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, August 23, 2010

Afternoon Tea

Every afternoon at half past three I stop for a cup of tea. A treat to myself And not just a mug of tea, but a prettily set table or tray and always a nosh to go along with the tea.

Usually, it's my wee tea pot, the blue and white Johnson Brothers one. But sometimes, I treat myself a little better and use a different pot -- this one is Wedgwood. Asiatic Pheasant pattern. Also blue and white (although the blue is more teal than what ones thinks of blue transferware blue).

A pot with the tea, a matching cup and saucer and plate for the cookies and the bouquet of garden flowers on the plaid covered wicker tea tray.

I love the tea set -- it came with a creamer and sugar and five more cups, saucers and plates. I've had it a long time and I love the timlessness of the Asiatic Pheasant pattern.
The tea treats? Orange sugar cookies. More a fall than a summer cookies for they're loaded with orange zest and dried cranberries and pecans. Dusted with sugar and cinnamon before baking. They do make a good tea cookie.

From a new cookbook At Our Table by Roxie Kelley. She's from the Midwest and I've several of her cookbooks. She always has good recipes!


1/2 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. grated orange peel
1 egg
2 T. freshly squeezed orange juice
2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 cup broken nuts (I used pecans)
1 t. ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375

In a mixer bowl, cream the butter, 1 cup sugar, salt and the orange peel together. Mix until light and fluffy, about 1 min.

Beat in the egg and orange juice. Add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Blend into the butter mixture until well combined. Fold in the cranberries and nuts. Chill for at least 20 minutes.

Combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Using a 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop, scoop out some dough and drop into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll the dough in the mixture and place the pieces 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

It's Tuesday -- which means that it's time to share tabletops and teas!!!! This week, I'm joining these ladies -- visit and see what everyone has been up to for this Tuesday!!!

Tabletop Tuesday with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life

Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations

Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air

Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen


From the Kitchen said...

Thank you, Martha, for the reminder that I promised we'd celebrate afternoon tea once Andrew retired. He has just done so; however, I can see that this could have already been my ritual. It will be soon. The cookie recipe sounds delicious.


Southerncook said...

Martha, your post is delightful and that cookie recipe is one I will make soon. It sounds delish.


Lynn said...

A beautiful setting, and I love orange flavored everything!

Anonymous said...

Hi Martha! Oh, what a lovely tea tray you've set up! Your tea pot is lovely and I see the tea is poured!
Those cookies look and sound so good. Thank you for the recipe.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Charm of Home said...

I love your tea set. And the cookies look fabulous! I will have to try.

Carrie said...

Lovely tea setting.
I also enjoy the Asiatic Pheasant pattern...I have it in brown.

BumbleVee said...

oooh, yummy.... these sound good. I wish I were more afternoon tea is usually just in a mug... and, today... it was more standing around in dusty pants ..not wanting to sit on anything.. after mowing the lawn... dipping my triple chocolate chunk/cherry cookie...perfecting a Christmas goodie recipe...

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hello Martha, the cookies look delicious! And the blue and white tea set is beautiful. I hope your garden recovers from the heat soon. Have a great week...Julian

Erica (Irene) said...

Martha.....I love this post. Everything is so pleasant and delightful. These cookies also look yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Hello, such a lovely little tea setting for yourself :) Your cookies look just delicious....lovely Tea post!

Wishing you a very Happy Tea Tuesday!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You do always fix the most wonderful tea trays. This is just beautiful. I love the plaid napkin. YOur dishes are always gorgeous. Thanks for the recipe, the cookies look wonderful. Thanks also for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Laura's Rose Garden said...

Good morning Martha,
I love your Wedgwood transfer ware. The pattern is stunning. I am also intrigued with the cookie recipe and have saved it to make later this week. It sounds yummy!
Hugs, Laura

Snap said...


Beautiful post. Good reminder to take time out for ourselves, too! Love the tea set. Thanks for the cookie recipe... it looks sinfully good! Happy tea day!

Terri said...

I do love your gorgeous blue and white tea set. You have set such a lovely tea tray too.
Those cookies look so delicious. It is so kind of you to post the recipe.
Thank you so much.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Martha: I love your beautiful tea pot. I am so glad you take time to treat yourself special. I think that is a lesson that we all need to learn and practice. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Allie and Pattie said...

Such a lovely serene table- and sugar cookies are wonderful any time of year!
xoxo Pattie

Unknown said...

What a fabulous and delicious tea tray!!!

Pondside said...

Mmmmmmm those cookies look yummy!
While I'm in Kingston visiting the grandbabies afternoon tea is a catch-as-catch-can affair. As I write, and they nap, I'm sipping a plain mug of Earl Grey.

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Yum, Martha! Going to have afternoon tea in London in two weeks or maybe sooner! I'll raise my cup to you!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Oh Martha.. all i can see is yummy cookies.. and beautiful setting! my fave kindda tea time!

Lady Katherine said...

I love the plaid on the tray! Your Tea set is so pretty! The cookies sound divine! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time! I see your giving cooking classes! What fun! I need an online class to get me baking again! lol I do so love to bake! Loved your TEA!

parTea lady said...

That is lovely to set yourself a pretty tea tray and sit and enjoy your tea and cookies. I usually just grab a cup of tea from the kitchen and drink it wherever I'm working.

Thanks for that delicious sounding recipe.