. like yellow jackets, which are carnivorous wasps.  Honey bees are only interested in visiting your flowers.

6/01/13 - Only about 20% of all bee stings are from honeybees.  Unlike wasps, a honeybee will die if it stings you and they are genetically programed not to sting unless they are protecting themselves or their hive.

5/30/13 - Unless used for medical purposes, most people consume honey with other food or drink or as an ingredient.

5/22/13 - Workers can produce a queen any time they choose, but they will only do so under three circumstances.  Stay tumed to find out what they are.

5/14/13 - Studies at the Copenhagen University revealed that people with Arthritis showed great improvement when they took 2 tbs. of honey and 3/4 tsp. of cinnamon mixed in a cup of hot water daily.

5/10/13 - Honeybees make 80,000 trips and visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.

5/9/13 - Did you know that a honeybee flies 15 m.p.h.

5/8/13 - Almonds are 100 % dependant on bees for pollination.  1,500,000 hives are needed to pollinate the almond trees in California.  But there is a problem, last year on average in the U.S., beekeepers lost 60 % of all of their hives to CCD, a disease which evidence shows genetically modified organisms and pesticides are responsible for!

4/14/13 - Americans consume about 1.3 lbs. of honey per year as opposed to 156 lbs. of sugar.  That's right, 156 lbs. from other foods and only 29 lbs. comes from sucrose or traditional sugars found in good foods.   The rest comes from junk foods like candy and soda.  Soft drinks account for 33 % of the sugar we consume.  Something should be done about this!  There are much better ways of satisfying your craving for sweets or getting that boost of energy using the much healthier HONEY.

4/4/13 - HANGOVER?  Here is one of the fastest ways to cure a hangover if you screwed up and drank too much.  Make yourself a shake using milk, a banana and HONEY.  It will rehydrate you, calm your stomach and rebuild depleted blood sugar levels.  Try it!

3/27/13 Back from vacation in the keys.  Here's an eye opener, did you know that 93 % of all soybeans grown in the U.S. last year were "genetically modified organisms" or GMO'S.  A GMO is basically two completely different organisms, a bacteria and a plant, that have their genetic material mixed to create a desired result.  Sounds interesting, but there is plently of evidence to suggest that it might be very harmful to you and it's already been proven that it is devastating to honeybees! 

2/25/13 - How important are honeybees?  100 crops provide 90% of the worlds food.  Bees pollinate more than 70 % of those crops.  In 2005, a study revealed that the total economic value of agricultural production provided by honeybees was $ 200,000,000.00 world wide!

2/25/13 - Once again, the EPA has failed to protect the honeybees and the people.  Last year they ignored the petition of over a million people to prohibit the use of certain pesticides which bee experts report can kill and harm honeybees.  Pesticides that do not directly kill bees have sublethal effects, such as diminishing their sense of smell, altering their foraging patterns and altering reproductive cycles.  The impact of pesticides such as neonicotinoids like imidacloprid and clothianidin severely impair the imune systems of bees making them more suseptible to pathogens.  Find out what you can do to help at www.beyondpesticides.org 

2/22/13 - Scientists recently confirmed that flowers give off electrical signals to attract bees to their pollen.  They actually change their voltage to advise of low nectar levels.  Electrical signals are used in concert with color and smell to attract the bees.

2/21/13 - Honeybees will sometimes fly as much as three miles from the hive while gathering nectar, that's a circle with a six mile diameter or about 12,000 acres.  Just one hive with 60,000 to 80, 000 bees can pollinate a very LARGE area. 

2/19/13 - Honeybee pollination has an estimated agricultural value of 15 billion dollars a year in the U.S alone!

2/18/13 - Here are just some uses for beeswax that I'll bet you didn't know about:  It's used to lubricate drill bits and saw blades, especially in metal fabrication.  It's mixed with cotton and lanolin to make earplugs.  Special ,micro-organisms are mixed with beeswax, formed into balls and used to clean up oil spills.  Beeswax is used to cover the seam between two slate pieces when making high end pool tables.  It's used to coat thread for sewing so it doesn't snag.  It's used as a thread lock on screws to help them from backing out.  It's melted over motor windings to protect them.  It's used to protect and seal the graft when grafting plants.

