In the Kitchen

29 Jan

You might already know I have a chicken living in my kitchen if you’ve stopped in here in the last couple of weeks.  Honey’s gaining weight and the wattles she froze don’t seem to be bothering her now.

buff cochin on plant stand

In fact, she’s adjusted nicely, but she’s lost enough feathers (due to being in a warm kitchen?) that I don’t want to put her outside.  Until spring truly arrives, I’ll still have a chicken in the kitchen.

chicken on plant stand

Finally, I had to make more soap even if I did have a chicken running around. I’d run out of two varieties, and I am dangerously low on some others.  I shut Honey in the other half the kitchen, and made three batches of soap on my most recent cold day off work (Monday).

red wine, spellbound woods, and jasmine dreams

red wine, spellbound woods, and jasmine dreams

It worked well for me to have her over there, so I’ll have to try and make my other four batches this weekend.  I don’t think it would work as well to do it in the evening when she’s up roosting on her bucket in the middle of my work space.

goat milk soaps

In three weeks, my on-line market will be fully stocked again.  It’s not like I don’t have plenty of soap though since I now have forty-four varieties.

In related news, I was quite happy to find out that, even though the price of a stamp just went up, the flat rate package prices aren’t changing!

Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday where the letter this week is K.  I’m also sharing at Rurality Blog Hop.

59 Responses to “In the Kitchen”

  1. TexWisGirl at 1:37 pm #

    glad the flat-rate is not going up again! 🙂

    my 81 yr old neighbor ‘complained’ to me the other day that her christmas soap that she uses for her face (tea tree) is almost gone and it’s only january. 😀

    • Teresa at 1:49 pm #

      Well, it sounds like she liked it! Glad to hear.

      • TexWisGirl at 6:03 pm #

        she said this particular soap leaves her skin feeling so soft. she uses some of the other kinds for bathing, but that one is for face only. 🙂

      • Teresa at 6:22 pm #

        If she only uses it on her face and it’s already almost gone, you might see if she’s storing it on a container that will drain and let it dry. It will last a lot longer if it isn’t sitting in water.

  2. Alica at 1:42 pm #

    Those cold weather days are apparently good for something…if you’re getting all that soap made! Bet it smells good!

  3. Beth at 1:55 pm #

    i had to giggle at the is post – why? because doesn’t every one have a chicken living in their kitchen? glad to hear she is doing better. hurry up spring – we have a chicken that needs to run!! ( :

    • Teresa at 2:23 pm #

      I have the feeling February is going to be a very long month for me. 😉

  4. Seasonsgirl at 2:42 pm #

    Glad your chicken is looking better 🙂

    • Teresa at 3:30 pm #

      She’s doing much better! She’s hoping spring never gets here as much as she enjoys being inside.

  5. Candy C. at 3:40 pm #

    That chicken ain’t NEVER going to want to go back outside! LOL!!
    At least you were able to get some soap made during the day off from school. 🙂

    • Teresa at 3:43 pm #

      She’s discovered where I feed Snickers his wet food. She’s really enjoying that too!

  6. Karen S. at 3:55 pm #

    Oh what a cute little friend in the kitchen! Nice looking bars of soap!

    • Teresa at 5:52 pm #

      Thanks, Karen. She is really nice to have around talking and purring.

  7. S. J. Qualls at 4:25 pm #

    You’ll have to put in a cat (make that chicken) flap in your door when the weather warms up, then she can come and go as she pleases.
    Good looking soap, the day wasn’t wasted. (I don’t think you ever waste a day do you?)

    • Teresa at 5:53 pm #

      I’m pretty sure Stella might enjoy a nice snack of buff cochin if I put in a chicken door. I will miss her in the kitchen, but I’ll be relieved when she goes out too. I try not to totally waste any day, but it happens sometimes. 🙂

  8. Eileen at 4:30 pm #

    Honey might like the kitchen so much she may not want to leave in the Spring.. She is pretty! Have a great evening!

    • Teresa at 5:54 pm #

      Thanks. She’s really starting to look a lot better. I’m sure she won’t want to leave.

  9. EG CameraGirl at 4:43 pm #

    Looks like Honey has found a spot where she can stay out from under your feet. Cute!

    • Teresa at 5:54 pm #

      I thought it was adorable. I think she was trying to get that little patch of sun that was starting to come through.

  10. Pat at 5:30 pm #

    Have you thought about writing a book about your life on the farm? Just wondering.

    • Teresa at 5:54 pm #

      Well, I have a blog. Isn’t that good enough?

  11. Jackie at 6:46 pm #

    Love that Honey is enjoying being in doors, she seems quite settled!

    • Teresa at 6:49 pm #

      She just keeps finding more and more things to love about being inside!

  12. genie at 7:47 pm #

    I just love the chicken living in the kitchen. Rabbits and little pigs, but I have never heard of a chicken. I used to buy my fleece, wash and clean it, card it, spin it, and then make my own natural dyes to color the yarn for knitting, but I never got around to making my own soap. It is one of those things on my bucket list. Yours are so
    pretty and I know they smell heavenly. Maybe one day I will learn to follow in your shoes. By the way, BE SURE to watch the Budweiser Clydesdales in their Super Bowl Ad. There is a little puppy that wants to be with the horses. It made me think of your goat and the black cow. It is an adorable ad. I hope it wins. It will bring tears to your eyes it is sososo sweet. So well done.

    • Teresa at 7:49 pm #

      Thanks, Genie. I always love the Budweiser commercials during the Super Bowl. Obviously, the commercials are the best part! I’m very impressed that you could do your own knitting from start to finish. I love making the soap. It really is fun and satisfying.

