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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181 Responses
  1. Holly P.

    I can’t wait to see your kitchen plans, Melissa! My kitchen is definitely the heart of our home and my favorite room of all! For me, it tells stories of time spent cooking with my husband, baking my favorites, and just hanging out with my friends or family. It also tells the story of the change from processed food to eating real food which all began when I started keeping up with your blog! 🙂

  2. Amy

    My kitchen tells the story of a couple trying to cook most of their meals instead of eating out (in other words, a messy kitchen).

  3. Starla B

    Such sweet photos. My kitchen tells the story of a young girl trying to manage the huge kitchen her Nana raised her in who is now helping to take care of her Nana. My kitchen also tells the story of a young girl trying to follow in her Nana’s footsteps of her wonderful cooking!

  4. First off, those slate appliances are beautiful! I would be dreaming about them too.
    As for our kitchen, well it says a lot of things. But mainly I think it shows the war between sweets/baked goods and clean healthy food that takes place in our lives. The result of me studying to be a dietitian while trying to overcome my raging sweet tooth.

  5. Natalie

    Our kitchen is being updated but we are still keeping old spatulas and spoons from my grandmother. We are adding new appliances and countertops. Our kitchen reflects our style and lets us bake and cook what we want!

  6. Julie Wood

    My kitchen tells stories about me and my daughter cooking new recipes for our family, and it is a place where we have fun talking and eating during the week and getting to know about one anothers day!

  7. teresa Bradley

    The kitchen has always been the heart of our family and home. Mom taught us 3 girls at a younge age how to cook and can and bake. Theres so many laughs and tears that a kitchen has seen. I love the memories of teaching others and watching the childrens faces when the cookies go into the oven and i turn the light on to let them peek through the glass. I love my kitchen!! And i love you!!

  8. I like sitting on the counter with a recipe book and guiding my two older kids through the recipe. I’ll sit back and hold back from helping at all. They’ll turn on the oven, measure it all out, and start up the bosch 🙂 I’ll step in to place their cookies in the oven.

  9. Veronika

    Oooh I can’t wait to see your kitchen plans!!! My kitchen tells how cluttered my house is…and how we haven’t finished painting it 🙂 but there’s also all my dreams in it as well!

  10. Andrea Troutman

    My kitchen tells the story of people who have fun making meals and treats together but not everyone likes to help clean up the mess!

  11. Tara

    My kitchen can tell many different stories, but right now it is a disaster which tells you we are all under the weather. Hopefully we start feeling better soon and it gets cleaned up 🙂

  12. Troy Johnson

    My kitchen tells and shows that we’re a family of four. Lots of variety of dinnerware, fruits, counter accessories and etc.

  13. Leigh Anne Borders

    My kitchen holds the stories of our memories with grandparents. I remember all the great recipes and fun I had learning from her. Now I am fortunate that I am making memories with my own children now as she did with me.

  14. Nicole Dziedzic

    My kitchen is a place our family gathers for the good times and the bad, it is a place where we learn, have fun, cook, create, and even welcome others. It is our homes main living area.

  15. lisa g

    our kitchen is where we experiment on cakes and brownies. and we pretend the sideways sliding window is a drive thru window 🙂

  16. Madelyn

    The kitchen is the heart of my home because it’s where my Mom and I spend the most time together.
    It’s our comfort zone when we have lots of people over. And, it’s also the place where my family makes the most memories…
    It’s where my sisters learn new techniques…and where they perfect fried eggs.
    It’s where we try out new bread recipes, and make our own version of everything-but-the-kitchen sink cookies.
    It’s where we laugh hysterically together…and where we go when we need to get our minds off of the difficulties that life brings.
    It’s our happy place. <3

  17. Kelly Clark

    My kitchen is the same kitchen I grew up in! My mom and I spent so much time there and now I get to spend time with my little boys making cookies! And everything is still the same, even appliances!

  18. Lindsay

    I just got a new ge fridge, stove and dishwasher. I’ve loved the slate. But my ice maker worked for two batches of ice and is broken, so I was really disappointed about that.

  19. Our kitchen is where life happens! We spend more time in our kitchen than anywhere in our home. We always have something cooking, homework happening, and kids playing!

  20. Our kitchen is a drop zone for everything. iPod, phones, books, homework. But mostly a drop zone for our rear ends to sit and chat about our day, the games we played and sometimes even fight;) Most of our memories happen in our kitchen.

  21. creativesouthernhome

    In our kitchen you will usually find a lovely mess, which means that we have cooked good meals to share with one another.

  22. Our kitchen is small. Our children are growing up and it is harder to all fit in there. I look at our kitchen and it makes me think about all the memories of when they were tiny and would help bake, cook, or clean.

