Queen Farina In The Kitchen

We have a love/hate relationship with Monday's. But spending time in the kitchen always seems to help make any day better. 💛 So this week share your favorite honey recipe and use the hashtag ‪#‎QueenFarinaInTheKitchen‬ and tag us on Facebook and Instagram so we can see it! We will pick one lucky winner to receive $10 store credit towards any Queen Farina product at the end of the week! The recipe can be anything that has honey in it, honey barbecue wings, honey roasted peaches, maybe a honey cocktail? It's all fair game! We are so excited to see what yummy recipe's are your favorite. The winner will be announced this Saturday, July 2nd! 

Discover Local Food: Utah's Own Commercial

We are so thankful for Utah's Own and all the hard work they go through to support local companies. They traveled all across the state of Utah to help tell the stories of local businesses, and show the people behind the products. And we are honored to be a part of this commercial with our honeybees! Check it out! 

Honey Apple Cake Recipe

Happy Friday loves! 
We thought we'd give you a new recipe to try today, and this honey apple cake is absolutely to die for! Who doesn't love a good dessert to kick off the weekend? You'll have everyone begging for more! I feel like this is the perfect cake for any occasion, and it's definitely one I'll be adding to my recipe book. Plus, it turns out just gorgeous! This is one you all need to try for yourself. 

Cake Ingredients: -3 large eggs -3/4 cup Queen Farina honey -1/2 cup white sugar -1/4 cup light brown sugar -1 1/4 cup canola oil -1 1/2 tsp vanilla -3 cups all purpose baking flour -1 tsp baking powder -1 tsp baking soda -1 1/2 tsp cinnamon -3/4 tsp salt -1/4 tsp allspice -Dash of ground gloves -4 Granny Smith apples: peeled, cored, and shredded   You will also need: -9 inch Bundt cake pan   Cook Time: 75 Minutes Total Time: 2 Hours Servings: 10

Cake Ingredients:

-3 large eggs

-3/4 cup Queen Farina honey

-1/2 cup white sugar

-1/4 cup light brown sugar

-1 1/4 cup canola oil

-1 1/2 tsp vanilla

-3 cups all purpose baking flour

-1 tsp baking powder

-1 tsp baking soda

-1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

-3/4 tsp salt

-1/4 tsp allspice

-Dash of ground gloves

-4 Granny Smith apples: peeled, cored, and shredded

 

You will also need:

-9 inch Bundt cake pan

 

Cook Time: 75 Minutes

Total Time: 2 Hours

Servings: 10

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 

 

Mix the eggs together in a large bowl, then slowly add in the vanilla, oil, brown sugar, white sugar, and honey. 

In a separate bowl, pour the flour. Then mix into the flour the cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and spices.  Add the flour mixture into the first bowl with the liquids and stir well until everything has been evenly blended. Then mix in the shredded apples. 

 

Pour the mixed batter evenly into a sprayed bundt pan. (Do not fill pan more than 3/4 full). Place cake in oven for 74-90 minutes. It’s finished cooking when the edges of the cake pull away from the pan and darken. If you’re unsure, insert a toothpick into center, if it comes out clean it’s done. 

 

Let cake cool for 10 minutes in the bunt pan, then flip it onto a flat plate to finish cooling. Then sprinkle 3 tbsp of powdered sugar evenly on top of the cake. 

And enjoy! 

Father's Day Deal!

Father's Day is almost here and we decided we wanted to celebrate with you! In honor of the upcoming holiday we are offering 20% off everything now until Friday! This includes our awesome Stache Wax and Beard Balm that would be a perfect gift for any man in your life. So you don't have to worry anymore about what you're going to give him for Father's Day because we've got you covered! You're welcome. Use the code FATHERSDAY20 at checkout to redeem your discount. Happy shopping!