2/15/13 - "PROPOLIS" , another "miracle" product from our little friends in the hive.  The medical community has great interest in this gift from the hive and has conducted and are still conducting investigations into into it's properties and uses.   Propolis is a calk like substance used to strengthen and glue hive components together and to seal cracks and openings in the hive.  It is also used to create a hospital like environment inside the hive protecting it from viruses and bacteria.  It is obtained from plant parts, like the bark and the buds and consists mostly of plant resin but also includes beeswax, pollen and volatile oils mixed with the bee's own secretions.  While it is packed with nutrition and even contains flavonoids,  it is probably mostly touted for having powerful antiviral and antibacterial perperties.   Studies have proven it's effectiveness in treating problems inside the mouth (gum disease, teeth, plaque). It is used to treat burns, ulcers, urinary infections, herpes, dermatitis, cold sores, cataracts, dental plaque, as an anti inflamatory, to promote a healthy heart and as a dietary supplement and more.  As usual, other countries are way ahead of us when it comes to using "propolis", I'm sure big pharma would rather we didn't know about it.

WARNING!  There are two things you must consider when using "propolis".  #1.  It contains pollen.  If you have had allergic reactions to pollen in the past use caution and common sense (readiness, tiny dose, doctor, etc.) # 2.  ALL PROPOLIS IS NOT CREATED EQUAL.  It's properties vary depending on where it came from and even the season.  That's why they cannot pin down a definitive nutrirtional value for it.  The propolis you buy may not have the properties you seek.  Hence, always get it from a reliable source that had it laboratrory tested.  Ask for certification of testing. 

I can write volumes about this "gift", but my objective here is simply to awaken you to another of the benefits of our little friends, the honeybees.   Stay tuned, there will be more.

2/13/13 - Honey resists crystallization best at about 70 degrees F.

2/11/13 - The antioxidant "Pinocembrin" is found EXCLUSIVELY in honey.

2/9/13 - Why is wildflower the best honey for alergy therapy?  Because is contains pollen from many different plants.  Always try to get "local" honey for this purpose and preferably honey that was produced from plants that blossom at the same time that your allergy most affects you.

2/9/13 - If you are using honey for allergy therapy make sure that it is pure RAW honey that has not been heated above 104 degrees and has not been run or forced through very fine filters.  You do not want to remove the pollen from the honey!  Super heating and removing the pollen by filtration will make a product that DOES NOT CRYSTALIZE.   Where is the best place to get RAW honey?  Certainly not at the supermarket.  If you can't get it directly from the apiary (beekeeper), then your local farmers market is a good bet.

2/5/13 - People have allergic reactions to stings from wasps, yellow jackets, hornets and other stinging insects.  But just because you are allergic to a wasp sting doesn't mean you are allergic to a honeybee sting, you may have no major symptom at all.

2/5/13 - EVERYONE is allergic to bee stings, only to different degrees.  It was reported that about 20 % of allergy sufferers see MAJOR RELIEF of their allergies just by taking "local honey". (From within 50 miles of their location)  Don't expect immediate relief, it usually takes about a month, starting cautiously with part of a teaspoon and gradually increasing to about a teaspoon a day.  It is advisable to seek medical advice first.  Stay tuned for more interesting articles about allergies.

2/4/13 - It takes ten pounds of nectar to make one pound of honey!

There are many reasons to use honey instead of table sugar but here are four of the most popular:

1.  Honey is about 1 1/2 times as sweet as sugar, so you use less.

2.  Honey is lower on the "glycemic index" than table sugar.

3.  Honey is unprocessed and still contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. whereas table sugar is nothing but empty calories.

4.  Table sugar is basically sucrose, which has to be broken down into it's two components, glucose and fructose before the body can use it.  This means it must draw upon the body's own nutrients and enzymes to be broken down and metabolized.  When you don't have enough of your own nutrients, etc., metabolizing cholesterol and fatty acids is impeded.  This is bad and contributes to high cholosterol and obesety. 

      With honey, the breaking down has already been done for you by the bees.  It's composed mostly of glucose and fructose.  Your body doesn't have to tax it's organs digesting it because it can be absorbed directly.

