Posted in Beekeeping, Honey Recipes

Honey Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

A great recipe!

This is one you may want to add to your recipe box.  It’s got lots of room for personalization, and, even if you make it just as is, the cookies are excellent as a grab-and-go breakfast that’s healthy and nutritious.  

Ingredients

3 cups steel cut oats

1.5 cups all purpose flour

1 generous cup raw honey

3/4 cup fat – all unsalted, soft butter is delicious

1/4 teaspoon salt

1//2 teaspoon soda 

1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon – to taste

1 egg

1/4 cup water

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease a baking sheet with butter.  

Cream the honey, butter, egg and water together until smooth.  Use a mixer to get the best results.  

Combine the flour, oats, salt, cinnamon and soda together, then add to the creamed mixture.

Baking

Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto prepared sheet, leaving plenty of space for spreading.  

Bake for 15 minutes, checking the first time you try this recipe for your own preferred crispness.  

These cookies get a delicious brown edge.  

Options 

Add a cup of dried cranberries, raisins, or other dried fruit, chopped 

Sprinkle raw (turbinado) sugar on top of cookies before baking 

Use rolled oats instead of steel cut to get a more traditional, softer, texture

Use all or part almond flour or chestnut flour

Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of your favorite preserve – apricot is great. 

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Posted in Beekeeping, Handmade Soaps

Staying Neat And Organized Makes Working Fun

It’s the only way.  

I’m something of a neat freak by nature, so keeping things in order comes easy for me.  My hub is pretty good, he’s still a guy, LOL, but between the two of us, I have to admit we do keep things rolling along only because we get things where they are supposed to be.

Day by day.  

When you’ve got two active businesses, one of which is (thankfully) not run out of our home, there is always something that demands your attention.  Details, ladies and gentlemen, can get the best of you if you’re not careful.

It helps to have a good memory, but, if you don’t, then keep a notebook handy.  I find that when I can lay hands on all of my soap supplies quickly, I can relax and enjoy the art of handcrafting soap.  Which, I dearly love!

Keep smiling.  

Laugh about your human errors.  And again, I am completely thankful every single day that I have a natural ability to make excellent soap.  But even with that, spills happen, things can come up that stops the work process, my son and/or pets can need whatever – but when you learn to go with the flow it changes everything for the better.

 

Once a neat freak.  

Always one! I take pride in  how I organize my house.  I’ve spent a lot of $$ on organizers and such to make life easier and I can lay hands on anything I like within minutes. Even things that go back 10 or 20 years.  Yes, being neat and organized is in my bones!

 

Care about my work.  

I surely do that.  I have experimented with many different types of packaging because I wanted to get it right.  And I have gotten it right.  I have two different packaging styles that I really love.

Also, I have decided on beautiful kraft boxes to ship my soaps to those who order online, or local customers who want to ship gifts out of the area.  They look great, and using careful packaging, they arrive in perfect condition.

Note:  Honey Buttermilk Ovals and Honey Ducks (below )are not available for shipping at this time.  

Last but not least – LOVE. 

That’s pretty much the heart of the matter.  I love my husband very much. He’s my boyfriend, sweetheart, bff and business partner all rolled into one.  We’re great parents and love our kids so much!

When it comes to business decisions, for the most part, we are on the same page with things.  We are both forward-thinkers and that really helps.

And that’s what I’m looking forward to the most — a very exciting future!

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