Saturday, November 21, 2009

"Bee" My Honey . . .

A year or so ago, we noticed something going on in the yard next door.  At first we thought our neighbor was putting in a garden.  Then we noticed some weird box-like things going in.  When we saw him out there in a full beekeeper's suit, we finally knew what was going on.  Our neighbor was raising bees!  I thought it was really cool.  Pea wasn't as thrilled.  He was stung when he was little and his mother rushed him to the ER.  He was fine, but traumatized.  And still screams like a girl whenever we see a bee.  (But that's our little secret, okay?)

As time went on, Pea stopped being so paranoid about the bees.  We really don't see many of them in our yard. After all, they have a bee paradise next door, so why would they venture to the bee ghetto that our yard must be?

Bee Paradise

As we found out yesterday, having a neighbor who raises bees had a big advantage.  That advantage is fresh honey!  Our neighbor brought over a jar yesterday.  We spread it on our toast this morning and it was the best honey I've ever tasted in my life!!

Mmmmmm, Honey

Honey is a sugar and has carbs, but it's low on the glycemic index with a value of 55.  According to CalorieKing, one tablespoon has just over 17 grams of carbs.  And believe me when I tell you, this honey is most definitely bolus-worthy!!  I can't wait to try baking with this stuff.  I already have plans for some home-made granola sweetened with just this honey.  And a couple of loaves of honey-wheat bread.

Do you have any good honey recipes to suggest??


  1. We have friends who sometimes give us some honey - and yes, it's delicious and "bolus worthy."
    I don't have any recipes - just spread it on toast or a biscuit.

  2. That is SO very cool!!
    That honey looks DElish. On toast, now I am hungry. Hmmm. Don't think I have any. Darn.


  3. Hi Karen,

    more & more people are starting to keep bees in their gardens, and Pea's reaction (as a neighbour) is typical - a bit apprensive at first, then realising that actually these bees don't bother you at all, then getting a taste of the honey and that's it, you're sold!

    Here's a link to some great honey ideas & recipies - enjoy!

  4. That's awesome! You have a bee keeper next door to you:) I bet the honey is amazing. I can't wait to see what's cooking in your kitchen.


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