Friday, January 16, 2015

Nacho Pasta and Tiny Houses

[Scott, me, Sarah-Jason's-sister, Jason,  Sarah-Jason's-girlfriend, Craig, Michelle] 

[1st two surf shots by Jetty Girl Surf Magazine // others by Scott]

Last weekend our friends Jason and Sarah stayed in a Tiny House in our area. We went over in the rain to play Cards Against Humanity with them and to check it out. If you're not familiar with "Tiny Houses", there's this movement of people intentionally downsizing from larger, more expensive, less eco-friendly homes to tiny homes that can be around 100- 400 square feet (!). The idea is that less is more and that tiny houses give you more freedom from the constraints of material possessions. Jason and Sarah said that even some people with kids have tiny houses! I said that those people could never allow their kids to play any musical instruments. Can you imagine having to be no more than 400 square feet away from someone learning to play the recorder? And where could you ever store anything like the cello or a tuba? There's a lot of jokes you could make, but I think people who make this work are brave and interesting. I wish we could have gotten more pictures (the 40mm lens was not the right call for this occasion). The bathtub was like, the size of a turkey pan, but so cool. 

You can read more about it on The Tiny Life and there's a documentary Scott and I watched on Netflix instant downloads called Tiny: A Story About Living Small. Jason and Sarah are seriously considering investing in a Tiny House and have been using AirBnB to test some out when they're traveling. I already feel like we live in a tiny house with our one bedroom, so I can't really imagine downsizing to anything smaller, but I do sometimes feel tired of mentally carrying around the weight of my material possessions. This is one reason I am looking forward to (and simultaneously dreading) cleaning out our garage this weekend. Have you heard of the Tiny House movement? Could you do it?

I made some carrot cake muffins this week as well as this random concoction called Nacho Pasta. The muffins were ok; not fluffy enough to come out of their little cup holders without breaking apart a little, but the Nacho Pasta was pretty good. It's one of those recipes like Taco Soup where you just might have all of the ingredients on hand already. Here's the recipe if you're interested... have a great long weekend! 

Nacho Pasta
Serves 4-6

Ingredients
1 bag of fusilli pasta (I used quinoa fusilli pasta)
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can corn
1 can green hatch chillies
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 jar salsa of choice
the juice of 1 lime
1 bag Mexican cheese blend
Tortilla chips of choice (I used Red Hot Blues and I recommend them a lot)
1-2 avocados sliced for topping 

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and cans of beans etc. Combine cooked pasta, beans, corn, chillies, diced tomatoes, onions, salsa, lime juice and 1/2 the package of cheese in a casserole dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and place tortilla chips evenly on top of the casserole along with the rest of the cheese. Bake for another 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with sliced avocados. Serve hot. 

22 comments:

  1. Such incredible shots and smiley memories that were made! I love that second picture in mid-surf! I wish you a fantastic weekend :-)

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    1. Thank you! Wishing you an awesome weekend too!

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  2. That Nacho Pasta looks amazing! I will be passing it on to Wade to make for me:) Ha! I really admire people who can downsize and not be burdened by so many material possessions. I don't think I could do it, though. I'm overwhelmed right now with all the crap we have. We definitely need to declutter and only keep the things we need. Even then, though, I have those things that mean so much to me that I'm not sure if I could part with. I cleaned out my closet this weekend and got rid of a ton of pants I can't fit in anymore. But then I also saved a big tub of clothes that may not fit me, but represent my 20s and I'm not ready to let go of yet. How do you know what to keep and what to give away? Oh, the dilemma! Hope you have a great long weekend, friend!!

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    1. I've been known to hang on to old clothes too. I still have the outfits Scott and I both wore when we met! I did limit myself to one box, though. I labeled it "Scott and Devon Keepsakes 2005-2015". I figured anything from that last 10 years that could fit in there, we could keep and anything else had to go. But of course, this box would still take up an unreasonable amount of space applying the tiny house philosophy (and I'm about to start another one, I suppose!). Not wanting to move though is motivating me to get rid of old retainers, boogie boards and psych notebooks!

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  3. You had me at nacho... then you added pasta and my mind was blown! It sounds SO good!

    We've been eating nachos lately like it's our business - but it's the easiest thing to do with left over taco soup, or chili. I don't think I've ever met a tortilla chip or pound of cheese I didn't like. OK maybe I don't like stinky cheese ;)

    I always love all the photographic evidence you have to post on your blog it really helps visualize all you've been up to!

