This time of year, is a special time of year for my household. In a week, my family will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. For our home, it is a time to celebrate, reflect and renew. We celebrate with our family, friends and congregation that another year is upon us. We reflect on the past year, the good and the bad. We think of ways to stay, happy, healthy and loving. We also look at how to be part of the change in the world to bring positive motion. For our family it is also a time to renew our commitment to living our lives with the best possible effort to be happy and caring in this world.
One tradition during Rosh Hashanah is to eat apples and honey. Apples and honey represent the sweetness of the new year and all the good that it holds.
And if by chance anyone visits West Jefferson, North Carolina – on the North Third Avenue side – is the best little honey shop. It is called the Honey Hole. We had a great time, checking out the bee keeping supplies, sampling honey and browsing the bee gift selection.
And for those friends looking for a little twist to the tradition – we mix it up a little in our house. For dessert on the holidays we have a plate of sliced apples, alongside, little bowls of different types of honey and even maple or agave syrup. Then there are small plates of toppings for dipping. This includes: chopped nuts, dried fruit (currants, raisins, blueberries are favorites in our household) and anything else we might find like mini chocolate chips or shredded coconut. And don’t worry about the left over toppings – assuming no double dippers invited – we mix all the left over ingredients – add gluten free oats, pour it over apples, bake it and you have yet another amazing holiday treat!
The light honey is a gift from a friend who traveled to NY, maple syrup from Weaver Street Market and Blue Agave. And our new addition of local honey from Honeysuckle Teahouse.