• Recipe : My Local Bites

     

    Whether you are hosting a holiday party or feeling snacky (in the healthiest sense of the word), these My Local Bites are sure to satisfy. The best part? Add various ingredients to compliment the season. From pumpkin spice to candy cane, the possibilities are endless. And of course, sweetened with My Local Honey. Because why not choose healthy sugars and curb your allergies, all the while enjoying a delicious snack?

     

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    Prep time: 20 minutes

    Makes approx. 25 My Local Bites

     

    Ingredients

    -   ½ cup My Local Honey (raw, local)

    -   2 cups of whole grain or gluten free oats

    -   1 cup almond butter (or peanut butter!)

    -   1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)

    -   1 t vanilla

    -   1 pinch sea salt

     

    Optional additions

    -  2 t pumpkin spice flavoring

    -  1 smashed candy cane

    -   2 t chia seeds

    -   2 T cocoa powder

    -   Literally anything else you want

     

    Instructions

    -   Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a mixer. Really have at it.

    -   Place bowl in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes (helps with shape!)

    -   Roll in to bites. Hamburger size or 1 inch size – whatever suits you!

    -   Try not to eat them all in one day. Just try.

     

    And obviously, you can double, triple, or quadruple this recipe for larger gatherings. Enjoy!

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  • Crystallization: An Eternal Shelf-Life

    You know how sometimes you get our delicious raw, local honey home and in to your house, and then the bottoms begin to look hard and crystal-like?  The process of crystallization is a natural process, and despite your feelings towards the non-pourable crystallized deliciousness, it is a good thing!

     

    Our raw, un-pasturized and un-filtered honey comes straight out of the hive.  In short, you get enzymes, probiotics, allergy fighting pollens, and yes, crystallization, all in one bundle.  Bees keep their hives buzzing at about a 100 degree temperature, so when the honey comes out, it naturally gets slower.

     

    Why doesn’t all honey crystallize, you ask?  It’s simple.  Other honey companies dilute honey with water and sugar to make it presentable on the shelf and to keep it from crystallizing.  Because let’s be honest, are you more likely to buy the My Local Honey jar from your local grocery store that has some crystallization happening?  Or the pure runny golden one that just arrived?

     

    So here’s the deal.  You can de-crystallize your honey at home!

     

    Step 1: DO NOT EVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES EVER FOR ANY REASON  put My Local Honey in your microwave.  Nope. (Caps lock quote inspired by Michael Scott).

    Step 2: Turn your oven on to 100-115 degrees (varying temperatures are okay, too!) Take the white lid off of your GLASS honey jar, and place the jar safely in the oven.  You can leave the oven on over night, but if that makes you uncomfortable, turn the oven off and leave the honey in until it returns to its golden runny state.

    Alternative Step 2: If you have purchased the My Local Squeeze Honey (the green one), boil some hot water on the stove (not too hot! We want to save, savor, and love on those healthy natural parts that come in raw honey), and place your plastic squeeze bottle in the hot water.  Turn stove off and leave the squeeze until crystallization disappears before your very eyes.

    Step 3: Honey has an eternal shelf-life.  It never goes bad.  So crystallize and de-crystallize as many times as you want!!

    Step 4: Use My Local Honey for all-things-wonderful.

     

    Always remember to bee yourself.

    And write if you have questions.

     

    Yours,

    The Honey Girl

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  • Beauty Tips

    A few more resources for you to read up on natural skin and hair care using raw honey.

    Care2 - facial masks and honey baths.

    8 raw honey beauty tips

    For centuries now, honey has been a healing, health, and beauty product.  Why stop now?

    Click here to find out how fare you are from a store that carries My Local Honey – certified raw, certified local, certified to be the best honey you have ever tasted. :)

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  • Honey-Avocado Face Mask

    Dry skin?  In need of repair?  Here’s a creative all natural way to refresh your face with raw honey and avocado.

    1 half avocado

    2 teaspoons of raw My Local Honey

    Spread over face (neck/chest optional)

    Leave on for 15-20 minutes

    Gently wash off with warm water

    Pat face dry

    Feel the My Local Difference.

