November 2011


One year ago this week, Honeydew and I moved into the Warehome that we’d spent the summer, and to our surprise, fall and early winter, building.  It wasn’t finished, by any means.  Sunlight streamed through the gaps around the windows and doors, and we quickly ran out of caulk.  The propane radiant floor heat we’d been so excited about proved no match for -40, and a quick trip to Great Falls, two and a half hours south, had to be made for an enormous wood stove.  The cell phone booster didn’t work, so we had no way to take orders, via phone or via internet.  It was the start of the Christmas rush, I was about four months pregnant, Honeydew was preparing to leave for the California almond pollination season, and we were, despite the 45 degree temperatures each morning in our family room, incredibly happy.

Posing in front of our Warehome, November 2010.

And we still are.

Honeydew returned home just as the calendar switched over to May.  I waited for Maggie Rose’s arrival at my parents’ home in Whitefish, just minutes away from medical care, and Honeydew waited in the Warehome, caulking and patching and planning the next round of improvements.

And then it was summer, and the mad rush to get the supers on the hives, and then off, and extracted, was on, and there was no time to finish doorstoops or outdoor lights or the porch that I longed for.

And now it’s once again early Winter, and Honeydew and I are amazed by all that we haven’t yet accomplished.  And by how much we have.

The Warehome is grand in some ways, humble in others, but most importantly, she’s Home.

I wrote last year that I am glad that the Warehome kept Honeydew and I from being able to build our Dream Home right off the bat.  And I still am.  Each time I snap a picture of Maggie Rose rolling across our concrete floors in her walker, or bouncing in her jumper in the beeswax room, as I pour honey and candles, I look down the road and hope that one day she’ll be compelled by the story of how her Daddy and I got started in this industry.  I hope she’ll understand that Home isn’t created by wainscoting or oil rubbed bronze fixtures, but by the pile of Carhartt jackets at the door, the hand me down couch just right for napping, and a grandmother’s wedding china housed in any sort of cabinet, whether plywood or mahogany.

2010 Christmas Card.

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Now, y’all know we have the most fabulous beeswax Christmas ornaments around, including seven original molds made just for us by Great Falls artist Don Grant.  And y’all know we think that hanging all natural, made-in-the-USA decorations on your trees, wreaths, and chandeliers is just the bee’s knees.

And y’all also know that we offer gorgeous beeswax candles, with incredibly long burn times - try ninety hours on the Large Pinecone – that don’t release nasty petrochemicals into the air you breathe.  Beeswax actually contains negative ions, and when burned, those ions act as an air purifier.  On top of all that, when beeswax candles are poured with 100% cotton wicking, as ours are, they emit the same light specrtrum as the sun, which is easy on your eyes – candles poured with zinc cored wicks, as most are these days, emit the same light spectrum as an incandescent light bulb, which is a “disorganized” light spectrum, and harder on your brain.  Come on, y’all – it’s the holidays.  Bee kind to your brain.

And finally, y’all know that we offer beeswax blocks of all shapes and sizes, from 20# of single filtered wax for the candlemaker or soapmaker in your life, all the way down to 1 ounce bars of the triple filtered stuff, perfect for slipping into a stocking.  If you’d like to learn about the myriad ways to use beeswax, click here.  A bar of this stuff is just the thing for the do-it-yourselfer in your life, whether she’s a woodworker or he likes to make his own, all natural cleaning products.

We’ll be back to bees, babies, and babbling tomorrow – thanks for indulging us on blogging about our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals.

Ready to order? Click here.

Here’s the “fine print” – to get your 15% off, order by midnight PST on Monday, November 28, 2011.

If you pay credit/debit via PayPal (you do NOT need a PayPal account to pay in this fashion), we’ll refund you the 15% via PayPal after you’ve placed your order.

If you choose to pay via invoice, we’ll send you an updated invoice reflecting the correct total. If you would like to pay via invoice and are not an established customer, we do have to receive payment before we can ship your goodies – as usual, a few bad apples have ruined it for the rest of you honest folks out there.

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The way to save money on honey?  Use the larger sizes to refill our handy, vaccum seal, no drip 1# container.  Our 3# and 5# containers are 15% off today, in celebration of Small Business Saturday, and they’re just perfect for such refills, as they also have a handy squeeze top!

Five pound, Three pound, and One pound containers of the best honey you’ve never tasted.

Ready to order? Click here.

Here’s the “fine print” – to get your 15% off, order by midnight PST on Saturday, November 26, 2011.

If you pay credit/debit via PayPal (you do NOT need a PayPal account to pay in this fashion), we’ll refund you the 15% via PayPal after you’ve placed your order.

If you choose to pay via invoice, we’ll send you an updated invoice reflecting the correct total. If you would like to pay via invoice and are not an established customer, we do have to receive payment before we can ship your goodies – as usual, a few bad apples have ruined it for the rest of you honest folks out there.

Thank you for your business, and check back here for Cyber Monday deals!

2011.  Glacier County Honey Co.  All Rights Reserved.

Yup. You heard us right.

Order any one of our purty gift baskets before midnight Pacific Time today, Friday, November, 25th, and you’ll get TEN PERCENT off – each basket includes a pretty hive or honeybee notecard with a (short!) handwritten message from you to your recipient! Just use the comment box to let us know what you’d like to say, or, for multiple messages, just e-mail courtney (at) glaciercountyhoney (dot) com.

