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, April 11, 2011

Tea for One

Every afternoon at half past three, I stop and have a pot of tea. Mostly, at the breakfast room table. And you can't have tea without a sweet treat! And since it is just me, a book is always at hand as well.

The book, Constance Spry's, Come Into the Garden, Cook. I was rereading the chapter on herbs in preparation for my cooking with herb classes last week.

My Johnson Brothers, Indies tea ware. One of two wee pots that are perfect for tea for one -- the other is a blue and white one as well!

The sweet -- almond icebox cookies from Judith Jones cookbook, The Pleasures of Cooking for One.

I like sweets that I can bake off a few at a time -- because I really prefer fresh baked treats. These are handy to have in the fridge for tea time!

It is Tuesday and Tea Party Day so I'm sharing my "Tea for One" with:

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


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I always love seeing your beautiful teascapes. You always make them look so inviting and pretty. I love all of your blue and white. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

On Crooked Creek said...

I just finished my afternoon tea...enjoying some "Mommie Time" with Maurice before "Mr. Ed" arrives home. She's been a bit more tolerant of me since I've returned to the work force.HA! Could it be that she'd misses me? NAH! More that she misses the fan blowing on her. (I turn it off while I'm at work.) Lovely mini tea set for one!
P.S. Would you mind posting the recipe for the almond cookies in a future post, please?

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Martha, your blue and white JB Indies is beautiful! I love that pattern myself even though I don't have any pieces of it. Hopefully, some day I'll find some. Your cookies look good too. I sometimes bake Ice Box cookies with cherries and nuts in them. Would love to join you for tea. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by for tea with me.


Pondside said...

I do believe that I can smell those cookies, warm from the oven.
Your tea tradition is such a lovely one.

afternoon tea said...

I would like to sit down to tea at your house. It's wonderful.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your tea and cookies are inviting, I would love to join you for afternoon tea.


Your tables are so charming and inviting that I always want to go to Linderhof, but you know that, so, here I am virtually. I love it!
I like the coffee or tea in the afternoon too, sometimes with home made cookies, or home made bread. Thank you for sharing.

Savannah Granny said...

This is pretty. I love the blue and white. The treats look so good. However everything you cook looks delicious. The lace under the setting is gorgeous. Is there a good story behind that piece. Thanks for visiting. Ginger

Mary Bergfeld said...

It looks like a delightful tea, Martha. It is a lovely service and tea time is obviously a special time in your house. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Missy said...

Your cookies look wonderful with the almonds. I love tea set with the pretty blue and white theme.

Unknown said...

How fun! Someday I, too, will take tea at half past three! For now, I'm usually changing diapers and starting dinner! :) It's hard, sometimes, not to wish for a quiet afternoon to myself. However, I know I'll miss these times when I one day do have those quiet afternoons... :) Have a great evening and thank you for sharing your beautiful setting with us!

HaPpY tEa TiMe TuEsDaY!

KathyB. said...

Half past three, amazing ! This is actually the time of day I feel the need for tea and a snack before I resume whatever tasks are at hand.Your preference for tea , snack, AND a book are also how I choose to spend such precious moments. A good book and tea time are some of the best moments of the day.Thank-you !

Jocelyn said...

Oh wow, I would love to enjoy tea at half past three. So lovely and inviting.

Jocelyn @

Barbara said...

So right, afternoon tea always needs a pastry, cookie, cake or something.