Honey Roasted Peaches

We are going to be dreaming about these honey roasted peaches all Summer long my friends! They're the perfect treat to cure that sweet tooth, but they're only around 100 calories each so they're still healthy. I'll call that a win in my book any day! And what makes them even better is they're easy. Prep time is only five minutes and you only need four ingredients. When they're done cooking place them nicely on a dish and you have a refreshing dessert for your dinner guests, or a simple treat for a cool summer night. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Peaches
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Queen Farina Honey
  • 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • (You can also add flaked almonds for a little extra crunch)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut peaches in half and remove the pits. Place them on a baking sheet.
  3. Top each peach half with 1/2 Tbsp. Butter and 1/2 Tbsp. Honey. 
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon (and flaked almonds if desired).
  5. Place in oven for 20-30 minutes or until peaches are golden brown. 
  6. Let them cool and enjoy! 
Photos by Brandin Tumeinski

 

 

Adopt A Hive

So my sis and I are on the phone chatting AGAIN about how we can expand our apiary and do more for the honeybee population.  It's not like we can stick a box in our yard and hope bees fly in it.  Unfortunately we're not bee whisperers.  We had created The Bees Kneeds Campaign to promote and support the honeybee population, but it wasn't enough.  We needed money to build beehives, and purchase new packages of bees.  We discussed  the possibility of involving others to help us in our efforts.  And I have to report that the results have kept us buzzing (forgive the pun) ever since.

Our business started out, well, not as a business.  We had 2 hives, we watched YouTube videos, and took lots of pictures.  Our kids thought we were crazy, it's not the first time nor will it be the last...plus, they had a valid reason.  Most parents don't come home with 20,000 bees and a smoker.   

We grew up with an entrepreneurial father...I guess you could say it's in our blood.  Gina and I worked for him as kids stuffing envelopes and presorting mail.  When we moved to college we decided to start a small business of our own and loved working together. Our father passed away a couple of years ago and we needed that time to be together again. We've always been close and losing our father brought us even closer.

Deciding to own a beehive began as a way to teach our children about the importance of honeybees and nature which is something our father always respected and had a passion for.  After we posted our first honey harvest on Facebook we were overwhelmed with the number of friends and family that were interested in purchasing our raw honey.  Out of the 120 pounds of honey our first year we ended up with a single pound of honey for our families.

Our business developed from there and we have been able to enjoy the partnership, friendship, and love that our father was a great example of. He always taught us to remember where we came from. He believed in supporting the "Mom & Pop" shops and utilizing resources. We learned from him that supporting local and networking with other entrepreneurs develops long lasting friendships and successful businesses. 

Our honeybees bring us to a simple place with the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, teach our children, and provide the quiet time to dream big as our father taught us.


Cinnamon Swirl Brioche

So, a while back I came across a recipe from Barbara Bakes for Cinnamon Swirl Brioche. It looked crazy beautiful and crazy impossible.  I may be Italian, but my skills in the kitchen were nonexistent.  But I knew that if I had the courage to call up my dad in college to find out how to bake a potato in the microwave, then surely I could try something new. Not only did it look super dope, but it tasted that good too.  The best part....the brioche dough is made using honey!!

I made the recipe dividing it into mini loaves for after school snacks.  I was the coolest mom in the whole neighborhood for at least 10 minutes.

Since attempting this recipe I have spent many more hours in the kitchen baking anything I can dip in honey. Yeast has now become an ingredient on my shopping list and I've added several words like blanch, caramelize, scald, proof, and score to my vocab.  

Do yourself and your kids a favor.  Visit Barb for an epic after school party.                    

Honey Butter Indulgence

Nothing like a tub of honey butter along side warm biscuits straight out the oven. I call it intentional indulgence. Not the kind of indulgence like hiding in the closet eating your kids Halloween candy, but the kind that brings lifelong ingredients together to redefine the marriage between bread and butter.  And that my friends, is where the magic happens.  There are just some things in life that belong together.  Baked potatoes and chives, for example...or  peas + carrots and not sure how this one fits, but Sonny + Cher.  But above all these is my favorite...scones + honey butter. Moderation becomes an imaginary friend as I dip, dip, dip.  So today, we're setting aside our selfish tendencies for sharing secret recipes. Gina Farina's in the kitchen with her ghetto blaster bumpin'.and her honey dipper warmed up.   This recipe has a whoppin' 2 ingredients so pull up your sleeves and watch her whip...

First you take the dipper and you dip it, you dip it, dip it, dip it, dip it....
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HOMEMADE HONEY BUTTER

  • Add 1/2 cup raw honey to 1/2 cup softened butter
  • Whip honey and butter together at room temperature until creamy
  • Add a dash of cinnamon if you're feeling sassy!

