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Have you started your holiday baking? Have you considered recipes made from local honey? Local Hive is natural, raw unfiltered honey – and is truly created by bees as if “it is from your own backyard."
Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey®, a leading producer of high quality, U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey since 1924, wants to help you put the twinkle into your holidays with their locally produced honey varietals. Perfect for your holiday table and every day, Local Hive from Rice’s Honey offers 16 different local varietals of raw honey honey including Local New England, Local Northeast, Local Florida, Authentic Clover & Authentic Wildflower. With your loved ones gathered around the table, whether it’s for a comforting hot drink during the cold days of winter or to enjoy your favorite Christmas cookies, the taste of real honey from Local Hive™ will help you create fond memories.
All Local Hive™ honeys are sourced exclusively in the U.S. and bottled in Greeley, Colorado. The team at Local Hive™ work directly with local beekeepers across the U.S., to ensure each varietal yields incredibly delicious and subtly different natural flavors that will be great additions to your family recipes and holiday memories. https://localhivehoney.com/
Raw, unfiltered honey also offers many health benefits including being rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and pollen. Unlike processed unnatural sugars or sweeteners, Local Hive™ honey offers transparency, as each natural varietal is made so local it’s “made right in your own back yard”.
Very similar to wine, where you taste and see the difference between varietals, Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey® also imparts specific flavors in each of the honeys they produce. From Washington to Florida each varietal is unique.
Local Hive New England Honey
- Floral Sources: Basswood, Berries, Clover, Goldenrod
- *Flavor is bold and robust. Northeast honeys are much darker than anywhere else.
Local Hive Florida Honey
- Floral Sources: Citrus, Brazilian Pepper, Clover, Gallberry, Tupelo
- *Flavor is a bit fruity with a hint of spice.
Local Hive Colorado Honey
- Floral Sources: Clover, Alfalfa, Wildflowers
- *Flavor should be light & sweet. The sweetest of all honeys sent.
Local Hive Southern California Honey
- Floral Sources: Alfalfa, Berries, Citrus, Clover, Sage
- *Flavor is fruity and sweet. You’ll notice a hint of orange
Local Hive Texas Honey
- Floral Sources: Alfalfa, Clover, Cotton, Horsemint, Tallow
- *Flavor is medium bodied and sweet. Not as sweet as Colorado.
To sweeten up your holiday table, enjoy these Local Hive™ Honey Vanilla Sugar Cookies
Local Hive™ Honey Vanilla Sugar Cookies
Makes about 24
- ½ cup Local Hive™ Honey
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 vanilla beans (1 for frosting)
- 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
Beat the sugar and butter on high until fluffy, between 7 - 8 ½ minutes. Scrape beans from 2 vanilla bean pods and set aside. Beat together honey, egg, egg yolk, vanilla beans and extract. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder.
- Then add in the rest of the beaten ingredients and mix well.
- You should have a dough-consistency.
- Sprinkle a cutting board or other clean area with powdered sugar. (No flour)
- Roll out dough and but into your holiday shapes.
- Bake on parchment paper after putting in the freezer for about 6 minutes, so they get more solid.
- Bake at 350º for 9-11 minutes and cool on wire rack.
Honey Vanilla Frosting
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 vanilla bean
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 lb. cold butter
Scrape the beans from the vanilla bean pod and set aside. Beat the honey, vanilla plus vanilla beans and then beat in half of the powdered sugar. Beat in the half and half. Combine this with the powdered sugar and beat until well.
After cutting the cold butter into small pieces, be sure to add it a little bit at a time, mixing on high speed with a whisk attachment or by hand. Beat on high speed for 9 minutes, or until it looks fluffy.
Decorate your holiday cookies and add sprinkles or other edible decorations and enjoy!
“The holidays are all about family, and our delicious Local Hive™ honey is perfect for all ages,” noted Tony Landretti, Chief Executive Officer of Rice’s Honey® . “With different floral sources based on the location in which the bees pollinate, every Local Hive varietal offers a unique flavor. Since Rice’s Honey was founded in 1924 by L.R. Rice, we have always remained committed to providing natural, delicious U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey, while supporting local beekeepers all across the U.S. Our local honey products are an artisan blend of various floral types that are regionally sourced, packed in Greeley, Colorado, and delivered to participating grocery stores throughout the United States.”
A new label design highlighting new Local Hive™ brand coincides with Rice’s new alliance with PACE, “Pollinator Awareness Through Conservation and Education”, the Butterfly Pavilion’s non-profit global initiative to restore habitats, strengthen populations and reintroduce pollinators into native habitats around the world. This partnership and commitment will be communicated on the back of the new label and will highlight how a portion of proceeds from every bottle sold of Rice’s Honey® will be donated to the PACE initiative to promote and protect the prosperity of pollinators worldwide. Rice’s Honey® has a mission to help promote all pollinators & sustainable bee farms across the country.
