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.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Friends for Tea

I have tea every afternoon -- between 3:30 and 4:30. It's a ritual. Mostly it's hot tea except in the heat of a July or August afternoon when the humidity is 100% and temps are also close to that century mark -- then it's iced tea (and iced tea -- not ice tea for the hot tea is iced!)

And I love to have friends for tea -- especially friends of Lines from Linderhof. For anyone who comes to my part of the prairie, the doors to Linderhof are open and the kettle is on!!!!

This afternoon a Lines from Linderhof reader was invited to tea along with her friend who is also a friend of mine.

It was a busy day for me, but no matter how busy, I still stop for tea . . . and a nosh and I always welcome company.
The Wedgwood -- in blue and white, of course. Along with my silver sugar carrier (for cubes) and my smallest curate with cookies.
I love blue and white china and found this set eons ago -- it's the Asiatic Pheasant pattern (I think every pottery in England makes the Asiatic Pheasant pattern) and of course, besides blue and white I love anything with birds. That's what makes this such a great tea set!
I rushed home to make some cookies for tea -- shortbread which are a favorite of mine. Alas, my butter was too hard and so I zapped it -- but for too long -- it was too soft and the cookies spread -- shortbread never spreads -- but mine did! A quick taste test told me that although not as pretty as they should be the buttery flaky flavor was there.
A pot of tea, a curate of shortbread, stiffly ironed tea napkins and a "tea" spoon. With birds in the garden (as well as on the tea cups) and Mozart on the stereo, it's a great way to while away an hour of a Spring afternoon.

It's Tuesday -- please join Lady Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor for Tea Time Tuesday and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday and Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday. It's always fun when Tuesday has been a special tea time -- then I get to "play" thrice!

The shortbread recipe -- which came from my grandmother who got it from her Scottish grandmother -- it's easy and goes together well -- just remember to put the butter out the night before!

Grandma Dodson's Scotch Shortbread

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter

Mix flour and sugar and then blend butter in well. (I use a food processor -- Grandma didn't -- she used her hands!)

Divide dough in half and pat about 1/2 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter (I like to use rounds, squares or oblongs). Prick with a fork and bake at 325 for 25 to 30 minutes.

Let cool.


Niki said...

oooooooh...I love your dishes! Check my blog at the beginning of next week. I am hosting my wonderful Mother in Law's Birthday party at my house. It is "tea" themed...with blue, white and yellow.

Hope you enjoyed your tea this afternoon!!!

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, I love shortbread! I like to keep some in th freezer and just take 1 or 2 out as the coffeepot goes on- by the time it's ready, the cookie is perfect Such a lovely tea setting!
xoxo Pattie

Unknown said...

Beautiful tea set.

D.B. said...

Oh Martha! That sounds like heaven. I love to make and eat shortbread. I am going to try the coleslaw recipe tomorrow. That tea set is so beautiful. I have a pheasant thing, as well as a blue and white thing. Unfortunately, in a fit of defeatism, I put my collection in the "estate sale." Oh well, no room at the Ranch for them anyway.

Beth said...

Martha, your teaset is so lovely! The shortbread sounds great! I enjoy reading your blog and thanks for inviting me to tea today!
Blessings to you, Beth

house things said...

Sounds like my kind of recipe. Less than 5 ingredients.

The china is lovely and so is your afternoon tea custom.

Victoria said...

Gorgeous post..I love your tea set..and such beautiful photos..magical! Lovely recipe!!
Happy Tea!

Jane said...

Thanks for sharing your tea with us. I am printing the recipe to try some time.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love shortbread cookies! They are in my top 3 favorite cookies. Your tea set is beautiful!

Pondside said...

Nothing beats a good cup of tea - but a buttery shortbread is always welcome!

Anonymous said...

I would have loved to have been there at your tea party. Your dishes are so pretty! I love the blue and white.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Very pretty blue and white tea! How nice to take tea daily, I would love to do that, but it gets pretty hot here in FL! I do drink tea for breakfast daily.

