Do you know the kitchen is the heart of your home?
One of my favorite things to do is to sit at my kitchen table and chat with those I love.
The kitchen is one of my happy places.
It’s where my husband and I bonded over cooking and baking.
It’s where I taught my children to bake and decorate cookies and cupcakes .
I make dinner for family, simmer soups for sick loved ones and bake treats to share on holidays, special occasions or just because someone needs a pick me up.
I love my kitchen, and I want you to love yours too.
What if the heart of the home isn’t Pinterest worthy?
When I looked up heart of the home on Pinterest, all I saw were pictures of well staged but unrealistic kitchens.
Perfectly set tables with cloth napkins that were white.
Do these people even have children?
No dishes in the sink.
Perfectly placed fruit in bowls.
Cabinets you would need a stool to reach.
Trust me; real families do not live in these kitchens because they do not make sense for real families.
One even had plants with long branches that extended over the stove.
That was the point I rolled my eyes and stopped scrolling.
These kitchens aren’t designed to be the heart of your home.
They’re designed to make you feel bad about the heart of your own home.
Don’t buy into it.
My kitchen is bright blue/aqua.
I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it.
When I walk in there, I feel good.
It’s welcoming, even with its limited counter space and dated, unmatched appliances.
Some of the best conversations of my life have happened there.
Several of the best meals I’ve ever made came from that kitchen.
More cups of tea have steeped on those counters than I can count.
That kitchen is truly the heart of our home has welcomed people of multiple faiths, colors and creeds.
I’ve learned and taught from that kitchen.
Most recently, we baked with our two year old there for the first time.
According to her, we were making pizza…with sugar.
Turns out pizza sugar taste a lot like cookies.
You know what?
No one cared that the kitchen wasn’t Pinterest worthy.
We all had some laughs, ate delicious cookies and made a memory.
Overcoming your meal challenges
It’s no secret that I love to cook, and before I had children, I would make meals that took all day and were labor intensive.
I love serving my family homemade meals, but until I learned how to menu plan, we ate out much more than our budget could support.
Eventually, I learned to make wonderful meals that were quick and easy for nights that we could eat at home and could travel with us if we couldn’t.
That way the heart of the home traveled with us.
Car picnics anyone?
It took a little effort and saved a lot of money at the same time.
I did this with children with food sensitivities.
I did it when I started eating lower carb.
Even if life is complicated, you can do this.
You can make delicious meals from simple ingredients that nourish everyone and taste fantastic.
You can sneak in new ingredients and amp up the nutrition whenever possible, and make it taste good so it stays out of the trash.
Just don’t go crazy with it.
And if you do, give yourself a bit of grace.
Can you say macadamia crusted chicken with goat cheese?
Turns out my family doesn’t like macadamia nuts or goat cheese.
That turned into a pizza and salad night.
How I share my heart with my home
My mission with Moving Toward Better is to help you take care of home and hearth quickly so you can get to the good stuff faster.
That extends to the heart of your home too.
I focus on quick prep recipes, quick housekeeping tips and life hacks that make being a homemaker much easier.
I share recipes that are quick and delicious.
These are recipes I know and love.
There may even be a few videos to show you exactly how to make things.
I’ll share tools I love and equipment that makes the job faster and easier because as much as I love my kitchen, I love finding ways to make cooking easier even more.
My favorite example of this is deviled eggs, a recipe I got from my father.
When he made deviled eggs, it took two to three hours, and he was beat afterward.
Each one cuts the time and makes the process so much easier.
My dad passed over 20 years ago.
Each time I make those eggs, it’s an homage to him.
I like to think he would love the improvements I made.
Ready to embrace the heart of your home?
So, are you ready to jump in, make your kitchen the heart of your home and learn a few things along the way?
I hope so because in my opinion, nothing beats serving our families a meal they love that was easy for us to make and saved us money.
In the kitchen, that’s the best win of all.
Welcome to Mama K’s kitchen.
Pull us a chair and let’s chat.
As always, thanks for being you and have a great day.