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.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Lemonade Stand Award

The Lemonade Stand Award is presented to people with a good attitude or sense of gratitude.
However, it comes with a few rules:

Receipients are asked to:

Post the award on your blog
Nominate 10 other blogs and link to them.
Send some love back to the person who bestowed the award on you by: a/telling them who you gave it to and posting a link to their site.
Let your nominees know that they've received the award.

I was so pleased to find that I have been awarded the Lemonade Stand Award -- by one of my favorite bloggers -- Toad of To the Manor Born.

I feel very honored and am humbled by what Toad wrote: The award for best food, drink and comfort blog is awarded to Martha of Lines from Linderhof. As Martha knows all too well, I'd rather eat asphalt than my veggies, and I will eat asphalt before laying a tooth into cheese, yet I am addicted to Martha's recipes especially for things I wouldn't touch with a fork. I know Martha will make lemonade, and add just a touch of something I would have never thought of, and it will be memorable. Thank you Martha.
And not to let Toad down, I do have lemonade for 10 of my favorite bloggers. But not ordinary lemonade but rather lavender lemonade -- with the recipe to follow!

I bestow the Lemonade Stand Award to:

Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for I adore her blog (and who wouldn't adore someone who has each and every decorating book that I do!), love participating in her Tablescape Thursdays and her Met Mondays (when there is a Metamorphis at Linderhof).

Susan from A Southern Daydreamer whom I knew I would adore when I first found her blog and the blue and white table appeared. I love her Outdoor Wednesdays.

Judy from Judy's Kitchen. A fellow columnist for her local paper. She was in my neck of the woods this weekend at a pie contest. How cool is that?

Elizabeth from A Home is Where the Heart Is. She and her husband Gary are a sweet couple and I enjoy reading her posts.

Carolyn from A Southerner's Notebook. A dear friend from long ago food boards. We are truly kindred spirits even though I'm a prairie girl and she's a southern girl. Although we've never met, I feel as if we've been friends forever and I treasure her friendship.

Pat from Back Porch Musings. She, too, blogs from the midwest and we have visited some of the same places although we've never met. Hers was one of the first blogs I ever stumbled on oh so many moons ago.

Cass from That Old House. I look forward to each new post and another adventure at That Old House. Cass and I share the love of Johnson Brothers Indies dishes . . . and a love of old houses.

Susan from Savoring Time in the Kitchen. I feel Susan and I are kindred spirits in the kitchen and if it wasn't for Susan I wouldn't have those great red lion's head bowls!

Becky from Random Musings of a Deco Lady. Another old food board friend. Whenever I read her posts, I feel her smile radiating from the monitor.

Mary from One Perfect Bite. Another old food board friend whom I always admired and then lost touch with. Was so happy to find her again at One Perfect Bite with her interesting stories about great recipes.

And now as promised . . . the recipe for the lavender lemonade. Made super simple by using frozen lemonade concentrate!

Lavender Lemonade

1/4 cup lavender flowers (fresh or dried)
1 cup boiling water
12 ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 quart water

Cover the lavender flowers with the boiling water and let steep 10 minutes. Strain. Combine lavender infusion with lemonade concentrate. Add 1 quart water. Chill and serve over ice. In lavender season, decorate with fresh lavender sprigs. At other times, garnish with sliced lemons.


Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Martha...Congrats on your well-deserved reward! And you are sweetie to share it with me! I will be sure to post it to the "Award" post I have in my sidebar. Thanks again for thinking of me...soooo appreciate your sweet words and friendship!
:-) Susan

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Congrats on the award.... and thank you for thinking of me!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Congratulations on the award. You so deserve it and many more. Hugs, Marty

Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, congratulations of your award and thank you so much for thinking of me.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Congratulations on receiving this award, Martha!

Thank you so much for passing it along to me!

Lori E said...

Way to go. Congratulations.
I hope to make this with the one and only lavender plant to survive this winter.

Southerncook said...


Congratulations on receiving this award. I cannot think of anyone who should receive it more. Your blog is always so intersting, fun and inspiring.

Thank you so much for passing it on to me. You are such a dear lady and yes we are kindred spirits.


Judy said...

Martha, Thank you so much for sharing your award with me.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Congratulations on receiving the award, Martha! I so appreciate you thinking of me too and totally agree regarding 'kindred spirits' so many areas :) Thank you!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Please stop by my blog and my Three or More Tuesday post.... I have an award for you..... Make sure you pick up the right award... I selected it just for you! Thanks! ~ Susan

Pondside said...

Lavendar is one thing that the deer don't eat, so we have a few varieties growing around the pond. I'll come back to this recipe when the flowers are in bloom and treat The Great Dane to a cool drink on the veranda.....and maybe one of those delicious-looking macaroons.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Dear Martha, First, congratulations on your own well-deserved award! And thank you so much for the Lemonade Award --love it!

I am going to try a few lavender plants this year -- and if I'm successful, I will try your Lavender Lemonade recipe. It looks SO good, and so different.

You are the most amazing hostess -- gracious, talented, thoughtful. I'm honored to share a love of Indies Blue with you!