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.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Reprise - Afternoon Tea on the Porch

I had every intention of inviting Friend Hallie over for tea (for Hallie took care of Oliver while we were away on holiday) but, alas, after being gone for two months there were mounds of laundry, treasures to unpack (and savor before they were put away), luggage to lug to the attic and jet lag to contend with so . . . . .

I'm reprising a post from July last year -- a tea on the porch. And with the heat (which seems even more so after the coolness of England), it's really too hot to even take iced tea in the garden!!!!

But the porch is cool -- for it's on the east side of the house and with the two big trees in the front yard, it seems to stay cool on all but the hottest summer day.

My "goodies" laid out on the dining room table -- we carried everything home in our suitcases!!!! And we only lost two wee flowerpots!!!

I'm joining Bernideen at Bernadeen's Tea Time Blog for Saturday Tea in the Garden. It's a fun way to spend a Saturday!

Summer on the prairie is usually very hot and so afternoon tea is taken in inside in the breakfast room -- in the air conditioning! And in the summer, afternoon tea is generally iced!

But early July on the prairie has been unusually mild -- and wet! A perfect time to enjoy our afternoon tea on the front porch.
And almost every afternoon there is a nosh to go along with tea. A bit of something to fortify us for the rest of the afternoon. Lemony iced tea and those lemon meringues made for a perfect marriage for afternoon tea on the porch.
The plants live on the table -- a bird's nest fern, a prayer plant and another fern -- the plant shop where I bought it did not know the cultivar so it is just a "fern" and I like to refer to it as "Fern"! I love the green of the plants on the table -- they're cooling just to look at them!
And the meringues. Sadly, they were good for that afternoon tea nosh and for dessert that evening, but alas, the next day found us meringueless at tea time -- they were all gone!

For the easy (and tasty) meringue recipe, you'll find it HERE on an earlier post.


Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Martha,
thank you for this delicious tea time. No wonder, that the meringues were gone the next day, they look so tempting. What wonderful things you briught from your holidays with you. Toys for tablescaping, right!
Best greetings, Johanna

Bernideen said...

I bet Oliver was so excited to see you - pet and owner reunions are the best! Your tea looks lovely and I think now that you are home the porch is a perfect spot to catch up on that jet lag that seems inevitable! Your home is always so warm and inviting looking. Thank you for participating.

Beth said...

Martha, I am enjoying reading about your wonderful trip to England. How fortunate you are to be able to go for two months, to see so much, and to actually LIVE the English experience, not just be a tourist! Thanks for sharing your travels. God bless, Beth