Why Bee Suits are the New Black

Ok, so beekeeping suits are typically white, but the Queen Farina ladies are bringing sexy back and making bee suits the new black.   I've complimented my getup with leopard print rubber boots.  This not only camouflages me against the other wild African animals here in Northern Utah, but it also makes for some questionable looks from neighboring farmers. 

The fact is that bee suits are HOT, and not just sexy, but literally hot.  It's around 95 degrees outside during the typical beekeeping summer day and my hair is tickling my nose and stuck to my forehead with sweat.  I'll strip out of my bee suit in a soaking hot mess and think to myself "I make this look gooood!"  

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Tea Time Tassies

So we had the most amazing opportunity to enjoy our morning with Debbie from KUTV's Fresh Living.  It doesn't matter that our mom probably bribed the station with a pan of lasagna to invite us on the show...we feel like local celebs all the same.  

We were asked to bring a recipe using our raw honey.  As children, our Grandma Farina would make us Tea Time Tassies (similar to mini pecan pies).  It was a favorite recipe passed down from our grandma's cousin, Tessie Donadio.  It was a must for us to make these sweet treats using our honey.  And so we did....and our mouths rejoiced.

Here's our little claim to fame...it may be simple, it may be short, but we're cooler than we used to be.  Click here to see us in action!


Shake Your Honey Maker

The honey harvest is Christmas for beekeepers.  We don our suits, smoke the hives and get ready for a deliciously sticky event.  Over a few days we're busy de-capping, extracting and bottling our liquid gold.  We have much gratitude for our little ladies that have worked so hard this summer and we have been blessed by SO MANY unbelievable fans that share a love for raw honey like we do.  The support we have received from locals, family, and friends (old & new) has been overwhelming.  We are foodies at heart and proud to provide you with raw honey..  Thank you again...we are so appreciative!

Disclaimer: No honey chasers were involved in the bottling of our honey.

Disclaimer: No honey chasers were involved in the bottling of our honey.


Follow the Queens

It has been an unbelievable adventure as we've opened our doors!  Our website reveal has been a great success and we're looking forward to our Pre-Grand Opening giveaway on August 31st (psst....it's not too late to enter!!).  All the sleepless nights worrying over beekeeping, packaging, and design are paying off.  As a mother of five children, I've come to realize that sleep is overrated anyway!  We've come to accept that bee suits are the new black and honey never stops sticking. 

Thank you for following us on all of our social media!  It's great to see how many people love raw honey and have the same interest in health and honeybee preservation that we do.  We've even been contacted and followed on social media by a few famous folk...how rad is that?!!! 


7 Secrets About Honeybees

Okay, so these may not be secrets, but rather, not-so-well-known facts... Here we go:

1.  The drones (male bees) mate with the queen and then die.  Who needs them after they've done their job?

2.  After her mating flight, the queen never leaves the hive.  The worker bees feed her and remove her waste...until they remove her.

3.  A colony may contain up to 60,000 bees at once!

4.  Foraging bees drink nectar from flowers and store it in special honey stomachs where enzymes start breaking it down into simple sugars.  Once their stomachs are full, they return to the hive and regurgitate it.  Hive bees drink up the modified nectar and further break it down in their honey stomachs.  They later deposit the almost-honey nectar into cells of the honeycomb where it is cured and capped with wax.  Pretty cool!

5.  If the sister bees feel that their queen is failing them, or for some reason they dislike her, they'll kill her and produce a new one.

6.  The bees maintain a constant temperature in the hive above 90 degrees all year long. 

7.  Bees will produce a new queen by feeding a larva large amounts of a substance called royal jelly.  This develops a bee more fully for reproducing.

The Dance

Honeybees communicate through a dance named the "waggle".  They can communicate to their sisters as to where to find food, water or a new place to live.  The name?  Well, I guess the name can be more easily explained if you watch the dance on YouTube, but certainly there has to be something more sophisticated out there!  Many of our hives are under the direction of an Italian queen, cool right?  I think it's pretty rad that Italian women dance around in buckets of grapes while our lovely ladies dance around in their hives...all in the name of foodstuff.

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