So.. You Want to Audition for MasterChef…

Every year, I receive a batch of emails right around this time – people who are considering, or who have already signed up to audition for MasterChef. Very excited people, full of big dreams, just looking for whatever tips I may have. The TL;DR? Don’t. Let me elaborate, but first a bit of disclaimer /…

How We Made That: “Hobbit Hole” Cat Shelter Tutorial

In every aspect of our life, my husband and I are very “If you give a mouse a cookie”. A small idea snowballs really quickly, basically… “If we’re going to do X, we should probably go ahead and do Y… and Z… and OMG wouldn’t it be cool if ….?” That’s basically my explanation for…

Catching up… and Apple Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn Recipe!

Wow, as it really been 3 weeks since I last posted? Do I really still have Halloween stuff up as the featured content? I’ll get right on that.. Yikes. My apologies! It’s been an insane month. Lemme tell you a bit about it, and punctuate it with a really easy, tasty recipe. First off, as…

Duluth Vacation

One of the annoying ways we were impacted by the 2011 North Minneapolis Tornado was that any chance of taking any sort of decent vacation was now off the table for the foreseeable future. We’d been planning to visit my beloved Canadian east cost for a couple years at that point, so this killed me….

So, I made a Cake for Amanda Palmer… (NSFW)

As someone with no filter to speak of, I’ve historically had to rely on others to be my “That’s not appropriate” guide. I am the queen of “It seemed like a great idea at the time!” (See: “What if I audition for a reality show?“, for example!). My husband and friends are such enablers, that…

DIY Tutorial: Recycled Wood Slice Garden Pathway

Adapting a “new” home (built in 1928, but new to us!) to suit your own style is usually a big ordeal… but that went doubly for us, when we were hit by the tornado right after moving in! After the debris had settled, most of the cleanup was done, and we had a new roof…

Lots of Book News – A Release, Preorders, AND a Clearance Sale!

The last few weeks have been a crazy flurry of activity, between everything related to being on MasterChef, the second anniversary of the tornado that smashed our house, setting up to get back into Spandex Costuming and Custom Cosplay (to help pay down tornado debt, now that I did NOT win $250k on MasterChef!), and…

Jalapeno Artichoke “Backfire” Dip

Recently, my friend Susi made a VERY quick trip to Minnesota. She moved away almost two years ago – on the DAY of our tornado, no less. Great timing on her part, but we’ve missed her ever since. As has become tradition, we met up at Psycho Suzi’s for drinks, nibbles, and great conversation. While…

Cardamom Pear Streusel Muffins

So, we’re having a bonus FRIDAY post today, by popular demand. You see, I made muffins last Sunday… first time in a few years! Between having to go off gluten for a couple years, not having a kitchen (tornado!) for much of that time, etc? Muffins weren’t on my priority list. We had a handful…