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Honey I’m Home: Part II

“I hadn’t been out to the hives before, so to start off she gave me a lesson in what she called ‘bee yard etiquette’. She reminded me that the world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. Don’t be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don’t be an idiot; wear long sleeves and pants. Don’t swat. Don’t even think about swatting. If you feel angry, whistle. Anger agitates while whistling melts a bee’s temper. Act like you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved.” – Susan Monk Kid (The Secret Life of Bees)

Excited to try out my new wooden honey stick, I decided to take a dip into some interesting honeys from both near and far.  All the way from South America, this 100% pure Chilean Honey is harvested from the Ulmo tree.  This tree is native to the southern Araucania region of Chile, with unique camellia-like flowers that bloom in the late summer and early fall, producing an amazing aroma, perfect creamy texture and light cream color. It smells like flowers and has a buttery smooth sweetness.

“Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body.” – Proverbs 24:13

Located in the heart of the South, Atlanta Bee Factory honey is processed using chemical-free techniques to maintain honey’s natural, health-giving nutrients and flavor.  All of their honey is produced by free-range bee keeping. Honey flows in the Greater Atlanta region include Tulip, Poplar, Blackberry, Kudzu and numerous wildflowers. ABF blend these different honeys together to maximize the honey’s benefits to allergy sufferers in a city with one of the highest pollen counts in the Southeastern United States.

Beautiful sugar crystals have started to form in the neck of this bottle, however when the you’re ready to use the honey simply remove the cork and place in a 125 degree oven until the honey becomes liquid. This particular honey had a unique beeswax seal which I thought was sweet. 

 Photos by: KHJ
As you can see I just love my new utensils, they add just another dash of fun into cooking!  I’ll leave you  tonight with a funny little Irish saying:
“Though honey is sweet, do not lick it off the briar.”
Pretty good advice if you ask me. Sweet dreams.

Posted 3/18/10, Topic: Blog

Honey I’m Home: Part I

That’s what my sweet husband heard after I returned from an afternoon spent with my dear friend, Shea. Being two crafty divas, we decided to check out the American Craft Council Show held at the Cobb Galleria this past weekend.  While I must admit much of the art was a little (err… a lot) out of our price range, we happened to find a couple of vendors that were more our style and definitely sized more for our pockets.

I bought an adorable scarf (which I will share soon) from Miss Fitts and Shea introduced me to another great seller, Jonathan’s Wild Cherry Spoons.

Little bit about Jonathan…

“It was time for lunch but I had no spoon for my soup. I worked in a custom furniture shop and there was plenty of wood around so I made my first spoon and ate my soup. Wooden spoons have served me ever since, as I continue to create from a serendipity of need.” 

This man has hand carved a utensil for every possible need you can imagine: ladles, serving spoons, tongs, pickle forks, spaghetti fork, spatulas, spreaders, whisks, coffee scoop, honey stick, jelly spoon, sugar spoon, marmalade spoon, spoodle, mixing paddle, oven rack puller, pot strainer, chop sticks and toaster tongs (just to name a few). The only problem was deciding which one was coming home with me!

The first one was obvious because it was just so darn cute – the honey stick.
The second one was more out of necessity – the spaghetti fork/salad set combo.

So last night, when Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder walked in the door with “Honey I’m Home”, I had a delicious Italian meal prepared with none other than my Jonathan’s Wild Cherry utensils. (Loving them.)

Buttery saute of a variety of fresh mushrooms for a creamy mushroom dressing.
Oil base for the mushroom dressing: olive oil and course ground salt & pepper.
Tender leaves of butter lettuce tossed with shaved sarvecchio parmesan cheese.
Of course it wouldn’t be Italian without the wine – Redtree Pinot Nior
Here’s “Frida” the spaghetti fork in action.
Photos by KHJ + CMJ

Stay tuned for more lovely photos featuring my adorable new wooden honey stick. Until then…arrivederci!

Posted 3/16/10, Topic: Blog

hello world

3…2…1…0
Countdowns,
hee-hee hoooo
the building anticipation,
hee-hee hoooo
the waiting,
hee-hee hoooo
the energy,
hee-hee hoooo
the pain,
hee-hee hoooo
the tears,
hee-hee hoooo
the cheers…
hee-hee hoooo
the cry.
{KHJ}
3.2.10  It’s more than just a countdown, it’s an amazingly cool date and happens to be the day my precious friends, Julie and Danny White, welcomed their newborn daughter into the world.
Elle Alexis White
Time: 6:41 pm PST
Weight: 8 lbs. 10 oz.
Length: 21 inches

A couple of months back, with Julie’s due date sneaking up on us, I planned a very special surprise for her and the new baby…a beautiful handmade handkerchief bonnet. Attempting to make this new Mama-to-be swoon, I incorporated some special pieces into the bonnet: lace from her wedding gown, fabric from my maid of honor dress, and ribbon from her mother’s wedding bouquet. Swooning yet?
With some help from my mom and grandmother, I was able to craft my very first bonnet.  I just fell in love with its sweet simplicity.
 
Dearest Peanut,
This handkerchief bonnet was handmade especially for you! It carries with it many special pieces of the past:

1. The lace flower was taken from the material used to create your Mommy’s wedding gown bodice. This special wedding gown was hand sewn by your sweet Great-Grandmother, Jo Nix.

2. The ivory satin ribbon was taken from the wedding bouquet of your beautiful Grandmother, Phyllis Johnson.

3. The pale blue flower was made from a piece of the dress that Aunt Krista wore in your Mommy and Daddy’s wedding.

On your special day, many years from now, simply snip a few stitches and can carry with you this very special heirloom. Know that we all love you so much… even before you were born.

All my love,
Aunt Krista

Photos by KHJ
Before I got married, my mom presented me with my very own handkerchief bonnet. This bonnet was given to me by her best friend, Julie Brandaeu, when I was born. Sadly, Julie was murdered in a court house shooting several years ago and I cannot express the new meaning that this little handkerchief now holds and with what honor I had carrying it on my wedding day. Having already been given a vintage hanky from my grandmother, I pinned this handkerchief bonnet under my dress and wore it as my ‘something blue’, as it had a little blue ribbon sewn on it.
Knowing the love and sentiment that accompanied my bonnet, I wanted to give my best friend a special keepsake for her new baby to one day cherish, perhaps a family heirloom in the making.

Jules – sending all my love to you on this very special day.

Posted 3/3/10, Topic: Blog

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