Edible Geography One Plate at a Time


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Logan & Sophia love to cook; so when started studying World Geography it had to involve food. We found several books at our local library that were loaded with recipes from all over the world for instance The Kids Around the World Cookbook. We also found an excellent series of books Kids in the Kitchen that share recipes along with a brief history of the food in part of the world.

We decided to choose the continent of Asia for our edible geography trip.  China the largest country on Earth seemed to be a the perfect place to start.

Some Interesting Facts about China & their Food:

  • More rice and wheat are grown there than any other place in the world
  • Over 1 Billion people live in China (there only 319 million people who live in the US)
  • China is one of the oldest civilizations dating back almost 4,000 years.
  • Meals are not eaten courses like most other countries it is served all at once.
  • Instead of forks and knives, the Chinese people use chopsticks.
  • The Wok is one of the most important utensils in Chinese cooking.

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The Chinese people love their food and it is the center of, or at least it accompanies or symbolizes, many social interactions.   In Mid-September, Chinese people all over the world celebrate the full moon and the coming of autumn. During this celebration the children of China are told the story of the moon fairy living in a crystal palace, who comes out to dance on the moon’s shadowed surface. The legend surrounding the “lady living in the moon” dates back to ancient times, to a day when ten suns appeared at once in the sky. The Emperor ordered a famous archer to shoot down the nine extra suns. Once the task was accomplished, Goddess of Western Heaven rewarded the archer with a pill that would make him immortal. However, his wife found the pill, took it, and was banished to the moon as a result. Legend says that her beauty is greatest on the day of the Moon festival.

A necessary treat at the  Moon Festival is a sweet pastry called a mooncake. Mooncakes are small pastries filled with a sweet paste filling – red bean or lotus seed. Now, as consumer’s taste buds changed there has been several new variations of the mooncake. .There is pandan (screw pine leaf) filling, coconut filling, meat fillings, nut and fruits filling, yam and even durian filling. For those who prefer cold treats, there are also ice-cream mooncakes!

Traditionally, the most popular form of mooncakes consumed is the ones stuffed with egg yolks. The yolks in the mooncake represent the full moon during the celebration. Although some people would heartily consume mooncakes filled with four egg yolks, many health conscious consumers rather opt for the less-sweet types of mooncakes. Traditionally, the most popular form of mooncakes consumed is the ones stuffed with egg yolks. The yolks in the mooncake represent the full moon during the celebration. Although some people would heartily consume mooncakes filled with four egg yolks, many health conscious consumers rather opt for the less-sweet types of mooncakes.

I want to give our readers full disclosure; we prepared several types mooncakes and even though they tasted wonderful they did not look very appetizing. We plan to try again real soon!

Below you will find some of our favorite Mooncake recipes:

Awayofmind Bakery House (found these to be very doable)

House of Annie

Anncoo Journal

Fine Dining Lovers

 

Checkout where my co-hosts traveled this month:

Kersandra from Our Adventure Story

Christa from Little Log Cottage School

Christina from Classroom to Homeroom

Jennifer from Faith & Good Works

Atomic Popcorn Balls


 

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 Interesting Facts About Popcorn

The oldest ears of corn were found in the Bat Caves in western central Mexico. 

In 1885, the American Charles Cretors invented the popcorn machine.

Popcorn kernels can pop up to 3 feet in the air.

The world’s largest popcorn ball, as measured by th Guiness Book of World Records is 12 feet in diameter, containing 2,000 pounds of popcorn, 40,000 pounds of sugar, 280 gallons of corn syrup, and 400 gallons of water.

Popcorn is low in calories as compared to other snacks. A cup of air-popped popcorn would have 31 calories and a cup of oil-popped only 55 per cup.

The largest popcorn festival is the Marion Popcorn Festival.

January 30th is National Popcorn Day in US.

Popcorn has more protein than any other cereal grain.

Popcorn has more iron than eggs, peanuts, spinach, or roast beef!

Researches has proven that the ancestors of most Native American tribes enjoyed popcorn even before the birth of Christ.

Popcorn needs between 13.5-14% moisture to pop.

In the 1920s popcorn was banned at most movie theaters because it was considered too noisy!

