Spring refresh … mindful additions for the kitchen

Gathering as a family of five (with a ravenous teenage boy) revolves mostly around our kitchen, the heart of our home. We designed our living spaces to be very open so the kitchen and dining spaces flow into the other areas of the home. Although I love this light filled gathering space most of the time, some days it would be nice to close the door and not look at the mess created by our love of food and cooking! It’s a well loved and well used workhorse of the home and this roundup highlights some socially conscious products to freshen up your kitchen + dining space and some cookbook inspiration to plan those family meals.

Modern Potluck by Kristin Donnelly – I have this book on hold at the library and it looks like it will have some great, healthy food for sharing, taking to family gatherings, and packing for travel. (have I mentioned my love for reviewing a book from the library before purchasing! I do cherish my collection of cookbooks but in order to pare down and minimize, I only buy my absolute favorites).

Saira Napkin Set, Local + Lejos – The purchase of each napkin set provides school for a child for one month. Local + Lejos works with many artisans around the world and also provides them with training and resources.

Linen Napkins, The Everyday Napkin Co. – So many great linens here! They are handmade in the USA with remnants of found fabric that would otherwise be wasted.

Green Kitchen Travels by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl – This book is a collection of recipes from one of my favorite food bloggers that I’ve followed for years and also list on my resource list for healthy food. So many healthy recipes perfect for inspiring those family meals.

Orozco tea towel, Minna Goods – These tea towels are made in a small village outside of Oaxaca City, Mexico. Minna Goods partners with master weavers in Mexico, Guatemala, and Uruguay,

Zera serving tray, Local and Lejos For each purchase of a Zera Serving Tray the artisan is able to pay for annual health insurance for one family member.

Market stripe towel, Minna Goods – Woven by a man named Manuel in the village of Nahuala, Guatemala.

Wild olive wood appetizer serving set, Connected Goods – Handcrafted by fair trade Kamba artisans in Kenya. Connected Goods helps to supports the artisan that made the product and also shares their stories and life experiences.

Naturally Nourished by Sara Britton – One more favorite food blogger that I’ve followed for years at My New Roots. This one infuses her healthy spin on food with a collection of recipes that are easy to follow and practical for family life.

Emerson reclaimed wood table, West Elm -This dining table is made from reclaimed pine, FSC certified, and can expand from a 72″ to 93″ table for larger gatherings. West Elm also collaborates with worldwide artisans to provide these socially conscious products


Find more healthy recipes for your family here on my recipe page and the photos below are of our happy place, but much, much cleaner than usual!! These light filled lovely photos are by Sarah Sweeney.