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, June 26, 2011

Sometime Simple Is Better

At our cottages, we may have had a fully equipped kitchen but one thing both lacked was a dishwasher. So, dishes were all done by hand!!! But for the two of us, it wasn't all that bad -- a quick wash and dry and the kitchen was all in order again.

And upon arriving back at Linderhof, I did realize how few dishes we used for breakfast and lunch and tea and usually not much more for dinner. So . . . I decided to once again wash dishes by hand.

There is really something soothing about the process -- the hot sudsy water, washing and then rinsing the dishes, and stacking them to dry.

And in the basement, was something that I had bought eons ago -- something that I just had to have. It wasn't cheap by any means and when I decided I no longer wanted it in the kitchen, it was relegated to the basement -- I still liked it and might use it again so . . .

Up from the basement it came . . .

The dish drying rack. It was unusual, which is why I bought it -- I think I bought it not for use but rather to display things on but really, Linderhof's kitchen is a work horse of a kitchen not a showplace of a kitchen and so . . . the rack got put in the basement.

How glad I was that firstly, I bought it and secondly, that I kept it -- it is perfect for drying dishes and stores easily under the sink!!!!

I hosted the Garden Club Meeting last week which meant lots of cups and saucers and plates -- in my beloved blue and white, of course, for they set a pretty table!

After, it was simple to wash up -- to dry and put away. The blue and white transferware looks good on the iron drying rack!

Will I continue to forever wash my dishes by hand -- probably not -- but it's been fun these last few weeks to do so. And I think I'm saving energy by doing so!!!

It's Monday and so I'm joining Smiling Sally for Blue Monday.


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

The dishwasher at my house is my hubby. He's very good at it too. We use a drying rack. And, I towel dry what we don't want spots on. Sometimes, it does get away from us but with just two it's not a hard task. Unless, I get on a big cooking streak and have every pot and baking dish on the counter. Your drying rack is unique. I like it.

Anonymous said...

Yes, our dishwasher went to la la land and my husband does the lionshare of the dishes. However, my daughter is the gourmet cook and uses LOTS of props to create her showstopper dinners and baked goodies. She washes her own dishes but is begging that we replace the dishwasher. But, I kinda like the hot water and rinse therapy. Love your rack and the blue and white ware. Getting mine out for the 4th!
Miss Kathy

Marlis said...

What a great drying rack.. I love that it has an upper shelf. With two of us, when this dishwasher goes, we are going to the drawers, two of them. That way we can use one at a time. But we mainly do our dishes by hand too. I find it's a great time to talk to God, chat, and really appreciate my dishes. Many blessings, marlis


I really like this rack, two stories! I've seen them here on sale, but never thought of it. Yeah, we're just two and I just use my dishwasher at the weekends, or when I have guests for dinner, tea, or lunch, I mean, lots of dishes to wash!... than it really helps. My hubby is the chef on the weekends, but doesn't wash, so I load the ddishwasher all day long and run it at night. You don't need it, really. Love, FABBY

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Soup said...

Washing dishes is not a hard task, some exercising the hands will do do. It is wonderful to have a feel of the lovely crockery in your hands

Wanda Lee said...

What's this with hubby's and dishwashing?.., Mine does the dishes also; such as sweetie!

I adore your dish rack and fabulous blue and white dishes.., Oh my!~ So practical and pretty!

Thanks for joining me for last week's TTTT and also for my 88th,'Tuesday Tea For Two'~(I was so late this week that tomorrow's tea is just around the corner)!..,

Oh my!..,Things are sooo busy!

Your tea post was charming and lovely!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

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Pondside said...

I like your drying rack. I probably do the dishes by hand about half the time, but don't have a drying rack - I just put them on a towel. I can see that I'll need to remedy that!

Rose H (UK) said...

Dishwashers are getting more common in the UK, but it's fairly rare to find them in holiday homes. We have one, and when I worked it was used most days of the week - the last thing I wanted to to was wash dishes! Now there's just the two of us it's only used about once a week. I'll get up in the morning (ususally Sunday) and decide today is dishwasher day! Sadly, my hubby doesn't know where the kitchen sink is, so it's left up to me the rest of the time ;o)
You know I LOVE blue & white.
Signing off, head cook and bottle washer!
Rose H

From the Kitchen said...

A "workhorse" of a kitchen--I like that! Our kitchen is the same. It's small, but efficient. When I see beautifully decorated kitchens, I often wonder about the cooks who use them. For me, it is the one room that must be, and remain, utilitarian! I don't have a dishwasher in this kitchen, rather wanting the storage space instead. The only time I miss it is after dinner parties. Even then, it gives one time to reflect over the good time of the event while washing up.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

what a neat piece, glad it is seeing the light of day in your kitchen. Probably is not a bad idea to wash some of our good dishes by hand anyway...but...I HATE washing dishes!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I would love to find a dishrack like this. What a great design!

LV said...

I use so few dishes I just hand wash them. I have a dishwasher, but not enough dishes for a load. I love your blue dishes.

Jacqueline said...

That is a fabulous dish rack and what a way to display gorgeous dishes too! The upper shelf provides such drama! Glad you saved it.

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

Our hot water heater was not working for awhile at the ranch, but I have to say I got tired of doing the dishes by hand. New hot water heater is up and running. So I am confused; how many houses do you have?????

Oh and I absolutely love your blog and am following now.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

That is a very charming dish rack! Love the top shelf for cups.

My hubby and I do our dishes by hand dishwasher at my house, and only two of us anyway. I don't mind it at all.

On Crooked Creek said...

I agree. . .there's something sensory about washing dishes. I remember standing on a chair in our galley ~ style kitchen in Kansas City the first time I washed dishes! I had to have been 8 or 9 years old.
Washing dishes by hand should be a ritual that all siblings have to endure. It teaches cooperation and patience with others in a way that nothing else can accomplish! Sometimes. . .I miss those Good 'Ol Days!
Sunday afternoons around 3:30 pm is my time to visit Iron Star after visiting Dad!