The holidays are here and so is our sale

The holidays are here and so is our sale

November 24, 2017 |  Category:   holidays the biz

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can turn all our attention to the holidays. Our Candy Cane Chocolate Crunch cookies are back in stock and we've got a new look for our gift boxes too. We previewed them on Mother's Day this year, but now all our gift boxes will feature sleep black boxes tied with luxurious double faced satin ribbon and a tag with our new logo. So in the spirit of giving, take 20% off your entire order on our website from now until Sunday, November 26 with code SHOPSMALL20. Happy holidays!… CONTINUE READING

Life lately, Fall edition

Life lately, Fall edition

November 17, 2017 |  Category:   life

Seemed like we kept waiting for Fall to happen here in New York. An endless string of 70 degree days, well into deep October, and the trees hadn’t gotten the memo to change colors. Then one day it did and it got cold overnight, and we pulled out our boots and scarves and wondered if that was it. I know it’s technically still Fall, but the darkness that settles amid the late afternoon shadows around 4:30 makes it feel like it’s already winter. It never got cold enough when it counted for the leaves to give us their usual show of colors and for that reason it feels like we got ripped off of our favorite season. This Fall has… CONTINUE READING

Driving the Cascade Loop

Driving the Cascade Loop

October 16, 2017 |  Category:   Seattle & the NW travels

This summer in Washington, we took a road trip on a route called “The Cascade Loop”, a 440 mile drive through some of the most diverse landscapes in the Northwest Washington. Leaving from our stay in Lummi Island, we headed towards North Cascades National Park with a few planned stops along the way before lodging for a night roughly halfway through our drive near a town called Winthrop. Our first stop: Diablo Lake. Seeing photos of the mesmerizing green-blue color of this expansive lake doesn’t really prepare you for what it looks like in real life. The color is indescribable——a brilliant turquoise that gets its hue from glaciers that are ground into a fine powder by rocks and suspended on… CONTINUE READING

Eat more cookies and help us raise money for hurricane recovery efforts

Eat more cookies and help us raise money for hurricane recovery efforts

October 4, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

It's been a devastating month of news. I hope all of you are hanging in while trying to make sense of recent events, but to be honest, the world doesn't make much sense right now. It seems we just keep reeling from one tragedy to the next. If you have personally been affected by the hurricanes or the shootings in Las Vegas, we are so sorry. The only thing we can do is help in anyway we can. We'll be donating 25% of all sales from our website the first two weeks of October to Unicef and United for Puerto Rico to help in the recovery efforts. Hang in there, friends. … CONTINUE READING

An evening at The Willow’s Inn

An evening at The Willow’s Inn

September 25, 2017 |  Category:   dining out Seattle & the NW travels

There are certain meals in your life that will always be remembered (a milestone birthday at Eleven Madison Park a number of years ago comes to mind, for example). It's not necessarily a fancy meal at a restaurant that makes an evening memorable–—so many factors can make a meal special, but this summer we were fortunate enough to dine at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island. Mark's family had been talking about this restaurant for years, and we decided that this summer would be the year that we finally make a reservation. While the food was spectacular, the location was equally special, and the company even more so. It's the sort of trip that our family will… CONTINUE READING

FALL SALE + other biz news

FALL SALE + other biz news

September 13, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

It's been awhile, hasn't it? And I do want to tell you about our annual trip out to the NW, but first things first: a Fall sale to kick off our favorite season. Take 20% off our entire inventory on our website with code FALLYAY17 through September 15 (sale prices are automatically priced on our Etsy shop). It's been a hectic return to NYC (have we only been back a week? It feels like our travels were a month ago!), but we are finally settled back into routines and despite a crazy Fall schedule this year, very much looking forward to the new season.… CONTINUE READING

Summer’s midpoint

Summer’s midpoint

August 4, 2017 |  Category:   life

Like a broken record, we all collectively wonder…where did the summer go? We’re technically at summer’s midpoint and there are still 5 weeks left before school starts, but psychologically, August feels like the beginning of the end. Why is that? There’s been a very familiar rhythm to our lives for quite some time. Familiar routines and schedules, just different years. While in one sense it’s comforting and even desired when you’re raising kids, it’s also oddly suffocating. I know that sounds contradictory, but all I can say is that I’m ready for some sort of shake up in my life – and not the bad kind that has plagued our family recently, but the good kind…the exciting and scary kind.… CONTINUE READING

Last call clearance sale on kitchen conversion prints

Last call clearance sale on kitchen conversion prints

July 21, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

When we first introduced these kitchen conversion prints 6 years ago, it was a bit of a revelation because it was the first time we added non-food items to our product line. I also printed these on tea towels for a few years (who remembers those?). It was a great run and we sold a few thousand of these posters and prints, but it's time to retire them now and move on. We'll be discontinuing the kitchen conversion posters after August 13, so here's your last chance to get them – and save 20% too! Use code: LASTCALL. Available on our website or on Etsy. … CONTINUE READING

A new instagram account

A new instagram account

July 17, 2017 |  Category:   art + design

I started a new Instagram account just for art a few months ago. The idea to create a separate account was not without much consideration since I didn’t want to be spending any more time on Instagram than I already was. But I must admit – it’s nice to see all the work grouped together in one place. I also wanted something to hold me accountable since my intention is to draw or paint a few times a week and track progress, but I find it nearly impossible to keep up when my workload becomes tough. Posting in the last 6 weeks have been sparse because of deadlines, but I hope to start it up again this summer. I admire… CONTINUE READING

the start of summer (plus a sale)

the start of summer (plus a sale)

July 6, 2017 |  Category:   life parenting

First things first: we're having a 20% off marshmallow sale on our site until July 10th (use code: MARSHMALLOWS) and on Etsy (sale prices as marked). Summers always make me think of campfires (one of my favorite nostalgic smells ever), and no campfire experience is complete without roasting marshmallows on sticks gathered in the woods. It's summer. Now that July is here and we've settled into our schedule of camps for the kids and (hopefully) a slower pace for us during the summer months, I'm hoping to pick up the projects that I had to set aside for the last 2 months. June was one of those "heads down and work" kind of months for both… CONTINUE READING

rhubarb tart

rhubarb tart

July 3, 2017 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

July already? It's been awhile since I've posted here, but we baked a tart yesterday with some rhubarb found at the farmer's market over the weekend and wanted to share. Normally we'd use rhubarb to bake a pie, but as is often the case, Mark threw this together somewhat last minute – it came out well, though! It would make a great 4th of July dessert if you're looking for alternatives to pie, and it would pair well with ice cream too. Happy 4th of July, friends. Looking forward to posting a bit more regularly over the summer (June was a beast of a month). Rhubarb Tart Tart Dough 6 ounces cold butter 2 cups flour 5 tablespoons sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 egg yolk Cut… CONTINUE READING

It’s almost June which means Father’s Day is around the corner

It’s almost June which means Father’s Day is around the corner

May 30, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

I saw someone mention something on social media the other day about how we're already halfway through 2017 and I nearly flipped out. But it's (almost) true. The end of May snuck up on us this year which means Father's Day snuck up on us this year too, but our gift boxes are now up and you can save 15% off if you pre-order your gift box by June 1st with code 15FOFDAD. I love this gift box as it has some of our bestsellers - the Hazelnut Whisky, and Massaman Curry Peanut Butter sandwich cookies, as well as bourbon marshmallows and the double chocolate cookies with smoked sea salt (which we hope to sell in packages in… CONTINUE READING

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