Saturday, November 16, 2013

Honey

Local Raw Honey & Comb and 
Local Raw Creamed Honey with Honey Dippers





Sunday, October 13, 2013

Introducing: Hottie Honey!

We have another winner in the honey department: Hottie Honey!  It's a combination of creamed local raw honey and arbol peppers.



As of a few months ago, I didn't even know what arbol peppers were!  Since then, I've discovered that they're called Chile de arbol, and they're a small, red Mexican chili pepper.  Oh, and they're hotThey have a Scoville rating of 50,000-10,000, which equates to a 7 or 8 on a scale of 1-10.  (By comparison, jalapeno peppers are 3,500-8,000.)



I love them in chili and Mexican dishes, but I have to be careful to use just a little bit.  Otherwise, it's too much for me.

But something magical happens when they're mixed with honey.  Everyone who has tasted it has said basically the same thing: first you taste just the honey, then the peppers start warming up in your mouth, and the heat escalates.  But, before it becomes too intense, the honey takes over again, cooling off the heat.  You're left with a great taste and just a little bit of heat.

We took our Hottie Honey to our first show recently, and we sold out!  People tried it, loved it, and bought it!  Now we want to hear how people are using it.  If you try it, let us know!


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

New! Creamed Raw Honey Gift Packs!



I've really neglected this poor blog!  We've been busy with lots of changes and new products.  We're going to different local events each weekend, selling our wares.  We're focusing on our own products: Raw Creamed Honey, Coconut Oils, Wholesome Essential Oils, Whipped Shea Minty Lavender Body Butter, and Insects Away!  We also have additional homemade products at our local shows.

Our newest creation is our Creamed Raw Honey Gift Packs.  People love being able to choose different honeys, and we can't keep these in stock!  They make great gifts and people are already stocking up for the holidays.



We have six different gift packs:


Coffee Lovers: Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Chocolate
  

Tea Lovers: Ginger, Mint, Lemon


Home Sweet Home: Vanilla, Chocolate, Cinnamon


Naughty & Nice: Chocolate, Mint, Raspberry


Berry Mix:  Strawberry, Blackberry, Raspberry


Holiday Bliss: Cinnamon, Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie Spice

We also have a feature on our site where you can design a custom pack by choosing your own three flavors!  Check out our website, or if you're local to the Philadelphia area, stop by one of our local events!


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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Crunchy Cabbage Salad

1/2 med head red cabbage, finely chopped
1/3 c diced apple
1/3 c organic raisins
1/3 c sunflower seeds
1/4 c raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp Vegenaise
3 Tbsp raw Ginger Creamed Honey
1/4 tsp sea salt


Place red cabbage, apples, raisins, and sunflower seeds in a medium-sized bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, Vegenaise, honey, and sea salt until smooth and creamy.

Pour dressing over cabbage mixture. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.  Enjoy!

Adapted from Cook It Allergy Free

Nick's Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1 lb Brussels sprouts
1 Tbsp Ginger Creamed Honey
2 Tbsp low sodium wheat-free tamari
2 Tbsp freshly-squeezed orange juice
3 shakes garlic powder
2 shakes smoked paprika
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
3 shakes chipotle pepper powder to taste
Sea salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste



Wash Brussels sprouts; cut in half if large.

Mix together remaining ingredients; toss with Brussels sprouts.

Roast at 415 degrees F for 10 minutes; stir.  Roast 10 minutes more.



Blueberry Coleslaw

1 head cabbage
1/2 Vidalia onion
1 carrot, julienned
2 cups blueberries
1 cup Vegenaise
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp Creamed Blueberry Honey
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp cumin
Sea salt to taste

Using a mandoline on its thinnest setting, shred cabbage and thinly slice onion.  Combine  cabbage, onion, carrot, and blueberries in a large bowl.
Add Vegenaise, red wine vinegar, blueberry honey, cilantro, cumin.  Add sea salt to taste.  Gently toss to combine.


Adapted from Michael Symon's Recipe on Food Network

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

3 small ripe avocados
1 very ripe banana
2/3 c raw cacao
1/4 c raw honey
1/4 c coconut cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 drops chocolate raspberry stevia
4 drops dark chocolate extract

Place all ingredients in a food processor.  Process until smooth.  Pour into serving glasses; refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Whipped Chocolate Coconut Cream

It was very warm today and this didn't whip up as well as usual. We ended up putting it in the fridge for awhile and then whipping it again. It wasn't as firm as the plain whipped coconut, but it was still very delicious!


