Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, May 16, 2008

We love to pamper our guests

We love to have company at Linderhof and pamper and spoil them. The guest room USED to be Daughter Sarah's room but when she left for college in 1994, it slowly transformed from a teenage girl's room to our guest room. Music posters and pictures that decorated the walls were taken down, her personal items and books on the shelves were boxed and taken to her college apartment. The walls were changed from her teal paint to a yellow rose paper and the room decorated accordingly.

Perhaps the biggest change we made was the painting on the ceiling. A huge (for it's almost six feed wide) medallion around the light fixture. Inspired by a wee picture I saw in a very old Victoria magazine. It makes the light fixture seem more important and gives interest to the plain white ceiling.
We love to dress the bed with duvet and pillows, fresh fluffy towels in a basket for our guests along with wee lavender soap and a bag of homemade bath salts.

And we pamper our guests at breakfast as well -- freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked muffins greet them when they come downstairs. It's strawberry time and what better way to use the glut of fresh strawberries than in company muffins.

Strawberry Muffins

2 1/4 c. sifted all-purpose flour
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sliced strawberries

Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat eggs, blend in oil, vanilla and milk. Add liquid to dry ingredients. Stir quickly just until moistened. Spoon into well greased 2 1/2 muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack. Serve warm.


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