Breakfast with my honey.

 

It’s a long one…

START

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This is one of those posts that you think will just take a minute.  You suddenly have a bright idea for a story.

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So you grab your camera, pretend to be a food photographer, critic, stylist or something. Tell your people to relax, try to ignore the raised eyebrows, focus, remind them again that this will just take a second and that it’s not about them anyway!

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Then take a breather to enjoy a healthy breakfast. Smile. Take note of everyone's schedule & the lack of interest in your blog post. Smile some more because your creative juices are flowing. Pour yourself another cup of tea, grab your camera and disappear to your creative place.

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Before you know it…it’s noon or two or four and real life is calling!

PAUSE

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PLAY

This was supposed to be a quick morning post about HONEY!

As I was about to say 8 hours ago… I love the taste of raw honey and he swears by the health benefits of a daily tablespoon of bee pollen!

So I decided to do a little research.

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{Honey contains a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids, which act as antioxidants, scavenging and eliminating free radicals. Generally, darker honeys have higher antioxidant content than lighter honeys.} The National Honey Board

All I know about bee pollen is that bees collect & carry it in pouches on their hind legs!  Sound appetizing?

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R. Krell's paper on Value Added Products From Beekeeping published in 1996 is an excellent resource on bee pollen. I found this via a great blog called My New Roots.

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A & F Country Market in Ventura sells bee pollen to my California friends.

Anthony and Frank (A & F), own the roadside business that sells out-of-this-world fresh items!

Bee Pollen at A & F Country Market in Ventura California photo by J. Garbee

A small percentage of the population is severely allergic to bee pollen (particularly if you are allergic to bees or other bee products). Please use caution and common sense before introducing this food to your diet. My New Roots

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By the way, do you like granola?  Our favorite blend below is served up every morning at El Rancho de Los Caballeros.  Los Cab is a dude ranch in Wickenburg Arizona where we love to stay when we go home for the holidays!

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It’s their secret recipe and I was thrilled to no end when I found out that my friend & fellow blogger Sande Chase & her family stayed at Los Cab over the holidays!  Better yet, she managed to sweet-talk someone in the kitchen into passing on the family recipe!

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If you’d like to lasso the secret recipe for your cowpokes and see great photos from their trail ride on the high Arizona desert, visit Sande at her beautiful award-winning blog A Gift Wrapped Life. 

Thank you so much Sande! xo

Back to bees.

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

It’s best if you buy locally grown organic raw honey whenever you can. Locally grown because it’s produced by bees which are from the environment in which you live and fresh raw honey will also be tastier, and more potent.

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It is always best to grow or consume foods from the area in which you live as they contain the immune stimulating properties needed for your body to adapt to its environment.  Pretty smart huh!

 tractor by Alexandra Grablewski   And, when you buy from local independent farmers you help keep them in business, which is good for your economy.

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Besides honey & bee pollen, I could go on & on buzzing about all the gifts that bees bring to the table. I told you…better grab another cup.

honey via Oregon Wine Trail

My favorite being beeswax candlesBeeswax candles naturally clean the air, are drip free, burn with a very bright flame and for a very long time!

Photo of Tall Natural Bees Wax Tapers via YourBeeswax on Etsy

Lorrie Tranberg makes these beautiful all natural bees wax candles at home in California and offers them through her Etsy store, Your Beeswax.

Tall Natural Beeswax Candles by YourBeeswax on Etsy

According to the guys at This Old House, beeswax gives a fantastic polish to wood, metal, concrete counters and more.

I personally love Briwax.

Check out the This Old House list of 10 uses for bees wax here

I now have a whole new respect for apiarist but have no desire to turn my backyard into an apiary.

  Central Bee Keepers Supply

The only things bee related in my backyard are bees, pollen and decorative bee skeps.

 I love bee skeps!

Renee Granier, co-founder of the blog Under Spanish Moss offers this beautiful French bee skep at her shop, LaCaze.

LaCaze bee skep via Under Spanish Moss

It’s the weekend my friends so I will leave you with this… Always remember & never forget to…

AA1

 

Links to love.

My New Roots

A Gift Wrapped Life

YourBeesWax

Briwax

This Old House

LaCaze

Ranch de Los Caballeros

The End.

I finally found some!

 

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And just in time for Valentines Day!

There’s no way this girl was going to let TODAY go by without wishing you hugs & kisses & chocolate & champagne & anything else that makes you completely happy!

What ARE you doing today my Valentines?

Going for a spin with your sweetie?

photo Viki Rutsch for Vanity Fair

Or perhaps something a bit more dramatic?

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Maybe your putting on your pretties.

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MR. would seriously love those X’s and O’s!

But good grief,  why on earth does Valentine’s Day have to be on a Tuesday?  And why on earth does it have to be 28 degrees outside?

{So miss my best friend Beck & I going for our traditional Valentines mani-pedi and lunch at Fashion Island.}

This is unfortunately the only RED this girl will be wearing today.

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Oh, I’d much rather be wearing this…

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and these

Saltwater Sandals

driving this

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over there.  Big sigh…

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Without a doubt that will all be happening come summertime and I plan on packing as many BLOGGY friends in the

LOVE BUG as possible!

Until then – I’m sending X’s and O’s and asking you all to be mine!

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Just to be thoughtful & in case you haven’t found the perfect card yet…

{MR. will tell you that The Hallmark at the Lansdowne Shops was completely picked over last night.}

I found these!  Maybe you know someone who could use them, ha!

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I’m headed to brunch with my honey.

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{Which happens to be the topic of my next post!}

Until then.