Ode To The Dining Room

June 25, 2010

Oh the many years we have spent in our lovely dining room. It is perhaps my favorite room in this house!

Thanksgiving 2007

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Thanksgiving 2008


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It even used to have wallpaper and a gold chandelier!

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[Paint color = Lowes La Fonda Olive, dining room furniture all from Crate + Barrel!]

And it’s served COUNTLESS bowls of oatmeal on this blog!!

And now it’s all packed up.

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Hopefully our next dining room will be just as pleasant!

Today’s lunchbox pays a tribute

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I mixed up a salad with spinach, broccoli (lightly steamed in the microwave – raw broccoli tastes like an ash tray!), bell pepper and tempeh. All drizzled in Garlic Gold Oil and sea salt.

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Voskos Vanilla Bean. Plain and simple.

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The poor green spoon had to be replaced as I packed the lunch because it whipped out of the lunchbox and ended its little life :(

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And a cute little plum.

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I was going to pack a hunk of bread, but I hear there’s turtle cake coming to our office today and I wanted to save a little room!!!

What’s your favorite room in your house?

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1 Jessica June 25, 2010 at 11:28 am

Mine has to be the kitchen! I love cooking and baking.

Your salad looks awesome! Tempeh is sooo good.


2 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 25, 2010 at 11:28 am

Awh that must be really sad to pack everything up!
My favourite room..hmm…probably the kitchen in winter, cos the aga is so warm 😛 but I don’t actually like my house that much…I’m more of an open plan, modern person, and this house is the exact opposite :/
Ohh actualy – my favourite ‘room’ is the yard, cos it has stables where my horse lives!!!
Have a great afternoon :)


3 Heather (Heather's Dish) June 25, 2010 at 11:30 am

i love thanksgiving!!! my favorite room is definitely the kitchen…it brings everyone together!


4 Jessica @ How Sweet June 25, 2010 at 11:30 am

Turtle cake? Used to LOVE that! My favorite room is our dining room, too. Love it!


5 Lauren June 25, 2010 at 11:30 am

I don’t want you to move because all I want to do is stare at your beautiful home! RIP spoon.


6 Kaz June 25, 2010 at 11:31 am

Aww, bittersweet. Houses hold so many memories.

My favorite room is the computer room. I have a desk, a window, and access to the Internet. 😀


7 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin June 25, 2010 at 11:32 am

I have an apartment so there’s not much to choose from, but I loooove my balcony!


8 Melissa @ HerGreenLife June 25, 2010 at 11:38 am

A little harsh on raw broccoli there, no? I’m also in a small-ish apartment, so I have three rooms in the running (well, four, if your count the bathroom). It’s a close contest between the kitchen and the front/living room. Right now, the front room wins because it has a ceiling fan!


9 Jillian June 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

At least her description is a little more classy than the “tastes like ass” that I would have chosen 😉


10 Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches June 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

Well, I don’t really like the apartment I live in now, but I’m moving in a month anyway…so I’ll pick the living room in my parent’s house! It has high vaulted ceilings, huge windows, and a marvelous view overlooking the city, the Great Plains, and the Rocky Mountains. It’s a great place to read, ponder, and enjoy the sunshine!


11 Laura June 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

My favourite room is my bedroom.. i don’t know why! i think it’s because it’s a place i can just be myself, and it’s a place i can escape too! quite like my kitchen too i must admit! it’s bright and cheery!

oh dear, what a poor little spoon! sometimes i bend the spoons in to weird shapes when i stick them frozen ice cream! xx


12 claire June 25, 2010 at 11:41 am

We are moving into a new loft tomorrow but I am sure my favorite room will be the massive first floor with a living room/kitchen in one…so industrial and cool. Love your thanksgiving 09 tabletop!


13 Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary June 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

my fav room… that’s a toss up… either the office/ gaming room or the kitchen 😉


14 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy June 25, 2010 at 11:46 am

I’m moving next week and for the first time of my “own” life, I’ll have a dining room! That’s what convinced us to take that appartement and I definitely sees it as being my future favorite room :)


15 Wei-Wei June 25, 2010 at 11:49 am

:( poor spoon! There’s been a few spoon deaths lately (a baby pink spoon went to heaven the other day on The Teenage Gourmet)… it’s a little sad. A few white spoons shaped EXACTLY like your green on have “popped up” in our house lately. I wonder if they’re real Crate and Barrel… I’ll have to ask my parents where they got them. I love those spoons – I eat my oatmeal with them and it reminds me of you 😀 It’s a great, sort-of inspirational start to my day.

My favourite room in my house… probably my study, where I do my homework and blog-surf. Oh, and it’s sort of a pig sty at the moment. 😉



16 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 25, 2010 at 11:51 am

Definitely the kitchen! Oh no, poor spoon! Love the pictures of the dinning room! All I can think of when I see it though are the roaches that you have stalked in it. Oh and there is always room for turtle cake…right?!


