How to make simple herb-infused honey for edible gifts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I’ve never been one to make a big deal of the holiday from a romantic standpoint, instead, I use it as a time to show love to my friends and family.

Since food is how I most often show my affection, it should come as no surprise that I like to give my friends homemade treats for Valentine’s Day. Edible gifts are my favorite gifts to give because I can almost always guarantee that they’ll get used. Since there is plenty of chocolate available this time of year, I thought it would be fun to branch out with a different kind of sweet to share.

Infusing honey is something that I’ve wanted to try for a while, and Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect excuse to do it. It’s still bitterly cold here, and chocolate isn’t the best thing to enjoy while sitting in front of the fireplace, you know? A mug of hot tea, though, is great for sipping in front of the fire. Even better when it’s made with a touch of this infused honey.

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Chipotle-Honey Glazed Chicken

Summer is starting to fade away, and the vegetables we loved so much the past few months are slowly being replaced by fall produce.

This transitional time is always a tough one for me in terms of meal planning, so I count on recipes like this one, which is good any time of year, to get me over the hump. Since grilling is closely associated with summertime, I’m hanging onto the last bit of summer by enjoying as much grilled food as I can.

We all know that chicken breasts can be kind of boring, so I’m always on the hunt for recipes that give them a new spin. This one has been in my meal rotation for three years, and it’s still one of my favorites.

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Whipped Raspberry Honey Butter and we are off!

Tomorrow we leave for what is sure to be an adventure – a ten-day road trip around Nova Scotia and PEI, hitting as many ocean views, beaches, and lighthouses as we can.

You can follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the up-to-the-minute reports, a peek at our current views, and, of course, snapshots of what we’re eating. And I’ll be bringing a full report to the blog when I return home, complete with recommendations and our best tips for seeing the Maritimes with small children.

We’re ready for a change of scenery and are eager to smell the sea. It will be my first visit to Canada’s East Coast. About time, don’t you think?

I’ve been unable to resist the call of the impeccable fresh produce at the markets these days, which is why I was left with a basket of raspberries to use up right before our trip. I could have frozen them, but instead whipped up a batch of raspberry honey butter and froze it in two jars.

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40 Preserving Links: Beginner tips, pro tricks and canning with honey

During the month of July, I go through more apron changes than any other time of the year. Every canning project, large or small, begins with me wrapping this necessary splatter shield around my waist before I begin prepping the produce and cooking it down.

Although spring produce such as strawberries, asparagus and rhubarb are still at their peak in my area, the mid-summer contenders are not far off.  I’ve began tucking in the occasional home preservation project here and there when time permits.

The ramps and asparagus are pickled, strawberries are jammed and rhubarb has been cooked down to compote and frozen in jars. It feels really, really rewarding, as I’ve shared before.

It’s time to rev our engines for the start of the canning season, then settle into cruise control until September. Whether you are an expert or a novice canner, you can benefit from these resources I’ve gathered on the topic.

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Honey Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Cookies and (not) getting organized

Sometimes an action as simple as baking cookies can make you feel as though you are getting ahead, or at the very least, catching up. That was my experience this week as I faced a daunting to-do list.

I won’t name all my impending tasks at hand, but I will note that the potatoes and carrots are not yet planted in the raised beds. The weeds are starting to pop up and as I have vowed to maintain order in the garden this year, this makes me nervous.

Indoors, the laundry is washed but not folded. A suitcase is lying open with a pair of heels in it – an attempt to pack in advance for my trip to Las Vegas next week, but I’ll undoubtedly end up tossing items in willy-nilly hours before my flight. Oh, and I wanted to make up some meals for the family for when I am gone, and schedule a few posts in advance so I can leave my laptop at home.

But how does one get ahead when life’s daily upkeep threatens to escalate out of control? I haven’t quite figured that one out yet. I prioritize, then prioritize again. I make lists, and star the mega-important items.

I said to Danny recently that I feel like I am failing at the little things – or maybe he kindly pointed it out. I can’t remember. The feeling was mutual, anyway.

Does anyone else ever feel this way? The major undertakings he and I team up on: children are fed, bathed and bedded, email is answered (mostly), the chickens are tended, the fridge is stocked and meals are prepared, and the car had a tune-up recently.

This corner of the internet, and the opportunities it brings, keeps me busy. It’s not quite a 9-5 gig, but it is a big chunk of my day, my weeks. Most days and weeks, I’m the master of my own domain (no pun intended) but those ‘little things’ are getting away on me.
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