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An Ode to the Season

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Seeing how it is getting mighty close to one of our favorite holidays (gobble gobble!), the team thought it would be nice to reflect on what we are grateful for in this beautiful life. All too often life can begin to shrink into nothing but deadlines and to do lists- this Thanksgiving we are striving to be present and aware of the precious blessings that occur in the ordinary. What we may find mundane in the daily routine can easily be small miracles, if only our hearts and minds were attentive to them. So, out of hearts of humble gratitude, here are few of the countless things we are thankful for:

  • Our big God
  • Freedom
  • Our wonderful Country
  • Our Families
  • Our little Mountain Town
  • This Dream Job
  • Team Prayers
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Twinkle Lights
  • Giggle Fits
  • Siracha Mayo (no judging!)

 

Have a cozy friday!

XO

Lis and Bobbi

 



F A L L // 2 0 1 4
One of the many reasons why we love living where we do... the four seasons. I'm pretty sure we can't live without them now that we're spoiled. The girls and I have been extremely anxious for the Fall season and now that it's here, we are so very grateful.
The new, chilly MBC mornings start with pour over coffee and oatmeal with a bit of cream, cinnamon and dried fruit from the Sonora Farmers Market... oh my- it's bliss! So, on the note of Fall and all things wonderful that accompany the season, we thought it would be a nice idea to update YOU, our lovely customer, on MBC Fall happenings. Here we go!
First and foremost. You know Lisa, our super amazing graphic designer, creative director, MBC manager who wears a million hats on the job? Well, she said, "I do" to Mr. Brian Siemonsma a few weeks ago! They said their vows underneath a weeping willow tree and were then serenaded by thunder and lightning at their reception... I'd call it wedding perfection and natures beauty at it's finest. The two love birds are now getting settled into the cutest little house and I have to say that I'm really excited to call Bri, "family" ( since Lisa and I are cousins and all ). YAY for LOVE!!  
We have also been working on a new product that could quite possibly blow your mind! The launch date is scheduled for November 14th. Stay tuned for awesomeness!
 
 Annie has been working on the Tiny Vinyl cuffs- have you seen them? They're just the cutest. 100% made in the USA, locally embroidered and crafted in house. Great job, Annie! 
 
Last but not least I'm excited to announce that we have a lovely collaboration in the works with our friend Jenn of Garden Apothecary! We are anxious to share the details next week. Stay tuned, friends.
Cheers!
Bobbi
// C O L D - B R E W //
Goodbye Spring, hello Summer! The days are growing longer and the California sun has finally shown it’s true colors- it is officially steaming hot! With that being said us girls at the warehouse are taking every possible precaution to beat the heat. Since coffee is one of our main food groups around here (but really) I thought it would be a good idea to try our hand at some cold brew. Could there be a better solution? I think not!
Through my many wanderings on our ever loved Instagram, I came across Seaworth Coffee Co.- an all natural, american made coffee company based in Costa Mesa, California. Each cold brew is hand-crafted, they use fair trade organic coffee beans, AND they repp the golden state. In short, we love them! Seaworth was kind enough to send us over a care package of their amazing product so that we could try it ourselves- I only have one word for you- SOLD!
Bobbi, Meg, and I selected our usual favorites to pair with Seaworth's Single Fin Sludge cold brew and the results were soooo yummy! We thought we would give you guys a few ideas if you need some cold brew inspiration so here are our top picks!
Bobbi's Choice (served in a wide 16oz)
- 6oz Seaworth Single Fin Sludge
- 6oz Unflavored Coconut Milk
- 1tsp. Sweet Beet (all natural locally made sweetener)
- Just a pinch of cinnamon
It was too amazing for words.
My pick: (served in 24oz)
- 8oz Seaworth Single Fin Sludge 
- 8oz Coconut Milk
- 1/2 oz Seaworth Coconut Simple Syrup
If you're looking for a punch of amazing flavor without the fuss of anything too sweet, this little recipe is the one for you.
Last but not least, Meg's Cold Brew: (served in regular mouth 16oz)
- 6oz Single Fin Sludge
- 6oz Coconut Milk
- 1tbsp. Raw Honey (locally made by Gold Country Honey Farms)
 Honey is always a good idea. Always.
All three of our brewskies were so so good. Seriously, we wished we had more to go around! A giant thank you to Seaworth Coffee Co. for obliging us with such an amazing cold brew. Be sure to check these guys out- they're going places!
"When there is no other solution- just choose coffee." -Yours truly
xo - Lis
// M B C - B I O // Our Meg

