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ABF E-Buzz — October2017

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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

by Tim Tucker, ABF Past President and ABF E-Buzz Editor

Autumn's Majesty

© Patricia L. Cisco 


Sun with his artistic touch, 
streaks skies of blue with rosy blush,
trimming Oak and Maple too, 
crimson reds with yellow hue.

Birch and Hemlock, purple and gold, 
apples, pumpkins bright and bold,
burns by day and cools by night, 
cloaking trees in fiery might.

Wispy winds and tumbling leaves, 
cypress scents within the breeze, 
starry eves and harvest moon, 
sets the stage for crickets' tune.

As spiders spin their tapestry 
and crickets sing in symphony, 
their final song of destiny, 
it's clear for all the world to see, 
Autumn's vibrant majesty!

 

Welcome back!
Here we are at the end of October,…..Halloween! It hardly seems possible that another year has come and gone. I hope your bees are healthy and ready for the upcoming long nights and winter weather. We have some bees that are pretty light and needing additional or supplemental feeding. Every year it is a different story as to how many bees we can keep in a fall location and have them all build up for the winter. It seems to vary from year to year and from location to location. It’s all different every year. That’s why there is nothing that takes the place of good and consistent inspections to determine the weight and health of your colonies. Bees usually need from 60 to 80 lbs. of excess fall stores to get through the winter. That means that the hives are weighty and difficult to pick up. Generally speaking, if I can’t hoist a hive from the back with one hand without bracing myself, then it’s probably not in need of feeding but otherwise we throw some sugar syrup on them to get them up to weight. In some areas of the country, it is getting late but for the biggest part we still have some time to get hives up to par. So, don’t delay and check your hives for the need for additional stores. Also get those entrance reducers on if you haven’t done so.

One of the things that most people forget is that at the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) represents you and we are your voice when it comes to things that you can’t take care of all of the time. Our ABF President Gene Brandi and Vice-President Tim May have made a number of trips to Washington D.C. to speak with our leaders and make sure that our voice is heard. Their recent trip included the Honey Bee Health Coalition meeting and the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign meeting, representing your interests. George Hansen, our ABF Past President was there and is a great spokesperson for our industry and has worked tirelessly for many years at his own expense working for all of us. I hope that you find time to thank them all for their hard work and if you can support our legislative fund with a few dollars to help contribute to our efforts there in Washington. I will be headed to D.C. this week for meetings at EPA which twice a year has meetings where there are open discussions concerning our industry and any group that is affected by pesticides. The Pesticide Programs Dialogue Committee (PPDC) is a two-day meeting that that allows us to provide input into current matters of policy. If you have anything that you feel is important that you feel needs consideration, please let me know. If there are things that you feel our leadership is or is not addressing, please let us know. We are always interested in knowing how you feel about current issues affecting us all as beekeepers.

This month we have a report from our President Gene Brandi on his recent trip to Washington with Tim May as I mentioned and a great report on what our Honey Queen and Princess have been up to and what’s happening in the upcoming month or two that will finish out their year representing you and our honey bees. We also have a report on the Kids and Bees Program from Sarah Red-Laird our spokesperson for the program. We also have a great new recipe and new Buzzmakers for you to view that will keep you up to date.
I thank you for stopping by and spending time with us again. If there’s anything you would like to put in the E-Buzz or that you would like to see, please email me at tuckerb@hit.net. Till next month, I hope your November is full of Bee-utiful days and planning for a great upcoming year with healthy bees.

 


President's Greeting 

by Gene Brandi, ABF President

I just returned from another trip to Washington, D.C. where I attended the annual North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) meeting as well as the fall meeting of the Honey Bee Health Coalition (HBHC). ABF Vice President, Tim May, attended both meetings as well, while George Hansen and Joan Gunter attended the HBHC meeting. George is the official ABF representative to the HBHC and is a member of that organization’s steering committee, while Joan is the official representative from the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees on the coalition.

