I have the best girlfriend ever. Other people might think they do, but I know the truth. Right now, I'm waiting for a massage client to show up and Janet is back at her place making vegan chocolate peanut butter cups for us to take to my Grandma's birthday party. And she woke up about four hours earlier than usual just to do it. If that's not love, I don't know what it is <3
Okay, so how cute//amazing//fantastic my girlfriend is isn't actually the point of this blog post. Before I get to the point, though, here's a Tiny TINY-HOUSE update: My friend Jim is in the middle of helping me with framing plans and it's looking AWESOME! He's out east till the beginning of June though, so it'll be a few weeks before we can continue//finish the framing plans. I'll post some pictures soon of what it's looking like so far.
Okay, back to the point: DELICIOUS VEGAN FOOD. Janet got me a bunch of amazing vegan cookbooks (including the one she's using right now to make the peanut butter cups), plus I go a little bit wild on pinning recipes onto this board.
Last month, I really wanted vegan potato salad & coleslaw for my family birthday dinner. I did a quick search on pintrest, and found the following two recipes. Janet helped me make them the day before the party. AND HOLY MOTHER OF ZEUS --- WHATTTT!!!!!!!! THEY WERE SO GOOD. My mom and sister, who aren't vegan, pretty much went nuts over it. It wasn't too difficult to make either.
We used THIS RECIPE FOR THE POTATO SALAD. We used a combo of baby red potatoes and yukon gold, and didn't bother to peel them. We also went the cucumber route (rather than broccoli). We used Veganaise for both the potato salad & the coleslaw, and had to run out in the middle of making it and buy a second jar. Totally worth it, though.
We used THIS RECIPE FOR THE COLESLAW. It's not very sweet at all, which everyone else really appreciated. I love sweet coleslaw, though, so I'll probably up the sugar next time I make it. For some reason grating the onion was the hardest part. I think we just ended up chopping it up really small, maybe? Don't let your onion or the grater get damp -- I think that's what did us in. Or maybe I'm just dumb, and don't know how to grate an onion. Either scenario seems possible.
I was going to take pictures of the coleslaw and potato salad, but forget and then it got devoured. Which I think is a good thing.
Till next time!
I'm not an architect. I'm a dreamer. I can learn things -- I like to think anything I put my mind to -- but things like math trip me up and intimidate me. Hence my framing plans haven't been created yet. I finally purchased a used architects scale off of amazon (which would make creating plans MUCH MUCH easier), but didn't realize I accidentally had them sent to an address I haven't lived at in 7 years. Ooops! Luckily it was only $6.
And even luckier for me, something better than an architect's scale showed up instead. My friend Jim, among other things, uses Google SketchUp in his line of work and has offered to draw up my framing (+other) plans for me! HOLY PERFECT AWESOMENESS, JIM! We're meeting next Thursday, May 14th, to begin. I'll let you know how it goes!
Recent purchases which will make re-beginning much easier than the first time around:
1) bottle jack (the only thing I've gotten that's not used. I should have looked on Amazon to see if I could have gotten something that definitely wasn't contributing to sweat-shop labour. But it was in a store next to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Sale store, where I'd just purchased my final window -- and I was super excited!)
2) Four 6-ton jack stands. I can now level + support my trailer with ease!
3) My final window! I thought I'd had all my windows, but one that my folks had given to me I decided was just waaaaayyy too heavy to be worth installing. My trailer can only support 7,000lbs, so every little bit counts. The new window I got is super cute, much lighter, and brand new -- thanks to the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store on the west side of Madison. That place is maaagical and I can't wait to have a complete materials list! They have everything front nails and screws to light fixtures and work gloves.
4) I got a fun doorbell for $2 that I think plays like a piano. I can't figure out if you ring the doorbell by playing notes, or pre-record a melody that will chime whenever someone rings the bell. Either way, SUPER fun :-D
5) I got a pair of work gloves that actually fit me. I have such tiny hands, sometimes it's ridiculous.
6) Tiny Home Builders video library! It's a year subscription, and way more user friendly (for me!) than the DVD set I purchased last year (just because of my TV set up). Cori & Henry used this library, and have made a lot of fantastic progress on their tiny house. I've watched a few of the videos, and it's all very straight-forward and easy to understand. I'll do a detailed review later on! You can watch their Tools segment for free, so check it out :-)
I'm home, resting and recovering from a cold today, and binge-watching Tiny House, Giant Journey youtube videos. I also re-downloaded SweetHome3d and am re-creating my floorplan with some final updates. I don't know if my tiny house will ever be done evolving, but after next Thursday's plan creation things will be much more set in -- wood?
I believe you become a healthier person
-- mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually --
the moment you start living the way you believe you should,
whatever that may be." - Mark Boyle