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, May 20, 2010

The Breakfast Room

The breakfast room is a special place. It's small -- 8 x 14 -- but it's big on living. Not having an eat-in kitchen, it fulfills the option of eating somewhere other than the dining room.

On the table, there is always some flowers . . . .
This bouquet is some lovely white streaked purple iris -- a late bloomer, along with sage and sorrel blossoms. In a new glass vase which, I think, showcases the flowers.

It's where we start the day -- first with the paper and a pot of tea and then with breakfast.
And our view -- the back garden which is lovely in summer as it is in winter.

And we never tire of the view -- it's as much fun to watch the garden waken in the spring as it is to watch the falling snow in the winter.

At half past three every day that I'm home, I'll stop for a cup of tea and a nosh -- in the breakfast room!
Every evening at 6 p.m., no matter where we are, we gather together in the breakfast room for our evening martini. It's a ritual and one that we miss if we have other plans! Simple and straightforward, it's a classic gin martini complete with 2 olives!

After dinner, dessert and coffee are taken in the breakfast room.

This is a wonderful almond poppyseed cake. It's made in a sheet pan so there's always plenty -- for an extra dessert before bedtime, for an afternoon nosh with tea, or for a snack with morning coffee if company comes.

A new purchase this year is our sideboard. Very Victorian and I think very English, it's a great piece and a practical piece for it's loaded with storage for teapots and tea cups and bits of silver.

It's Friday which means that's it's time for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum. Please join her to see what else is cooking this Friday.

And also, please stop by My Romantic Home for it's Show and Tell Friday -- I'm bragging about my Little Breakfast Room -- probably the most favorite room in our whole house. A lot of living in a little space!


3 eggs
2 1/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. milk
1 c. vegetable oil
1 1/2 t. each of almond extract, vanilla and butter flavoring
3 c. flour
4 1/2 t. poppy seeds
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. salt

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, milk, oil, extracts and butter flavoring. Combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt; add to the egg mixture just until combined. Spread into a greased 15 x 10 inch pan. Bake at 350 for 20 -25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.


2 T. Butter
2 to 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 to 3 T. milk

In a mixing bowl, combine the glaze ingredients, mix until smooth. Frost bars.


Pondside said...

I don't know if I can talk The Great Dane into adding a breakfast room, much as I'd love to have one. You take such pleasure in yours - it's infectious!

Really Rainey said...

I love your breakfast room! What a wonderful cozy place and it sounds like it gets used or much more than breakfast... Like you and hubby having your martini's together there too... Too sweet...

Have a great week end!

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh, I drool over that sideboard every time! And the cake is going right into my file- PERFECT for afternoon snacking
xoxo Pattie

Amy said...

Wonderful breakfast room. It's where memories are made for sure. I agree also...your sideboard is wonderful!

Lynn said...

Your breakfast room is lovely, what a great view and the cake looks yummy!

The Blackwood Cottage said...

Ooohh, I love your home, your drinks, and the drink schedule! You are living my definition of the good life. Enjoy!

bj said...

You have such a lovely home...
We enjoy our little breakfast room, too, but it sure isn't as pretty as your's. :)
That cake looks awesome!!

Ann said...

That new sideboard is awesome. It looks very English to me. And your breakfast area if beautiful.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

What a nice room and the food looks awesome, too!!

Unknown said...

When I visited last year I kept thinking--- "love her breakfast room".

Love that you stop in the afternoon for tea.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Almond is definitely one of my favorite flavors. Thanks so much for sharing what looks to be a wonderful recipe. I can't wait to give it a try.


Bee Haven Bev said...

Lovely blog, Martha! Thanks for stopping by Bee Haven Acres!!!

You have a beautiful home...thanks for sharing it.


April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

What a lovely breakfast room! Thanks for sharing your recipe - I just bought some poppy seeds and was thinking about how to use them!

Susan Freeman said...

I love your sideboard! My Daddy used to have a martini every night when he came home from work. It was quite a ritual. My Mom would make the martini's in their favorite shaker and chill the glasses in the fridge. Then they would sit down in the living room and discuss their day with their martinis. Mom would make me a Shirley Temple in a pretty champagne glass and it made me feel so grown up. You obviously love tradition as much as I do.

Susan and Bentley

D.B. said...

A beautiful room for such charming rituals! Linderhoff is such a special place!

niartist said...

Oh how lovely Martha! I love all the rooms of Linderhof (that I've seen) but I definitely think that the view to your beautiful garden sets the breakfast room apart from the rest. We're working on a pergola - in fact, I should be able to post about it on Sunday! I hope you'll stop by for a visit! :) It's not quite as beautiful as Linderhof - but I'm trying! :)

Dan said...

Your whole house is just wonderful! I love the way you use your home and garden for fun, friendship and gin martinis!!

Rita said...

Hi Martha,
your breakfast room is pure delight.
soooooooooooo chic!
I love your blue and white china, transferware being my fave.
Wish I could come over and enjoy a yummy cake and some tea with you.
have a fab weekend!

Sherry said...

I purchased poppy seeds today.

I received the herb book that I purchased and, YES!!! I love it. If the drawings were not back to back, I would be so tempted to tear them out of the book and frame them.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Your breakfast room is the perfect place to steal away from the everyday grind and spend time unwinding! YOur set table could be in a magazine! I love the rich woods and the blue dishes. Elegant and inviting!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Lottie said...

I love this post! Your breakfast room IS big on living! Thank you for the cake recipe!

Tina said...

That side board is fantastic! I love that you have rituals, I think that sort of stability is lost today with our hectic schedules and running hither and yon. I introduced my boys to "cocktail hour" earlier this spring. I took turns, giving each boy alone time. We sat in our backyard, on towels. They sipped their Mountain Dew (which is a treat, we don't do much sugar of caffeine with them) and I sipped my chardonnay. Made the evening of The Engineer working late (again) a lot more pleasant for us.

Erica (Irene) said...

Martha.....what a nice room and I'm going to make your cake..... looks very good. Beautiful sideboard, I just love your home.

Have a great weekend!

Sue said...

Martha, I made your Almond Poppyseed Cake last night for my husband and I and we loved it. Plenty left over for guests later tonight. Thanks for the great recipe.