Greetings, all! Happy happy June! Can you believe summer is upon us already?! Lots of fun things happening in the shop lately- new business, new products, and new people! We have brought in a couple new girls to be a part of this amazing journey with us and we couldn't be more thrilled to have them! So with that I figured it would be nice to introduce you to a woman we have been lucky enough to add to our crew of amazing individuals that make MBC so special to us. 

This is our Meg. I want to just start by apologizing for my obvious bias for this blonde haired bombshell- she is in fact my big sister (by 16 months- lest I ever forget!) and pretty much in my top three favorite humans of all time. Meg is extremely talented, GENEROUS, and hard-working. She is our gypsy princess who blazes her own trail and dances her way through life. What more can I say? She's just the best.

Her duties here at MBC consist of making sure all our goods are going out on time, being filled correctly, and packaged accordingly. She's taken to it like a fish to water and I can't fathom MBC without her! She takes care of things with no fuss and always knows when a Shakira dance party is necessary. She has become an essential part of the team and we're hoping we get to keep her for a very long time =)

 I'll end with this beauty's favorite quote- have a lovely week everyone! 

"You can't wander without love beside you."

-Nevada by Deer Tick

 

XO Lis

M B C // L E A T H E R

 Today I thought I would take a moment to share some bits about our amazing new leather cuffs and the beauty behind them! This is our girl, Annie- she is a mother, a reclaimer, a leather worker and just about the sweetest woman you will ever meet. She hails from southern California but we have claimed her as one of our own! Annie joined our team a few months back and we don't know what we ever did without her. So yeah, we like her a lot!

It has taken many a trial and error in order for our cuff to finally reveal itself but it was worth the wait! We couldn't be more pleased with the outcome! For all you leather lovers out there- this little guy was made just for you! It's clean, simple, and made with a whole lot of love.

      It is so rewarding to see all of the strengths and qualities in each one of the Mason Bar girls. I love that this company can be a source of innovation and creativity for everyone included. There's nothing that a little hard work and some gumption can't accomplish =)

 

gumption (ˈɡʌmpʃən) — n
1. ( Brit ) common sense or resourcefulness
2. initiative or courage: you must have the gumption to try.

 

XO- Lis 

// C O F F E E - D A T E //

Happy March everyone! Just thought I would share a few snaps of Bobbi and I's coffee date from last week. We are constantly coming up with new ideas, creating new lists, and bouncing to-do's off of one another. This past week we had SO much to get through we thought we would take advantage and grab coffee while we brainstormed. We picked Alicia's Sugar Shack, one of our favorite spots in town.

A quick drive up the hill and two double short lattes later we were nestled in our little corner ready to make our "Big Mama List" and conquer the world! Alicia's is such a sweet spot in our town. They always have delicious baked goods and the kindest staff- in short we love it!

I think if I had to choose one drink for the rest of my life, it would be this heavenly latte. It was freedom in a cup.

I love Bobbi and I's time together- we thrive off of each others insatiable need to dream big and live this life pursuing joy.  When one of us is feeling the pressure of the week, the other is always there to encourage and support. I couldn't fathom a sweeter time or a better partner in crime.

 

                                                        XO- Lis

 

 

 

 

J U I C E - S E R I E S // Week (4)

And so the Saga continues with week four- hold on to your hats ladies and gents! This week was my second opportunity to choose our juice recipe- yeahhh buddy!!! I went on our Instagram feed and found a customer MBC recipe that looked amazing- Thanks Miko!  

