the season arrives

November 15, 2013 |  Category:   life the biz



I know I’ve said this before, but the baking business is all repetitive tasks. We’re getting ready to engage in some pretty hefty repetitive labor in quantities we haven’t seen before. Our busy holiday season came early this year and I’m prepared to hunker down. Between that and my freelance workload, I might not see the light of day for awhile. I’m lining up my Netflix cue right now. What I need is another gripping television series that I can marathon watch for days while zoning out on these repetitive tasks. Any suggestions?


Hard to believe, but we’re wrapping up the outdoor Flea season next weekend. We have just 2 more Saturdays in Fort Greene and Mark will be bringing hot chocolate both weekends (sold out at 1pm last Saturday, so come early if you’d like a hot cup). We’re going to try and bring a new flavor tomorrow. Looks like good weather too – not too cold like that sudden blast we had earlier in the week where it actually snowed for a bit. The Flea has been really good to us this year and we’ve had consistently great sale days so we’re sorry to see the season end (although Mark’s cold toes aren’t sorry that he won’t be standing outside for 9 hours). We’ll post our holiday market events soon!

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  • Kiana November 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Hey Jenna! No idea what kind of tv dramas you’re into but we liked Breaking Bad and are watching Sherlock which is available on Netflix. I’ve also heard good things about Call the Midwife. I’m interested to hear what other people pick!

    • Jenna November 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Yup, love breaking bad SO much and so sad it’s over. I did the first 3 seasons in like a week (and did little else with my life that week, haha!). My friend also suggested Sherlock. Haven’t heard of the other. will check it out, thanks!

  • Katie November 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Did you watch Orange is the New Black?

    • Jenna November 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      I haven’t yet. It’s funny because sometimes I resist watching some shows, for no reason at all. That show films sometime in our neighborhood. I’ll get around to it, I’m sure.

  • Laura Richards November 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    If you’ve watched all of the usual suggestions try the British series Black Mirror – ‘The dark side of life and technology’ – high quality, thought provoking and enjoyable.

  • Rita November 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I recommend The Paradise. It’s an 8 episode British costume drama that came out last year. I second Sherlock and Call the Midwife, both are worth watching.

  • Simone November 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Anyone would love Derek. UK series. Only 7 episodes at 24 minutes each – an easy watch and trust me, you will shed a tear, it’s completely charming. Not sure if it’s on Netflix (I watched it on amazon Prime) but Gavin and Stacey is hilarious. It’s another UK comedy.

    • Joann November 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      yes, second this.

      Also, this is a duh… but Friday Night Lights. Who would have thunk that an almost 30 year old and her Son’s of Anarchy-loving husband would rate this as one of their favourite shows ever?

      • Jenna November 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        Friday night lights is another that I feel like I should watch but never have.

        • katie November 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

          watching friday night lights now and really enjoying it. the second season is a bit off [writer’s strike season] but just push through it and it gets better again. also interesting to see the actor who played todd in breaking bad play someone not so, uh, psychotic.

  • Sarah November 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I’m the queen of endless Netflix watching right now. I’m on maternity leave and spending most of my waking hours on the couch feeding and cuddling the new little one. My suggestions… House of Cards, parenthood, Friday night lights, and Homeland. All completely different but all totally good binge watching.
    Good luck this holiday season!

    • Jenna November 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      I really want to watch Homeland but it’s not streaming, booo

      • Lynn November 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm

        If you have Amazon Prime you can stream Homeland!!

  • Chelsea November 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I’m really enjoying The Mindy Project lately, it’s always guarantied to give me a good laugh!

  • Jocy November 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Breaking Bad was so good. I also really like the Wire.

    • Kiana November 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Ooh I love The Wire too and always try to make everyone watch it. But it’s not on Netflix unfortunately. :/

  • Chai Ling November 16, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Hanzawa Naoki – that is what we have in the house lately :)

  • Kay November 16, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Orange is the new black definitely! You will like this for sure.



    The killing

    The walking dead — before I watched this I thought “seriously a show about zombies? I don’t think so” I NEVER in a million years thought I would enjoy this show but after one episode I was hooked. And now I buy new episodes on iTunes.