 

HONEY = BRAIN FOOD:   The brain equals 2% of our body weight and uses 20% of the calories we consume daily, primarily via GLUCOSE.  We get our glucose mostly from fruits, veggies and grains. There are 37.75 grams of glucose in every 100 grams of honey.  There is a concensus that we should at all times have about 25 grams of glucose circulating in our bloodstream for our brain to function at it's optimum.  This does not mean that you should start slurping down jars of honey, lest you do more harm than good.  Research shows that the "not too little, not too much" approach is best.  Hence, smaller, but more frequent doses of glucose are better.  Example,  smaller, more frequent meals.  1 tablespoon of honey contains about 5.1 grams of glucose.  Stay tuned for more on this subject. 

There are more than 300 different types of honey sold in the Unites States,(and each crystallizes at a slightly different rate.)

MIRACLE DIETARY SUPPLEMENT: For many decades studies have been conducted with this miracle of nature called "Royal Jelly" with claims much too numerous to mention in this small article but here are of few of it's components which you can easily research to determine their benefits to the human body: Protein, fatty acids (hydroxy acids, inphospholipids), RNA,  acetalcholine, globulin, B vitamins (panthothenic acid), choline, paba, inositol, B 12, riboflavin, pyrodoxine, albumin and more.  These substances may be useful for everything from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's to a healthy heart and immune system.  Stay tuned for more!

ROYAL JELLY is secreted by special glands in female "worker bees"and is fed to female larvae in the hive along with the adult queen.  Stay tuned for more about this miraculous substance.

There are at least 37 diseases and problems which have been reported by patients or doctors as improved or healed with bee venom therapy.

"BEWARE",  a shocking new study by Food Safety News found that 75 percent (thats 75 %) of honey sold in grocery stores doesn't contain any honey at all!  Scientist and director of Palynology Research Laboratory at Texas A & M University, Vaughn Bryant, one of the leaders in identifying pollen types in honey, examined more than 60 "honey" products purchased from ten states and the District of Columbia.  He could not find even a trace of pollen in most of the so-called honey he examined.  Identifying pollen traces helps to ensure the integrity of the honey.  Worse than that, 100 percent (that's 100 % of the honey examined from Walgreens, CVS, McDonald's and KFC was not actually honey, according to the FSN.  In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration says that any product that's been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen "isn't honey".  The FSN claims that the honey imposters were likely imported from China nand may be contaminated with antibiotic drugs and or other foreign materials.  It also indicates that these products were likely heated to extremely high temperatures, forced through tiny filters, and possibily adulterated in some way.  The study found that honey taken from FARMER'S MARKETS, whole foods stores and food cooperatives was real and contained pollens and nutrients. (Michelle Schoffro Cook, November 25, 2011)

When a new queen emerges from a cell, the first thing she does is pursue and kill all of the other virgin queens and immediately start giving orders.

About one third of all food that is consumed is the result of pollination by honeybees.

The Egyptian Chancellor, "Imhotep", the real father of medicine, discovered the healing properties of honey and used it to treat wounds in about 2700 B.C., that's 2000 years before "Hipocrates". Bacteria cannot grow and are killed by honey!

Honeybees must fly 55,000 miles, that's more than twice around the world and visit millions of flowers to make just one pound of honey.

A queen honeybee lives two to four years.

ABC News, Dec 3, 2007: A study, published Monday in the archives of Pediatrics and Adolecent Medicine,  found that children who received a small dose of buckwheat HONEY before bedtime slept better and coughed less than those who received either a common over-the-counter cough suppressant (dextromethorphan) or nothing at all.

The above is proof! (by the way, honey should not be given to children under 1 year of age)

A worker (female) honeybee lives only 45 days, if that.

A drone honeybee (male) lives only 90 days.

During the winter months drones are killed or evicted from the hive.

An average hive produces about 60 lbs. of honey a year.

Honeybees fly within a three mile radius of the hive to gather nectar, that's an area with a six mile diameter.

The flavor and color of honey varies with the seasons as different flowers bloom.

A worker honeybee only produces about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

Honey is sweeter than table sugar.

Keep a lid on your honey and keep it at room temperature and it will last indefinately!

Honey is a "humectant" that retains and provides moisture and can extend the shelf life of baked goods.

Honey is an 'emulsifier" that acts as a binder and thickener for sauces, marinades, dressings and dips.

A honeybee is the only insect that produces food for man.

Honey contains copper, zink, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.

Don't mess with honeybees while wearing black, they hate it!

