A Piece of The Hive

A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway on Julie’s blog.

Right?  How is that even possible?  I spent the entirety of 2010 not winning ANY giveaways and suddenly in the last month I won two.

I suppose we could write it off as one of those When It Rains It Pours-type things.

The sweet swag?

A jar of honey.

But not just ANY jar of honey.

Y’all should know that this particular jar of honey falls square in the category of Things That Make My Heart Explode like Megan’s Blackberry Grand Marnier Jam.

Which is now the one and only thing I have in common with Ree Drummond and Alton Brown.

But back to the honey.

Julie went big this year and became a beekeeper.  She researched the whole affair, built a hive and…kept it.  For real.  With the suit.  With the smoker.  With the honeycombs.  The whole nine yards.

If you can imagine what beekeepers do, she was doing it.

So it’s pretty special, because it’s the first honey from the hive.

But it’s also pretty special because I know just how hard she worked and how far she has come since she ordered her beekeeper’s suit in March.

When she announced she was going to give some of it away?  My jaw literally dropped.

That stuff is liquid gold.

So, now I’m left with the dilemma of what to do with it.  Most certainly some of it will end up on my oatmeal.  Drizzled on bread with butter.  Blended into butter and served with cornbread.  Licked off of a spoon.  Painted on roasted meat as a glaze.

But I kind of want to action some baking with it as well.  I just have a sense that some sort of bread/cookie/cake could be just an epically fantastic (and quite possibly extremely forgiving) mode of honey consumption.

Plus, it will keep the party going just a little bit longer.

What do you typically use honey in?

Have you ever won a blog giveaway?  Was it a fantastic prize or did you end up receiving really bizarre stuff?

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11 responses to “A Piece of The Hive

  1. That’s so cool that she made her own honey! That’s dedication.

    I’ve used honey in bread before, makes it delightfully sweet.

  2. I like the idea of putting it in butter and serving it with cornbread! Damn, my mouth is watering just thinking about that. I love honey on anything and everything, but I’m most partial to putting it in peanut butter :)

  3. Awww, I’m so happy you won it. You’ve been on the adventure with me from the start and encouraged me throughout, especially during that dark event when the hive fell over! I’m so happy it made it there safely and I hope you enjoy it :)

  4. I love to drizzle honey on peanut butter sandwiches. Or in my tea :) How lucky are you?!

  5. I’ve won a few blog giveaways. Mostly books, but also a darling sugar holder and fantastic set of mixing bowls. I hadn’t won anything in ages but just found out I’ve won another book. Maybe I’m on a roll now too!

  6. Hmmm yum. I love honey in Earl Grey tea! Now I just need to mail you some eggs…and breakfast will be complete.

  7. Just discovered the simplest dessert with honey in Greece: Slice up some green apples, sprinkle them with cinnamon, and drizzle with honey. SO easy and SO amazing. It’s a great way to taste the honey. :-D

  8. Katherine – come and get my popover pan – there is nothing like fresh popovers and honey butter – ask your Dad!

  9. A couple tbsp of honey goes a long way when making granola!

  10. Oh, baby. What a great prize to win! I have an unabashed honey fetish. I keep at least 6 jars in my pantry – all different types. My favorite is the Savannah Bee Co.’s Black Sage Honey. It’s hard to find and wildly expensive, but SO fantastic. I’m also a big fan of Round Rock Honey out of Austin, Tx. Much more affordable, and sourced from local bees. My favorite way to consume – over Fage fat-free Greek yogurt. Have mercy, it’s delicious!!

    Best blog giveaway prize I ever won? A KitchenAid mixer from The Pioneer Woman. Totally unexpected, and completely appreciated. I love that mixer! I just won a jar of dark chocolate peanut butter, and I’m considering making chocolate/banana/peanut butter fried pies or chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Mmmmm….

  11. My sister has all sorts of digestive issues and honey is the only sweetner she can use…its amazing how versatile it is! Because her diet is so restrictive I’m always on the lookout for “special” honeys when I’m on trips to jazz up her offerings. This sounds delish!

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