hearts and a sale

hearts and a sale

January 23, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

Like many of you around the country, I participated in the women's march this past Saturday. While I do have thoughts about the weekend that I want to share, I wanted to pop in with a quick note about a sale for Valentine's Day (which somehow is already around the corner!) Take 15% off all gift boxes until January 25 with code LOVEWINS. This includes our Little Box of Valentine's Day Cookies which make an appearance every year. We've got a new linzer cookie - a brown butter passionfruit linzer sandwiched with a chocolate filling - along with our Rosemary Meyer Lemon Sandwich Cookies and Chocolate Chili Hearts. Two other Valentine's Day themed gift boxes include… CONTINUE READING

And finally, the year ends.

And finally, the year ends.

December 31, 2016 |  Category:   life

Couldn’t close out the year without checking in despite the fact that I haven’t been writing here much. It wouldn’t have seemed right if I didn’t. This is an image from the summer that I hadn’t posted yet, of the sunset this summer when the sun aligns down the canyon of the East-West streets of Manhattan. So much of life these days is about capturing these moments collectively, which is a rather positive spin on the fact that there is no denying that we live much of our lives through our phone screens. Life was one big blur the last 4 months. I was head down much of the time with freelance work, so much so that it felt like… CONTINUE READING

Fresh Fig & Blueberry Tart

Fresh Fig & Blueberry Tart

December 20, 2016 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

We made this fig and blueberry tart right before we left for our annual Northwest trip and never got around to posting the recipe. Better late than never! The beauty of fruit tarts is that with a basic recipe, you can top it with whatever fruits are in season. Blueberries, figs and these beautiful edible flowers were the inspiration over the summer. Admittedly, there isn’t as big a selection of in-season fruits during the winter, but we plan on making these tarts again and experimenting with persimmons, pears, dried fruits, almonds and maybe even some citrus. Fresh Fig & Blueberry Tart (Makes one 9-inch Tart) Cornmeal Tart Dough: 1-1/4 cups flour 3 Tablespoons cornmeal 1 egg yolk 1-1/2 Tablespoons Heavy… CONTINUE READING

the fondest of memories of those we have lost are often found in food

the fondest of memories of those we have lost are often found in food

December 8, 2016 |  Category:   family favorite posts life remembering

Some life events happen in such a way that when you look back, it makes you wonder how the universe orchestrates details that make moments poignant in retrospect. This is what happened this summer when Mark’s dad passed away. But let me tell you first about oysters because this is what I remember most – how he loved them, but also the most vivid memory of eating raw oysters with him in Alaska. I’m sure I’ve had raw oysters before as a child, but just coming out of being a vegetarian for all of my adult life and introducing seafood back into my diet, the experience of eating the freshest, just shucked oysters outdoors in Alaska where he lived at… CONTINUE READING

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:   favorite posts 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

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