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Making Family Memories in the Kitchen

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Some of my earliest memories are of baking cookies with my mom. I loved being in the kitchen with her! With sunshine yellow walls, it was always a cozy and comfortable spot. I knew when we were ready for a baking session because Mom always put headscarves on both of us. After we got out the ingredients, Mom would pull a chair close to the kitchen counter. That was my pedestal. From there I could “help” Mom measure and pour ingredients and stir up a storm. I felt so important! Sometimes on those frosty mornings, Mom would make us a cup of cocoa and let the oven pre-heat longer than necessary, just for the pleasure of the extra warmth. I loved that.

Making Family Memories in the Kitchen

As I got a little older, I was fascinated with anything “old-fashioned”. That meant stories about old cook-stoves and starched aprons populated my imagination as I worked in our kitchen. Occasionally Mom let me fix entire meals on our old GE stove. At the time, unlike Mom, I was a little disappointed it wasn’t an older vintage!

Little Kitchen Helper

Even today, I love to cook. And I have “helpers” in my kitchen, too—all three of my boys volunteer for kitchen duty. I think they like licking the spoons and bowls best of all! Before I became so busy with parenting and being part of the blogging world, I was considering a food prep business. I decided my other responsibilities needed to be the priority for now. But who knows? Maybe in the future I’ll revisit those plans.

For now, I am happy to spend time creating delights in the kitchen for my tribe. Feeding them nutritious meals is a necessity and I love to make their favorites. I want my guys to have some of those warm fuzzy memories that moms and kitchens are famous for!

Kitchen Memories

It’s no surprise that a lot of life happens in the kitchen for many of us. The kitchen being the heart of the home is more than a cliché—breaking bread together is a precious way to build relationships and memories. GE Appliances has captured kitchen-centric stories of several families on some cool webisodes with that theme. You can check out the webisodes here. I think you‘ll enjoy them!

GE Appliances is sponsoring an awesome Our American Kitchen Sweepstakes right now on Food until 10/13/15. You can enter daily for a chance to win your dream kitchen from GE Appliances. Winning that contest would definitely cook up some warm fuzzies!

And if you’d like to bake up some yummy cookies just like Mom would make, try these Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • Freeze teaspoons of peanut butter for at least two hours

Frozen Peanut Butter

  • Cut in half
  • Cover with favorite chocolate chip cookie dough and shape into a ball

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

  • Freeze again for at least 2 hours
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes (or according to package instruction)
  • Do not over bake, but indulging is tolerated and Mom says sharing is nice!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Watch the Richards Family story here!

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

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.