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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Touched By A Bee

Guess what? September is National Honey Month! I happen to think it’s a wonderful time to celebrate not only Honey but also those busy little bees too:)

There’s just one problem, it looks like another day has gotten away from me and I will only have time to drop off a couple of links and recipes and beeeeeeeeee on my way:)

To produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to four times around the earth.

I’ve actually done a rather in depth post about bees and honey a while back. I’ve left the link below. However, I suggest you drop by the National Honey Boards website for a hive full of information. No time? Then, check out their Pinterest Boards where you will discover sweetness from “Bee-ginings” to Winnie the Pooh:)

”The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey
and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.”

~Winnie the Pooh in A.A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner~

Ready for some Ice Cream??? Hey, it’s still Summer in my book:)

Not any ol’ ice cream mind you. It’s a recipe for Country Style Ice Cream!

Whew! Now that I got the honey of a dessert strutting its stuff, I suppose I should calm things down with a couple of “down-home” bread recipes harvested from a booklet published by the folks at Honey Acres in Wisconsin.

The term "honey moon" originated with the Norse practice of consuming large quantities of mead during the first month of a marriage.

How do you feel about Mushrooms? I happen to like them a real lot!!! You might remember, I just happen to live in PA which touts itself as the Mushroom Capital of the World! Unfortunately, I missed the Mushroom Festival again this year…darn! Mushrooms are pretty plentiful around here this time of the year and September is, after all, National Mushroom Month.

Mushrooms and Honey? That calls for some Sweet & Hot Marinated Mushrooms, don’t you think?

While marinating, why not throw in some Zucchini and prepare these:

That’s right “kiddies” those are some Sweet and Sour Zucchini!

I want to take a moment to thank everyone for all your encouraging comments. I am doing fantabulous!!! I’ve put myself on a strict cholesterol free diet and added an exercise regime to my daily activities. I've also been educating myself about TIAs and my doctors have been really terrific about answering questions whenever I call. Yes, I'll admit, I'm still a bit shaken up but it seems normal according to the doctors. I'm also taking my medication like a good "girl." I don't think they want me back in the hospital anymore than I want to revisit, lol...

I’ll be sharing some of my new dishes real soon. In the mean time, don’t think I’m missing out on anything because I’m not. Just look at this huge plate of Eggplant I made for myself with, of course, my garden tomatoes, roasted!!!

Have a wonderful week you all:) Some of you will be saying Hello to Spring and we will by saying Hi to Fall! I’ll “see” you here next Sunday. Louise:)

Resources
1. A BeeKeeper’s Lunch (previous post)
2. More interesting facts about bees and honey
3. Check out Marjie's Honey Bunches, Yum!

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    1. It looks delicious, I'm drooling so wonderful! No exaggeration, to see my bees, was as if he felt the smell of nectar and the taste of honey at the same time. How can it!

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  2. I never realised just how versatile honey is as an ingredient until you showed me the light - not much of a fan of spooning honey but wouldn't mind trying these recipes :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. It makes a wonderful ingredient, Uru and since it is so versatile, it brings it's own unique flavor too! I spoon my honey depending on the kinda mood I'm in:)

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  3. My grandma gave me eight pounds of honey as a wedding present. I mostly use it as a bread ingredient, so it took me a few years to use it all up, but she met her goal of starting us on a sweet note.

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    1. What a lovely story, Poppy. Actually, I think honey, brooms and salt were very common wedding presents back in the day. Can you imagine what a pride would do now if she got any one of those "gifts?"

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  4. Hi Louise, keep the fantabulous going and have a great week ahead !

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  5. Honey in September also plays a role in the Jewish calendar where apples and honey are traditional for the Jewish New Year (sometimes in Sept, sometimes in Oct) and where honeycake is a popular treat (except that everybody complains about it). Sorry to hear you missed the mushroom festival!

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    1. Thank you so much for adding how honey plays a role in the Jewish New Year Mae. Very "sweet" of you:)

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  6. This is nice to know because I love honey. Honey makes a great sweetener.

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  7. I've never made dill bread before but it sounds very tasty! The sweet & spicy mushrooms look yummy too.

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    1. I thought the Dill bread was pretty interesting too Pam. I don't see me baking it any time soon though. Save me a piece if you do!!!

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  8. Well, you're right. It's still summer until 10:30 tonight! I made a honey creation last night...now to find time to post!

