Monday, July 30, 2012

There's No Place Like {This Bit of} Home: Cari's Kitchen

While our family is moving into our new house this week (eek!), I'll be sharing some guest posts!  But not just any guest posts -- this week, we'll get to nose around in other people's spaces.  Haven't you aways wanted to see exactly where your favorite bloggers live?  In-depth snooping around where they cook or clean or play or work?  I hope I'm not the only nosy one! 

Join me today in welcoming Cari from Clan Donaldson as she lets us peek into a special bit of her home. 

I came late to cooking.  For the first five years or so of my marriage, I tried to cook as little as possible. 

But the more children we added to our family, the more I realized that someone other than Taco Bell and Little Caesar was going to have to feed these people.

A priest I knew swore that if you didn't cook with love, everything that came out of your kitchen was going to taste like garbage. 

That would explain a lot of my early attempts at culinary competence.

Once I embraced the horror, I was able to move past cooking as a chore and began to see it as a way to say "I love you" to my family.

(when we get Taco Bell or Little Caesar's, I'm still saying "I love you", but in a lazier way)

Now, I find that the kitchen is my favorite room in the house.  It's the only room that was designed specifically with my needs in mind.  It's the equivalent of my husband's garage workshop.
(minus the lawn equipment) 
Though it's my space, it has pieces of everyone in it.

The room is definitely a work in progress.

We still have miles to go before it's finished.  

Probably, a week after it's done, we'll be transferred again, and I'll have to start all over in another kitchen somewhere.

Which would be a complicated mixture of bittersweet, annoying, and exciting.
Like most things in life.


  1. Yay for a peek inside Cari's kitchen! Can I take an immature moment and make you all jealous because I was actually IN Cari's kitchen? And she didn't even cook for me. Something about being 10 months pregnant with 5 other children, and trying to feed our family of 7 brought out the laziness in her. But we still felt loved. Lazily :)

  2. My kitchen looks very clean in pictures! Thank you for having me. Can't wait to come peek around other people's houses this week.

    1. That's what I love about pictures -- I can crop out the nasty! But I doubt you've got much to crop. What a cool kitchen you have! I really do think it's true that kitchens are the heart of the home, and yours conveys that pefectly :)

  3. I'm so fascinated by the inner workings of big families. I'm brewing baby number two and already wondering how I'm going to manage the chaos. Thanks for the sneak peek into your life!

  4. That kitchen really is perfectly you!


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