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

The Tides may be changing again

The Tides may be changing again

April 6, 2016 |  Category:   life outings travels

There is nothing like discovering a special new-to-you place for the first time and tucking it away as a memory to pull out on days when things seem rocky. It was a cold Easter weekend when we took a spontaneous road trip to Boston. Didn’t think we’d be heading to the ocean on this trip, but my cousin must share a fondness for drives and views like I do because she suggested this park near Rockport, Massachusetts. I like the ocean in any form, but I like rocky, dramatic beachscapes the best. We didn’t stay too long because of the wind and cold, but long enough to get our fill of ocean air. The waves were really rough that day.… CONTINUE READING

weekends are for exploring

weekends are for exploring

March 21, 2016 |  Category:   life outings

The weather has been wild, like March often is. But it’s fitting as I’ve learned that March is often a month of paradoxes. While the business slows down for a few weeks before outdoor market starts, I pick up the slack with more freelance work than I should have said yes to. As overwhelming as it’s felt these past few weeks, I know that the extra income will pay for summer things like camp and travel so I push through the long hours. The weekends, however, are time spent exploring. Unless I’m against the most dire of deadlines, I’ll make the time for weekend outings no matter how busy I am. Sometimes it’s in the city, but often we’ll take… CONTINUE READING

There was some snow this winter

There was some snow this winter

March 7, 2016 |  Category:   life

I heard it was going to be 65 degrees this week and New Yorkers have stars in their eyes at the thought of true Spring-like weather. But I couldn’t let Winter pass without a few snow photos. Truth is, we did have some snow Friday – a surprise dusting of an inch or so that we woke up to in the morning. The only real snow worth mentioning this year, however, was that record breaking snow storm last month, which were when these photos were taken. It blew in like a beast over a weekend and transformed the city into a winter playground. Despite the complaints about snow, it wouldn’t be winter without it, and I would bet that even… CONTINUE READING

hoar frost

hoar frost

February 16, 2016 |  Category:   life

I almost forgot to share with you these photos of the frost that was everywhere in Washington. I posted a few images on Instagram last month, but of course took so many more pictures. Apparently this is hoar frost and it happens when ice crystals get deposited as a result of below freezing temps, moisture in the air and contact on surfaces chilled below freezing point (you learn something new everyday). In Washington we had a few very foggy mornings and what was left behind when the fog lifted was this hoar frost. From a far it looks like sparkling snow. I became obsessed with it and couldn’t stop examining all the different crystal formations whenever we’d go for a… CONTINUE READING

The year of the monkey

The year of the monkey

February 11, 2016 |  Category:   holidays life nyc

The Year of the Monkey 2016 was the first year that NYC public schools had off for the Lunar New Year. When the Mayor made this announcement before the school year began, I admit I grimaced at the thought of having to find childcare for yet another school holiday, particularly since Winter Break would begin just one week later. But you know what? I juggled my schedule so I could take part of the day off and the kids and I had the best day celebrating the new year in Chinatown. Our first stop was the firecracker ceremony. I’ve never been to it before, but I had a strong pull to go this year, probably because it’s a traditional ceremony… CONTINUE READING

February, and not standing still

February, and not standing still

February 1, 2016 |  Category:   life the biz

The first month of the year is now filed away in the history books. Hello February. It’s now time to get serious about 2016. Valentine’s Day always sneaks up so quickly behind the holidays, as far as the business goes. Our ordering deadline is this Saturday, the 6th. We have a limited number of hot chocolate and marshmallow heart gift boxes and our Little Box of Valentine’s Day Cookies are back too. The cookies may vary a bit each year, but this sweet little box is always among my favorites. So it was right around this time last year that I wrote about my intentions to return my attention back to the business. Well, that didn’t happen. 2015 derailed me… CONTINUE READING

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