I was given the chance to review Local Hive Honey that was sourced locally from where I live in Oregon. I received a bottle of Northwest and Washington honey. I never really thought about the fact that honey could taste different based on the location from where it was sourced. It all makes so much sense! obviously the honeybees gather the pollen from the plants and flowers around them, and the plants and flowers differ in every area. I just never thought about the fact that honey could taste different due to the area it was sourced from. It is just so interesting the way nature works.
One of their more complicated flavor profiles, the Northwest honey has a nutty flavor with vanilla notes and a long, strong finish. In the Northwest, the bees gather pollen from Alfalfa, Aster, Basswood, Clover, & Goldenrod.
Sprinkled with pollination from the Pacific Northwest, the Washington honey is dark in color with a slightly bitter start and a sweet, molasses-flavored finish. It was made from pollen gathered from Alfalfa, Berries, Clover, Rose, & Sunflower. Both of them differ slightly in taste, and are both delicious.
Enter to win! One winner will receive two bottles of Local Hive raw & unfiltered honey sourced from the area of their choice.
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
About Local Hive ™ from Rice’s Honey®:
L.R. Rice founded Rice’s Honey®, headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, in 1924. The company remains committed to its founder’s mission of becoming a leading producer of authentic, high quality, U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey. Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey® has generated brand equity through its commitment of producing premium, high quality, raw and unfiltered honey at affordable prices. Rice’s Honey works with local beekeepers to provide several local, raw & unfiltered honey varieties throughout various states and regions across the U.S.
Check out their new website at: www.localhivehoney.com
GIFT IDEAS FOR THE GIRL WHO IS:
Chic, classy, and would much rather be in Paris
Erborian Glow Crème ($42, Sephora.com)
This multi-benefit crème primer combines Korean ingredients with French luxury to create the perfect all-over illuminator, highlighter, and makeup base. The lightweight crème will help skin glowing through the winter as it gives the skin a pearly radiance, and the licorice root extract in the formula helps leave the skin brighter looking.
Goutal Paris Alcohol-Free Waters ($100, us.goutalparis.com and Goutal Paris NYC boutiques)
For over three decades, the house of Goutal Paris has created luxurious long-lasting fragrances packaged in elegant, chic glass bottles. This year, the house created a delicate alternative to its best-selling scents called Goutal Alcohol-Free Waters – and the white glass bottle that distinguishes the line is a French girl’s vanity dream. The Waters contain natural ingredient, incredibly gentle when used on the body, hair and clothing, and are safe for sensitive skin. Scents include: Eau d’Hadrien, Rose Pompon, L’Ile au Thé and Songes.
Goutal Paris Crème Universelle ($90, us.goutalparis.com and Goutal Paris NYC boutiques)
Treat yourself with this delectably smooth cream, enriched with shea butter and oil, as it effortlessly seeps into the skin to protect, repair and deeply nourish it. The crème was uniquely created to flatter fragrance – thus intensifying and helping extend their scent.
Lauren B Beauty - Summer in Provence ($18, Laurenbbeauty.com)
This serene blue/purple nail polish gives nails a certain je ne sais quoi and was inspired by the French countryside’s blooming hydrangeas, lilacs, pungent rosemary, and iconic lavender.
Where can I get the UGLIEST Christmas sweater? As funny as that sounds, that is a question asked by many at this time of the year. Have you ever been invited to an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" themed gala? It's where everyone tries to outdo each other to see who has the ugliest Christmas sweater. Go figure. But they are a lot of FUN!
Sure, you can go ahead at hit up the local thrift store, or your grandmother's closet. But the problem with that is the old moth ball smell. And who knows how clean those used Christmas sweaters really are? Yuck! I would rather get one that nobody has ever worn. (Armpit odor, anyone?) I mean, I know that MY grandmother didn't smell the best......
We all want to stay warm and fashionable during the holiday season. Nothing satisfies both than one TV Store Online's ugly Christmas sweaters. Made of 95% Polyester and 5% Spandex, our ugly holiday sweaters are made to last.
My favorite isThe Rolling Stones Classic Ugly Sweater. However, I must admit, I think it is more adorable than ugly. It is perfect to stand out at an ugly Christmas sweater party where people will probably have the same old store bought sweaters. (And ones that smell, no less!)
I am so excited to have one that is unique from TV Store Online! It is also great to find something from their page that fits my taste more and expresses my interest in music. They have so many different costumes and cool sweaters to choose from! It was actually really hard for me to pick one. Part of me wanted to pick something Nerdy/Geek, but instead, I chose what I consider Nerdy/Chic. Does that make any sense?
