DIY's, Melting Pot, This Frugal House

Hitting a Brick Wall

No-Literally! And several of them -- and unlike the brick found in some of my favorite remodeling shows - this brick is uglier than the snow that is currently falling outside (reminder- IT'S APRIL!).  I'm continuously racking my brain with an idea on how to salvage or showcase it, but beside it being ugly it's… Continue reading Hitting a Brick Wall

DIY's, Melting Pot, This Frugal House

With or Without You Spring

Apparently Spring did not get the memo that we have officially "sprung ahead" and have arrived in the spring season here in MN, because there is snow in the forecast and snow still on the ground.  Never assume that a season is here (or over) in MN - it will only lead to planning mishaps… Continue reading With or Without You Spring

DIY's, In the Kitchen, Melting Pot, This Frugal House


The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday for oh so many reasons.  First and foremost, it is the birthday of one of the most amazing person's I have ever had the pleasure of knowing; My grandmother-Val (short for Valborg!) G-ma unfortunately left this earth in 2008 but I make sure to still celebrate her… Continue reading ‘MERICA!

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Out with the VERY old and in with the SHINY new!

My first home purchase was quite the roller coaster of events and emotions.  Offers in, waiting, offers rejected, inspections in, counter offers in, counter offers rejected. What I had always envisioned as one of the most exciting chapter of my life had become a nightmare. Then finally one day I was allowed to become overwhelmed… Continue reading Out with the VERY old and in with the SHINY new!

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First attempt at MMF (Marshmallow Fondant)

I've always liked the shiekness look of fondant, but I never liked the cost or taste.  Then one day last year prior to my daughters 11th birthday I stumbled upon this recipe for DIY Marshmallow Fondant found at the blog Bakeat350.  This lady is amazing and she has recipe for Royal Icing where you can… Continue reading First attempt at MMF (Marshmallow Fondant)