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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Bees and people buzzin’

Makin’ lots of new

Traveling, building gathering

And of course, tasting, too!

News of healing warms us.

Wounds, infections, and more stuff.

BEE treasures bless us!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

 

Our new bees are installed and thriving.  They have been busy this spring bringing in stores of nectar and pollen, building comb and making honey, all so their queen can lay eggs.  We will reap the benefits of their hard work by collecting pollen and honey from the hives in the very near future.   We have been busy as well, making our bee-treasure- laden products and visiting markets and festivals.  We can be found at Pearl Market, downtown, every Friday from 10:30-2:00, through June.  We recently traveled to Delaware, Ohio for their great Arts Festival, and will be teaching about Hive Treasures and selling our wares at the Ohio State Beekeepers Conference at Miami University this coming weekend.

Along the way, we have gotten some great positive feedback from customers who’ve had success with our bee-hive products.  We met a couple at the Delaware Arts Festival who bought Pet and Poultry Wound Salve to try on their young chicken pullets, who had been pecked badly by the flock.  Mehgan recently wrote to us to report their success.

“I met you (along with my husband) last weekend at Delaware. We purchased some propolis and wound salve for our chickens. We’ve been using it on two of our pullets that were picked on. One had a dime sized wound and the other had a 1″ cut in her neck, both to the bone. We have been using the wound salve daily and the pullet with the dime size wound has completely healed after 6 days. The wound was deep enough that you could see her skull and at this point she just needs her feathers to grow back! The other pullet’s skin has fused and all signs of necrosis and infection are gone. The wound was very bad but is healing faster than we had hoped!  Just wanted to share the positive news!”

They took before and after pictures of one of their birds.

"before " picture of wound

“before ” picture of wound

"after" Propolis treatment

“after” Propolis treatment

 

Mehgan reports,

“The “before” picture was taken 3 days after she was attacked.  The wound was completely through the skin and to her muscle.  She was given the wound salve for 1 week and the after picture is 2 days after we stopped putting the salve on. ”

  • A family our daughter was working with had success in healing up a dinner-plate-sized bedsore on their son’s back with wound salve.
  •   A friend of ours called to thank us for the great wound salve, that gave her relief from an itchy rash on her legs that were keeping her from sleeping.  She got instant relief when she remembered to use the wound salve!
  • A couple who bought propolis oil at the Pearl Alley Market, to treat their little dog’s ear infection came by the next week, to tell us it had worked.
  • Another lady tried our propolis oil sample on a wound when we were at Pearl Alley market 2 weeks ago.  She came back to buy some this past Friday, due to the improvement of her wound!

People are finding out, what we already know – PROPOLIS IS AMAZING!

 Psalm 18

30 As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless;he shields all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.

 

Baked Egg in an Avocado

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Land of Milk and Honey

Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

Today, I walked out to the back of our property, to feed the girls (Chickens).  We love our girls.  We have 12 laying hens.

I have named them all, but I could not tell you from day to day who is who.  haha! They are all “Girlies!” to me.  Back in March, I had my husband, Peter, build me a portable chicken coop.  I wanted it for a couple of reasons.March 2013 Chicken coopTo Raise Chicken and to have a coop on wheels.

Chickz rules coop

We wanted the girls to have a fresh salad everyday

Chicken Coop with Chickensand we get the benefit of less bugs in our yard and a well fertilized lawn.  Now don’t you want to get chicken?  I love our visits, they love my treats.  I love to pat them they love to jump on my back.  I push their coop a coops length down the line and they quiet down and eat the fresh greens.

Everyone is happy! 🙂

Chicken coop in back yard 2013 Our partners and friends,  Jeannie and Steve, have 24 girls.  Their coop is stationary and the girls seem just as happy.

So, you can imagine how many eggs we can gather in a weeks time.

Egg fresh

That Brings me to this great recipe.  I love finding creative ways of cooking up eggs.  I found this recipe on Facebook.  A girlfriend sent me the link and I had to try it!  Two thumbs up from this cook to your kitchen.

