Jambalaya

I miss cooking. I didn’t realize it until yesterday when I was looking through one of my cookbooks and realized that I hadn’t made a meal since probably August. I haven’t done any batch cooking since July. This is very unlike me. I love living in a tiny house but the kitchen situation is a little difficult. 

Some ingredients
Those green onions are old. No can opener in the house either.

So I decided to properly cook something. My opinion of jambalaya is that you make it with pretty much whatever vegetables and meat you have in the kitchen. So I had some green onions, garlic, some frozen veggies, frozen turkey sausage, some rice and canned tomatoes. All leftover from the 4th of July trip I took with my lovely friend, Karlee, for her birthday. I did borrow a pot from my neighbor.

Best vegetable broth
Best vegetable bouillon

I mixed it all up with my standard veggie chicken broth and let it cook on my induction cooktop while eating salted caramel chocolate and wishing the internet would work.

Cooking jambalaya

Finally after an interminable amount of time, I scooped it up into the only bowl in the house, ate it while burning my tongue and talked to my girlfriend about everything but boys. 

I have enough leftover for work tomorrow! 

 

Finishing touches

Sometimes I can motivate myself to organize, clean, and get stuff done. Most of the time, I lie in bed for hours and daydream and contemplate. 

My friend Mark wanted his tools back that he lent me so I had to get a bunch of little things done before I returned said tools. I had a couple things I bought from Ikea I wanted to hang. I also had some trim for the windows that needed to be nailed in. 

Hanging stuff so it gets off the tiny counter.
Hanging stuff so it gets off the tiny counter.

Ethan helped me with some of the tasks and I did some on my own. Ethan is very smart about construction and does quality work. Which is a big help for me. 

Trimmed out windows
Painted the trim the same color and got it all hung. 

I had to paint the trim and then hang it around the window. This took longer than I thought because I couldn’t find the nails. I have these sweet copper nails for trim work and couldn’t remember where I put them. Keep your hardware together is the moral of this story.     All 

Kitchen window with trim
Kitchen window with trim

All my trim came from Habitat for Humanity and the Make Salt Lake recycle bin. 

Tiny House Living – Chapter 6

I needed somewhere to sit and a place to store things in the tiny house. I was given some redwod pieces by a neighbor which worked as the base (pun intended) of this project. 

Since I belong to Make Salt Lake, I used the wood shop for the project. I also got some free plywood and a 2 x 4 from the Make Salt Lake scrap pile. Ethan helped me with the bench. Nicolle made the cushions that went on the top of the tiny house bench.

Prototype of the bench
Prototype of the bench
Top-down view of tiny house bench
Top-down view of tiny house bench
What the hinges are for
What the hinges are for
Tiny house bench in action
Tiny house bench in action
Turquoise cushions made by Nicolle
Turquoise cushions made by Nicolle

Tiny house living chapter 5

Ikea has really pushed the small living spaces paradigm. Ikea has all those showrooms of 224 to 500 square feet of efficient living which are fun to walk around in. IKEA has the folding table that I think everyone puts in their tiny house. I bought one and installed it with the help of my smart and beautiful friend, Cas. 

Folding table with antique technology
Folding table with antique technology

I also bought a closet rack and that about sums up my purchases at IKEA. I also always buy the cinnamon rolls. 

Closet rack
Closet rack

 

Tiny house living chapter 4

I didn’t know what to write about today, because I still haven’t moved in and I haven’t done any work on the house for a couple days. I was a little overwhelmed by having family and friends in town and so progress slipped. 

I had to re-new my policy for the tiny house today and that is when it hit me. I can write about the most riveting of subjects. INSURANCE. I am not gonna tell you to get it, I am not getting paid to talk about it(at all), and I can’t imagine anyone besides me cares. But still, this is what I have on the tiny house. I have had a travel trailer policy on the house for 2 years, after hearing about this happening.

I called a couple people who told me to call some other guys and I finally got a hold of Sindt Insurance Agency | 801-568-0550, who have insured the tiny house as a travel trailer. I pay less than $500 a year. The actual policy is through Progressive Insurance. 

TINY HOUSE LIVING CHAPTER 3

The loft was 3 different colors and so I decided to repaint it. I selected a mountain white. This took a couple days. 

Loft before paint
Loft before paint
Loft with paint
Loft with paint

At the same time as I was painting, my dad was installing the shower walls. This involved cutting the Polywall paneling and then gluing it to the wall using a special glue.

Polywall paneling
Polywall paneling
FRP glue
FRP glue

We had to cut holes in the polywall paneling for the knobs, faucet, and shower head. It was total teamwork.

Where the shower knob goes
Where the shower knob goes

My dad had to spend a while evenly distributing the glue to the wall and then pressing the polywall panel to the wall so it wouldn’t bubble.

Polywall paneling applied to the barnwood wall
Polywall paneling applied to the barnwood wall
Faucet and wall
Faucet and wall

Tiny House Living chapter 2

My tiny house was moved into Ben’s backyard on Saturday. It was a totally nerve-wrecking experience. I started experiencing chest pain about 2 hours before the house was moved in and during the actually parking job, I was breathing pretty heavily with increased heart rate. Josh, who moved the house using his truck, was also a little stressed out. He did a 10 point turn and then another 10 point turn to get it into the alley where the house will be parked. Once Josh got it in the space, he took the house off the hitch and took off for warmer places. He and his fiance did take the time to pose for one picture, in front of his very cool and manly truck. I am super grateful for his help with the move of the tiny house. 

Josh and Torrey
Josh and Torrey. You can see the reflection of the tiny house in the tailgate.

Tiny House Living chapter 1

Starting this weekend, I will be living in my tiny house. FINALLY! It has only been 3 years in the making. Ahh, life. Couldn’t in 1 million seconds and 47 tarot card readings have guessed that this was going to happen the way it did. 

Walking down the stairs at work, I hear a very loud, “Shit!” Ben comes around the corner and asks me if I would like to house/dog sit. It is Labor Day weekend and I have no plans. I say, “yes!” cause I love dogs and sleeping in other people’s beds. Tehehehehe. 

Plants in Ben and Katherine's house
Plants in Ben and Katherine’s house

Ben and Katherine’s home is so close to 9th and 9th that it is easier to walk to the Coffee Garden than to boil water. It was starting to feel like fall so I wore a flannel shirt and took pictures of the light falling on objects in Ben and Katherine’s home.

Chicken eggs
Chicken eggs

I listened to Neko Case. I played with dogs and chased chickens and ducks around the yard. Other amazing stuff happened that I can’t tell you about because it is too magical. I went home on Monday afternoon.

In December, I was thinking about moving the tiny house to Castle Valley. It would be cool to have it in Castle Valley (my home, like most castles, has a composting toilet), but then I really wouldn’t get to live in it. I am talking about it with my co-worker. Ben walks into the room, I asked him if I could move the tiny house into his yard and he says, “Maybe! Let me ask Katherine.” We all laughed and he walks away and I think, “Maybe, pretty much always means no.”

Ben came to me at work later that week and told me that he and Katherine talked about it and yes, “I can move the tiny house into the backyard.” WHAT! WOW! All because I agreed to dog sit over Labor Day Weekend!