Sunday, December 8, 2019

Honey of a Christmas - Book Giveaway!

Happy Holidays! I'm Wren Johnson from Nancy Coco's new Oregon Coast Honeycomb mystery series.  The first book in my Barnes and Noble exclusive series is out Dec 30th, 2019.

Isn't the cover cute? That's my best friend, Everett, on the cover. He's a Havana Brown cat who loves to go on walks on his leash. He also supervises in my store, Let It Bee, where we sell all things honey and bee related.

Living on the Oregon coast means we have lovely cool weather nearly year round and get to see whales and puffins when they stop by. It also means we have fresh fruits and berries from around Mount Hood and lot's of different types of honey.

My story is the tale of competition gone wrong and how I have to catch a killer to prove my innocence. You can pre-order the book here.

I have my own hive of bees and love showing kids and adults what a working bee hive is like. Plus, I love creating bee and honey products. Since it's the holidays, I thought I'd share my favorite hot coca and honey recipe with you.  So pick out your favorite mug and let's get cooking!

Honey Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons of unsweetened dark cocoa
2 pinches of salt
2 1/3 cup of milk (whole, 2% or skim depending on your diet)
1 cup of 1/2 and 1/2
3 tablespoons of honey
Whipped cream, red or green sprinkles, or marshmallows to top

Directions:

In a medium heavy sauce pan, mix the cocoa and the salt. Gradually add the milk and 1/2 and 1/2. Whisk slowly over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Add honey and stir. Pour into mugs and add whipped cream and sprinkles or marshmallows. (I sometimes add both when I'm wanting something descendant.) Enjoy! Makes 3-4 servings.

Hot cocoa is yummy when you're reading a great cozy mystery. My author is giving away an Advanced Reader Copy of Death Bee Comes Her as part of Killer Characters Seasons Readings giveaway to one lucky reader.

To win, leave a comment below telling me about your favorite honey recipe, along with an adapted email address so my author can notify the winner.

I look forward to hearing how you like your honey. Happy Holidays!


86 comments:

  1. Im 71... yet never used honey very often. Then a few years back, I found this wonderful recipe for yeast rolls with a honey garlic tha goes on just before putting in the oven...we adapted it to also use Parmesan cheese...and a new favorite was born. Since then I’ve actively sought out recipes that include honey....shhh..I don’t always share all my secret ingredients for those in this house that swear they hate honey. Since no allergies are involved...no worries! LaFonRC(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. I have a recipe for Honey Cinnamon Bars that is very good. Also a recipe for dinner rolls, similar to those served at Texas Roadhouse that has honey in it. Lastly, I've used a marinade that I use for pork chops that has honey in it. My Dad would allow bee keepers to have hives on his property and we'd get jars of honey as payment. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  3. I like honey in my tea. IT is very tasty.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. My absolutely favorite honey recipe has to be the cookie recipe my Mom made when I was a kid. I continue to make this cookie now – and often. It’s a favorite of all that try it and I’m often asked for the recipe. What I love about it is that the older the cookie is the better it gets. Plus it freezes and ships very well.
    Here is the recipe:

    Ozark Honey Oatmeal Cookies
    Ingredients
    1/2 cup Shortening
    1 ¼ cup Sugar
    2 Eggs
    1/3 cup Honey
    1 tsp. Salt
    1 tsp. Soda
    1 ¾ cup Flour, sifted
    2 cups Quick Oats
    1 cup Coconut
    1 cup Pecans, finely chopped or ground
    Directions
    Heat oven to 375 degrees
    Mix shortening, sugar, eggs, honey, soda and salt thoroughly
    Stir in flour, oats, coconut and pecans
    Shape dough into rounded teaspoon sized balls
    Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet
    Flatten with bottom of a glass dipped into sugar
    Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden.
    Immediately remove from baking sheet
    Yields: 5 dozen cookies
    Variations:
    Honey-Raisin Cookies: Omit coconut and substitute 1 cup raisins

    Thank you for the marvelous chance to win an Advanced Reader Copy of “Death Bee Comes Her”! Great cover and I can’t wait for the opportunity to read all about Wren and Everett.
    Kay Garrett
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Kay, you are the best this is amazing - Thanks!

