If you saw yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday photo you are probably wondering who the heck Mark Bruland is and what the heck is BEEing Human? Did you Google it? BEEing Human is Mark’s third instrumental CD – all music composed and played by him. Mark did not ask me to promote his CD, I asked him if I could and like the good MARKeter he is, he said “Even bad publicity is supposed to be good!”
Let me introduce you to Mark.
He and his lovely family have been our neighbors for about 10 years. I still remember the day they were looking at the hobby farm next to us and seeing two little girls playing on the tire swing. It was at that moment I wanted them to BEE our neighbors just so my kids would have someone to play with. Selfish, I know, but we hit the jackpot that day. Mark, Nancy, Chloe and Emma have been a true blessing to our family in so many ways. They are all so kind and considerate and such a smiley family. We just love them.
Mark can BEE a little “quirky” at times. If you ever get an email from him it is filled with EGGstrodinary spelling. If he can use EGG or BEE in a word – he will! Puts a smile on my face every time.
He and his family have an organic hobby farm called Appley Ever After just outside of Viroqua, WI where they have asparagus, raspberries, apples and bees. We are always the lucky recipients of their hard work – top notch honey, fresh asparagus in the spring, raspberries in the summer and freshly pressed apple cider in the fall that is so sweet you would think you were drinking pure sugar.
This is Mark’s third CD and my favorite. Maybe it’s because he wrote every song for someone special in his life. How cool would it be to have a song written just for you? How do you top that on the gift list? I think he’s good for the next year on birthday and Christmas gifts.
I like the calmness Mark’s music brings over me. I’m not going to say – “It’s music that will put you to sleep” – because that doesn’t sound good nor is it true – but it is relaxing. And if you are down and want a quick “pick me up” listen to Track 11, “My Laughing Heart”. It has his daughter Emma’s laughter on it from when she was a toddler. Who can’t help but smile at a toddler’s belly laugh? The ending of the song will melt your heart.
An excerpt from Mark’s CD cover –
“To Chloe, my OMS Child who teaches me that being “different” is almost always “better” than trying to be “normal.” You inspire me to follow in your path and help make the World a better place. To Miss Emma, my little Elcaire who’s warm and gentle spirit I carry with me forever in My Laughing Heart. Especially to Nancy, Suite Honey Bee thank you for 36 years of patience and partnership – I love you!”
See what a sweet guy he is?
If nothing else – help a struggling, middle aged, organic hobby farmer musician out and at least listen to his music. You won’t be disappointed!
In honor of BEEing Human I wanted to have a honey filled recipe. With fresh fruit coming quickly into season – this Honey Yogurt Fruit Dip seemed perfect. Enjoy!
Honey Yogurt Fruit Dip with Fruit Skewers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
What a fun way to display some fruit for your graduation party or picnic. Keep the fruit skewers chilled until ready to serve. The mint on the end will start to wilt once they are warm and won't look as "pretty". If you want to skip the skewer part to save you time, just place the fruit next to the dip and let your guests enjoy!
• 2 cups vanilla yogurt - I like Greek yogurt best and used the Chobani brand
• 1/4 cup honey
• 2 teaspoons vanilla
• 1 quart strawberries, cut into bite-size pieces
• 3 cups fresh pineapple chunks
• 1 cup melon chunks
• Mint leaves - optional
Wooden fruit skewers
Feel free to use whatever kind of fruit you like or is in season.
1. Mix up the yogurt, honey and vanilla in a small bowl with a spoon. Chill until ready to serve.
2. Put part of a mint leaf onto your skewer first if using it.
3. Then put a variety of fruit onto the wooden skewers, alternating the fruit as you go along.
4. End with another sprig of mint if you like. Chill until ready to serve.
5. Serve with the Honey Yogurt Fruit Dip.