Monday, September 03, 2018

Save The Bees Block #2


The second block pattern for the Save the Bees BOM is being released today. Are you signed up to receive your free pattern? Hop over to Jacquelynne's blog post for all the details.

Here is my version of block #2. You can see I used more of my carefully gathered bee fabrics in this block. I love the cornerstone squares cut from a piece of fabric my friend Debby found. I pieced the border blocks by machine, but the applique was stitched by hand. 
My leaves are very "organic looking", although I think they are a little more uniform than my leaves in block #1
I knew from making block #1 that I like the bee's flight trail stitching, so I hand stitched that with black floss. I stitched it a little too close to the seam, but I'm so glad it didn't get cut off when I added the border blocks!





careful orientation to get the angle just right

When you are making your version of this block, make sure you notice the very important link on page 1 of the pattern to take you to the tutorial to make Half Rectangle Triangle units (or click here to read and learn). 
freezer paper templates to trim the block to the exact size



I have never sewn a block like this before so was very interested in Jacquelynne's technique. I carefully followed the directions and my blocks came out perfectly.

If you want to see more wonderful versions of the bee blocks, visit the Facebook group here. And add a photo of your block when it's finished... we love to see all the creative variations!


Be sure to visit the list of featured bloggers and enter the draws to win this month's prize. What can you win? Each blog has a draw to win a copy of the Carpenter's Apprentice pattern (courtesy of EvaPaige Quilt Designs) and the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers (courtesy of New Leaf Stitches). 

Here's the list of featured bloggers:
To enter my draw just scroll to the end of this post, click where it says 'comments' and tell me how often you eat honey? Are you a daily user or an infrequent user? Do you put it in your tea? In your baking? On your yogourt, cereal or oatmeal?

There will be one prize per person per month, and the draw will close on September 9th. Congratulations to my draw winner last month who was Suzanne (commenter #19)! 
Good luck to everyone entering this month's draw!

Draw is now closed... the winner is commenter #98 ...congratulations to Anita!

142 comments:

  1. As I sit here sipping some hot water with lemon and honey for my dry scratchy throat.
    The block looks lovely.

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  2. Yea, Block 2. Your fabrics are perfect for this quilr. Thanks for the Giveaway .

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  3. I rarely eat honey anymore as I am on a low carb diet lifestyle. Love the taste of honey though, straight out of the bottle, on to my spoon, and into my mouth!

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  4. I love honey and use it mostly in tea or on hot cornbread.

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  5. Beautiful block! I have honey on toast about 3 times a week.

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  6. I am an infrequent eater of honey, however, I often substitute honey for sugar in my baking.

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  7. Lately, quite often because I was given some local honey from a friends hives. It is delicious!

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  9. I use honey when I make bread. I use it in place of sugar.

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  10. I use honey in my oatmeal, and I take teaspoons of it for my allergies.

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  11. I eat honey only rarely. I need to eat it more often cause I know it is healthy for you.

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  12. I eat honey on my toast, about once a month. More in the fall and winter months.

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  13. I eat honey in my peanut butter and honey sandwiches at least once a week.

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  14. Love your fabrics! I put honey in my coffee every morning! Thank you, Susan

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  15. I like the bee fabric. And I like your fabric colors you have selected. Well done. I have saved the patterns thus far.

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  16. I eat honey when a recipe calls for it, like in my homemade granola bars.

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  17. I use honey once in awhile, definitely on flaky biscuits! Your fabrics are perfect for this quilt!

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  18. I REALLY ENJOY MY PEANUT BUTTER AND HONEY TOAST A LEAST TWICE A WEEK. ENJOYING YOUR BLOG .
    hjrogers@sympatico.ca

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  19. I like to put some honey in warm milk at bedtime. It is more relaxing for me than chamomile tea. Do use honey on biscuits, toast, in baking and in tea.

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  20. I make a dessert called kuchen which has warm honey drizzled over the top of whatever fruit and nuts I add on top of the dough....yummy when eaten warm, just out of the oven. Nice bee block!

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  21. Honey goes in my tea every time i brew a mug. Also great for soothing a sore throat in teh winter.