Atomic Popcorn Balls a molecular experiment:

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

 

Equipment Needed:

cookie sheet any size

medium sauce pan

wooden spoon

two large mixing bowls

toothpicks

 

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons of butter(1 Tablespoon will be used to grease your cookie sheet)

2 cups mini marshmallows

1/2 cup light corn syrup

few drops of 2 food coloring( your choice of colors)

6 heaping cups of popped corn( remove all unpopped kernels)

Optional: 1/2 cup dried fruit again your choice

 

Method:

  • Grease a cookie sheet
  • Now melt the butter in the medium sauce pan
  • Add the marshmallows and light corn syrup to into butter. Stir until the marshmallows are melted.
  • Divide the marshmallow mixture into two separate large bowls. Add a few drops of food color in each of the bowls.
  • Stir in 3 heaping cups of popcorn in each of bowls (with NO unpoppred kernels) Making sure he popcorn is completely covered.
  • Allow it to cool slightly.
  • Spray your clean hands with cooking spray or run them with butter. When the popcorn is cool enough grab a handful and start to form a ball. Repeat until all the popcorn and marshmallow mixture is used up.
  • Make”molecules” by using toothpicks to secure the “atoms” together. For example to make a water molecule join to two similarly colored popcorn balls to one ball of the other color. Presto- You now have made the first solid water molecule!

atomic popcorn balls

 

 

 

 Last Weeks Favorite

Fran’s World of Discovery post on Dolphins.

Benoit Academy post on Minecraft!!! Kids just loved this one.

More Than a Coupon Queen’s Science Gift Post

My esteemed co-hosts

Meagan from More Than A Coupon Queen

Dawnita from Fogelman Forerunner

Jess from Benoit Academy

Jodi from NY Homeschool

Adelien from Blessed Learners

Marie-Claire from Quick Start Homeschool

One Year Blogiversary Giveaway Celebration


Welcome to our One Year Blogiversary Giveaway Celebration!

Join us and enter to win one of the 6 prizes, totaling over $325

I was so excited when Erlene from My Pinterventures asked me to co-host this event and to sponsor one of the six incredible giveaways! 

Congratulations Ladies on your One Year Blogiversary♥

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Hosted by:

Intelligent Domestications, My Pinterventures, 2 Crochet Hooks, and Meatloaf and Melodrama

The four of us are turning one this month and we’ve come together to celebrate our one year blogiversary! Of course, we wouldn’t have made it this far if it weren’t for all of your support. To help us celebrate this milestone, a few of our blogging buddies have joined with us to co-host this party and make this blogiversary celebration and giveaway possible.

Special thanks to our wonderful co-hosts:

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Co-hosts:

Alli @An Alli Event

MJ @Daisy & June

Andrea @Waldorf Salad & Cottage Fries

Becky and Glenna @My Paper Craze

Jessica @Army Wife to Suburban Life

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Angelique @God’s Growing Garden

Heather @Here We Go Again…Ready?

Kristen @The Road to Domestication

Laura @Michigan Saving and More

Trish @The Decoratoraholic


Time sure flies when you’re having fun and we can’t believe it’s already been a year since we started blogging! Whoo hoo! To thank everyone that has helped support our blogs, we’d like to help kick off your fall season with the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes. You’ll have 6 chances to win!

One grand prize winner will receive $150 in cold hard cash – cha-ching! But wait, there’s still 5 more chances to win a prize. Thanks to our fabulous sponsors, one lucky winner will win a sponsor gift package. Plus, each blogiversary blog will be giving one gift prize to a lucky winner too. That’s six ways to win a prize and start your fall season off with a bang!

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Ultimate Saturday Shout-Out


There are only a few days left to grab this AMAZING Healthy Living Bundle. I am loving this years bundle; valuable information and the speakers are game changers! (hours of good stuff)

 

We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases.

But it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the masses of healthy living advice out there – to the point where we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

That’s where The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in. For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.

The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writers out there – but there’s no risk of getting overwhelmed! A useful Getting Started Guide is included with your purchase, which will help you identify the most valuable resources for your specific health priorities.

The Ultimate Bundles team has done all the hard work for you – finding the top experts across a number of healthy living fields and combining their products into one essential collection. If you want to take control of your health, there’s no better way to start!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59pm EST on Monday, September 15.

But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 30,000 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s health, you’ll get your money back in full!

 

Click here for more info or to buy now.

