Wedding Cookies

March 19, 2009

A while back I made some wedding cake cookies. These cookies are 6″ tall – so not a small treat! I went with tan and white on the cake, and pink and white for the present. Decorating cookies is so much fun, I realize that that sounds demented to some – but I find doing […]


Ultimate Krispies

July 4, 2010

Take your typical rice krispie and remix it with some new, fresh flavors. This is a treat that satisfies anyone’s hunger. 6 cups rice krispies6 cups fruit loops6 cups cap’n crunch8 tbsp. butter (1 stick)3 packages miniature marshmallows1 tbsp. vanilla Prepare a 9 x 13 pan by spraying it liberally with non-stick cooking spray (I […]

SHOP – 6″ Cake Pan

January 10, 2013

Commercial gauge 6″ cake pan, that is actually handmade for us in the USA using Series 1100 Aluminum. 6″ Cake Pan – $12

Mulled Cider

October 23, 2009

Fall has arrived and I always get endeared to mulled cider. Making it is easy and it fills my home with such wonderful aromas. Visions of relaxing with my socks on and feet up with someone I love, some great conversation and a cup of mulled cider makes me think of never leaving home until […]

The beginning of a new chapter!!

January 5, 2009

For those of you who are close to me, and those that are not – I am taking the leap and making a go of what I have been passionate about since I was a child. I am calling it kon-tent. kon-tent is about life, in part and whole. My goal is to show you […]


Favorite Things – Dacor Epicure Discovery Dual Wall Ovens

May 20, 2009

  The wall oven. I think whoever invented this in its’ dual format should be sainted. How can you do a large dinner or holiday gathering without one and keep your sanity in tact. To me, it does not matter how many photo’s appliance manufacturers take of an oven with three or four racks, loaded […]

Stuffed Squash Blossoms

July 12, 2010

Sometimes you need to step outside your comfort zone and try something adventurous.  This is the case with stuffed squash blossoms.  You can find these readily at your local farmer’s market, around here they cost $1 for about 8 which would serve four nicely.  The blossoms are actually the male flowers of the zucchini squash.  […]

Oreo Cheesecake Muffins

April 15, 2010

I decided to deconstruct my oreo cheesecake recipe


Chocolate Babka

November 18, 2010

How can you go wrong with a recipe that has two pounds of chocolate and almost two pounds of butter? The hardest part about this entire recipe is waiting, the agony of waiting for the loaf to completely cool so you can cut it. Do not try and pop these out before then as the […]

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Happy Hour with the Dead

January 6, 2015

Come enjoy an evening of fantastic food and connecting with loved ones at Happy Hour with the Dead. Lifestyle Expert, Ross Sveback will be cooking up dishes to nibble on while internationally-known Medium, Suzanne Krupp uses her gifts to connect with those who have moved on, and communicate their messages to you via a group […]

SHOP – Year of LUXury Soap Collection

June 7, 2013

A true treat, this year’s worth of our LUX Handmade Soaps is indulgence at it’s best. You will receive twelve soaps, one for every month of the year. The collection includes the following blends (click on each soap link below to read more about that particular blend) it will also allow you to purchase the […]

Granola-Apple Muffins

May 15, 2010

For those of you who love an everything bagel or a morning glory muffin, this is right up your alley. Chock full of delcious ingredients and spices, and so easy to make. I use Honeycrisp apples since they were developed here in Minnesota, I am partial when I say that they truly are the most […]


Glitterbomb Cupcakes

June 1, 2013

Inspired by Nick Espinosa, who was the originator of glitterbombing in an effort to support glbt rights – I wanted to pay homage to him and all the fine work he has accomplished through his organization. Feel the rainbow…. Here I took my cupcake recipe that is frosted with the standard vanilla-bean buttercream, yet I encrusted […]

Snow-capped Orzo

March 1, 2010

‘Hard Boiled’ Baked Eggs

May 13, 2013

‘Hard Boiling’ my eggs in the oven makes my life so much easier. Place a dozen eggs in a muffin tin, this is essential – does not work in a 9X13 or cake pan. Put them into a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes – DONE!  Your shells will be speckled and you will also […]


