MKUntapped – Obercreek Brewing, Cousins Ale Works & Bad Seed Cider

By Shannon, Posted in MK Untapped

Let’s take a ride up to New York State, the Hudson Valley to be exact. It was a rainy weekend but sometimes breweries in the rain can be fun because we can’t be out in the garden, so we might as well sit and enjoy locally brewed beer! For anyone that has been following us, you know we harvest spring water in Blooming Grove, NY and then visit one of our favorite farms, Blooming Hill Farm. We enjoy a delicious breakfast with a farm fresh Bloody Mary, and then shop in their farm market.   ... read more.

Lilac Sugar Strawberry Shortcake

By Shannon, Posted in Food Photography

I {LOVE} to bake. I {LOVE} sweets. I am the only one in the house who enjoys sweets though so it’s sometimes hard to bake often. But I had some friends coming over to plan our trip to Greece so I thought this was the perfect dessert to serve. Lilacs were in full bloom just a few weeks ago and I always try to use/preserve the bounty we have growing in our garden. I have never made Lilac Sugar before so I thought, well this is perfect timing. The recipe was a prompt from a wonderful food photography... read more.

MKUntapped – New Jersey Beer Co., Departed Soles Brewing & Brix City Brewing

By Shannon, Posted in MK Untapped

Let us take you on a tour of three breweries in Northern New Jersey. Matt and I ventured out on St. Patrick’s Day to visit some new breweries. This was not a planned day at all. We woke up, got some things done around the house and around noon, we decided to head out to try some local breweries. All three breweries we visited were within 23 miles from our home – some of the closest we’ve visited. If you are in the Northern NJ area (Bergen/Hudson County) this would be a perfect day trip fo... read more.

Introducing MK Untapped

By Shannon, Posted in MK Untapped

Well it’s no secret, Matt and I love breweries. We also love supporting local, small businesses so we wanted to share with you all our travels and adventures as we make our way around the states trying out new breweries and eateries. This idea came to us quite some time ago, but we never really did anything with it. We wanted to document our day and create little day trips that you all could go on too. We also wanted to support local businesses and help get the word out about them. As small business... read more.

Grapefruit Curd Tart

By Shannon, Posted in Food Photography

In 2015, I took a 3-week food photography class with Gina Weathersby and it was such an awesome class. If you read last week’s blog post, you saw one of my favorite images (coffee & cinnamon) that was taken during that course. Over the years, Gina’s course has had a Facebook group that has been a bit quiet but as we kicked off 2018, Gina revamped the page and has us all inspired again. Our first prompt was this very, in depth Grapefruit Curd Tart. I am a lover of baking as well as photogra... read more.

Welcome {Back} to the Mayernik Kitchen Blog

By Shannon, Posted in Personal

Hello! Long time no chat. It’s been a while since the blog has been updated, but there is no better time than now to get back into it, right?! Can you believe we are already one month into 2018? January was a long month, so I was looking forward to the start of February (which also brings us days closer to Spring!) When I choose my word of the year, {Knowledge} I knew I wanted to jump back into blogging to share everything I was learning with you all. Sometimes it’s hard to share info in a Fa... read more.

Pickled Common Milkweed - New Jersey

By Shannon, Posted in Wellness

Common Milkweed also known as the butterfly flower is a native plant to the eastern part of the United States and I am so happy to have found some just miles from my home. Common Milkweed is a new plant for me, as I have just identified and learned about it over the past week. It seems that once I learn about a plant, I start to see it everywhere. I came across a blog post from Three Lily Provisions on Common Milkweed and was on a mission to find some. And little did I know, that when Matt and I set out to... read more.

Sap on Tap – Maple Water – New Jersey

By Shannon, Posted in Food Review

Have you ever had maple water? If not, I highly suggest you give it a shot. I recently came across Sap on Tap at my local Whole Foods and I knew I had to try it. Living in the Northeast of the US, I know how abundant Maple Trees are in my area. Soo nice and local, right?! Maple water is 100% pure and natural. As sap travels up from the roots, it gets filtered along the way, infusing itself with about 2x the amount of manganese as a cup of kale! With only 36 calories in a bottle, these are the calories I wi... read more.

Why I Stand Up for Bees - Despite my Fear | Northern NJ

By Shannon, Posted in Personal

The Mayernik’s are Backyard Beekeepers! Can you believe it? I can’t. I have had a fear of bees for as long as I can remember. It was never the fear of them stinging me or crawling on me, it was the BUZZING sound. It literally would drive me to flail my arms and make myself look like a complete lunatic whenever one came a little too close to me. But over the past year or so, I have become more interested in those buzzing little insects as I saw the decline of their species due to pesticides as... read more.

Northern California Wine Country – Travel with The Mayernik’s

By Shannon, Posted in Travels

Northern California in March is perfection! Matt and I headed out there in mid-March for a nice little get away. And boy did we leave right in time. We ended up missing a snow storm that dumped 14 inches of snow while we were sipping wine in 76-degree weather. I am pretty sure there were many people not too thrilled with us when we posted pictures of sunshine and flip flops but we were having the time of our lives! We first headed up to Sonoma County, particularly the Dry Creek Valley area. We are members... read more.