Thursday, June 6, 2013

Honey and Nutmeg, and Cinnamon...

a week goes by like this for me...
where I can only live, lying down and no matter what I lay on...
it feels hard as a rock
(the goat is okay; she is just resting from her romp on the rock)

when I have accidentally ingested gluten, my functionality goes out the window
and my world looks like a blur where things can look doubled and foggy
where pain and darkness exists for a while...

but then, God in His mercy towards me...
will graciously lift me back out of that terrible aversion to grain proteins...
and I feel better and ready to go on with life
for anyone who has celiac, you know what I talk of

in any case, I'm happy to say...
raw honey, nutmeg and cinnamon are on my thankful list of foods the Lord has given me to enjoy

and He has blessed our nutmeg trees with good growth and a few early nutmegs

they grew from these tiny "beads"...
to palm-sized balls with a most delectable spice in the middle

not only does it come with the nutmeg spice but...
it comes twice as nice with the mace covering over the nutmeg ball

feel free to click on the names for more info on these wonderful spices

how wonderfully sovereign God created these strong, aromatic, warm jewels
one can see the intricate mace indentation...
 as the nutmeg grew inside it's outer flesh

the red lace of mace is also used as a spice and I like to throw it into a pot of roasting meat
soft and pliable, it peels off the nutmeg shell easily

and again, one can see the detail of the mace indentation against the dark shell

to crack open the nutmeg from out of it's shell...
I put it on a cloth and cover it...

and give it a good, firm whack!
but, not too hard so the nutmeg does not break into pieces with the shell

a rather beautiful little thing that will give dishes a wonderful culinary event

and the cinnamon tree has been growing quite a bit...
and lately flowered very nicely...
except that I missed getting the blooms on camera

it is the bark, of course that is used most often...
and the leaves, too, can be used as a tea or flavoring a dish

raw honey, nutmeg and cinnamon make a great threesome

if one is making this for sweetening tea, coffee or drinks...
leave out the butter
otherwise, this is what I do for making pancake syrup

2 Tbsp of butter
1/4 tsp of grated nutmeg
1 stick or 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 cup of raw honey

heat all together in a saucepan over low heat until the butter is melted

put into a small serving bowl and serve, stirring when ready to pour over pancakes
or, just lightly heat the raw honey in the pot with the spices to help bring out the flavors...
and, I put the syrup made without the butter in a jar for use in sweetening drinks, tea or coffee
I like to leave the cinnamon stick in the honey for a stronger cinnamon flavor over time
I make enough to last just a few days

I promised a give-away of a jar of Pilgrim's Farm raw, pure honey...
so anyone interested in trying out for the honey...
please do put in a comment so your name can be put into the bag for random picking
I will be giving more info on this with a photo of the honey and jar next week...
in the meantime, consider the give-away now started

May your day or night be sweetened in the grace of God.


  1. Glad the goat is ok, I've never seen Nutmeg before, apparently.
    Your concoction sounds good on pancakes!

  2. Oh lovely!

    My niece's husband has celiacs...not fun.

    I've never seen nutmeg in that form before and a cinnamon tree! What great gifts you've been given. Our God has made such delightful foods....


  3. Hey There!!
    I pray you can continue to have wisdom of any hidden gluten. I can see why nature has filled your heart and senses with His bounty and provision. I am in awe of how God wrapps His creation.
    Consider me as in the draw... Let the honey flow...
    Blessings, Roxy

  4. i have been in the hospital for two days - no food in the past 24 hours . . . what i wouldn't give for a cup of tea with honey and spice. At least I'm able to pass the time visiting your blog. i do believe I've read every post now.

    Glad you arefeeling better.

  5. Oh my I didn't realize eating gluten when you shouldn't would do what it does to you. I am thankful to God for His healing creation that helps you. How wonderful to grow your own nutmeg and cinnamon and have your own raw honey. I am truly impressed and in awe of what you do there on your little bit of paradise here on earth.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  6. This post was so interesting! I really had no idea how nutmeg and cinnamon grew. They are both such beautiful plants. How exciting and romantic to be able to grow spices, to have a cinnamon tree in your garden--it's just too neat. And your honey syrup looks delicious!

  7. Wow! What a blessing...I never new this. I so would love to have spice trees in my back yard, now! Thanks for sharing pics, Jean.

  8. Please enter me in your draw for the honey. Your blog is a blessing in so many ways! The photos of all in nature that God has given us is awe inspiring & I thank you for sharing it & the peace that I always feel when I come to your blog. Blessings to you always, Debbie

  9. OH my.... the grace of God to give us such plentious beauty to still enjoy in this old world. Thanks for taking the time to share about nutmeg, and your lovely recipe! Am so glad you are feeling much better! Wish our grains were not so hybridized so we could all enjoy grains in a balanced diet.
    Your blog is so inspiring!! Thanks for taking the time!

  10. ooooh I want some of that pancake loveliness. How do you make pancakes? Your blog is so educational I never knew where mace came from, or have seen a nutmeg nut. Wonderful.

    1. Karen Deborah, perhaps I can do a pancake post next week. Thanks for coming by.

  11. Oh, Sweetie~ I'm so sorry for your sickness. Hope you are feeling much better now...
    And I agree with Karen~ your posts are always so interesting and informative... I always learn something new here.
    How sweet of you to give some of your precious honey away.... and as much as I would love to try some from your part of the world, you can leave my name out of the drawing since we have our own bees~ that way someone else can enjoy what fresh, pure honey tastes like!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Miss Jean. ((HUGS))

  12. Love this botany lesson, thanks for sharing What a treat to have some of your raw honey--thanks be to God for this natural healer!