And here we are

And here we are

November 18, 2016 |  Category:   life

I didn’t mean to be so silent here after the election, but after actively engaging in conversations on social media immediately following the results, I think I needed to step back after the initial shock and anger. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still angry and disappointed that Trump is our president-elect, but the initial numbness and shock of last Wednesday has finally worn off and now I’m feeling overwhelmed at the sheer number of articles, essays and opinions that are flying across my feeds everyday. I needed to shut everything off for awhile and refocus on life (which has gotten very overwhelming if I’m being honest). It also seemed wrong not to address the election here, so I’m just going… CONTINUE READING

reawakening the inner artist

reawakening the inner artist

November 1, 2016 |  Category:   art + design life me

In many ways, this year hasn’t gone the way that I thought it might. I’m not sure what I expected when my start up job ended back in May and I transitioned back to freelance and our bakery biz, but I thought I would have more time than I ended up having. But as it goes, you can neither predict nor totally control life. There are many things that I can’t cross off my list this year, but the one thing I can cross off is that I’ve started to draw and paint again. I wasn’t even sure I knew how anymore, but as it turns out, drawing is a bit like riding a bike – you never really forget… CONTINUE READING

Watkins Glen. Waterfall magic in upstate NY.

Watkins Glen. Waterfall magic in upstate NY.

October 19, 2016 |  Category:   life travels

When we visited Letchworth State Park earlier in the year, we could only imagine how beautiful it must be in the Fall when the leaves turned golden. We didn't return to that particular park on a recent trip upstate, but New York in the Finger Lakes region is so abundant with gorges and waterfalls that visiting all the state parks in the region will keep us busy for years. About 4 hours north of NYC, just south of Seneca Lake, is Watkins Glen. The centerpiece of the park is the narrow gorge which was carved by glaciers. Waterfalls cascade down in a series of pools and the gorge trail is an intricate walkway of stone steps and bridges along the… CONTINUE READING

A year of flowers. It’s the little things that make a difference

A year of flowers. It’s the little things that make a difference

October 12, 2016 |  Category:   photography the biz

Last week, our 2017 calendars went on sale (available on our site and on Etsy) and this year's calendar is a departure from our usual food and NYC calendars. We've been playing with flowers all year – in our food, in sketches and watercolors, and also in collages (three from the series I did this summer are below). It only seemed fitting to do a floral calendar this year and it's always nice to change things up. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed putting this year's calendar together. When my start up tech job ended earlier this year, we had to go back to being on a strict budget now that I was… CONTINUE READING

sunday dinners and kids who cook

sunday dinners and kids who cook

October 5, 2016 |  Category:   cooking family parenting

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Mark’s been cooking with the girls for years. As soon as they took an interest and was old enough to stir a bowl of batter or de-stem a sprig of herbs, they’ve been sitting on barstools at the kitchen counter watching and learning how to cook. It’s nerve-racking the first time you let your child handle a knife on their own, but it is a culinary milestone when it happens. When I was regularly broadcasting live video on Periscope this past year, we’d sometimes do these “cooking with kids” videos where the girls would assist Mark on a cooking show style broadcast. I only reference this because it wasn’t long ago that the… CONTINUE READING

Cheesecake with a Blackberry Lavender Sauce

Cheesecake with a Blackberry Lavender Sauce

September 30, 2016 |  Category:   cooking recipes

Mark recently remarked to me that I was lucky because sometimes I can wish for cake and it will magically appear the next day. If I’m really lucky, he’ll whip one up in a few hours. I know not everyone is a cake person, but if you are, there’s something about a cake craving that can be so intense that nothing else – not ice cream, or a pastry, or even a cupcake – can satiate it. It’s true that these cravings often come when I’m super stressed (and can I tell you right now that my stress level is through the roof this month?), but that fragrant smell of cake baking in the oven is so comforting. While it… CONTINUE READING

Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the US

Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the US

September 21, 2016 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

It often starts with a photo. A photo of a place that seems so unreal, I need to see it for myself. And sometimes, that is how I plan our summer trips back to Washington. Luckily for us, there is so much to see in the Pacific Northwest that our annual summer trips to visit family don’t feel the same every year. It’s enabled us to travel affordably and still feel like we got away. And Cape Flattery? It’s one of those places that we keep saying we should visit, even when we lived in Washington. But honestly? I’m not sure I would have appreciated it as much when I was younger. There’s something about having lived through all the… CONTINUE READING

Sunset at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

Sunset at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

September 14, 2016 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

As much as we can try and document certain places for the benefit of others to enjoy (or for ourselves to remember later), photos often fail to convey the beauty and thrill of an experience. I think a view might be better appreciated when you work for it by hiking miles or straight up a side of a mountain – it’s a reward. But let’s talk about this view! I loved this sunset hike on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. In a last minute change of schedule, we decided to drive here for the sunset rather than hiking the ridge in the morning, mostly because we wanted to participate in the stargazing program after sundown. Aside from a few… CONTINUE READING

Fall Sale (and a little catch up)

Fall Sale (and a little catch up)

September 12, 2016 |  Category:   the biz

We've been back from the West Coast for a week and trying to get our bearings as school begins and we get ready for the busy Fall season. There are so many photos and thoughts I want to post from our trip, but now that the heavy humidity and heat from the past few days have lifted, it seems like a good time to announce a Fall sale. The air feels so fresh and cool this morning! And it feels like cookie season again. Pumpkin Ginger Sandwich Cookies are back in the shop, but only for a few months. Take 20% off your entire order on either our website or our Etsy shop until… CONTINUE READING

cherry season, and a recipe for Cherries galette

cherry season, and a recipe for Cherries galette

August 15, 2016 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

I recently read an article behind the reason why produce in Chinatown is so much cheaper than other supermarkets and grocery stores in the city. It's something that always made me curious, but never thought too deeply about, perhaps so I could continue to blindly enjoy bargain priced mangoes, lychees and cherries. Oh, the cherries! I especially get excited when cherries first appear on the streets of Chinatown because they can be bought for as much as half of what the supermarkets charge. How is this possible? Turns out these vendors have a different supplier than mainstream supermarkets – they deal directly with farmers and wholesalers. Eating cherries on their own is probably my favorite way to eat them,… CONTINUE READING

summer’s midpoint, and chasing sunsets

summer’s midpoint, and chasing sunsets

August 2, 2016 |  Category:   life

Taking any kind of extended leave from full time employment is a delicate dance between truly enjoying myself and suppressing any feelings of guilt for taking time off. To be fair, it wasn’t entirely intentional. But summer dictates its own unique rhythm and pace in terms of freelance work (clients don’t seem to be in any kind of hurry) and thus, I’ve had more free time on my hands than anticipated. If I’m counting myself as my own client in terms of my impossibly long list of tasks for our business, I’m guilty of some serious procrastination myself. But if there’s any season that’s best to slow down, wouldn’t it be summer? Ironically, trying to slow down life might just… CONTINUE READING

desserts, lately

desserts, lately

July 25, 2016 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts cooking life

Mark and I have been making desserts almost weekly this summer, most of which we’ll create stories for on Snapchat and then post on Instagram. The seasonal fruits and flowers found at the markets these days are hard to resist! And I’ve taken advantage of my free(er) time to work on photo and food styling skills. We’re not food bloggers – every project takes a long time to set up, style and document – and we’ve quickly realized that you could just do this full time if food blogging was your thing. But it’s been fun to devote some time every week to fun food and Mark gets to make something other than cookies (ha!). The camomile that we bought… CONTINUE READING

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