This past week, we have been baking cookies and making candies in our tiny house. These recipes have been in John’s family for years, way before he was even born. They hold a lot of special memories for John from his childhood. When we married, I was able to experience them and fell in love with them. They are so pretty and are so fabulous. This year, we have made three types of cookies, two types of candy, and a beautiful pastry bread. One of the candies are super creamy peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate and are to die for. They are named after and look like buckeye nuts. You see, John is from Ohio where the state tree is the Buckeye tree. He also went to The Ohio State University, home of the Buckeyes. We have to make these for that reason. The special pastry bread is a nut roll. When John was a little boy, he called it “time tunnel” bread, because it looked like a time tunnel when you cut into it. The flavor and texture is unbelievably fantastic.
These goodies are very time consuming and require a lot of space. Quite an undertaking in a tiny house with only 6 feet of counter space. Our oven is only 24 inches, so it takes a while to bake all of them. Did I mention that we do not have a kitchen table? We decided to keep this tradition, because of the special memories and significance to us. The trick is how. This didn’t happen by accident.
We spent a great deal of time designing our tiny house to be able to do the things we enjoy. Baking was one thing we for sure wanted to do a lot of. It is therapeutic and makes us happy. It is also good for our relationship as we do this together. Now, we do not eat all of these buttery sweets, although we would like to. They make wonderful gifts.
So, how do we pull this off in our small kitchen, which is also our living room? We did a lot of brainstorming and research since this was a huge priority. We spent hours and hours on Pinterest. What presented even more of a challenge is that our tiny house is rambler style. Our bedroom is on the main level rather than in a loft. How could we get around these restrictions?
Our builder suggested a murphy bed, which enabled us to open up our bedroom to use as an extended kitchen. We are able to put a 6′ x 3′ foot table in the bedroom which gives more than adequate work space. The table is a drop down from Ikea and comes in very handy. It takes up little space, but extends when we need it.
It makes us so happy to be able to continue our favorite traditions in our tiny house. It took a lot of planning, research and patience as we searched for just the right solutions. When something is important to you, you find a way to make it work.
Some people hesitate to go tiny, or live in less space because they fear they will lose so much and be restricted. I want to encourage you that you can make it work if you really take the time to do your homework and customize your space according to your values and priorities. You can live large in a tiny house. It is about what is important to you and what you value. Living tiny is really creating space and freedom in your life. Minimalism is very unique and individual. There is truly no wrong or right way to do it. It’s about what means the most to you.