Cooking for Sunday Funday at Our Little House

Sunday after­noons around Our Little House are all about the food, baby. When we lived in the city, you could usu­ally find us on Sunday evening gorg­ing at our favorite local Mexican diner.

Since mov­ing to Our Little House, we use Sunday as a day of R&R. We don’t like to go any­where because Dale has to drive every other day of the week and dri­ving into town even gets exhaust­ing for him.

So, in the win­ter, we cook up some com­fort food.

In the sum­mer, after a typ­i­cal Sunday morn­ing of boat­ing, it’s all about the grill.

It’s been two years now (I do not know where the time goes) since I went on a mainly plant based (vegan) diet.

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Is it a Tiny and Small House Movement or Something Else?

Posted April 14th, 2015 by kerri and filed in small house living


Front of the house show­ing the cov­ered porch

When I began writ­ing about the Tiny House Movement for my upcom­ing book, my edi­tor took excep­tion with the word “movement.”

She thought it sounded like it had some sort of polit­i­cal con­no­ta­tion. The tech­ni­cal def­i­n­i­tion of a move­ment is, “a group of peo­ple work­ing together to advance their shared polit­i­cal, social, or artis­tic ideas."

I under­stood her con­cerns, but it is a type of social move­ment to what we think is a bet­ter way of life.

I responded to her con­cerns by telling her it had been labeled a “move­ment” by the media for so long, that if we didn’t refer it to that in the book, it might con­fuse peo­ple that this is some­thing else other than what arti­cles, books and tele­vi­sion shows such as “Tiny House Nation” were talk­ing about.

However, last week, on the Living Large Facebook page, Matt also took excep­tion to the term move­ment, say­ing that after he’s fol­lowed it for 5 years, he feels “the term is now out­dated and makes it sound hairy fairy and not a credit to mak­ing a change to the way we choose to live…


What do you think, Living Largers? Is it a move­ment? If not, or you think the term is overused/outdated, what would you call it? Click on "the com­ment link above the photo (below the headline) to join in on the conversation!  

Taking the Chill Off

Posted March 17th, 2015 by kerri and filed in small house living
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The past few morn­ings have been chilly, not cold enough to war­rant our wood stove and def­i­nitely not cold enough to war­rant turn­ing on our expen­sive elec­tric heater.

My mom came from a gen­er­a­tion where the focal point of the home was the kitchen. If she wasn’t watch­ing tele­vi­sion (which she rarely did) or not cre­at­ing a piece of art or work­ing in her gar­dens, she was sit­ting in the kitchen, usu­ally with a cig­a­rette and a cup of coffee.

On morn­ings such as the one we’ve been hav­ing, she would say, “I’m turn­ing on the oven for a bit, just to take the chill off.”

In a small home where the kitchen is often­times part of the liv­ing area, a few min­utes with an open oven door on a chilly morn­ing is all I need.

I turned on the oven yes­ter­day morn­ing just to take the chill off and though I don’t smoke, I sat and enjoyed my cof­fee, silently thank­ing my mom for the warmth on a chilly morning.

How to Make Money Homesteading Winner

Posted December 18th, 2014 by kerri and filed in small house living
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