Bee Delicious // Bee Seasonal Honey

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It's not a secret that I'm a huge fan of sweets. I can get down with desserts and pastries like no one's business, however, I've been taking my health very seriously lately and trying to cut out excess sugars by switching to honey! 

Additionally, I've made the switch/am making the slow transition to a more intentional and sustainable lifestyle. Essentially, this means that instead of buying things because I want them, or they're on sale, I've decided to only buy what I have spent time considering, doing my research on brands, looking at if I truly need it, and for things like parity products, I've decided to (when I can) only buy from companies that are responsible and sustainable.

Imagine my happiness when a responsible and sustainable honey company reached out to me recently. Today, I am delighted to talk about Bee Seasonal Honey, a raw, organic honey company that practices responsible and sustainable bee-keeping. Side note: if you didn't know, bees have been in decline for the past few years, and these little firecrackers are very important to keeping our planet in balance. Bees are pollinators, which means that they are integral for plant life. Additionally, the land in which bees thrive and the communities that practice bee-keeping are threatened by irresponsible ecological practices. That's where Bee Seasonal comes in. Bee Seasonal operates between responsible bee-keepers and the marketplace to support and encourage responsible bee-keeping while bringing about a broad variation of honey. 

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Here's a little quote from the Bee Seasonal website about why they are choosing to work with sustainable bee-keepers and why they do what they do:

We see organic beekeeping as a means to help protect native areas and, at the same time, empower communities with a source of income. Bees forage beyond the boundaries established by humans, bringing back nectar and producing honey. This honey can be used as food or can be sold to generate an income for the beekeepers and their families. This secures the existence of people in unique natural regions, helping to prevent rural exodus. Beekeeping can thrive in areas where normal agricultural cultivation is not possible. If vegetation is removed from a piece of land, for agriculture or pasture, the land can only be used for a short period of time before the nutrients are depleted. On the other hand, an intact forest—even on inaccessible slopes—can be a fantastic source of nectar and pollen for an entire lifetime.
— Bee Seasonal

As you can see, when you buy from Bee Seasonal you're not just getting honey, you're making an impact on the bee-keeper, community, and land that raised those bees. Right now in the shop is their Harvest 001 set of four unique honey varietals. Inside the box there is an adorable card with maps and information about each individual honey. I love that "every honey has a story," and Bee Seasonal is here to help tell it! This small insert even has a section called "Notes from the Hive" where you can here quotes from some of the bee-keepers themselves. How, amazing is that? You really feel connected to where the honey comes from and who harvested it.

In order to give you guys some ideas, and share some of my favorite go-to recipes, I've been experimenting with my Bee Seasonal honey varietals. Here are two super easy, dairy-free/gluten-free/processed-sugar-free recipes.

Honeyed Breakfast Bowl.

As you all may know, I'm dairy-free, so this recipe features some dairy-free yogurt, but you can use dairy if you'd like!

Ingredients.

  • 1 cup Forager Cashew Yoghurt in Plain/Unsweetened (Kicking those excess sugars in the butt!)
  • 1/4 cup Hemp Seed Granola - I like this brand you can get at Trader Joes!
  • Fruit! Use whatever fruit you like the most - I typically use whatever I need to eat before it goes bad (kind of an everything but the kitchen sink bowl)
  • 1 TBS Flax/Chia Blend 
  • 1 heaping spoonful of Bee Seasonal honey (I used Angico)

Recipe. (This is the easiest thing you'll do all day)

  • Place yoghurt in a bowl.
  • Fill bowl with all of the mixings (fruit, granola, flax/chia).
  • Drizzle honey on top.
  • Mix together.
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THE easiest thing in the world + is SO delicious. The next recipe is inspired by Creme de la Crumb's, and is a weeknight staple in my house. Special thanks also to my friend Sydney for introducing me to this dish!

Honey Sriracha Chicken w/ Rice.

Ingredients.