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  22. Well, when I have honey in the house, which is not as often as i should, i would put it in my tea and in my oatmeal and maybe i might just have a teaspoon full :-)

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  23. Every time I get a cold, I make lemon and honey tea, as my grandmother taught me. Not to mention loving honey in my herbal tea. Thanks for your blog!

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  24. I love honey and unfortunately I am diabetic and honey raises my numbers 😔. I use to put honey on my maple nut ice cream, used it in baking, and my teas!!

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  25. I love honey but don't eat it as much as I should.

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  26. I love honey and use it in my tea or whenever my husband makes biscuits.

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  27. My husband makes mead (honey wine) and it is so good. It takes him 4 or so years to make it. but it is so worth the wait.

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  28. I have a few recipes that use honey, but that's about it.

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  29. I only use honey in my baking recipes. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  30. I use honey in my tea every day.

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  31. Oh love all the bee fabrics.....I use honey alot...when I was in college my friends husband worked summers with his parents on the family bee farm...so honey this honey that has been a mainstay at our home....

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  32. i rarely eat honey. I use it for a sore throat when i am sick

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  33. I am an infrequent user of honey. While traveling during pollen season I have used local honey to help with my allergies.

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  34. I use honey occasionally in my morning tea or on cereal.

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  35. I use honey instead of sugar in everything.
    grandmafdaly@yahoo.com

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  36. I have to say I'm not a big user of honey but I really love your bee fabric

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  37. I don't use honey on a regular basis, but when my blood sugar drops too low, I grab a piece of bread with honey smeared on, and it helps my blood sugar levels increase to a safe level. Honey is a life saver for me.

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  38. I love love love honey! I replace sugar with honey often. I also like to make honey butter.

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  39. I mostly use honey in baking. I will have a hot drink with honey and lemon when I have a cold. I must try it on oatmeal this winter. Your block looks great! I like the bee trail done in stitching too.

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  40. Great block. You can't beat a bit of honey on toast for breakfast everyday 🍯 😍

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  41. I enjoy honey occasionally in my tea or on oatmeal. I do like it in yogurt and I love lotions and other skin/hair products that smell like honey!

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  42. The earthy tones in your block are very nice! I like peanut butter and honey, as well as, honey in my hot toddy during cold season but overall am an infrequent user of honey. As a life long calorie counter, I tend to forgo simple sugars as much as my will power allows. When I do permit myself a sweet indulgence, chocolate rules!

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  43. I like your fabric choices! I have honey every morning with my over night oats and fruit....yum!

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  44. I don't eat honey very often, but it is a great sweetener in my bourbon cocktails! ljbisme at msn dot com

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  45. Use honey infrequently in baking.

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  46. I don't use honey very often. I use it mostly in baking when I do use it.

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  47. I don't use a lot of honey. I bake with it when I do.

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  48. I would say I am an infrequent honey user as I only have some just a couple of times a month as a special treat on warm biscuits or English muffins. dquilterguy48329 (at) prodigy (dot) net

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  50. I love honey on toast & bake with it frequently.

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  51. I Eat Honey about 4 times a week I love it and I also use it one sores or bites to help them heal. I've even used on my dogs when they are itching!

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  52. I use honey in my tea before going to bed and during my sewing. I am going to double up on my use of honey and maybe I WILL WIN!!

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  53. I like honey in my tea. I also bake dog treats for my Griff, and use honey as a sweetener there

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  54. I only use Honey in my tea during cooler weather

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  55. I don't use honey very often. I do enjoy it on peanut butter toast.

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  56. I use local honey everyday ... a teaspoon with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar!! :)

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  57. I don't eat Honey unless it is in a recipe.

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  58. Great choice of fabrics. We love honey and use it quite frequently. We have kept bees in the past too.

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  59. I use local raw honey in my morning tea with apple cider vinegar. It is my go to sweetener for baking. Love your block!

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  60. a couple of times a week--in my plain yogurt

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  61. A few times a week, on oatmeal, toast, or french toast and in tea.

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  62. I had the same issue with my bee's "trail" on Block #1! I was holding my breath as I stitched up the sides as I sure didn't want to rip it out! I'm not much into honey, but I will take a teaspoon of local honey when my allergies flare up...it really helps!

