Our Kitchen Plans Reveal (plus a giveaway)!

Remember a few months ago when I told you all working I was with GE Appliances on their Our American Kitchen stories? It’s been a lot of fun and I have another post today highlighting some of the touching (and fun!) videos they have made of real American families living awesome lives with the kitchen as the center of their home. This topic is one that I love because I very much relate to why and how the kitchen is so important to our families and the stories we are making every day. So today I’m highlighting GE’s hard work as well as sharing our future dream kitchen plans, which has been a gift of love from my mom! First up, the videos! GE has been around for a 105 years and we’ve used a bunch of their appliances in the many apartments and homes we’ve lived in (and remodeled). They’ve been around through lots of changes in the American kitchen and they are always coming up with not just what the market needs, but what people want. Our American Kitchen is a documentary series that has tried to capture just that… the American people who feel just like I do about their kitchen: it’s the heart of the home.



There’s a whole series of videos about all kinds of people and I chose my favorite two videos to share with you today. The first video is called ‘Chase’s Cooking Show’ and it’s about boy who lives with Autism and has fallen in love with cooking shows. His mom got him in the kitchen and he now has his own Internet cooking show. I loved this story. I choked up at the end when his mom talks about how proud she is of him. I loved that Chase found comfort and a love for something that helped him express who he is. That’s something I appreciate. My food is part of who I am too.





The second video is about Maryann, the Cookie Lady. You have to watch this! She’s the cutest little old lady who bakes every day and delivers her love through cookies to her small community. Again, food is my love language (and it’s obvious Maryann and I have a similar love language), and it was really fun to watch and relate to why Maryann is in the kitchen, because she loves it and she loves to spread all the baked goodness around.









Aren’t those fun? Sure, they might show the appliances they use, but that is not the point of the video. GE took the time to get to know some of its customers and the videos are so real. And now it’s time for you to get an idea of what I’m planning for our future kitchen! Thomas and I hoped to start building a house this past spring on the 7 acres where our garden, orchard, and chickens live, but life has gotten the better of us. We are being a bit more realistic and planning on starting in the following spring. If things happen before that, awesome, if not, I’m not going to be so disappointed when they don’t. The kitchen is the heart of the home and dreaming about our future house has only made that statement more and more true. We have literally planned the entire main level around the kitchen. The placement of the kitchen was determined by the view out the windows (because when you have a view like we do, you make sure you can see it from “the heart”). The size of the kitchen was determined by how important the heart is… the bigger the better was our motto. The more room we have to prep, cook, and serve, the more people we can welcome into our heart. The rest of that floor was laid out to best accommodate dinner guests and the flow of traffic. Here’s the outside front elevation so that you can get an idea of our style. It’s very country farmhouse. My mom went to college for drafting and though technology has made her hand-drawn blueprint-creating obsolete, she’s still a ninja at it! She hand drew all of our plans. We gave her a list of things that we wanted and loved and we worked together from here. A mom who can custom design your future dream home is a handy thing to have around. Thank you Mom!


house plans front elevation



It’s a two-story house with a walk-out basement in the back, but you are going to have to wait for future plan reveals to see the upstairs and basement! The left of the house is the garage and the wrap around porch spreads along the front. Here’s the main level. Of course, our print of this one is hard to read. If you double click on it though it should make the picture bigger! house plans main level



Looking at the plans makes my heart flutter. kitchen plans main level family area



Can’t you just imagine eating in that huge kitchen! When you are almost a family of 7, plus have giant extended family, you really can’t have a big enough (realistic) kitchen! It’s open to the living room and the living room has a deck off the back that faces our beloved mountains. I’m planning on eating on that deck all summer long! The office in the corner of the house is mine (swoon!) and it’ll double as a craft and play room for a long time. The dining room is big enough to fit a 12-foot long table that I dream of making from reclaimed wood for The Shanty. Wouldn’t that be fabulous! My mom LOVES kitchens as much as I do and she even did our cabinet elevations! house plans cabinet elevation A house plans cabinet elevation B



And let’s not forget that glorious 10.5 foot long island. Now that is the kind of thing a big all-American family needs in the perfect kitchen. Somewhere to gather and enjoy each other! Not to mention all the food that could be prepped on that island. I literally cannot wait for this dream to become a reality. house plans cabinet elevation c



All this dreaming, wishing and planning will be even sweeter when it happens after a long wait right?! I keep telling myself that, and if the kids are a little bigger by the time we move in maybe they’ll destroy less things (I can hope anyways). And let’s talk about the view. Soul. Filling.



the view


Thank you so much for letting me share this dream with you. I hope you are as excited as we are about our future home and I know you’ll love all of the videos that GE Appliances also worked hard to put together for families to enjoy! Now let’s get to that giveaway! What does the American Kitchen mean to you? Tell me in the comments in three sentences or less and you’ll be entered to win a GE Cafe™ Series Refrigerator worth $3,100! Entries from participating blogs will be pooled and one winner will be chosen at random.  Entry Instructions: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

            1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on the blog post promoting this Promotion.  Your comment will be your entry.  In your comment, tell us what your American Kitchen means to you in 3 Sentences or less.



