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Return to Huckleberry Hill | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

Today I am reviewing Return to Huckleberry Hill, the seventh story in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by Jennifer Beckstrand.

 

If you’ve read any books from the Huckleberry Hill series, you have got to read this one!

Not only does Jennifer continue to amaze us with her wonderful stories with Anna and Felty, but each book adds new characters to the ones we previously met, and the surprises, along with twists and turns, keep us glued to each book!

Reuben Helmuth loves his grandmother’s cooking!  Or does he just love his grandmother…

And for whatever reason, he is unable to let go of what happened in Ohio. It sounds as if he has a wee bit too much pride — unusual for a plain man, I’m thinking, but it happens. And if you’re curious about what else happens, and how it all turns out, pick up a copy today.

OK, no more hints or clues… but let me assure you that you’ll love this story; it’s wonderful!

Happy Reading!

 

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Book: Return to Huckleberry Hill

Author: Jennifer Beckstrand

Genre: Inspirational Amish Romance

Release Date: May 30, 2017

When it comes to matchmaking, Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin’s unstoppable octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never seem to run out of opportunities—or grandchildren…

Reuben Helmuth is plenty bitter. John King, his best friend—or so he thought—is engaged to the girl Reuben loved. Humiliated, Reuben flees from Ohio to his grandparents’ home on Huckleberry Hill, where he knows he’ll find comfort. He’s enjoying wallowing in his misery—until John’s sister, Fern, shows up. She won’t stop pestering Reuben about forgiveness—or trying to help him find love again. Yet Fern’s efforts only reawaken Reuben’s long-buried feelings—for her…

With her brother too ashamed to face Reuben, it’s fallen to Fern to help mend fences. But as she and the Helmuths do all they can—even organizing a knitting club event filled with eligible girls—it may take one more challenge to inspire Reuben to forget his heartache, recognize his own blunders, and embrace the true love that’s right in front of him…

About the Author

jennifer Beckstrand 1Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and soon-to-be six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

 

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Anna Helmuth is starting a knitting club, but that’s not all she’s got up her sleeve.

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My family. I have five sisters and no brothers. I think my mom made every dress in this photo, including her own.

In Return to Huckleberry Hill, Anna Helmuth and Fern King decide to start a knitting club in order to introduce Anna’s grandson Reuben to some girls from Bonduel, Wisconsin. Anna is a very good knitter, with years of practice making baby blankets, scarves, mittens, and potholders. One of Anna’s scarves actually saved someone’s life, and her potholders have helped her make many a match.

When I was a young teenager, I learned how to knit and crochet. My mom taught me how to sew and quilt, and I made several of my own dresses in high school. I never learned to love sewing, but it was an invaluable skill that I am so grateful to have. Now that I’m a little older, I love putting together simple quilts for baby gifts and making quilts for the local children’s hospital. There is nothing like a homemade gift to say, “I care about you.”

I have a friend who is a wonderful cook. Making a delicious, beautiful meal is how she tells her family she loves them. I don’t consider myself a great cook, but I still take pride in putting something nutritious and satisfying on the table for my family.

It seems to me that some of the “home arts” that our mothers and grandmothers practiced are dying out. Who knows how to tat anymore? Or embroider? Some of these arts have died because of expediency. Who doesn’t think today’s stocking choices are more comfortable and practical than knitted wool ones? Others have died out because so few people want to learn.

What about you? Do you still practice any of the home arts that your grandmother did? What do you want to pass on to the next generation?

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Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

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The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

 

My Thoughts

Anna Helmuth, with her husband Felty’s help, is determined to marry off Titus, one of their favorite grandsons. We met Titus in the first book of the series, and he’s taken an active part in each of the other books in the series. I always liked Titus, and wondered when Anna would pick out a wife for him.

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

A Perfect Amish Christmas | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

Today I am posting my review of A Perfect Amish Christmas Quilt, a novella by Jennifer Beckstrand found in An Amish Christmas Quilt.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Anna and Felty Helmuth’s grandson, Gideon, plans to spend Christmas on a beach in sunny Mexico.