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  63. Usually I am a daily user of honey, but I am out as of now. I buy my honey from a local Amish store, and just haven't had the time to visit them.

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  64. I don't eat much honey - occasionally on sopapilla's!

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  65. Hi Kathy,
    I am an infrequent user of honey, sometimes in my tea and in baking.

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  66. I use honey infrequently, but I love it and try new tastes of honey when I am abroad

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  67. I use local honey a lot. I use it in anything from yogurt to baked goods & carrots.

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  68. I use honey often, in my tea or on toast. I especially like to use crystallized honey on my toast because it helps it stay put and not run off the edge. I’ve been using the honey from my sister’s hive and my daughter gave me a quart of honey from our local farm stand.

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  69. I like the yellow in your block--cute! I use honey every day in my first cup of tea. I love it on toast, English muffins, and cornbread too, but don't have those as often as my tea. Honey is great for coughs too--a spoonful of honey works great for that. Thanks for sharing your block!

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  70. I dont use it all that often, but want to raise honey bees!

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  71. I love honey and the various flavours available, we use a lot of it.

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  72. Love honey, use it on tea and toast. Also on yogurt with a little bit of granola on top. It is very healthy, if you use your regional honey it can cure your allergies! Love your square!

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  73. I am fortunate to live with a beekeeper and have access to our extracted honey. I eat honey daily in my coffee. I add it to yogurt and sweet potatoes and use it in baking bread. I love it!!! And love this QAL!!

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  74. Thanks for sharing. I love your block and I love Honey on toast

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  75. My husband eats honey on toast but I don't eat honey.

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  76. My husband brings me coffee every morning sweetened with honey.

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  77. I try to eat raw honey daily. I buy quarts of honey from a bee farmer. When I was little, my grandparents had a bee farm so raw honey was a staple.

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  78. I have eaten honey all my life but more now than ever.

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  79. Love your block and I love how each one is so different.

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  80. Sorry to say, I don't use honey that much.

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  81. I love peanut butter and honey sandwiches but do not indulge as often as I would like to. I liked the color selection for your block... great fall colorway.

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  82. I eat honey everyday! Fortunately, I have a bee farmer that shares!

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  83. Oh dear, you might have asked the wrong question for this Queen Bee!! :-) I am the owner of a small family business, called Aunt Bee’s Honey Et Cetera Shop. I don't outright eat honey all that often, but I'm around it a lot & I cook with it more than sugar, & I drink more honey than I should probably admit!! :-)
    We sell an all natural drink made with Kansas honey, & I love every flavor available! Tropical Citrus, Berry Rain, Raspberry Green Tea, Peach Green Tea, & Apple Green Tea.
    The local company that makes these drinks is called RevHoney, & we were among the very first to sell their drinks when they came out in 2009!!

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  84. To tell the truth, I am not a fan of the taste of honey, but I do use in baking when called for. I am, however, fascinated by bee hives, honey production and the thought that a pint sized insect can make something like that! I also plant bee loving flowers because I know the importance of saving the bees!

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  85. I love honey but do not eat it on a regular basis. Great in tea with lemon if I'm having a sore throat. Also love honey on a warm buttered biscuit! Yum!

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  86. I am an occasional user. I put it on bread mostly.

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  87. I am a rare user of honey. Although I love it on toast!

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  88. I seldom use honey, but I do like it mixed with peanut butter!

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  89. I drink honey every morning as I mix it with apple cider vinegar.

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  90. I rarely eat honey, but I love to watch the honey bees buzz from flower to flower in my garden.

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  91. I am a new beekeeper and love honey and the bees!

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  92. I'm glad I was inspired by you to do this quilt, it's going to be beautiful. I mostly use honey in my cooking, by once in a while on some toast

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  93. It's a beautiful block. I love the golden/honey colors you are working with.

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  94. I do use honey. I like to buy our local raw honey and use it in hot tea and oatmeal. Occasionally I use it to bake with. rita_l_39212@yahoo.com

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  95. I am a very lucky girl because my best friend is beekeeper and her bees makes the loveliest honey I ever tasted! I use it in many things, also in dressings for salads. margrietluijendijk@gmail.com

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  96. I wish to be my own beekeeper for sure! I usually have it with tea every so often, much more when it is cold!

