The Perfect Summer Treat!

We cannot wait to try these tasty treats! They are the perfect snack for on the go, or if you are craving something sweet. These bites start with a layer of granola sprinkled in the bottom of a mini muffin tin. A great simple granola recipe is included in the recipe as well! It’s bare bones–just a combination of oats, nuts, coconut oil, and honey–but it’s absolutely delicious and can be made in about 20 minutes.

On top of the granola is a layer of Greek yogurt sweetened with a quick mixed berry jam. Normally jam is made with fruit and sugar, but honey is actually a wonderful substitution in jam! Not only is it all natural, but it also contains many healthy minerals, vitamins, and amino acids! You can use any fruit you like here with this treat. Frozen mixed berries can be used with this recipe, but feel free to experiment!

If you don’t have the time to make your own granola, feel free to sub in your own favorite store-bought granola, and keep things really simple with plain Greek yogurt sweetened with honey to taste on top. Just three ingredients and about 10 minutes of time will yield a big batch of frozen treats. 

The jam can be gently stirred into the Greek yogurt so it has a nice swirl throughout, but if you’re short on time or patience, feel free to just blend them together. A final sprinkling of granola tops off the bites before they’re sent to the freezer to firm up. After a few hours, they’ll be perfectly poppable bites you and your little ones will love! They are a great sweet, creamy treat to cool off on a hot afternoon! These will be the go-to treat of the summer season!

Thank you to our friends at Neighbor food for the great recipe!

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Berry Frozen Yogurt Bites with Honey Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt (I use whole milk yogurt)
  • ¼-1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons honey

For the jam:

  • 2 cups mixed berries (I used a frozen mix)
  • ¼ cup honey

For the granola:

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (certified gluten free if needed)
  • ¾ cup chopped nuts of your choice
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch salt

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Total time: 40 mins

Get your fruit and yogurt parfait in frozen form! These granola, fruit, and yogurt bites are a perfect cool, creamy treat on a hot day.

Serves: 24


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the oil, honey, and vanilla extract until well combined. Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir. Return to the oven and bake another 7-10 minutes or until granola is golden brown. Scrape the pan as soon as it gets out of the oven, then leave on the baking sheet to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, make the jam. Combine the berries and the honey in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to an active simmer, and continue to cook for 8-10 minutes, or until berries are thickened and jam-like. Cool to room temperature or refrigerate overnight.

  3. To make the bites:In a bowl, whisk together the greek yogurt, milk, and honey until the texture is pourable but not runny. Gently fold in the jam so a swirl remains throughout the yogurt, or, if you prefer, mix completely together.

  4. Line 2 mini muffin pans with 24 liners (foil liners work best, but paper works in a pinch). Place a couple pinches of granola in the bottom of each one. Spoon the yogurt mixture over top, filling each one nearly to the top of the cup. Sprinkle the tops with a little more granola. Cover with saran wrap and freeze for at least three hours or overnight. We've found these taste the best when they're removed from the freezer about 10 minutes before eating.

Create Your Own Water Source for Pollinators!

As summer approaches and the spring heat grows hotter, it is always a positive measure to give bees and other small creatures a water source! We have a great one pictured here from one of our friendly bee keepers @wendynolte .
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How do you make an appropriate water source for pollinators you ask? Start with a bowl, planter bottom, saucer, or bird bath. Collect rocks of different sizes. If you collect them from areas that you’re not sure are pesticide free, soak them in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water overnight and rinse thoroughly.
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Arrange the rocks in your shallow- but wide bowl. Make sure that there are big rocks and small rocks mixed in with one another—the bees need rocks to stand on to access the water.
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Fill the bowl with fresh water so the rocks are half covered. Place the bowl outside in your yard. If you have a flower garden, we recommend you place the bowl in the garden or close to it. Bees have a hard time finding fresh water so if you place it near an area where they normally travel to you make it easier for them to find!
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If you have a deeper bucket- fill close to the brim of the bucket with water. Then add an ample supply of corks (such as wine corks), which will float above the water line and produce a floating surface for pollinators to land and drink from! Have fun friends & remember to do your part to 🐝the change!

