Hello, and welcome to my blog!

As a wife and homemaker, and a busy mother of three great kids, my days are full and my to-do list never ending. Enjoying the domestic life, DIY, and “make from scratch” while caring for my family, homemaking is very important to me. I was born and raised in Norway, but have lived in the United States for over twenty years.

In this blog, I share my experiences on a variety of things I do in my home. My main focus is on cooking, baking, gardening, and things of interest regarding taking care of a household. After over two decades, I have learned countless ways to run a household more smoothly, and I include these experiences with tips and ideas throughout my posts. In addition, I love posting about Norwegian and American recipes! 

Throughout my articles I share a lot of helpful pictures in addition to thorough details and explanations, so that you’ll know what to do should you decide to try my recipes or tutorials!

Some of my recipes are quick and easy, while others are a bit time-consuming and can seem complicated; if I post any of these, it is because they are truly worth the extra effort! I do have several truly excellent dessert recipes, and my pot roast is superb!

I am always on the look-out for new recipes; not just any kind of recipe, but those that seem extra special without requiring a culinary degree to make! I don’t go out of my way to complicate things, but certainly go for that extraordinary flavor that makes people wonder “WHO made that???” I do have a few recipes that I feel fit this category, and little by little I will be sharing them with you.

For cooking recipes, I tend to look for delicious flavor, fairly easy to pull off, but also low on processed, pre-packaged foods; in other words, I try to keep it as healthy as I can while accomplishing the rest at the same time.

My gardening posts are all about vegetables as opposed to shrubs and flowers. After having grown tomatoes in containers on my deck for several years, we put up a fence and started an in-ground vegetable garden in 2010. Since then, as a hobby gardener I have done a lot of reading and researching, asked questions, doing hands-on gardening, and have learned a great deal in this exciting and fun process! There are “a gazillion” pages on the internet covering the basics, but in this blog I share the information I found especially useful when I was learning what to do in my own garden. I write about what I did, the results, what worked and what didn’t, what I decided to do differently next time, and why. In addition, I have written a couple of very detailed articles for vegetables that people find more challenging, including pictures and covering information that can be hard to find. Hopefully some of my experience and failures will help others in their own gardens!

I was born and raised in Norway, so it is only natural for me to include some Norwegian recipes, though most of my recipes will be American ones or other recipes I found after I moved to the U.S. I will stick to the standard USA measuring system in recipes (pounds, ounces, Fahrenheit etc.) For people using the metric system (kilos, grams, Celcius etc.),  I  have include some measurement tables and conversion tools in a separate page, called Metric and More (click here to view), and food translation as well. You can find it in the same bar as the “About” page, at the top of the Home page. I have also included other information useful to Norwegians, and will add to the list as needed.

Please feel welcome to comment on my posts! Be kind, use clean language, and no spam, please. I will read each and every one of your comments, and if you have questions, I will do my best to answer them for you. I will stick to English in my posts, though if you wish to comment in Norwegian, you are of course very welcome to.

I hope you will find my blog useful and fun to read!