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2015 Year in Review

A fresh year has begun, and I am so excited about everything I have planned for 2016. Last year will be hard to beat- here’s my highlight reel.

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Image via Party Sparkles on Etsy

 

In February, Ryan and I were named a Martha Stewart American Made power couple (click photo below to see our story on Martha’s website).

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We launched our very own line of coffee, a dark blend of French and Italian roasts (click here to see the selection)
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One of my custom pieces was featured in Dining Out San Diego Magazine. (Photography by the very talented Carolyn Himes).
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We relaunched our own website, shopmilkandhoneyluxuries.com

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We welcomed our newest family member: Dixie Blue

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We were featured in Coastal Living Magazine.

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And in the Fall, we were named finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made Contest. We traveled to New York City to attend the first FOOD52 Makers Convention as well as the Martha Stewart American Made Summit.

We have been part of the Martha Stewart American Made Market for a few years, and at the Summit, it was announced that the market moved to it’s new home on Amazon Handmade.

 

 

During the Holiday season, my zodiac spoons were featured in PEOPLE StyleWatch Magazine:

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The year closed with a bang when our custom cutting board was featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show for the special 12 Days of Christmas series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needless to say, 2016 has some pretty big shoes to fill. After all the excitement and indulgence of the holiday season, I am taking some time to relax, eat right, make it to the gym, and all the usual January stuff. I am already filling in this year’s planner, and I think 2016 is already shaping up to be my best yet.

Introducing Our Very Own Coffee!

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For several months now, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes on a very special new product- our own coffee! It has been a very involved process, and I thought it might be fun to share a little about our journey into coffee roasting.

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Not too far from our home is our favorite local coffee shop and roaster, Carytown Coffee. When they are roasting beans, the smell wafts onto the main road for everyone to enjoy as we drive by. When Ryan and I decided to develop our own blend, they were naturally our first choice. We started with single origin beans, and set to work on months of experimentation to find the blend and roast that we liked best. Our favorite ended up being a dark blend of French and Italian roasts.
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After we finalized the details for our blend, and created our packaging (compostable bags with special earth-friendly linings), our friends at Carytown Coffee roasted our beans and after months of work, we had our very own coffee blend! But we didn’t stop there. After having so much fun with the process, we took the leap and purchased our very own coffee bean roaster and a selection of green coffee beans. The first roast we made was a small batch of our premium dark blend, so that we could list it in our Etsy shop (our Carytown Coffee roasts are available in our own online shop). But since then, we’ve been experimenting with lots of different beans, times, and temperatures. It’s the tastiest science experiment ever, and the kitchen smells amazing all day long! We are planning on an organic medium roast for our second release, but are open to suggestions and requests. Feel free to email us if you have a favorite bean, region, or roast that you’d like to see us make.

New York City

10557373_720595188008097_2029964732994957630_nSince late summer is the slow season for us, it is also the perfect time for one last getaway before the busy holidays. New York City is one of my favorite places on Earth, but we didn’t want to bring the children until we were long out of the strollers and nap time years. We put a ton of planning into the trip, not just because we wanted to show the kids a great time, but because for the first time we decided to leave the shop open with my sister at the helm. photo 2(13)

We went to The Blue Man Group, took a double-decker bus tour of the city, had a special night out at Nobu, and visited tons of museums.

Lilly was a huge fan of the police horses and we had to stop at each one for her to meet them. Nate’s favorite moment was at Blue Man, when a jello mold was catapulted into the audience, hitting me square in the chest before rolling into his lap. We had ‘poncho seats’, which I would highly suggest if you’re seeing the show with kids.photo 4(10)

An exciting part of our trip was getting the chance to see many of the wonderful people we work with but never met in person.

First we visited the Food 52 offices. Their test kitchen is something out my best Pinterest dreams. Farmhouse sink, reclaimed wood shelving, and a beautiful assortment of vintage kitchenware. photo 2(10)

Next we visited Martha Stewart’s headquarters in Chelsea. Taking up an entire city block with a massive rooftop deck overlooking the river, the offices are vast and white and remarkable. There are glass rooms filled with props, story boards for future issues of her publications, kitchen sets for filming any number of cooking segments, and friendly faces at every turn.

Our last meeting was at Etsy headquarters in Brooklyn. We spent the better part of the day there, having lunch (called ‘Eatsy’), meeting with several departments, and touring the offices. The kids went off with staff member Adrienne to see how many dogs they could find in the office (final tally was eight!). photo 2(3)  During our tour, we passed by CEO Chad Dickerson’s office and were told that the wood used to make the walls was reclaimed from the sub-flooring of Thomas Edison’s office. I was blown away and asked Ryan to snap a picture of me in front of the wood. Just as he was about to take the picture, I glanced over my shoulder to see Chad looking back at me from his computer. Ryan took the picture and I laugh every time I see how red my face was! Later the kids told me that when they were dog hunting he waved at them every time they went past. I was so impressed by how down to earth everyone was. threearm Now we are back in Richmond, preparing for the upcoming holiday season. School starts in just a few short weeks and then time will shift into fast forward until we break for Christmas week. Nate and Lilly are already asking when we are going back to New York, and while I haven’t made any promises, I can’t help but think how much they’d love to see the city lit up for Christmas. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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