This is Day 92 of the Green in 365 series!
By Renee from Joyful Mom:
When my son was just an infant a Mom friend came over to visit. She looked with wide eyes at my very small table with a center piece of freshly picked flowers in a thrift store vase, resting on a hand embroidered doily–“you will NEVER be able to have a table like that when your kid gets older!”
That moment stayed with me. It worried me. Would I really need to give up a simple yet beautiful table when I had a house full of kids? The answer is of course “NO.” What I discovered (after many years) is that she wouldn’t want to have a table like that. In my growing pains as a new mother I learned not to let the style and choices of other moms influence my own.
If your kitchen is anything like mine, it is the center of all the activity. We meet for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, family meetings, unloading backpacks and organizing our schedules. It ALL happens in our kitchen.
Not only do I want my kitchen to be the center of all activity–I want it to be centering for me. The most logical place for centering is the “heart” of my table–the centerpiece. On some days I really need a visual reminder of beauty, calm and peacefulness.
In Spring, I enjoy making a living centerpiece. I have used several different plants for the living center piece–celery, beets, sweet potatoes, a plate full of store bought potted herbs, fennel looks awesome with the white bulb and willowy leaves.
The sprouts tied in a bundle is my current favorite–I love having the kids “harvest” the greens for salads and sandwiches from our kitchen table. The kids also enjoy watching the life cycle of the plants.
I often grow herbs in tiny planters or buy them at the grocery store and simply cover the black pots with scraps of fabric overlapped and pinned. It doesn’t get much easier than this to create a kitchen garden that has beauty and function.
Does your kitchen grow? How do you decorate your table?
Renee is a wife, mom of 4, writer, speaker, creative artist, joy-seeker, a student of life and a teacher of universal lessons. She writes about it all at Joyful Mom–in everything give thanks.
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