A Really Tiny Head - Galley Notes: Cooking for $15 a day...on a sailboat! Blog at Allrecipes.com - 131311

Galley Notes: Cooking for $15 a day...on a sailboat!

A Really Tiny Head 
Oct. 20, 2009 4:49 am 
Updated: Jan. 18, 2010 6:40 am

As many of you know, my husband and I live on a sailboat. The last 3 months, though, we have been house sitting at one place and dog sitting at another...it's about time to get back to the boat! While we've been on land we've used the opportunity to rehab our bathroom, also known as the Aft Head. (As opposed to the Forward Head- we actually do have 2 bathrooms on the boat!)

I am an artist and I work in glass, so we thought it would be appropriate to do a glass mosaic on the countertop. It took a LONG time to fit all the right pieces together...not to mention adhering and grouting...

The walls were kind of a non- color, and I really wanted to paint them cobalt to match the glass. T was hesitant..."don't darker colors make a space look smaller?" Well, the space is literally 3 feet by 4 feet, so we really aren't fooling anyone! Yes, our bathroom is 3 feet by 4 feet.

T has a little bit of wood work to finish up still, and a second coat of a neutral color in the bottom half, but so far a great improvement! Here's the before, bathroom totally stripped:

And after, almost finished!

Anyway, we went over budget this week for the first time in weeks! We spent $120.30, but the budget is $105/week, or $15/day. Monday was ravioli and ginger soup, Tuesday we had a pizza, Wednesday was soup and salad, Thursday was fish tacos (T caught a huge permit!), Friday some friends took us out to dinner to thank us for dog sitting. I had lamb lolipops, which were wrapped in a puff pastry and really delicious. Saturday, T made a deconstructed stuffed cabbage dish, and Sunday I made a Moroccan vegetable stew. The new budget week started yesterday, and I made a shepherd's pie with a side of beets and only spent $5, so the week starts out well!

Hope everyone has a great week!
Photo Detail
Oct. 20, 2009 5:29 am
The tile is gorgeous! I love the colors. What a great job you both did on the bathroom. Wish my hubby was handy like that!
Oct. 20, 2009 5:54 am
Wow! That looks amazing!! Come do it at my house, lol!!
Oct. 20, 2009 7:39 am
I love glass mosaic's and I love the colors you chose. I've only done one mosaic project before, and it's so much fun. I can't wait to do more. Great job both of you!
Oct. 20, 2009 9:00 am
What a wonderful project! Did you use beach glass? I collect beach glass and the cobalt blue is rare..very pretty!
Oct. 20, 2009 9:02 am
Wow, that's beautiful! You're so talented, I wouldn't even know where to begin on something like that!!!
Oct. 20, 2009 9:36 am
I really want to make a mosaic now. Beautiful blue color.
Oct. 20, 2009 9:48 am
looks great barb!! nice job!
Oct. 20, 2009 10:02 am
What a pretty makeover! Love, love, LOVE the colors. It makes the bathroom look rich and luxurious. And the only thing I've ever mosiac'ed has been the top of my coffee table. Knowing what I do now, I totally commend you on your counter-top!
Oct. 20, 2009 10:25 am
Ooh! That is really pretty. I like the dark wood with the blue.
Oct. 20, 2009 4:37 pm
Thats beautiful.. i know you live on the boat but what do you guys do to make money?
Oct. 20, 2009 4:58 pm
Thanks for all the comments! As to making money...I am am artist and work in glass...jewelry, tiles, mosaics, wind chimes,etc etc... My husband is a boat captain and a scuba instructor... we both keep pretty busy but try to have lots of fun too!
Oct. 20, 2009 5:35 pm
that sounds like so much fun im jealous
Oct. 20, 2009 7:06 pm
beautiful bathroom! the colors are so rich, especially with the wood.
Oct. 20, 2009 7:36 pm
You are very talented...the bathroom is gorgeous and perfect for a boat!
Oct. 20, 2009 10:31 pm
That is great looking! When I saw the title of your blog, I was exepecting to see something like a shrunken head on a stick LOL...this is MUCH better lookin!!!
Oct. 21, 2009 5:43 pm
Gorgeous bathroom. Love the colors. Your are very talented.
Oct. 22, 2009 3:18 am
Shrunken head on a stick would have been perfect for Halloween week!
Oct. 26, 2009 7:15 am
All I can say is WOW! Wonderful color selection. What a life! On a boat!
Jan. 12, 2010 10:55 am
Do you have a web site for your jewelry? I would love to see some of your work!
Jan. 18, 2010 6:40 am
Thanks! You can visit www.h2ocandy.com for jewelry and www.caribbeanseaglass.com for other glass projects!
Click to Change your Profile Picture
Barbara K

Home Town
South Bend, Indiana, USA

Member Since
Apr. 2007

Cooking Level

Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting

Subscribe Today!

In Season

Back To School Already?
Back To School Already?

Hard to believe, but many kids will be back in school at the end of the month. Get ready.

Cauliflower Recipes
Cauliflower Recipes

You won't believe all the things you can do with cauliflower. It's a great low-carb option.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

About Me
I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
My favorite things to cook
I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
My cooking triumphs
My very first turkey for my husband! It's called a Black Turkey, and the best I've ever had!
My cooking tragedies
There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States