So Begins This Journey: Small Kitchen Vs. Farmer’s Daughter

The Kitchen:  Small galley kitchen in central Wisconsin granary converted into a farm house.

The Challenge:  Batch cooking and making meals in a tiny space for starters, as part of a plan outlined below.

The Contender:  Alora Rueth – farmer’s daughter first, now farmer’s wife and drug reimbursement counselor by day, devoted foodie armed with a retirement gig plan by evening and weekends.  Yes, this plan is crazy because retirement is about winding down, but winding down is not in a farmer’s daughter’s vocab.  The driving force behind this plan – determination to make delicious culinary “lemonade” from a small galley “lemon.”  Farmer is 100% behind this craziness (he has nothing to lose being the culinary guinea pig).

Timeline To Get This Gig Going:  Over the course of 2 to 5 years.  So many ideas, so little time, but if there’s a will, there is a way.  As long as there is enough coffee and Advocare Spark Energy.

So begins this journey that will delve deep into what doesn’t and does make a small kitchen tick.  One thing I do know is that it’s harder to adjust to a small kitchen when you’re used to the amenities of a large kitchen.  This I realized after having to move from a kitchen that had a full-sized stove and oven with an open area to cook and bake to what I called a kitchen from hell that has a built-in cook top, built-in small oven and close quarters.

In reality, the kitchen from hell is really a galley-type kitchen that is more tailored for a cook who is very old school without a microwave and just cooking for one person and belongs in an apartment, not a farmhouse.  But, this kitchen was the culinary card I was dealt when I moved in.

Now, after over a decade of dealing with it, I have decided to make peace with that kitchen and use it for what it is.  The last 4 years of dairy farming have been a struggle financially due to a surplus of milk resulting in the farm taking in next to no income.  That means, doing anything major to my small kitchen is not possible financially so I will make do with what there is and make changes that I can afford with the day job income.

The change in attitude recently though had a lot to do with some great products I became aware of.  I didn’t know there were kitchen tools that served more than one purpose and didn’t take up a lot of space.  I didn’t know anything either about how meal kits could make cooking in a small space more tolerable.  That is when I decided to start doing something about that galley kitchen to make it a better place to cook and bake.

I don’t think of myself as a great cook or baker, but I admit that I am sort of a foodie.  I analyze what’s in a dish from time to time the few times I go out to eat after seeing it advertised on television.  I find myself captivated by television shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Master Chef and cooking competitions broadcasted on food television channels.

Here’s my small kitchen before I did some changes–rearranging items, cleaning out cupboards and getting rid of items not used or replaced with multipurpose kitchen tools and counter appliances.

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  1. jenniferwise4heritagemakers says:

    I recently helped a friend of mine move out of her apartment, and her kitchen there looks a lot like this one, I think. She had a few really deep cupboards, and as I was unpacking the contents into boxes I thought how difficult it would be to use things in the back of the cupboard. You’d have to unload everything to use what’s in the back. Cleaning things out, as you did, seems like a must. It will be fun to see in future blog posts what you do with the kitchen and what recipes you make. I’d still love to see your genealogy blog some time, too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at #heartandsoullinkup

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