Monthly Archives: January 2013

Hot Toddy

hottoddyNothing like a toddy for the body on a cold winter’s day.

Hot Toddy

  • 1/2 lemon (juice and peel squeezed into a cup/mug)
  • 1-2oz. delicious whiskey/bourbon
  • 2/3 c hot water

Stir together with Skinny Jake’s Fat Honey to taste and drink warm. Yum.

Green Tea

Cup of green teaOne of the first things I do every morning is turn on the tea kettle, brew some green tea and add a dollop of aromatic honey to my mug. Green tea and honey are some of nature’s simplest, healthiest and most delicious offerings.

Honey is a delicious addition to any warm beverage used for soothing sore throats, easing coughs or keeping your immune system robust during the cold season.

Kerstin’s Fancy Almond Cake

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Kerstin’s Fancy Almond Cake

  • 1c almonds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c Skinny Jake’s Fat Honey
  • 3 fresh eggs
  • 1/3 cup APF (or gluten free baking mix)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 5 Tbsp butter
Preheat oven to 350. in a food processor, Process almonds + salt to a fine crumb, then add honey, almond extract, eggs, oil and butter. Process until well mixed. Add flour + baking powder and pulse just until blended.
Butter pan well using about a Tbsp of butter, then throw in 6 Tbsp sliced almonds and dust with 1 Tbsp sugar (optional, for sugary crust). scrape batter into prepared pan and bake 30-40 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. don’t overbake!!!

January 2013

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January 2013

Spring and summer seem far away, but it’s already time to start preparing for hives in your backyards. Winter is a great time for reading and learning about bees, thinking about where in your yard the bees will do best, and preparing your application materials for a hive permit.

Here is a quick winter checklist, including some reading material:

  1. New hive hosts should call Minneapolis 3-1-1 to request an application packet from Animal Control.
  2. The application will give specific information about where a hive can be placed in your yard. You can call or e-mail me to assess what location in your yard will be best.
  3. If you are interested in learning more about honeybee behavior, beekeeping techniques or just want to see some cool pictures, I recommend reading Honeybee DemocracyThe Hive & The Honeybee, and The ABC and XYZ of BeekeepingSome of these books were published more than 100 years ago, which shows how incredibly consistent honeybees are in their behavior!
  4. Start thinking about all that delicious honey that will be made from the flowers in your backyard and neighborhood. Yum.