 /// This recipe serves (3) 12oz jars ///

We used:

- 4 Green Apples

- 4 Celery Stalks

- 1 handful Spinach

- 1 handful Parsley

- 4 Red Cabbage leaves

- 1/2 squeezed Lime

- 1" Ginger

Some health facts about a few of our ingredients:

- Red cabbage contains large amounts of Vitamin C, Folate, Potassium, and Vitamin K.

- Ginger helps with nausea, can ease muscle pain, and helps a case of cold or flu.

-Lime helps with digestion, is rich in antioxidants, and even helps rejuvenate your skin!

 

As you can see, this recipe turned out beautifully and and was so so so yummy! I know I keep saying this every week but I really do think this one is my new fav. I hope our little series has encouraged some of you to try out some fun new ways to integrate fresh produce into your week. If any of you are feeling daring and decide to try a new recipe, please share it with us via Instagram and use the hashtag #mbcrecipes. We view all of our customer posts and love to hear from all of you beautiful people- who knows, we may choose your recipe next week! 

 

Happy February!

-Lis 

J U I C E - S E R I E S // Week (3)

Welcome back to the weekly juicing adventures of the MBC crew! This week our lovely Bobbi Jo, (fondly known as Joanie by yours truly) selected a recipe for us to taste test. I had been on a juicing high from our past two weeks of sensational recipes and was ready to gulp down another.

I showed up for work and found out we would be juicing our very own "V8"- EEK! This was NOT going to be the ultra-sweet drink I had in my head. Nevertheless we were all excited to try it!

// This recipe serves (4) 16oz tumblers //

We used:

- Celery (10 stalks)

- 1 Cucumber

- 1 Green Bell Pepper

- 6 Tomatoes

- Parsley (handful)

- 7 Carrots

 

Sounds pretty good right? Ann took one look at the ingredients and suggested that we needed some vodka and pepper- Bloody Mary anyone?! In all seriousness we contemplated making a booze run but had to restrain ourselves- heavily restrain ourselves!

Ok, ok back to juicing. Some helpful hints if you're wanting to try this recipe out at home:

- Buy organic celery, tomatoes, and bell peppers

- Use whole carrots, none of those baby carrots (they are soaked in bleach- YUCK!)

 

Don't forget to wash those ingredients!

Bobbi's pick was delightful- not sweet, but very tasty. I felt like I got in all 5 servings of vegetables in just one drink! We have been having some pretty busy days so it's been good to have our little juice boost every week. I'm super excited for next time!- Spoiler alert, I may have picked a customer's recipe =)

 

Until next tuesday!

-Lis

 

 

J U I C E - S E R I E S // Week (2)

 

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Let me just start out by saying that tuesday is our new favorite "work" day at the warehouse! The MBC juice series is an official keeper in our book. This week was Ann's turn- she decided to choose a recipe from Choosing Raw. We all showed up prepared to be blown away yet again and Ann's recipe definitely did not disappoint! 

// This recipe serves (4) 16oz tumblers //

 We used:

- 4 cucumbers

- 1/2 lemon (squeezed)

- 2 pears

- 2 handfuls fresh mint

- 2 cups spinach 

Once we washed our produce and sliced the bigger fruits and veggies we were ready to juice! This recipe was much easier to prep than last weeks, if your looking for a quick juice on the go.

Random fact about how I juice- I put the denser produce through the juicer first (apple, cucumber, pear, carrot, celery, etc.). It probably makes no difference but I have a little voice in my head that believes the juicer will perform better when the smaller, more fine veggies (mint, parsley, spinach, etc) are juiced last, that way it doesn't gunk up the blade until the end. Logical? Who knows, but I keep doing it!

