Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Stamped on back:
Michigan Honey Boys, Box 5688 Homewood Sta. Pittsburgh, PA  
Phone Penhurst 1889

After working in the hives this week I got to dreaming about honey.  Dora already has one honey super I can barely lift. We didn't pull any honey off in the fall last year.  After all the swarming they did, we didn't want to leave them hungry.  For now, I've been buying local raw honey from one of my mentors - Thanks Jim!

My mom came across this little book in an antique store.  Copyright 1941 and accepted by the American Medical Association at that time.  It only cost 10 cents then!  We paid $2.

While I'd love to sell some of the girls honey, I am also looking forward to using some of the surplus.  Dad uses it in his bread baking, which is one of the reasons why he started keeping the girls.  I am dreaming of honey buns,  orange honey cake,  honey ice cream, but I think I'll start out with honey taffy!

2 cups sugar
2 cups honey
2/3 cup cold water
1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Boil sugar, honey and water to hard ball stage (288 degrees F.)  Add salt.  Put in buttered dish to cool; then pull until white.


Stephanie said...

I love honey! I like to just mix with water to drink. Now I am wondering how a orange honey cake will taste like. Must be really yummy. Both honey and orange are my favourites :-)

Sarah: wife, mother, beekeeper said...

This sounds really good!

sue said...

Orange honey cake sounds delicious!!

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

What and adorable book! and that orange honey cake sounds scrumptious!