Linderhof


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.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The First Meal on the Patio 2010


We love to eat outdoors and sometimes we've been known to dine al fresco donned in a sweater!!!

But Saturday was a lovely day and were out in the garden . . . husband Jim had ribs on the smoker so we set the table for our first meal outdoors!

One of my outdoor tablecloths, a round Williams Sonoma blue provencal print -- perfect for the patio.
The centerpiece -- one of my grandmother's geraniums. An old fashioned one which has been in the family "forever"! (Given to me when I got the chairs.)
The plates are the blue and white Johnson Brothers Asiatic Pheasant (that very English pattern) bought especially for patio dining. Our regular white indoor napkins (in our silver napkin rings, of course).
Jim's ribs were smoked to perfection and slathered with one of our remaining bottles of Old Fort Barbecue Sauce.
The perfect go-with -- my Grandmother's coleslaw (the grandmother of the geranium) -- with my own shortcut -- a bag of coleslaw mix so this version had shredded carrots instead of the traditional thinly sliced onions.

It's Thursday and time for Tablescape Thursday -- so please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what everyone has on their tables this Thursday!

22 comments:

Karen said...

Very nice! Your patio is lovely and the food looks so good. We bbq'd ribs last weekend and even had cole slaw with it too. Great meal.
Beautiful posting.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delightfully and deliciously beautiful. laurie

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Coleslaw....mmmmmmm!!! Summer doesn't seem right without coleslaw!
I make a coleslaw with thinly sliced green apples and raisins in it; it's my favorite.
As always, I love to see your blue and white transferware.
You even have a big beautiful transferware platter! I need to get one of those. ;-)

Piecefulafternoon said...

Wonderful outdoors dining. Thanks for sharing.

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, such a lovely setting. I must tell you that thanks to you I am on the lookout for more antique silver napkin rings to add to my meager collection- I just love them! I am so impressed with the geranium- I had no idea they could survive that long!
xoxo Pattie

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Everything is very pretty! Love the family geranium, and those ribs look sooooo good!

Martha said...

Allie and Pattie -- I didn't mean to mislead you -- it is a family geranium but that one is not "ancient" -- rather starts are made from the original geranium -- I guess you would say that that my be a 50 great from the original one that my grandmother had.

In her day, you didn't buy geraniums at the garden center each year but kept plants and started plants from the ones you had.

Thus, this one is a start of a start of a start . . . . of one of my grandmother's geraniums!

Cathy said...

I'm looking forward to meals on the patio again. Those ribs look mightly tasty. And coleslaw is the perfect side.

Bonnie said...

Yum, yum...I'll be over!!! BBQ definitely means summer is here!

Carrie said...

Looks so yummy!!

Erica said...

Everything looks so pretty.....we can't eat outside yet as it is too cold way up here.
Your ribs and cole slaw look so delish. Love your photo's Martha. thanks for sharing today.

Tricia said...

Okay, you've inspired me to pull out a tablecloth and set our round outdoor table for supper tonight! I love your blue and white -- so fresh and inviting.

Pondside said...

It's 0645 here and I find myself longing for ribs for breakfast.
Beautiful table - I love those plates!

Deanna said...

Lovely!

Mary said...

What a lovely spot for a spring meal. The ribs look perfectly cook and what would go better with them than coleslaw. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Looks like happy times. I have a few plates that are similar but mine are by Kirkwood. Love blue and white, don't you?

Bernideen said...

Yes we all got hungry looking at this spread-lovely job!

D.B. said...

Lovely AND delicious!

Becky said...

Martha, your setting is lovely. And I love that you have your grandmother's geranium and use her recipe. We got napa cabbage in today's veggie box, so I will be making coleslaw in the next few days. And I may take a page out of your book and set the table outside on the deck.

Thanks for sharing!

CailinMarie said...

lovely china! how is a geranium "old fashioned"? and in the family for years? I thought they were annuals??
CailinMarie
http://cailinyates.blogspot.com

Miss Merry said...

Your table is lovely - but those ribs are AMAZING! With the coleslaw? A taste of heaven!

Beth said...

Beautiful plates, Martha, and the food looks so good! I really enjoy your tea and tablescape posts!