Friday, October 01, 2010

Our Hillbilly Home - The Cabin Kitchen

Hillbilly Hill - Cabin kitchen

This is a story about how we got started with our farm several years ago...I was chatting with a friend one day and talking about how we got our house, and she wanted to see some photos so I decided to write the story for my blog and share photos instead of trying to e-mail a bunch to her. If you missed the first part of this story, you can find the links to all the parts on my links page.

We loved our little home on the farm, even without it having running water and electricity, we got a long just fine, although having it would have made life easier at times, it was fun to do without on our short trips to the farm.

We were lucky enough to get some free kitchen cabinets from one of Galen's Sister-in-laws, which really made the kitchen work really well for us. We put them on the east wall of the south room, along with a couple of old metal cabinets we had, and a old apartment size propane stove we were able to find for cheap.

Hillbilly Hill - Cabin Kitchen

We hung some of my old cast iron skillets above the sink, in front of the window, to keep them out of the way when they weren't in use. Under the sink we kept a 5 gallon bucket, to catch what went down the sink...since we didn't have a drain...course this meant we also had to keep watch and get it emptied before it over flowed...which did happen a time or two. LOL My Dad made me a knife rack, that fit on the upper cupboard, by the window so I had an out of the way place to hang my my Mom had when I was growing up...of course it now resides in my kitchen in our house.

We used plastic water jugs by the sink, so we had water to wash our hands and the dishes with. We would lay them over on their side, and hang the spout over the sink, so all we had to do was turn the little handle on it, to get water, then turn it off. It worked quite well and we always tried to keep extra ones in the other room for when that one ran out.

Hillbilly Hill - Cabin Kitchen

We kept several coolers there, a water cooler, for drinking water, which we brought with us, a small cooler for ice, cause even in the winter I like ice in my water, and another cooler for food. We even had a small water cooler that I would fill with tea sometimes, cause DH loves ice tea in the summer. We always left these coolers there, so we had them if we somehow couldn't bring them from home. We would carry water down for drinking in a plastic water jug...and had an extra cooler for taking food in, if needed.

Hillbilly Hill - Wood Stove

We bought a couple water kettles from the Amish in Missouri, that has a whistle on it, that sounds kinda like a train, for heating water for cleaning in. Those would be heated on the propane stove...or the wood stove that heated the cabin in the winter. The Wood stove was just inside the front door...on the wall between the two rooms and between the "kitchen" and "living" areas of the main room.

Hillbilly Hill - Cabin Kitchen

One the south wall of the cabin, between the "kitchen" & "living" area is where we put our table...right under the small bay window we put in. We used kerosene lamps for light at first, then got a solar panel and some batteries that we hooked up so we could have some better light to read by. I still liked to use the kerosene lamps too, at times. :)

We eventually wired the cabin for when we were able to get electricity, and since we went to an auction that a Mobil Home company had because they were closing down, we were able to get a stack of drywall that was vinyl covered, and put it up on the walls a little at a time. It gave it a more finished look...but I either didn't get photos of that, or couldn't find them, so you are stuck with the unfinished look for this post. LOL We even had vinyl on the floor in the main room, so it was easier to keep yes, this shed was rather "nice" to be turned into a wood work shop, made it nicer when we needed to "live" in it. *grin*

Stay tuned to see some more inside shots... time on "Our Hillbilly Home".
More will come once I get the photos gathered, and words written...please forgive the fact that I'm clearly NOT a "writer" AND the time it could take for the next part to show up...a day, a week, a month or... God forbid... a year.
Next installment is here.


  1. I absolutely love that stove!!!

    This post reminded me of when I lived in two different cabins in Alaska without running water. It's a skill everyone should have to practice at least once in their life! ;-)

  2. Your husband is very handy!!!


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