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.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

It's Six O Clock . . .

Every evening at six o'clock, husband Jim and I stop what we're doing . . . for the work day is done and it is

"Martini Time"

Husband Jim makes the perfect martini -- gin, if you please with just a soupcon of vermouth and two olives. Shaken not stirred until it is cool icy perfection. A thin skin of ice seems to float on the top.

And we have just one for he always seems to make just enough for two glasses -- there are no leftovers and there is no second martini.We usually have our martinis in the breakfast room overlooking the garden. We talk of our day and sometimes the smell of dinner is wafting out of the kitchen to make us realize that soon we shall also be fed.
Spring and summer often finds us on the patio if the weather isn't too hot -- among the birds and flowers. While we enjoy our drink, dinner is often on the grill and then we dine outside.

Just occasionally, we'll have our martini on the screened in front porch. It's a summertime favorite when it's too hot to really be outside for it's on the east side of the house.

We feel that a cold icy martini is the perfect way to end the day and begin the evening and we like our martini ritual at Linderhof.


Linda said...

I just discovered your blog through Judy's Kitchen and am having a wonderful time exploring your posts and pictures of your lovely home. Although I love my house, I still fancy myself in an older home someday--one that has history and charm! For now, I will add your blog to my favorites and live vicariously. ;)

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

The Trout and I would be right there joining you with a martini. It is something we never did when we were younger and had children and were working. But, as retired folk, it is a treat and we do enjoy it also.

Southerncook said...

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this post and the afternoon delight is a winner IMO.


Pondside said...

I could just taste that martini - and it's only just past 7 in the morning! What a lovely ritual you've established.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Martha!
One olive or two? I loved this post. So beautiful with the martini glasses and then showing the table area. Isn't it wonderful to have simple things to look forward to? Thanks for stopping by, as always I love to see my blogger friends stop by. Country Hugs, Sherry

niartist said...

Oh yes, Martini me anytime! :) I am a schmancy martini person - so the ole' stand by of gin and vermouth with an olive or dilly bean is great, but I prefer the fruitier. Have you had the French Martini? Chambourd, Vodka, Pineapple Juice, and a hint of lime? Mmm - I shouldn't thinking about alcohol while I'm at work - but that sounds divine!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM I love your patio pretty it all looks...I'll pass on the drink tho..May you have a great weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Mary Bergfeld said...

I'll be right over. Martha, has anyone ever told you how civilized you are :-).

Deanna said...

Your lovely breakfast room over looking the garden is lovely.

I'd have fun spending time sitting here and thinking about life.

God Bless,

Bill said...

There's nothing more sophisticated than a classic martini, is there?

Maybe it's the glasses they're served in ... or our memories of legendary Hollywood stars sipping them on the silver screen.

I like mine with vodka (and a little "dirty), but I know gin is the "gold standard" ingredient.
A friend keeps raving about chocolate martini's ... I don't know ... I like chocolate ... I like a good martini .... I think I'll pass on the combo!

Stop by and see me sometime!

Bye for now,

Judy said...

What beautiful photos of a beautiful home and garden. How I wish I could share a martini with you both.

Nancy Yoakum said...

I love Martinis. I bought Dan-the-Man a shaker for his birthday and a Martini mixer book. It's been fun trying new flavors, but right now we are on a gin and tonic with key lime kick. So refreshing!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

It's not as much about the martini as it is sitting down and enjoying that recap of the day with your husband. We call it "Wine Time' here ;) It's a wonderful time of the day whether in the living room in winter or on the patio in summer. It's a very special part of our daily routine.

You have such a lovely patio!

Martha said...

Yes, we've had a French martini -- but our martini of choice is gin with a hint of vermouth, and a bit dirty, if you please!

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