Honey Zucchini Butter Bread

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Land of Milk and Honey

Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

This spring, here in Ohio, the weather was wet and cold for at less 5 weeks. Our bees had a rough start. We had to feed them a high protein sugar water.  When it rains, bees don’t leave the hive.  In addition to that, the flowers from plants and trees emerged later then in previous springs. When the flowers did emerge, they came all at once. We were not given a long continuous nectar and pollen season. So our bees, were not able to produce a large production of honey for a  early summer extraction.  We have had to wait and care for our bees with a gentle hand this summer.  Good news though, we are looking forward to extracting honey in the next few days.  Crossing our fingers and hoping for a large production.

With the wet long spring,  my garden could not be tilled by Budd the old farmer, until the ground had dried out. So my garden went in almost a month late.  I was not able to put in spring lettuces, broccoli and other cool weather plants and seeds.  My good friend and one of the partners in Hive & Honey BEEpothecary, Steve Saum,  had planted indoors, tomato plants, early this spring for transplant.  He had given me 35 plants and then I had another 20 plant reseed themselves from last year.  My zucchini, summer and winter squash, melons, beans, and corn are just now reaching their peak  production of fruit.  So I have an abundance of gardening and fruits that need a home.  I have been giving away veggies to people in need, here in my community.  God is good and knew when this garden needed to be planted.  I had my ideas of when but, God’s timing and plans are always far better than mine.    Thank you God!  If you know someone in need, I have gifts!   Let me know!

So with an abundance of squash, I have made this recipes multiple times and finally revised it, to where I love it.

Honey zucchini butter bread

Honey Zucchini Butter Bread

Recipe makes 2 – 9×5 inch loaves


  • 3 cups self-rising flour

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 2/3 cups white sugar

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup melted butter

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

  • 3 cups grated unpeeled zucchini

  • 1 cup chopped walnut

  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans.

  2. Stir together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl until blended. Set aside.

  3. Whisk eggs, sugar, oil, butter, honey, and vanilla together in a large bowl. Stir in zucchini, walnuts, and coconut. Add the flour mixture and stir until well combined. Divide the batter between the prepared loaf pans.

  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool completely. Store loaves overnight in plastic bags for best flavor.

Happy Eating and Harvesting!

Numbers 11:5

“We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic

Our First Honey Harvest

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

It’s what we’ve been waiting for!   It’s here! It’s here!

Golden, sweet honey.   The first of the year!

Uncap it, spin it,  bottle it up.

It’s fun work. We’ll eat it up!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.

Our time had finally come, what we’d been waiting for, our first honey harvest!  After waiting for 1 1/2 years and letting the bees have all the honey so far, they had finally made enough to share with us!  At one of our regular inspections, we found a whole box of honey!  The Dotsons had the same luck.  They were able to harvest a box plus 4 frames.  And this was just the beginning of the summer nectar flow.  We were so excited!  We scheduled a day when we could get together to harvest our honey with the great honey extractor Steve had been given.

What a great time we had processing our first honey in the Dotson’s kitchen.  Laurie had gotten new pickle buckets,  honey gates and pantyhose to use as filters.  Steve and I brought wood to make a stand for the honey spinner, a big flat tub and metal mesh cookie sheets to uncap the comb over.  Steve and Pete built a stand for the extractor while Laurie and I ran to the hardware store for turnbuckles to hold the extractor on the stand.  Then we were ready to crank!

the stand with extractor and bucket
the stand with extractor and bucket

We started with the Dotson’s honey.  It took some practice to learn how to hold the frame and the hot knife just right, over the tub, to get the beeswax cappings  cut off without making a big mess.

Jeannie cutting off the caps of the comb with the hot knife
Jeannie cutting off the caps of the comb with the hot knife
Laurie working on a frame of honey
Laurie working on a frame of honey

But oh, that honey flowing out of the cappings was awesome!  We sampled a lot of honey as we worked!  We took turns cranking the frames in the extractor, cutting the caps off the frames, adjusting the pantyhose filter on the bucket and cleaning up.

It sure is a messy, sticky job!  We got theirs done in about two hours, and then started on ours.  All in all, it took about 4 hours to process all our honey.

Steve and Pete spinning the extractor

beeswax cappings to wash and save
beeswax cappings to wash and save

We got about 35 pounds of honey and the Dotsons got 40 pounds.  Plus, we had beeswax to use, too!  We let the cappings drain for a day and bottled that separately.  It was a little darker and richer.  Laurie had ordered a big lot of 1 lb and 2 lb plastic squeeze bottles for us, so we were all set to bottle our honey.  Pete and Laurie sold out within about 2 weeks.  Steve and I gave quite a bit of our’s away to family and friends and sold some to friends and coworkers.  And of course, we saved some for our use, though not enough, we decided!  This was definitely a highlight in our beekeeping adventure!

sample of our harvest
sample of our harvest

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us  and make his face shine on us—
so that your ways may be known on earth,  your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God;     may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,  for you rule the peoples with equity  and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,  so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.