    I am so in awe of Tiny Houses - I stalked their website for months. I know I couldn't do it full time but how fun would it be to have one, on a plot of land somewhere? In the mountains for some, near a beach and waves for you - just a get away for an extended weekend! Ugh, it would be SO amazing!

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    1. It's almost too good to be true, right? The nachos and the pasta! I hope you like it!

      Having a tiny house as a vacation home would be ideal. It'd be nice to know that when you're getting away, you're really getting away from everything. I love how creatively tiny houses utilize space too.

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  4. I love the Tiny House movement. Ryan and I watched that documentary earlier this year and wondered if we could do it. Like you, the weight of material possessions is suffocating to me sometimes. And similarly we live in a little one bedroom house and don't have enough room as it is.

    I think the compromise will be renovating an RV at some point so we have a tiny house to live in when we travel. It's been my dream ever since I saw that doc!

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    1. Renovating an RV...yes! That sounds perfect: a tiny house that is also mobile.

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  5. That place looks like a dream!


    www.studentswife.com

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    1. There was a fireplace and a loft bed and a cute kitchen too. Oh, and a handmade book shelf.

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  6. Lovely photos, the fifth one looks as if the sea is on fire, incredible. I love the idea of tiny houses. Mine isn't huge, I'm very close to someone who is learning the recorder. And to people banging the piano. CJ xx

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    1. I like the way you described that photo.

      I actually had to learn the recorder when I was in college and living in a dorm room. My hall mates never let me forget how awful it was to listen to! Pianos are more tolerable, I think, even when not played perfectly.

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  7. Lord those nachos look so good! These photos are wonderful as well, they have made me miss living by the beach so much. x

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    1. I've been on a nachos kick lately. Give me all the cheese and chips! ; )

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  8. Yum and yum! Question: what are your thoughts (as a seasoned surfer) on water quality reports. I squirm when I see those yellow flags on the map, but often still see people out. Wondering about your take. Also, you may have already seen it, but here's a touching vid of a mama surfing with your lil sprout. So heartwarming & beautiful! Thought of you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV4msMDsQno Best wishes!

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    1. I never surf anywhere near river mouths or storm drains really anyway, so I don't worry about it as much. If you surf those spots after a significant rain, it's probably not a good idea. I know that's when all the yellow (and sometimes red) flags pop up on the water quality map. Fortunately my main surf spots rank pretty well on water quality. I also wear ear plus almost year round to avoid ear infections. Thanks for the video! I saw that when I was first looking into this whole surfing while pregnant thing. It definitely made me feel encouraged that you can in fact surf while pregnant!

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  9. Jim and I are planning to start building a tiny home within the next month or two. I get a little jump of nervousness/excitement whenever I think about it! We're planning to live in one as a temporary thing, for the next couple of years as we finish up our time in CA, then we plan to shlep it across the country with us when we move back east, perhaps to use as a guest cottage for our future home :). I'll definitely blog about it if/when we do this - could be fun!! p.s. thanks for the delish recipe! 6000milestohome.blogspot.com

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    1. That is so awesome! I'll definitely have to check it out!

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  10. Tiny house caught my attention as my man is obsessed with the show and houses. All he talks about is how we need a tiny house. While the concept is cool there is no way I could live in one. I'm too claustrophobic for such a small living quarter. It would drive me nuts to be on top of each other like that. He wants to downsize, I want to upgrade to a place with walk in closets. lol Love all the photos, and that nacho dish looks delicious!

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    1. I'd like to think I could live in a tiny house, but probably not without owning a huge storage unit as well! Not sure that's the point. I feel you on wanting more closet space. And like you, I'm curious what it would be like to live in such close quarters constantly. I give serious props to people who do this at all, but to those who make it work in colder climates...man. That's impressive.

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  11. Nacho pasta sounds right up my alley! Yum!

    I don't think a tiny house would work for us. With as many people as we host in our home regularly, it would be really difficult. Plus we want to foster & adopt... I see our house pretty much always being full. :) I will say that some of the best advice we got when we bought our house (going from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 4 bedroom house) was that we didn't have to fill every room in the house. It's okay to have empty rooms that you can grow into later. We had a friend live with us for 6 months and the fact that we had an empty room upstairs meant it was easy for him to move all of his stuff in. :)

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