I learned a good lesson from my mom – If you don’t have exactly what you need, improvise. I think I’m still learning how to do that, but have found that it’s getting easier as I’ve gotten older. The other day I was making a microwave mug chocolate cake and had just used the last of my milk. I only needed 3 tablespoons, so I improvised with Peppermint Mocha Cream. It worked fine (though I didn’t think the cake recipe was worth repeating).
Another area of improvising is in decorating. I’ve watched my mom take a picture of a mantle or tabletop in a magazine and go around the house finding things to mimic the look. She didn’t always have exactly what she needed, so she improvised.
Yesterday I did the same thing in my kitchen. I’d seen a really pretty table scape and did what I could to copy it. Here’s the photo from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine:
Of course I left the baskets of silverware and linens off because I only wanted to use this as a centerpiece.
It really does refresh me to add something pretty and something different to the kitchen table. It can be easy to just plunk the same centerpiece down. Why not look in a magazine (or Google images on-line) and find something you love, then try to mimic it on your kitchen table? Remember to improvise on the items you don’t have. Add some sparkle and beauty to the place your family gathers for mealtime, and I just bet you’ll be refreshed.
See you in church Sunday!
Lots of love,