Garden touring is tiring. And on the prairie it is often hot. So when we were on tour at Linderhof, we baked shortbread cookies for our tour guests and served them in the breakfast room. A place where our tour guests could go to get out of the sun and heat.
Since our garden is mostly herbal, we did herbal shortbread -- lavender, rosemary and orange, and ginger lemon. A nice selection for our guests.
But garden touring is thirsty as well and so we had a jar full of herbal green tea. The jar filled with ice before the tea was poured in, it was a cool drink in a mostly hot day.
The rooster dispenser was a gift from a dear friend and one which I treasure. The sign was a new acquisition from Sur La Table -- slate so you can change as you change your beverage!
The slate sign worked as well on the bee skep that protected the cookies.
Since it was a garden tour, I thought bee skeps would be a great theme for the cookie table. A metal skep under which the cookies were served and two smaller grass ones just to decorate the table. The big skep was from Red Cedar, a favorite garden store of mine. The littlest one was also from there while the bigger one was from a favorite Fort Scott store, Iron Star.
The shortbread is my favorite -- plain, with herbs added, with ginger and lemon. It's a great shortbread and so easy to make.
Our guests enjoyed their brief respite -- and I enjoyed sharing my green tea and my herbal cookies.