Cranberries - The Powerhouse Berry

By Shannon, Posted in Food Profile

I know most people – especially in the Northeast – love the summer months.  And rightfully so: the warm weather, the beach, the parks.  Summer is awesome.  However, my heart will forever belong to the cooler months.  I love my warm sweaters.  I love my boots.  I love everything about the fall and winter.  On the top of my cooler weather list is the growth of one of my absolute favorites:  cranberries.  These tangy little treats are a staple for many p... read more.

Mayernik Garden 001 - New Jersey Garden

By Matt, Posted in Garden

Welcome to the Mayernik Garden Blog Series! We hope to update you twice monthly (maybe more in the summer) about what's going on in the Maryernik Garden.  All great endeavors need to start from a simple idea, a workable plan.  For the Mayernik Kitchen, our simple idea was to grow a few items in our garden – basic herbs and ingredients that we use often and could cut back on purchasing.  When Shannon and I began gardening a few years ago, we never imagined how successful we would be. &n... read more.

The Market at Mayernik Kitchen is OPEN!

By Shannon, Posted in Personal

  We opened the Mayernik Market this January with our Out of the Woods Apothecary Box, and now we are excited to announce that many of our products can be purchased individually.  Some of our faithful clients requested the availability of separable items, and we LOVED the idea.  We understand that some needs outshine others, and you may need an added supply of Elderberry Syrup or an extra dose of some Peppermint Tincture.  Whatever your needs, feel free to check out the Mayernik Marke... read more.

Holistic Homemade Subscription Box - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

Everyone loves a fun surprise – especially one that offers plenty of relaxing, healthy perks.  Our Mayernik Kitchen Out of the Woods Apothecary Box provides just that: a monthly subscription box including five homemade holistic products.  Created in our kitchen and delivered directly to yours, each monthly package provides educational information about the five different products, which include a wide range of uses: aromatherapy, beauty, home, culinary and medicinal. Our goal is to introduc... read more.

Elderberry - A Holistic Superfood

By Matt, Posted in Herbal Remedies

For Shannon and I, and many others throughout the world, elderberries are nothing new in terms of cold and flu prevention.  For those of us who are not quite as well-versed in this magical berry, let me explain some of its background, uses, and benefits.   In general, if you’re looking to get healthy, stay healthy, and live healthy, insert some elderberries in your everyday life.  But, if you need to know why before consuming the what, then keep reading! Elderberries have been used th... read more.

New Year! New You! - How to Kickstart 2016

By Shannon, Posted in Personal

Last year, Matt and I were so excited to kick off 2015 with a new challenge: no meat for a whole month.  We had gone down this road before, so I imagine we would be successful (it would’ve been hard to not be with Matt’s persistence…but I digress).  I never imagined, though, that the first month would lead to an entire year of meatless days.  To be honest, I’ve never felt better.  I feel healthy and energized, not to mention, super creative because I’ve bee... read more.

Top 5 Holistic Holiday Helpers

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

The best part of the holiday season: cheery time spent with family and friends.  The worst part of the holiday season: overindulging (in a variety of ways) with those very same family and friends.  I really do love the holidays, but what I love even more is feeling relaxed and cozy – and completely stress free. If you find yourself feeling that way, too, keep reading for my Top 5 Holistic Holiday Helpers (who doesn’t love some alliteration every now and then?). If you found yourself in... read more.

Only ONE week to Shop for Christmas - Mayernik Style

By Shannon, Posted in Personal

With the holidays quickly approaching, this should be a time for togetherness, family, and cheer.  However, people tend to become so bogged down with their shopping stresses that they forget what the holidays are truly about.  In classic Mayernik fashion, we try to avoid the burdensome holiday stress, and keep it as simply and easy as possible.  There are a variety of ways to avoid the commercial blues that come with the holidays, so if you find yourself needing a little cheery pick-me-up, ke... read more.

Holiday Gift for your Tree Huggin' Hippy Friend

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

When Matt and I first decided to host a Mayernik Kitchen “relaunch” of sorts, we knew we would need to find a selling point. After he was bottling up jar after jar of dried oregano (amazing, by the way), we knew exactly what we could do – ship our own herbs, ingredients, and creations out to other people!  There is no way we would successfully be able to use up all of what the garden produces, and there is NO WAY we are willing to waste its contents.  So, after whipping up some o... read more.

Top Five Herbs for A Restful Night's Sleep

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

With winter approaching, the days get shorter and the nights longer.  There is nothing better than cozying up with a good book and a warm blanket, knowing that eventually, sleep will prevail, and you’ll be dreaming away.  For some, though, that sleep does not come so easily, even during those long, dark winter nights.  If you’re one that dreads a nighttime routine of tossing and turning, then keep reading.  We have found, in general, that teas and tinctures are your best bet... read more.