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Blessings for our Thanksgiving!

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Land of Milk and Honey

Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays. An acquaintance wrote my sentiments to a tee and I would like to post them. So without further ado… She says, For weeks I look forward to preparing a beautiful meal and relaxing with my family. Sadly, Thanksgiving night invariably finds me deflated. I regret having gotten irritable in the final crazy minutes of gravy making and turkey carving or feel dispirited by the lack of meaningful conversation at the table. I miss the family members who are absent. I wish people would have gotten along better and connected more deeply. The list of discontents varies from year to year but the theme is the same: it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped.

This year I am on to myself. All month I’ve been thinking about letting go of my imaginary ideals and showing up with an open heart for whatever happens. I anticipate that it may be a little hard to pull off on the big day. I know I’m not alone. For many people the holidays are a time of heightened need for things to be a particular way. Certainly there’s nothing wrong with wanting a lovely holiday. But high expectations can hold us in their grip. What we want to see blinds us to what is actually in front of us and diminishes it. If we then distance ourselves from the imperfect, that gap makes it even harder to connect to things as they are. It is only in approaching a thing — be it this particular holiday meal or an individual human being — with attention that we can fully appreciate it, for all its faults and strengths, for all its funky uniqueness. Paying attention with kindness opens us to the wholeness around us. From there it is a short leap to gratitude. That which we see deeply enough can virtually always be counted as a blessing.

As we each look around our Thanksgiving tables next week, may we focus on the kindness and generosity that is shared between us and give thanks for the day we have been given, whether or not it is the one we had imagined.

Blessings on your holiday table.  Don’t forget to invite a friend or two who need a family to share this day with! 

Thanksgiving-Dinner-Turkey

Honey Roast Turkey

Turkey ingredients

  • 1  12 – 14  pound  fresh or frozen natural turkey
  • 2 cups  water
  • 1/2 cup  Hive & Honey BEEpothecary honey
  • 1/4 cup  finely snipped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons  finely snipped fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons  snipped fresh thyme
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1/2 kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup  Hive & Honey BEEpothecary honey
  • 2 tablespoons  butter
  •  Apple Cider Sauce (see recipe below) (optional)

directions

1.Thaw turkey if frozen. In a medium saucepan combine water, 1/2 cup honey, and about half of the parsley, sage, thyme, and garlic. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in olive oil. Cover; let stand 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids.

2.Rinse turkey; pat dry with paper towels. Skewer the neck skin to the back. Tie legs to tail. Twist wing tips under the back.

3.Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Using a flavor-injector syringe, inject the honey mixture into the meat of the turkey. (This may take up to 20 injections, so try to evenly distribute the seasoned mixture in the turkey. If the syringe gets clogged with a bit of seasoning, you will need to flush it out with water and a toothpick.) Sprinkle turkey lightly with salt and pepper.

4.Insert a meat thermometer into the center of one of the inside thigh muscles without the thermometer touching the bone. Cover turkey loosely with foil. Roast in a 325 degree F oven for 2-1/2 hours.

5.For glaze, in a small saucepan, heat and stir 1/4 cup honey and butter until butter is melted. Stir in remaining parsley, sage, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper.

6.Remove turkey from oven. Cut the string between the drumsticks so the thighs will cook evenly. Remove the foil to let the bird brown. Brush about one-third of the glaze over turkey. Return turkey to oven and roast for 30 to 60 minutes more, brushing two more times with remaining glaze, or until meat thermometer registers 180 degrees F and juices run clear.

7.Remove turkey from oven and cover loosely with foil. Let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Carve turkey into thin slices and, if desired, serve with Apple Cider Sauce. Makes 18 servings.

Apple Cider Sauce

 ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons  butter
  • 3 tablespoons  flour
  • 1 1/2 cups  chicken broth
  • 1 cup  apple cider
  • 1/4 cup  Hive & Honey BEEpothecary honey
  • 2 tablespoons  cider vinegar
  •  Salt
  •  Pepper

directions

1.In a medium saucepan, cook onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour, broth, apple cider, honey and cider vinegar. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

From the Laurie and Pete Dotson and Jeannie and Steve Saum,

We wish you Great Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving Eating !

