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Grilling Showdown at the Better Homes and Gardens "Chill & Grill" Festival in Chicago! - Tuesday, May 24th 2011 8:00 AM
You know we are big fans of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.  Not only do we look to it for inspiration and ideas, how-to, trends, and cooking tips, but, we have been...
The PR Wheels Are Turning Fast! - Monday, November 22nd 2010 9:00 PM
This will probably be the only time in my life when I'm in 3 different magazines and a TV commercial!  On the newsstands now is my first place win for the Organic Gardening...
Mirror, Mirror On the Wall... - Monday, November 22nd 2010 8:30 PM
The first floor hallway has always seemed a bit dark.  The recent stair project helped that problem by painting the balusters white--it has seriously brightened up the...
"Toto, I Don't Think We're in Seoul Anymore…" - Friday, October 22nd 2010 10:00 AM
Lions, and tigers, and bears, OH MY!  Actually, there were friendly llamas......miniature ponies with the bluest of blue eyes......mellow cows......and several other farm...
Vertigo in the Stairway! - Thursday, October 14th 2010 9:00 AM
One of the first pictures we took when we first saw Kraemer House over 5 years ago was the staircase and front hall as we entered the house.  We saw so much potential!As we...
LG Life Tastes Good Championship in Seoul, South Korea - Monday, October 4th 2010 9:00 PM
As I organized these pictures and tried to adequately describe my experience at the LG Life Tastes Good Championship in Seoul, South Korea, I realized these images and words...
Deadline Met! - Monday, September 20th 2010 1:23 PM
It wasn't that long ago that it looked like a nuclear winter around here.  Countless hours of plastering and sanding were greeted with many more hours of priming and...
Let's Have a Food Fight! - Monday, September 13th 2010 8:00 AM
This weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in the Aetna Healthy Food Fight Contest.  From the qualifying submissions, 48 recipes were chosen for the Philadelphia...
Just Call Me "America's Top Amateur Chef!!" - Wednesday, September 8th 2010 10:00 PM
First, winning is much better than the alternative!  I had told myself that the real prize for me was Food & Wine's "Taste of Beverly Hills" event.  But, in the...
Color Me Beautiful! - Wednesday, September 1st 2010 8:00 AM
It's been a long time coming but the stairway/hall project is winding down.  There's still lots of woodwork to paint, but the light at the end of the tunnel is shining...
We've Been As Busy As A Buzzing Bee! - Sunday, August 15th 2010 6:00 PM
The interior stair project is well underway and pictures will be posted soon.  But before there is once again snow on the ground, we wanted to get some gardening pictures...
Beringer "Great Steak Challenge" in Washington, DC - Tuesday, August 10th 2010 12:00 PM
The Beringer "Great Steak Challenge" in Washington, DC was a blast!  I was so happy to have been selected as a finalist and enjoyed every minute of it.  The event was...
Not a One Trick Pony! - Thursday, July 29th 2010 11:30 PM
Brett here:  I'm not a one trick pony!  After the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest I wondered if I would ever get to compete in another cooking competition.I was an...
Stairway to Heaven... - Saturday, July 10th 2010 12:00 PM
...well, not exactly heaven, but 37 steps to the third floor!  The "heaven" part is that there's a light at the end of the tunnel and it's oh, so bright!  Then, after...
There's A Garlic Festival in the Garden! - Wednesday, June 30th 2010 12:00 PM
The rose garden is now completed!  Well, except for seven roses to be ordered and planted next spring.  Since we got a late start with this project we couldn't find...
Three Coins in a Fountain... - Thursday, June 10th 2010 8:00 AM
We have been planning for some time to install a rose garden in the center of the garden.  The climbing roses around the garden......have done exceptionally well and our...
You Say Catalpa, I Say Catawba! - Wednesday, June 9th 2010 9:00 AM
Since we moved into Kraemer House 5 years ago, we have been intrigued by the massive Catawba or Catalpa Tree--either spelling is correct--that sits in front of the house. ...
How Does Your Garden Grow? - Friday, May 28th 2010 7:00 AM
It's the most wonderful time of the year!The garden is full of life and armed with a camera, we've tried to capture some images that have inspired us to return back to great...
Better Homes and Gardens, Part Deux! - Friday, May 14th 2010 7:00 AM
Two years ago, we won a renovation contest with Better Homes and Gardens magazine.  We won for best bathroom renovation and it was featured in the September, 2008 issue of...
...and a Backache to Show For It! - Sunday, May 9th 2010 8:00 AM
The garden is continuing to burst at the seams with growth, and it's a struggle to just keep up.  It seems like only a few weeks ago everything was covered in snow, and now...
3 Tons of Fun! - Saturday, May 8th 2010 7:00 AM
While the house is a wreck with the ongoing hallway project, we decided that it was a great time to finish gutting the second floor bathroom.  A few years back, the third...
An Unexpected Gift... - Wednesday, April 28th 2010 8:00 PM
Several years ago when we first moved into Kraemer House, the former owner was gracious enough to give us an ink drawing of the house.  The detail is amazing.Last week,...
Ahhh--Spring At Last! - Wednesday, April 28th 2010 5:00 PM
Blink and you miss it!  Spring has sprung at Kraemer House!  Tulips and......daffodils are a bloomin'......and, ferns are unfurling...  Spring is finally...
Whistle While You Work: That's Better Than The Alternative! - Wednesday, April 28th 2010 10:00 AM
We have several projects currently going on that will soon culminate in accomplishment of a few more items into the "finished" column--hopefully sooner than later!  In a...
Brett Takes On Oprah's Ali Wentworth! - Tuesday, April 20th 2010 8:00 PM
In case you missed it on Oprah, here you go!! My little cameo is about 3 minutes in--Ali Wentworth and I had a "love/hate" relationship going on since she'd been stalking me all...