Hives set close together are often painted different colors to keep the worker bees from mistakenly entering the wrong hive upon returning.  Amazing, since they fly three miles in any direction to gather nectar and have no problem finding their way back!

Honeybees communicate with each other with vibrations, pheromones and dancing! 

Honeybees have -eyes, two large compound eyes and three small single lense eyes on top of their head that keep track of the suns rays are used for navigational purposes. 

Honeybees are actually deaf, they have no ears! But, they have a great sense of smell and are very good at feeling vibrations.



TODAYS HON3Y RECIPE:-10-30-13 -'BAKED HONEY APPLES" - Take a nice big apple, wash it good and core it.  place it on a plate.  Mix together some crushed walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and honey.  Stuff the apple with the mixture and heap it on top.  Place in oven or microwave and bake until the apple is the texture that you like.

10-03-13 - "Honey Caramel Apples" - Place a parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Take 6-8 apples and push lollipop sticks into them.  Fill a large bowl with ice water.  Heat one cup of heavy cream with a 1/2 tsp. of salt in a sauce pan just until tiny bubbles start to form on the edge, but do not let simmer.  Stir in one cup of honey and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer while stirring occassionally until temperature reached 255 to 260 degrees F, no more, "important", use a candy thermometer.  Remove carefully and place the bottom of the sausepan into the ice water.  Stir until the caramel thickens to the point that it will stay on the apple.  You can re-heat it for 10 to 15 seconds if it gets too thick.  Take each apple and twirl it into the caramel then set it on the sheet until it sets. (You can roll them in crushed peanuts it you like).  When they cool wrap with clear wrap.

10-02-13 -" Caffiene Free Energy" - 1 tbs. honey with 1 tsp. aloe vera, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. ginseng and 1 tsp. bee pollen (pulverize in a coffee grinder first).  Take 1/2 tsp.    Lasts about 4 hours.

8-26-13 "HONEY ORANGE JELLO" - Mix one packet of unflavored gelatin in 1 cup of hot water.  Stir in  1/2 cup orange juice, 3 tbs. lemon juice, 2 tbs. honey, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 cup orange zest and one thinly sliced orange.  Chill in refrigerator until firm.

"HONEY PATIO FRANKS" - Grill a package of your favorite hot dogs.  In a saucepan, mix 4 tbs. barbeque sauce, 2 tbs. honey, 1/4 tsp. dry mustard, 1/2 tsp. ginger.  When cooked, cut the hot dogs in thirds, mix them into the sauce and heat.  Serve on a platter with picks.

6-05-13 - HONEY CINNAMON BUTTER - Mix 1 cup of butter, 1 tsp. of cinnamon and 4 tsp. of honey in a bowl.  Transfer to a small storage container and store in refrigerator.  A delicious spread for pastries, toast, muffins, etc.

5-28-13 -"HONEY FRAPPE(PLUM)" - Place 2 chopped plums, 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 2 tbs. of honey and 2 tbs. of wheat germ in a blender and mix until smooth.  Then add a few ice cubes and continue blending until smooth.

5-15-13 - "HONEY FRUIT POPS"  - Mix 3/4 cup of honey with 2 1/4 cups of water.  Add about three cups od tiny diced fruit like peaches, pineapples, strawbverries, etc. and place equal amounts into small paper cups.  Add the honey water mix to each cup and place them into the freezer until they begin to harden.  Insert popsicle sticks and let them freeze.  Enjoy! 

5-14-13 - " BAKED APPLE HONEY SLICES" -1 sliced apple, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp water, 1/4 tsp cinnamon.  Mix in a bowl and place in the microwave for two minutes.

 

5-07-13-"HEALTHY ENERGY DRINK" - Here is a quick and healthy energy drink.  Glass of almond or rice milk, some berries, a tablespoon of honey.  Mix with a spoon, no need for a mixer.  Oh yea, you can throw in a dollop of vanilla ice cream if you like too.

 

5-01-13 -"HONEY CHEDDAR SNACK"

A nice chunk of cheddar cheese topped with honey and walnuts with some apple slices on the side.

 

"VANILLA HONEY CREAM"

Mix 1/2 cup honey, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1 cup sour cream and 1/2 tsp vanilla in a small bowl and refrigerate.