17 Pat Kilmain June 25, 2010 at 11:52 am

Oh, my favorite room is my sewing/quilting room. It’s quite a mess at the moment because when I create I pull out all sorts of stuff and don’t take time to put any back. :)

I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks raw broccoli tastes awful! It’s ok cut really small in a salad – with dressing – but in bigger hunks, nope, yucky.


18 Mom June 25, 2010 at 11:54 am

By Dining Room!

My dining room is one of my favorites. It holds family treasures on display and plenty of fun times around the table.


19 Jenny June 25, 2010 at 11:58 am

I love my bedroom! It’s very peaceful- green, shaded by trees and comfortable!


20 RhodeyGirl Tests June 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Aww I am sad for you! I hope your next place give you the same warmth and love!

Love all of your Thanksgiving tables- I hope you can keep up the tradition of hosting it at your house! Love that.


21 Courtney @ Three Months June 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I’m in an apartment for the summer – very cramped! I love the kitchen (and does the balcony count?!).


22 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm

It’s always so sad to leave a house that’s filled with so many memories!

My favourite room is our kitchen because of all the wonderful things that are created in it. 😀


23 RhodeyGirl Tests June 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

P.S. I don’t have a favorite room here since we don’t really have a room! Besides our two bedrooms everything is open and one room (living room, dining room, and kitchen!)


24 The Robertsons of Mumbai June 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

HAAAA!!! OMG – raw broccoli DOES taste like an ash tray! I could just never put my finger on what the taste was like! Thanks for that! :)


25 Amy June 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Mine is probably the kitchen, where all the magic happens. I love your paint color choices, especially your living room. That bright pop of color is fabulous – do you know the name???


26 Kath June 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I think it’s called Clay Pot from Lowes!


27 Krista June 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I love my living room (my apartment is only living room/kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom ;)) it duals as a spot to relax or eat….my two favorite activities!! hehe


28 Dawn Hutchins June 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Thank you for sharing all your dining room memories!


29 Jess @ MTL Veggie June 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Loved seeing your Thanksgiving memories! It’s sad when you pack up your memories, but hopefully you’ll soon have new memories to make in a new dining room :)
I think my fav room has to be the kitchen. No matter where I’m living, so long as I’ve got a decent kitchen where I can create, I’m a happy girl :)


30 Nicole June 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Can you tell me what color paint you have on your living room? I absolutely love the color…


31 Kath June 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I think it’s Clay Pot from Lowes


32 Cynthia (It All Changes) June 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I love our kitchen. It is so open and comfy. And there is so much storage. And our pantry has these cool sliding shelves.


33 Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 25, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I love my bedroom. We just purchased our first bedroom set, with a proper bed and it’s amazing. I could lay in it all day!


34 Dee June 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Awww, the same thing happened to my orange spoon! :(

I loved seeing all the various Thanksgiving Day decorations! :)


35 Katie @ peacebeme June 25, 2010 at 1:23 pm

My favorite place in our house isn’t really a room, but it’s the deck on our back porch. We have a great view of the open space behind our house and it is where my family always grills and eats dinner in the summertime. After we eat, we sit at the table out there and talk until it gets dark, I love it. Some of my greatest memories are out there. :)


36 Allie June 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm

My favorite room is the family room because it is decorated beautifully and it is where everyone gathers together :)


37 Maggie(livingfoodjunkie) June 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I don’t actually have a favorite room in the place i’m living :( It’s sad I know…but i’ve had many rooms in previous homes that were favorites…kitchens, livingrooms, bedrooms :)
Loved looking at your eats, and your memories of diningroom :)


38 Amber K June 25, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I don’t particularly have a favorite room in my apartment. Althought I spend most of my time divided between the living room and the office.

Personally, I love broccoli in all forms. I have never heard it described as tasting like an ash tray! =P


39 Simply Life June 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm

you have such a gorgeous table and place settings!


40 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies June 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Aww – poor little spoon! My apartment is just one room…so when I move out… that’s it. haha


41 Sara June 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm

My favorite room is by far my kitchen. The layout is awful, but I love to cook and bake for my family & friends, and I can always seat people at the bar so we can chat while I’m working in the kitchen.

I just spent a very happy two hours in the kitchen, making lunch and prepping for dinner!


42 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life June 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Awwww, poor spoon!
I love my living room for its big comfy couches…but I love my kitchen for the obvious reasons that it holds all of the delicious food I eat :)


43 Callie June 25, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Poor spoon. Once I forgot one of my nice spoons in the oven and it melted in there while I was baking a cake. Sad.
Your dining room looks so nice. :)
My favorite room would have to be the kitchen. It’s the smallest and messiest room of the house, but I love it.


44 Michelle June 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I love the kitchen! It’s my favorite place!

I wish we had a dining room. We just have a dedicated dining area with a hanging lamp from the ceiling that is supposed to suggest where your four-seater dining room table should go.

You are so right about raw broccoli! I can’t stand it! I need SOMETHING to take the raw edge off of it. Recently, I love GRILLING it!


