Tear Down that (Green) Wall!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends! Tomorrow I will be sharing what this button is all about, so make sure and come back!

During our kitchen remodel last summer, I actually got sentimental as Paul and the boys took the “old green wall” down between the kitchen and the dining room.

(1/2 of it’s down!)

We talked about it as a family – what were the conversations this wall had heard?

If this wall could talk, I wonder what it would tell us?

Do you know how many dinner parties we’ve had next to this wall?

(Carrying out the wall!)

Good conversation is essential to a successful dinner party. Some may say the food is the most important to “wow” your guests, or some may say the atmosphere or ambience is the key, but I say that actually bad conversation can ruin the time spent together!

(Before)

We surround ourselves with good company. And hopefully we inspire and spur each other on to a better life.

(After)

If your walls could talk, what would they say about past dinners held around your table?

And are you having a special St. Patrick’s Day dinner tonight with your family?

(Don’t forget the generous Bush’s Beans GIVEAWAY going on right now. Enter to win as I’ll be announcing the winner on Friday! And next week I’ll be giving away 5 copies of my husband’s new book, 5 Secrets Great Dads Knowyes, 5 copies! And read about last year’s St. Paddy’s Connection, here.

   

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22 Responses to “Tear Down that (Green) Wall!”

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    Elizabeth@LongToLove — March 17, 2010 @ 5:42 am

    Corned Beef and Cabbage for us tonight! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    .-= Elizabeth@LongToLove´s last blog ..The Monday Morning Blues =-.

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    Jessica @ This Blessed Life — March 17, 2010 @ 6:15 am

    Wow, wow, wow, seeing the transformation from that angle is incredible! And no, we’re not doing anything special, even though I’m part Irish. When my son is older I look forward to green eggs and ham and mint ice cream and all of that fun stuff though!
    .-= Jessica @ This Blessed Life´s last blog ..A Topiary For All Seasons =-.

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    Richella — March 17, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

    Oh, if walls could talk. . . . Wouldn’t it be nice if walls could remind us of the loving things we’d said over the years? And maybe the things that made us laugh? But there are some things I’d want them not to remember. This makes me want to guard my words a bit more carefully!

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    The Training Table — March 17, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    Since it went from snowing two days ago to around 60° today, going to try the corned beef on the grill (on the Weber website).

    To quote Dennis Miller … if my walls could talk, they’d probably say, “Seriously, what are we going to do about Grandpa?”

    Slàinte!
    .-= The Training Table´s last blog ..St Patrick’s Day (Updated) =-.

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    ellen b — March 17, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    Love the space with the wall down. Amen to bad conversation ruining an evening. Conversation has to be seasoned well like the food :0)
    Sometimes it’s good to have a plan to steer the conversation down the right road. I had an evening ruined by a guest and he actually apologized later for spoiling the evening with his conversation…
    .-= ellen b´s last blog ..A St. Patrick’s Day Birthday! =-.

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    ellen b — March 17, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s day to you all :0)
    .-= ellen b´s last blog ..A St. Patrick’s Day Birthday! =-.

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    Tara G. — March 17, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    We’ve just moved and have a{nother}} new home. I know that the person assigned to this apartment before us had to host many dinner parties with state officials- I’d love to hear what the walls have to say! We just hosted a team of West Point cadets who are spending their spring break working with some local missionaries this afternoon. Pizza, fruits, chocolate and brownies. So much fun and what a blessing to get to spend time with these young men and their advisors! We had kiwi fruit- does that count toward the Irish?!

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    Kirstin — March 17, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    We don’t have plans for a St. Patty’s dinner. I would love to have some corned beef and cabbage (what my mom always cooked), but I didn’t think ahead when I went grocery shopping to buy it, and I’m not quite sure my family would like it. So we are having lentil and bean soup that I made yesterday.

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    the BLAH BLAH BLAHger — March 17, 2010 @ 9:08 am

    Nothing special planned tonight because I’m going to a work event… : (

    I’d HOPE that if my walls could talk, all they’d remember would be lots and lots of laughter. : )
    .-= the BLAH BLAH BLAHger´s last blog ..No Boil Noodle Lasagna =-.

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    Jane Deere — March 17, 2010 @ 9:36 am

    Oh this so reminds me of remodeling our little old house! I love your site!

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    Stacy — March 17, 2010 @ 10:33 am

    Wow! You did a great job! What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Stacy´s last blog ..Update Your Fireplace =-.

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    Selena — March 17, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    I love seeing the before and after photos. I remember standing in your kitchen having just met you Sandy. One of my favorite days ever.
    .-= Selena´s last blog ..the makings of a blogger =-.

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    Lynne in NC — March 17, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    We’ll be at church for dinner and activities. I’m not sure what’s on the menu.
    Have a blessed evening.
    Peace.

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    Janmary, N Ireland — March 17, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    Happy St Patrick’s Day from N Ireland :)

    We actually don’t eat corned beef here in Ireland – it seems to be an American invention!

    • Kristen replied: — March 17th, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

      Janmary, that is very interesting to me. We are starting a new tradition of hosting friends once a month to try traditional foods from other countries. What would that be for you? Besides, the fish and chips we always hear about. My husband had bangers & mash at an Irish pub recently . . .
      .-= Kristen´s last blog ..A great opportunity =-.

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    Sarah Rachel — March 17, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    I TOTALLY agree on the dinner party conversation! I would love tips! =) I feel like there is a fine balance between fun and interesting questions vs. INVASIVE ones. I might not have found that line yet. ;-)
    .-= Sarah Rachel´s last blog ..Lottery Shmottery. =-.

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    janice — March 17, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

    I think my walls would smile.
    We had out traditional dinner on Monday with friends. I made a Chocolate Guinness Cake for dessert. The leprechauns wreaked a bit of havoc last night. My kids were beyond excited at the mess….
    .-= janice´s last blog ..If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough =-.

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    Kristen — March 17, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

    WOW! I just wanted to say that your kitchen looks amazing. Thanks for all of your inspiration.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..A great opportunity =-.

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    Danielle — March 17, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    Sandy, your kitchen looks awesome! Your posts inspire me to invite people into my home and share more of myself!

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    Charity — March 18, 2010 @ 5:40 am

    We usually have corned beef and cabbage (which I just read in your comments isn’t Irish). This year we had Irish stew, Irish soda bread, and Irish Cream Cake -yum!
    One tradition I try to keep with my children is to read them a wonderful book from Voice Of The Martyrs about the real story of St Patrick – a man who left his home to evangelize a country where he was once a slave. I like for my girls to know there is more behind the holiday than clovers and leprechauns.

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