But Anna is quite sure he’d rather be with them, snowshoeing, ice fishing–falling in love. And she knows the perfect girl. Not only is Dottie Schrock an excellent quilter and baker, she’s having a party.

There’s just one complication–Gideon is not invited. Dottie has her reasons, but Anna trusts that the spirit of Christmas–and true love–will change her mind, and her future . . .

“A delightful cast of characters in a story that overflows with Amish love and laughter.” –Charlotte Hubbard

 

MY THOUGHTS:

In An Amish Christmas Quilt, Jennifer Beckstrand adds a novella to her amazing list of stories in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series…

Dottie Schrock… oh man, if you know anyone who excels at everything, and insists on taking on every job — just so it’s done right — then you know someone like Dottie Schrock.

I’ve been told that I’m a perfectionist; actually I pretty much agree with this assessment, except that I know I’m not perfect but I do try to do my very best in everything I do (although I fall far from this goal much of the time).

But being a perfectionist makes it easy for me to identify with Dottie. It also makes it easy for me to say that Dottie needs to back off — and let others help more, even if she doesn’t think they can do things as well as she can!

Especially when she hurts the feelings of others, like her younger sister Eva, who only wants to be helpful — and most likely really needs to learn how to do things for herself, if Dottie will only give her a chance.

However, it’s just as easy to talk about how wonderful Dottie acted when she and Gid visit a friend, who needs help. She decides helping him is important and she does all she can to make him a delicious meal and do some much-needed cleaning for him.

Now, of course I know I’m talking about a fictional character… but Jennifer’s characters seem so real, it’s easy to get caught up in their lives, at least for me.

Jennifer is such an amazing author! I wish I had just a small portion of her talent!

And Gideon… of course he cancels his trip to Mexico to go help his Dawdi… he’s an awesome guy! (too bad he’s just a fictional character).

OK, no more chitchat… let me just say this novella is every bit as good as the full length novels in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series!

Happy Reading — and Merry Christmas!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Huckleberry Christmas | Jennifer Beckstrand

 


Huckleberry Christmas
is the third book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by Jennifer Beckstrand.

Here is the synopsis for Huckleberry Christmas:

Now that they’ve happily married off two of their grandchildren, Anna and Felty Helmuth are ready for their next matchmaking challenge.

What better way to celebrate the most heartwarming of seasons–and make Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the place for unexpected love…

A difficult marriage has left the Helmuths’ widowed great-granddaughter, Beth, finished with wedlock. She’s content to live with them and make a life for herself and her toddler son.

But once she turns down handsome Tyler Yoder’s proposal, it seems only fair to encourage him to find a suitable wife.

Trouble is, his gentleness and generous ways are showing her how joyous a real meeting of hearts can be…

After a failed courtship, Tyler thought the best he could hope for in a wife was mere companionship. But spirited Beth is the one he longs to protect, and hold close. Earning her trust is the hardest thing he’s ever had to do.

And soon, both will discover that forgiveness and understanding are gifts that only rekindled faith — along with the happiest of holidays — can bring.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I find it close to impossible to choose a favorite from the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series!

Huckleberry Hill was my favorite story… until Huckleberry Summer came out and I read it… then it was my favorite — I loved it when Lily called Aden’s dog Piecrust!

Now I have a new favorite… Huckleberry Christmas!

Oh my… it is perfect!

I don’t have a clue how Jennifer’s books just keep getting better and better, but that’s my honest opinion! They just keep getting better!

Not only does Jennifer continue to amaze us with her wonderful stories with Anna and Felty, but each book adds new characters to the ones we previously met, and the surprises, along with twists and turns, keep us glued to each book (or our tablets)!

Take a woman who has been submissive for too many years, with too many others taking advantage of her, of treating her more unkindly than they probably would their horses or other animals.

