Saturday, April 12, 2014

A-Z Challenge: K is for Kitchen

The kitchen is where I feel I spend the majority of my time at home. "Mom, can I have a drink? Mom, I'm hungry. When's dinner? Mom, can I have a snack???" Put this on repeat at least 4 times a day, everyday and that's my life.  I like to cook. I'm not a chef by any stretch of the imagination, but nothing makes me happier than when my very picky son and niece actually love something I make. It gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment when the picky ones are actually happy with something that isn't a chicken nugget or pizza. I want them to have memories of the house smelling like home-cooked meals, of how on Sunday's our family dinner would always be so special. I want them to have wonderful memories of their childhood and I know looking back on mine that my mom, grandmother or Aunt would always have something cooking that would bring the family together. We have an island in my kitchen with two bar stools. Nothing makes me happier than having my two favorite little people in the whole world sitting there watching me cook, talking, "helping"....I treasure those moments. It's when we're connecting and I feel like we're making memories they will take with them in the future. The kitchen is the heart of a home for a reason. I believe it's the simplicity of it honestly. It's where the family and friends can come, congregate, eat and spend time together.

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