(P.S. Take your Propolis and Honey and stay healthy this holiday season!)

Psalm 95:2-3  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

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Beard & ‘Stache Wax Stick / Tin

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Harvesting Health from the Hive

by Laurie Dotson and Jeannie Saum

Beard & Stache Wax

Beard &Stache Wax

Great for softening, shaping, and taming men’s coarse and scratchy facial hair!. Beeswax-based with all natural ingredients, and propolis!  No added chemicals!  Wives and girlfriends will love the softness!  No more “scratchy” kisses when you kiss your honey! Two container styles -a flat tin for applying and rubbing in by hand or a roll up stick for hands-free application.

Ingredients: Beeswax, castor oil, propolis 

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This product is home  produced. Do not use this product if allergic to bees stings.

For research on propolis:

 http://www.greenmedinfo.com/search/gmi/propolis

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/390.html

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/honey/AN01799

Hive and Honey BEEpothecary

3320 Toy Road ~ Groveport ~ Ohio ~ 43125  ~ 614-450-2339

http://www.facebook.com/BEEpothecary

Psalm 133:2  

It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.

Honey Facial and Body Scrubs

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Land of Milk and Honey

Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

This came to me while drinking my morning coffee. The perfect facial scrub! I know what honey and cinnamon do for the body. So, why not make a scrub, out of my favorite ingredients.  I fix my coffee with cinnamon and honey every morning.  The combination has so many amazing healing properties. Not only can it cure many conditions such as headaches, constipation, and fatigue, it also has strong preventative powers. It reduces muscle and joint inflammation. It helps the body properly regulate insulin production and lowers cholesterol and many more things.  So why not put them all together and make a cleanser, moisturizer, and exfoliates for my face.  Try it out!!!! Let me know what you think.

A Sweet Scrub:

Coffee and Cinnamon

Coffee Cinnamon & Honey Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil or coconut oil
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds

Combine all of the ingredients together and stir. If the recipe being too runny, or too dry. This is really just personal preference, so if you find it’s too runny, add more sugar, and if it’s too dry, add a tad more coconut oil or honey. This scrub smells so good you  will  want to eat it:)

Scrub. With a moist hand, rub the facial into your skin in small circular motions. If the facial is too tight to move easily, add some warm water with your hands. Rinse. The facial is easiest to remove in the shower. Stand under the shower and let the warm water dissolve the facial from your face. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, especially near the hairline.

Apply Hive & Honey BEEpothecary Propolis oil,  coconut oil, or olive oil to your face as a moisturizer.

Now A Salty Scrub:

Honey and Salt Facial Scrub

Salt and Honey

Ingredients:

  • Honey
  • Kosher or sea salt
Honey will provide the base for your salt scrub. Make sure your honey is at room temperature because it will be easier to work with. Pour honey into your small bowl until it’s almost half full.  Add enough salt to the honey to thicken it; mix thoroughly. The mixture should be thick enough to stick to the back of the spoon without dripping. Continue adding salt by the teaspoon and mixing it with the spoon until it’s the right consistency.
Spread the facial scrub on your face, gently. Start with your forehead and work down, avoiding the eye area. If the facial is too thick to spread easily, moisten your hands with warm water. Be sure not to pull or stretch your facial skin when applying the scrub.  Allow the scrub to sit on your face for about five minutes. The weight of it will draw the blood to the surface of your skin. Your face should appear slightly red and feel warm.
Scrub. With a moist hand, rub the facial into your skin in small circular motions. If the facial is too tight to move easily, add some warm water with your hands.Rinse. The facial is easiest to remove in the shower. Stand under the shower and let the warm water dissolve the facial from your face. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, especially near the hairline.

Apply 2-4 drops of Hive & Honey BEEpothecary Propolis oil,  coconut oil, or olive oil to your face as a moisturizer.

You are going to be glowing and your face will feel vibrate!

Happy Scrubbing!

Colossians 4:6  Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person