This post has been sponsored by GE Appliances but all thoughts and stories are my own.
When we were shopping for our first house, years ago, we knew that one thing above anything else about the set up of the house was important: it needed to have a roomy kitchen. Bedroom space and yard space and storage space were nice, but a good-sized kitchen that could accommodate a large crowd was at the very top of our list.
The kitchen is where everyone gathers – it’s the center of the home. The heart of the home.
Through a series of webisodes, GE Appliances taps into the lives of 6 real-life American families, touching upon the notions of “home” and “family” – which have always been hugely important in American culture.
This past summer, we drove across the country to drop our oldest daughter off for her first year of college. Since we had a pretty long trip (over 6000 miles clocked during the summer!) we wanted to make the most of our time out West, so we stayed at my parents’ house for several weeks. My sister and her family were in the middle of moving, so they were there as well….and eventually 2 of my other siblings and their kids joined us, too. Although we were still missing a handful of family members (my husband and daughter Necco had to travel back to Maryland and my youngest sister and her fiancé weren’t there) we still had a pretty significant group. And guess where we spent most of our bonding time?
That’s right. In the kitchen.
Last summer, I caught most of the family gathered in the kitchen, getting ready for a big family dinner (I made two full slow cookers full of our favorite Café Rio Copycat Sweet Pork and two rice cookers full of cilantro lime rice to feed everyone). I love the un-staged nature of our family gathered in the kitchen. And I love the next picture I caught just as much: Grandma and Grandpa with almost all of the grandkids.
Since this picture was taken, my sister adopted a little boy who I love more than I can describe. I loved the sentiments from the Richards family, who adopted their 5 kids. They said that their “family may not be bound by blood, but through the kitchen they’ve discovered a family can be built on love.”
We’ve got a mix of both in our family, and I’d have to say: we love each other no matter what. And we love the time that we can spend together, however rare that may be. No matter whose house we congregate at, I always know that we’ll end up in the kitchen.
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