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, February 7, 2011

A Snowy Afternoon

Last week there were many snowy afternoon at Linderhof -- the day of the "storm" and a few days after. . . . what to do if you're snowed in and housebound . . . .

Read a good book, of course!!! And my choice of book -- not great literature but rather the cozy mysteries . .

And although "my" chair is not in front of the fire, you can see the fire from the chair which warms you and the ottoman is the perfect place for the tea tray . . . and if there seems to be a chill in the air, a throw is within easy grabbing distance.

My Wedgwood Asiatic Pheasant teapot, cup and saucer and plate. It is blue and white but it's more of a teal than a strong blue and I must admit it is a favorite for it lives in the kitchen where it's handy to grab a cup and saucer or tea plate!

And with a pot of tea and a book . . . there must be a treat . .

coconut macaroons. Easy to make and oh, so good on a snowy afternoon. The ingredients are always in the pantry at Linderhof.


14 ounces sweetened shredded coconut
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla
2 extra large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 t. kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 325.

Combine the coconut, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Whip the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until they make medium-firm peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.

Drop the batter onto sheet pans lined with parchment (or silpat) using a 1 3/4 inch diameter coop. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and serve.

It's Tuesday, which means that's it's Tea Tuesday so please visit these ladies to see "All Things Tea" 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

Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage


Mary Bergfeld said...

What a lovely solo tea. You found a perfect way to spend a snowy housebound day. Hope a thaw is imminent. Have a good day. Blessings...Mary

From the Kitchen said...

That's my kind of snow day!


Rose H (UK) said...

What could be better, toasting your tootsies, with a cuppa, a yummy bite to eat and a good book!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I love cozy mysteries, too, and was amused to see the one on your tray because I've read another Malice in Miniature by Jeanne M. Dams. I'll have to look for this Margaret Grace one now. I do appreciate your many blog posts which inspire me to do more to make my little world cozier and more "gemutlich".

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what a welcoming and cozy looking spot to just curl up and relax and enjoy your tea and a treat. The cookies look fabulous also. Love it. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Pondside said...

Are there two chairs around that tea table?

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
What a cozy tea in front of the fire! Your blue tea set is lovely and the cookies look yummy. Thanks for joining me for tea and I hope you stay toasty!


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your tea does look cozy for a wintry day. A good book, cup of tea and macaroons, doesn't get much better. :-)

lindaraxa said...

Poor Oliver...we will lose him if you get a few more inches!

Lynn said...

Lovely chair to snuggle up with tea and delightful tea set on a snowy day. Gosh, wish Florida had "snow days". Really, just one or two would be so refreshing. Am a born NE Yankee who truly does miss snow in small amounts, lol. Nothing like the Midwest has been getting this year. Stay warm and safe.

Honey at 2805 said...

Now you're taking. What a great way to spend an afternoon.

Magdalena said...

This is such a wonderful and cozy tea especially with this weather we have been having. I'm going to go make a pot now...

Linda Jennings said...

I love your snowy afternoon tea! It's a perfect way to enjoy being inside.

Becky said...

Martha, just perfect! I always love your posts about enjoying your home. It and you are both so warm and welcoming. Thank you!


Savannah Granny said...

Love the beautiful teapot. The square design is so pretty. I can envision your relaxing in your comfy chair
with a cup of tea and that treat. Enjoy. ginger

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely tea set, dear! Yes, you definately had more snow than we did here on the prairie. Loved the photos of your dog up to his little belly in the snow! Too cute!
In front of the fire and a good book sounds wonderful. Check out My Very Own Book blog. . .makes for nice coffee table reading! Thank you for this reminder that it's okay to relax and enjoy the Season.

Carol at Serendipity said...


Lovely setting. I haven't made macaroons for years and I love them. I am in the mood for an afternoon of reading with a pot of tea and something sweet.


Bill said...

Hi Martha,

Everything you share with us is always so beautiful. There's an "old world," very civilized quality to your approach to celebrating life's quietly special moments. This post is a perfect example.

Warmest regards,

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Sounds delightful! A chair, blanket, good book and hot tea in a pretty tea cup, Oh yes and a yummy coconut macaroon cookie it doesn't get any better than that..I'll be right over for girl chat..LOL.
I loved your post.
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Lou Archer said...

Blimey! You have a better afternoon tea than I've seen at The Ritz in London!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following me. Love your blog too.


Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Martha,
I would love to have such a nowy day. Your vignettes look so beautiful and inviting. Thank you for sharing with us.
Greetings, Johanna

A Hint of Home said...

I love your pretty teapot set!
The macaroons look yummy! I may try those real soon. Thanks for sharing!

Jocelyn said...

What a cozy spot! Looks so inviting.


paperbutterfly said...

You have the best idea for a snowy afternoon. Lovely cosy setting with all my favorite things.
Thank you for dropping by TTTT and sharing this with us. Looking forward to your next visit.
Blessings, Pam