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    1. Hi Marjie,
      Gee, I hope you find time before National Honey Month goes slipping by:)

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  9. Hello Louise ,
    What a wonderful post with so much information . The weather is cooler now so I will be back baking soon . Ice cream we eat year round , my kids will love making this one . We love zucchini and this is a perfect recipe .
    So glad you are finding that it's not to hard to change your eating habits , one day at a time . Really you are missing anything , your are on your way to more healthy eating . Pinning thanks for sharing ;- D
    (((HUGS))) to you and Marion ~~Nee~~

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post Nee! I think the ice cream recipe is quite interesting. Let me know if the kids get to making it:) Marion sends lots of hugs right back at you:)

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  10. Hi dear Louise! I love honey and bees!! And I save your Ice cream but I love too your Sunflower wheat bread!! I love make bread (today I made baguettes dont have any bread at home) the porblems of these bread I eat more:)
    I will print tomorrow!!
    xo

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    1. Sound slike you enjoyed this post Gloria! I am so glad:) I do hope you make the bread I would love to see it:) Thank you so much for visiting...

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  11. A very interesting post, Louise! I love that it’s National Honey month! While shopping in NYC last week, I found a luscious jar of Chestnut honey from Italy. It has such a rich deep flavor. Will definitely be giving that Sunflower Wheat Bread a try! Thanks for sharing all this great information!

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    1. Chestnut Honey sounds soooooo good, Kathy. You see, that's what I love about honey, it comes in so many delicious and sometimes unusual flavors:) Let us know about that Sunflower Wheat Bread:)

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  12. Hi Louise, Well, it looks like we had the same topic on our minds. Honey...They say great minds think alike, so here we are. I enjoyed your post very much, and love the recipes. You always have wonderful photos...The ice cream recipe and the mushroom one is awesome. Thanks for sharing all of your fabulous info and recipes. Happy first day of Fall! Have a great and blessed week! Dottie :)

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    1. Thanks Dottie. I enjoyed your post very much also, lol...I can attest to the mushrooms recipe, it's yummy!!!

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  13. Hi Louise, what a wonderful post on honey. I love honey and no matter how we used it, it's still very delicious and healthy too. Love all those recipes that you shared especially the mushroom. Your roasted eggplant and tomatoes is so delectable. Yummy!! Have a great week ahead and regards :)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this honey of a post, Ivy. It was such fun to share:)

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  14. Thanks Louise for the info!

    I have to tell my son that September is the sweetest month... because it is National Honey month!!! My boy is always very happy when I say Honey, I love you to him and he will be happy that this sweetest month is also "his" month :D

    Zoe

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    1. That is so cute, Zoe. Sending lots of sweetness to you and your adorable son:)

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  15. I love honey but for diet purposes don't eat it as often as I want. I also love mushrooms and here in Greece we make them as spoon sweet! Thank you so much for sharing once again all this info and these delicious recipes!

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    1. Hi Katerina,
      I love mushrooms with honey from Greece, Katerina, lol...Thanks so much for visiting...

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  16. Hi Louise, I happy to hear that you are doing well and taking your medication. I am just now starting to cook and bake with honey, I love it. I was surprised to see the sweet and sour zucchini recipe with honey, it sounds interesting and since I have zucchini still in my garden, I may have to give it a try.

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    1. Hi Dawn,
      I'd love to know how that zucchini recipe turns out!

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  17. Nice shoots,
    i'm a huge fans of honey, especially longan blossom ones...

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    1. Thanks Dedy, I don't think I have ever tasted a honey I didn't like:)

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  18. What a wonderful honey post. I will be posting more honey recipes this month! I love honey and just got a new beehive/honey metal stake for my garden..of course, the real bees are even more fun and useful!

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    1. So glad you liked it Janet. My neighbor is trying to talk me into raising "real" bees and hives. I'm not convinced, yet!

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  19. Oh these beautiful pictures say thousand words...such enchanting clicks Louise....we are scrolling over those flowers and honey bees again and again....they are beautiful....the vanilla honey country-style ice cream recipe you shared must taste delicious...thanks so much for sharing such a wealth of information,Have A Wonderful Day!!! :-)

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  20. Hi Louise,
    Glad to know that you are doing well!
    We love honey, though I have never like using it in a cake, but love it as an ingredient for a marinade.
    I love mushrooms! Sorry that you had to miss the Mushroom Festival again this year. You can always go next year! :)
    Will keep that zucchini recipe in mind, if my zucchini plant ever fruit! I'm getting really impatient with my zucchini plant!
    Take care Louise!