One 8-oz container chilled Coconut Cream
2-3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
3 Tbsp raw honey
2 tsp vanilla extract

Whip coconut cream, cacao powder, and honey together in the mixer until soft peaks form. Add vanilla extract and whip some more.

If necessary, place mixer bowl in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, removed and whip again.

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Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

One of our favorite smoothies!


Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

1 cup coconut milk
1 cup fresh pineapple, cut in chunks
1 ripe banana
1 Tbsp raw honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix or other high speed blender until smooth.

Ginger Lemon Honey Tea

We love this tea! We started drinking it when we had a sore throat or felt a cold coming on. We continued drinking it because we like ginger because of its anti-inflammatory properties. More importantly, we just love the taste!

We don't measure when I make this; we just add the ingredients, taste it, and adjust them. We happen to love a lot of ginger, but not everyone enjoys that much.

When we buy ginger, we peel it, and stick in in the freezer. We find that it's easier to grate when it's frozen. We just take it out and grate what I need.  We used to use a ceramic ginger grater, but we now use a Microplane Zester/Grater, which we much prefer. It makes the job effortless and is also great for zesting lemons and limes and for grating other foods when a fine grate is needed.


Ginger Lemon Tea

2 c hot water
Ginger root, peeled and grated
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp Creamed Ginger Honey

Juice the lemon.

Grate the ginger.

Place ginger and lemon juice in a mug; add the hot water. Allow to steep for a few minutes.

Stir in the honey. Mix well, adjust ingredients to taste, and enjoy!


Nick's Morning Chocolate Charge!

1 cup cold water
1 ripe banana
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
½ cup frozen blueberries
1/3 raw unfiltered honey
¼ cup organic sunflower butter
1 cup ice

Place all ingredients except for the ice in a Vitamix or other high-powered blender. Blend well and add ice, blending until smooth.

Enjoy in a Lifefactory Glass Bottle!

Nick ~ Truly Pure & Natural

Honey Lime Dressing

This recipe is from Jodi at Getting Raw. It's one of our favorites and we use it a lot on different salads. Be sure to check out Jodi's gorgeous salad!


2 Tbsp raw honey

3 limes, juiced

1/4 cup organic extra virgin olive oil

3 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped

1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced

1 tsp chopped and seeded jalapeƱo pepper, or more to taste


Raw Chocolate Smoothie

1 cup water
1 cup ice cubes
1 frozen banana, chopped
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/4 cup organic sunflower butter
1/4 cup Creamed Chocolate Honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or other high-powered blender until smooth.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

All I can say about this recipe is don't knock it 'til you try it!  I never told anyone what was in it, and no one suspected!


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup sunflower butter
1/4 cup Chocolate Creamed Honey
3 Tbsp GF rolled oats
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup sunflower milk, if needed
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips, store bought or homemade*


Add chickpeas, sunflower butter, creamed honey, rolled oats, vanilla, baking soda, and sea salt to food processor; process until very smooth, adding sunflower milk as necessary.

Stir in chocolate chips. 

Roll into small balls, the size of marbles.  Refrigerate or freeze.


*Chocolate Chips


4 Tbsp organic extra virgin coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup raw honey OR 20-30 drops NuNatural vanilla stevia
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cacao powder
3-4 Tbsp water or non-dairy milk, if using stevia

Combine coconut oil with honey or stevia drops. Stir, then add cacao powder and water or non-dairy milk, if using stevia. Stir until it gets thick. Pour onto a sheet of waxed paper; cover with a second sheet, pushing on it to flatten it out.  Freeze until solid, then chop into small pieces.  Chips will be crisper if using stevia rather than honey.




Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

Ginger Pad Thai Noodles

People have been asking for recipes using our Creamed Raw Honey, so here's one that uses our Creamed Ginger Honey:


Ginger Pad Thai Noodles

1 pkg Brown Rice Pad Thai Noodles

1 1/2 cup finely minced scallions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 jalapeno, seeded, and diced
2 Tbsp Creamed Ginger Honey
2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp coconut vinegar
1 Tbsp coconut aminos or low sodium wheat-free tamari
1/4 lime
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a small bowl, mix together scallions, cilantro, jalapeno, creamed ginger honey, fresh ginger, coconut oil, coconut vinegar, and coconut aminos or tamari.  Mix well and set aside.

Cook pad thai noodles according to package directions.  Rinse.

