the spring and the rain

the spring and the rain

May 23, 2018 |  Category:   life

The cherry blossoms are long gone, but I couldn’t let a spring go without posting photos of their beauty here. Because they were beautiful, yes, but they were gone in a flash – even quicker than usual it seemed. It’s been raining. A lot. You know, I like the rain and gloom and all, but I think I’m becoming one of those people who get negatively affected by weather when there are more than a few consecutive rainy days strung together. It’s also been bad for business. During outdoor market season, we watch the Sunday forecast like a hawk. The difference between a sunny day and a rainy day (or even a cloudy one) is the difference between a day… CONTINUE READING

Magnolias are back this year

Magnolias are back this year

May 7, 2018 |  Category:   life

We had a season without magnolias last year because of warm February and cold April temps and it was like the world had reset when the magnolias came back this year in full glory. I almost forgot how gracefully beautiful the large billowy petals are. Spring, even more so than Fall, is a season that is fleeting, and more so each year. Seems like every April we’re pushed to desperation for Spring to arrive; when it finally does and the city transforms from gray and brown to pinks and greens, we breathe again. It was nice to see the magnolias this year. Spring was out of sorts without those first tree blossoms to signal the transition of the seasons last… CONTINUE READING

A year of breakfasts

A year of breakfasts

April 9, 2018 |  Category:   cooking life

I love breakfast, what about you? I mean, normally, I have yogurt with some berries and/or granola during the weekdays with my coffee every morning, but weekends…those are the mornings when breakfasts tend to be more elaborate spreads and savored leisurely over a big cup of coffee. I started posting weekend breakfasts on Instagram about a year or two ago and thought it would be fun to see some of them together on a post here (I see that hash browns from Trader Joe’s is featured more than once, ha). As much as I love a good brunch, we rarely go out for it. I think the last time we went out for brunch a while ago and paid a… CONTINUE READING

10 years

10 years

March 20, 2018 |  Category:   favorite posts life me rambling

All winter, I’d been keenly aware that the 10 year anniversary of this blog was coming up in March. I knew I wanted to write a post to commemorate it, but it felt like a daunting task. Like anything in life when you’re marking a significant milestone, the weight of self-reflection is heavy. 10 years. Where were we then? Where are we now? When I read the very first post on this blog, I think back to what a scary and confusing time that was, when the economy was tanking and Mark got laid off from a new job after finally finding the motivation to leave his long-time restaurant pastry chef position. But there’s also an optimism and excitement in… CONTINUE READING

A ‘get cozy’ kind of sale

A ‘get cozy’ kind of sale

March 1, 2018 |  Category:   the biz

Hmmm...we're getting news that another one of those "bomb cyclone" type Nor'easter storms is headed to the NE tonight. I guess winter isn't over yet! March can be such a doozy and last night, the kids and I listed the reasons why March is sometimes our least favorite month. But we're having a sale on all things cozy to help – 20% off all our marshmallows and hot chocolate mixes. Sale is in effect until March 3rd, code: GETCOZY. … CONTINUE READING

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

February 21, 2018 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

The Black Forest cake is one that rarely comes up when we’re thinking about cakes, but it seemed like a perfect choice for our 14 year old’s birthday a few weeks ago. It has some of her favorite things—chocolate, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries—all in one dessert. I’ve always liked Black Forest Cake, but it reminds me of my teen years for some reason. Maybe because I remember seeing it on menus more often in cafes, back when all you’d see on a dessert menu was cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, and some sort of chocolate cake—either German chocolate or Black Forest. It does seem vaguely like a bit of a throwback dessert, doesn’t it? But I was reminded again of how much… CONTINUE READING

chrysanthemums are the most amazing flowers

chrysanthemums are the most amazing flowers

February 10, 2018 |  Category:   life

I’ve been sitting on these photos from the Chrysanthemum Show at the New York Botanical Garden for two months and finally got a chance to look through the images. This is a yearly event at the Garden and one I look forward to every November. The variety of specimens, colors and shapes are truly incredible, and the way the expert gardeners train the flowers into pyramids, lattices and other forms make for a dazzling display. I do appreciate the art of how these flowers are meticulously trained, but for me, the blooms themselves——which can grow as big as a very large grapefruit——are the real star.… CONTINUE READING

the new year

the new year

January 7, 2018 |  Category:   life

We’re settling into a deep winter slumber of cold weather hibernation that’s brought on partly from post-holiday let down and partly from unbearably cold temperatures. No need to bore you with details as I’m sure you’ve all seen the photos and memes of this atypical East Coast cold snap, but it’s been very cold, considering we had such a warm Fall. But I guess we were due for a cold winter after the string of recent mild ones. De-Christmasing the house (and I do kind of love that word, “de-Christmas”) is always a little bittersweet, but it felt really good to clean up and remove all traces of the holiday this morning. Not without wrangling the brittle tree, of course.… CONTINUE READING

That time I worked as an elf at Macy’s Santaland.

That time I worked as an elf at Macy’s Santaland.

December 22, 2017 |  Category:   favorite posts holidays me remembering

Happy holiday, friends! I wrote this piece on Medium last year and thought I might share it again here this holiday season. Enjoy, and see you in 2018. —– I was 19. Young, in art school, and living in the East Village. A friend of mine had told me about a seasonal job that he had for the past couple of years and recommended that I go in for an interview when Macy’s put out a casting call in November. It paid well, he said, and at $10 an hour the pay indeed seemed like a fortune at the time. Plus, if you did a good job being an elf, you were invited back every season and your pay increased… CONTINUE READING

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

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