The Tiny House NC Street Festival

Street FestXaver and I had a great time at the Tiny House NC Street Festival in Pink Hill, North Carolina last weekend!  The hospitality of the host, Andrew Odom, and the community was spectacular.  They really did show southern hospitality and it was a joy to be there!

I spoke on Saturday and again on Sunday at “center stage” which was this lovely shaded spot with some bleachers and a sound system.  I spoke on Pain, Pie, Poverty, and Purpose.  We met the most interesting people – plus – touring those tiny homes and skoolies is always energizing to me!

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The best Shrimp & Grits I’ve ever had – from Chef & the Farmer

I tried to get a reservation at the Chef and the Farmer, but they were full.  That was fine, but then Andrew Odom pulled some strings and got us in, and boy are we grateful to him!!  Xaver and I even enjoyed a delectable meal of steak tartare, beet salad, catch of the day, shrimp & grits, and dessert!  That was the best meal I’ve ever had and it challenged me to up my game!  lol!

I’ve been getting really great feedback on the book and that is so gratifying.  After the many solitary months I have invested in getting those words on the page, it really rocks to share this message with the world and see it resonate with other people.  I wrote it to help people navigate the transition to living tiny – and it would appear that it is doing exactly that.  I’m soaking it all up and glowing because of this happy outcome!Screenshot (6)

Tiny houses and festivals are exciting and fun, but the downsizing process may not be.  I created a Super-Simple Kitchen Gear List to help you move gently through the process.  Sign up here to get the FREE PDF.  This is not dogma – just a resource to help you create the simple collection that is right for you.

PLUS, as an added bonusvideo series – here is my Right-Sizing Your Kitchen Video Series.  You will find this practical and helpful as you work through your kitchen at your own pace.  If you find that you need to replace or upgrade a few items, then check out my handy Buying Guide for help in selecting just the right items for you.  I have found that the quality-over-quantity approach really suits me.

I’m passionate about tiny house minimalism because it helped us hit the reset button on our lives and I know there are a lot of folks who would also benefit from a reset.  Plus, TINY house minimalism makes room for BIG dreams!  So I’ll happily travel to meet the people who are interested in tiny house living and I’ll have one message: I’m here to help you navigate through the transition of going tiny – especially in the kitchen.  You can do this, I know you can!

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Derek Diedricksen with my book.  His new book is coming out in November, so make sure to pre-order your copy now.

If you’re in the neighborhood, I’ll see you in Fredricksburg, Virginia on May 12th and 13th.  The festival details are here.  Look me up!  I’ll have the FESTIVAL COPY of my book available – and this is the edition that won’t be available anywhere else but a tiny house festival!  Soon enough (June?) it’ll be on Amazon and a lot of other interesting places.  At the moment – visiting a tiny house festival is the only way to get one.  That means I get to meet folks like you and we will talk together about our challenges and triumphs.  It’ll be great fun!

All my best,

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Happy Birthday Bekki!

A birthday message for my friend Bekki that is an excerpt from chapter four of my new forthcoming book, Kitchen Simplicity.  In the video I mention visiting a lovely yarn shop, Baa Baa Sheep in Norfolk, Virginia… and I mention a skein of Embrace yarn from Raywa Fibers which is 100% yak down and is amazing – for a number of reasons.

I’m Carmen Shenk reminding you that we can live tiny, embrace simplicity, and still eat really well.  Thanks so much for watching, I really appreciate it!29c45-1a2bcarmen

Right-Sizing Pots & Pans – Day 10

11 SaucepansThis is one of the most rewarding parts of the kitchen to tackle because you can make a big difference pretty quickly.  Take out all of your pots and pans, and go over them with these principles in mind.  Then clean out the cabinet, and add items to your donation boxes.  You’re getting quite a collection of things to donate, aren’t you?!  Post a photo with #KitchenSimplicity and/or tag me so I get to see your progress.

As for storing these items, I’ve found that the best way for storing bulky weirdly shaped items like this is to hang them on the wall.  They take up a lot of space in a kitchen cabinet and this is a trick I learned from the Pros.  In the Tiny House Foodie kitchen the pans are hanging from a bathroom towel rack, and the lids are hanging on a curtain rod.  Of course there are options that were actually intended for pots and pans as well but use your creativity to personalize your tiny house kitchen.  Take a look around and see what you have handy and consider hanging your Right-Sized collection of pots and pans.  Items like a cast iron skillet may be a little too heavy to hang, and I keep my dutch oven on the range most of the time.

It’s time to come out of the woodwork and let me know you are following along with this video series.  Use the #KitchenSimplicity hashtag, or tweet to me @tinyhousefoodie.  I am looking forward to meeting you and hearing how this process is for you.   Thanks for watching and following along, I really appreciate it! 29c45-1a2bcarmen