Here's one last element of Kitchen Keeping for us: bring the outside in. We made a resolution a long time ago to always keep flowers on the kitchen table. Sometimes this is just a small grocery-store bouquet; sometimes it's a flowering herb plant. It brightens up our kitchen and makes us feel finished, settled and snug in a way that a clean kitchen alone cannot.
This arrangement was one of our favorites - bells of Ireland, miniature sunflowers, and a couple gorgeous lilies. Try using arrangements of fresh squash or late vegetables too.