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, January 3, 2011

Andre's at Tea

Last Tuesday friend Shirley Ann and I headed to the city to look for Christmas bargains. Part of the fun of going to the city is a great lunch. And this day, we chose to lunch at a favorite place of mine, Andre's on the Plaza. A Kansas City institution. For lunch, chocolates and cookies and pastries.

And I decided to take a bit of heaven back to the prairie . . .

Tea cookies for a "'tween week tea".

So with the Spode Famille Rose cups and saucers, wee silver teaspoons, my Aynsley teapot and my small silver curate filled with Andre's cookies, friend Hallie and I enjoyed a quiet interlude. Catching up on Christmas activities and presents and sharing our plans for New Year's Eve.

The cookies are true tea cookies. Small, at most three bites and most are only two. Which reminded me that perhaps I could use some tea cookie cutters. Mine are all way too big for delicate tea cookies!

The tea was Mariage Freres Espirit De Noel -- a perfect tea for December and a birthday gift from dear friend Carolyn. It's a great tea and one to be savored whether alone or with a friend.

Most of my teapots are ironstone -- blue and white ironstone and this is a china one. By Aynsley. It is my "good" pot (my best is the silver one). And I like using it when I have special company. It does match my Spode but goes with it very well, I think. I love the specialness of the china pot. More special than an ironstone one but yet not as formal as a silver one.

It's Tuesday which means that it's Tea Tuesday! I'm sharing my "Andre's Tea" with:

Tabletop Tuessday 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


Southerncook said...

Your teacups and teapot are just gorgeous. It sounds like you enjoyed two very special days. I'm glad you like that tea and glad I ordered it when I did, a couple of months ago, because they are now sold out. I just placed another order for more tea. This French tea is the BEST.


Miss Char said...

Your table looks beautiful and I love the shadows coming across the table from the sun. Nice shot. Thanks for sharing.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your tea looks fabulous. The goodies look sooooooo good. You always set the most beautiful and inviting tea. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

william said...

Martha, thank you for a lovely tea-time with you and your friend-- because your pictures and story made me feel I was with you! I certainly enjoyed the tea and Andre's cookies, a very fond memory of Kansas City days.


Pondside said...

My DIL makes the most delicious shortbread cookies - all just one or two bites. She has a set of teeny, tiny cutters, just perfect for these treats.

xinex said...

I love that pattern by Aynsley, I have been looking for it, just lovely! And those cookies look so good. Happy New Year, Martha!...Christine

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

Well my dear, you certainly have set a beautiful tea! I'm sure that your friend enjoyed the good tea and yummy looking cookies! Your china teapot is gorgeous...what a beautiful pattern! Thank you for sharing your lovely tea table with us today, my friend!

Warmest wishes and Happy New Year!
Chari @Happy To Design

Cathy said...

What a lovely post, Martha. I would love to stop by for a cup of tea and a chat. It would be such a treat to sit at your table.

Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh, those sweets look delectable! Wish I was there to partake of them.

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a perfect tea. Your china is gorgeous and the cookies look wonderful, Martha. I hope you have a great day and that the new year brings a full measure of good things your way. Blessings...Mary

Beth said...

Martha, Your teapot is lovely and your treats look delectable. It's pretty (how you've set up your tea table). You are such a good hostess and it's been a pleasure to enjoy tea with you today.
Blessings, Beth

Unknown said...

That teapot pattern is my favorite oriental design one, Martha. Love the delicate goodies ... they look deelish! Very pretty & inviting setting.

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Donnie said...

Those photos were gorgeous and,oh my,those cookies. Just beautiful.

On Crooked Creek said...

Not only did you bring tea cookies to the prairie. . .but you bring class to it as well! The art of taking tea is so exquisitely done at Linderhof. I'm sure your friend felt that specialness in your presence! Thank you for such a lovely post!