Pour sauce over cooked noodles; mix well.  Adjust seasonings; squeeze the juice of a quarter of a lime over top, adding more if desired.  Toss one more time.

May also add julienned carrots, cucumber, etc. 


Adapted from Simply Reem

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Donating to Pennridge FISH Food Pantry

Pennridge FISH (Fellowship In Serving Humanity) Organization maintains a food pantry and clothing outlet, where people from their district can come in five days a week and get both food and clothing at no charge.  FISH also provides backpacks and school supplies in August, and gifts and food at Christmastime.  They are a Christian nonprofit corporation, a volunteer service provider to those in need.

Pennridge FISH has been in its current location for 20 years.  During that 20 years, they have not had to pay rent.  However, they now need to find a new home and need people's help to raise the necessary $300,000 for that new home.  You may click on this link to get information on their needs and how to make a tax-deductible pledge towards this worthy cause.


At Truly Pure & Natural, we see the need for this service in the community, and we want to help!  We are donating 10% of all online sales during the month of May to Pennridge FISH's new building fund.  Simply go to Truly Pure & Natural and place your order.  There are no codes to enter; the 10% will automatically be deducted and given directly to FISH.


Pennridge FISH has posted about this on Facebook.


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Our Creamed Raw Honey

We have been so busy making and selling our Creamed Raw Honey that I haven't had much time to blog about it! 



Nick came up with the idea of making creamed honey because we love the versatility of it.  The only problem was that conventional creamed honey is made by a process that involves heating the honey and adding an outside pre-made seed honey.  Nick didn't want to destroy all of the valuable nutrients and enzymes in the honey, so he came up with a proprietary process to make creamed honey without heating it.  The result is a local raw creamed honey that is delicious and has retained all of its health benefits.

From there, we tried adding different natural flavors to the honey.  All of the flavors are raw, and all except the vanilla are organic.  At this time, we offer:

 
 
 
 
 
 
Vanilla (made with whole vanilla beans)
 
 
Chocolate (made with organic raw cacao)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mint (coming soon to the website)


Lemon (coming soon to the website)


Blackberry  (coming soon to the website)
 
 
We're often asked how to use the honey.  The possibilities are endless!  Honestly, as the Chief Flavor Taster, I can tell you that it's delicious all by itself!  Here are some other ways we like it, and some that others have shared with us:
 
 
Stir into hot tea
 
 
Spoon over granola
 
 
Stir into oatmeal or other hot cereal
 
 
Spread on toast, bagels, rolls, English muffins,
alone or with organic butter or Earth Balance
 
 
Spread on muffins or cornbread
 
 
Spread the chocolate creamed honey on graham crackers
 
 
Spread any of the fruit flavored creamed honeys 
on pancakes, waffles, or French toast
 
 
Make peanut butter or SunButter and
creamed honey sandwiches
 
 
Make banana, peanut butter of SunButter and
creamed honey sandwiches
 
 
Use as a dip for apples or other fruit
(People love the chocolate creamed honey with fruit!)
 
 
Mix the ginger or the plain creamed honey
with mustard to make honey mustard
 
 
The cinnamon creamed honey is absolutely delicious
as a dip for soft pretzels
 
 
We love to stir a tablespoon of the ginger creamed honey,
mixed with a little water and cornstarch, into stir-fries
 
 
The cinnamon creamed honey is amazing
spooned over vanilla ice cream or nondairy ice cream
 
 
Spread a little bit of the mint creamed honey
onto a piece of chocolate for an amazing treat
 
 
I take a spoonful of the cinnamon creamed honey
when I have a sore throat or feel a cold coming on
 
 
I also stir the ginger creamed honey with some
lemon juice into hot tea when I'm under the weather
 
 
Use the ginger creamed honey as a glaze for chicken or salmon
 
 
Serve a small bowl of the ginger creamed honey
with chicken or salmon as a dip
 
 
Try our creamed honey and let us know your favorite way to eat it!
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

More Uses for Coconut Oil: Hair and Body

Lavender Body Butter

1/3 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp beeswax
5 drops lavender essential oil

Melt coconut oil and beeswax in the top of a double boiler.  If you don't have a double boiler, just use a heatproof bowl over top of a saucepan.

Remove from  heat and add lavender oil; cool completely.

In a mixer, whip the lotion.  Transfer to a jar or container with a tightly fitted lid.



Citrus Sugar Scrub

1 cup organic cane sugar
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup jojoba oil
30 drops citrus essential oils

If coconut oil is solid, gently melt it in the top of a double boiler.