Yes! It was past time for her to finally begin to stand up for herself; only did she have to just when the perfect man appeared and wanted to help!

OK, no more hints or clues… but let me assure you that you’ll love this story; it’s absolutely wonderful!

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © DJ Mynatt 2016

The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill | Jennifer Beckstrand

 


Today I am reviewing The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill, a novella by Jennifer Beckstrand found in The Amish Christmas Kitchen.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A dash of joy brings everything together . . .

Something’s always baking in an Amish oven, and at Christmastime, all the ingredients for joy are at hand. Wrap yourself in the warmth of the Amish home—and the Plain peace of hearts joined by love. 
 
When shy Katie Rose Gingerich’s dat sends her to Huckleberry Hill to secure a marriage proposal, she never expects to long for carefree Titus Helmuth—or to hope that he might want to spend every Christmas with her . . .

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

In The Amish Christmas Kitchen, Jennifer Beckstrand adds another novella to her amazing list of stories in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series…

The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill

 

Anna Helmuth, with her husband Felty’s help, is determined to marry off as many of her grandchildren as possible . . . please don’t ask how many grandchildren they have — there’s too many! Trust me!

When Katie Rose Gingerich is sent to Bonduel to find a husband, the man her family chooses is Adam Wengerd. If you’ve read other books in the series, you’re probably agreeing with me that Adam is someone who needs a good, swift kick in the pants. (If you don’t agree with me, it’s ok).

In the meantime, Anna is concerned about Titus (remember him . . . he’s the one who always has a toothpick stuck in his mouth). When Anna decides to find a wife for Titus, there’s no stopping her. And when Katie shows up, Anna knows just what to do.

What happens with Adam, who is making himself look pretty good . . . and Titus, who’ll do anything for Anna and Felty . . . is nothing I’m going to reveal here!  Ha! You’ll have to get a copy of the book and find out for yourself.

And if you’ve enjoyed the series up to now, run, don’t walk, but run to the nearest bookstore, library, or make it easy on yourself and order one online . . . you could be reading it RIGHT NOW!!!

 

OK, no more chitchat… let me just say this novella is a perfect addition to the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series!

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

 

 

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My Thoughts

WOW! A cookbook full of recipes — and each recipe includes honey!

I love this cookbook! If you want to know why, keep reading . . .

I can’t wait to try the Honey Crashed Sweet Potatoes. Even if you don’t like sweet potatoes, you will like this recipe. Of course, I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like sweet potatoes — they’re sweet, and adding honey just adds extra sweetness.

The Sweet & Spicy Pork Roast and the Barbecue Chicken Thighs — my grandson can’t wait to try these . . . he loves anything with Tabasco sauce added to it. My granddaughter and I are looking forward to trying the Strawberry Spinach Salad with Honey Raspberry Dressing — YUM!

Oh my, that sounds delicious!

The next chance I get, I’ll be making some whole wheat bread . . . I’ve always made my whole wheat bread with honey — it’s healthier, and tastes better, too. This weekend, I’ll be baking some brown sugar and honey muffins. And I’m eager to try the Beehive Crescent Rolls, because my family loves crescent rolls and I prefer homemade over pre-made, whenever I have a gut recipe.

Saturday will also be a day to make Honey Pecan Sticky Rolls, although they’ll be saved for Sunday breakfast. Then we’ll be off to Sunday School, full of energy!

As a matter of fact, I’m planning to try EVERY recipe listed under the BREADS section!

I love lemon anything — so I can’t wait to try the Honey Bee Lemon Pound Cake, topped with a few blueberries. Oh boy! Lemony Heaven!

Well, I’m thinking that eventually we’ll be trying all the recipes . . . honey is one of my favorite treats, so I’m looking forward to having lots of honey-laden recipes.

If you like good, nourishing food, pick up a copy of this book — and try these yummy recipes!