As if this great collection of eBooks and eCourses wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Bundles team has also partnered with 10 fantastic companies who’ve each agreed to give a special bonus to every buyer. The bonuses have a total value of over $200 – more than 5 times the price of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle itself!

The bonuses include free goodies aplenty: a bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness, a baltic amber bracelet from Sweetbottoms Boutique, and a starter culture from Cultures For Health. You’ll also get gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.

There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to StayAtHomeYoga.com and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for TheJoyfulGiraffe.com, Strawesome.com and Trilight Health. There is a nominal shipping charge for many of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, September 15

What? 73 eBooks and 7 audio & eCourses, PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

**MAKE SURE YOUR AFFILIATE LINK IS IN THE TEXT LINK BELOW, THEN DELETE THIS LINE**

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth $1030, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

 

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Want to know exactly what’s included in the bundle?

Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of eBooks and eCourses.

We think there’s something here for everyone, and don’t forget… our Getting Started Guide will show you exactly which resources cover the topics and health concerns that matter most to you!

Alternative Health & Home Remedies

Audio Courses & eCourses

Fitness

Gardening & Homesteading

Green Cleaning

Healthy Children

Meal Budgeting & Planning

Natural Beauty & Skincare

Real Food Recipes

Seasonal

Special Diets

 

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 7 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 15th.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2014


 

We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases.

But it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the masses of healthy living advice out there – to the point where we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

That’s where The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in. For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.

The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writers out there – but there’s no risk of getting overwhelmed! A useful Getting Started Guide is included with your purchase, which will help you identify the most valuable resources for your specific health priorities.

The Ultimate Bundles team has done all the hard work for you – finding the top experts across a number of healthy living fields and combining their products into one essential collection. If you want to take control of your health, there’s no better way to start!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59pm EST on Monday, September 15.

But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 30,000 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s health, you’ll get your money back in full!

 

Click here for more info or to buy now.

As if this great collection of eBooks and eCourses wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Bundles team has also partnered with 10 fantastic companies who’ve each agreed to give a special bonus to every buyer. The bonuses have a total value of over $200 – more than 5 times the price of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle itself!

The bonuses include free goodies aplenty: a bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness, a baltic amber bracelet from Sweetbottoms Boutique, and a starter culture from Cultures For Health. You’ll also get gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.

There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to StayAtHomeYoga.com and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for TheJoyfulGiraffe.com, Strawesome.com and Trilight Health. There is a nominal shipping charge for many of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, September 15

What? 73 eBooks and 7 audio & eCourses, PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

**MAKE SURE YOUR AFFILIATE LINK IS IN THE TEXT LINK BELOW, THEN DELETE THIS LINE**

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth $1030, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

 

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Want to know exactly what’s included in the bundle?

Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of eBooks and eCourses.

We think there’s something here for everyone, and don’t forget… our Getting Started Guide will show you exactly which resources cover the topics and health concerns that matter most to you!

Alternative Health & Home Remedies

Audio Courses & eCourses

Fitness

Gardening & Homesteading

Green Cleaning

Healthy Children

Meal Budgeting & Planning

Natural Beauty & Skincare

Real Food Recipes

Seasonal

Special Diets

 

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 7 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 15th.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Come Join the Virtual Book Club


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We were so excited when Kersandra of Our Adventure Story  asked our blog to participate in the virtual Adventure Story Book Club!

What is it:

Adventure Story Book Club is a free monthly book club where we will be taking a themed monthly topic and selecting any book that is appropriate to the theme. Then, on the 3rd Friday of the month we will share the book we chose and share a fun activity, something themed related for the book that they selected. The age range is selected by the participant bloggers, so it can range from Pre-K to 12th. Our desire is to help you take your children on an adventure each month by exploring new books along with themed crafts and activities.

 

Make sure you come back on September 19th to check out some awesome Around the World themed Books & Activities.

 

Do NOT forget to checkout Adventure Story Book Club on Facebook & Pinterest to share your ideas on books and activities.

Amazing Participating Bloggers:

Christa from Little Cottage School

Christina from Classroom to Homeroom

Jennifer from Faith & Good Works

 

See you here on September 19th

Geeky Educational Link-Up Honey Bees


 

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North Carolina designated the honeybee as official state insect in 1973. Bee pollination is critical to plant and human survival – beeswax and honey are just surplus gifts from this tiny wonder of nature.

