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biz news and recent press

biz news and recent press

December 7, 2012 |  Category:   holidays press the biz

Lots of press this week (and a few more coming soon too). The New York Times included our biscotti in their Holiday gift guide this year (yay) and Dwell Magazine put our pink peppercorn sandwich cookies in their picks for holiday entertaining. Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn featured our conversion posters in their 10 useful and Inspiring Gifts for New Cooks and our marshmallows are in Ebony Magazine. Thanks to everyone who spotted our stuff and gave us the heads up.   So…can you believe Christmas is only 2 and half weeks away? It’s not over yet, but I do believe that this holiday cookie season might pass without one of us in tears. It’s been busy, but downright civil. We’re… CONTINUE READING

Hot Chocolate mixes and other biz news

Hot Chocolate mixes and other biz news

November 30, 2012 |  Category:   holidays life the biz

Well this is exciting. A brand new product – and I mean new as in different – just in time for the holidays. If you’ve ever been to any of our markets during the cold weather months, you may have tried our signature Earl Grey Hot Chocolate. People have been asking for this as a mix to make at home for years and Mark finally had some time this Fall to concoct a mix that closely replicates what he makes for the markets. What, it only took us 2 years. Oh man, I should show you our laundry list of product ideas that we have never gotten around to in the past 5 years we’ve been in business (5 years,… CONTINUE READING

thanksgiving and a sale

thanksgiving and a sale

November 23, 2012 |  Category:   holidays life the biz

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We’re in the burbs being lazy and visiting my parents who we haven’t seen in 2 months because of the storm. We’re thankful for a lot of things, but I think what I’m most thankful for these days is the fact that I have the freedom to choose how I want to live my life. I know that other people are not so lucky.   PS. In our Etsy shop and website, we are having a 15% off sale for the next 2 days with code BLACKFRIDAY12. Have a great weekend!… CONTINUE READING

Halloween was alive and well in our little pocket of Brooklyn

Halloween was alive and well in our little pocket of Brooklyn

November 1, 2012 |  Category:   holidays life nyc the biz

I feel like we’re in a little bubble here in our neighborhood. With resumed subway service limited and no gas left to be found anywhere, we’re relying on the news and the internet to feed us photos of the crazy long lines for bus service into and out of Manhattan, the block long lines for gas at the stations (and I do remember as a kid when NYC went through a fuel crises in the 70s) and the sobering news of more casualties. The National Guard is handing out food in parts of NYC, but in our neighborhood, the stores and restaurants are bustling. Halloween and trick or treating went on as usual despite our annual Halloween parade, a long… CONTINUE READING

Halloween is coming

Halloween is coming

October 23, 2012 |  Category:   holidays life nyc

I think it’s safe to say that most kids consider Halloween their favorite holiday. The girls are no exception. The way they get excited about the holiday can be contagious and our walk to school every morning builds on this excitement as more and more brownstones get decorated with hanging ghosts, skeletons and ghouls. It’s like brownstone Brooklyn was made for Halloween (you can see photos from last year here and some other photos here). If you have a stoop, you’re pretty much required to set a couple of pumpkins by the door and despite our unseasonably warm temperatures, the leaves have finally turned and there are ample leaves underfoot for crunching. But it’s also fun to explore other neighborhoods… CONTINUE READING

fireworks up close (a little too close)

fireworks up close (a little too close)

July 6, 2012 |  Category:   holidays life

Fireworks…I think it must have been 4 years since the last time we saw them? Since it appears that the move by the Macys Fireworks show to the Hudson River is permanent – at least for now – we haven’t really bothered trying to see the fireworks since that first year (bring it back to the East Riverrrrr!!!).   You know…I kind of forget sometimes that even at this age, the kids are still experiencing things for the first time, especially since it’s unlikely they remember anything about their first fireworks showing. We were also pretty far away that time. This year we saw fireworks in my mom’s town and we were right there under the explosions, so much so… CONTINUE READING

4th of july and remembering the lakehouse

4th of july and remembering the lakehouse

July 4, 2012 |  Category:   holidays life photography press

We’re missing the lakehouse this year, which has sort of become a 4th of July tradition with our friends, the Jensens, over the last couple of years. I know they’re missing it this year too.   Acura, the car brand, publishes a quarterly lifestyle, travel and design magazine for their customer base (a distribution of 850,000 – hey, not bad!) and asked me to submit some photos for consideration for one of their photo essay stories. The lakehouse story was chosen for a 4 page spread and was published this Spring (along with a nice paycheck. Yay for paying photographers for their work!).   Happy 4th of July! We’re going to try and catch some fireworks.… CONTINUE READING

easter

easter

April 9, 2012 |  Category:   family growing up half holidays life

Some traditions evolve naturally over time. We first started spending Easter with Mark’s Russian side of the family 3 years ago when we came up to visit his dad who was gravely ill in the hospital at the time. We’ve been driving upstate every Easter since then, staying at Mark’s uncle’s house which is full of old family photos, good food, and lots of stories. This is now what our Easters look like.… CONTINUE READING

natural dye Easter eggs, part 2

natural dye Easter eggs, part 2

April 3, 2012 |  Category:   craft holidays recipes

Here’s how our batch of eggs turned out after leaving them in their natural dye baths overnight (see post and general recipes from part 1 here). I do think that’s key to getting some of the rich jewel tones, to leave them in overnight. Even though the eggs didn’t stay as saturated once dried as it did right after taking them out of their baths (particularly the red beet dye), I love the more subdued, mottled effect that it left.   After placing each egg back in the carton to dry off, I did buff them a bit to gently wipe off any excess coloring and powdered residue that was left on the egg, particularly the tumeric. The colors are… CONTINUE READING

natural dye eggs for easter, part 1

natural dye eggs for easter, part 1

April 2, 2012 |  Category:   craft holidays life recipes seasonal

This is something we’ve been wanting to do for years – dyeing Easter eggs using vegetables and spices. After seeing how beautiful my friend Jen Causey’s eggs turned out, we planned our yearly egg dyeing activity over the weekend. Here’s the basic method and recipe that we used for our four colors:   Blue: Simmer 4 cups of water with 1 small red cabbage (roughly chopped) for 15 minutes.   Red: Simmer 4 cups of water with 2 medium red beets (grated) for 15 minutes.   Yellow: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and stir in 1/4 cup turmeric. Boil for 1 more minute.   Brown: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil with 1 cup ground… CONTINUE READING

this was a good week because…

this was a good week because…

January 2, 2012 |  Category:   holidays life nyc outings press

I thought I would have to work right on December 26th on a new project, but in fact I didn’t end up working the entire week. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t do much at all. I went to sleep very late almost every night (3am!) but slept in till 9 or 10pm. The girls did not wake me up. The Wall Street Journal picked up a story about our calendars online and in print over the weekend and I sold a bunch of calendars. I finally bit the bullet and bought a new and bigger dining room table and chairs that I’ve been wanting to buy for the past 3 years. Sure, the table ended up being backordered, but… CONTINUE READING

christmas was grand

christmas was grand

December 28, 2011 |  Category:   family holidays life

  It really was. Probably one of the nicest Christmases we’ve had in recent memory, despite all odds. We opened gifts and then went to the movies. I think the adults in the audience got more out of the Muppet Movie than the kids since it sort of revolved around the whole nostalgia factor (except I curse the movie for reminding me that “We Built This City” ever existed and now I can’t unhear that song when I had totally forgotten it existed, argh). Who didn’t get excited when the Muppet Show came on at 7:30 in the evening? We tried to explain to the kids what a big deal it was back then. Mark finally got in the kitchen… CONTINUE READING

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