  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/3 cup Corn Starch
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 Tbs Sriracha
  • 5 Tbs Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbs minced Garlic
  • 3 Tbs Honey
  • 2 additional Tbs Corn Starch + 2 Tbs water
  • Red Pepper flakes
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1 1/2 cup Water (for rice specifically)
  • 1/2 Vegetable Bouillon Cube

Recipe.

  • Start the rice. I use a rice-maker, but you can do this over a stove-top too. 
    • Disolve bouillon cube into water by mixing thoroughly (it might help if the water is slightly warm)
    • Use this flavored water to cook your rice in! So simple, yet so delicious.
  • In a sauce pan, combine  cup of water, sriracha, soy sauce, garlic, sugar, and honey and stir.
    • Bring to a boil.
    • Mix the 2 Tbs corn starch and remaining 2 Tbs of water until dissolved.
    • Add to sauce pan and stir until thickened.
    • Reduce heat to low.
  • Add diced chicken and ⅓ cup corn starch to a large plastic bag.
    • Seal the bag and shake to coat chicken.
    • Drizzle a large pan or skillet with oil over medium heat.
    • Add chicken and sauté until browned and chicken is cooked through.
    • Add the sauce and stir to coat.
  • Sprinkle with crushed pepper flakes if desired and serve over warm rice.

I've loved getting to work with Bee Seasonal and help tell there story. I think it's important to discuss brands that are really trying to make a difference. I love the intentionality behind Bee Seasonal. It's so easy to get caught up in making profits, cut corners, and treat your partners poorly, however every single detail of Bee Seasonal, from the packaging to the product to the mission, is thoughtful, authentic, and inspiring. 

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Honey c/o Bee Seasonal

Ciabatta Ciabatta // Keeping on Time with Woodgrain Watches

Let's get real guys, life get's a little messy. I've been living in this half-up/half-down pony for weeks now with casual comfortable clothes, and I'm loving it. I love dressing up, especially for my blog posts, but sometimes it's nice to just be causal. So here is a glimpse at real life right now. If you all have been keeping up with my stories on Instagram, you've probably got a good sense of how hectic life is right now. I'm currently in the middle of unpacking after a big move, and I just recently found out that my grandmother isn't doing well. But, even though the punches keep on rolling in, I choose to remain positive and keep moving forward.

For me, my self-care-love-language (is that a thing? because if not we should make it a thing!) at the moment is baking. I've been really obsessed with The Great British Baking Show (because who doesn't want Mary Berry to be their best friend??), and have been tearing through both the regular seasons and the masterclass on Netflix. If you haven't checked out GBBS, and you love non-dramatic competition shows with a wholesome flair, this show is definitely for you. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are fantastic hosts/judges/and chefs. I heartily recommend. 

If you hadn't guessed already, a quick fun fact about me is that I really love to bake. I always have, although I haven't always been good at it. Today I made Paul Hollywood's Ciabatta recipe for the first time, and well... it didn't really turn out the way his did, but it was my first attempt! I plan on perfecting it throughout the next coming months as this is my self care project! Making breads is very difficult, you have to have the timing just right on the proof as well as the bake. I've been using my Woodgrain Watch to help keep on track. Not only are these watches made out of solid wood, you can choose exactly which wood you prefer from their expansive selection + what style watch face best fits your personal style. All together you can get a show stopping watch, guaranteed to attract attention. I really love the leather bands on my Woodgrain Watches, silky soft and sturdy mix together to create my perfect minimalist, capsule watch. Check out the Kickstarter for Woodgrain Watches here, and grab a watch for a discounted price! Staying on time has never been easier or looked so good. I have relied on my Woodgrain Watch for everything from moving to baking.

SHOP THE LOOK.

Watch. Woodgrain Watches

Jeans. Lucky Brand Sienna Slim Boyfriend Jeans

Top. Target's new A New Day Grey Sweater - Only available in select stores right now, but don't worry, they whole new line will be everywhere this fall!

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