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. 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! 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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