Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Honey Ice Cream

Ice Cream

Seriously, honey is the perfect sweetner for ice cream.  You have to try this!  I wish I had a picture of the beautiful ice cream that we made, unfortunately, we ate it before that happened.  Go figure!

2 cups milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg

Heat milk, cream, and honey until honey dissolves.  Remove from heat, add vanilla, and put in another bowl to chill.  Stir occasionally. (You can either sit your bowl in a bowl of ice or put in fridge,  just remember to check and stir once in awhile).

Seperate your egg white and yolk into two bowls.  Whip white until it peaks; whip yellow until its mixed up.  Mix the two together, then fold it into honey mixture.

Add mix to your ice cream maker and process it however long your machine requires. 

If you want, you can freeze any left-overs for later.... but who has ice cream left-overs??

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Lemon Honey Chicken

Chicken, its whats for dinner.  Actually its whats for dinner most nights in our house, so how could I do a week of honey recipes without having chicken as one?

This chicken has a nice mix of flavors with a spicy kick. Love it!

Start by mixing up your maranade. 

2 Tbs honey
Juice from 2 limes (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 veggie oil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper

Add your chicken to the maranade, and mix to coat.  I use chicken breasts, but you can use whatever you like.  Let the chicken sit in the maranade for awhile.  I like to let it sit over night, but I'm a last minute kind of person so usually it ends up only being able to sit for 30 minutes or so.  Whatever :)

This chicken is great for the grill (7 minutes or so on each side), but of coarse it was raining too hard the day I made it, so I threw it in the oven on about 375 for 30 minutes or so.  Still turned out great.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Apple Pie Egg Rolls

A few nights ago, I made a family favorite for dinner:  buffalo chicken egg rolls.  When they were cooking, I was getting ready to put the leftover egg roll wrappers in the fridge when out of the corner of my eye I saw our bowl of apples, and I had a great idea:  what about apple egg rolls for dessert??

So, I cut up some apples and threw some stuff together and wouldn't you know, it tasted great! 

I decided to make another batch of these this morning to take with us to the fair tonight.... and to photograph for this blog post.  Hehe

Here is what ya do:

Cut up a couple of apples, and put them in a bowl.  To soften them up a little bit, you can either boil them on the stove or put them in the microwave a few minutes (of coarse, I take the quick way and use the microwave).

Lay out your egg roll wrapper on the counter and place a few slices of apple in the middle.  Drizzle some honey across the apples, and sprinkle on some cinnamon.  Sorry, there are no measurements for this one, just drizzle and sprinkle until it looks tasty!
Now, roll up your egg roll.  The left and right sides fold in, then fold the bottom up over the apples.  Wet the top corner of the eggroll with a little water, then roll the egg roll up tight.  The water will make the end stick to stay closed.

Place your egg rolls on a greased pan (I use my cooking stone).  Using a pastry brush, brush some olive oil on top so they brown up nice.  If you are like me and can't find your pastry brush, just ball up a papertowel and dab the oil on.  Real professional, right?

Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Just keep and eye on them so they brown but don't burn.

This is the easiest apple pie you will ever make!

***  The egg roll wrappers are usually in the produce section of your grocery store near the cabbage. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shake that Honey Butter Baby

What sounds better than honey butter on a hot roll straight from the oven?  Ummm nothing.  So why not make the butter yourself?

Want to know the best part of this recipe?  You only need two ingredients:  heavy whipping cream and honey.  Awesome, right?? 

Want to know the other best part?  Your kids will looooooove to help with this.

Want to know how many questions I can ask you in one blog post?  Six.

Anyway, start with a nice clean jar that has a tight fitting lid.  Any size jar will do.  Fill the jar about 1/2 full with the heavy whipping cream.  Secure the lid, then..... 
Shake shake shake.  And shake shake shake.
And shake some more.  You will need to shake for 15 to 20 minutes.  This is the part the kids will love.  My kids decided to roll the jar back and forth across the floor.  Hehe

After awhile, you will notice that instead of it sounding like liquid, you will hear a thumping on the lid.  This means you are finished!  The cream seperates into a big chunk of butter and butter milk. 

