Saturday, September 18, 2021

Fall into The Healing Powers of Honey Book this New Season! Back to Press for 15,000 Copies in 1 Month!

 Honeymania for Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

National Honey Month is a celebratory and promotional event held annually during the month of September. Its purpose is to promote US beekeeping, the beekeeping industry and honey as a natural and beneficial sweetener. The awareness month was initiated by The National Honey Board (a US government established, USDA-overseen, organization) in 1989. September is significant for honey producers as it is the month that marks the end of the honey collection season for many beekeepers in the United States. *
 By Cal Orey

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v  Eating honey can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes—even help reduce body fat and unwanted weight!—and increase longevity.
v  Pure, raw, unprocessed honey is a healthier sweetener than table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. It’s chock-full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins—and only has 21 calories per teaspoon.
v  Super “bee foods” (including nutrient-rich bee pollen, propolis, and royal jelly) are used and touted for their healing powers by beekeepers and medical experts in the present-day.
v  Honey can relieve a variety of ailments, including coughs, colds, fatigue, pain, and seasonal affective disorder, as well as boost libido.
v  You’ll also enjoy Cleopatra’s milk-and-honey beauty treatments and eco-friendly beeswax household uses—all made with the amazing honey bee’s gifts!

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7 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes                
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg                                        1 cup  Orange
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon                                     Blossom Honey
2 tablespoons vanilla extract                                      4 jumbo eggs
2 teaspoons lemon juice                                              2 deep pie  shells    
2 ¼ cups sugar

            Preheat oven to 350 F. Place sweet potatoes, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon, juice, sugar, Savannah Bee Company Orange Blossom Honey, and eggs in large bowl. Blend ingredients together until they are thoroughly mixed. Equally distribute the sweet potato mix into the pie shells. Place some aluminum foil on and around the edges of the pie shells so the crust will not burn when the pies are baked. Place pies in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before serving. Serve with whipped cream. Makes 2 pies/16 to 20 servings. *Author's note: Use less sugar for a healthier pie!

(Source: Courtesy Savannah Bee Company)

 Since the honey bee and mankind are connected because of our food chain, it makes sense to dish out a spoonful of honey trivia to show you just the honey bee is a un-bee-lievable man’s best friend (click for amazing trailer). Take a look at these ten factoids that’ll get you thinking about the amazing small creature and what it can do.
It takes about two million flowers for honey bees to tap to make one pound of honey.
1. The average honey work bee makes a mere 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
2. Utah is known as the beehive state.
3. Honey bees communicate by dancing. The waggle dance alerts other bees where the nectar and pollen are.
4. A honey bee must tap about 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
5. On average, each person in the United States consumes about 1.31 pounds of honey each year.
6. The USDA estimates that there are approximately 3 million honey producing colonies in the United States.
7. It would take about two tablespoon to fuel a bee’s flight around the world.
8. A worker bee visits about 50-100 flowers during each trip
9.  A honey bee flies about 15 miles per hour.
10. A hive of bees flies more than 55,000 miles to bring you one pound of honey.
(Source: National Honey Board)

            As you can see, the remarkable honey bee flies the extra mile so it can produce honey—a superfood (a food that has super health benefits) for people, like you and me—that can be enjoyed solo or in a cup of tea or both. Here is a perfect recipe to whip up and savor with a cup of tea and honey as you fly away with me on a journey into Honeyland. 

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8 ounces raisins                                                     3 ounces set honey
½ pint freshly made strong tea                             2 eggs, size 3, lightly beaten
10 ounces whole wheat flour                                ½ teaspoon ground mixed spice
1 tablespoon baking powder

Place the raisins in a bowl. Stir the honey into the tea and pour this over raisins. Leave to soak for 2 hours. Stir the eggs into the raisin mixture. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flour with spice and baking powder then mix these dry ingredients into the raisin mixture. Transfer to a greased two pound loaf tin and bake for about 1 hour 10 minutes. Cook on a wire rack and serve sliced and buttered. Makes one two pound loaf.
(Courtesy: The Honey Association)

            Research, especially in the past decade, shows that quality, dark honeys, which are derived from a variety of flowers, plants, and trees produce the nectar for the honey around the globe—may help you to:
ü  Lower your risk of heart disease.
ü  Enhance your immune system.
ü  Stave off diabetes.
ü  Treat respiratory diseases.
ü  Heal wounds.
ü  Slow the aging process.
ü  Add years to your life.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Chamomile Tea Got Me Through the Caldor Fire--Chill in Autumn with The Healing Powers of Tea Timeless Book

  By Cal Orey

Did you know? During a 20 day evacuation from Lake Tahoe it was chamomile tea that helped keep sane. Our community was under a mandatory evacuation. It was real. It was scary. As the fire edged within a few miles to South Lake Tahoe basin reality hit home. We may not have a home to come back to--and this natural disaster was nerve-wracking! Hunkered down in a Los Gatos Inn (after stuck in a hotel amid a Covid-19 Hot Spot) it was still "I Am Legend" sci-fi-ish spooky. One Aussie, one Siamese, and a younger sibling. But tea, yep, tea helped me get through the daily challenges...

