Wednesday, January 20, 2016

HONEY AND HILLBILLY - Recipes and Writing Prompts - Contributed by Author Susan Edwards

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My Guest today is Author Susan Edwards. Susan has given us a super recipe for a perfect anytime dip, and a challenging and fun writing prompt. Why not try your hand at creating both.

(H) Day - HONEY

Honey is more than the sweet, golden product from a beehive. We all know how useful it is in the kitchen: a sweetener for tea, peanut butter & honey sandwiches, and a glaze for baking or in marinades. But honey is also loaded with antibacterial and antifungal properties. Honey is touted for its health benefits for the whole body and comes both raw (unpasteurized) and pasteurized. Pasteurized honey has gone through a filtration process and has a longer shelf life.

A tablespoon of raw honey contains 64 calories and is fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free. It’s approximately 80 % carbohydrates, 18 % water, and two percent vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Honey should not be given to infants or children under one year.

Honey can contain spores of Clostridium botulinum bacteria which is found in dirt and dust and can lead to infant botulism and produce a toxin inside the body that can cause muscle weakness and breathing problems. There are so many health benefits to eating honey, or using it topically, it’s a worthwhile topic to research and see how you can incorporate it into your daily living.

Benefit of honey are:

· Alleviate Allergies

· Cough Suppressant

· Energy Drink

· Sleep Aid

· Treat Dandruff

· Wound Care

· Cancer Fighting & Anti-Tumor Properties

· Immune System Fighter
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Recipe - Honey Kiwi Raspberry Fruit Dip

Adapted from

1 - Ripe kiwi, peeled and diced

1/2 cup - unsweetened frozen raspberries (or blueberries or combination of both)

1/2 cup - pure honey

8 oz. - low-fat vanilla yogurt (Can use fat-free as well)

Fresh fruit, for dipping

I’ve also add half a banana at times as well but this is optional. Makes a great mid-morning snack or even a breakfast for those mornings when you need to hit the ground running.

Makes approx. 2 cups.

Directions: Using a food processor, puree kiwi, raspberries and honey. Stir in yogurt and serve with sliced fresh fruit (mangos, oranges, strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapes, bananas, etc.) 

Writing Prompt Theme:

Hillbilly (adapted from Wikipedia) "a Hill-Billie is a free and untrammeled white citizen of Alabama, who lives in the hills, has no means to speak of, dresses as he can, talks as he pleases, drinks whiskey when he gets it, and fires off his revolver as the fancy takes him." Hillbilly MusicHillbilly Music –

1. Folk music combined with elements of popular music in which the banjo, fiddle, and guitar are principal instruments: a type of music thatoriginated in mountain regions of the southern U.S. (

2. country-and-western music. 

Writing Prompt:

You’re in a Hillbilly Barbecue restaurant. What music is playing? How does it make you feel? What shows are on the TV screens and what is the décor like. Here’s some hints from a yummy place near me (portable potty chair as a planter outside, sink with a hose sticking out of wall for faucet, oil pan for sink, Jiffy Pop on the wall for emergency alarm, broom sticks for tooth picks). Set a scene with your characters. What kind of plates, glasses, napkins, flowers, uniforms of servers, lighting, and décor and how do your characters react (distain, amusement, humor, enchanted etc.)

I thank Susan for being my guest today. And for all my readers who'd like to find out more about Susan and her books, please visit the links below.

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  1. I use Manuka Honey for a bunch of things--in fact, traveling in South America, my daughter had a spoonful every morning and we never got a tummy bug. Also, of course, hot honey and lemon is excellent for getting rid of colds! Interesting post!

    1. I've been chasing a cold recently with hot honey and lemon and it's doing a good job of keeping me going. Thank you for visiting.

  2. Informative post! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Will need to wrestle with the writing prompt, but there's lots of great description offered fire off my imagination! The recipe sounds so yummy!!

    1. Susan did a great job with the writing prompt. It really does make you dig deeper for colorful descriptions. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Thanks Lynda for having me! It was a fun topic!

    1. You're welcome, Susan. Really enjoyed working with you. Best of success with your books.

  5. I love honey and we go through a quart of it every month. I buy unprocessed local honey here in northeast Colorado, where it is readily available and reasonably priced. :)

    And I am the product of an Ozark Hillbilly family. I lived it, so it's not hard for me to get the decor in any Hillbilly place just right!

    1. Hi Susabelle, I would love to read your application of the writing prompt. I can just imagine the colorful authenticity you could bring to the exercise. Thank you for taking the time to comment today.