Happy Thanksgiving my fellow Canadians!
Happy Weekend to all others!

This is what I looked like after spending approximately 1 hour in the kitchen making 2 pies.  Yes, by the way.  I do feel the need to wear rubber boots when I bake.  I’m a messy baker.

My kitchen was covered in flour, I managed to slop pumpkin all over the stove and got gunk in my counter grout.  There’s a lot of gunk in my grout.

Who cares, right?!  Bake, messy baker, bake!  That’s what I thought.  Baking should be fun and carefree and therefore messy.  Throw caution to the wind.  As I was grinning at my mess and  wiping flour on my jeans instead of the tea towel right beside me, I got a phone call.

“Hi, is this Karen?”

Yes, this is Karen.”

“Hi, Karen! This is Kelly from The Steven & Chris Show … we’d like to come and tape a segment at your house the day after tomorrow.  Isn’t that GREAT?!”.

That’s FANTASTIC KELLY!  Thanks!

And just like that, me and my messy kitchen were in freak out mode.  This was the Style at Home fiasco all over again.  Do these people not plan things in advance??  I’m going to call one of them one day and say HEY!  I’m coming over tomorrow to take pictures of your whole house to be published in/on some sort of national thingamajig.  Hurry up and clean up the cat barf sucker!

Regardless, it’s VERY exciting to be a part of The Steven & Chris Show!  Having to get ready for it will be made all the more exciting by the fact that I’m having 15 people over for Thanksgiving dinner a day later (no … I am STILL not making homemade cranberry sauce, so suck it).

We’ll be taping my segment for the show in my house all of Friday, plus I’ll be doing an in studio piece with them next week.  I’ll let you know when the actual show is going to air in Canada and the U.S.     Probably around October 21st.

It’s an exciting time for The Art of Doing Stuff, with all kinds of things happening.  All thanks to you!  I don’t know of another small blog like mine that gets so many people commenting and interacting.  I don’t delude myself into thinking that has anything to do with me.  O.K. it has a little to do with me, but mainly it has to do with the site’s fans.  That’d be you by the way.

So thanks to all of you for helping to make this site a success.  For you I am thankful.

Wish me luck this weekend, and I hope all of my fellow Canadians have a fantastic Thanksgiving and everyone else has a luxuriously relaxing weekend, filled with long walks, a bit of music and family.

And just to make me feel better … maybe a film crew.


  1. Janelle says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Karen and congratulations on your well-deserved success. And….way to wear rubber boots but not an apron. I am a devoted fan, but haven’t been one for long…still, I recognize that as classic Karen.

  2. Shauna says:

    Rubber boots?? I thought I was messy for baking but your boots win!! And really, so you need to clean your house top to bottom, scrub all the pumpkin, make cranberry sauce from scratch and then pour into your fancy mold with the rings that make it look like it just came from a can…. but it’s worth it, Cause it beats making and EATING chicken pot pies!!!! Happy Thanksgiving Karen & Betty

  3. aimee says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. Good luck with getting your house ready!

  4. Zina says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. marilyn says:

    hey karen, way to go! i wish you much success this weekend and good luck with The Steven and Chris show. I had a huge crush on steven for the longest time just about killed me when i finally gave up my delusions. I too will have a house full of family and loved ones and frankly i wouldn’t have it any other way. We should all take a moment this weekend to count our blessings and give thanks. p.s. my daughter has those boots too but she doesnt bake. xo

  6. Nicole says:

    You are HILARIOUS!! And of course you’re the reason for the success and interaction here. We just like to comment on your chaos. Enjoy the extra chaos this weekend – Happy Canadian Tgiving!!

  7. Sherry (BTLover2) says:

    Congrats, Lady!! You deserve every good thing that comes your way. Enjoy the shoot and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  8. j. says:

    Yay! I don’t exactly know what the show is all about but it certainly sounds major!

    About twelve years ago I tried making homemade cranberry sauce for the first time. It is by far the easiest dish to prepare for Thanksgiving – And in my opinion has the biggest payoff. C’mon – Boil some water, add some sugar and then those impossibly beautiful red cranberries and call it done. It’s so worth it!*

    *Noted this comment was made by someone who hasn’t updated her blog in about three weeks, sooo…

  9. Oona says:

    Congrats! You deserve all of the recognition and more! Have a great Thanksgiving.