  23. Oh my, walking into our kitchen can tell you what our life is like at the moment. If it is messy, our life is hectic. If our kitchen is clean, you know that everything is in order. There are also little items collected over time, family antiques and treasures, wedding gifts, ect. It is a modge podge of collected memories.

  24. The first thing people notice when entering my kitchen are fondue pots and asian cooking vessels. Those are the two types of food our family loves the most and one of the few things I’ve collected frivously because it helps add to the feeling we share when we’re preparing and enjoying them.

  25. The kitchen is the heart of our home. Most days our house smells like homemade bread or cookies. I love giving my family yummy, healthy things to eat. Thanks for the cute blog post!

  26. Stephanie Phelps

    The story my kitchen tells is that it is well loved and well used. I have pictures and art from the boys everywhere!

  27. Kimmy Ripley

    My kitchen is clean but it isn’t tidy! It’s hard to keep things neat when you have children. My kitchen definitely looks like it gets used.

  28. Elle

    My kitchen will tell you that it is a place that is used frequently since it often smells delicious, has a mess on the counter top and table and people in it!

  29. Gina M

    my kitchen says that we are a family who loves to cook and eat together!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  30. I help out my parent in the kitchen since I was a little girl. Now, my kids love hanging out in the kitchen too. IT’s definitely where we share love, our time and laughter together. The kitchen is really the heart of our home. 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  31. Cynthia C

    I don’t have a pristine kitchen that looks like no one uses it. It’s a busy place and you can tell that a lot goes on there.

  32. Karen Drake

    Our kitchen is where I made cookies with my kids and where Grandpa has taught our granddaughter how to make biscuits.

  33. I’ve always loved my kitchen, but lately, after watching those home remodeling TV shows I found myself looking at it through new, critical eyes. So when I woke up this morning, I walked into my kitchen wearing fresh perspectacles. Here’s what I saw. You guys. I have a REFRIGERATOR.I’m pretty sure in the olden days, frontierswomen had to drink warm Diet Coke. Sweet Jesus. Thank you, precious kitchen. Inside my refrigerator is FOOD. Healthy food that so many parents would give anything to be able to feed their children. When this food runs out, I’ll just jump in my car to get more. It’s ludicrous, really. It’s like my family hits the lottery every freaking morning. Another CRAZY THING IS THE WATER FAUCET. Mamas everywhere spend their entire day walking miles to and from wells just for a single bucket of this- and I have it right here at my fingertips. Holy bounty. Then there is the magical box in which I put uncooked stuff, push some buttons, and then a minute later pull out cooked stuff. I can’t even talk about the coffee maker. Actually, let’s take a moment of reverent silence because this machine is the reason I am able to function. Today I shall keep my perspectacles super-glued to my face and feel insanely GRATEFUL instead of LACKING and I will look at my kitchen and my people and my body and say: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

  34. Amanda Sakovitz

    My kitchen stories would say that I try my best at cooking and even when my food doesn’t look good it still tastes good.

  35. Theron Willis

    From a Chinese wok to a Moroccan tagine, my kitchen proves an eclectic flair for international cuisine.

    Hope to win!

  36. christine burd

    My kitchen is a place where Dad reigns . He is a wonderful cook and our grown children really enjoy coming over and meeting in the kitchen where wonderful meals have been served via Dad. 30 yrs of laughter,the occasional canned whipped cream fight, or faucet prank and lots of sharing.

  37. Aurelie Red

    For me the kitchen is the most important room in the house.
    My kitchen is the heart of my home. I love to create delicious meals for my family !

  38. Janice Cafarelli

    Living in the home my mom once lived in this kitchen has a lot of memories.. We still all gather and talk about our holidays here with mom . How we all got here and were put right to work helping prepare whatever feast mom had going. Thanksgiving was nonstop we came the night before and got right to work and the best part was the boys all had to do the dishes afterwards!! We all still have favorite dishes mom use to make but none of us can quite make it turn out like hers. We keep saying it must of been moms fingers that put that taste in there LOL

  39. The stories my kitchen could tell would be “It’s way to hot to cook!” and “We need more space to move!” lol It’d also tell about how we love to hang out together and talk while we cook 🙂

  40. Ellie Wright

    My kitchen tells the story of the 5 boys who have grown up there. 3 sons and 2 grandsons. And they are all big eaters.

  41. Lisa Voyce

    When I think of my and my mom’s kitchen, I think of a gathering place. It’s not only the place where we gather to eat, we also gather for game playing and just conversing with family and friends.

  42. Sharyn B.

    I really don’t enjoy the art of cooking, but I like to eat! The kitchen is where the family gets together and try to follow recipes or throw something together!

  43. slehan

    My kitchen hasn’t been updated in 30 years. Now that my mortgage is paid off I plan to update it.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  44. 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!!

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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.

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