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.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

A Spring Tea

I'm joining in the Chocolate Cookie Spring Party sponsored by Cielo, The House in the Roses

What better for Spring than chocolate?
It's too cold (and rainy) this first day of Spring to be outside on the prairie and so our tea shall be inside -- in the warmth and comfort of our breakfast room which overlooks the back garden.

But it's not friendly having tea by oneself so I have invited a dear friend to join me. We shall sip tea, enjoy the chocolate cookies, and watch the antics of the birds in the garden.

They ARE chocolate. But the chocolate is inside. Chocolate chunks. It makes for a tasty cookie.

They are easy to make, served slightly warm so the chocolate is melting as you bite into a cookie.

A great way to celebrate spring!

The breakfast room table has one of our Easter rabbits as a centerpiece. A tall bunny loaded with carrots and other vegetables in his backpack.

I love blue and white especially the English dishes -- be it for dinner or tea. These are by Wedgwood and are the Asiatic Pheasant pattern. It is a tea set -- the pot, sugar and creamer, cups, saucers and dessert plates make up the service. We take our tea plain (as does our guest) and so the pot, cups and saucers and plates are on the table.

The cookies are on a pedastal cake plate -- piled high because you can't eat just one!

Celebrating spring should be done with tea and cookies and while we sip and munch, we admire the daffodils and grape hyacinths that are struggling in the cold and wet that the first day of Spring brings to the prairie.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such a wonderful tea party. I love the tea set and the precious bunny is gorgeous. I love to sit by the window and look out and watch nature. Just a perfect setting. Hugs, Marty

CIELO said...

Martha, is is gorgeous... I feel I'm there with you, sitting by that beautiful window.... spring is here! Yesterday the twig was brown and bare; today the glint of green is there; tomorrow will be leaflets spare; I know no thing so wondrous fair, no miracle so strangely rare. I wonder what will next be there! ~L.H. Bailey

Have a joyful spring!


Mary Bergfeld said...

Alice would envy your tea party. It's gorgeous.

Blondie's Journal said...


This is such a beautiful post! I love blue & white. I only wish we had the recipe for the deletable cookies!


HalfCrazy said...

Hi there!

Ooh, there must be ounces of chocolate in that photo up there! A great way to gain some calories, hahaha! I so need 'em right now.

Those cookies look yummy, I love the saucy table setting you did!

I can almost the chocolate chunks inside LOL.

Much Love,

HalfCrazy said...

I mean I can almost taste the chocolate chunks.

bj said...

Oh, everything is just gorgeous.
Thank you for the time it took to do this for us....
Happy Spring

Penny said...

Love your blog. It has inspired me to do more cottage shots when I return to Lake Lure. You need to join the Barefoot Bloggers by the way.

Anonymous said...

Hi Martha, you welcomed spring in a lovely way. It may surprise you but the day I did my tea party it was cold and windy. However the sun was shining. The table cloth on my table was blowing like crazy and looks uneven. I did have fun and it is obvious you did too. the cookies do look delicious and we take are tea straight too.

Have a beautiful Sunday.


CIELO said...

Had to come back here this morning to say thanks again... I love love the way you have arrange everything on that cozy table by the window, the tea set, the plates, the cookies, everythings looks so inviting.... thanks for participating in welcoming Spring…. Enjoy every minute of it!

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love! (Sitting Bull)


Abby Lanes said...

Oh Yum! Your party and food looks and sounds delicious! You have a lovely blog and home. Thanks for welcoming Spring and me in such an inviting way! Cheers! Abby

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and your gracious comments. I do so appreciate how you are always so kind. Thanks, Hugs, Marty

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Martha, Thank you for having such a wonderful party. How cozy to sit by your window and look out at the garden. Your cookies look just so yummy. It would be hard to have just one.

Love your blue and white dishes too. Thank you for stopping by my party today too. So nice to meet you.
Have a great week.
Celestina Marie

Charlene said...

I was so sorry to miss the tea (I was very late but Cielo said we could still join in late) & I enjoyed the party so much. Your table is beautiful & your cookies look divine. But, it does look like it is still cold outside that window. Is that snow on the ground? Glad you stayed inside.

Marja Rijnsburger said...

Your table is beautiful and the bleu and white tea set is lovely. It was such fun to participate in the chocolate cookies spring party. I visit some great, and new blogs. i will be back to visit you again.
greetings Marja