On a trip to Cracker Barrel for breakfast I discovered this honey stir stick
and was suddenly inspired to make some of my own. After all, I prefer to avoid corn syrup when possible and this would be the perfect addition to some fall packages for my friends and family.
Making these sticks IS INCREDIBLY EASY! however, my first attempt was an EPIC FAIL..because I followed some bad bloggy instructions. Nevermind that though! I’m going to share with you the EASY! and FUN! way 🙂
You will need some Honey. GLORIOUS GOLDEN HONEY..I know a local beekeeper and so I went with a local honey which is rich and full of flavor.
Place some honey in a saucepan and heat it on medium heat till your candy thermometer reads 300 degrees which takes about 15-20 minutes. You can start by heating just 1 cup of honey which can yield about 16-24 sticks depending on size.. mine are about 1.5 inches. Make sure to stir the honey frequently this will keep it from boiling over. Once your honey reaches 300 degrees let it cool for 2-3 three minutes. By letting the honey cool it makes it easier to drizzle the honey in a circular motion over the lolli sticks.
And it is that SIMPLE! heat, stir, drizzle, and VOILA! ENJOY! you can decorate the sticks with craft stickers and wrap.. that’s the FUN part! and the BEST PART is You can pick your favorite tea or coffee and share with a friend. AFTER ALL NOTHING SAYS FRIENDSHIP LIKE TEA & FUZZY SOCKS 😀
Stay Creative ❤
P.S. If you are worried about the honey destroying your pan… don’t freak out.. I used a non stick saucepan and once I was done making the lolli’s I added some water to the pan and reheated it for a few minutes..by doing this the honey cleaned out of the pan with no problems..
I recently traveled to the beach with some friends we joked about the sand flies and wondered about what it was like to be eaten alive……while Sand flies are not mosquitoes they are just as irritating..So we all jumped in the water to save ourselves. Later we stopped to admire the dunes and tumbled upon some incredible blooms. BEHOLD! The splendid FIREWORKS of September. The indian blanket flower otherwise known as Firewheel was scattered throughout the dunes like beach blankets.
The gorgeous fiery discs love sandy soil and do well in the south with fall approaching I hope these flowers inspire you! they would be a wonderful addition to a wildflower meadow to aid the bees. Also, Firewheel is an annual that tolerates heat and dryness and it can be planted in the fall.
P.S. when visiting the beach, always bring vinegar .. just in case you bump into some jelly fish…vinegar will sooth the sting.