I bet the shortbread melts in your mouth!


xinex said...

Ooooh, I love shortbread. Thanks for the recipe, looks pretty easy. Your blue tea cups are so pretty, Martha!...Christine

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love afternoon tea. And in the summer I make hot tea and then ice it, just like you do. Your shortbread looks delicious! My best friend makes delicious shortbread. (She is Canadian.)

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

I also love anything with birds and this pattern is a're many potters produced some form of Asiatic Pheasants. Your shortbread sounds so yummy and seems easy to prepare so I'll have to try it out!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I love your beautiful tea set and I admire you for sticking to the ritual of tea in the afternoon.
I think we should all take a lesson from you and relax , step back and have a cup of tea in the afternoon to put life in prespective! What a wonderful idea and I thik I am going to give it a try!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Ohhhhh! I love tea and shortbread! Thanks for the recipe -- My grandmother's family came from Scottland too. I'll have to give this a try.

bj said...

aHHH...this looks so delightful. Love your pretty cups..and, spread out shortbread is very good!! :)

Terri said...

You set such an inspiring tea, it makes me want to come at 3:30 to join you!
Your blue and white is so lovely, and your cookies look fab even if they did spread!
Thank you for sharing with us!
Hugs to you,

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh how lovely. You always set the most beautiful teas. Love your pretty blue and white and the shortbreads look wonderful. They're my favorite, love the buttery flavor. I would love to join you. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Mary Bergfeld said...

Another lovely tea, Martha. Your table always looks beautiful. The tea set is quite lovely. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Bunnym said...

Besides the beauty of the tea set and the envy of your little sugar holder, your post is so inviting. I feel like I could walk right in, have a seat and start up a conversation...with a cookie in my Perfect! Have a wonderful week.


Theresa said...

What a lovely tea set and post. Thank you so much for sharing your shortbread recipe for it is one of my favorite cookies!! Today will be a great day to try it out as it is raining again here~
All my best,
Theresa MsartistSewCrafty

Tina said...

I had no idea shortbread was that simple to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll have my YellowBoy make some for his next cooking lesson! Your tea set is just lovely!

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

How wonderful to have afternoon tea everyday! Loving the blue and white of your teacups!! Thank you for sharing your shortbread recipe! Must try it! Hugs!

The Norwegian said...

You know, even though supposedly the shape of these cookies is not for "show"...I love them! Imperfect cookies are always the best.

Terri Gordon said...

Oh, your tea set is just beautiful, I love the pattern, and I love shortbread, thank you so much for the wonderful recipe, I can't wait to try it. Have a wonderful week. Terri

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: What a wonderful idea, to have tea every afternoon. I just might try to do that. I want so bad to be invited to your house. Your tea cups are stunning and your table is beautifully set. Too bad you are states away. Thank you for sharing and being a part of TT, it would not be the same without you. I can't wait to see what you will share next week. Blessings, Martha

Lady Katherine said...

How lovely your Tea Is! How I wish I could stop by one afternoon! I just love your blue and white Wedgewood China! The teapot is so pretty, I adore the curate filled with the wonderful shortbread cookies! What a great recipe from your Grandmother! I will have to try it! The silver sugar carried I have never seen one! I am in love! lol Thank you for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday again today! I so love your Tea!

Rita said...

Oh Martha,
what a lovely first visit to your blog and youstay assure it won't be the last.
Love the style at Linderhof (someting German in the name????) and your Wedgwood transferwaare teaset is to die for. I adore transferware and white and blue is ma fave color for a teaset while I rind red mor suitable for dinnerware.
thank you for sharing and, despite the fact that i was a wee bit jealous for your marvelous set, i would have truly enjoyed to have tea and shortbread with you.
A bientot

Vicki said...

Hello, Martha,
Oh, that Wedgwood tea set is so pretty and elegant. Your cookies look delicious, too. Thank you for sharing your recipe that has been handed down through the generations. I hope you have a week full of sunshine and springtime! Vicki

Americana Lady said...

Shortbread and a little jam is so good with tea, yum...Joan