Transfer to a small bowl and mix with cane sugar and jojoba oil.  Add essential oils.  You may use any combination of citrus essential oils: bergamot, bitter orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, petitgrain, sweet orange, tangerine.

Mix well and store in an airtight jar.

Use to exfoliate skin twice a week.  To use, wash body and/or face.  Gently massage sugar scrub into skin.  Wash off with warm water.  Pat skin dry.  Moisturize with coconut oil.
   


Honey Coconut Oil Hand Scrub

1/4 cup organic cane sugar
1/4 cup sea salt
2 Tbsp raw honey
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
       
In a small bowl, mix together cane sugar, sea salt, and lemon juice.

In another small bowl, mix together honey and coconut oil.

Mix honey/coconut oil mixture into cane sugar/sea salt mixture.  Mix well; store in a tightly sealed container.

Twice a week, massage a small amount into clean hands.  Rinse with warm water; pat dry.  Moisturize with coconut oil



Dry Skin/Eczema Moisturizer


3/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup rolled oats
15 drops lavender essential oil
   
Grind rolled oats into a powder or flour in a blender or food processor.  Set aside.

In the top of a double boiler, melt coconut oil.  Remove from heat and stir in ground oats.  Mix well.

Stir in lavender essential oil.

Pour into a small container.  Set aside until completely cool, then put on lid.

Apply to eczema/dry skin as needed.




Coconut Oil Cream for Sore Joints and Muscles


1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tsp beeswax pellets
5 drops camphor essential oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil

In the top of a double boiler, melt coconut oil and beeswax, stirring frequently.

Remove from heat and add camphor, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils.

Immediately pour into a glass container.  Cool completely, then cover with a lid.

Massage into sure joints and muscles.
   


Coconut Oil Deodorant

6 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup arrowroot
1/4 cup baking soda
Essential oils
   

In a small bowl, mix arrowroot and baking soda with a fork. 

Add coconut oil, and continue to mix with fork until incorporated.

Add essential oils.

Place in a small glass jar.  Apply with fingertips as needed.


Note: If skin is irritated, try making this with 7 Tbsp arrowroot and 1 Tbsp baking soda, since baking soda can irritate some people's skin.



Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Apply coconut oil to dry hair, massaging in to hair and scalp.  Cover with a shower cap or saran wrap.  Leave on for 30 minutes.  Shampoo well, rinse, and repeat.


Frizzy Ends Leave-in Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

Before bed, massage a very small amount of coconut oil into the ends of your hair.  By morning, it should be absorbed and ends should be manageable.



Cold Sore Relief

1 Tbsp coconut oil
4 drops tea tree oil

Mix coconut oil and tea tree oil in a small glass jar.  Apply with a cotton swab to affected area as soon as symptoms occur.  Reapply four times daily.



Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

1 cup Epsom salts
1 cup organic cane sugar
3/4 - 1 cup coconut oil, melted
2 Tbsp raw honey
8 drops peppermint essential oil

In a medium-sized bowl, stir together Epsom salts and cane sugar.  Slowly stir in coconut oil, a little bit at a time, until mixture is smooth, and oil is incorporated.

Add honey; stir well.  Stir in peppermint essential oil.

Pour into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

To use, soak feet in warm water.  One foot at a time, massage some of the foot scrub all over feet, especially on dry heels.

Return foot to the soak water and repeat with other foot.

Rinse, and moisturize with foot cream.



Coconut Oil Foot Cream

¾ cup coconut oil
½ cup shea butter
12 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine coconut oil and shea butter in the top of a double boiler.  Melt, stirring frequently. 

Remove from heat and stir in peppermint essential oil.

Store in a glass jar with a tightly-fitted lid.  May refrigerate to keep coconut oil solid.

Massage into feet, especially on dry heals.



Coconut Oil Vapor Rub

1/2 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp beeswax pastilles
30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
20 drops peppermint essential oil
15 drops tea tree oil

Place coconut oil and beeswax in the top of a double boiler.  Melt, stirring frequently.

Remove from heat and stir in essential oils.

Immediately pour into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Nick invented this tonight and it was unbelievably good!

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Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

1 naval orange, peeled and halved
3 frozen bananas
1 ripe banana
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup water
1 cup ice
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ c raw honey
5 drops orange flavor extract
Freshly grated nutmeg to taste

Add all ingredients to Vitamix. Blend until smooth.



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