The New Orange Bee

The new Orange Bee is getting so close to going live.  I miss planning, preparing, cooking, photographing and sharing recipes with you.  Fall is around the corner and actually feels like it here in North Carolina.  That means fresh picked mountain apples and pumpkins are filling the stalls at my local farmers markets.  I am so excited about my new look and not so excited about learning the ins and outs of operating the new blog but hey I’m up for it!

Today I am testing the site – bloglovin’…anyone reading this familiar with it?


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The Orange Bee

The Orange Bee is undergoing a change – for the better.  January will bring the beginning of my fifth year of blogging.  My time flies!  I continue to enjoy blogging and never tire of trying new recipes in my kitchen.  You will notice a bit of an absence as I am at the limit of new photos I can add.  I don’t find looking at a cookbook without any photos to be  much fun and I feel the same about reading a recipe on a blog without a mouth-watering photo to gaze at.  Please pardon the lapse.

The new look will be self-hosted (for those of you who blog – you know what this means) and allow for unlimited photos and slide shows.  I’ll be sharing my newest bee adventures and of course recipes.  You’ll notice oodles of recipes for empty nesters, left overs and tips for preparing and cooking food for two.  Of course I’ll continue to cook with honey and talk a bit about what we all can do to save bees.

The process takes time and patience.  I am so excited to share the new look with you, so come back soon to see the new and improved Orange Bee!  Meanwhile I’d like to share a few favorite recipes from Augusts’ past.


Here is a great way to use up the end of summer tomatoes we all love.  Heirloom Tomatoes




Harvesting Hatch chilies takes place in August.  I’m expecting a shipment to arrive here in North Carolina today, thanks to the great folks at Central Market, Ft. Worth.  This salsa is a great way to use the chilies as well as juicy summer peaches!
Harvesting Green Chiles in the Hatch Valley



If you have a bushel of fresh picked blackberries this is one delicious pie!  (no more room for a photo but trust me and click on the link)

With the kiddos headed back to school these Monster Cookies would make a yummy treat tucked in their lunch boxes or after school with an ice-cold glass of milk.  Sweet!  Again, click on the link – it’s a cookie, it’s fantastic!


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Watermelon Gazpacho

Please pardon me for not sharing a honey recipe today, I simply had to share one of my favorite summertime recipes. This cool and refreshing watermelon gazpacho takes the heat out of a sweltering summer day or evening.

Last weekend my man Dan and I made a trip to the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market.  With summer fruits and veggies in abundance we brought home all of our favorites.  Continue reading

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Friday Fun Facts – You Can Help


Whole Foods CampaignTheBee

I shop at a local Whole Foods because:

1. It’s convenient
2. I can buy organic
3. I can find local NC or SC produce
4. Signage tells me where my food comes from
5. They carry non GMO corn on the cob ( it is sweet and delicious – I’m hooked)
6. I like their campaigns about helping save bees

3 ways to Help at Home
Plant Flowers. Grow a mix of native flowers with different colors, shapes and bloom times. Blooming herbs, fruits and vegetables are good choices too!

Make Space. Preserve some brush piles and bare patches of soil to help native bees dig nests.

Go Organic. To help promote healthy ecosystems, choose organic foods for your table and organic seeds and seedlings for your garden.

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Honey & Chile BBQ Sauce

Honey & CHile BBQ Sauce

I’ve never made BBQ sauce like this before, but I totally dig making my own sauces, dressings, rubs, mops, etc.  I’d opened a can of diced tomatoes and used just a bit so I needed to use up the remainder of the can.  After looking at the left over tomatoes every time I opened the refrigerator for a couple of days, Continue reading

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Friday Fun Facts – Killing Bees In Your Own Garden

Indian Blankets - food for bees

Do you know that those beautiful, colorful flowers you are bringing home from your local nursery or big box store could be killing bees that might venture into your yard or garden at an alarming rate?  Much research has been done lately regarding a class of agricultural pesticide named neonicotinoids and the general consensus is that it is killing our precious bees at a very fast pace.  This nasty poison is hiding in seed packets and flowering plants that are readily available for you and me to pick up at our local nursery, garden center or big box store.

I found an interesting article here which will enlighten you to how you can prevent bringing home poison to our very important bees.  I urge you to read this bit of news and do your part to help save the bees!  Just remember every third bite of food you eat will be pollinated by a bee.  Ban neonic pesticides!


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Zesty Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Sugar Scrub

Here is a new one for ya’.  A recipe using honey that is a hand and body scrub.  With summer upon us we need to be sure and wear plenty of sunscreen but also to exfoliate.  I don’t know about you, but honestly I love for my body to feel soft and smooth as a baby’s butt.  Continue reading

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Friday Fun Facts – Bumblebee Stings


Today I was barefoot in the back yard moving around a few potted plants when I stepped on a bumblebee.  I got stung on the bottom of my foot.  I knew right away it was a sting!  Yeeeouch!  The bee was fine as she flew away after she popped me.  My backyard has quite a bit of clover in it and the bumblebees visit daily.  Usually I watch where I am stepping as not to bother or harm them, but I was moving a rather large plant and could’t see where I was stepping.  Ugh!

The good news is bumblebees do not lose their stingers when they sting and therefore they do not die.  Honeybees sting once, leaving the barb in who or whatever they stung and then they die.  You can imagine it makes me sad when a bee stings someone because I know that bee is going to die.

As a matter of fact bumble and honey bees don’t want to sting us.  Leaving them alone is the best way to assure that they “stay calm and carry on”, leaving us alone.  I got stung because my large foot was threatening this girl.  Honeybees sting when they feel threatened as well.  Swatting, flailing, screaming, jerking and such only irritate the bees as we must look rather crazy and therefore threatening to them.  We should follow the phrase “stay calm and carry on” ourselves and watch where we step to prevent stings from any type of bee.

My foot is a bit tender right where she got me but no biggie.  If you are stung, especially by a honey bee the first thing you should do is scrape out the stinger asap.  The longer it remains embedded in your skin the more venom goes into you.  Using a fingernail or credit card usually is sufficient to scrape it out.  Next using a paste of baking soda and water, an old wives tale, seems to draw out some of the venom, giving relief to the sting site.  Also OTC Benadryl creams and sprays are helpful in alleviating the discomfort.    IF you are ALLERGIC please seek immediate medical care – 911.

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Go Pupule & Blueberry-Pecan French Toast


closeToday I am diverting from posting a “honey” recipe to share my overnight Blueberry-Pecan French Toast recipe.  Blueberries are abundant this time of year and what better way to use them than in an easy crowd pleasing breakfast dish?

What you need to know about this recipe is; the proportions are perfect for a crowd, it’s thrown together one day, refrigerated overnight and baked the next morning, it’s quick to toss together and it is delicious.  Fresh picked, plump blueberries bursting with juiciness and crunchy pecans layered with sweet King’s Hawaiian bread.

Kings Hawaiian Blueberry-Pecan French Toast

12 ounces sliced King’s Hawaiian Loaf
5 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cup each milk & light cream
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
Powdered Sugar

Butter a 3-quart rectangular baking dish.  Place bread slices in the dish, overlapping.
In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, cream, 2/3 cup brown sugar, vanilla powder and nutmeg.  Slowly pour mixture over brad.  Press lightly with the back of a wooden spoon to moisten bread evenly.  Cover and chill for 8-24 hours.

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Sprinkle the blueberries and pecans over the bread mixture.  In a small bowl stir together the melted butter and the 1/4 cup brown sugar.  Drizzle mixture over the top.

Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes.  Let rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  (If using syrup use pure Maple syrup.)

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