Worker Bee – $18, ships Priority Flat Rate for $10.95

All I Want for Christmas - $25, ships Priority Flat Rate for $10.95

Pining for My Honey – $35, ships Priority Flat Rate for $14.95

Queen Bee – $40, ships Priority Flat Rate for $14.95

Ready to order? Just click here!

Here’s the “fine print” – if you pay credit/debit via PayPal (you do NOT need a PayPal account to pay in this fashion), we’ll refund you the 10% via PayPal after you’ve placed your order.

If you choose to pay via invoice, we’ll send you an updated invoice reflecting the correct total. If you would like to pay via invoice and are not an established customer, we do have to receive payment before we can ship your goodies – as usual, a few bad apples have ruined it for the rest of you honest folks out there.

We hope y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that you’re enjoying deciding who to send the sweetest gift of all to over the holiday season. Thank you for your business, and check back here for Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deals!

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For (in)famous husbands.

For living in the shadow of mighty Chief Mountain, a place sacred to the Blackfeet Tribe, and to Honeydew and I, too.

For Margarets.

For California almond pollination.

For good summer help.

For damn good dawgs.

For siblings, and pseudo-siblings, willing to pinch hit for us when we are very pregnant.  And otherwise.

For Glacier National Park, our backyard.

For wild things.

For old friends.

For grandmothers.

For the lessons learned from those who’ve gone before us: it’s always a good time to sneak a cookie.

For power tools.

For medical professionals like Drs. Jennie Eckstrom, Mirna Bowden, and Judy Rigby, and the incredible nurses at North Valley Hospital and Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

For honeybees, of course.

And for blog readers.  Thanks again for being with us on this journey, this big dream of small business.  And love.  Happy Thanksgiving!

2011.  Glacier County Honey Co.  Some photo credits to Sanford Stone and Charlie Stone.  All Rights Reserved.

Did you know that if you order a gift basket from us, we will include a lovely honeybee or hive notecard with the handwritten message of your choice?

Hive

Honeybee

Well, now you do.

And wow, please excuse my unkempt fingernails.  In addition to near Babb being a mighty far piece from the nearest nail salon, crafting beeswax ornaments and candles, as I’ve been doing for weeks now, is awfully hard on hands.

Anyway, because the accolades on these gorgeous, premium cardstock notecards have been endlessly forthcoming, I thought I’d add them to website for individual purchase.  Or, if you’re sending a gift that’s not a gift basket, you’ll be able to add the card to your order, too.  $2 each.

Back to beekeeping and Maggie Rose soon, y’all.  Thanks for indulging us as we launch new products!  Perhaps we’ll sell enough for me to pamper my hands!

Also: check the blog and the website for special deals on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday!  And if you’re an established customer, you should be receiving a postcard with a special deal to use the 1st weekend in December.  If you don’t get it, just e-mail courtney (at) glaciercountyhoney (d0t) com and I’ll send you the code.  Thanks so much for your support!

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Mama Stone is our guest blogger today.

At Glacier County Honey Company, we’ll be taking a few days off this week to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends.

While a moist, golden roast turkey always gets top billing, this year we’ll be concentrating on some delicious side dishes featuring our favorite ingredient–HONEY.

Instead of mashed potatoes swimming in gravy or limp green beans drenched in soup and fried onions, why not try some healthy carrots glazed with soy sauce or a tart, good-for-you cranberry sauce? For a new twist on a Thanksgiving staple, consider using Honey Corn Bread in your dressing (that’s stuffing to everyone north and west of the Mason-Dixon Line).

When you’re giving thanks this holiday, remember the miraculous honey bee and all the hard work they do to provide us with one of the most wonderful things on earth, honey. According to the National Honey Board, honey is made in one of the most efficient facilities in the world, the beehive. The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough honey nectar to make just one pound of honey.

And for that, we are very thankful.

Honey & Soy Glazed Carrots

2# carrots, peeled and cut into 2-by-1/2″ sticks

2 tbls unsalted butter

2 tbls soy sauce

1 1/2 tbls honey

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil.  Add the carrots and cook until tender, about 8 minutes.  Drain.  In a large skillet, melt the butter.  Stir in the carrots and soy sauce and cook over high heat until the carrots are browned in spots, 2 minutes.  Stir in the honey and cook until the carrots are glazed, 2 minutes longer.

HONEY CORNBREAD

1/4 c honey

1 c buttermilk

1 egg

1 c yellow corn meal

1 c unbleached white flour

3 tbls butter, melted

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Beat together egg, buttermilk, and honey.  Mix together well all dry ingredients.  Combine all ingredients, including melted butter and mix well.  Spread into buttered 8″ square pan and bake for 20 min in 425 degree oven.

QUICK CRANBERRY SAUCE

3/4 c ruby port or marsala wine

1/2 c water

3/4 c plus 2 tbls honey

3 tbls red wine or balsamic vinegar

pinch white pepper

12 oz cranberries, about 4 cups

Combine the port, water, honey, vinegar, pepper and cranberries in a nonreactive saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat until the cranberries begin to “pop” – you will hear them.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 min, until the sauce is thick and the berries have burst open.  Allow the sauce to cool, cover and refrigerate.  Keeps for several weeks. Makes 3 cups.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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