The ABF could not ask for a better HBHC representative than George, who is not afraid to speak his mind and often makes some coalition members squirm as he reminds them of the fact that their primary objective as HBHC members should be to improve honey bee health. The ABF approached the coalition for support as we continue our efforts to have EPA reconsider the Acute Risk Mitigation Policy, announced at the Galveston Conference & Tradeshow last January. The policy has yet to be implemented, but as written will significantly roll back pollinator protection since pesticide label language would become more advisory than mandatory. The coalition has offered an “opt in” letter approach where individual coalition members could support our efforts. We also met with EPA officials to again explain the reasons why we believe many aspects of this new policy do not adequately protect pollinators from pesticide exposure. An-other meeting with EPA (as well as state pesticide regulatory officials) is scheduled for later this year to continue addressing this issue.

The NAPPC meeting had many interesting speakers and I was invited to present a talk on the “State of the Beekeeping Industry.” Tim and I both attended a breakout session of the Pesticide Education Task Force. Of the many pesticide issues which the Task Force discussed, the top four recommendations for NAPPC action are: Adjuvants, EPA Smart Label, EPA Acute Risk Mitigation Policy, and Non Apis Pesticide Exposure.

Since we were in DC, Tim and I met with Larry Meyers and Fran Boyd of Meyers and Associates. We visited with House Ag Committee staff and congressional offices where we discussed Farm Bill and other issues of importance to our membership.

On the way to Washington, D.C., my wife Christine and I stopped in Fort Smith, Arkansas for the first annual Pro Country Cowboy Artist Association award show. Cowboy and Country singer/songwriter Terry Brown, was nominated for 5 awards and won 4 of them! Terry received the Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year awards! You may recall that Terry played some of his original songs as he strolled through the trade show as well as at the social event during the conference in Galveston earlier this year. He and his wife Hilda, a former champion trick roper, were also part of the USA Apimondia bid team in South Korea in 2015 as they were the USA entertainment. This award show is scheduled to be televised on the RFD channel, so watch your local listings for the PCCAA awards. Congratulations to Terry for these great honors!


Government Relations

by: Tim May, ABF Vice President

ABF had the opportunity to spend a week in Washington D.C., for the HBCA and NAPPS meetings and had the opportunity to meet with both the EPA and the House Ag Committee staffers. During the meeting with EPA our concern was expressed regarding the changes for pesticide labeling. The new policy would “soften” the language on certain pesticide labels by removing the “Do not apply to blooming crops or weeds…” While the EPA says that the label language is unenforceable, we believe that because a good rule is not being enforces there is no reason to remove it. We have asked for an additional comment period or an opportunity to formally express our concerns with the labelling policy.
The 2018 Farm Bill was discussed in both meetings with the House Ag Committee Staffers and Tracey Chow from Representative Jeff Denham’s Office. The priorities discussed included removing or increasing the ELAP cap, increasing CRP land and allowing beekeepers better access to Federal land.
ABF will continue to discuss our priorities with AHPA leadership regarding the Farm Bill to ensure a consensus of priorities within the industry. 


Bee Educated: ABF's Webinar Series "Conversation with a Beekeeper" Needs Your Help

ABF wants to hear from you

Let us know what webinar topics you would like to see in the future. You can submit your topics by emailing them to info@abfnet.org

Have a topic to present? You're welcome to present your webinar to our members. Submit your Topic, brief description and short bio to our Membership Coordinator, Sherrell Bailey at sbailey@abfnet.org.

Check the website for updates on upcoming webinars and to check all of our archived webinars.


Project Apis m./National Honey Board Funding Opportunity

Project Apis m. is proud to announce the opportunity to apply for research funding. This RFP is for research dealing with honey bee health, nutrition and productivity. Priority will be given to proposals which aim to produce solutions to industry problems, including Varroa mites. The goal of this research, supported using National Honey Board funding, is to help producers maintain colony health and honey production. The amount of funds available for a particular proposal will depend on the number and merit of successful proposals.

The deadline is November 5, 2017.

