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.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Decorated sugar cookies are a part of every holiday at Linderhof. And although we painted Valentine cookies on Saturday, we still also made traditional sugar cookie hearts.

This year decorated simply with red and white sanding sugar.

A whole platter of them -- some to much while we painted cookies and others available for tea the few days before the 14th.

And on Sunday, friend Joyce came by with a Valentine for me -- and my Valentine for her, a cup of tea and a cookie (or two) while we enjoyed the warmth and sun of a later winter afternoon.

The shadows played on the table -- creating a shadowy tablescape. Some of the cookies will be packed in cello bags and delivered to friends at the bank and post office on Valentine's Day.

Valentine's is not just for lovers -- it's for friends as well! I learned that in Grade School when we made and delivered Valentine's to everyone in the class! The best part was making my post office box!

There is nothing better than heart cookies and tea and a friend to share it with for a Valentine's Afternoon.

So my Monday post is also a Tuesday post and I'm participating in Tea Tuesday --

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

Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

hope you had a warm cheery day!

acorn hollow said...

you were busy cooking that is for sure. I love tea and cookies and to share that is the best.

Pondside said...

I'm sure that all of your Valentine's tea guests will be as entranced as we are by your baking and decorations.

56steps said...

All of your cookies look wonderful.

Happy Valentine's Day!

On Crooked Creek said...

I adore that you still take home~baked goods to the bank. . .and friends! What a lovely gesture. . .somewhat forgotten in today's society. At the shop, some of our ladies would sometimes bring a home~made goodie or a single bloom from their gardens. .. what a breath of freshness it gave to our day! Thank you for being such a sweet messenger today!

Ann said...

The valentine cookies look so pretty and yummy. Hope your tea is wonderful. Happy Valentines Day.

Beth said...

Your cookies look pretty, Martha. I like the photo of the shadows on your table too. Glad to join you for tea today.
Blessings, Beth

Southerncook said...

Your sugar cookies look so very yummy. I wish I could enjoy tea with you at Linderhof some day. Have a Happy Valentines Day from one of your many cyber friends that are charmed by you and your blog.


Savannah Granny said...

Martha, Your sugar cookies look so good. I think everyone loves a good sugar cookie. I remember making them with the Grands. Such fun and a few cookies left to share.
Is sanding sugar the same as sprinkles?
Thanks for sharing tea with us. I love the warm sun streaming in the windows. I bet it felt good. We are supposed to be in the 70s and sunny this week. I hope they are correct. Hugs, Ginger

Mary Bergfeld said...

That table looks very welcoming and the cookies will lure people to your table. I love the painted and sugared hearts you've made for Valentine's Day. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Cass @ That Old House said...

My favorite kind of cookie -- a good sugar cookie, with a generous sprinkling of coarse sugar on top. How did you know?

What a pretty post . . . including "our" china! :-)

And thank you for your kind words of sympathy on the loss of my father earlier this month; they were much appreciated. I am still surprised by the fact of his passing, but it was the right time for him. Not for us --never for us -- but for him, and it does help that I know that now.

Best wishes,

Ben said...

Martha, I think Valentine's Day cookies were invented with you in mind. Just wonderful.


Terri said...

Your tea set looks just lovely in the long shadows. What a beautiful set!
Your cookies look so tasty as well.
I hope you enjoyed your valentine day.

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there,

What a lovely and delectable tea post with all of your yummy looking Valentine heart cookies and fabulous Valentines teatime vignette with your lovely teaset..,My, I could almost taste those cookies!..,

Thanks for joining Pam and I for TTTT and also for my 70th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Lynn said...

Nothing nicer than pretty cookies and a cup of warm tea to bless your day. Thank you for sharing. I am taking a cookie with me as I leave!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a lovely tea, Martha! Your valentine cookies are very pretty with their red sugar; perfect for Valentines Day! Thanks for coming by for tea with me.


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