TV Store Online sweaters have been featured on The Today Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Good Morning America, and the Ellen Show, so you know they’re something special. These brands are also a national partner of charity organizations such as Toys for Toys, Arthritis.org, and the Smithsonian Zoo.
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Did you know that January 19th is National Popcorn Day? I certainly did not know this until recently. I guess I have been out of the loop. I love popcorn, especially gourmet popcorn, and Gaslamp Popcorn has some pretty amazing flavors to help celebrate Popcorn Day!
I love Gaslamp Popcorn because it is always so fresh and crunchy. My taste buds are always very pleased when I am munching on any one of their delightful flavors. I was recently sent two of Gaslamp's most popular flavors to review.
Gaslamp's Authentic Kettle Corn is made in small batches to ensure that every handful is popped to perfection. Sweetened by pure cane sugar with a pinch of sea salt, it's how they turn popcorn fans into fanatics!
I absolutely love this delicious kettle corn. It is the perfect balance of sweet and salty to satisfy my cravings in one yummy bag!
This Cinnamon Caramel popcorn is made in small batches, using only all natural brown sugar, cinnamon, popcorn and just a pinch of sea salt.
I think this Cinnamon Caramel popcorn is another version of heaven in a bag. It is simply divine! I did not even feel guilty eating the entire bag myself.
Win! One winner will receive a bag of Gaslamp Authentic Kettle Corn and a bag of Cinnamon Caramel popcorn.
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
To learn more about Gaslamp go to: http://www.rudolphfoods.com/brands/gaslamp/
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
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GARFIELD HOLIDAY COLLECTION
Available on DVD on November 4, 2014
More than just popped corn, Gaslamp Popcorn is handmade in small batches, using only all natural pure cane sugar, canola oil, and popcorn ... with just a pinch of sea salt. Every kernel is popped by the popcorn experts. This popcorn will make a fanatic out of YOU. Gaslamp started making kettle corn in the historic Gaslamp district of San Diego in 1998. Over the last decade they have become one of America's old fashioned snacking favorites. Take a pop, and you'll see why.
Gaslamp Popcorn offers you the very best quality all natural popcorn, handmade in small batches, with fresh taste in every bite. Gaslamp Popcorn is gluten-free, using non-GMO corn and only pure cane sugar. Whether you're watching a movie, having a picnic or just craving a healthy snack of fresh popcorn, it's easy to see why they're a crowd favorite!
Gaslamp are popcorn experts, because it's what they do! Gaslamp is dedicated to making your snack food the best it can be! Handmade in California, try their Kettle Corn, White Cheddar Popcorn or Cinnamon Caramel Corn today!
My Experience: I was sent three bags of Gaslamp Popcorn to review. I received Kettle Corn, White Cheddar Popcorn and Cinnamon Caramel Corn. I was home alone when the package arrived. I immediately tore into the Cinnamon Caramel Corn. I had actually been craving caramel corn for awhile, and from the very first kernel I was hooked like never before. This was the very best tasting caramel corn I had ever tasted. It was perfect, sweet, fresh, crunchy and delicious! I ended up eating half of the bag right then and there. It was completely addictive! Over the next few days, I enjoyed the White Cheddar, which was so yummy and then the Kettle Corn (which was the only one I shared with my family.) I usually never hoard snacks. In fact, it is very rare for me to snack at all! I felt great about pigging out on Gaslamp Popcorn because there are no harmful ingredients in it. (Plus I weighed myself after a couple of days and did not gain a single ounce, so I guess it was not fattening!) The White Cheddar is also very addicting and so amazing. I also love the Kettle Corn. It is the perfect combination of sweet and saltiness. As I said before, I did share it.....reluctantly. My family enjoyed it while watching a movie. I never knew that popcorn could become my new favorite snack until I tried Gaslamp Popcorn. I love, love, love it!
Gaslamp Popcorn can be purchased online or in-store.
To learn more about Gaslamp Popcorn go to: http://www.rudolphfoods.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Experience Glowing, Hydrated Winter Skin
As subzero temperatures settle across the U.S. and central heating wrings water out of the air and every pore, two moisturizing products from Apothederm offer relief for tight, itchy, flaky skin. Utilizing evening primrose and avocado oils to protect and the skin’s moisture barrier during cleansing and the super humectant sodium hyaluronate and emollient moisturizers to correct dehydration, this cleanser and moisturizer duo provides an unseasonably dewy glow.
Apothederm Moisturizing Cleanser ($28) removes make-up, dirt and impurities, while protecting skin from moisture loss during cleansing and steamy winter showers. Evening primrose oil restores essential lipids (Vitamin F) and avocado oilnourishes, leaving skin soft and refreshed.
Apothederm Moisturizing Cream ($50) works double duty to hydrate thirsty skin – with shea butter, soybean oil and emollient moisturizers – and reduce visible signs of aging.Sodium hyaluronate draws moisture to the skin surface and green tea protects and calms the skin. Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14, a natural bioactive SmartPeptide shown to increase collagen production, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for smooth, younger looking skin.
