Homemade Lavender Infused Honey - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

One of my personal favorites – and definitely one of the world’s most underrated – natural ingredients is honey.  Using honey has become a part of my daily routine – whether in tea, a sweetener in oatmeal, an added bonus in baking, or even as an immune system booster.  Because we use it so often, we decided to help you make it a consistent part of your lives as well by adding it to May’s Out of the Woods Apothecary Box.  We combined some home-grown Lavender with... read more.

Organic Vanilla Extract - Homemade by Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

I know I talk a ton about woodsy, florally scents, but I should tell you that I, by no means, discriminate against some flavorful, sweet scents.  One of my go-to, most-used ingredients – for both flavor and scent – is vanilla.  I know, I know.  It sounds too simple to be true, but really, vanilla is ahhhh-mazing.  We have included in May’s Out of the Woods Apothecary Box our very own Organic Vanilla Bean Extract.  Though most people know to bake with vanilla extrac... read more.

May Out of the Woods Apothecary Box

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

One year, back in college, I thought I was simply suffering some seasonal allergies.  But on the morning of my last final, when I woke up, I could barely swing my legs out of bed.  My body hurt worse than it ever had before, and to be honest, I’m not sure I’ve felt that awful since.  After literally moaning my way through my final exam, I headed to the doctor who offered me some words of wisdom: Looks like you have the summer flu.  What?  The summer flu?  Is that ev... read more.

Homemade Coffee Eye Serum - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

Why is it that, no matter how much sleep I get, I continue to wake with puffy bags under my eyes?  Though there are days when I feel downright exhausted, on most occasions, I feel great, well-rested, and ready to start my day.  I just wish I looked the part.  Evidently, dark circles are hereditary (thanks, Mom and Dad), and are actually worsened by lying down horizontally (so much for the benefits of a good night’s sleep!).  If you find yourself suffering a similar fate, please che... read more.

Homemade Summertime Heel Butter - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

As much as I love the cooler weather with warm sweaters and a good pair of boots, I also love me some flip flops. One of the first tell-tale signs of the spring and summer months is the baring of feet; however, after being cramped into socks and shoes all winter, many of us have dry, cracked skin on our feet leaving them a less than desirable sight.  If you, like me, have found yourself in this predicament – and trust me, it’ll get worse as we travel with our bared feet through these months... read more.

Earth Day 2016 - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in Events

Despite rising controversy and an increased amount of negative opinions, April 22 remains one of my favorite days of the year. No, it’s not Christmas.  No, I won’t be getting any birthday presents.  But, you do know how much I love going green, staying green, and celebrating green, so what better day to do this than on Earth Day?  Though the concept of Earth Day was initially celebrated in order to honor the Earth – meaning its people – in an attempt to celebrate peace... read more.

Homemade Reawaken Massage Hair Oil - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

Did you know that I’ve had gray hair since high school?  No, really.  Since high school.  I guess genetics were in some kind of mood with me when I was born because I got the short end of the hair stick.  Though I’ve come to terms with my prematurely-aged hair, that hasn’t stopped me from trying to find some natural ways to work on my look.  I’ve read a ton about the rejuvenating effects of rosemary.  It offers a heap of invaluable characteristics like a... read more.

Homemade BUG OFF Bug Spray - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

As the air temperatures increase, we often tend to allow our clothing layers to decrease.  If you’re like me, this can be an awfully trying time for you.  Not because it’s bikini season and I need to get myself back into shape, but because less clothing means more exposed skin, more exposed skin means more food for the mosquitos (and other hungry bugs!).  Though scientists have not yet found a cure for why some people are more prone to bug bites than others, they have found their... read more.

Homemade Lavender Green Tea Foot Bath - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

Long walks through the woods foraging, long day's at a photo shoot or long days in the kitchen cooking always leave my feet sooo tired. I try to be barefoot as much as often, as I like to be grounded but boy oh boy does it leave my feet sore and uncomfortable. A majority of my day's are spent at home working, so I am able to sit and get work done but when I am out of the house, I am non-stop. After many night's with sore feet (and a hubby is not too fond of giving foot massages) I knew we had to come up wit... read more.

Top 5 Pea Dishes - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in Food Profile

We all know that good things come to those who wait; however, last year, we waited...and waited...and waited for some delicious sweet peas, but they were pretty hard to come by.  March 15 is regarded as the unofficial start to “pea season”, but since we were snow covered in the Northeast until early April, we were a bit tardy to the pea party.  This year is proving to hold a bit more potential, but still, we must wait.  Once peas are correctly planted in your nicely defrosted soil... read more.