 

Please visit our website for complete RFP details and application requirements.

https://www.projectapism.org/rfps.html

 

 

 



 In Memoriam

It is with heavy heart I have to say that one of our prominent beekeepers has passed away! Nancy Gentry to the ones of you who knew her, was a power house in Florida Beekeeping and Honey Industry. She helped get Florida’s Honey Standards and Backyard Beekeeping laws changed and assisted with raising funds to build the bee lab. She never owned thousands of hives or even more than a few hundred, but she went to battle like she was the queen and never letting someone get in her way. Nancy never ran out of energy but always said, “this is the last time!”. I'm sure she has just started a new bee yard in the sky and is making the most heavenly honey!


Nancy Gentry will be missed!

If anyone wishes to send her family a card:

Mr. Dick Gentry
125 Twin Lake Grove Drive
Interlachen, FL 32148

 

Lawrence James “Jim” Kuehl of Loup City, Nebraska died Friday, October 20, 2017 at the age of 92.

Jim & Ruby owned and operated Cook & Beals, Inc from 1962 – 1991. Jim was instrumental in the inventing of the Spin Float Honey Wax Separator in the early ‘60’s. The Spin Float was patented on November 16th, 1965 (Patent # 3,217,979). Jim at Cook & Beals, Inc. also held US patents on the Honey Comb Handler and the Honey Moisture Removing System.

Jim loved working with and learning from the 1,000 + colonies he ran with his employees help. His first 2 colonies made a 400 lb. average. He couldn’t understand why every beekeeper wasn’t very wealthy… He learned why.

Jim felt a great connection to the honey industry and a number of customers became good friends.

Jim served on a Submarine in the Pacific Theater during WWII.

He will be greatly missed.



 


Bee Updated: Latest and Greatest News from the National Honey Board

National Honey Board Celebrate National Honey Month with Sweet Partnerships

It was a busy September for the National Honey Board (NHB), as National Honey Month celebrations across the country saw us partnering with bloggers, chefs, bakeries, and breweries to celebrate all things bees and honey. The partnerships showcased how honey can be used in beer and a variety of foods, and also educated people about the importance of honey bees.

We kicked off our Honey Month festivities with a sweet campaign with lifestyle blogger Camille Styles. Throughout the month of September Camille shared her best tips and favorite recipes for savoring golden moments with family and friends. From girls’ night in and kids’ parties to date night and workout parties, Camille’s tips made these seemingly everyday moments ones to remember.

Every Saturday during September, Born & Bread Bakehouse in Lakeland, Florida featured made with honey products, including Honey Lemon Pie Croissants. The bakery also setup a sticky station featuring three varietals of honey. At the station, consumers could top their bakery foods or sweeten their tea and coffee with Buckwheat, Tupelo or Northwest Meadowfoam honey.

In New Orleans, Megan Forman and her team at Gracious Bakery celebrated National Honey Month with a week of made with honey bakery foods and a sticky station. The menu featured honey pecan walnut sticky buns, honey granola and more.

After a great start to National Honey month with some amazing bakers, the NHB switched gears a bit and worked with some amazing brewers. We kicked off with St. Louis-based Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, where the NHB helped launch their newest honey beer, Honey Grove Rye Lager. The event featured the introduction of the new beer as well as an educational presentation on how honey is used in the brewing industry.

The NHB also worked with the following brewers to launch or promote new honey beers and educate consumer about the importance of honey bees:

• Pedernales Brewing, Fredericksburg, Texas
• The Farm Brewery at Broad Run, Broad Run, Virginia
• Durty Bull Brewing Company, Durham, North Carolina
• Round Town Brewery, Indianapolis, Indiana


During September, the NHB also partnered with Chef’s Roll, the premier network of professional chefs, on a sweet National Honey Month contest. Chefs from around the country submitted their most creative recipes that show the versatility and ingenuity inspired by honey. We want to congratulate chef Curtis Cameron on winning the grand prize with his delicious Golden Milk and Honey recipe.

We closed out our National Honey Month festivities with an outstanding event in Chicago, where we partnered with some top bakeries and restaurants to create amazing made with honey foods. Read more about that event on our blog.