45 Cait June 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I don’t think they sell those spoons anymore :( I looked at crate and barrel online for them the other day and could not find them. If you found a replacement please tell me where.


46 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Aww I’m so sad to see both the green spoon and the dining room table go! Hopefully you’ll find somewhere with another wonderful dining room to create memories in!


47 Katherine June 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I love the kitchen and all the convos had at the bar stools. I HATE that there is a tv in my parent’s kitchen; it takes all the intimacy out of the room.

I love your decorations for thanksgiving 2009. oh if walls could talk


48 lynn (The Actors Diet) June 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm

it really is a wonderful dining room! i wish we had one – no room for our dining room table in our current house so it’s serving as a HUGE computer desk.


49 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) June 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I love our living room. It’s dark brick red and cozy!


50 Erin at The Healthy Apron June 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I always get so sad when I move or change places. My favorite room right now is the kitchen…at my parents or in laws house. Always lots of warm feelings are shared when you are baking or sharing a meals! What a fantastic question!


51 Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm

We’ll miss you, dining room and little spoon! You served Kath well. :(


52 Laura @ youngDCliving June 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Awww, so sad about the spoon! Oh well..now you have an excuse to buy another one :)

My favorite room in my house is my living room or family room, because its great to curl up and read a book or relax.


53 Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Aw, I love that little spoon! It’s so cute!
My favorite room is probably the kitchen..
And your house is just SO adorable!


54 Kerri June 25, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Poor spoon and empty room!


55 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 25, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Aww…that has got to be sad saying goodbye to a beautiful room like that. But I’m sure you’ll have an even lovelier room that will hold many new memories for you soon! 😀

My favorite room in my house is my bedroom. It’s smallish, but it lets in a lot of natural lighting and it feels so airy. I’m hoping to paint it a light, beachy blue this summer. 😀


56 Amy June 25, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Thanks for the tip on the dining room paint color. My bedroom is green and wasn’t the right shade at all. That green is perfect! Now I can swing by Lowes and pick it up!


57 lauri Watson June 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Ha!! Too Funny! I dropped my blue spoon yesterday and broke it!! But I super glued it back together= good as new… sort of 😉


58 Kelly June 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm

My favorite room is our “main room” – a living room/dining room/kitchen combo. It took us quite a while to get it completely how we want it, from painting the walls, to buying furniture, to picking art. I love everything about it and will be sad to leave it in a few years when we buy a house.


59 Kelly June 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm

My favorite room is our “main room” – a living room/dining room/kitchen combo. It took us quite a while to get it completely how we want it, from painting the walls, to buying furniture, to picking art. I love everything about it and will be sad to leave it in a few years when we buy a house.


60 [email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ June 25, 2010 at 8:05 pm

It’s so hard to leave a house, all those memories, it’s only going to get tougher.


61 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 25, 2010 at 8:26 pm

That dining room has served A LOT of wonderful food! It’s gotta be very bittersweet to move, but at least you have THOUSANDS of pictures to remember your 1st house by.

I think my favorite room in my house is… my bedroom? : )


62 Hannah June 25, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Your spoon didn’t want to leave the house! :( I’ve just moved into a tiny unit with a friend, so my favourite room would have to be the kitchen -> lounge room area. It’s so cosy with our books and flowers and rugs and yummy foods :)


63 Maria June 25, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I currently live in an apartment with 2 roommates, so my favorite “room” is actually our balcony. We live on the 10th floor and just being out there — whether it be having a cup of tea, reading, studying, or just taking in the day — I really enjoy it!


64 Daniel June 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I believe I spend more time in the kitchen than in my own room. If it weren’t awkward I’d consider moving my bed in there somewhere and just making my life much easier. 😛


65 The Wife of a Dairyman June 25, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I’m going to have to say my favorite room is the kitchen, which is open to the living and dining areas so one can view all from the kitchen area.
It’s always sad to pack up a house…..all the memories.


66 Nicole, RD June 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I do love your dining room! So bright and airy!

My favorite room is definitely my kitchen — cherry cabinets, tiled floors and back splash, granite counters. Love it :) Master bed and bath is a close second, though!


67 andrea June 26, 2010 at 12:39 am

Poor spoon, never had a chance!;)
My favourite room in my house is the kitchen – where i make my coffee in the morning, bake cookies and where everyone gathers while i cook 😉


68 Abby June 26, 2010 at 12:51 am

My favorite room in my house is my bedroom for sure! With the rest of my house being so small, it’s hard to find a place to be alone in the rest of my house. My room is the perfect size for just me, and my bed is a comfy, squishy, queen size that fits perfectly into a little nook, surrounded on 3 sides by wall. I swear, I do everything in my room…eat, sleep, work, etc…even though I hear it’s not good to do work in the place where you rest as it doesn’t promote good sleep habits.


69 lindsey June 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm

your poor spoon was just too stressed about the move. he didnt want to be put in a box with all the spoon rivals.


70 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 27, 2010 at 10:37 am

I’m feeling nostalgic watching the KERF house go!! It’s like watching a favorite show evolve; the stage is changing. 😀



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