Friday, October 2, 2015

Honey Converter

Thinking ahead to next year, I've been considering how to bottle and sell honey since there is a long line of people wanting to buy some. So one of my considerations has been jar size. What jar size to sell (because they're all sold according to how many fluid oz they hold)? And how much honey (by weight) will that jar hold?

So I've been doing a number of calculations on my own with pen & paper (which stinks). Then I found out that in New England, if you sell honey, it has to be marked by weight using both metric and English measurement systems. Seriously? Another calculation?

Well, lucky me, I found an online converter! Now all I have to do is plug in the numbers and whee! It spits out the right answer for me.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

How to Enter a Rafflecopter Giveaway

I'm sort of new to using Rafflecopter to host a giveaway, so maybe some of you are new to using it. So anyway, I thought I'd post some instructions regarding how to enter my recent giveaway. I love hearing from you all, but I feel it would be a shame if any entries were not actually getting captured by Rafflecopter. So I put together this little "job aid" to provide step-by-step instructions for making sure your entry is counted.

How to Submit a Rafflecopter Entry

Step 1: Log into Rafflecopter. You have two choices:

  • Option 1: Select the FaceBook icon to login that way. 
  • Option 2: Select the Use Your Email button.
Because the steps for logging in through FB vs. using your email are quite varied, I'm skipping those steps. However, either way, it's very simple. Just follow the on-screen prompts to enter your information.

Select an option for logging into Rafflecopter.

Step 2: Read the entry instructions. Rafflecopter will present you with a box that tells you what you need to do. To the right of the box is an arrow that allows you to expand the instructions. Select that arrow to view the complete instructions.
Arrow for expanding instructions.

Full instructions revealed

Step 3: Mark completion of step. After you have completed the required task (in this case, added a comment), go back to the Rafflecopter widget and mark completion of the step. Depending on the task, the text on the button will change. It might say, "I commented," "I visited," "I shared," I tweeted" or something like that. However, it's always in the lower right corner.

Select that button to mark completion.

Mark task completion

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Update: Revised instructions to make them clearer.

The long-promised day is here! I've figured out (I think) how to use Rafflecopter, so we're going to have some fun!

On to the big question -- what's the prize???

Pitcairn Island honey and Bee's Wraps

First of all, there is a bottle of Pitcairn Island honey that my honey recently brought back from Fortnum & Mason. If you've ever read about the HMS Bounty (or watched a movie based on the story), you'll recall that Captain Bligh pushed his men to the edge, there was a big mutiny, and the mutineers escaped to a group of small islands in the South Pacific (Pitcairn Islands) where they hoped to live undetected by the British government which would have strung them up.

Pitcairn Island honey label
According to the label, this honey's floral sources include mango, lata, passion flower, guava and roseapple. It describes the flavor as rich and intensely fruity. I have a jar of my own, as well, and I would agree with that assessment. The flavor is intense, rich, warm... to me it tastes strongly of dried tropical fruit and molasses.

Some sources say that Pitcairn Island honey should be stored in the refrigerator once opened because it has a high moisture content and will ferment.

The second item in this prize is a pair of large and medium Bee's Wraps that I picked up earlier this year while I was in Vermont. I don't claim to be a champion when it comes to sustainable living, but I try to do what I can. I love these sustainable, natural wraps. Essentially, they are cotton fabric that has been impregnated with beeswax. You can use them as an alternative to cling wrap to cover a bowl or to wrap a sandwich or some cheese. (BTW, they work better with dry foods and bowls. Do not use them to wrap meat.) Basically, the warmth of your hands softens the wax enough to create a seal. Afterward, all you have to do is rinse the Bee's Wrap with some water (not hot water, though!) Oh, I almost forgot to mention that they smell fabulous!

The total prize value is approximately $50. U.S. and Canadian residents only, please. Follow the instructions below to enter. A more detailed explanation for how to log in to Rafflecopter is also available. This giveaway begins at 12:00 am, September 30, 2015, and it ends at 12:00 am, October 16, 2015.

a Rafflecopter giveaway