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    2. You are more than welcome! <3
      2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  5. My favorite honey recipe is baklava with its delicious honey syrup topping. Happy Holidays and thanks so much for your giveaway!
    bobandcelia at sbcglobal dot net

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  6. My favorite honey recipe is for BBQ'd spare ribs...the honey in the BBQ sauce gives it a nice sweetness to contrast with the spice! Dawn Halverson jvb5two9 at gmail dot com

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  7. My parents raised bees years ago, before I was born, but we always had honey with everything when I was young. In desserts, on cereal, honey sugar candy. They still have big blocks of wax that they use too.
    Can't wait for this to release! My mom will love to read it.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. I like to mix equal parts spicy mustard and honey, add a little dill and then put it on salmon before I bake it.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  9. I love honey on my biscuits and cornbread, and my grandmother's cookies at the holidays.

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  10. Honey Garlic Chicken. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I mix honey and peanut butter and spread onto slices of celery. Kids love it this way
    jwisley(at)aol(doty)com

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  12. I love honey in my tea. And honey mustard on my chicken fingers

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  13. Roasted baby carrots... preheat oven 425, glaze with honey, garlic , olive oil, seasoning and bake in a pan about 25mins til tender.

    Thanks, mollie iemercedez@aol.com

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  14. I use it in my baked beans..vadershepard@embarqmail.com

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  15. I like to eat honey barbecue chicken.

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  16. I use honey in my walnut bourbon balls. It gives them a great flavor and is much better than corn syrup. Congratulations on the new series and Happy holidays! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I don't regularly use honey in my cooking. But I do like a good honey BBQ sauce.
    journeybound2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. My favorite way to use honey is on pizza believe it or not!! My dad's homemade pizza has always been my favorite and he finally shared his secret with me! He drizzles honey over the sauce before putting on the cheese! Not too much just a thin drizzly layer and it makes the yummiest pizza ever! I also love honey glazed carrots!! Savory honey recipes are my favorite!!! Thanks for the chance!!
    Reneemd513 at gmail dot com

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    1. Wow- thanks for sharing your family secret! Sounds yum!

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  19. I don’t use honey that much other than to make homemade honey mustard dressing—I use brown or Dijon mustard and honey, mixed to taste.

    Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  20. I don't use honey very often, mostly use it on biscuits. Looking forward to starting the new series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. I love to add honey to baklava. Thanks for the chance.
    Jess
    Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Honey to dip chicken nuggets in. Now I'm hungry for some. Lol honey in tea too.

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    1. I've not tried it on chicken nuggets. Sounds good!

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  23. Honey ginger tea

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  24. Taylor R. WilliamsDecember 8, 2019 at 7:18 PM

    I love honey - use it on peanut butter sandwiches, on waffles with powdered sugar and in a glaze for ham - made some lavender honey once and it was really good - thanks for the contest - trwilliams 69 (at) msn (dot) com

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  25. brownshannon74401@yahoo.comDecember 8, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Honey in my tea and when making honey biscuits

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  26. I love to add honey to my green tea.
    So good and so soothing.
    lindalou64@live.com

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  27. I've never been a big user of honey, but some of these suggestions and recipes sure sound yummy. jawdance@yahoo.com

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  28. I don't have a recipe for it, but I loved the honey garlic wings at the Little Wing Cafe in Ohio. Also honey in tea soothes a sore throat. nschwenkner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I keep it simple with honey in hot water. oohllala(at)aol(dot)com

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  30. I don't use honey in almost anything except for some kinds of biscuits and cornbread. If I have to add something sweet, usually use stevia. Would love to read this!! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot)com

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  31. I love honey in my tea, especially when I'm sick. Ths for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) com

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  32. I use honey when cooking and love it in my tea. Can`t wait to try your yummy recipe. ctymice(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Not a recipe as such but I do like honey on toast.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  34. That is hard, I love honey and cook with it a lot. I also check it, o make sure it is really honey. Too many fakes out there.
    So I think because of the season, I will let go of my Honeyied Cranberry Citrus Carrots recipe. It is a personal creation and mostly people just request it as bring your honey carrots.