My Experience: I was sent a sample of Apothederm Moisturizing Cleanser to review. Most cleansers can be harsh on skin, especially skin that has been exposed to the elements. The winter weather where I live has been changing from freezing bitter cold to windy lately. My skin has definitely been affected. It has become pretty sensitive, dry and kind of chapped in areas. It is important to use a cleanser that will not strip my skin of further moisture. This cleanser is perfect. It removes all of my makeup (even my eye makeup without stinging or irritating my eyes.) I usually use it in the shower at night or right before I apply makeup in the morning. It leaves my face so clean and refreshed as well as moisturized. It is wonderful!
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Achieve Bright, Beautiful Ageless Skin with Apothederm Skin Brightening Products
Has harsh winter weather robbed your skin of its gorgeous glow? Get it back with Apothederm Skin Brightening products!
Apothederm Brightening Cleanser: Brightens, tones, refines and loosens dead skin cells with malic acid and vitamin C. ($28)
Apothederm Bright Skin Serum: Brightens and hydrates skin for a more even complexion. Targeted SmartPeptide technology refines blotchy discolorations and imperfections. Bonus: Helps prevent acne and fine lines by increasing cell turnover and boosting collagen production. ($67.50)
New Apothederm Clarifying Toner: Gently removes daily residue from oil, dirt and make-up, while refining skin surface texture. Dual peptide action helps defend and restore, while green tea provides antioxidants. Aloe, cucumber and chamomile calm and soothe skin. ($28)
Apothederm Brightening System Kit: Three full-size brightening products in one travel bag for ease of use and cost savings. ($120)
I received a sample of Apothederm Skin Brightening Cleanser to review.
Start Your Skin Care
This Brightening Cleanser not only cleanses your skin, it also refines, brightens and tones. Formulated with malic acid and vitamin C, this cleanser helps loosen dead skin cells and hydrates your skin.
My Experience: I love this cleanser. My skin has definitely been looking less than luminous lately because of the colder temperatures of winter. I use it in the shower to thoroughly cleanse my face, neck and chest area. It completely removes my makeup and leaves my skin looking fabulous and beautiful. I can definitely see the skin brightening effects because my skin really seems to glow.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Circle of Friends® was founded and nurtured by the world's great experts on children: moms. Since its inception, the mission of Circle of Friends® was to create a professional hair, bath, and body line for children, while introducing them to a world of styles and cultures.
Circle of Friends® belief is that children deserve products designed for their special hair and bath needs, as well as ones that challenge their active minds. To achieve this goal, they carefully craft each product, using only the highest quality ingredients, such as exotic botanical extracts, natural elements, and enchanting fragrances, and bottle these magical formulas in a playful "kid friendly" package. And Circle of Friends® products are always safe and gentle, packed full of vitamins and proteins, and are never tested on animals!
We received samples of Circle of Friends wonderful products to review. They are Klunie's Chocolate Shampoo, Hans' Blueberry Shampoo, Chehn's Mandarin Orange Conditioner, Erik's Shaping Hair Gel, and Jacques' Hair Jam. My son, Braxton loves these products and I have found that he actually looks forward to shampooing and styling his own hair now.
Klunie's Chocolate Shampoo
This moisturizing shampoo features Klunie, a little boy from Papua New Guinea. Cocoa grows on trees in his country and is made into chocolate.
Hans' Blueberry Shampoo
This delightfully fruity moisturizing shampoo features Hans, a little boy from Germany. He loves to play soccer and looks forward to Oktoberfest every year in the fall.
Chehn's Mandarin Orange Conditioner
This conditioner leaves hair completely soft and detangled. It features a little boy named Chehn from China. His country has the largest population in the world!
Erik's Shaping Hair Gel
Disclaimer: I recieved samples of these producs to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
Looking for Christmas gifts for those hard to please loved ones on your give list? How about a chic barstool? Perhaps something for the pet lover in your life? Well,look no further. CSN Stores has 200+ online stores where you will find absolutely EVERYTHING you could possibly wish for! Even cute cookware!
What I love about CSN stores is that first of all, the selection is incredible. I mean they have EVERYTHING. The website is very easy to navigate. I was looking for Christmas gifts for my children and I was very pleased by the selection of toys they have. CSN Stores prices are unbeatable, and most of the items include FREE shipping.
This year, I plan on doing almost all of my Christmas shopping online because I hate crowds! Another reason I plan to shop online is the weather. If it is icy out there, I certainly will not be venturing out. Besides, CSN Stores can save me the expense of putting gas in my car, especially with their great prices and FREE shipping. It is a lot of fun to browse around CSN Stores. I LOVE it!