 

 

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About the Book

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A collection of delicious honey recipes from the Honeybee Sisters book series, featuring quotes and recipes from Sweet as Honey, A Bee in her Bonnet, and Like a Bee to Honey–Amish romances by Jennifer Beckstrand.

Lily, Poppy, and Rose Christner, known as the Honeybee Sisters in their Amish community, are smart, inseparable, and all grown up. Orphaned when they were very young, the girls were raised by their eccentric Aunt Bitsy, who doesn’t behave like a proper Amish spinster. The Honeybee Sisters have blossomed into rare beauties, and the boys in the community have begun to take notice. But Aunt Bitsy is determined to scare off all comers with her brusque manner and her handy shotgun. None but the most worthy will make it past Bitsy’s defenses. It’s going to be a rowdy and romantic summer–harvesting honey from their many beehives and fighting off the boys right and left.

Note from Aunt Bitsy: When my girls told me they wanted to write a cookbook, I wasn’t too keen on the idea. Food attracts boys like honey attracts bees. I warned them that if they didn’t want the boys hanging around the house, they shouldn’t make the cakes and pies and cookies that are sure to bring them running. My nieces didn’t seem to be alarmed about the prospect of boys all over the place, so I suppose they’ll have to learn the hard way.

My problem is that smart, feisty, pretty girls attract boys even better than honey does. So even if my girls stopped cooking altogether, I have a sneaking suspicion that the boys would still find excuses to come over.

Some of the recipes in this book, like Honey Glazed Pretzels and Whole Wheat Bread, are very traditional Amish dishes. Others, like Salmon Tacos and Coconut Lime Chicken, are less traditional but still wunderbarr. I lived as an Englischer for twenty years before coming back to the Amish to raise my three nieces, and as a dental hygienist, I collected a lot of recipes.

Here’s my final warning: Boys are like stray cats. If you feed them, they’ll keep coming back. Buy this cookbook at your own risk.

About the Author

jennifer Beckstrand 1Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014.

Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

Guest Post from Jennifer Beckstrand

Nothing brings family and friends together like a home-cooked meal. When I think of Amish food and cooking, I think of the way my mother used to cook and the way her mother cooked before her.

Both my parents grew up on farms, and hard work was a way of life. So were homemade meals and food that stuck to your ribs and gave you fuel for a hard day’s work in the fields. Cooking was more of an art than a burden, a way to sustain life, but also a labor of love for your family, day in and day out.

I joke with my husband that I have forgotten how to cook now that we’re empty nesters and I’d rather eat cold cereal that fire up the stove, but creating a nutritious meal for my family or baking a delicious dessert still brings me satisfaction and is a gift of the heart to my loved ones.

The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook began to take shape when I came up with the idea for a series about three sisters who keep bees and make delicious honey treats. In the Honeybee Sisters Cookbook, you’ll find some traditional Amish favorites as well as some not-so-Amish dishes—recipes that Aendi Bitsy collected from her years living with the Englisch. The pages are filled with mouth-watering photos, and I’ve included quotes from the Honeybee Sisters books. I hope you enjoy trying out the recipes as much as we enjoyed creating them for you.

My father in-law, who was also raised on a farm, passed away very recently. His mother made him a bowl of oatmeal every morning, which he hated, and it would be waiting for him after school if he didn’t eat it at breakfast. In honor of him, I would like to share a rhubarb recipe. Rhubarb was one of his favorite treats.

This recipe is authentically Amish from my friend Priscilla Stoltzfus in Pennsylvania.

Rhubarb Upside-down Cake

Mix together:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 cups rhubarb, diced
Pour rhubarb mixture into an 8×8 pan.

Mix together:
¼ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg

Add:
2 cups flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Pour the flour mixture over rhubarb mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn upside-down on a plate to serve. Serve warm, if you wish.

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God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

The Honeybee Sisters Series | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

Today I am reviewing The Honeybee Sisters series

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Sweet as Honey 

Smart, kind, and good-hearted, the three Christner girls are affectionately known as The Honeybee Sisters in the beloved Wisconsin Amish community where, under the care of their aunt, they’ve grown into skilled beekeepers–and lovely, sought-after young women. . .