  13. rebecca at 8:06 pm #

    I have a hard enough time with a dog running around let alone a chicken! Lovin’ the soaps.

    • Teresa at 9:10 pm #

      I do love her company, but I’ll be relieved when she can go back outside.

  14. Grampy at 8:14 pm #

    Glad you stopped by my site and now glad I stopped by here. My wife keeps Dwarf Nigerian goats and makes soaps too. I will pass your link on to her. Animals in the house reminds me of a story of my grandmothers. The local Doctor was making a house call and for some reason grandma had a kid in the house and it butted the doctor washing his hands at the sink. He said I don’t know why you people don’t just move in to the barn.

    • Teresa at 9:11 pm #

      Too funny. I don’t want to move to the barn. I like my soft bed (without any animals other than me and the cats).

  15. JDaniel4's Mom at 9:54 pm #

    She still seems really happy to be inside. It is so cold here this week. I bet the farmers that can have brought their animals indoors.

    • Teresa at 10:00 pm #

      We do all provide the best we can. Most times it is adequate, but when they are really young or really old or sick, it takes a bit more. Stay warm.

  16. jesh stg at 10:02 pm #

    If it works for you to have Honey in the kitchen, then that’s what you have to do:) That soap looks so beautiful and artsy. A little (8 y. old) friend gave me handmade soap with Eucalyptus in in – am getting curious how it’s done! Do you know of a good tutorial?

    • Teresa at 10:05 pm #

      I love making the soap. Here is a tutorial I did.

      • jesh stg at 11:14 pm #

        Thanks so much! I see I need some tools:)

      • Teresa at 6:38 am #

        It does take a bit, but once you have everything, it’s positivelyl addictive!

  17. tayetofthegoats at 11:04 pm #

    Mmmm, that soap looks so yummy! I love the blue and yellow one 🙂

    • Teresa at 6:37 am #

      It smells just like a summer night! Thanks, Tayet!

  18. My Mother grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and she told us when really cold weather my grandmother would bring some of the chickens into the kitchen so they could warm up. They had no central heating –only a large wood and coal burning cast iron stove in the kitchen and a cast iron pot belly stove in the living/dining room. There were iron grates on the floors upstairs so the heat could rise up through them. My Mom also told me they took a heated brick wrapped in towels to bed with them to stay warm. Different era, but I suppose this winter lots of people are doing the same ..lol!

    Your soap looks so pretty!

    • Teresa at 6:38 am #

      Thanks, Pat. This certainly has been a long cold winter. My mom tells me those same kinds of stories.

  19. Gattina at 1:27 am #

    That must be funny to have a chicken living in the kitchen ! I just wonder how it would go along with my 4 cats, lol ! You are making soap ? you are really multitalented !

    • Teresa at 6:39 am #

      I’ve been making soap for about three years now. It’s a lot of fun. My cats give Honey plenty of respect. She like Snickers and Leo, but Bob is not her friend.

  20. Leovi at 2:25 am #

    Undoubtedly that chicken has found a good home!

    • Teresa at 6:39 am #

      She seems to be happy with her current living situations.

  21. Rocky Mountain Woman at 9:21 am #

    I’ll bet she’s loving just hanging out with you in the kitchen…

    • Teresa at 10:09 am #

      She really does seem to enjoy it (especially all the food treats).

  22. artmusedog at 12:06 pm #

    Creative soap photos and love your ‘kitchen chicken’ in the self imposed cage ~ thanks for visiting ~
    carol, ^_^
    http://www.acreativeharbor.com

    • Teresa at 12:10 pm #

      I think it was more of a mini-roost trying to get to the sun. 🙂 She loves her sunshine!

  23. fredamans at 1:56 pm #

    Glad to see Honey feeling better! Love the combinations of those soaps and the groovy colors they make!

    • Teresa at 1:57 pm #

      Thanks. I’m glad she’s doing better; she’s a lot of fun.

  24. storybeader at 7:35 pm #

    I was wondering how it’s like, having the chicken in the kitchen. But it looks like she keeps to herself and doesn’t walk around on the counters! Neat to see the soap – don’t think I’ve seen the process before! {:-Deb

    • Teresa at 7:37 pm #

      She is a very good chicken. Some would be up on cupboards or higher and impossible to live with outside of a cage, but Honey is awesome!

  25. Sue at 12:44 pm #

    I bought your soap last time and really enjoyed it!

    =)

    • Teresa at 12:54 pm #

      I’m glad to hear you liked it!

  26. Judie McEwen at 4:10 pm #

    When I was a kid, we got Easter chicks. They were such cute pets, and I loved playing with them. Then they grew. One day, I came home from school to find MY chicken in the kitchen in a pot on the stove. I was furious and heartbroken! I was so mad that my mother would actually cook my pet that I cut open a can of
    Comet and dumped it in the pot! “How could you cook my pet?????” I screamed!!! Oddly enough, I wasn’t punished for that caper. That’s my “chicken in the kitchen” story.

    • Teresa at 5:45 pm #

      I know there’s a lot of disappointed kids with Easter chicks. My Honey will have no such ending. I can’t blame you for ruining the food either.

  27. Jenny Matlock at 10:50 pm #

    I bet the kitchen chicken keeps things interesting…

    Honey is lucky to have you keeping an eye on her!

    Your soap turned out gorgeous and it must smell fabulous too!

    Thanks for linking to the letter “K”.

    A+

    • Teresa at 10:51 pm #

      Thanks, Jenny. Honey does add another element of interesting to my life.

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