Honey BBQ Sauce

It’s a rainy Saturday afternoon and after a great tomato and pepper harvest. I had a bunch of tomatoes and some nice summer fruits in the fridge. So, I wanted to find something that related to blogging to do with them and pass along ways to use what I had in my kitchen to make something new. So here is my Honey BBQ Sauce…

So I started off with the following ingredients

  • Tomatoes (4 Heirloom – large, 6 Roma, 5 – 6 Hybrids and a few Cherries)
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 1 Hot Pepper
  • 1 cup of Blueberries
  • 1 Nectarine (you can use any summer fruit that you have)

Spices and Sweets

  • Sea Salt (season as desired)
  • Organic Garlic Powder
  • Red Peper flakes (season as desired)
  • Black Pepper
  • Tajin Seasoning
  •  3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Honey
  • Hot Sauce (if you want it extra spicy – I actually had enough heat without it for this batch)

How to Prepare:

Spray large Pot with Olive Oil Spray at High to Mid Heat Add a mix of chopped tomatoes, and other items.

Gradually reduce heat and stir in the ingredients. Add seasoning in layers, so I begin with onions, tomatoes, peppers, and fruit. Then I add a sprinkle of salt, black pepper, and garlic. Let this cook down for few minutes then add more chopped tomatoes and then add the next round of spices.

After you notice that it has cooked down, I add the blueberries, sugar, and honey. I continue to stir and spices which include red pepper and Tajin. At this point, the temperature is at low and I use a gas stove which allows for some latitude in the heat.

I used the hand-mixer to start to liquefy the sauce. I then used a strainer to remove some of the tomato skins from the sauce. You may let it rest on the stove for another 5 minutes on low before packaging with a funnel.

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Honey BBQ Sauce – Sept 2017

Bottle, refrigerate and enjoy within 2-3 weeks. I will give some away to friends and use on my labor day wings and ribs! I make small batches so that I can enjoy fresh sauce and learn new ways to modify my sauces.

Questions! Let me know if the recipe works for you. I am more of an experimental cook so if you have comments I will respond quickly.

Hive Art

I was looking online at some great photos where beekeepers had painted pictures and other images on their hives and really made great works of art. I thought that this may be a good weekend summer activity for myself and Sophia.  I also bought a bunch of new hive bodies to expand so, I need to figure out how I am going to make my BeeMore hives standout.  So, here’s how I got my child involved.

I just bought a bunch of new hive bodies boxes to expand my enterprise so, I need to figure out how I am going to make my BeeMore hives standout.  So, here’s how I got my child involved.

 

 

This past week, we took a short trip to Philly and we spent the two days visiting the various art museums and seeing the historic sites. My daughter is a budding artist and she loves to draw and paint in all mediums so I took this opportunity to get her interested in the bee business.  I will devote some more posts to this project and more of the finished products.  Below are some photos from Philly that inspired me to start this project.

 

 

If you want more information on how to be involved contact me.

 

Healthy Pops

Here is my first recipe for the site. I put together some healthy popsicleIMG_2217s for the summer.

I made three type of popsicles this time. My Green Goodness, Beets Me and the Honey Half and Half. I used my Breville Juicer and my Haro Cold Brew Coffee and Tea Maker. they are great products and they are essential to my summer routine.

Green Goodness –  Used Juicer to liquefy

  • Celery (2-3 stalks)
  • Cucumber
  • Green Apple
  • Kale or Spinach (whatever is fresh in the garden)
  • Mint
  • Optional – Pineapple or other summer fruit

For kids, I would go with spinach and additional fruits to make this more of a treat.

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  • Beet
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Optional – Other greens

This is one is pretty sweet because of the beets. Many people don’t like beets but they are one of my favorites.

Honey Half and Half

  • Fresh Lemons and Lime Juice
  • Green Tea with Fresh Mint Leaves Brewed over night
  • Honey
  • Optional: Add Fresh Ginger

The key is to use funnels to fill the popsicle tubes. I actually used two sizes of the funnels. It was not difficult but some of the bags were easier to open than others. Here is a link to the bags that I bought which were pretty inexpensive.  My family has had mixed results. My husband still loves his sugar but says these aren’t bad for being healthy.

Enjoy!

Bee Inspiration

This morning, I took some quick photos of the bees in my garden. They were sipping from the autumn sunflowers. I was inspired and in a positive frame of mind on my way to the  Eastern Apiculture Society, Conference in Newark, DE, and I thought of the simple beauty of the bees.

I only found out about the conference the other day, so I ventured with my bee mentor Mick to the University of Delaware campus to see the gathering of beekeepers and to buy supplies directly from vendors at the conference.  Below are some photos of the different types of honey that were featured along with other products/crafts.

The bee crowd is friendly! I was able to get a great deal of good information in the short period of time that we spent in the exhibitor’s area.  Here is the link for Eastern Apiculture Society.  They are a wealth of information and I recently joined so that next year, I can participate when they go to Hampton, VA in August 2018.

 

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