Fresh + Fake + Fun Tables

Decorating from the yard using the fresh + fake + fun method will bring you comfort and joy this holiday season. And it is so easy and will heal your soul.

I learned how to decorate from my yard several years ago, completely by accident, but let me tell you, I have never looked back.  It is so easy and so fun, and I am going to show you exactly how to do it today.

If you aren’t bringing the outdoors in, you must try it!! I know you will love it.

Step One:

Start by shopping the yard.  Just go on a nature hunt and see what you can find.  You would be surprised at how much is out there!  It will inspire you and get you in the decorating spirit!

Sounds crazy but by the road, along the fences, and wood lines are JACKPOT!! Start there! Then venture around the rest of the yard to see what you can find. Here this stiff, branchy shrub is growing at my neighbors. I don’t think they will miss a few branches do you?? Think texture and shades. We want all the greens!! These are coming with me.

Pro Tip: Some favorite branches to grab are ligustrum, citrus, elaeagnus (pictured), boxwood, and magnolia.

Remember the stiffer the branch the longer they will hold up, but too stiff (like oak) and they won’t lay properly.

While you are quarantining your branches, weeds, wildflowers, and anything else you can find outside, come in and set the table. This helps you to see how much room you truly have.

It also sets the vibe. Choose a table runner and fun, festive plates to add to the character of the table.

Pro Tip: You definitely don’t have to use table runners for table runners. Burlap, random fabric, and even wrapping paper all work great. You do want layers though, so find something.

Now lay down the base with the fresh goods you gathered. Here I have ligustrum, magnolia, and boxwood. More can be added later, but I like to get my base started.

Pro Tip: Lay the flat branches first. And let the cut ends meet in the middle. You don’t want to have cut ends where they are visible, so just let them all meet in the middle and then cover them with your fake and fun.

You can see here that my base was a table runner, then a piece of fabric laid on top. But check out my wrapping paper tablecloth. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Best decision ever.

I also added some dehydrated satsumas to this table. They take a table from zero to festive instantly. Don’t leave them out.

Pro Tip: Lay all branches flat and avoid anything tall. It makes it hard to chat across the table.

Here Are Some More Fresh + Fake + Fun Tables

Why The Garden Is Magic

Is this gorgeous? Yes! Is it delicious? Of course! But is it magic? Absolutely. And I am going to show you why.

The Garden Is Magic Because of the Gardener Who Grows It

If you have never experienced a gardener before, let me just tell you how much your world needs you to be the one.

You need to be the gardener of your circle. Your group needs you! Why? Because the garden will help you bring the magic to those around you in soul healing ways. It will change your entire world. The garden will heal your soul when you grow it, and it will heal the souls of those around you when you share. IT IS MAGIC!

Meet Mrs. Claire

Mrs. Claire and her daughter Jenny enrolled in the Kitchen Garden Academy for the do-over season, and she grew and grew and grew. Now, like the rest of us, she is trying to maximize every inch of available space in her beds for fall while keeping her summer veggies for as long as she can. It is hard to say to goodbye to eggplants when they are loaded in fruit. I get it. But as her garden coach, she needs me to steer her in the direction that I know is best. So we scheduled a visit to Mrs. Claire’s backyard to help her make those tough decisions.

She counted 29 eggplants growing.

But it was so much more than that. It always is. The garden is magic like that.

We got to talking and digging in to what was the truest desires of Mrs. Claire’s garden and her family shined through and through. Her husband is getting ready to retire. Her daughter is gardening with her. She and her sister are trading plants, and she is growing like she could have never imagined.

What really blew her away was her ability to grow a Cucuzza squash, using her wooden fence for a trellis to save space. What she really couldn’t believe is that she could grow an heirloom vegetable that she grew up eating in her New Orleans home as a young girl. And what she still can’t get over is that she could do it with seeds that have been saved from a New Orleans garden since 1938. These could be the same seeds her momma cooked with. These seeds cannot be bought. This plant is one that most people have never heard of, but Mrs. Claire’s Italian momma cooked Cucuzza squash all summer long, and now she is able to do the same exact thing for her family. And it brings her so much joy!

In fact, before I left, Mrs Claire gifted me with a Cucuzza squash from her garden with the recipe that she grew up eating and now cooks for her family. Cucuzza casserole. This tremendous gift is not lost on me. In fact it is inspiring. It is a beautiful reminder of what really matters in this life. Family, tradition, gathering around the table, and making memories that will last a lifetime.

This squash has now been passed on to this Cajun girl who had never heard of it before, and it is now become a tradition that I never want to lose. I want to gather my family around the table and serve Cucuzza squash like Mrs. Claire’s Italian family, and the Soprano’s, and the other Italian families that we love to see enjoying a family meal. You know that feeling. We all know that feeling. It is family. It is tradition. It is memories. And I want every single part of it.

I came home and prepared the casserole, following her recipe, and I gathered my husband and my children around the table, and I made memories. We laughed and we talked and next time I’m inviting extended family, boyfriends, neighbors, and anyone else I can think of because THIS IS THE SECRET! It is the magic of the garden.


Cucuzza casserole was a hit, but do you know the best part? The best part is that I get to do it again and again and again because my garden is full of veggies and is full of the potential of memories and tradition and laughter and family. It is what we were created for as mommas….to love and nurture and cultivate the goodness in our families, in our world. And the garden makes it so easy.

When we share a basket of veggies….

Or we share a bouquet of flowers….

Or bring our kiddos out to the garden….

We are impacting our world in ways that can never be fully understood until it happens. Don’t let one more season go by without a garden that grows like a wild child.

Our method will give you a garden that easy, beautiful, and overproducing, but what you will find is so much more. There is magic in that space. Magic for you and magic for everyone around you.

Join the Academy TODAY, and come grow with us! You will be amazed at how your world changes.

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