Making Memories in Our Blue Cottage Kitchen

by Dagmar Bleasdale on October 1, 2015

Making Memories in Our Blue Cottage Kitchen

I grew up in an antique-filled, large house in Germany. My parents bought a two-family house and remodeled it to make it a house just for the four of us. My father was an architect and designed it, and my mom still lives in it.

It’s a four bedroom, four bathroom, two-storyhouse with a large basement that has a party room, guest room, large pantry, laundry room, and sauna.

The attic is finished with another guest bed and powder room — my brother and I played up there a lot.

This beautiful, rambling house happens to have the smallest kitchen you can imagine.

There is a table in there we’d use for most meals, but there wasn’t really enough room to cook together.

I captured one of my favorite memories in that kitchen on video: my father making Landon laugh years ago while they were sitting at that green table.

My mom would get nervous if we’d be in the kitchen while she was cooking, and I don’t blame her – I would’ve been as well. It was just too small, and there was no flow in there.

Nowadays you’d knock down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room for an open concept and larger kitchen.

I don’t have a lot of memories of cooking or baking with my mom, and I want to create those memories with Landon.

The kitchen ideally should be the heart of the home, right?

Our kitchen in the Blue Cottage isn’t that much bigger than my childhood kitchen, but I want it to be the center of our home, and I want Landon to have happy memories from spending time with me in there.

He’s just old enough that he recently started helping me make scrambled eggs and toast with butter in the morning.

When we run out of time in the morning, we work together as a team so he gets breakfast before heading off to school. He grabs the orange juice, eggs, butter, and bread out of the fridge, and then helps me with the cooking.

Today, we baked Don some gluten-free cupcakes, and made more special memories.

He might not remember the cupcakes, but he will remember our laughs.

You should’ve heard us cracking up trying to take a picture of the two of us! For the first one, I pressed the wrong button and the lens retracted instead of taking the picture. We were laughing so hard!

The next few pictures came out looking all distorted because my arm isn’t long enough — where is that silly selfie stick when you need it.







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My mother-in-law has GE appliances in her kitchen, and it is absolutely the heart of the home.

All the Bleasdales spend a lot of time at her house, we see each other every week, and we have celebrated countless birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas dinners in her kitchen in the last eight years since moving to New York.

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{This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of GE Appliances. The opinions and text are all mine.}

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