 

First thoughts during my first sips- absolutely delicious, super refreshing, freedom in a cup. That pretty much sums it up. Ann's pick is by far one of my favorite I've ever juiced. All of us girls were surprised at how sweet this juice was without being overpowering (some juice can get a little nectar/syrup tasting).

We all felt bright-eyed and ready to conquer the day! Which was good because we filmed our crazy awesome MBC video that day and pretty much nailed it =)  

 

Another memorable tuesday for the Mason Bar Team. Us girls can't get over how inspired and encouraged we feel every time we share a day working, laughing, and sharing yummy drinks with each other. We are truly blessed by this life we have the opportunity to share. God is good, and so is juice.

 

-Lis

J U I C E - S E R I E S // Week (1)

 It's the New Year and we all know what that means- time for 2014 resolutions! Earlier this month us girls, (Bobbi, Annie, & myself) went for coffee to chat about our hopes, ideas, and plans for the coming year. One of Bobbi's resolutions was to juice once a week right here in our shop, not only as a personal goal but as a fun way to start our week and connect with our beautiful juicing customers. Of course Ann and I were on board the second she finished her sentence! Juicing while we work? Sign me up! And so began our juicing adventure. 

Here's what to expect from our weekly series: Every tuesday we will be trying out a different juice recipe we thought up, found online, or chose from a lovely customer. The three of us will be taking turns each week trying out our chosen recipe. I'm sure we will happen upon a few blunders but hey, it's all about trying new things and finding ways to integrate healthy goodness into the day to day.

 This past tuesday was our very first Juicing day and guess who was up first? Yep, yours truly. Thankfully, juicing has been a part of my lifestyle for over a year so I was excited to share with the girls one of my favorite juicing recipes. It's one that I've come to adore- totally simple but oh so delicious. 



Here's what I used (serves 4):

-12 large green apples

-1/8 fresh lemon

- 6 full kale leaves

- 6 full swiss chard leaves

- 2 cucumbers

  Some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your juicing experience:

I'm in no way an expert on juicing- honestly most the time I just throw it in there and pray it turns out to be drinkable. However, there are a few tips that I have learned from friends and personal research that can make juicing easier and more effective, so here it goes!

(1) ALWAYS wash your fruits and veggies thoroughly! I cannot stress this enough! Your best bet is to let your produce soak for a few minutes in clean water. There are organic sol

utions that are fantastic for cleaning produce but I will share that at a later time =)

(2) Choose your produce wisely. If you have any knowledge of pesticides, GMO's, and other harmful chemicals being shot up in our food you know the importance of selecting your groceries carefully. Since I don't want to go on a crazy, long tangent, my best advice is to research the basics such as the "Clean Fifteen" and the "Dirty Dozen" of produce. It should help you get started! 

(3) Always peel your apples! Did you know that apples are coated with harmful chemicals like petroleum to prolong their shelf life? The next time you eat an apple, try taking a sharp knife and gliding it firmly over the skin. What you find will shock you. 

Phew! I think that's enough information to thoroughly freak you out but I wanted to share these few facts that have truly changed the way I juice. 

Moving on! Here's a break down of the details that went into the juicing process:

- Washed all produce

- Peeled green apples/ chopped into quarters

- Chopped cucumber into large slices (don't peel)

- Separated kale and swiss chard leaves

- Cut fresh lemon into 1/8 (only need one) 

 Voila! Less than five minutes later we had our juice in hand. Ann said I passed with flying colors as she went on her way leather working. As for me I thought it tasted like sweet apple cider. Of course I knew the the most important person I needed to win over was our juicing newbie, Bobbi. I wish I got a picture of her face when she took a sip, so priceless! She squealed out a typical Bobbi-esque response, "Oh my gosh it's AMAZING!!!". 

I want to share all of the amazing health benefits of this leafy concoction but I'll have to do it another day. First juicing week was an absolute success and we three can't wait for next Tuesday! 

 

 

Stay tuned for Annie's recipe next week!

#happyearth #happydrink #happycustomer

 

Bye for now!

-Lis