It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The decorations have been hung by the chimney (and then some) with care. In hopes that St. Nicholas (and YOU) soon would be here! Here’s a peek. Our front porch welcome to the Nicolin Mansion. One of our festive urns… Snowman foyer reminder – “Count Your Blessings” – everyday! Inside holiday window looking out. Snowflake…

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Recipe of the Month: Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet

Featured as our July 2013 Recipe of the Month, we created this new recipe using fresh stalks of rhubarb from our courtyard garden – a twist on a citrus sorbet!   Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sugar…

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Baby Grand for the Music Parlor

Out with the old… When I first moved to Minneapolis from California, I bought a house near Lake Nokomis. I’d always wanted to learn to play piano, so when I found one at a silent auction at Our Lady of Peace right down the block from our house, I just had to have it. We…

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Halloween at the Mansion

Happy Halloween from Nicolin Mansion

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Breeggemann Bath Remodel (And On Time!)

I like to set goals for renovation projects, now that we’re open, specifically on dates for upcoming events. So when we booked a recent courtyard wedding (watch for a future post), I set the goal, well actually Kevin’s goal, to have the only yet untouched room in the mansion completed for that wedding. So when…

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Remembering Bobbi

I was devastated when I learned a fire consumed The Bohemian Bed and Breakfast, and took the life of my friend and mentor, Bobbi McCrea, her precious girls Abby and Savannah, and 3 of her guests. The tragedy is overwhelming and beyond comprehension. It has left New Ulm devastated and grieving – it has left multitudes…

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Vegetable Gardening in the Shade

I missed the large terraced raised 13-bed garden Kevin built for me at our previous house. Last year I was so excited when Kevin built a new raised bed vegetable garden for me. We chose the sunniest place in our courtyard, and I hoped there would be enough sun during the course of the day….

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Soapmaking to Innkeeping

We fell in love with Bed and Breakfasts while honeymooning on Mackinac Island. We fell in love with our mansion while antiquing in Jordan. But it was soap that led us to this chapter in our life at this time in our life. So I’m doing my day gig as a software engineer, but looking…

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Innkeepers Travelogue: Excelsior

We always get asked: “What got us into innkeeping?” Well, it was falling in love with Bed & Breakfasts as we celebrated our wedding and subsequent anniversaries. This year innkeeper Catherine Dwyer of the Bird House Inn in Excelsior invited us to spend our anniversary. What a fabulous retreat!

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