I have now prepared it a couple of different ways.  Whatever you like, add it and it will be umm umm good!

Baked Egg in Avocado

Baked Egg in an Avocado

INGREDIENTS

Ingredients – Serves 1 or 2:

  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 Eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • optional- chives, bacon bits, herbs or cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice the avocado in half and remove the stone. Keep the skin on, as you will be baking it in the skin.
  2. Scoop out some of the flesh of each half, to make room for the egg.
  3. Crack an egg into each half and sprinkle over a little salt and pepper
  4. Put in a oven that is preheated to 425F/220C and bake for around 10 minutes (depending how you like your egg)
  5. Serve with some really good bread and honey

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/health-benefits-of-eggs.htm

Happy Eating !

You must follow the Lord your God and revere only him; and you must observe his commandments, obey him, serve him, and remain loyal to him. Deuteronomy 13:4 NET

Cinnamon and Flax Seed Streusel Muffins

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Land of Milk and Honey

Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

Wow, October is here and I’m still in shorts and a t-shirt, with the windows opened in every room.  How can this be? I remember as a kid up in Michigan, we would trick or treat in our snowsuits…Let’s not go there and stay in “this”  warm moment.  As I look around the leaves are changing and dropping from the trees.  We see the fallen apples, that circle the base of the apple tree are covered in yellow jackets. The honeybee’s are rushing to get the last bit of nectar off of the fall flowers, to create and store up their winter honey.  My poor garden is starting to look bear and halloween-ish.  Now the Cicada’s serenade me every evening. I thought a yummy muffin with coffee, would be a nice greeting to the cool weather and the evening songs of the insects.  Tonight, we will plop ourselves around the fire pit out back and enjoy the quiet, of the evening.   I hope you can do the same!

flaxseed cinnamon strudel muffins

 Cinnamon and Flax Seed Streusel Muffins

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon Flax Seeds, ground
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon Ground
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Grind the whole flax seeds in a coffee bean grinder, or spice grinder. Combine with the water in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the brown sugar, 3 T of flour, cinnamon and butter in a pastry blender or food processor. Pulse until combined. If you do not have a food processor, you may also use a fork to shred the butter into the mixture, it just takes a bit more time.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour the flax seed mixture, honey, juice, and oil in. Carefully fold together, just until combined. It will be lumpy and there may still be bits of flour throughout the dough. It is important not to over-mix muffin batter.
  4. Grease 12 muffin cups. Spoon about 1 T of batter into each cup. Top with about 1 teaspoon of the streusel mix. Then add a layer of the remaining muffin batter. Top with the rest of the streusel mix.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. You may test for doneness with a cake tester. Run a knife along the edge of the baked muffin, and slide out of the pan. Cool on a cooling rack for about five minutes. Serve warm!

Makes 12 muffins. (That feeds 4 hungry men or 12 normal people) Don’t forget your favorite coffee!

Happy Eating !

“Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.” – Psalm 51:12 

Cumin Chicken Skewers with Honey Lemon Yogurt Dipping Sauce

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Land of Milk and Honey

Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

You can tell fall is in the air.  The cool smell of fall in the mornings, the leaves are starting to fall, and the neighbors burning their garden waste…ahhh!     I wasn’t happy about this a month ago, when school started back up and I had to go back.  I just wanted to enjoy every last minute of summer.  But today, Pete and I went to the Cyclopes Festival in Yellow Springs, Ohio. We  just needed to take a day trip away from everything.  A fun place to be with a market of DIY items for sale.  To tell the truth, I felt quite comfortable, like I was home…a bunch of modern day hippies living life, simply.  We went to get some ideas for our booth and our next event, but came away with a full tummy and excitement for whatever.  I still want to enjoy what I have left of this tween season.   At the Festival there was a vendor who made Lebanese food and that got me a thinkin’. I pulled chicken out to thaw this morning and I’ve been harvesting onions, cucumbers, garlic, tomatoes and herbs.  So, how can I use these and make a delicious meal .  Lightbulb going off – festival, garden, summerish food …Try this out, So yummy!  

