Strange pantry cooking: Creative culinary concoctions from someone else's kitchen

Cooking in another person's kitchen awkward and daunting. However, once you get the hang of it, the opportunity for creativity abounds! Vacation rental kitchens are great for this. Random grains or spices left over from a previous tenant? Dried up feta? Strange condiment? All fodder for the most amazing meal (or at least an interesting creative experience).

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Have you rented out your place as a vacation home?

My husband and I are considering putting our home on a vacation rental site for a huge summer event in our town. Escaping the crazy and getting paid for it sounds great, but I gotta admit I'm worried about having strangers in my house. Have any other Offbeat Homies rented their home to vacationers?

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Living in an off-season rental kicks ass!

I grew up in landlocked Tennessee and never even knew seasonal communities existed. My husband on the other hand, having lived on a few different islands, quickly brought me up to speed: vacation hot spots aren't so hot when the temperature drops. This means for a little more than half of the year, us folks of modest means can live the high life. Before you go running for the coast though, here are a few things to consider…

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My families' glittery, ocean-y, Maui island shack, fit for a mermaid

Did y'all know that my home-away-from-home is on Maui? My family owns a place there that we jokingly call "The Shack." It's the place where we got the hemp lamp, and the carbana. It may not look like much from the outside, but my mother has transformed the inside into a glitter girly mermaid-inspired island oasis. If you like all things shiny and ocean-y you'll love this home tour.

Also, this begs the question… where are all my island-dwelling Homies? Let's talk about this very awesome, but sometimes challenging lifestyle.