Patty’s Pasta

June 7, 2013

This recipe comes way of my friend Susan, who’s sister Patty was the creator. I, per my usual, made some changes to keep go with how I cook in the kitchen, yet kept true to the recipe. Super delicious and easy to make – even the leftovers were gone by noon the next day. 2 […]

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

December 2, 2011

Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 1 1/4 cups sugar 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 4 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate 1/4 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons whipping cream Salted Caramel Buttercream Garnishes: sea salt flakes […]

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Money Tree Bonsai

January 4, 2015

BBQ in a Jar

January 4, 2015

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Unicorn Poop Cookies

April 16, 2013

Let’s not pretend unicorns don’t exist – we all know that they do. I have been telling my niece Gretchen for years that my pet unicorn, aptly named ‘Unicorny’ is the reason my side mirror was cracked on a previous vehicle I owned. I told her he was galloping up beside me to say goodbye […]

folding a fitted sheet

October 21, 2009

InstructionsThings You’ll Need:Fitted Bed Sheet – Any SizeStep 1Put Your Fingers In Two Pockets – Same Side of the SheetStart with the right side of the fabric next to your body, and put your hands into two of the corner pockets of the sheet (two of the corner pockets on the same side of the […]

Fresh Margaritas

December 13, 2008

I do not know about you, but I am tired of all the expensive drink mixes that leave me underwhelmed. Who said that cocktail mixology from scratch was difficult never had the satisfaction of enjoying an excellent libation. My sister and I call them Margo’s and in an effort to educate the planet on how […]

Croque Monsieur

August 28, 2009

A Croque Monsieur is basically a ham and cheese sandwich with a Bechamel and melted gruyere topping. If you were to top this sandwich with a fried egg it would become a Croque Madame. Ingredients: 1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano (grated) 1 cup gruyere (grated) 1/2 cup Bechamel sauce 2 slices bread 1 teaspoon dijon mustard 4 […]


Favorite Things – Miele Capricorn Vacuum

November 30, 2010

This vacuum is without a doubt an investment into your home. I compare it to the people that finally buy a decent set of knives or cookware after they have gone through two or three sets and decide that if they would have purchased the better ones initially, they would still have it.  This is […]

Tollhouse Cookie Cake

March 18, 2013

I was inspired to make this cake after watching my daughter make cookies the other week and she was stacking them up on the cooling rack – it made me wonder if I could make a cookie cake. I am not going to pretend this is high-brow, yet I will admit this sure is delicious. […]

AUDIBLE – Vintage Lounge, Music to Relax by in your Barcalounger

May 10, 2010

While at my mothers this last weekend I ran across some vintage lounge records.  I never remembered listening to this stuff when I was younger, but obviously it had an effect on me because I am a lounge music fanatic.  This record was designed by Barcalounger to be played while you relaxed in their lovely […]

Jalapeno Popper Dip

October 22, 2011

Ingredients:1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (room temperature)1/2 cup mayonnaise1/2 cup cheddar cheese (grated)1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano1 (4 ounce) can sliced jalapenos (pickled)2 jalapeno peppers (chopped, optional)1/4 cup panko bread crumbs1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano Directions:1. Mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, parmigiano reggiano and jalapenos in a bowl and pour into a baking dish.2. […]

SHOP – Danish Fern Dinnerware Collection

September 21, 2010

My second offering to the Heirloom Entertaining Collection. Danish Fern transferware pattern that dates back to the 1800’s. Excellent alone or mixed with various other patterns, these pieces transcend time and can be used in a casual to formal setting. Please see below for pricing and availability. Danish Fern Price List Danish Fern 10.5″ Dinner […]

Parsley Cream Soup

November 2, 2009

Here is a recipe my grandmother would make during the winter months, parsley cream soup. This soup is meant to be easy time as well as ingredients-wise. If you want to limit your level of dairy, you can omit the cream and obtain a thinner cream consistency. 1 stick of butter 4 cups chicken or […]