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  97. I use honey in a lot of my Instantpot recipes. I have planted lots of lavender in my yard to attract bees.

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  98. I use honey in my read recipe and I have tried it in tea

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  99. I absolutely love honey and will put it on almost anything. Tea and tea are my favorite. When I can’t sleep, I heat up warm milk and add honey for flavor. I go through a lot of honey and end up buying two or three jars a month.

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  100. I must admit I don't even have honey in the house. We have bees in the yard, but no honey.

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  101. I don't eat too much honey, but love it on cornbread!

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  102. Honey is the only sweet thing I use in my tea. My husband had bees and there is nothing quite like fresh honey.

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  103. some tims i put it in my tea, and once in awhile I use it in some of my recipes.

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  104. I don't use honey but I know it is so good for you.

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  105. We eat hunny all the time on everything... Esp. Breads!!

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  106. I used to eat honey quite a bit but I am trying to cut out sugar in my diet so not so much anymore.

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  107. I only use honey on a rare occasion. It's just never been something I liked that much.

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  108. I only eat honey about once a month.

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  109. Ooooh, I have honey almost daily in my tea. I have a few friends that are bee keepers so I am able to purchase it directly from them.

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  110. I use honey infrequently, mostly in baking and meal preparations

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  111. I use honey mostly for cooking and for burns. I sometimes take a spoonful when I want something sweet.

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  112. I rarely use honey unless a recipe calls for it.

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  113. I use honey frequently in my herbal teas or on toast. I also love it with lots of butter on my cornbread!

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  114. We keep bees on our farm and also sell our honey at local farmers markets, so honey is a daily staple at our house!!

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  115. I sweeten my tea with honey, so I use honey more often in the colder months. I do put it on yogurt, so that's an off and on thing, as I tend to go in phases with that treat.

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  116. Honestly? I never eat honey, except when it's used in some bakery for example.

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  117. I eat Manuka honey before every meal; it's suppose to help with digestion system. My son also has bee hives, so i try to cook and bake with honey whenever possible.

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  118. I used to buy it by the gallon to use in making bread but I cannot eat that bread anymore. Now it is used as a treat in tea or on cereal.

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  119. My husbands grandfather used to keep bees. He gave us raw honey still in the comb. We would put it in a large container and eat it as it dripped from the comb. Yum!

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  120. This may sound strange but I have never liked the taste of honey. I have used it in baking.

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  121. I love love honey, and i'm a daily user!

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  122. i love honey on my cornbread. i do use it in cooking sometimes

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  123. I'm an infrequent eater of honey at the moment, however I enjoy it mixed with butter and put on biscuits!! Yummmm Biscuits are more cold weather baking!!

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  124. I have used honey in baking, just to eat from a spoon, and lately I add it to my turmeric latte before heading off to bed.

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  125. I like to use honey when I bake or sometimes a taste on a spoon. Lately I have been using it in my Turmeric latte before I go to bed.

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  126. I don't use very much honey, occasionally in my hot tea but do enjoy it on biscuits.

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  127. I love your question btw. I eat honey everytime I drink tea so that's almost daily. :-) Love your blog...just found it today.

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  128. I love fresh local honey! I eat it on biscuits and occasionally put it in hot tea.

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  129. I don't drink coffee, so my hot drink is tea with honey. Also you can't beat honey on a hot biscuit.

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  130. Honey!! we sell it where I work and it gets used daily during the winter in all hot teas! At home it gets used more for toast and baking but it also goes in my hot tea there too!

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  131. I probably only use honey two or three times a year. Love it on hot biscuits.

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  132. We have a honey pot on the table so we eat it lot. Had some today, yum.

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  133. I'm an infrequent user of honey, but when I have tea it's the sweetener I use.

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  134. I love honey and use it daily on everything that needs some. I drink a lot of tumeric tea and honey goes so well with it and basically every tea. I buy local raw honey from local beekeepers. I love your bee fabric!

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  135. I only use honey in herbal tea when I am sick which thank goodness isn't very often!

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  136. As a diabetic I don't eat honey any more. Loved it.

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  137. BBQ sauce, cold/sore throat and cookies.

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