Though she has blossomed into a beauty, Lily Christner doesn’t really believe it. Deep down, she still feels like a lonely, gawky teenager.

Maybe that’s why she’s all but promised herself to Paul Glick, the one boy who never teased her in her awkward girlhood–unlike Dan Kanagy, whose creative name-calling left her in tears many a time.

Now he’s back in town after two years away–and being surprisingly sweet, suspiciously attentive–and making Lily unsettlingly yet deliciously nervous.

It seems Dan wants Lily’s forgiveness–and her heart. But can he convince her–not to mention her protective schwesters and aendi–that despite the past, her future lies with him?…

MY THOUGHTS:

Poor Lily! I felt so badly for her. And I knew right away that Paul Glick would not make her happy. Somehow, he was too smooth (although that’s not usually how I describe young Amish men) and I unsure about him. But . . . if I say anything more about him, I could give away too much, so we’ll leave him — for now.

Then we have Dan Kanagy, who left town, only to return 2 years later. Dan is either fond of Lily — or determined to embarrass and humiliate her! One moment, he’s doing something nice for her, and the next, he’s calling her the same mean nicknames he called her when they were attending school. But Dan doesn’t seem to have grown up at all, as far as name-calling goes.

I don’t want to give away too much, so I’ll try to be careful with my words . .  but one of Lily’s sisters should have caught on to the name-calling . . . and warned her about it. Eventually, it all makes sense — and Lily finds her way. Will Dan every find a way to Lily’s heart?

And yes, I stayed up half the night to finish this story. It was just too good to put down!

 

A Bee In Her Bonnet 

Their bees produce the most delectable honey in all of Wisconsin. And the three Christner girls are fondly known as The Honeybee Sisters throughout their peaceful Amish community — where their spirited sweetness is attracting any number of hopeful suitors. . .

Lively, determined, and independent, Poppy Christner isn’t about to let some vandal keep making mischief on her family’s farm.

She’s been outrunning boys and standing up for picked-on children ever since she was a girl — no matter how much her prideful, arrogant schoolmate Luke Bontranger insulted her.

So Poppy certainly doesn’t need his interference now, especially since he’s made it plain he prefers demure, ladylike companions.

In fact, if Luke doesn’t stop helping her find the culprit — and growing humble and remorseful — she’ll be forced to notice how handsome his change-of-heart is making him. And that could mean falling in love — maybe for a lifetime…

MY THOUGHTS:

The Honeybee sisters are back — and so are their vandals! Every time they turn around, something else has happened. Poppy Christner is determined to find the vandals — and make them stop.

When Luke Bontrager heard Poppy screaming as he’s driving past the Honeybee farm, he came running to her rescue. But he didn’t expect to find her jogging alongside an old car, with her fingers caught between the top of the window and the car door. After Luke rescues her, does Poppy thank him? No! She’s angry with him for letting the vandals get away!

Doesn’t this sound amazing already! Of course, it does. Jennifer had my attention from the very first sentence — and I truly didn’t put the book down until I finished it. As a matter of fact, I stayed up past 2 A.M. to finish it. It’s not the first time I’ve stayed up late to finish a book — and it won’t be the last.

 


Like A Bee To Honey …

Affectionately dubbed The Honeybee Sisters in their Wisconsin Amish community, the three Christner girls are devoted beekeepers who are coming-of-age — and discovering the sweet surprise of love…
 
Shy, skittish Rose Christner is more comfortable tending to the beehives on the family farm and keeping her aunt’s unruly cats in line than attending social gatherings with the rest of the die youngie.

A childhood trauma and secret shame keep her heart under lock and key, and Rose just can’t accept the sweet attention she’s receiving from a handsome neighbor.

But the more she shies away from Josiah Yoder, the more their families sneakily plot to bring them together.

