Lavender fields on the North Shore, LI

Lavender fields on the North Shore, LI

July 13, 2016 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

Have you ever stood in the middle of a lavender field? It’s an experience that feeds all the senses. The blooming season is quite short though, and we’ve missed it the last couple of years, but I made sure to mark the season on my calendar because I’ve been wanting to go back for years. The lavender farm closest to us is located on the North Shore of Long Island. If you’re driving from the city, it’s a couple of hours drive, but you can make a nice day trip of it and visit farm stands, wineries and all the charming towns that line the North Fork. It’s one of our favorite places to go in the New York area.… CONTINUE READING

We’re all in this together

We’re all in this together

July 9, 2016 |  Category:   life

I'm sure you've been reading and watching the news. Everyone has. It's a really confusing and sad time for our country when it feels like nothing has changed from our past, doesn't it? But while we still have a lot of work to do (STILL! In 2016!) of course some things have changed; it's just easy to forget when we're seeing such terrifying events unfold. I still have hope. We need to have hope. It's the only thing sometimes that propels us forward. By the way, I was so happy to see this. As a non-white person, but one who may sometimes be viewed as a person of privilege among people of color, it's sometimes confusing to make sense… CONTINUE READING

NYC in the summer: Museum Mile Festival

NYC in the summer: Museum Mile Festival

June 23, 2016 |  Category:   life nyc outings

This photo that I posted on Instagram last week from the Museum Mile Festival is a perfect snapshot of a NYC summer moment. If you’re from here, or have ever visited during the summer months, you may know what I mean. There’s a certain energy and a feeling of endless possibilities in early summer here in NYC – before New Yorkers get tired of the heat and the smells and the humidity, which thankfully, hasn’t descended on us yet. As days stretch longer into the evening hours, that light at dusk lingers and bathes the city all golden. It’s almost a shame to be inside at this hour. June is also a month of transitions and it always catches me… CONTINUE READING

the funny thing about time

the funny thing about time

June 14, 2016 |  Category:   life

It’s been a little over a month since the big change and I’ve been thinking about the way in which I’ve been spending my days and what my definition of productivity means. I think the most challenging thing about working for myself and from home again is to make sure there is some semblance of a structured daily schedule, otherwise it’s far too easy to let the day get away from you. With a blink of an eye, 6pm could be staring back at you leaving you wondering where the day went. To be honest, though I am making sure to set aside time for some relaxing and soul-feeding activities (I’m exploring art again, but that is a different post… CONTINUE READING

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

June 10, 2016 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

We posted this key lime pie a few weeks ago on Instagram and got requests for the recipe, so we decided to post it. It’s such a simple pie to make, especially if you get a pre-baked graham cracker crust. Mark usually makes his own, but honestly, the pre-baked ones you get at the store can be just fine. We’ve tried a few key lime pie recipes before, but this one came out particularly well, with just the right balance of tart and sweet (sometimes key lime pies can come out a little too tart). Not sure what it is, but I haven’t been craving chocolate desserts for a good long while. Things that I’ve loved in the past like… CONTINUE READING

Late Spring, in all its seasonal glory

Late Spring, in all its seasonal glory

June 1, 2016 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

The farmers markets around the city are bursting with seasonal produce and flowers lately and we’ve been picking up fiddleheads, ramps, lilacs and any other goodies that catch our eye. Even though my office was near Union Square and I’d walk through the market every Monday to and from work, the market on Saturdays is much bigger with a lot more farmers. Our favorite recent purchase were these camomile flowers. We made a few desserts with the edible flowers that I’ll post at a later date, but if you follow us on Instagram or Snapchat, then you’ve seen some of our recent little food projects. I think the biggest surprise was the long line for peonies at one of the… CONTINUE READING

Bourbon marshmallows and a Father’s Day pre-sale

Bourbon marshmallows and a Father’s Day pre-sale

May 28, 2016 |  Category:   the biz

We're mixing things up with our Father's Day Gift Box this year with bourbon marshmallows made with Marker's Mark bourbon. It's a bit of a change from the chocolate stout beer marshmallows we've been making for the past few years. What other goodies are inside the box? Double chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips and smoked sea salt. And if you order early this Memorial Day weekend, enjoy $5 off. No coupon code needed - the sale price is marked. … CONTINUE READING

summer is near, and a new rhythm

summer is near, and a new rhythm

May 23, 2016 |  Category:   life

Seems like this year I blinked and all the flowers were gone. Didn’t revel in them like we do every year. We missed the cherry blossom festival for the first time in years and we didn’t even get to enjoy our favorite cherry blossom tree in the neighborhood. The branches are low enough that the clouds of lush pink blooms envelope you once you step under the tree. It’s a total sensory experience that we look forward to every Spring, but somehow, we missed it. We didn’t even get to skip across the petals that fall to the sidewalk – the best kind of confetti you can find. The flowering tree season seemed to have come earlier this year, but… CONTINUE READING

The gorges and waterfalls of Letchworth State Park

The gorges and waterfalls of Letchworth State Park

May 16, 2016 |  Category:   life travels

I can only imagine how absolutely stunning this park would be in the Fall when the leaves are at its peak glory. Because of our seasonal school and business schedules, we always seem to travel upstate to visit family when its cold and bleak. When we left the city for Spring break at the end of April, the trees had just burst with green seemingly overnight, but as we drove further north, it was like turning the clock back on time into winter. The trees became bare again and the unseasonably cold weather and perpetual gray skies didn’t help. I kept exclaiming in the car how brown everything was. But this view right here, the middle falls of Letchworth State… CONTINUE READING

I’m a recovering perfectionist, and some thoughts about failure.

I’m a recovering perfectionist, and some thoughts about failure.

May 9, 2016 |  Category:   life me rambling

As an (overly) ambitious and driven person, accepting failure is hard. Finding the lessons to be learned from those failures, however, is not too difficult to do. The truth is – and this may sound ridiculous – I have not “failed” at very many things in my life and in a way I felt I was overdue. I know this is a really weird way to look at things, but hear me out. It’s an important lesson that I need to pass on to my daughters and one that’s taken me nearly a lifetime to learn. We can’t live in fear of failure because failure is a part of life. If it’s not something you’ve gone through and experienced, you won’t… CONTINUE READING

the death of one and the rebirth of another

the death of one and the rebirth of another

April 25, 2016 |  Category:   life

It's only April, but 2016 has already put me through the wringer. Where the rest of the year will go is anyone's guess. I'm still trying to collect my thoughts and get my bearings around the fact that my tech start up has shut down quite suddenly, but the overwhelming response on that post and on Twitter is testament that our team built something special. I'm working on my own Medium post because there's so much still to say about this experience, but for now, a focus back on our bakery business is in much needed order. Watching the city bloom and the way the light progressively changes every day as we move through seasons has made the… CONTINUE READING

Mother’s Day and new places to connect

Mother’s Day and new places to connect

April 17, 2016 |  Category:   the biz

The weather is finally warm here in NYC and this reminds us that Mother's Day is right around the corner. If you aren't signed up for our mailing list, join for an exclusive sale code that we'll be sending to our email subscribers Monday for Mother's Day gifts (we don't send very many emails, only sale codes, promise!). After experimenting with live streaming for a year on Meerkat and Periscope, we're trying out Facebook Live. If you like us on Facebook, you'll be able to see our livestream in your feed (well, depending on the FB algorithms). We hope to do more broadcasts from markets and the kitchen, as well as interesting places and… CONTINUE READING

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