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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
The holidays will be upon us before we even know it! It is never too early to begin shopping for your loved ones, co-workers, friends and even your children's school teachers! I enjoy selecting unique gifts for unique individuals, and almost everyone loves something sweet!
I was excited when I discovered Bumbleberry Farms honey spreads.
Bumbleberry Farms is a woman owned business that is transforming honey cultivation. Their unique approach helps promote healthy environment while also supporting community development.
Their hand crafted, artisan honeys come in innovative flavors like their Heritage Honey Cream Spreads: Lovers Leap old world sea salt caramel, Squirrel Crazy pancakes and maple syrup, Sticky Buns cinnamon slathered in icing, and Molten Lava deep chocolate fudge spice.
I was given the chance to sample two of these delicious flavors and I think I just got an idea what heaven tastes like. The Molten Lava is a chocolate lover's paradise.
The Lovers Leap salted caramel is my favorite, and I may or may not have eaten the entire jar (by myself) as a dessert while watching a movie. I am not kidding, both the caramel and the chocolate contain everything desirable about a sweet treat that you could possibly crave!
Add to that, Bumbleberry Farms only uses only the highest quality, clean ingredients, and a respect for how nature intended it to be. You just cannot go wrong enjoying these products yourself as well as giving them as gifts!
These Bumbleberry Farms spreads are so creamy, and I can taste the delicious sweetness of honey. I love the pure cane sugar crystals that add some delightful texture. I can only imagine what these spreads would taste like as a topping on ice cream, or as a dip for fresh apple slices. Pure PERFECTION in a jar!
Another plus is the adorable packaging that makes giving these tasty spreads as gifts even better. The labels are really cute! I plan to order a few of these and put them away (if I can avoid the temptation) to have on hand as gifts for teachers, bus drivers and neighbors. It would be fun to put together a gift basket with a few jars of Bumbleberry spreads along with some candy and maybe a cute little whimsical mug. The gifting possibilities are endless!
Enter to win: One winner will receive an assortment of Bumbleberry Farms Honey Cream Spreads. (ARV: $50)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the GiveawayTools form below for your chance to win!
For more information, visit their website: https://www.bumbleberryfarms.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Take Control of Your Beauty Products in 2018 – Top Beauty Products You Can Make at Home
Have you ever stopped and thought about what ingredients are in your beauty products? Are you spending a small fortune on the items but seeing little to no results? If so, then why not let 2018 be the year you take control of your beauty products and start to make some at home. By making your beauty products at home, you’ll be in control of the ingredients, you can customize the product, and you’ll be spending much less money.
Here’s a look at some of the top beauty products you can make at home:
Indulge Your Skin with Homemade Face Masks
Perhaps one of the most popular products to make at home is face masks. There are so many different variations out there meant to address a variety of skincare issues. For example, a honey lemon facial mask, as found on the diyformula.com website, contains natural antibacterial agents ideal for treating acne. There is also the avocado and honey mask, which is perfect for those who need some extra moisture and care.
DIY masks tend to use normal household ingredients that you probably already have on hand. They are quick and easy to throw together, which means you are more likely to use them on a regular basis. You can always mix and match ingredients from various masks to create your own personalized formula.
Give Your Hair a Good Cleaning with Natural Shampoo
Shampoo is another beauty product that people tend to spend a lot of money on throughout the year. Why not make your own natural shampoo that won't be harmful to your hair or scalp and uses all natural ingredients? A great recipe features coconut milk, castile liquid soap, vitamin E oil, fenugreek powder, lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil, and a bottle to store it in. This recipe is so gentle and effective that it can be used on everyone in the family.
If you find that you need a shampoo that offers more of a deep clean, add tea tree oil to the mixture. Tea tree oil does an excellent job fighting itchy scalp and dandruff, helps to thicken hair and encourage it to grow, and provides deep cleaning of the scalp. You can easily find these and other shampoo recipes online.
Gentle and Effective Makeup Remover
Removing your makeup at the end of the day can be quite the task without the proper product. Did you know you can make your very own makeup remover that is safe, gentle, and effective? All you need is extra virgin olive oil, aloe vera water, and a resealable bottle. Simply pour 1/2 cup of the aloe vera water and the same amount of olive oil in the bottle, put the cap on nice and tight, and then give it a shake. You can then use cotton pads to remove your makeup.
Get On-Board with Homemade Beauty Products
So, why not take control of your beauty products and your wallet and start making your own homemade beauty products? You won’t regret it!
Are you looking for that perfect gift to give to your sweetheart this holiday season? Kama Sutra has quite a variety of very sexy gift sets. You are certain to find something to please him, and best of all, you will always find a gift that will keep on giving.
For instance, Kama Sutra sent me their As One Lover's Kit
Disclaimer: I received a sample of the product mentioned above to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.