Wednesday, October 29, 2014

biking to work!

so i almost don’t want to say this out loud ... but i started biking to work this summer... and i love it.

the thing is — and why i’m a little nervous about shouting this from the rooftops — is that i know myself, and i know that i'm not great at sticking to a new program like biking to work. so i'm just telling myself that i'm riding my bike to work, when it works for me. i’m not going to get crazy and bike to work in the rain. i'm not quite ready to commit to installing a baby seat to take my daughter, February, to preschool and then head to work. i'm just going to do it on days when it feels fun and easy, at least to start.

but when i do bike to work, it's such an awesome part of my day. i get very little alone time these days, having a busy job, a busy one-year-old, and trying to sneak in date nights and friend time. so riding my bike to work has been a great way to calm my brain, and get a little bit of exercise. (since February was born, i'm still trying to find a way to get other workouts in. how is it possible that i've only been able to make it to two yoga classes in the last year?!)

but like with any new workout activity, i know that buying myself a cute thing or two will make me more excited to do it. that might be shallow, but i'm just being real about it! so i bought this gorgeous Linus Dutchi 8 bike in the beautiful vanilla color and i'm loving it.

and then, as another little cherry on top, how cute is this Timbuk2 bag? i’d always thought Timbuk2 was just a manly San Francisco messenger bike bag (and I totally had one when I went through a bit of a RiotGrrrl phase). but they are really coming out with some more feminine fabrics and designs, like this one. i would recommend checking out their new downtown Seattle store - it's well designed, and they've got a bunch more bags than just the traditional messenger.

so do you bike to work? how do you do it? what motivates you? what makes it easy? do you have any other tips for fitting in alone time or workouts for new moms? i'm dying to hear ...

♥ molly moon

p.s. we are giving away the Timbuk2 bag in this post! follow us on Instagram and comment on the photo of me biking to work. we'll pick one winner at random on next week!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

new today: ginger pear sorbet

Boy, do we love that Washington has so much great fall fruit!! This sorbet was inspired by our love of fall pear cider - it has a great flavor, full of rich fall fruit and spicy ginger. The organic Bartlett pears that we use are coming from several small orchards in Washington's Yakima and mid-Columbia growing regions.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Reuben's Porter ice cream

We are so excited to be bring back beer ice cream this fall!! Today we roll out our Reuben's Porter ice cream, made with the delicious Robust Porter from Reuben's Brews.

Monday, October 13, 2014

We ♥ the Great Pumpkin Sundae!

Just like Linus, every year we eagerly await the arrival of the Great Pumpkin Sundae! This delicious treat is made with our signature fall flavor, pumpkin clove ice cream, homemade hot fudge, candied pepitas, homemade marshmallow fluff and (of course!) a Chukar Cherry.

Now available in all our shops!!

pumpkin clove

Yeah, everyone does a pumpkin flavor this time of year … but the difference between our pumpkin clove ice cream and a pumpkin spice burrito from the gas station is that it’s a) delicious and b) made with organic pumpkin lovingly grown in Corvallis, Oregon. Our pumpkin is coming from Stahlbush Island Farms, a family farm with a big emphasis on sustainable farming and earth-friendly agriculture. They’ve done stuff like build a biogas plant on their property that converts farm waste (like corn husks) into electricity and pioneered biodegradable packaging for their frozen goods. This flavor is also amazing with hot fudge!

Monday, September 29, 2014

raspberry hard cider sorbet!

Our first fall sorbet is here!

To make this sorbet, we’re using a delicious cider from Blue Mountain Cider Company in Milton-Freewater, Oregon (not far from Walla Walla). The cider is made from Walla Walla Valley apples (from the Oregon side) and the raspberries come from Prosser. Although we do use a hard cider for the base, it is boiled before we make it into sorbet, so all the alcohol is cooked out. But it still that nice hard cider flavor!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

One scoop at a time - Signin' with Molly Moon's!

signin' with molly moon's! from molly moon's homemade ice cream on Vimeo.

Whew, what a summer! We scooped (and let's be honest, we ate) a lot of ice cream ... we partied at Sasquatch and we visited some really awesome farms. But one of the coolest things that happened this summer, was the completion of our Signin' with Molly Moon's video & using it to train our staff on some basic American Sign Language (ASL).

We also spent some time blogging about our crew (like Eric & Jesse; Sayra & Brianna), and all the awesome things they are doing to make our community, and the world, a better place. So we figured we'd wrap up our series 'Making the World Better, One Scoop at a Time,' with Sky and Ashlyn. Sky and Ashlyn are two of our awesome shop managers, and they really care about making our shops accessible to more people. Without them, this video never would've happened! So we chatted with them to get the behind-the-scenes scoop: 

Q&A with Sky - Madrona shop manager

: How did the idea come about?

Sky: About a year ago, several community spaces I am a part of started making it a standard for all events to be ASL-interpreted. I started thinking, ‘Why don't service employees have training in basic ASL?’ It makes so much sense for our employees to learn a few signs to be able to communicate better and make our shops more welcoming for Deaf and hard-of-hearing folks.

mm's: What's been your role in making this project happen?

Ashlyn and I have been working together on this project since I mentioned the idea to her. We came up with a list of signs we wanted our scoopers to know, created a storyboard and worked with our photographer James Moes to plan the video shoot. We asked Ali (a Capitol Hill scooper) and Ashton Sanderson (a regular customer) to be in the video, and had an awesome few hours filming with them. We worked with James on editing the footage and adding in the captions until it was finished. We are so excited to share this video with our employees (and our customers)!

mm's: Why did you want to do this?
Sky: Access is so important! Molly Moon's strives to make our shops comfortable and inviting for everyone, and this is one thing we can do to follow our word.

mm's: What are your hopes/dreams for your future?

Sky: So many things! [My partner and I] see ourselves running a farmstead B&B with goats and ducks and an orchard and someday providing a supportive and safe place for queer and trans youth to be themselves.

Q&A with Ashlyn - U Village shop manager

mm's: What has been your role in making this video happen?
Ashlyn: My role has been pretty simple. It's been helping Sky draft up what the video was going to be like, finding volunteers to help, learning some new fun customer service related signs and starring in the video - ooh la la!

mm's: Why did you want to do this?
Ashlyn: Really for a few reasons: first off I just love sign language! I'll never know all the signs in the world and that to me is so beautiful. Much like English, ASL is an ever-evolving language and there are other sign languages that I can learn in different parts of the world. Another reason was that I love our Deaf customers, and I want them to know we support the use of ASL in our community. And I always want to get behind any idea that makes working at Molly Moon's even more rad than it already is! Lastly, I've had a lot of folks in the past come to me wishing they could communicate using sign language. I wanted to help create that tool, and other resources, so we could make this a reality.

mm's: What are your hopes/dreams for your future?
Ashlyn: I would love to be an interpreter. Ideally I would like to work with children, both in a classroom setting and in the medical setting. It's always been a dream of mine and I'm working hard to make it a reality.

mm's: Thanks Sky & Ashlyn! You did such an awesome job on this video & we love having such caring & passionate peeps as part of the molly moon's team! 

Want to help us celebrate (& practice!) our new sign language skills? Stop by our Queen Anne shop tonight (Thursday, September 25 6 - 9 p.m.)! We'll be showing our video, saying a big 'thank you' to the people who helped us make this happen & offering free hot fudge & sprinkles if you order in sign language!