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    “According to the California Avocado Commission: ‘Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that can contribute to the nutrient quality of your diet.’ “

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    Other sources:

    Benefits of Honey

    Organic Passion

    Until next time,

    the Honey Girl

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  • Ready, Set, Launch! – Market of Choice

    Hey honeys.

     

    As of tomorrow morning, your favorite, raw, My Local Honey will be available on all Market of Choice grocery store shelves!

    Whether you’re enjoying your morning coffee and news intake, de-stressing at work via break room, or doing whatever it is you may be doing on the internet today, take a minute to come read about us over here.  As of tomorrow, Eugene, Corvallis, Ashland, and Portland residents can now pop in to any of Market of Choice’s 8 stores and pick up a jar of My Local Honey!

     

    Also, the team here at My Local would like to say a big thank-you to our honey-fanatics.  We are working on bringing you more recipes, beauty tips, and beekeeper insights on this blog.  However, we have been expanding much faster than expected and have had lots on our hands!  So 1) thanks to you all for buying our honey.  It’s made our job extremely fun and exciting.  2) Thank-you for your patience – stay tuned for more on the recipe, beauty, and beekeeper side of our lives.

     

     

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  • Kruger’s Farm Market

    Hey there all you My Local Honey lovers in the Portland area!  We get calls and emails everyday from people asking, “Where can we buy your delicious honey?”  Our response is always, “Well, it depends on where you live.”  Inevitably most of you live in, or near, Portland.  Therefore, we are happy to announce you can now buy My Local Honey at Kruger’s Farm Market on SE Hawthorne right in the heart of the city.

    Head on in and look for our gallon, 1/2 gallon, quart and pint sizes.  Kruger’s has tremendous staff, an authentic farm store environment, great energy, and now your favorite local raw honey on sale in a size that will meet your needs.  Thank you, Kruger’s!

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  • LifeSource Health Fair and Newsletter Feature

    Hey raw honey lovers.  We are buzzing with excitement as the weekend approaches!  This Saturday at LifeSource Natural Foods from 11-3, you will find us along with many other local/organic vendors outdoors, selling and sampling.  It’s going to be a beautiful, honey-tasting kind of day, so bring the family down to celebrate local and organic foods!  It’s a great activity for a little early Mother’s Day bonding, time with the kids, or hey, if you fly solo…. that’s cool too.

    We want to give a huge thanks to Ben Martin-Horst at LifeSource for such a well-written account of the My Local Honey product that is now available on their shelves.  He said it best:For us here in Salem, you can’t get much more local than My Local Honey.”  

    Thanks again to Ben and the LifeSource team – we love partnering with you!

    You can find the full LifeSource Newsletter HERE.

    Readers: come on by this weekend and see the great products that LifeSource has to offer!  Not only that, I heard some buzz about there being prizes……..

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  • They Bee Arriving

    Look who showed up at our house yesterday!!

    Hey girls. We’re so glad you’re here.

    Don’t mind the paper towels.  Matt was only driving around with 6 hives in his car…..

    In case you didn’t know, at My Local Honey we partner with other beekeepers throughout Washington and Oregon. This enables us to bring you the most local honey possible to wherever you live. BUT, we also love the creatures so much we have our own as pets! We have hives in Vancouver, WA, and more  down in Salem, OR.

    My hubs and his dad are the expert beekeepers around these parts. We’ll be sharing pictures and beekeeping information throughout the summer. If you are interested in starting bee-keeping as a hobby, don’t hesitate to email us!

    honeygirl@mylocalnw.com
    honey@mylocalnw.com

    Have a bee-autiful day!

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  • TODAY @ LIFESOURCE!!

    Salemites -

    Today from 11-3 

    LifeSource Natural Foods (South Commercial, Salem, OR)

    Come sample our raw honey and ask us all your questions!

    [on the checkout counter at LifeSource!]

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  • Label Lineup

    Hot off the printing press our new labels have arrived.  After countless hours, tireless nights, and some heated husband-wife discussions the final product is something we are allll proud of.

    The playful bee (who is still yet to be named…contest perhaps?) is the foundation of the design and the backside (not shown…yet) provides some education and insight into my Local Honey.  Let us know what you think and keep an eye out the next time you are in the honey aisle for our colorful label lineup.

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