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Fresh Texas Honey Lemonade

What’s the buzz all about, Charlie Bee?

You may have met Charlie Agar and his wife Kaye behind a table laden with local honey at the farmer’s market in New Braunfels.  Charlie is the proverbially smiling, friendly face, supported by his sweet wife, behind the Charlie Bee brand of honey.  

But Charlie has been more than a simple beekeeper.  He stares fear in the face and removes unwanted bee hives from inside urban attics, barns, and buildings, safely relocating them to a rural setting. He is the “who you gonna call” of the bee hive world!  

He has honed this enviable craft to the point of starring in his own Public Television Show called “Charlie Bee Company”.  It has aired all over the world – Australia, Eastern Europe, France and Germany.  Season two is queued up and ready to go – stay tuned! Every episode finds Charlie in the unenviable position of figuring out how to remove dangerous giant buzzing hives from unwanted situations.  You can’t imagine the places bees will decide to domicile!

What started as a business to relocate unwanted Africanized bees and literally to save them, is now evolving into a full agri-tourism destination dedicated to the love of beekeeping.  I visited Charlie at his farm in New Berlin to see what he was up to and learn about his newest bee adventure.

A brand new fully outfitted store which houses all things beekeeping greeted me upon arrival.  The grounds approaching are laid out for a future hexagon shaped garden featuring bee-attracting plants and landscape.  Brand new in the store is a full hive where you can safely view the intricate lives of a bee colony.  

With free beekeeping classes on  Saturday mornings, Charlie is currently focused on helping the backyard beekeeper learn the intricacies of this popular hobby.  

After the bee season (through July) he will focus on programs for children and adults that spread the knowledge about the importance of these little pollinators to our ecosystem.  So for the “bee curious”, Charlie’s farm will be your one-stop destination!

And if you’re wondering – YES, I did suit up in a bee suit and visited his 40 plus hives located on the property.  We went on a seek and search mission to find the queen in one of the hives – a tricky and important aspect of bee-keeping. Every hive has one queen.  We found her, but she slipped away – ahhh, once again the intricacies of  this craft.

So, of course in true Texicureans fashion we will prepare a Texas recipe together.  What could be more cooling than a glass of lemonade after a morning in a bee suit?  We used Charlie’s honey – full of nutrition,  and created a beautiful pitcher fit for a queen.  

I squeezed lemons and Charlie shared his dreams for God’s little important creatures in New Berlin.  As with all things, Charlie – the adventure continues!  You can find out more at his website: www.charliebee.com or take a family drive out to 694 Smith Falor Road in New Berlin  to snag some local honey and learn about all things bees and beekeeping!

Honey Lemonade

Chill Pill for the Summer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup Texas honey
  • 5 cups water
  • ice


  • Squeeze enough lemons to make 1 cup juice. Add in honey and stir vigorously. Add in 5 cups water and pour over ice in glasses. Enjoy!


Keyword lemonade, lemons, honey

Chill Dill Cucumber Soup

Cool, refreshing, and literally lunch in a bowl – this chilled soup will make your warm summer days happy!

Cucumbers combined with dill and tarragon give depth of flavor.  The yogurt is full of protein.  And throw in some Texas olive oil – YUM!

Fresh dill is amazing in this soup, but if you only have dried – go for it.  Fresh tarragon is a little harder to find and so I used dried.

A blender makes prep easy.  If you have a small blender, just divide in 1/2 to prepare.


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Chill Dill Cucumber Soup

A refreshing summer lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • blender


  • 2 1/4 cups greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 small shallots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves (approx 1 bunch)
  • 3 tbsp loosely packed fresh tarragon leaves (or 3 tsp dried)
  • 3 large greenhouse cucumbers, loosely chopped (seeding is optional to taste)
  • 1/3 cup Texas Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Herb Butter Drop Biscuits

Biscuits: Yum.  Biscuits with a herb butter: Amazing!

A food processor and simply dropping the biscuits make prep super easy.  And melding the herbs into butter is a fragrant gift.

For brunch you can add an egg dish.  For lunch – a salad.  And for dinner – well that Soul Food recipe last week is a perfect match.

And they freeze well!


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Herb Butter Biscuits

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course brunch
Cuisine American


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or 1 cup white + 1 cup whole wheat
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  •  Melt 4 tbsp butter, adding rosemary and thyme.  Stir and remove from heat.
  • In a food processor, pulse together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and soda.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in sage.  Pour in buttermilk and stir to combined.
  • Drop tablespoons o dough onto the sheet into 12 equal mounds.  Brush tops with melted herb butter.
  • Bake until golden brown for 15 - 20 minutes.


1.  You can substitute buttermilk with 1 cup milk that has 1 tbsp vinegar added.  Let sit for a few minutes before using.  
2.  You can also substitute fresh herbs using a 1 tsp dried = 1 tbsp fresh formula.
Keyword herb butter, biscuits, drop biscuits