It was a busy but great National Honey Month, and we can’t wait for next year!


www.honey.com


Kids and Bees : Kids & Citizen Bee Science

by Sarah Red-Laird, a.k.a Bee Girl, ABF Kids and Bees Program Director

In past articles, I have mentioned the benefits of educating kids about bees. One benefit is that the kid may grow up to be a beekeeper, and keep our organization thriving. Another is that they may grow up to be a fierce honey bee advocate. For example, a principal that allows beekeeping on their school campus, a mayor that lifts any bans on beekeeping in their city, or an avid gardener who creates an oasis for our bees. The last benefit I usually mention is the opportunity to inspire our kids to do something to help our bees right now. You don’t have to be grown to be a consumer, an advocate, or even a scientist!  Citizen science is a great way to engage kids in our bee universe.  

 

Citizen science is a practice where ordinary people collect data, and submit it to scientists. Citizen science is important because it gives kids the opportunity to participate in the natural world around them, it gives them a chance to have some hands-on experience with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), it helps them to feel empowered to make positive change, and it helps them to understand that good science is relevant and important.

 

I encourage you to engage in citizen bee science with your children, grandchildren, students, etc.  It will be a fantastic reward for them, for you, and for the bees!  Below are some of my favorite projects to try out.

 

EZ Water and Bees

 

Presented By: Roy McCollum

Goal: What do bees prefer when watering and do they seek out EZ water.

Task: Photograph how bees are watering: who, what, when and where?

Where: Global, anywhere on the planet

 

Description: Does the Forth Phase of Water (Exclusion Zone aka EZ water as researched by Dr. Gerald Pollack and many others over the last few decades) provide the best water for honey production and does its properties effect/affect the properties of honey production. Do certain watering conditions invite more bees to water and do they seek out the EZ layer of water at the watering site.

 

Looking to build a collection of photos that show bees (all species) watering. Photos with location, general conditions (temperature, weather condition, stone or manmade perches, orientation of bees while drinking water, etc.

 

TED Talk by Dr. G. Pollack on EZ water: https://youtu.be/i-T7tCMUDXU

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/citedby/           

 

Try it: https://scistarter.com/project/17710   

 

Bee Germs

 

Presented By: StudentDiscover

Goal: Map sites of ground nesting bees and monitor their diseases

Task: Collect bees, send GPS data, and ship specimens

Where: North America

Description: The “Bee Germs” project is focusing on learning more about bees that live underground. We know very little about bees that make their homes underfoot; by learning more about their germs (or pathogens) we will be able to understand what diseases they are suffering from and, eventually, find ways to help them.

 

Try it: https://scistarter.com/project/11973

 

The Great Sunflower Project

 

Goal: To identify where pollinators are declining and improve habitat

Task: Watch a plant, record pollinators, report online

Where: Global, anywhere on the planet

 

Description: The Great Sunflower Project has three programs. The Safe Gardens for Pollinators program which uses data collected on Lemon Queen sunflowers to examine the effects of pesticides on pollinators. The Pollinator Friendly Plants program which is designed to identify the key plants to support healthy pollinator communities. And, the Great Pollinator Habitat Challenge which allows citizen scientists to evaluate and improve gardens, parks and other green spaces for pollinators.

 

Some bee populations have experienced severe declines that may affect food production. However, nobody has ever measured how much pollination is happening over a region, much less a continent, so there is little information about how a decline in the bee population can influence gardens.

 

The Great Sunflower Project makes it easy to gather this information. Find a plant you know (or a Lemon Queen Sunflower), observe it for 5 or more minutes and record all pollinators that visit, and contribute data online. You can make as many observations as you want while your flowers are in bloom. Plant, Watch, Enter. Repeat. That's it. And, who doesn't like sunflowers?!

 

Try it: https://scistarter.com/project/44

 

 

Bumble Bee Watch

 

Presented By: The Xerces Society, Wildlife Preservation Canada, University of Ottawa, Montreal Insectarium, York University, BeeSpotter, and The Natural History Museum in London

Goal: Help track North America's bumble bees.

Task: Take and submit photos of bumble bees near you.