More Interesting Facts About Honey Bees:

  • 80% of the pollination of the fruits, vegetables and seed crops in the U.S. is accomplished by honeybees.
  • Honey bees have five eyes
  • Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years
  • A cave painting depicting an androgynous figure robbing honey out of the hive was found in the Cave of the Spider in Valencia, Spain. It is estimated to be 15,000 years old.
  • Honey stored in air tight containers never spoils. Sealed honey vats found in King Tut’s tomb still contained edible honey, despite over 2,000 years beneath the sands.
  • A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight per day.
  • Drones have no stinger. They do no real work. Their only purpose is to mate with virgin queens.
  • The area now comprising Israel and the Palestine autonomous region is often referred to as “the land of milk and honey.” (Exodus 3:8)
  • German peasants were required to give their feudal lords a payment of honey and beeswax.
  • Europeans brought the European Honeybee to America in 1638. The Native Americans referred to the honeybee as the “White Man’s Flies,” because wild swarms always preceded the arrival of the white man.
  • Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 lb. of honey.
  • Bees have to fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 lb. of honey.
  • On average a worker bee will make 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • Two tablespoons of honey would fuel a honey bee flying once around the world.
  • Honey bees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.

 

Fun Ways to Celebrate National Honey Bee Month:

Danielle’s Place offers several simple art projects for younger aged children.

 

Here We Are Together shares a wonderful tutorial on Beeswax Lanterns.

 

Mother Earth Living gives simple instructions to create your very own Lavender Beeswax Hand-Cream

 

How about a Honey Taste Test?  This is a wonderful activity to do with your co-op group.  Let the kids try the honey on bread or on a teaspoon. You can also use the honey in a recipe for cookies, bread or other baked goods. Another option is to bring in a honeycomb for the kids to inspect and try. Check with your local beekeepers and find out types of honey they carry; they might even offer a taste testing class. (Yeah Field Trip)

Here’s a list of the most common US Honey

Following is a look at some of the most common U.S. honey floral varieties. To learn more about available types of honey in your area, contact a local beekeeper, beekeeping association or honey packer.

ACACIA
Acacia honey is very pale. In its pure form it may be as clear as liquid glass. It has a mild, sweet, floral flavor and is a popular honey variety. It is a good choice for mixing with beverages and for cooking, because it mixes well with liquids and sweetens with a mild flavor.
ALFALFA
Alfalfa honey, produced extensively throughout Canada and the United States from the purple blossoms, is light in color with a pleasingly mild flavor and aroma.
AVOCADO
Avocado honey is gathered from California avocado blossoms. Avocado honey is dark in color, with a rich, buttery taste.
BLUEBERRY
Taken from the tiny white flowers of the blueberry bush, the nectar makes a honey which is typically light amber in color and with a full, well-rounded flavor. Blueberry honey is produced in New England and in Michigan.
BUCKWHEAT
Buckwheat honey is dark and full-bodied. It is produced in Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as well as in eastern Canada. Buckwheat honey has been found to contain more antioxidant compounds than some lighter honeys.
CLOVER
Clover honey has a pleasing, mild taste. Clovers contribute more to honey production in the United States than any other group of plants. Red clover, Alsike clover and the white and yellow sweet clovers are most important for honey production. Depending on the location and type of source clover, clover honey varies in color from water white to light amber to amber.
EUCALYPTUS
Eucalyptus honey comes from one of the larger plant genera, containing over 500 distinct species and many hybrids. As may be expected with a diverse group of plants, eucalyptus honey varies greatly in color and flavor but tends to be a stronger flavored honey with a slight medicinal scent. It is produced in California.
FIREWEED
Fireweed honey is light in color and comes from a perennial herb that creates wonderful bee pasture in the Northern and Pacific states and Canada. Fireweed grows in the open woods, reaching a height of three to five feet and spikes attractive pinkish flowers.
MANUKA
Manuka honey, primarily produced in New Zealand, is used as a natural product both internally and topically on the skin. The bees gather nectar from the flowers of the Manuka bush, which is indigenous only to New Zealand. The honey making process is enriched by the pollution free environment of New Zealand.
ORANGE BLOSSOM
Orange blossom honey, often a combination of citrus sources, is usually light in color and mild in flavor with a fresh scent and light citrus taste. Orange blossom honey is produced in Florida, Southern California and parts of Texas.
SAGE
Sage honey, primarily produced in California, is light in color, heavy bodied and has a mild but delightful flavor. It is extremely slow to granulate, making it a favorite among honey packers for blending with other honeys to slow down granulation.
TUPELO
Tupelo honey is a premium honey produced in northwest Florida. It is heavy bodied and is usually light golden amber with a greenish cast and has a mild, distinctive taste. Because of the high fructose content in Tupelo honey, it granulates very slowly.
WILDFLOWER
Wildflower honey is often used to describe honey from miscellaneous and undefined flower sources.
HONEY BLENDS
While different types of honey are available, most honey, especially honey supplied in bulk, is blended to create a unique and consistent taste and color.

