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Tall order for a small house

I just watched a “California’s Gold” episode on PBS about this amazing house in Santa Barbara, calif. It’s on a 20×20 foot lot and stands 5 stories tall. All concrete.

It’s called the Ablitt House and takes the “tiny house” movement to new heights.

It is made of 800,000 pounds of concrete, and used 4.25 miles of rebar. The house rises 53 feet above ground and sits on nine caissons that extend 44 feet into the ground.

The owners have set up a webpage at www.ablitthouse.com.

Here’s a video tour of the house:

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Part of my new, simpler life involves cooking for just me. It’s not that cooking was all that hard before, it’s just that I rarely got the chance to cook during my marriage. My former wife is a great cook and she prepared sumptuous meals and when she was finished there’d be enough leftovers to feed us for a week. Which is fine if you like leftovers. I don’t, though.

So this is the first in an occasional series of recipes geared to feeding one or two people. I call this one simple noodle soup because it’s simply noodles and broth with pepper for seasoning. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare.

You could just open a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, which I am known to do from time to time. But I always pick out the chicken meat because I’m a litle leery of what part of the chicken they came from. And if you do the math, a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup has more than the daily suggested maximum for sodium in your diet.

Simple Noodle Soup

Simple Noodle Soup ingredients

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup fine egg noodles

Fresh ground pepper

Pour broth into small saucepan, pepper to your liking, and bring to a slow boil over medium heat. Add the dried noodles, stir occasionally until noodles are cooked, about 7 minutes.

That’s it. 120 calories, 870 mg sodium. 2 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein.

Soup's on

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