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.

Homegrown Mayernik Garden Migraine Tincture

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

Well, this winter’s weather has been crazy! One day it’s sunny and warm and the next it’s cold and snowing. We hear from a lot of people that the change in barometer can cause some serious migraines for those that suffer from them. The drop and rise of pressure tends to bring on these debilitating headaches. We’ve done some research and hope that our Migraine Tincture could help ease some of the pain. Not only does the barometric pressure prompt migraines, alcohol, food additives an... read more.

Meet the Mayernik's - Northern New Jersey

By Shannon, Posted in Personal

Hello! Thanks for stopping by the blog! We sure are happy you are here! We thought it would be a perfect time to re-introduce ourselves to you, especially if you are new to Mayernik Kitchen. Mayernik Kitchen was an idea started in April of 2015. At that point, we really had no idea what we wanted to do with it. We live in Northern NJ and have a love of gardening, herbalism, homemade anything, and living a natural, simple life. So we thought if we put everything together that we loved, we could create an... read more.

September Out of the Woods Apothecary Box - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

Hello, September!  I just love, love, LOVE that summer is coming to a close.  That means, pretty soon, I’ll be in my comfy boots and cozy sweaters, readying up for my favorite time of year.  Since September kicks off the fall season, we felt like we needed to outdo ourselves with this month’s subscription box; I certainly can’t slack on one of my favorite months.  Matt and I have both grown attached to a few separate items in this box, but on the whole, it is definitely... read more.

Lemongrass Tincture - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

Life sure is funny sometimes.  Just as I was trying to convince myself not to interrupt my day with a nap because I have so much work to do (darn headaches!), I remembered that I needed to share some thoughts on our lemongrass tincture.  Before I sat down to write, I indulged in a bit of this month’s tincture myself, and I can already feel it beginning to work.  Hmmm, maybe I won’t need that nap after all!  If you haven’t subscribed to August’s Out of the Woods Ap... read more.

Mayernik Kitchen Herb Infused Salt - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

One of the most widely used spices in all of cooking is salt.  While we all know we should limit our salt intake, there is no denying that it offers tons of flavor.  Just as herb infused olive oils spiked on the specialty food scene, herb infused salts are soaring in popularity.  The downfall is that in most specialty markets, herb infused salts can be ridiculously expensive.  In your own home, however, they are super easy (and much cheaper!) to create if you’ve simply got a bit of... read more.

Herb of the Month - Lavender - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in Herb of the Month

I know we’ve posted a ton about lavender in the past, but we love this plant so much that we named it our August Herb of the Month.  Because of its health benefits, sweet smell, and wide array of uses, lavender has become one of the most widely used herbs in the world.  Matt and I put lavender into just about anything, and I know we aren’t alone.  Tales of lavender use and healing powers date back to the ancient Egyptians (for mummification), ancient Romans (for bathing and perfum... read more.