    • Kay November 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Also, The Fall

      • Jenna November 18, 2013 at 7:11 pm

        I tried to get into weeds, but probably didn’t give it much a chance.

    • Jill December 4, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      I’m way late to the party here, but gonna second The Killing. It’s on Netflx – three seasons of it – and it takes place in Seattle. It’s a dark series about some very flawed characters that are homicide detectives, very slow-moving, but that pace is pretty refreshing for me. I think you might like it a lot! (The scenery is very beautiful, too!)

  • Wendy November 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

    No idea if they are on Netflix but Top of Lake and Rectify are must-see to me :)

  • jennifer November 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    have you seen the hour??

    • Jenna November 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      I haven’t even heard of it, but you’re the 2nd or 3rd person to recommend this so I’ll have to look into it!

  • SY November 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Orange is the New Black
    The Wire (old but so good)
    House of Cards
    House of Elliot (another old one)
    Seven and Up (documentary)

    I line dry clothes so I always take an hour or two a week to zone out and iron while the kids are asleep. It’s nice not to have to think about clients for a few hours. Gives me time to catch up on shows and my husband time to watch football or baseball — it’s a win/win situation :)

  • YJ November 17, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Ditto-ing all the suggestions of:
    Orange is the New Black – I found the main character annoying in the first episode or so but quickly got engrossed in the series.
    Call the Midwife – So lovely! Historical! (they do a good job of not making it all labor, all the time)
    Weeds – short episodes, so ridiculous, but hilarious.
    Gossip Girl – didn’t get into it while it was on, but discovered it was perfect for when I painted the walls and cooked
    Scandal (if you’re not already watching it)

    Don’t know how your korean is, but also recommend:
    My name is Kim Sam Soon
    Coffee Prince
    Secret Garden
    Boys before Flowers

  • Juju November 18, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I vote for House of Cards as well. I have a love/hate relationship with Kevin Spacey (he could be a bit creepy tx to all the creepsters he’s played).

  • Heather November 18, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Agree with all these shows for binge watching:
    The Hour (especially this one)
    The Fall
    Call the Midwife
    Top of the Lake
    The Killing
    Whitechapel is pretty god

  • Paule November 18, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I know this is not a new serie.. but I had never watched it until now, Fringe. My parents had bought the dvd sets and they lent it to us.. We so hooked!

    • Jenna November 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Fringe has been on my list forever

  • Marlorie November 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I’m typically am up to date with your blog, but fall cold season has pushed me back a few post. This comment has to do with two posts ago and how you/we (women) are always questioning our parenting skills. Take a look at this video– I hope it puts a smile on your face!!

    Also, I enjoy your blog and have enjoyed personally your whimsy and spice products. I’m a born and bred New York transplant, now in DC. Reading your blog helps me to feel not to far from home. Thank you!!!!

    • Jenna November 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      thank you – someone linked to that video as well. And thanks for your comment – always nice to hear from readers and customers!

  • Karin November 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Several have mentioned it already but House of Cards!!! My boyfriend and I loved it so much that we limited ourselves to one episode a day, just so it would last longer. My initial reaction was “Kevin Spacey, you are way too good for a Netflix original series, what are you doing with your life” and then it was GREAT. Plus, it was designed to be viewed on a binge, according to this article.

  • Kendra B November 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I know it sounds CRAZY, but The Walking Dead is awesome and addicting!! Every episode leaves you hanging, so when you think you’re not going to watch it anymore it sucks you in for one more show … and before you know it you’re watching season 4.

    • Jenna November 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      no, not crazy. I know it’s just a matter of time before we start watching it.

  • Lulu November 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Raising Hope. About a dysfunctional family raising a baby. Very funny. And Wonder Years.

  • miss alix November 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Belated response to this but I love Top of the Lake & The Killing (particularly season 3). Orphan Black is quite good too, though it’s not on netflix yet.

  • becky November 19, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Try Justified, Black Books, or Being Erica :-) And Gavin and Stacey!