Seams and Sprinkles

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My HGTV Experience: Not So Desperate Anymore!

Remember way back when, [not] so long ago when I said I would tell you about my kitchen but I had to wait? Well..... I am so excited that I can now share my story with you and not be keeping these secrets. They don't make friends, I know, but this was necessary (and also the rules)!

So last year around October/November, we got a tip from my wonderful friend, Jennifer, who knew we were looking to do something with our kitchen since I bake all the time and our old 1970s original kitchen just wasn't cutting it for me. It was small, outdated and some things were  even completely nonfunctional. A serious baker cannot have that, it is unacceptable! So Jennifer let us know that there was an audition/casting call opportunity for a new show that would be on HGTV called America's Most Desperate Kitchens. The name itself was a calling from above I tell ya!

So my husband I and made our tape to submit, we figured the worst that could happen is that we don't get selected and go about our lives doing remodeling as our savings would permit. We heard back from the company about a month later letting us know that they enjoyed our video and wanted to come by the house and check it out and meet us. Everything seemed to go well and we were able to share our story of humble beginnings that have influenced us to keep our hearts humble to this day!

The next few months were a whirlwind. We went through several steps in the process and never really knew along the way that we had been the family selected for the show until they showed up at our door a few months later! As you can see from the episode, we had no say, no control and had to completely trust The Cousins who do this show, America's Most Desperate Kitchens!

So we had to be away while the work was being done over the course of three, yes THREEEEE, days. It was stressful, we were stuck away from our comfort zone and were dying with anticipation for what the final product would be. When we got the call to come home and have the reveal my stomach was literally, well I can't confirm nor deny, in knots. This felt insane, nothing like this happens to us. I am so used to working so hard for everything and it was such a blessing to know these people were about to change our lives but we had no idea what to expect! 

We closed our eyes and walked hand-in-hand and The Cousins revealed to us a total transformation of our kitchen, living room and dining room. Everything was completely opened up and modernized to make for a more fun and engaging entertaining space. The first thing I noticed were the beautiful Edison lights and then the amazing teal cabinets- so unique and so us! Check out all the photos in the gallery to see exactly what I am talking about! I think my husband said it best when he was quoted, "It was everything we ever wanted, but never could have imagined." It was so beautiful and the modern rustic style with pops of color completely encompasses our style! Everyone was extremely nice and helpful along the way, which made the reveal even better, as if we had added new family members!


We have happily been enjoying our un-desparate living quarters for the past few months and have even been inspired to start doing other parts of our house starting with our family room following the same style. It is still a work in progress, but I will share that room with you once it is complete to help get you motivated to do the same! I wish I had all the money in the world so I could do everything, but at least I know I have some projects to keep me busy when I need a break from baking!

Feel free to check out the episode online on HGTV's Website to see the fun in action with The Cousins. We were also fortunate enough to make it into the July/August Issue of HGTV magazine, so be sure to pick that up and check out pages 18-19 to see more details!

You can now say you know "someone who got on one of those shows" as many of our friends and family are saying! I hope you enjoyed our journey through this magical process and can really appreciate all the space that allows me to make up these baking novelties for you. And to all those that helped us get here from our family and friends, to all those involved from the network- Thank you so very much; we love it!


  1. How long did the application/casting process take before the Cousins came to your house? Great new kitchen!

    1. Hi there! Thank you so much, we love it! The process took about 6 months start to finish.