And when a vandal who’s been plaguing the Honeybee Farm starts targeting Rose, Josiah’s steadfast protection—and patience—just may lead her into his waiting arms…

MY THOUGHTS:

Rose Christner doesn’t like being around others, especially young men. Josiah Yoder has been caring for Rose longer than anyone knows, and he knows it may take many more years of waiting for her. What no one knows about Rose, is that she has a reason for her standoffish manner.

Now her family — and Josiah’s family — is plotting to bring them together. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out in those circumstances. What will happen? I’d tell you, but it would ruin the story for you — so you’re going to have to read it for yourself!

When the vandals continue to plague the sisters, you’ll be as surprised as I was at what happens! Believe me — you’ll love these stories! Buy all three and read them in order, one after another.

 

Jennifer Beckstrand excels at writing entertaining, heart-warming Amish fiction. She weaves delightful characters and real-life drama in a small Wisconsin community with the perfect amount of humor. Time and again, her stories continue to bless me!

Happy Reading!!!

 

About the Author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill andHuckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014.

Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

Guest Post from Jennifer Beckstrand

Lily, Poppy, and Rose Christner are known as the Honeybee Sisters in their Wisconsin Amish community because they keep bees and sell the honey they pull from their beehives. The orphaned sisters came to live with their aunt Bitsy when they were very young. Aunt Bitsy was an Englischer for twenty years, but she is trying to raise her nieces to be gute and devout Amish girls.

Still, Aunt Bitsy is a bit eccentric and has brought some of the Englisch ways with her to the Honeybee Farm. She wears her dangly earrings when she’s in a bad mood, sports temporary tattoos just for fun, keeps a shotgun by the front door, and has a cat named Farrah Fawcett. (Bitsy simply adored “Charlie’s Angels.”)

With the honey they pull from their hives, the Honeybee schwesters make all sorts ofappeditlich, delicious, things to eat. Their baking and their beauty attract boys to the Honeybee Farm, so Aunt Bitsy has to keep her shotgun handy to ward off the would-be suitors.

Many of the Honeybee Sisters’ recipes are included at the back of the three Honeybee Sister novels. Many more can be found in The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook available on Amazon and other online bookstores.

I hope you’ll fall in love with the Honeybee sisters, Aunt Bitsy, and their incomparableBienenstich (Bee Sting) Cake—which recipe is included in both the cookbook and Sweet as Honey.

Here is a recipe the Honeybee Sisters would definitely make. My dear friend gave me some of these caramels for Christmas last year, and they are heavenly. The honey is used in place of the more-common corn syrup and gives the caramels a rich, deep flavor. My favorite thing about these caramels is the coarse sea salt that gives the caramels a salty crunch. Yummy!

Honey Vanilla Caramels

1 ½ cup sugar
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup salted butter, cut into bits
Coarse sea salt

Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a clay, enamel, glass, plastic, or stainless steel (non-reactive) pot, combine the sugar, honey, and vanilla extract. Mix everything together using a large rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Cook over medium-low heat until the sugar melts. When the sugar has melted, increase heat to medium and cook until the mixture caramelizes and is a deep amber color. Do not stir the mixture once it starts to boil. Instead, swirl it around occasionally with the pan’s handle. (This will help the caramel cook more evenly.)

While the caramel is cooking, place the heavy cream in a small saucepan on low heat. As soon as it reaches a simmer, remove pan from the heat and set aside.

When the caramel has reached a deep amber color, reduce heat to low and slowly whisk in the bits of butter. Whisk well until the butter is completely melted.

Add the warm cream and whisk until smooth.

Turn the heat back up to medium and cook until the caramel reaches a temperature of 245°. Carefully pour the hot caramel onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet. Let it rest for about 8 minutes, then sprinkle with desired amount of sea salt.

Cool completely (about three hours), before cutting into squares and wrapping with parchment paper.

(Adapted from http://www.unegaminedanslacuisine.com)

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