November 2013

Oh, the highs and lows of small business.  There isn’t enough room on the internets for the tales of joy and woe we could tell, so we’ll say this: despite the extremities, we couldn’t imagine any other life, and we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished.  On June 1, 2014, we will celebrate five years in small business!

To celebrate Small Business Saturday, we’re offering a FREE Honeybear Beeswax Candle (regular price: $12) with any purchase over $29!

honeybear candle

If you’d like one of these candles — our runaway bestseller in 2013! — just add one to your shopping cart on  When you check out, our website will e-mail you an incorrect invoice charging you for the candle.  Wait a little while, and we’ll e-mail you an updated, corrected invoice with credit/debit/check payment options.  If you have any questions, please e-mail or call 406-544-2818.

If you have other discount codes, feel free to use those, too.  We appreciate your support more than we can say as we look towards our 5th year.  Shop Small, y’all.

The fine print: must order $29 before other discounts in merchandise.  Offer expires at midnight MST on Small Biz Saturday 2013.  Don’t make Santa mad.  Etc.

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Today, the day after Thanksgiving, we are thankful for the internet, that allows us to be connected to the non-Babb world.  That was not the case yesterday, hence the lateness of this post.  But it’s always my favorite one of the year, and tardy or  no, here’s what Glacier County Honey Co. is thankful for in 2013.


Our healthy bees, of course.


IVIG: intravenous immunoglobulin


Beautiful babies born as a result of amazing human achievement in science, specifically IVIG and prednisone therapy for NAIT (neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia).


First introductions.


Three generations.


John Deere tractors.  Georgia peanuts, peaches, and pecans.  Not to mention Cotton.


July.  And all of summer.


Loving Dads, Great-Grandmas, and Grandmas.


Grandfathers willing to share even homemade peach icey-cream.




Business partners, friends, and mentors.


Adoring godmothers and uncles.


Damn good dawgs.


Risk taking.  It feels good.


Being in small business, the Made in Montana program and Moms/Nans willing to work for beeswax candles.


Ham biscuits and other culinary delights from Dixie.




Wild thangs in our backyard national park.


Wild thangs in our actual backyard.




The many, many nurses who touched our lives in 2013.  We salute y’all.






Life in a small town.


Friends willing to travel to that beloved small town.


Introducing our children to beekeeping.




First snow.


First smiles.


First friends.


Family.  ‘Nuff said.

We are thankful for your friendship, your mentorship, your business, and your love, in whatever capacity we know you.
May you have much to be thankful for as 2013 winds down. 

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Winter is here, and we now have enough snow for Maggie's first snowman! She is very attached to him and for once in my life I hope it stays cold enough for him to stick around. Forecast looks promising!

We are gearing up for the holiday season and getting the honey-candle-ornament workshop running at full speed. Watch for new gift baskets, chapstick, candles, and ornaments soon! And a few deals, too.

Also, Glacier County Honey Co. will ship through December 20th and then close for a few weeks of quiet family time. We will reopen January 13, 2014.

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For weeks now, Howard’s 3am feeding has left my soggy, sleep deprived mind slogging in circles around one burning set of questions: didn’t a customer email me wanting that peanut butter honey bar recipe we featured during Fill Your Own Bucket Day?

Did I accidentally delete the email?  What was his name?  Did he leave a voice message, instead?  Can I un-delete those?   Did Maggie delete them?  Was this on Twitter instead?  What about the blog?  Did he comment?  Did he like them?  Did I dream this up?

And so on and so forth.  I know y’all know about the 3am to do list.

Today, I had a moment to pull out my actual laptop, as opposed to my phone, and I looked at the Glacier County Honey Co. Facebook page, and there it was, the answer to the question that’s tormented me through many a baby burping session.  Here ya go, Ray Eklund:

(And for the rest of y’all, I can attest that these are super tasty and about as easy to throw together as it gets).

Nan’s No Bake Peanut Butter Honey Bars


1 c Glacier County Honey

1 c natural peanut butter,

3 c old fashioned oats


Melt honey and peanut butter in a saucepan, on low.  Mix in oats.  Press into a 9 x 9 inch pan. Cover and let set overnight.  Cut into bars and pack in wax paper.

These bars were eaten too quickly for any pictures … but trust us on this, they’re awfully good.

If you like honey recipes or you need inspiration on cooking with honey and replacing some of the refined sugar in your diet, be sure to check out our Pinterest Board: Eat Your Honey!

You can substitute honey for granulated sugar in many recipes – this is especially easy, and wonderful, in baked goods! Don’t forget to spray your measuring cup with PAM or some similar baking spray in order to easily release the honey from the cup. Reduce the amount of liquid that a recipe calls for by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey, add about 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and lower the oven temperature by about 25 degrees to prevent over browning. Honey is particularly wonderful in baked goods, as it seals in moisture with incredible results.

If your honey is crystallized, liquefy and get baking!  Here’s a recent post on How to Liquefy Crystallized Honey.

Bee sweet, y’all.

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