            • For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.


              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 9/16/15 – 10/25/15. Be sure to visit the GE Appliances brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

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85 Responses
  1. Jessica

    My American Kitchen HAS to be the center of my home. The kitchen demands so much time of a mother’s day and it’s important that it can accommodate my family at the least so that we can bond during the everyday responsibilities, it makes the “chores” more meaningful and less tedious when your together.

  2. Stephanie Ware

    The American kitchen to me encompasses families being together, laughter, tears, good food, friendships and love. This is where conversations happen without technology, and a chance to pass down recipes to my granddaughters so that they can become awesome cooks and appreciate good food.

  3. My American kitchen is the center of my home. It is the place where we eat and talk about our days. It is the place where I pour love into food. You are what you eat and I want my family to feel loved and nourished both physically and mentally. My American kitchen is where magic happens.

  4. Lauren Gentry

    My American Kitchen is where everyday life happens, memories are made, and family traditions are upheld. It is where I learned to be a daughter, sister, wife, and now mother. And it will be where I teach, learn, and grow with my son.

  5. Christina Elmore

    The American Kitchen to me is an amazing childhood, filled with cooking and quality family time! It’s a chance to teach our children how to fuel their bodies as well as their spirits.

  6. Kaylee

    The American Kitchen is a place to dream, love, see, hear, smell, and in all other ways experience life. It is a place of creativity, ingenuity, peace, and happiness. It is a place to bring people together with a common goal: delicious food and lasting memories!

  7. Tyese Gray

    The American Dream kitchen has to be the center of the family. That is where everyone meets up and most traditions at our house are formed. Family time and memories are what happens in the kitchen!

  8. My American Kitchen gives me the opportunity to show my family– several times a day– how much I love and care for them, because that is where I do it the most. When I am cooking for them, nourishing them, and feeding them, I’m able to physically manifest how much I care for them.

  9. helen kreger

    The American Kitchen! A gathering place for friends & family to spend time with one another sharing their thoughts, experiences, & ideas. A place where wisdom is dispensed, troubles, triumphs, joys and sorrows are discussed. Where we experience a sense of connection & fellowship. A place where our five senses come alive as we have our fill of food for the body and for the soul. The heart of every home!

  10. Diane Englery

    My American Kitchen is the heart of our home. It is where we build so many memories around food and family love. Feeding our family is my joy and the kitchen is my favorite spot in the house.

  11. Sara

    The American kitchen is the place where life happens. Everything that matters happens in my kitchen. Love, hope, and dreams come together with just a pinch of sugar.

  12. CindyB

    My American Dream Kitchen is the one that I am cooking in with our kids.
    They are grown, and live in another state.
    So anytime they are here I have My American Dream Kitchen.

  13. Love you kitchen plans! Oh how I would love to view Sugar Knoll from my back yard. My kitchen is the center of my home, a place of nurturing, nourishment and learning.

  14. Suzanne

    The American Kitchen is where my family gathers together most often, where I greet my family every morning and set the tone for the day as they wake and come down for breakfast, and where I welcome my children as they come home from school. It’s in the kitchen that we talk about our days, do homework, and grow and work together.

  15. Rebecca

    The American Kitchen is a place of comfort. It’s homey smells, chocolate chip cookies, and love. It’s the feeling you get around your mom.

  16. sarah Bennett

    I, too, love a big open space where friends & family comfortably gather. I love a bright, pretty spot to enjoy. I think it’s a spot where my kids can play or quietly confide in mom – a place to be them, king & queens in their own home.

  17. Amy

    I’m so happy for you. Good luck with everything and I know you will smile all the way. I love seeing you grow and following your family. Congratulations! ? ?

  18. The American Kitchen is a place to gather with those you love and give thanks for the gifts received there. To gather at the table with those near and dear and to break bread is a gift. The American kitchen is a place to appreciate th bounty and revel in what you’ve been given.

  19. When I picture the American kitchen, there flashes through my mind a kaleidoscope of homes, each with its own unique style and character, holding families of all different sizes, shapes and cultures. These American kitchens hold families that are different but the same, gathering together in love, within the sanctity of their own homes, working together to nourish both bodies and souls.

  20. Stephanie Phelps

    My kitchen is were we come together and share our love and stories and make memories with our family and friends! It is the heartbeat of our home!

  21. Kellie burkart

    My American kitchen is all about family! Even if I wanted to escape I couldn’t as my kids love following me around in the kitchen asking “what you doing mom?” They love to “help”.

