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Old 04-23-2014, 10:43 PM   #61
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All these beautiful, functional kitchens, I am jealous.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:19 AM   #62
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Today I learned that I need a peninsula to keep people out of the kitchen...
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:41 AM   #63
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Today I learned that I need a peninsula to keep people out of the kitchen...
Having an island like the one in my photo above will do the trick too. with chars on the outside of the island, plus having the kitchen/dining/living room all on one great room means that you are never out the group. I can be sitting here at my computer desk and still be in the discussion in the kitchen. It's compact living without feeling cramped (we have some 1400 square feet of deck wrapped around the great room).
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:25 AM   #64
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Mom had slate floors in her kitchen and one day she grabbed a piece of chalk and drew a line on the floor announcing, "NO kids or cats beyond this line, when I'm fixing dinner!" It was funny to watch the cats get up to the line and then lean over so far to watch her. Pupdog (a cat not a kid) actually fell over the line, you never saw a cat jump up and run so fast.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:54 AM   #65
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Here in Boston when you are looking at ads for an apartment, the big seller is EIK. Eat In Kitchen. That means it is big enough to put a table and chairs in it and still have room to work. Until I moved into an efficiency apartment, I always had an EIK. It was the place where the whole family got together at meal time. And it was where my second husband proposed to me while he watched me cooking supper. So whether you have an island or EIK, it still is the center of family living.

It was where I and my first husband taught our kids to become great cooks. Every night one of my kids was in the kitchen with me sitting at the table peeling veggies, breading fish or other meat, etc. When they became old enough, they stood at the stove turning the meat or eggs, bacon, and watching other foods. My youngest daughter loved to sit at the table and read my husband's copy of the JOC, original first edition.

There was no radio or TV in my kitchen, ever. Family sounds were all you were ever going to hear.
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Today I learned that I need a peninsula to keep people out of the kitchen...
Crime scene tape works too.
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Crime scene tape works too.
Electric fence and a stun gun too.
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Electric fence and a stun gun too.
Nothing says "welcome to my home" like an electric fence and a stun gun!



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Crime scene tape works too.

A great idea! I have trouble keeping folks out of the way as well but have found that having an open wine bottle on the other side of the island and a few glasses, helps ;)
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Today I learned that I need a peninsula to keep people out of the kitchen...
Unfortunately that doesn't work. I have a peninsula and people still seem to want to congregate in my kitchen work area.

I start off by throwing out passive-aggressive hints, like "Excuse me, can I get around you?" When all else fails, I've found that the best way to handle it is to say in a loud and clear voice, "I need people to clear out of the kitchen.... NOW PLEASE".

It's not subtle, but I guarantee it's effective.
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