BE Symphony

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The band "BE" was formed as a collaboration between artist Wolfgang Buttress, musicians-Tony Foster, Kev Bales, Deirdre Bencsik, Camille Christel, scientist Dr. Martin Bencsik and 40,000 honey bees. Collectively they created a soundscape for the multi award-wining sculpture known as ‘The Hive’ that was the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 and is now sited at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, U.K.
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At the heart of all the music is the sound of the bees, the hive drone and specific bee communications captured by Dr. Bencsik. The idea is that the musicians collaborate with the bees - it seems that they lead the way and the musicians let the music form naturally around them to create a symphony of bee and man. This beautiful cello piece was a part of their installation. 

Help Prevent Colony Loss with Rapini!

To help prevent colony loss and aid in the health of pollinators, bees need nectar and pollen from a variety of floral sources. These nectar sources, allow bees to forage, provide the essential nutrients that help bees survive, grow and reproduce. By growing your own healthy bee foraging environment, you can give your bees and other native pollinators a natural source of food. Rapini (pictured here) is popular among pollinators and a great source of nectar and pollen.
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Rapini (or broccoli rabe) is a green cruciferous vegetable. The edible parts are the leaves, buds, and stems. The buds somewhat resemble broccoli, but do not form a large head. Rapini is a great edible source for bees to forage in, and also makes a delicious addition to your meal! Think about growing rapini in your own garden & be part of the Change!

Bumblebee Species

We wanted to highlight this beautiful illustration, outlining various bumblebee species! This lovely piece is brought to us by U.K. Illustrator, Catherine Pape

Bumblebee's are very important members of the pollinator family. Among the bumblebee's illustrated above, there are 24 total species of bumblebees in the world! There are also around 225 species of solitary bee and just a single honeybee species!

Bumblebees look quite different from honeybees and solitary bees, given their often dense hairy exterior. They often times are a bit larger and rounder all together. You can check if you have a bumblebee in your garden, by comparing the images above, but remember that not all bumblebee species have the same colours of hair, or markings. You can see a detailed identification list here.

Keep pollinators & other bees safe by refraining from pesticide use & planting bee friendly seeds in your outdoor space! Join the movement & help bee the change!

 

Bumblebee Warriors

In line with honey bees, bumblebees are also very important pollinators! Without bumblebees we would not have many of the fruits, vegetables and wildflowers that we all love so much!

Almost every tomato in the world is pollinated by bumblebees as they need to be 'buzz pollinated'. In Australia, where there are no native bumblebees, tomatoes are all pollinated by hand, using something that looks like an electrical toothbrush which 'buzzes' them.

What is buzz pollination you ask? 
Buzz pollination is a technique used by most bumble bees, to release pollen-which is more or less firmly held by the anthers (the part of the flower that holds the pollen). In order to release the pollen, bumblebees and some species of solitary bees are able to grab onto the flower and move their flight muscles rapidly, causing the flower and anthers to vibrate, dislodging pollen. This resonant vibration is called buzz pollination. The honeybee cannot perform buzz pollination.. 

Bee the Change Campaign video

During her recent degree project at Rhode Island School of Design, Rebecca Nolte created a rough short video expressing a call to action regarding the Bee the Change campaign. In her short film, she emphasized the crops that will cease to exist if the bee population continues to decline at what is currently a staggeringly rapid pace. 

Take Action!

Save the bees & ask the CEO of Lowe's to stop selling plants pretreated with bee-killing pesticides. 

Moving forward, we need to increase the buzz to secure strong commitments from Home Depot and send Lowe’s a strong message that they cannot continue to sell bee-killing pesticides. 

Lets join forces and send a letter via our pals over at Friends of the Earth,  asking the CEO of Lowe’s, Robert Niblock, to show bees some love and stop selling bee-killing pesticides.