  22. Erin Ellis

    To me, the American Kitchen is good food, family, friends, getting together where memories are made. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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  23. Jason Lewis

    The American Kitchen is all about family. Interacting with each other and showing love to one another by embracing the very essence of togetherness by breaking bread together. Strong bonds of love grow in the heart of the home.

  24. My kitchen is the meeting place for friends and family alike. Our kitchen is full of love and where comfort is found. Kitchen equals, good food, good friends and family, and good times, which equals great life!!

  25. I can’t wait until that Amazing American Kitchen is close enough I can run over for dinner every night! All the littles running haphazardly around the incredible island and the grown-ups plotting ways to save the world, or at least the garden veggies, all the while feasting on your delicious creations. Pretty much the essence of a perfect life.

  26. The American Kitchen to me is like the heart of the home. It is where meals are made with love and care. It is also where family can come together to work and share in laugh and brings back memories from when you were little and cooked with your mom or other adult.

  27. Rachel

    The kitchen is where families connect. More “teaching” takes place in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home. Kitchen and Memories are synonymous.

  28. Margaret Smith

    American Kitchen to me means that it’s the place in the home that families spend the most time together, catching up and enjoying meals and time together.
    Thanks so much.

  29. Jodi Traister

    We chose our new house because the floor plan places the kitchen at the center of our home. Our kitchen is were we gather for every special event to celebrate our triumphs and our sadness, a place where people feel welcome and loved.

  30. Carrie

    My American kitchen is a place to love, learn, cook, eat, and grow. It is a place where family and friends can gather together. It is a place that helps to make a house a home.

  31. Kelly D

    The American Kitchen is a place for my family to gather. It is a place where I have lots of storage for my cooking tools and appliances and lots of prep space.

  32. Matt Kirby

    American Kitchen: it means great food and great fellowship! We love trying new recipes together with friends and family. The more the merrier!

  33. To me, the American Kitchen refers to the heart of every home. Families all over America gather together, share great food, cook together, entertain friends and family, work on homework with their kids, and so much more every single day right in the kitchen. American Kitchen=Love.

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

  34. The American kitchen means the place where family and friends get together, at the end of a long day or holidays/events, to relax and enjoy meals and conversation. The favorite place to hang out in the house.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  35. aqualina56

    To me the American Kitchen means a place where we can gather as a family and have a meal, talk about our day, we can use this room for our most important family conversations. It is the center of our family. The center of an American home.

  36. The American Kitchen to me means all the new appliances. Must have plenty of space. A man needs a big fridge for all his meat for grilling. Be awesome to win. A microwave is another must for us men.

  37. Henria O.

    The American Kitchen is a place where memories are made, where stories are shared, and where love is reinforced. Food has always been a central feature complementing the most important events in life (holidays, weddings, birthdays, etc). This makes the American Kitchen a central feature of American life as well.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  38. Betty C

    My American Kitchen is were I learned to cook and taught my children and grandchildren the love of good food and sharing good days and bad days. Gathering together for breakfast to start the day and sharing the last snack before bedtime is a part of our wonderful kitchen.

  39. Debbie B

    An American Kitchen means to me a kitchen with modern convenient appliances – its the heart of the home where family meals are prepared and served!

  40. Shannon

    The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where the family comes together. It’s where dinner is made, kids learn to cook, lunches are prepped, Christmas cookies are baked, and family and friends come together!

  41. Jeffrey

    My American Kitchen is the place where the family converges for fun, laughter and good eats. I grew up in a home with very loving parents and they taught me the meaning of a family. Nightly dinner in our kitchen is a must, we “solve” many of the world’s problems sitting around our table!

  42. Kerry

    The kitchen is the place where our family gathers for conversation and nourishment over a wonderful meal that we prepared together.

  43. The American Kitchen is both a purely needed and functional space and also a space filled with love and nostalgia. You use this space to take care of your health and show love.

  44. amy guillaume linderman

    The American Kitchen to me is the smell of comfort foods that draw you in. It’s where children can learn lifelong skills and make great memories. It’s where friends and family gather.

  45. R. Burton

    to me, the American kitchen means a place where I look forward to spending quality time with my family- where we sit together,
    converse & enjoy a meal or even cook together #SweepstakesEntry

  46. The american kitchen means to me a place to cook food from the heart. It’s a place for family members to gather just to sit and talk and catch up. it’s a place for families to sit and eat a home cooked meal together.

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  47. Kathryn C

    #SweepstakesEntry – comment

    I feel the American Kitchen is the most important room in a house for the family as
    it is where we all grow. Not just growing from eating nutritious food prepared in the kitchen
    but growing (closer) as a family & individuals as we come together to eat, relax, converse & work on projects.


  48. Kathryn C

    #SweepstakesEntry – comment

    I feel the American Kitchen is the most important room in a house for the family as
    it is where we all grow. Not just growing from eating nutritious food prepared in the kitchen
    but growing (closer) as a family & individuals as we come together to eat, relax, converse & work on projects.


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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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