Kitchen Stories & the Heart of Our Home (+ a giveaway!)

As most of you know, we are getting ready to build our own home. We call it our forever home because it’s the house we plan to live in for the rest of our days. Not many people build their house with their own two hands, literally doing all the work, and not many people build one house they plan on living in always. Moving to the middle of nowhere two years ago was our first step in this journey. We soft opened our hardware store this past fall, and now it’s time to work on something for our family to live in and I couldn’t be more excited.


I asked you all to help name the property a few weeks ago. I made a huge list of all the suggested names and have it taped up where I can look at it often. I ponder over the names and think of you and all of your help often. No decisions have been made on the name yet, but know we haven’t forgotten you. Things like this just take a bit of time. A name is a powerful thing. The house plans are pretty well done, we started digging for the long lost sewer line this weekend, and I made a raised bed on the property to plant loads of strawberries in this year. Our dreams are slowly taking shape and at the center of those dreams is a glorious kitchen. It won’t just be the place I teach my kids to make our family’s favorite recipes or where we’ll sit for hours doing homework and creating together. The kitchen is the literal heart of our home. grandma The beautiful part about the phrase “the kitchen is the heart of the home” is that it doesn’t just apply to the fun new house I’m building. It applies to my current little kitchen, retro teal countertops and all, and it applies to your kitchen and home too. I’m so grateful to be working with GE Appliances today to talk about this subject because it’s something I feel so strongly about. This post isn’t about appliances or kitchen planning – it’s about the honest stories of real life that unfold daily around your kitchen table. For a hundred and ten years, GE Appliances has been a part of the changing ways people live, play, cook, celebrate, and shape family life at home. We had great experiences with their products when we bought new appliances for our remodel a few years ago and so working with them feels as comfortable as my hands sticky with bread dough. GE Appliances has been working on a documentary called Our American Kitchen. The documentaries explore how real GE Appliance owners, as authentic representatives of Americans and the American experience, are living their lives. I got a little sneak peek at the stories they are sharing and they are going to be really interesting and fun to watch. They have found all kinds of families to share their stories, from parents with 5 adopted kids and a man who became paralyzed in adulthood to an Autistic young man and even a blogging friend of mine. All of their stories tie back to the kitchen and how it has helped them as people and as families. Food is a powerful thing on so many levels. I’m a sucker for a good documentary and I’m even more excited that these involved stories of heritage, tradition, diversity, struggles, and real life all intertwined with food and cooking. Totally up my alley and I’m convinced you are going to love them too — these stories are coming soon, so be sure to stay tuned! Here’s a little sneak peak at the video!T41A2204 Be on the lookout for me sharing more information about this. On the day I post about this documentary I also plan on revealing our new kitchen plans as well as some of my own American Kitchen story. I’m really looking forward to this personal message and I can’t wait to hear your own stories. This is what weaves us together as friends, knowing each other’s stories. Thank you for being part of mine. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of these new Slate appliances. I don’t love stainless steel and white is hard to keep clean with a bunch of little helpers around, so I’m thinking these Slate beauties might just be what I’ll start saving my pennies for. I didn’t even know they existed until today. Have a great day friends and thank you for being here. What stories does your kitchen tell about your home? Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! Entry Instructions:  No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older (or nineteen (19) years of age or older in Alabama and Nebraska). Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 2 business days to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 4/1/15 – 6/30/15. Be sure to visit the G.E. Appliances brand page on where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

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My kitchen is a place that I bake and enjoy good times with my husband and kids! 🙂

denise a

Our kitchen wou;d hopefully tell tat we were a loving family that enjoyed each other and life

Kimberly Ann Spradlin

I want to win the contest!

Crystal F

Our kitchen would tell of how we celebrate big holidays. It would tell of how my girls decorate sweets for Santa on Christmas Eve and how we decorate eggs for Easter. Thank you!!

Richard Hicks

Richard Hicks

Our kitchen could speak volumes about serious talk with the kids

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Tabathia B

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Tabathia B

That my kids feel comfortable there and treat it likes it’s their personal office

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Denise L

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Denise L

Our kitchen tells stories of countless happy moments making and devouring from scratch treats and morsels.

Wanda McHenry

Bless This Mess - About Me

I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.