 

4-11-13 - "HORSERADISH HONEY DIP"

TRY DIPPING YOUR VEGGIES IN THIS:

Mix about 1 tsp. of horseradish, 2 tsp. mustard, preferrably Dijon), 8 tbs. mayo and 8 tbs. 

honey in a small bowl and serve.

 

2-26-13 - "GRILLED HONEY CHICKEN STRIPS"

3 tbs honey, 3 tbs soy sauce, 1 tbs olive oil, 2 tbs lime juice, 6 strips of chicken.

Mix ingredients in a bowl.  Mix in chicken.  Cover and allow to marinade for at least one hour.  Skewer the strips and place on grill. 



2-23-13 - "HONEY BUTTER SPREAD"

Mix 1 lb. of butter with 1 cup of honey "mmmmmmmmmmmm"



2-04-13- "HONEY MUSTARD (SPICY)"

1 cup dijon musard

1/8 tsp. tumeric

4 tbs honey

mix and enjoy with your favorite hot dog or fried chicken



"SPAGHETTI SAUCE WITH HONEY"

onion - about 2 inch dia.

garlic - 3-4 cloves

celery - 3 two inch pieces

red pepper - 1 chopped

parsely - 2 tbs

oregano - 2 tsp

crushed tomatoes with basil - 28 oz

bay leaf - 1 -

honey - 2 tsp

salt - 1/2 tsp

olive oil -3 tsp

red or blk pepper - 1/2 tsp

water - 1 cup

ground beef - 1 1/4 lbs. (OPTIONAL)

Italian hot sausage - 1 link (OPTIONAL)

Place onion, garlic, oil, red pepper and (meat) in a saucepan and saute until tender (or meat is no longer pink).  Add the rest stirring until well mixed and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer for three hours. (By that time everyone in the family will be waiting with a plate in their hand).  Remove bay leaf and celery before serving over spaghetti.

 

"STEAMED HONEY VEGGIES"

Cube 2 small squash, 1 turnip, slice 2 carrots, quarter 1 onion.  Place in pan and steam over a large skillet until tender and drain.  Mix  1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 2 tsp. orange zest, 2 tbs. butter and 1/3 cup of honey and pour it over the veggies.  Serve.  

 

"HOT SPICEY HONEY TEA"

4 cups hot tea

1/4 cup honey

4 cinnamon sticks

4 cloves

4 lemon or orange slices

combine in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.  Serve hot!

 

"HONEY ICING"

Try this on your next cupcake! 

In a mixing bowl, place 1 1/2 tbs of your favorite honey, 4 tbs butter, 2 tbs cream cheese and 1 3/4 cups of powdered sugar.  Mix and whip.  The fluffier, the better.



Simply mix your favorite honey with peanut butter for a delicious spread. 



"HONEY YUM YAMS"

First, cook enough yams for about six servings.

In a saucepan, combine 2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 1/2 cups of honey, 1 1/2 cups of water and a pinch of salt.  Heat on low and stir until clear.  pour it over the yams and bake at 400 degrees until brown.  I just made myself hungry!



Try drizzling some honey on your favorite pastry, like corn bread or banana bread.mmmmmm



BAKING TIP: You can substitute honey for sugar in your recipes at a ratio of 3/4 cup of honey for 1 cup of sugar.  You should also reduce other liquids by about 1/2 cup for every cup of honey used and you should reduce the baking temperature by 20-25 degrees too because honey causes things to brown faster.



Try using honey in your coffee instead of table sugar, not only is it better for you, it mellows your coffee and gives it a much better flavor.



 "HONEY APPLESAUCE"

1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup apple juice, 3 apples, pared, cored and diced.

Place ingredients in foodprocessor or blender and puree. 

 

"BAKED HONEY BEANS"

: 6 tbs. chopped onions, 8 tbs. ketchup, 2 tbs. mustard, 4 tbs. honey, 2 lbs. baked beans.  Mix ingredients first, then mix in beans and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. 



Try this for a quick and delicious breakfast:  Toast an English Muffin (I like whole wheat).  A swipe of butter and or peanut butter and a drizzle of "honey".  Don't forget the tea.



"HONEY VINEGAR SALAD DRESSING"

1 tbs - shopped shallot

1 tbs - wine vinegar

2 tbs - honey

dash of salt

dash of pepper

3 tbs olive oil

mix through salad thoroughly.  Enjoy!