Linderhof


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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dinner for Two



I am glad to be back at Linderhof -- although I left the cool English summer for the heat and humidity of the prairie -- That I am not glad about!!!

I'm unpacked, clothes all washed and the house both up and down is clean and the front garden is tidy again.

We've been to the store and the fridge is stocked with eggs and milk and butter and cream and we've been to the Farmer's Market for fresh vegetables.

So things are back to normal at Linderhof!

We're not ready to host a dinner party -- long days cleaning and in the garden are not the days for party giving. So it's been just the two of us.


But just because it is the two of us doesn't mean that we can't do things nicely. My mother always did. Flowers on the table -- hydrangeas from the garden in a Spode Blue Italian pitcher and an estate sale tablecloth. In part I'm a fabric junkie and I love things with rich patterns.


It is nice to have my beloved blue and white to set the table with again. This is our Johnson Brothers Asiatic Pheasant. My German silver knives and forks and an English bone handled butter knife, a blue damask napkin in a silver napkin ring, and an old goblet (from the 20's or 30's I think).


I am so happy with being able to use blue and white again. If there was one downside to my vacation, it would be that there was no blue transferware to set the table with!!!!

And dinner?



Farmer's Market parslied new potatoes, fresh peas with cream and a slice of ham. The perfect late spring meal!!!

It's Thursday and time to join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. It is good to be back home with my supply of blue and white dishes! For, I think, they set a pretty table!

29 comments:

Rose H (UK) said...

I so love that you take the time and trouble to set the table for the two of you - and ALWAYS so delightfully. You put me to shame :o(
Have a great day!
Rose H

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your tablescape is beautiful and I love the menu also. Sounds like the perfect meal and such a treat for two. Glad you're back. Hugs, marty

Tricia said...

Welcome home! I know you enjoyed setting a table with your pretty dishes again! I love that last photo of the table with the view to outdoors. And your menu sounds divine!

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
Lovely Table for Two, dear! I haven't taken the proper time to thank you for allowing all of us to journey with your England vacation. It hs truly been a joy to see all the places you went and experience the tea shops and great finds!You are such a treasure, dear friend. Enjoy your time @ Linderhof with sweet Jim...for I suspect there's a party in the brewing. Am I correct?
Fondly,
Pat

Babs said...

It's so nice that you make a lovely table setting for two. I'm sorry to say tonight we ate in front of the tv. (sigh) I was lazy. Your dinner looks delicious with the fresh peas and new potatoes. Delish!
Hope you had a lovely trip to England and thanks for stopping by my blog.
Babs

Pat said...

Exquisite as always, Martha!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Beautiful tablescape! I love the china and the menu looks scrumptuos, I'm hungry right now!! I'm so glad you're back at Linderhof, although I followed your great trip to Eng. I just dropped by from TT at BNOTP. lOTS OF HUGS. FABBY

Pondside said...

I always love your blue tables, Martha. The menu looks perfect for an early summer evening.

Dianne said...

The cloth on the table is so rich. Beautiful. Dianne

Debbie said...

I think blue makes one of the prettiest tables. Yours looks wonderful,and I think the menu might be even better.

Bookie said...

I love blue and whites so I enjoyed this post. It was inspirational to me as I have fallen short of taking extra time lately for making the ordindary special. Loved the peas served in ramkin too!

Marigene said...

I'm happy to see the blue and white transferware, again! What did you bring back from your trip...transferware? silver napkin rings?

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. you did a Beautiful Tablescape for two ~~ Your plates are lovely you know I love blue and white sweet lady. your menu is perfect for this dinner.
Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my new Tablescape so sweet of you. I hope you have a Great Week.
XXOO Diane

The Tablescaper said...

Glad to hear that things are starting to get back to normal. Lovely table.

- The Tablescaper

Martha said...

Marigene -- One piece of transferware -- a Spode Camilla covered vegetable tureen that I got as a steal -- I was determined that I wasn't going to bring back breakables!!!! And yes, silver napkin rings (5) and silver bits and bobs and what I wanted most -- an 1850's mahogany tea caddy.

JudyBug said...

I really need some blue china. This is gorgeous! And those potatoes look just scrumptious!

Marlis said...

Welcome home. Your table is so pretty it should be in a magazine. Love love your blue and white , blessings marlis

Shel said...

Your table is beautiful...I'm in love with blue and white.
Have a wonderful weekend at home.
Shel

Shel said...

Your table is beautiful...I'm in love with blue and white.
Have a wonderful weekend at home.
Shel

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Looks delicious. Glad to see you are home safe and sound.

lindaraxa said...

My kitchen has been on strike for the last 3 weeks. Who wants to cook in this heat! New potatoes always remind me of summer. They are so good a little butter and mint is all you need.

Lucy and I are so happy Oliver finally has his parents back home!

Southerncook said...

I know you missed your blue and white and your table is just gorgeous. I am working on adding more blue and white in my home. I think it MUST be your influence.

Your dinner looked amazing too and when I looked at the pic I immediately became hungry. YUM!!!

Carolyn

SavannahGranny said...

Welcome back Martha. I know that you enjoyed your vacation but it is nice to see Linderhof again.
We do love our blue and white, don't we? You have such beautiful pieces and your table this week is just as beautiful. The pitcher is especially lovely.
Too bad you are not ready for company, didn't you hear me ringing the bell. I could smell the aroma of the ham. Thanks for sharing and I will see you soon. ginger

tammylovesdishes said...

I love the blue and white! Your table looks so inviting and the menu does as well. I love everything you served!

GardenofDaisies (Gayle) said...

Your dinner for two looks delicious, with all that fresh produce from the market! My husband and I love going to our farmers market here too. Your tables always look lovely, no matter how many are coming for dinner.

The Norwegian said...

Love that you set the table beautifully for the two of you.
My mom also did just this. Now in her mid 80's, Dad 91, she still does it. An example set and admired! Also must say, as a blue and white girl, I can imagine the pleasure you have enjoying it again now that you are home.

Bernideen said...

|Oh what a wonderful meal!

Bernideen said...

By the way....just spent 20 minutes talking with a couple from Suffolk England and probably at least one to two groups of folks every week lately visiting Colorado. It's been a steady stream with the pound faring so well to the dollar.

lulumusing said...

I want to bright there with you. Simple tables are so real, and I like that.