Mayernik Kitchen Update - New Jersey

By Shannon, Posted in Personal

Helloo Everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far...I know Matt and I have been. We have been CRAZY busy these past few weeks which is why it's been a little quite around here. We have soo much going on, and so many things we want to share, that when we get home from our crazy busy weekends or days out and about, we just need to sit and relax. No excuse though right?! So I wanted to write and fill you in a bit on what's been going on. Let's start on the Mayernik Garden! It's doing AWESOME.... read more.

Mid-June Mayernik Garden

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

June 29th....Already....Where has time gone? The month of June flew by! I can't believe we are celebrating Independence Day in just a few days. The garden is doing amazing! So much has grown and there are tons of flowers/fruit on the plants. We even picked two cherry tomatoes already! Tomatoes are a staple in New Jersey but we seem to never pick them this early. This month's garden blog is a little different. I wanted to capture the garden in a "macro" view. I recently purchased a new lens so what better... read more.

Mid-May 2015 Mayernik Garden - North Haledon, NJ

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

The Mayernik Garden is 100% underway. I can't believe how much has grown in just a few short weeks. We've had some wacky weather....real hot and dry and then super cold with a chance of frost. We are now just starting to get some rain which the plants really are loving. Everything in the garden looks so vibrant and healthy. If you saw my post on Facebook this past weekend, we have to date, over 70 types of plants out in the garden. 70 different plants! That's crazy to think about when it's literally about... read more.

Late April Mayernik Garden - Northern New Jersey

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

The garden is ALIVE! With today being the last day of April, I wanted to get out there and check out what was growing before we go away for a long weekend. The herb garden is really starting to come along, as well as some of the plants in the veggie garden.  We planted some cold weather plants on April 11th which we purchased at a local garden center. Those plants consisted of Blue Curl Kale, Lacinato Kale, Rainbow Chard, Red Cabbage, Cauliflower, Beets, Red Onions and Leeks. So far everything is look... read more.

Coffee and Cinnamon - Narrative Food Photography

By Shannon, Posted in Food Photography

During the cold, dark month of February, I signed up for a Narrative Food Photography Online Course with Gina Weathersby. O-M-G what a fantastic course it was. It was a three week course that taught us how to tell a story through food. What an amazing topic seeing as Matt and I were about three weeks into the talk of Mayernik Kitchen.  I knew this course was going to help me tremendously with food photography. I have ALWAYS loved food photography, but I wanted to take it a step further. We learned all... read more.

How to Make Herbal Tinctures

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

What is a tincture you may ask? Before learning how to make a tincture, it is important to learn what a tincture is! Tinctures are herbal preparations that use something beyond water as a solvent. Using a solvent like alcohol, vinegar, or glycerin, you can extract a greater spectrum of the whole plant and preserve the medicine much longer than an infusion or a decoction. Alcohol is especially an excellent solvent that extracts a wide range of plant properties and allows for easy absorption of healing compo... read more.

Erin McKennas Bakery NYC - Review - Mayernik Kitchen

By Shannon, Posted in Food Review

 Not too long ago, my hubby, best friend and I spent the day in New York City checking out all sorts of sweet shops. We did a whole tour around the East Village but I wanted to chat specifically about this one shop. It was a tiny little place, but oh' was it darling! Let me introduce to you Erin McKenna's Bakery, formally known as BabyCakes NYC.   Erin McKenna's Bakery is a vegan bakeshop which offers all-natural, organic and delicious alternatives free from the common allergens: wheat,... read more.

First Planting in Mayernik Garden 2015 - Northern New Jersey

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

April 6, 2015...cold weather seeds have been planted in the 2015 Mayernik Garden.  We had a very mild day, and all our seeds from the Hudson Valley Seed Library came in, so we wanted to get out there and start planting some cold weather crops. This was the first time this year we were able to turn the dirt, and it looked awesome! It's a very rich brown color and it had a lot of volume to it. It turned easily, so we knew we were good to go with planting some seeds.  After raking the boxes... read more.

Early April Mayernik Garden - Northern New Jersey

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

Well, it's that time of year. The garden is starting to wake up and boy, is it an exciting time for us. We had a really long winter; super cold and lots of snow in the Northeast, so the first signs of spring are always welcomed with open arms. The snow has finally disappeared and the temps are starting to warm. We are still not out of the "no frost" zone, so we have to be careful of what we plant in the next few weeks.On our first day out there, I snapped some pictures of what the garden looks like right af... read more.