When I was growing up, our parish priest kept bees. He was a very self-sufficient guy and did a lot of handy things like growing his own vegetables, doing repairs around the church, etc., but I always thought the coolest one was the beekeeping. My parents both taught catechism and several times, as their Christmas gifts from Father Zimmer, they received pieces of honeycomb with honey in it. They truly appreciated that thoughtful gift.
I haven't recently seen honeycomb, until I picked up Don Victor Honey at Walmart this week, which has a piece of honeycomb right in the jar. Don Victor is raw, filtered honey, that isn't heated or processed in any other way. I think that piece of honeycomb makes it extra special. Did you know that honeycomb can be eaten?? Yep, you can mash a piece right onto your hot biscuits, toast or pancakes. It won't melt, but it will become soft and aromatic. Definitely a treat!
While I don't have honey from my own bees to give as gifts like Father Zimmer did, I CAN give Don Victor Honey with that piece of honeycomb inside as a gift. As an add-on, I created this DIY Cupcake Pedestal Serving Plate. I made mine in a jiffy with a couple of pieces I picked up at Walmart, but you can give yours a vintage or shabby chic flair with mismatched pieces you pick up at the thrift store.
DIY Cupcake Pedestal Serving Plate
Glass or Ceramic Dinner Plate
Heavy Duty Glue Designed for Glass and Ceramic
Make sure your plate and candlestick are clean and dry.
Coat top of the candlestick with a layer of glue.
Place dinner plate on top of candlestick, making sure that it is centered.
Allow to dry until firmly set.
Storing honey in the refrigerator accelerates the honey’s crystallization, so always store honey at room temperature. On the kitchen counter or in a cabinet or on a pantry shelf is ideal.
Crystallization in honey isn't an indicator of spoilage, impurity, age or quality. It is simply a natural process of glucose sugar molecules aligning into orderly arrangements known as crystals.
If your honey does crystallize, just put the honey jar in warm water and stir until the crystals dissolve. Alternatively, you can put the honey container into near boiling water that has been removed from the burner.
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