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, August 12, 2010

My Spot

I don't do my "computing" here but this is "my" spot -- the place where I open and answer my correspondence. Where I pay bills. Where I write my thank you notes. Where I address my birthday and sympathy and get well cards.

It's my secretary. We bought it shortly after we moved to Linderhof. It hasn't always been in this spot -- although it has been in this spot before. It's a recent change. For it is by the window to the side garden and I can look out and see the flowers blooming in that garden as I write.

And the spot is in a corner of the living room . . .

The upper part holds some of my smaller blue and white collection. Most have age on them but a piece or two are newer -- these were gifts from friends who new my love for things blue and white.

The lower shelf holds some of my old leather bound books that I treasure.
On the desk is an old cloisonne lamp which seems a perfect fit, a blue and white planter with a Christmas cactus because at the moment, it seemed to fit, two of my Wedgwood blue pieces (a small tray and an egg), a Waterford pen and two pictures in silver frames. One taken in front of the fireplace at Linderhof in 1930 and the other is a picture from the turn of the century of the real Linderhof -- in Bavaria.
And as I use the desk to write thank yous, sometimes a nosh is in order -- being careful, of course, not to get crumbs on the note!

A slice of chocolate zucchini cake and an icy cold glass of milk. The thank you that I'm writing -- to the lady who gifted me with the cake -- not a slice but a whole cake -- it's delicious and Kristen was such a dear to bring me this wonderful cake.

It's Friday and so I'm joining Artie at Color Outside the Lines for Vignette Friday. But since there is this wonderful chocolate zucchini cake, I'm also joining Michael at Design by Gollum for Foodie Friday. Please visit these two for it's always interesting on Friday at Artie's and at

I didn't get the recipe from Kristen, but I did find this recipe on line and it seems to be similar to hers. It's a good cake and a good cake for kids -- who would never guess that they're eating vegetables disguised as chocolate!


2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
2 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
3 c. grated zucchini
3/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking pan. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add the eggs and oil, mix well. Fold in the nuts and zucchini until they are evenly distributed. Pour into the prepared pan.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool cake completely.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your secretary is just gorgeous. I love your accessories, they are just perfect. How nice to still send hand written notes and thank you's. That's almost a lost art in this day and age. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Oh,I too am in love with your beautiful secretary! What a lovely spot right by the window and the light streaming softly in is magical! I love to see all of your pretty things too.
I agree with Marty - it is nice to receive a hand written note and know someone took the time to do it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

niartist said...

Beautiful vignette Martha! I'm so jealous of that secretary! Oooo, and that chocolate zucchini cake - I make a short bread that Scott uses to make french toast for our less fancy brunch/breakfasts. It's a warm and with that chocolatey base it's a welcome change to breakfast! :) Lovely! Thanks for participating this week with me and everyone at Vignette Fridays! :) SO HAPPY!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"LOVE your secretary"... I've always wanted one and yours is TEASING me into a SHOPPING SPREE... You have such a timeless setting... and the art of "writing is PRICELESS" these days... It is SO exciting now when a beautiful note is brought by the postman...

Pondside said...

That secretary is everything a secretary should be - not to small, just all enough and with a desk big enough for the things one loves and still big enough for writing a note and enjoying a snack.

Sue said...

My secretary is closed most of the time, so seeing yours open and decorated is a welcome sight. Love that you still write letters- I haven't done that for such a long time. We are such a "gadget" society anymore.
:-) Sue

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Just lovely...brings back memories for me

D said...

Indeed it is a lovely secretary and in a wonderful location. I do love how it serves up cake and beverage. ;)

Myrna said...

Beautiful! So warm and homey and inviting..and thanks for the recipe..YUM! Wonderful blog you have here. ;-)

Blue Muse said...

Your secretary is dreamy. I love it and everything you have on it. I can see you sitting there writing your lovely notes in the warm veil of sunlight from your window. Just lovely.
I am most definitely trying your recipe... YUM!

Happy weekend to you!
xo Isa

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a lovely spot to attended to correspondence. I'm afraid the proximity to the garden would be my downfall. I'd never get anything done. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Self Sagacity said...

Ohhh, chocolate zucchini? This I have not had before, or heard of at all. It sounds delicious though, I must try...

The Blackwood Cottage said...

Beautiful workplace, I especially love the lamp with the dark shade. Have a great weekend!

Amy said...

Your spot seems peaceful.

Bernideen said...

My desk is so very similar - it would surprise you!