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.

April Out of the Woods Apothecary Box - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

WOW - I can't believe it's already April. Time is flying and I am so excited that warmer weather is just around the corner. This weekend we had a setback on weather, dropping into the 20's, but luckily we did not lose anything out in the Mayernik Garden. I know some places in the Northeast experiences snow - thank goodness we did not see any white stuff. We are so ready for Spring in the Mayernik Kitchen and that is why we whipped up some spring products just for you. You will find the April Apothecary Box... read more.

Homemade Holistic Herbal Steam - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

As you know, we Mayerniks preach organic as often as possible.  This goes from what we eat, to how we cook, to our skin care regime, and even how we try to self-medicate (at least, as often as possible).  As I was sneezing uncontrollably one day, I decided something needed to be done.  Though we are approaching the end of winter, and hopefully the end of cold season, we are also entering prime-time allergy season.  I can’t promise that this addition to our March Apothecary Box will... read more.

Homemade Ginger Tincture - Help Ease your Stomach Issues

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

We are excited to announce one of our favorite additions to March’s Out of the Woods Apothecary Box: the Ginger Tincture.  As you may have read in our blog dedicated to all things ginger, this potent spice offers not only a wealth of flavor but also a variety of health benefits.  Ask anyone who’s suffered from morning sickness, and they can tell you: ginger is the way to go.  However, in addition to calming an upset stomach, ginger can do so much more to keep your insides up and r... read more.

Spring Equinox 2016 - Mayernik Garden

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

Woo hoo!  It’s about that time of year again: the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and Matt becomes a garden drill sergeant.  Though most people recognize the Spring Equinox as the first day of spring, March 20 is so much more important than just the onsight of warmer weather.  This is the day that the minutes of daylight almost equal the minutes of nighttime.  It is the day that the sun begins to hit the earth at a more direct angle, thus producing warmer temperatures. &n... read more.

Homemade Organic Vapor Rub - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in MK Product

I had been using Vick’s Vapo Rub for as long as I can remember.  Some of my fondest childhood memories - though they involve being sick - were of my mom rubbing the soothing cream on my chest in the hopes of some easy breathing at bedtime.  Now, many of this Vapo Rub’s abilities are just starting to come alive as people are recognizing its abilities to soothe sore muscles, relieve joint pain, and even ease nightly coughing spells when lathered on our feet (who knew??).  However, h... read more.

Vegan St. Patrick's Day - Mayernik Kitchen Style

By Shannon, Posted in Food Profile

I love this time of year.  I really do.  The weather is getting warmer, but not hot enough to be suffocating.  We are getting more hours of daylight.  And, best of all, we have a series of unsung hero spring holidays.  With the larger family holidays like Passover, Easter, and Memorial Day quickly approaching, it’s easy for us to forget about some smaller celebrations like St. Patrick’s Day, but please don’t.  This warming day, filled with tons of old-fashione... read more.

Garden Series 003 - NJ - Mayernik Garden

By Matt, Posted in Garden

Seed Planting  in March? In New Jersey? Not always easy! The center of the Mayernik Garden is an enclosed area surrounded by a five foot fence to keep the deer out, as well as any other little critters! We have been less successful keeping out the rabbits that have provided us three litters the past two seasons. But let me tell you, they are the cutest things ever! And if we do displace them, it is within a few feet from where mama gave birth so she knows where to find them when she comes to feed them... read more.