    Honeyied Cranberry Citrus Carrots
    Ingredients:
    2 Pounds of carrots (approximately), washed, lightly peeled, and cut into rounds and half rounds of a nice bite size.
    (I am more likely to just give my carrots a good scrub and not peel them)
    A handful of dried cranberries - but if you have fresh - use those by all means (remember that they pop and squirt in the heat)
    4-8 fresh oranges - zest from 3 of them and juice from all - or you can zest some and use a spoonful of orange juice concentrate.
    A few fresh grinds of pepper (I use a mix with pink peppercorn and coriander in it)
    A pinch of salt (I use Pink Himalayan in this recipe)
    A healthy 1/3-1/2 cup of honey
    A splash of red wine if you want (Shiraz)

    Directions:
    Throw the carrots into a saucepan on higher heat, adding the orange zest and juice. Add some water and a splash of wine if you are using it. add the seasoning and cranberries. Cook on high long enough for it to come to a boil, you can reduce the heat or keep it on high, depending on your timing.
    Add the honey. Continue to cook. I like it when the carrots are barely cooked and still have some crunch. Others like it for them to be soft and almost mashable. You can make it, pull half out and cook the rest softer if you want to offer both. Or have babies.

    Variations:
    I used blueberry infused carnberries this Thanksgiving - they were a success.
    I have made batches with significantly more than 2 pounds. Honestly, we had less than a 1/2 cup of leftover carrots. So 2 pounds is for a small group, with little to no leftovers.
    For larger batches - You do not have to up the zest much, but you do want a good amount of juice.
    You can also use store juice from Trader Joe's or Simply Orange. Or even concentrate. Just tase for a balance, it should not be bitter and should be recognizeably orange.
    You can also add lemon zest if that is what you have.
    To zest if you do not have a fancy zester - peel orange with veggie peeler, lay peel out on cutting board and slice white stuff out of inside, cut thin strips of peel, then chop it a bit.

    The point is to have slightly gooey saucy carrots that taste like carrots, the honey brings out their natural sweetness, and of course you should taste the honey, the citrus, and bursts of cranberry.

    lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. I am still learning about using honey instead of sugar in my recipes. This is such a healthier way of life. Looking forward to
    reading Nancy Coco's book. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. I make honey cinnamon butter for holiday meals to put on the bread and rolls. Everyone raves about it.
    kkcochran (at) Hotmail (dot) com

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  37. I don't really have one. I do think honey is great with sweet rolls or tea. mcastor07(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  38. This is such a cute cover. My favorite honey recipe is: Almond Muffins 2 cups Almond Flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp sea salt 4 eggs 1/2 cup butter 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup water Preheat oven to 350 Grease muffin pan with butter or use muffin papers In sauce pan melt butter on low heat In bowl add almond flour, baking powder, sea salt Stir well In different bowl add eggs and whisk well To butter add water and honey Mix In bowl with eggs add butter, honey, water Mix well Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients Mix (at this point you can add blueberries, cheese, etc) Pour into muffin tins Only filling 2/3 full Bake for 17 minutes Let cool on rack
    If you make it hope you enjoy quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  39. I love honey on toast (as well as my kids). Basic, but good anajs95(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. I use honey in so many things, especially in my tea. Use it in baking, sometimes cookie and even my little dog has a cold I give him a teaspoon of honey. Thanks so much for the chance to read this book.

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  41. I like my tea sweetened with honey and drizzled on toast. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. use honey when barbecuing - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  43. Ooh, I love Honey Pecan Cheesecake! It's so yummy. A perfect holiday dessert. :) Thanks for the chance of wining an awesome book for Christmas. abileighreed(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. My favorite honey recipe is mixing a little bit of chocolate syrup into the honey before putting on my toast..its also yummy on fruit :)

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  45. My favorite honey recipe is mixing a little bit of chocolate syrup into the honey before putting on my toast..its also yummy on fruit :)

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  46. I love honey and butter on biscuits fresh out of the oven. I like the cover of your book and look forward to reading it. suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. I use honey in my tea and in baking. Thanks for a chance to win. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  48. I love honey on my oatmeal and I use it in cookies too..
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  49. I use honey in my tea as well as my gingered carrots.

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  50. Forget to put email. Saamm7(at)msn(dot).com

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  51. I love to have honey in my tea or on a biscuit. Yum. Katherinestamps (at) msn dot com

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  52. Thank you so much for the recipe, I had never thought of adding honey to hot cocoa. Congratulations on your new release. You are a new author to me and your book sounds wonderful. Will be looking out for it! ringo(at)hotmail(dot)com.

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  53. I have actually never tried honey. With all my allergies, it has always been better to be safe than need an EpiPen. I am looking forward to your new book. I just wish it was going to be available on kindle (I must have patience). Happy Holidays! Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  54. I like baklava soaked in honey. schmokercarol(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I really only put honey on biscuits and use it when I have a cold/cough. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  56. I use honey in hot tea, on toast, biscuits, pancakes, waffles etc. Thanks! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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