Cumin Chicken Skewers with Honey Lemon Yogurt Dipping Saucecumin chick skewers

INGREDIENTS

Cumin Chicken Skewers

  • 1 tbs ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 oranges, rind finely grated, segmented
  • 2.5 lbs chicken thigh fillets, excess fat trimmed, cut into 1 inch square pieces
  • 2 x 14 oz cans brown lentils, rinsed, drained
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh continental parsley leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh chives, cut into 1cm lengths
  • 1 small red onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, trimmed, halved lengthways, thinly sliced

Honey Lemon Yogurt Dipping Sauce

  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons – honey
  • 2-1/2 Tablespoons – fresh lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups – plain Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons – sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon – black pepper, fresh ground

Step 1  Honey Lemon Sauce:  In a mixing bowl, combine the honey, lemon juice, yogurt, salt and pepper. Stir gently, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Step 2   Combine the cumin, garlic, oil and orange rind in a glass or ceramic bowl. Add the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Thread 4 pieces of chicken onto each skewer.

Step 3   Preheat grill on medium-high. Line a baking tray with foil. Place the skewers on prepared tray. Cook under grill for 3-4 minutes each side or until the chicken is cooked through.

Step 4   Combine the orange segments, lentils, parsley, chives, onion and cucumber in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among serving plates and top with skewers. add a dollop of Honey Lemon Sauce

Happy Eating !

Genesis 1:29  And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Labor Day – Peanut Butter Honey Fluff

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Land of Milk and Honey

Cooking with Honey by Laurie Dotson

Today is Labor Day and I get a day off of work…or do I?  I guess, I will not have school work but I do have farm chores, house work and final preparation for the Lithopolis HoneyFest. Sept 6-7th.   We are also extracting honey today.

Active heathy, hive box

Active heathy, hive box

It’s always fun to see how much we will get.  The bummer is, we had one of our hives swarm.  A swarm is when a cluster of bees leave the hive to find another place to house their queen and start a new hive.  Why does this happen, you ask?  Either because of sickness, pest problems, a weak queen, or over population.  But before, I could get out to the hive and save the deserted honey. It was robbed of all its honey by other bees.  I’m hoping the robbers were from our other hives within our apiary.  Our goal this year, is to get our bees through the winter. We have not been luck with winterizing our bees in the past.

How a Hive is set up in the spring

How a Hive is set up in the spring and summer. You would add more hive boxes to the top as the bees multiple and honey production getting greater.

~Later this morning~ So, we just got back in from pulling frames for extraction.  Sad, Sad, News!  There was not enough honey to take. The Queen is laying broad and the hive is active. We felt that the bees needed all the honey they had and what they will be producing to help them through the winter.  We did hear that our Michigan Partners did very well. 30 gallons!  We look forward to eating that when we can.   Not the best of news!  Not a good year for bees either.   Oh Well!

Here’s some good news!  I have an ole friend, who sent me this recipe.  It is perfect for snacking during extracting. (haha, that rhymed – If you know me well enough. I’d never make a good rapper, because I can’t rhyme.  I end up making up word with the same endings sound) anywhooo!  many boo! hehe_ Deb, my twin sister, does the same thing!  On to the Recipe…

Anna Parks thought of me when she saw this recipe. I’ll share it with you

Thank you, Anna

 http://www.iheartnaptime.net/peanut-butter-honey-dip/

Peanut Butter Honey Fluff

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1 (8 oz) container lite cool whip
  • 2 ½ – 3 tbsp honey

INSTRUCTIONS

In a bowl, whip peanut butter and cool whip together until fluffy. Beat in 2 tablespoons of honey (or more for a stronger honey flavor). Beat for another 2 minutes until fluffy. Spoon into a serving bowl and drizzle honey over the top. Serve with fruit or graham crackers.

Happy Eating !

Luke 12:32

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased to give you the kingdom.