Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Recipe - Honey Balsamic Chicken

Minnesota Honey Company products are moving to Vinaigrette. What better way to kick off the partnership than with a recipe that uses honey and vinegar!

8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or 4 breasts
16 ounces baby red potatoes, halved
16 ounces baby carrots
16 ounces green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves (optional)

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a large bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and pepper.
Place chicken, potatoes, carrots and sauce mixture into a 6-qt slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, basting every hour. Add green beans during the last 30 minutes of cooking time.

OPTIONAL: Preheat oven to broil. Place the cooked chicken onto a baking sheet, skin side up, and broil until crisp, about 3-4 minutes.

Serve chicken immediately with potatoes, carrots and green beans, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bee kind to your skin - 4 tips for winter skin care

Winter weather is particularly challenging for skin. Transform your dry, chapped, cracked and rough patches with these skin care tips AND our January sale…..30% off all regularly priced beehive-based body care products in our retail store, from the following companies - Beehive Botanicals, Crow's, Savannah Bee Company, Welcome Harvest & Worker B - quantities limited:

These products contain valuable nutrients found in the hive; ingredients like honey, propolis, pollen, beeswax and royal jelly; natural healing and moisturizing properties. Ask for samples when you stop in.

Start your skincare regimen today:

1 - Determine which skin areas need the most helpIs it your face, hands, feet, arms or legs? Are the areas dry, cracked or infected? The types of conditions and areas affected will determine your next steps.

2 - Start with an appropriate cleanserChoose your soaps carefully; ones that will accomplish the task of removing dirt, oil, bacteria, etc. Facial skin will likely be more sensitive than the other areas, but again it depends on what you’ve assessed. It may be wise to use different soaps for different areas.

3 - Treat particularly affected areasIf there’s more than general dryness at stake, special attention may be warranted. Areas might include cuts, cracks, rashes and other sources of inflammation (i.e. acne, eczema). Choose the right product to address each area. Look for products with natural ingredients like honey, propolis and natural plant extracts that fight infection.

4 - Keep your skin moisturizedLow humidity can constantly deplete the moisture in your skin. Drink plenty of water and use an effective moisturizer on a daily basis - lips and skin.

Treat yourself and treat your skin with care. It will be worth the effort to reduce or prevent greater problems down the road. Let us know how we can help you select the right products for your skin.

P.S. Keep hands clean to prevent colds and related illnesses. Other seasonal favorites to stay healthy - Honey & Propolis Throat Relief
Propolis & Herb Throat Spray, Natural Honeys and Lemon Infused Honey for hot tea

P.P.S - Don't forget, we have an online store; Shop Online! Use the code BEESMART at checkout to get 20% off your total order. Good through 1/31/17.