Open the jar, and pull out the chunk of butter.  The liquid left in the jar is buttermilk.  Put it in the fridge, and use it next time you cook. 

Hold the butter over the sink, and squeeze out the extra liquid.  You can also put the butter in a cheesecloth and squeeze out the extra, but of coarse I didn't have one.  Oh well.

If you were going for plain butter, TAH DAH.  You are done!  If you are going for honey butter, put your butter in a bowl and squeeze honey over it. 
Mix it up, then reshape into a ball or bar or whatever shape you want.  Your butter will be nice and soft at this point.  Once its shaped, put in the fridge and let it harden up.

Now you just need some hot fresh rolls!  Of coarse, I don't have any of those.  I don't have a butter knife either (realized that today). 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Peanut Butter.... with Honey

Its Fall.
Time for apples.
Dipped in peanut butter.
And sandwiches.
For after-school snacks.
Made with peanut butter.
So why not home-made peanut butter?

No, thats not an attempt at a haiku. Its been a long day, and my thoughts are just that short. haha

Seriously though, we made peanut butter this afternoon and let me tell you:  this peanut butter is soo good and soo easy to make!  And yes, it has honey!!  Woo-hoo!!

So here it is:

Shell about two cups of peanuts (after shells of coarse) and put in your food processor.  Process them up nice and fine.

Add about 1/2 tsp kosher salt along with 1 tsp honey (Chick-a-Bee Farm honey of coarse) and grind again.

Add about 1 Tbs peanut oil (or EVOO, coconut oil, or whatever you like) and grind until smooth.  Stop to scrape the edges every little bit.

Taste and adjust to your own liking.  We also added a tiny bit of vanilla extract to ours.

And there ya go!!!  Mmmmmm!!!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Big Walker Mountain Demo

We put our youngest employees to work making soap at our demo on Big Walker Mountain.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Fun on the Farm

The family was all in for the weekend at Chick-a-Bee Farm.  The little ones had too much fun!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mmmmmm, Smoothies!!

Ok, this may look a little scary, but trust me it tastes ooohhhh soooo good!!

Just get out your blender and add a banana, a handful of frozen strawberries, a handful of frozen mangos, a handful of spinach, a teaspoon or so of honey, water, and then blend.  For the frozen fruit, you can either buy it in a bag already sliced and frozen, or you can buy it fresh and freeze yourself.

This smoothie is a tasty, healthy breakfast that even the kids will like (just don't tell them whats in it).

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Who is ready for Spring??  Time for festivals and shows and the Chick-a-Bee booth!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanks for stopping by and checking out our little spot in cyberspace. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

I can't believe how fast the leaves are turning.  There is nothing more beautiful than Autumn in the country.

Happy Fall Ya'll !!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Almost ready for the Festival of Leaves coming up October 8th and 9th.  We've been working our tails off replenishing stock.  Sooo excited. 

Want more Festival info?  Check-out the "Where We Will Be" tab.

Hope we see you there!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Its never to early to start thinking about Christmas shopping!!  Let Chick-a-Bee Farm help.  Tell us your favorite scent or scents, what price point you are looking for, and if you want (but not necessary) you can tell us which products you like, and we can put together a gift basket thats perfect for that special someone on your Christmas list. 

Click the Contact tab and shoot us an email!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chick-a-Bee Farm will be traveling to Sharpsburg, MD October 29th for a fun-filled family event.  There will be Civil War reenactments, vendors, bonfires, ghost stories, bands, draft horse drawn carriage rides, and sooo much more fun!!

Stop by, check out the merchanise (we have samples), and say HI!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mixing up a new batch of lotion bars today.  Have you tried the Fresh Grass scent yet?  It smells so light and clean...  Its a  definate favorite of mine.

Monday, August 22, 2011