Where: North America

 

Description: Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. This citizen science project allows individuals or groups to: 1) Upload photos of bumble bees to start a virtual bumble bee collection; 2) Identify the bumble bees in your photos and have your identifications verified by experts; 3) Help researchers determine the status and conservation needs of bumble bees; 4) Help locate rare or endangered populations of bumble bees; 5) Learn about bumble bees, their ecology, and ongoing conservation efforts; and 6) Connect with other citizen scientists.

 

Try it: https://scistarter.com/project/577

 

  

Let me know if you have a favorite!  Email me at sarah@beegirl.org

 

 

Also, don’t forget that we have the grand “Kids and Bees” event coming up at the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference and Tradeshow

 

We are in need of a few good volunteers.  Local elementary-aged classrooms and homeschool groups are welcomed to the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, January 12th from 9:00 to noon.  We will need about 25 volunteers for the 20 stations/exhibits.  About 500 kids and their parents and teachers will come through the exhibits.  The stations need 1-4 volunteers each and include face painting, honey tasting, pollination, habitat, microscopes, arts and crafts, and more. 

 

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Program Director, Sarah Red-Laird at sarah@beegirl.org or Program Assistant, Phylicia Chandler at phylicia.chandler@gmail.com, or call us at 541-708-1127.  

 

Please Share our Facebook Event Page and visit our website for more details

 


- Sarah Red-Laird, Kids and Bees Program Director, sarah@beegirl.org


Countdown to Census: What You Need To Know

 

In just a couple months, farmers and ranchers across the nation will start receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Producers can mail in their completed census form, or respond online via the improved web questionnaire. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service has extensively revised the online questionnaire to make it more convenient for producers.
"The updated online questionnaire is very user-friendly – it can now be used on any electronic device, and can be saved and revisited as the producer's schedule allows," said NASS Census and Survey Division Director Barbara Rater. "Responding online saves time and protects data quality. That's our mission at NASS – to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. Better data mean informed decisions, and that's why it is so important that every producer respond and be represented."
New time-saving features of the online questionnaire include automatically calculating totals, skipping sections that do not pertain to the operation, and providing drop-down menus of frequent responses. Producers still have one week to try the online questionnaire demo on the census of agriculture website (www.agcensus.usda.gov).


The census website will continue to be updated with new information through the census response deadline of February 5, 2018. One recently added feature is a new video from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue reminding all producers to respond when they receive their 2017 Census of Agriculture in the mail later this year.Revisions and additions to the 2017 Census of Agriculture aim to capture a more detailed account of the industry. Producers will see a new question about military veteran status, expanded questions about food marketing practices, and questions about on-farm decision-making to better capture the roles and contributions of beginning farmers, women farmers, and others involved in running the business.


Response to the census of agriculture is required by law under Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105-113. The same law requires NASS to keep all information confidential, to use the data only for statistical purposes, and only in aggregate form to prevent disclosing the identity of any producer. The time required to complete the questionnaire is estimated at 50 minutes. In October, NASS will make a census preparation checklist available on the census website to help producers gather necessary information in advance.


Conducted once every five years, the census of agriculture is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them; it is the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every state and county in the country. Farmers and ranchers, trade associations, government, extension educators, researchers, and many others rely on census of agriculture data when making decisions that shape American agriculture – from creating and funding farm programs to boosting services for communities and the industry. The census of agriculture is a producer's voice, future, and opportunity.


For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.

 



by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

October is here, the leaves are changing, but the honey is flowing along with honey promotions!

October officially wraps up fair and festival season for the American Honey Queen Program and transitions us into beekeeping conventions, more school visits, and other unique opportunities. Maia and Hope visited fairs in Massachusetts, Maine, Georgia, and Texas. Fall fairs offer the unique opportunity to speak to school groups that take field trips to learn about agriculture at the fairs. Maia spoke to countless students during her visit to the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts, the nation’s oldest fair. Coming off National Honey Month, honey cooking demonstrations are definitely in season, and Hope displayed these skills at the Texas State Fair.