 

Honey Recipes:

Pumpkin Honey Bread

In large bowl, cream honey with butter until light and fluffy. Stir in pumpkin. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated. Sift together remaining ingredients. Stir into pumpkin mixture. Divide batter equally between two well-greased 9 x5 x 3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let loaves cool in pans for 10 … [read full recipe below]

Yield: 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 1 cup – honey
  • 1/2 cup – butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 can (16 oz.) – solid-pack pumpkin
  • 4 – eggs
  • 4 cups – flour
  • 4 teaspoons – baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons – ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons – ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon – baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon – salt
  • 1 teaspoon – ground nutmeg

Directions

In large bowl, cream honey with butter until light and fluffy. Stir in pumpkin. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated. Sift together remaining ingredients. Stir into pumpkin mixture. Divide batter equally between two well-greased 9 x5 x 3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let loaves cool in pans for 10 minutes; invert pans to remove loaves and allow to finish cooling on racks.

Spiced Honey Echinacea Cooler

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add tea bags, cinnamon, and cloves ; let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon and cloves and stir in honey and lemon juice. Place in refrigerator until chilled (approx. 1 hour). Pour over ice and garnish with fresh lemon slices. *May substitute chamomile tea for the Echinacea tea.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 – Echinacea tea bags*
  • 4 – cinnamon sticks
  • 20 – whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup – honey
  • 1/4 cup – fresh lemon juice

Directions

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add tea bags, cinnamon, and cloves ; let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon and cloves and stir in honey and lemon juice. Place in refrigerator until chilled (approx. 1 hour). Pour over ice and garnish with fresh lemon slices. *May substitute chamomile tea for the Echinacea tea.

Tip

Variations: Add 1 Tablespoon orange juice to each glass. Add 2 Tablespoons rum or whisky to each glass for a “spiked” version.

 

Fresh Tomato Chutney

Cut tomatoes in half and squeeze to remove most of the seeds and juice. (This may be done quickly on an orange juice reamer.) The juice may be used in sauces or soups. Cut tomatoes into small pieces and place in medium saucepan with honey, cloves and basil. Cook, uncovered, over low heat until thick, about 40 to 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add salt to taste. Chill. Makes 4 1/2-cup … [read full recipe below]

Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. – tomatoes
  • 1 cup – honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon – cloves
  • 2 teaspoons – basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon – salt, or to taste

Directions

Cut tomatoes in half and squeeze to remove most of the seeds and juice. (This may be done quickly on an orange juice reamer.) The juice may be used in sauces or soups. Cut tomatoes into small pieces and place in medium saucepan with honey, cloves and basil. Cook, uncovered, over low heat until thick, about 40 to 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add salt to taste. Chill. Makes 4 1/2-cup servings.

 

All recipes courtesy of http://www.honey.com/recipes

I hope you enjoy National Honey Bee Month and take this chance to learn more about this AMAZING insect

 

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Geeky Educational Link-Up Last Weeks Favorites:

The Homeschool Scientist September Science Calendar has a myriad of wonderful Science experiments and more!

 

Meagan’s post on Dr. Geek’s Lab; great for the science lover in your home.

 

Benoit Academy shared a super fun post on Glow and Dark Science.

 

My esteemed co-hosts

Meagan from More Than A Coupon Queen

Dawnita from Fogelman Forerunner

Jess from Benoit Academy

Jodi from NY Homeschool

Adelien from Blessed Learners

Marie-Claire from Quick Start Homeschool