  10. Rose in Ohio says:

    You know you can get a rubber apron, if you need one. (Remember high school chemistry?) Goggles come in handy in my kitchen, too. And my husband got me some of those gloves that are resistant to knife blades. A kitchen is a perilous place. If I were you, I’d make that film crew sign a liability waiver!

    Congratulations, and happy filming! You’ll be a big hit!

  11. Jennifer says:

    First, Happy Thanksgiving! And congratulations – I’m sure the last minute insanity of getting your house clean and prettified will be worth it once the taping is done! I have similar issues in the kitchen – while clean in all other aspects, when cooking I’m such a filthy slob it’s astounding. I think we’re going to be building our next house and I think I’m going to look into putting drains in the kitchen floor like a restaurant kitchen – so when I’m done I can just bust out the hose and blast all the slop away ; )

  12. deborahinps says:

    A great big WOW!
    YOUR success is because you’re funnier than all get out 🙂
    I’m thinkin’ one of your how tos should include how to tie and wear an apron properly 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. DzynByJules says:

    I feel we definitely are sisters separated at birth! I keep my safety glasses close by when I’m baking! Can’t be too careful! I’ll be waiting to hear when the show airs, hopefully kitty won’t be in the background hacking up a hairball while you’re explaining your pumpkin gutting method. Mine would so totally do that, she has impeccable timing! Don’t sweat the dust bunnies and such, as you know, that stuff rarely shows on film! Good Luck and have fun!!!!!

  14. Heidi says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! It is going to be a warm weekend, so great for family get togethers.

    I saw your jeans and thought, Huh . . the dollarama has aprons for $2 in the art aisle (they are canvas), Im sure Karen can come up with something fabulous out of macgyvered dollar store items and turn the blah apron into designer duds. I bought one last week and was planning on painting something nifty on it with acrylic paint, or sewing some frills on it or something.

    Are they filming a “house proud” segment for S&C or is it something else? Have a great weekend and good luck!!

  15. Suzy says:

    I didn’t know Steven and Chris were back on! I’ll set the PVR to catch it.

    I’m wondering what you have against making cranberry sauce?? So easy compared to most of the other feats you wow us with on a regular basis.

    PS. Cooking/Baking is supposed to be messy. I maintain that if it’s not, you’re not doing it right.

    Happy Thanksgving! Fab Hunter wellies btw.

  16. Amy says:

    You’re making me look forward to our American Thanksgiving!
    Have a happy one, and enjoy your canned cranberries. And the film crew.

  17. Brittany says:

    Congrats Karen that is amazing!! I will keep a look out around the 21st!

    Happy Thanksgiving, hope you have a great long weekend 🙂

  18. Natalie says:

    Good luck on your cleaning, and Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  19. Lesley H says:

    Love the wellies sans apron. Reminds me of my brother’s recent visit to my kitchen where he said, ‘so let me get this straight, you don’t own an apron but you have welding gloves?’ That’s right, those things are bullet proof. Enjoy your thanksgiving and your upcoming shoot – you so deserve the success. Thanks for all you share – I’m grateful for that!

  20. Christi says:

    Hey Karen, I’m more of a lurker than a commenter, but I wanted to tell you that your blog makes my day on almost a daily basis. Thanks for being so awesome!

  21. Robin says:

    You really deserve your success and accolades! You are so funny and humble, I really look forward to your posts!

  22. mick says:

    Thank you for your great sense of humour and endless ideas.
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.

  23. Ana says:

    Good luck Karen!

    And I LIKE the canned cranberry. Well, I really like that you can slice it – better for adding it to the post-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving sandwich!

  24. Theresa says:

    gotta LOVE THE BOOTS! you’ve got me chuckling all afternoon – Happy Thanksgiving – luckily I have nearly a month till Turkey day here.
    Good luck with the shoot it’ll be blast one of those things you are horrified by while its happening but later …its fine and funny.

  25. Pam'a says:

    I don’t know of the show, but SCORE! Maybe you can post your segment on YouTube or something so we can see it down here in the U.S. (Or maybe we can and I’m just ignorant.)

  26. Shannon says:

    I love the house wellingtons, I should probably wear mine when I bake too. I bought some a few weeks ago on sale (for $8!!!!) & it started bucketing rain ever since. Best purchase ever!

  27. Shauna says:

    This is very exciting Karen – way to go. I can’t wait to hear when it airs in the U.S.

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