Other unique events for October included the Oregon Ridge Nature Center Honey Harvest Festival in Maryland and the Northern International Livestock Exposition in Montana. At these events, the Queens continued to teach the public about the honey produced throughout the nation and how vital honeybees are to agriculture. 

Beekeeping meetings started up again for the program in late October. Maia was a guest speaker in the Fort Lauderdale area at a local beekeeping organization. Her visit to this local organization is possible because of the many other opportunities the group arranged for her to reach a broader audience. In addition to speaking before the organization, Maia spoke in local schools and with the media during her stay, reaching far more people beyond the beekeeping organization. As your clubs are looking for good speakers, consider inviting the Honey Queen or Princess to your event. Add a few days on either side of your normal club meeting and arrange some other community based promotions or presentations and it can be a great event for you and your organization to increase awareness of our industry in your backyard.

Contact me now if you have interest in developing a new promotion in 2018. Reach me at honeyqueen99@hotmail.com or 414.545.5514 to put in your requests for visits. Happy promoting!

Happy promoting!

 


75th Anniversary ABF Conference & Tradeshow:

Giveaways for Early Bird Registrants

REGISTER TODAY!

Have you registered for the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow yet? Well now there is added incentive. Registering by October 31st, not only gives you access to this amazing conference at the best rate, you will also have the opportunity to win one of these fantastic prizes, offered by the Grand Sierra Resort:

 

  • Complimentary Spa Package ($150 Value) for use during your conference stay
  • Two (2) Night Stay in an AH Deluxe King Room and Complimentary Breakfast ($225 Value) also valid during conference dates

We have multiple opportunities of the above prizes and everyone that has or will register by October 31st will be entered a drawing to win one of these prizes.

 

Only 4 days remain to take advantage of the early registration rate and the opportunity to win a great prize to enhance your stay. Register Today!


 

For additional information, please visit abfconference.com.

We look forward to seeing you in January!


Bee Thinking

Congratulations to Eric Mussen for guessing last month's riddle!

A man leaves home makes for left turns arrives back home to find two masked men. Who are the masked men?

  

Think you know the answer? The first to email Sherrell Bailey at sbailey@abfnet.org will lay claim to another fun ABF prize. it must be your first time to win. 


Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News

  • The Future of Beekeeping. Read More.
  • Catch the Buzz: NZ exports up nearly 600%, number of beekeepers nearly triples.  Read more.
  • Displaced Coal Miners Turn to Beekeeping. Read More.
  • Honey Market uplifting Beekeeping Production. Read More.
  • Learn about bees at a historic siteRead More.

ABF Welcomes New Members -September 2017

  • Munzer Ahmed, Eastern Ethiopia

  • Barbara Bachmeier, Alaska

  • Kathy Bruno, Wisconsin

  • Jolene Eriksen, Iowa

  • Diane Fasig, California

  • Leslie Gosnell, North Carolina

  • Kurtis Gross, Illinois

  • Kerry Haskins, Oregon

  • Daniel Hill, Texas

  • Alan Jensen, Idaho

  • Roy Kawamoto, Hawaii

  • Robert McCubbin, Montana

  • Alex McGlamery, Arizona

  • Roberta McLain, Massachusetts

  • Donald Menard, Texas

  • Teresa Tobey, Oklahoma

  • Kevin Welch, New York


Recipe of the Month:Lavender Honey Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

 

Cake Ingredients

1/2 cup butter room temp
2 eggs room temp
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons dried lavender
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup milk
  

Frosting Ingredients

 

8 ounces cream cheese room temp
2 tablespoons butter room temp
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, the 2 teaspoons lavender, and the salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, honey, and vanilla; beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until mixture is combined. Spoon batter into lined muffin tins, filling each about half full. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the muffin tin on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin tins. Cool completely on wire racks.


In large mixing bowl beat cheese, butter, honey, and vanilla with mixer on medium until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1 cup of the powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency.

Frost the completely cooled cupcakes with the honey frosting. Sprinkle with more lavender if desired

 

Recipe By: Kimmy's Bake Shop (kimmysbakeshop.com)

 
 
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