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Monday, April 21, 2014

Treat her like a queen this Mother’s Day

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One of the most fabled queens of all, Cleopatra, is said to have soaked for hours in baths of honey and milk. Apparently she knew that honey contains beautification properties of royal proportions. It is a super-moisturizing humectant that preserves the skin’s natural oils, is an antibacterial and antifungal with healing properties, is full of antioxidants to help fight aging and contains no artificial chemicals or fragrances to irritate skin. What’s more, beauty treatments using honey can be made simply and inexpensively at home.
 
Here is a short list of beauty recipes to use as a treat for Mother’s Day or any day. Use Aunt Sue’s® Raw Honey or Aunt Sue’s® Farmer’s Market Clover Honey for the best results.
 
  1. It’s a moisturizer. Rub Aunt Sue’s honey onto dry, patchy skin and let it sit for 30 minutes before washing off. Honey also makes a great lip balm!
  2. It’s a facial. Combine 2 tablespoons of Aunt Sue’s honey with 2 teaspoons of milk. Apply mixture to the face and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing off.
  3. It’s a hair conditioner. Add a teaspoon of Aunt Sue’s honey to your regular shampoo to smooth damaged locks. For deep conditioning, combine 2 tablespoons of Aunt Sue’s honey with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and apply generously. Wrap hair with a towel for 20 minutes before shampooing as usual.
  4. It’s a bath soak. Bathe like a queen by adding 2 tablespoons of Aunt Sue’s honey to 1 cup of hot water; let it dissolve for 10 minutes. Mix in 2 or 3 drops of scented essential oil (or even olive oil) and add it to your bath.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Different Types of Honey - What type of honey are you?

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Bees make honey from flower nectar, so different flowers naturally give different flavors to the honey you keep on your shelf. More than 300 unique varieties of honey have been identified, but Sue Bee® Honey – which tests and blends honey in a state-of-the-art laboratory – makes it easy for you by offering variety, including Aunt Sue’s®. If you’re a fan of nature’s perfect sweetener, you owe it to yourself to try each one!
 
Sue Bee Clover Honey has always been the most popular kind, derived from white and yellow sweet clovers then filtered and blended to have the light color and delicate flavor that most of us know as honey. Packaged in several sizes and styles (the bear and no-drip table servers are favorites), clover honey is Sue Bee’s flagship variety.
 
Sue Bee Natural Pure Honey is clover honey too, but strained rather than filtered. That means the natural complement of pollen gathered by the bees is still there in the honey. Use Sue Bee Natural Pure Honey to sweeten a cup of coffee in the morning or as an energy boost to enhance sport drinks.
 
Aunt Sue’s Raw Honey is honey from the nectar of wildflowers, so it’s darker in color and has an all-natural, robust flavor. It’s also unfiltered, so the pollen adds to the authenticity. Try this when you’re baking hearty bran muffins or granola bars for a full-bodied taste. When you’re glazing a meat dish, the darker color provides a richer caramelized appearance.
 
Aunt Sue’s Organic Honey is the ultimate in all-natural taste, and no wonder – it’s unfiltered and it comes from the nectar of organically grown plants. It’s perfect for dipping organic apple slices or for use in baked goods and other recipes you want to be all-organic.
 
Sue Bee Orange Honey is a pure, filtered product that gets its distinctive flavor from the nectar of orange blossoms. Chefs have known for centuries that the tang of citrus makes a wonderful complement to honey – try it in fruit salad recipes, in light frostings or in baked goods.
 
Sue Bee Spun Honey is pure, filtered clover honey – like the flagship variety – that has been allowed to granulate under controlled conditions. The result is a smooth, easy-to-spread texture that goes on toast like butter or jelly, without dripping or drizzling. It’s a breakfast favorite. If you’re a believer in applying honey to minor nicks and scrapes – honey keeps bacteria out and moisture in – Sue Bee Spun Honey is more convenient to use than the liquid form.
 
More ideas? Let us know your favorite kind of Sue Bee Honey and a way to use it someone else might enjoy!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Plant a bee-friendly garden

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The bad news: Colony collapse disorder (CCD), the global epidemic of diminishing bee populations, is a real and serious matter – especially considering that bees are essential for one out of three bites of food we eat.
 
The good news: Making a difference can start in your own backyard. Follow these steps and you’ll create a garden that’s both beautiful and beneficial.
 
Step 1: Begin with organic starts or untreated seeds to provide good food and a safe haven for bees. Attract honey bees with nectar-producing plants that bloom for a long period or time or at different intervals from spring to autumn. (See a list of bee-attracting flowers, plants, shrubs and trees at the end of this article.)
 
Step 2: Use alternative pest control methods, like landscaping, and weed by hand. Avoid using pesticides and herbicides, as many are toxic to bees and are thought to be at the core of CCD. Especially detrimental are products containing neonicotinoids, a class of neuro-active insecticides that include acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam.
 
Step 3: Encourage bees by providing a source of fresh water such as a fountain or pond. Native bees will make their home in the sand or in single living units underground. Leave an unmulched space or an undisturbed pile of sand for them to set up housekeeping.
 
 
Here’s a partial list of tried-and-true bee attractors:
 
 
Annuals
• Asters • Calliopsis • Clover • Dandelions • Marigolds • Poppies • Sunflowers • Zinnias
 
Perennials
• Buttercups • Clematis • Cosmos • Crocuses • Dahlias • Echinacea • English Ivy • Foxglove • Geraniums • Germander • Globe Thistle • Hollyhocks • Hyacinth • Rock Cress • Roses • Sedum • Snowdrops • Squills • Tansy • Yellow Hyssop
 

Garden Plants 
• Blackberries • Cantaloupe • Cucumbers • Gourds • Peppers • Pumpkins • Raspberries • Squash • Strawberries • Watermelons • Wild Garlic
 
Herbs 
• Bee Balm  • Borage • Catnip • Coriander/Cilantro • Fennel • Lavender • Mints • Rosemary • Sage • Thyme
 

Shrubs 
• Blueberry • Butterfly Bush • Button Bush • Honeysuckle • Indigo • Privet
 

Trees 
• Alder • American Holly • Basswood • Black Gum • Black Locust • Buckeyes • Catalpa • Eastern Redbud • Fruit Trees (especially Crabapples) • Golden Rain Tree • Hawthorns • Hazels • Linden • Magnolia • Maples • Mountain Ash • Sycamore • Tulip • Poplar • Willow

 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Monday, February 03, 2014

Sweets We Love

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Who can resist spoiling his or her sweetie with sweets on Valentine’s Day? This year, skip the boxed chocolate and show your honey how much you care with a surprise batch of these homemade treats!
 


Sue Bee Honey & Cream Cheese Chocolate Truffles




Happy Valentines Honey Cookies from Emily Krbec



Sue Bee Chcoolate Orange Fondue



Honey Chocolate Cupcakes from bakeaholic



Sue Bee Honey Sweetheart Brownies



White Chip Madadamia Cookies



Honey Strawberry Dip



Nutella Peanut Butter, Honey & Dried Cranberry Brown Rice Crispy Treats from Savoring The Thyme

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