Monday, March 8, 2010

A Honey of a Good Time

This is a week where
is in order.

I've got deadlines, conferences, and lots of family events. I love to be busy. But sometimes if I'm THIS busy, I need to find ways to breathe!!!

So in honor of breathing and simplicity, let me share one of my favorite ways to enjoy cheese
-- serve it with jam and honey and nuts and dried fruits. Yes, honey and jam! Cheese laced with a sweet is fabulous!

Think mini crisp cheesecakes!

You create little morsels that make every cheese-y bite a new experience.

[Hint: There is no specific recipe in this particular blog. You are the inventor. Look in your refrigerator. Be creative. I pulled out a jar of my stepsister's homemade jam, one of my favorite honeys -- good for antioxidants -- and a nice pungent cheese. I added some banana chips and pecans. Oh, yeah!]

Add a glass of wine. And YUMMMMMMM!

So, for those of you who might be overworked, over-scheduled, or just over anything...

Raid your refrigerator.

Then take a moment for yourself.

Sit on the porch.

Drink in the sounds of the wind or rain or whatever weather is coming your way.

Eat something delicious.

Think of something that makes you smile.

And breathe. [It's the gift of life!]

In other news...

The winner of our Cookie Cutter contest is
Danica Rice!
Wahoo, Danica! Hope you enjoy making delicious cookies.

Also, our very own Jenn just had a new book released. Sprinkle with Murder is in bookstores near you!

And don't forget Jenn's cupcake contest! If you’d like to win cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop, send us an e-mail at or a comment with your idea of the wackiest cupcake ingredients you can think of.

What's not in the news but something that's free?
On my website, I offer tips or recipes, newsletters, pictures, inspirational quotes, and my favorite cheese of the moment. Check it all out by clicking this link


  1. Quick, simple and easy - what could be better? I would have never thought of putting honey and cheese together, but it does sound good. Thanks.

  2. Okay, Mason Canyon, I've got to ask. What time zone do you live in that you are the first to respond every day? I'm giggling because I checked in to make sure the post "posted", and there you are, commenting at midnight!  You are a delight! ~ Avery

  3. Cheese and honey....mmm.

    And you are so *right*--we've all got to take some time out and smell the roses every day. Sometimes I do forget to breathe deeply and relax. I'm going to start out on the right foot this morning!


  4. I am so excited... I just found the only specialty cheese shop on the island... heading there today!

    Great timing for this post!

  5. Delightful post. Thanks so much for the reminder, and the creative ideas of ways to enjoy cheese.


  6. I'm so glad everyone is enjoying this. ~Avery

  7. I like the idea of honey and cheese. Going to raid my refrigerator.

  8. This sounds like a fabulous, mid-afternoon pick-me-up kind of snack. I know I have some apricot preserves in my fridge . . .

  9. OOH, apricot preserves. Love them!

  10. Avery, I'm in Georgia and the only reason I've been first lately - can't sleep. So I check to make sure everything posted right on Thoughts in Progress and then check a few blogs that post early. Which (due to the lateness of the hour) this is one blog I shouldn't check. I'm always so hungry when I get finished reading the new post. LOL So when I go to sleep I have visions of cheese, honey and such. :)

  11. Janel, my dogs think they're supposed to have a mid-afternoon cheese snack. Their cheese isn't served with honey, though.

    I'm always in a quandry about what to serve guests who arrive late since they've already had dinner. This would be lovely with a glass of wine.

    ~ Krista

  12. Honey and cheese - Brilliant! These are two things I always have on hand and with a bit of fruit on the side and fresh bread it really does make for an elegant and satisfying lunch or snack. Thank you, Avery!


  13. What a fabulous idea, Avery! At my signing,
    I had people anticipating your series. Very

  14. Yes....why not, as I reflect. I eat jalapeno jelly on cream cheese, so a sweet another cheese sounds absolutely delectable.