Hi there! I’m Patty. I’m a writer, maker and creative entrepreneur living on the road with my husband and Peppermint the basset hound. Read the blog for tutorials, tricks and inspiration. Curious about our experiment in teeny-living? Then read more about #vanlife!

Are you a business owner? I also work with indie retail and creative business owners to build beautiful social media platforms, websites and email marketing programs.



From Vanlife to Sticks’n’Bricks Re-entry

Hey there cats'n'kittens. Cats are on my mind a lot. Because we just got one last fall. He's still a bit of a kitten. He's cute.  And I have a point.  After a year and a half wandering the roads, Jeff and I settled down, got a quirky little studio (semi-furnished!)...

Mining… the heart of Minnesota’s Iron Range

Since George Stuntz discovered iron ore near Lake Vermilion while investigating a report of gold deposits in the area, mining has been the heart’s blood of Minnesota’s Iron Range. Learn about our rich history during your stay. Local Museums and Tours Soudan...

March 27, 2017

Ohmigoodness, guys, it's been a super busy few weeks! I'm not sure how many updates I have to share, but I've been happy and engaged! Over the weekend, Jeff and I caught up with taking photos of my Spring Wardrobe Capsule, which means I'm about 800 posts behind....

Parmesan Potato Nests

Parmesan potato nests are another favorite of our guests here at the B&B. Super-easy to make, this is a great way to get a crispy potato fix that's a bit less oily than traditional hash browns and much easier to make! These are also great for serving to larger...

March 13, 2017

Today is an exciting day for Jeff and I -- two years ago we were celebrating our 'sneaky' wedding. We eloped... to our shop. We didn't tell very many people, even my mom didn't get told until AFTER the ceremony was over. He was very sick that day with a cold, I...

Back in Time — A Letter From John Kangas

Image of a postcard of the Kangas homestead, now Northern Comfort B&B, from our private records. We're lucky to have a small archive of letters and history from the original Kangas family who built the farm. Twenty years ago the original innkeepers reached out to...

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