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, June 2, 2010

A Pink House and a Blue Breakfast

I love staying at Bed and Breakfasts when we travel -- husband Jim not so much. But he indulges me at least once if we're gone a week or more. And sometimes he has to give us his beloved television to accommodate me when we stay at a B and B.

Earlier this year, when we took a cruise to Mexico, we stayed at a delightful bed and breakfast in Galveston the night before we left for the cruise -- It's a pink house and had a delightful interior filled with antiques. The bed was terrific and the breakfast even more so.

We came down in the morning to find the dining room table set like this . . .

It was a beautiful table full of blue dishes. We weren't the only guests for the table is set for 4.

And old walnut table and even older walnut chairs and stunning blue glass dishes.
The red sets it off perfectly . . . and even the first course of yogurt and fruit was red, white and blue!
Our entree -- Creme Brulee French toast with fresh strawberries.
It, too, was red, white which looked good on the blue glass dishes.

It's Thursday and time for Tablescape Thursday at Susan's Between Naps On the Porch. I'm sharing the bed and breakfast table this Thursday -- I've not been home to set a table!

If you're ever in Galveston, I heartily recommend The Villa Bed and Breakfast. Linda is a great hostess and an even better chef. Breakfast was delicious.

And yes, I did get the recipe!


2/3 cup cream cheese
1/3 cup apricot preserves
12 slices firm, day-old French bread
2 large eggs
1/3 cup 1% milk
1/3 cup Creme Brulee flavor Coffee - Mate
1 T. flour
1/4 t. salt
1 T. butter

Combine cheese and preserves in a small bowl; mix well. Spread mixture evenly over 6 bread slices. Top with remaining bread slices to form sandwiches.

Beat eggs in shallow pan or pie plate; whisk in milk and Coffee-mate. Whisk in flour and salt.

Heat large skillet over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Swirl butter into hot skillet. Dip sandwiches in egg mixture, coating both sides. Cook on each side for about 2 minutes or until golden brown.

Top with fresh sliced strawberries as Linda did -- or you can serve warm maple syrup on the side. But that would be gilding the lily!


From the Kitchen said...

How lovely! I, too, adore staying in B&Bs. So far, our favorite was the Inn at Little Washington in Virginia. A somewhat close, but delightful, second was The Jabberwocky in Monterey, CA. I highly recommend them both!

My husband will be very happy when I hand him the recipe for the French toast. He loves it and tries it everywhere he goes.

Thanks, Martha!


Kathy said...

I too love to stay at Bed & Breakfasts! The french toast looks scrumptious! I will have to try this. I love the blue dishes as well,
Thanks for sharing,

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my heavens, that just sounds way too scrumptious! I love B&B's, just so charming, aren't they?


bj said...

O, you cute thing, you...I was reading this all and thinking, I have to google that french toast and then....there was the recipe...and there ya go!!
Thanks a million...gotta give this a try.
The blue dishes...stunning!
I just LOVE your posts...always fun to read.
xo bj

Allie and Pattie said...

I've been trying to convince my husband that HE wants to open a B & B! So far he's not buying it :) Lovely!
xoxo Pattie

Linda Q said...

Oh how pretty and yummy! Making me hungry. I agree on the B&B stays, love them, always special. I am lucky Ron is usually always a go for a stay in one.

xinex said...

Oh how pretty! And your breakfast was wonderful!..Christine

BumbleVee said...

how beautiful it all looks....

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Martha, thank you for sharing this. It is a very extraordinary B&B hotel. I would love to stay there, the breakfast table is made with so much love. The blue glass looks so fresh and inviting. The french toast will be our breakfast at the coming wekend.
Greetings, Johanna

D.B. said...

I love B&B's! My favorite - The Bishop's Mansion in San Francisco!! What a wonderful breakfast to wake up to!

Suz said...

If you say it was great it must be!

Marilyn said...

I am drooling over that recipe and can't wait to try it! Our last B&B was in San Francisco at the home of the man that saved the trolleys! His wife was a Holocaust survivor and both were such interesting people. Thanks so much for sharing! ♥♫

Deborah said...

Love the blue and white. Just took out my blue and white things for the summer. Thanks for sharing.

Bernideen said...

I loved Galveston when we lived 6 1/2 years in Spring, Texas...I really hope that oildoesn't come their way! Thanks for this great recipe- I printed as always!

Mary Bergfeld said...

The toast sounds scrumptious and the table your B&B hostess set for you is lovely. It must have been a special evening. Galveston is an interesting city with an amazing history. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Bill said...

Hi Martha,

The table looks stunning set with the blue dishes! And that French toast looks absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing your memories of the B&B, for capturing those great images to share with your readers, and for providing the recipe! Nicely done!


The Charm of Home said...

Wow! That looks so wonderful! That was so nice to for you to grab that recipe. It looks great! I do love the blue with red very nice table.
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Miss Merry said...

What a lovely breakfast to awaken to! Such a pretty table and I am so glad you shared the recipe for that scrumpitous french toast!