July Out of the Woods Apothecary Box - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

Oh my gosh!  I just love summer.  Each morning, rain or shine, I wake up feeling super refreshed and eager to start my day.  I love watching the morning sunlight peek through my blinds and scoping out the scene of the newly blooming plants on my daily hikes.  There is no doubt that my love for the summer months has inspired our Out of the Woods Apothecary Box for July.  I can proudly say – without hesitation – that this is my favorite box yet.  If you haven’t... read more.

St. John's Wort Oil - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

I know it may sound fairly counter-productive for skin care, but June’s Out of the Woods Apothecary Box contains one of my favorite products to prevent and ease the effects of sunburn: St. John’s Wort Oil.  Though we foraged some fresh St. John’s Wort last year, the flowers remained as fresh as can be, and the benefits of this plant are immense.  Though it’s often viewed as a rather aggressive weed, the flowers of St. John’s Wort offer assistance for a variety of ailm... read more.

Mayernik Kitchen Challenge - #MKEATLOCAL

By Shannon, Posted in Events

One of the first steps Matt and I ever took before embarking on our new healthy eating, healthy lifestyle kick was to branch out from our local food stores.  Of course we recognize the convenience that mass supermarkets have to offer, but in order to reevaluate our diets, we needed to reevaluate what we were putting into our diets.  We challenged each other to be healthier, and it worked (so far, so good, anyhow!), and now we are going to challenge all of you to do the same.  We’d like... read more.

Relaxing Homemade Lavender Spray - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

One of our first products created in the Mayernik Kitchen was a room spray.  It was fall, the spray held a woodsy, autumn scent, and we received rave reviews.  Since our room spray was such a hit, we decided to reinvent the wheel and change the scent.  In June’s Out of the Woods Apothecary Box, we included a freshly made Lavender Room Spray to create a calming, relaxing feel in any room you wish. Each year, we grow about 25 lavender plants in the Mayernik Garden.  We’ve writ... read more.

Local Cleavers Tincture - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

As we are about to kick off summer, we can’t help but notice all of the ads and marketing focusing on beach bodies and healthy living.  Of course, we know that fad diets and crash weight loss are never the healthiest options, but sometimes we can’t help ourselves.  We buy in because we are looking for the instant gratification and immediate results.  Though I am no nutritionist, no dietician, I am pretty well-versed in healthy eating and healthy living.  I won’t be the... read more.

Homemade Dandelion Salve - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

One of my favorite homemade products is our salves.  I love blending the scents of specific plants along with the health benefits they promote.  In our June Out of the Woods Apothecary Box, we put a new spin on our salve blend by infusion some fresh dandelion.  Since dandelions are most prominent earlier in the spring – April and May – we were able to forage a ton of them in preparation for our salve creation.  Of course, I had to stash some away before Matt ate them all. &nb... read more.

June Out of the Woods Apothecary Box - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

Hello, start of summer!  Am I the only person who gets super excited for the change of seasons, regardless of which we are entering?  I hope not!  While I love my boots and cozy sweaters, I also love fresh, local produce.  In northern New Jersey, the warmer months are prime time for fresh flowers, scrumptious produce, and an all-around heightening in florally, citrusy deliciousness.  We are super excited for all of our June Out of the Woods Apothecary Box’s items this month as... read more.

National Burger Day - Meatless - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in Food Profile

Nothing says summer like a good, old-fashioned BBQ.  With Memorial Day quickly approaching, we figured it was time to jump on the summer recipe ideas bandwagon.  Since you know we’ve made a mission out of going meatless, we knew it would be nearly impossible to celebrate May 28th’s National Burger Day without sharing some of our favorite meatless burger menu items.  So, here you go, in no particular order: 1. The Black Bean Burger – Though you can find a ton of these a... read more.

Mayernik Kitchen Fire Tonic - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

I love a good night out as much as the next guy.  Ok, well maybe not as much as Matt.  Though he works longer and harder than anyone I know, when he chooses to let loose, he really lets loose.  It may seem like a good idea to kick back and have some fun, but once we overindulge, we sometimes regret that the next day.  That’s where one of our latest creations comes in. A tablespoon or two of Mayernik Kitchen’s Fire Tonic will have you back up and running in no time at all. A... read more.

Homemade Migraine Tincture - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

Though I love this time of year for the beautiful weather, the blooming flowers, and the increased time outside, Mother Nature’s erratic weather patterns are one of the largest causes of some serious migraines.  If you are one of the lucky ones to experience these, then we have something super exciting for you.  May’s Out of the Woods Apothecary Box includes a homemade Migraine Tincture that – trust me – has proven to work some major migraine miracles.  A potent combin... read more.