August 1 The Healing Powers of Tea 
once again got bestselling banner on amazon!
It's a perfect read for late summer, pre-fall
days... (Amazon, Kindle Edition special!)

On April 29, The Healing Powers of Tea was attracting readers on a variety of online bookseller websites, including amazon, barnes and noble, walmart, kobo, apple, and google.

This book is #6 in the Healing Powers Series... 

Also, the popular, prestigious Fairmont Hotel in Victoria, B.C., Canada will be carrying both The Healing Powers of Tea and The Healing Powers of Honey in their tearoom gift shop. Foreign rights to Estonia! Publisher's Weekly Review! It's a favorite in the Healing Powers Series. 

*The Healing Powers of Superfoods will also soothe you this autumn until  The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices (pre-order for December!) is released. The only seasonsings book infused with TLC of the Mediterranean herbs and spices for your nose and taste buds and imagination as I whisk you away around the globe!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Apple Pie, Anyone? More Pre-Fall Recipes in The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices: Timeless Treasures (New Book)

  By Cal Orey

Welcome to the Dutch apple pie. This apple pie has roots that go way, way back to the Middle Ages. It is an easy pie to make on a pre-fall night or morning. It calls for a pie crust, tart apples, and a sugar and spice crumb topping. It’s lighter than a double crust apple pie with ice cream. A Dutch apple pie is a picture perfect, delight during late winter in the mountains. (More Recipes in The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices: Timeless Treasures for year-round.)

This pie which can be savored warm out of the oven or cold takes me back to a book tour. I joined the man who predicted earthquakes. The Seattle Barnes and Noble bookstore was packed with his fans, and it was a fun event. After, instead of joining the crowd I escaped to Pike Place Market. I recall ordering a hot latte and slice of fresh baked Dutch apple pie. While I love traveling to the Pacific Northwest – homesickness for the sierra is common for me when gone. Update: I did take the cat and dog on a 20 day adventure to evacuate the Caldor Fire... I must admit my companion animals gave me comfort like a slice of apple pie.

So, this recipe – a hybrid of a different apple pies I’ve baked for you -- is inspired by the past trip I took to escape the unhealthy air and wildfire edging toward my home in Tahoe. The fruit pie is a nostalgic delight (Ironically, I ended up in Los Gatos, where I grew up) paired with Mother Earth’s spices and herbs that are treasures from nature.

Rustic Dutch Apple Pie

1 store bought premium brand pie crust, deep dish

5 -7 Granny Smith apples, peel, core, cut in thin slices

½ sliced lemon juice

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons flour (I used the self-rising variety)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

½ teaspoon apple pie spice (McCormick)


¾ cup flour (I used the self-rising variety)

¼ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup light brown sugar

1/3 cup butter, cold

Whipped cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Thaw frozen crust for 20 minutes. Use a fork and prick holes into the bottom of the pie crust. Brush top of crust with 1 egg white mixed with a few tablespoons water. (This will seal the crust so it’s not soggy.) In a bowl, combine apples, juice, sugars, flour, and spices. Spoon into pie crust. In another bowl, combine flour, sugars, and butter. Mix the ingredients until a crumbly texture. Top the apples. Place pie on foil (cover edges of pie crust) and set on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 50 minutes or until crust edges are light brown and apples mixture is bubbly and soft. Remove. Let cool. Tip: If you put it into the fridge it guarantees perfect slices when cutting. Top with a dollop of whipped cream. *I sprinkled cinnamon on the whipped cream. You can also add a garnish of fresh mint, rosemary, or thyme.

This Dutch apple pie is a down-to-earth pie full of yummy aroma. It is comfort food at its best – a timeless treat. It's a pleasure perfect for pre-autumn days ahead. And now safe back home I will bake one and enjoy quietude surrounded by towering pine trees, my Siamese and Aussie. Can you go back home? Not for long because of gentrification. But apple pie is a constant.

-- Cal Orey, M.A. Is an author and journalist. Her books include the Healing Powers Series (Vinegar, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Honey, Coffee, Tea, Superfoods, Essential Oils, Herbs and Spices) published by Kensington. (The collection has been featured by the Good Cook Book Club.) Her website is

Friday, September 3, 2021


  By Cal Orey

UPDATE:  More than 50,000 Lake Tahoe residents have evacuated the invasion of the Caldor Fire. While so many people, pets, wildlife, and firefighters to the National Guard are coping with the horrific challenges of this disaster, including destruction, separation to loss of loved ones, anger, shock and grief--something ironically is in works--a forthcoming timeless novel, A CAGED BIRD SINGS:  A YOUNG MAN'S UNTOLD WAR CHRONICLES created and written by author, musician Dr. James Channing Shaw and co-authored by me, Cal Orey, a non-fiction and fiction writer.

It is a compelling historical WWII epistolary novel based in Rouen, France. This one-of-a-kind heart-wrenching and thrilling, inspirational masterpiece with twists and turns, includes a myriad of trials and tribulations. A Caged Bird Sings shows how humanity (all ages) faces hardship and deals with uncertainty. (It is now in production!).  It will be released this year! A must-read for changing times around the world.