We have much to report: the 1st birthday of our youngest beekeeper, the opening of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, the arrival of July … but first, an announcement:

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We hope you’ll stop by and see us!  Please call Courtney at 406-544-2818 or email sales@glaciercountyhoney.com with any questions.

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We’ll keep this short, and sweet, of course.  Now through midnight MST on Cyber Monday 2013, any order placed on http://www.glaciercountyhoney.com will receive a FREE gift pack of raw honeystix – 20 stix plus a Glacier County Honey sticker!

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In addition to the gift pack, any order over $25 will receive a FREE Glacier County Honey Co. beeswax ornament.

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Thank you for your support, on Cyber Monday and throughout the year.

And remember, our website will calculate your order and email you an invoice that may or may not be correct, depending on discount codes, in-state v. out of state shipping, etc — hang tight and we’ll email you a 2nd invoice that will be correct, and will allow you to pay via credit/debit/check.  As always, please call us with any questions: 406-544-2818.

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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!

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If you’d like one of these candles — our runaway bestseller in 2013! — just add one to your shopping cart on www.glaciercountyhoney.com.  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 sales@glaciercountyhoney.com 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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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

Ingredients:

1 c Glacier County Honey

1 c natural peanut butter,

3 c old fashioned oats

 Directions:

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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We’re done!

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The warm room is empty once more.

All the honey is pulled, extracted, and ready for your enjoyment.

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Travis and Neil with just 2 stacks to go!

To head off some of your questions at the gate: yes, all of our honey is raw honey.  Yes, that’s the stuff that’s actually honey, the stuff that’s good for you, and the stuff that also is the tastiest.  What is raw honey?  Honey that has been handled respectfully and gently by the packer, in this case, us.

Raw honey is never superheated — superheating honey breaks down the delicate enzymes the bees add to it, i.e., part of what makes honey, honey.  Why do the big packers superheat it?  So it won’t crystallize on their shelves.  The Big Box Store wouldn’t be too happy if it ordered a million pounds of honey and had it go rock hard on the shelves, now would it?  So, crystallization, while annoying, is often indicative of honey’s “rawness.”  And crystallization is reversible — here’s our post on how we liquefy our crystallized honey.

Raw honey is never filtered — filtering honey removes pollen, wax, and other goodies that make honey, honey.  Why do the big packers filter honey, and sometimes send it through a diatomaceous earth filter?  Again, to cut down on that crystallization factor.

Honey is a super saturated sugar, so there’s not much that can grow in it.  There’s no reason to mess with nature’s perfection, so we don’t.

Happily for us, we live in the middle of nowhere (we love you, Pioneer Woman, but compared to us your ranch is in Brooklyn), in the midst of plants that make the best honey you’ve never tasted.  Mostly sweet clover and alfalfa, if you’re wondering.  As a result, our honey is mild, light, and sweet, of course, but not cloying.

There’s no difference in the Glacier County Honey Co and Chief Mountain Honey Co honeys.

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Chief Mountain Honey on display at Natural Grocers in Kalispell!

Everything for sale is this year’s crop and yes, we have comb honey this year!

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Ross Rounds are $15 each.

We welcome more of your questions, and your orders.  Check out www.glaciercountyhoney.com or email sales (at) glaciercountyhoney (dot) com for more information.

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Howard helped me pass out honey stix at Natural Grocers last week.  

We appreciate your support, and of course your business, more than you know.

And now, we’re going to say a few words of thanks for our harvest, and take a nap on our sticky couch ….

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Not sure where August went.

Maggie Rose and Howard, should you one day read this blog and wonder where the August entries are, I promise we fed, bathed, and loved you despite the lack of documentation.  Bills of lading, honey supers that made our scapulas groan, and endless sticky laundry defined August 2013, and there was little time for precious baby pictures.

Mama is sorry.

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We shipped plenty of honey, and are thankful for a good harvest.  Maggie was ever helpful, Honeydew was ever industrious, I was ever exhausted.

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Wait, we all were.

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But watching Maggie Rose and Howard begin to interact made the sleepless nights and backbreaking days worth it.

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Grandma Sarah came to visit and Maggie Rose and Howard were thrilled to have a constant play companion.  Maggie is currently obsessed with painting her nails — this amuses me greatly, as I only paint mine for weddings.  Sometimes.

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While Grandma was in charge, I snuck off for a girls’ night with Pseudo Sista and Natalie2.  We savored Twistas at Two Sisters and then soaked up the Many Glacier porch until it was long past dark.  I suppose I’m one of “those moms” who “needs” a break from her kids.  It makes me feel guilty — but then, what about modern mothering does not?  — but I return ever more appreciative of those tiny, if sticky, hands.  Thanks, Grandma.

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In late August, Howard’s 2nd month check revealed a baby who is finally over his jaundice.  We are relieved!  In light of everything else, jaundice is such a small issue, but after months of a daily mental litany of all the things that might be wrong with Howard, it provided a bone for me to obsess over, and that wasn’t such a good thing.

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Just before Labor Day weekend, Maggie Rose and I found a big patch of snowberries.  They’re beautiful, but their presence leaves no doubt that the first freeze will happen in a matter of days.

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I feel the same way, buddy.  First frost.  I’m not ready, either.

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2013 Fill Your Own Bucket Day Crew — not pictured, Chuck (who was watching Maggie & Howard) and the delightful Connie Olson

Thanks as always to our parents, our siblings, and dear friends who are helping us put Harvest 2013 to bed, whether you’re extracting honey, painting fingernails, or taking out the trash.  We appreciate you more than you know.

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We are pleased as punch to announce that Montana Coffee Traders, our favorite purveyor of caffeine, Mayhem bars, and delicious soups in Flathead County, is now using our honey in their kitchens, and selling our 1# bottles to you, too!

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Right now, MCT is carrying the 1# bottles at their Highway (5810 Hwy 93 S, Whitefish) and Columbia Falls (30 9th St W) locations, but it will also soon be available at the Kalispell (328 W. Center St) and Whitefish (110 Central Ave) locations, too.  Please, stop by for a fresh bottle and tell Montana Coffee Traders thanks for its commitment to local business and the highest quality honey money can buy.

And get us an Americano, with cream, and French Roast, black, to go.  Thanks!

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