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    1. Hi Joyce,
      I know what you mean, I'm getting pretty impatient with my Brussels Sprouts plants as well. Patience is the gardener's heaviest tool:)

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  21. So pleased you're doing well, Louise...I'm thinking about you!
    Fun honey post....I seem to remember making a honey panna cotta ages ago. Will have to see if I can find the recipe in drafts. I always have several different kinds of honey in my pantry and our garden club had a bee keeper speak to us last spring.
    Happy honey month!

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    1. Hi Barbara,
      I have an assortment of honey in the pantry too. It's such fun to "play" with isn't it:) Thank you so much for stopping by. Now, go find that recipe!!!

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  22. I love honey. It is a great sweetener. This post is lovely and the recipes are mouthwatering. Great quote/poem.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thank you, Rosa...I love that poem/quote too:)

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  23. Love honey - you have a wonderful week too.

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  24. Honey is such a healthy & versatile ingredient. I make apple cider with honey to drink everyday, Louise. Great post!

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    1. Apple Cider Honey drink, now that's worth considering, Shirley. Thanks!

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  25. Honey honey! I am addicted to that! I have it every day on toast and in my tea. It is such a fab sweetener and has so many nutrients in it.
    I love your recipe for zucchini.
    Have a fab weekend xxxx

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    1. Honey is simply amazing isn't it Alida? And so healthy too!!! Thanks for buzzing on by:)

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  26. I love honey and we definitely have a lot of bees here right now. A farm down the road sells their honey and it's delicious. And mushrooms are the best so I have to try this recipe. Great pics and poem! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Mushrooms and honey go so well together, Pam. A full bodied honey is especially good. I love rosemary honey with mushrooms:)

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  27. hi louise, i must be missing out on some information on your health . Glad to know that you can stick to a cholesterol free diet. hee, i am glad i can type the word 'cholesterol' with no spelling mistake. I always hv problem getting the spelling right for this word :D me too like you tend to get shaken up whenever i hv some minor health issues and of recently, my menses problem. Doc asked me not to worry too much, people at my age will hv their cycle go haywire many times, asked me not to visit him so regularly:D

    Honey..honey..i hope it will be a sweet month for all of us here! Must tell you that your eggplant dish looks delicious!!

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  28. Sadly when we moved, we left our hive behind. I'm a HUGE fan of honey and have especially been enjoying manuka honey masks =)

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  29. Oh, almost missed it! I love honey... except for the sticky part.

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  30. Hi Louise.. I've been out fr blogging world for a bit. Been too busy n w be traveling again in the next couple of days.. No I'm not on holiday.. It's nothing but work work n work!
    I drop by to see what you've bern up to and I thk i missed a lot. You were in hospital? I hope you feel better now. Do take care of yourself!

    I see that you've done a wonderful piece on the bees.. You know what? That's my middle name .. Yup 'Bee' is my Chinese name! Haha

    I call myself 'Pretty Bee' for my creative blog but it's not active unlike my food blog.. Well, used to be more active anyway!
    Keep exercising n watch yr diet n 'bee' healthy ok.. Till next time..

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  31. Great post and great timing too. We are hitting a crises point with our honey bees. We may not have honey (or a lot of the foods we enjoy) at the rapid decline of honey bees. This month is a good reminder of that. Clarice

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  32. We actually have two hives and even though we haven't harvested any honey yet, I am always on the look out for recipes.

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  33. I always eat honey ice cream at the State Fair--it is one of the first places I head to. I really should try making my own. Right now I have been watching the bees polinating the fall raspberries. They are working so hard, I guess they know winter is coming.

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  34. Hi Louise, all your postings are very fascinating and unique. Love to drop by your blog, you always got something very classic to share. But sorry I'm always way to late in dropping by.

    Honey is one of my favorite ingredients for cooking or baking. I take bee pollen every morning without fail for overall healthy and to prevent wrinkles. :)) Pollen can slow down aging. :))
    Your egg plant and tomato look very inviting. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful recipes and very beautiful pictures.

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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  35. Dear Louise, I love honey and it does have so many good healthy benefits.
    Thank you for the recipes, I love the old recipes.
    The eggplant looks simply wonderful! Blessings and I hope you are feeling good. Catherine xo

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  36. You have mentioned two favories hee - honey and mushrooms! My nails have been splitting for a number of years. I've yet to find something to keep that from happening.

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  37. dill bread is SO good and it's so hard to find these days! i only make it for myself every now and then and my recipe is actually quite similar to that one--honey is definitely a key ingredient! :)

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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