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videos to delight in

April 5, 2013

Posted by in simple living

friends, today i leave you with four videos that have inspired me deeply this week. they have given me so much inspiration and helped me refocus my energy on living simply. the urge to homestead overwhelms me, and my hope is to return to it soon. see you all on monday! love, bonnie

honey harvest featuring sarah and david

garden by tiger jar

visiting trelawney farm

the art of making bread

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helt honey packaging design

January 23, 2013

Posted by in design

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i have a thing for honeycomb, and when combined with vibrant colors and pretty designs i fall in love. this packaging design by arhoj for helt honey is eye catching, fun and different. it makes me just want to pick it up and put it in my basket (marketing goal accomplished, helt)! with pretty typography, unpredictable stickers that seal and a beautiful website to boot, this company knows what they’re doing. i hope you can gather a little inspiration from it as i did!

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knekkebrød - crisp bread

happy monday, sweets! today i have the most delicious recipe for you! it comes to you from some friends we had the absolute pleasure of dining with, lauren and alan semple. when she served us this delicious knekkebrød i had to have the recipe. though i call these crackers, they are from scotland and call it knekkebrød, or crisp bread. i think that has a much more lovely ring to it than cracker. right?


knekkebrød - crisp bread

i served them with some local honey comb one day, and homemade hummus the next day. both were completely satisfying in totally different ways. here’s how to make them!


– 1 veggie bouillon melted in 1 cup of water (or 1 cup of veggie stalk)

-2 cups water

-1 cup dark rye flour

-1/2 cup oats – whole grain

-1/2 cup oat bran

-1/2 cup wheat bran

-1/4 cup flaxseeds

-1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

-1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

-1/2 cup sesame seeds

sea salt

knekkebrød - crisp bread


mix all of the ingredients accept the salt in a large bowl and stir thoroughly. it will be a messy wet dough. spread a thin even coat on a pan- using parchment paper is very helpful. use the back of a spoon to get it even and thin, it should make 2 or 3 pans full.  sprinkle with salt.

bake for about 10 min at 400°f. remove from the oven and slice with a pizza cutter. return them to the oven and continue to cook for about another 10 minutes. check on them towards the end to prevent burning, but a little browning is desired. lay them out on cooling racks until completely cool, then store in an airtight container.

knekkebrød - crisp bread

i think i made my first batch a little too thick, so don’t hesitate to spread it thin! you can also substitute several things in and out, especially for the various kinds of seeds. i have a feeling i’ll be making these often, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions! xox

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i love coffee {and honey}

March 30, 2010

Posted by in handmade

i love coffee. in fact, i’m sipping on my second cup right now.  and, i have to admit, i’m a sugar and cream kinda a gal.  the hub won’t touch my coffee as he thinks it’s nothing but a blob of sugary goo.  i’ve tried to drink it black, but i just can’t. you know i’ve been reading those beekeeping books?  there’s a point to this, i promise.

{coffee pot with wallpaper}

for now, i think the only think i got out of those (extremely) interesting books, is how good honey is for you!  i knew honey was healthy and that local honey would help your allergies but i had no idea that it had so many ‘healing’ properties.  there are all these studies showing how traditional beekeepers never get diseases like arthritis and the like, and they think it’s because of the honey and the bee’s stings.  i’m not saying go out and get stung (lol) but i am saying you should try to eat more honey!

for 1000’s of years honey has been used to help everything from skin conditions to digestion issues to diabetes and high cholesterol.  so, i thought i should get on this!

here’s what i learned:

– their are hundreds of health benefits to eating honey (here’s a start: honey)

– honey naturally contains so many vitamins and minerals!  niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid (b vitamins), calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc.  whoa!

– you should always buy local honey, especially to help relieve your allergies.

– buying organic honey is important!  many beekeepers put antibiotics in the bee’s water supply, which end up in the honey.  go organic!

– the darker the honey the more antioxidants it has.

so, what’s my point?  well, i’ve started using honey in my coffee instead of sugar.  and, it’s *delicious!!

how do you drink your coffee?

p.s. since i’ve recently been converted to the amazing wonderfulness of honey, you might find me ranting about it even more with some beauty and food recipes. stay tuned!

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