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, July 29, 2011

A Sunflower Tea

With temperatures of 105, it's been too hot to be out in the garden. We water and sometimes we weed in the morning when the temperature is hovering around 90 and it is "cooler" but we enjoy the garden from inside during this heat wave.

But we still enjoy tea and from the breakfast room, you can enjoy the garden without getting overheated.

And we enjoy having a friend (or sometimes two or three) for tea. In the afternoon, ambitious friend Sally who is painting her house and tending her garden, stops and retreats to the cool inside. Sometimes she makes her way to Linderhof in the afternoon and I put the kettle on.

For we ended up having a "Sunflower Tea"!

Sunflowers on the table and sunflowers on the plate!

My favorite sugar cookie recipe rolled and cut out with a sunflower cookie cutter and frosted brown and yellow with Royal icing. They make lovely sunflowers!

And in the blue and white Spode pitcher, sunflowers from the garden -- not the "seeded" variety but rather a plant called false sunflowers. Unlike most perennials they bloom most of the summer and their blossoms are often cut and brought inside for the breakfast room table.

The sunflower cookies were actually made for a very special lady, Bernideen, of Bernideen's Tea Time Blog -- for she and I were able to hook up last Saturday in Kansas City (she coming home from visiting her family in Columbia, Missouri) and I up in the city for my brother's birthday.

So although there was no post, I truly had tea with Bernideen last Saturday -- but, alas, it wasn't tea in the garden and actually it wasn't even tea -- it was coffee in Hardee's just off I-70 -- but it was Saturday and I was with Bernideen!

It's always fun to meet a fellow blogger and I must admit that the time spent with Bernideen passed all too quickly and it was time for her to head across Kansas to her home in Colorado.

Some of the cookies were taken to help celebrate my other's birthday and a few were left at Linderhof -- for the nosh for an afternoon tea or two.

Sally and I enjoyed being inside in the cool sipping tea and munching on the cookies. Like last Saturday, the time passed all too quickly and we each had dinner preparations to begin and with a promise of "next time at my house" Sally bid adieu.

It's Saturday and once more I'm celebrating with Bernideen -- for Tea in the Garden on Saturday. Please stop by and see the other tea parties this Saturday!


Mrs. V. said...

Your cookies look lovely. You are one very talented lady! Also very lucky ~ getting to meet Bernideen herself!

On Crooked Creek said...

How wonderful to be able to meet up with a fellow blogger en~route!!! Your Sunflower Tea has me smiling and feeling a warmth of affection coming over me...I love Sunflowers!!! Your cookies look delicious. It would be difficult to devour one, as they are works of art. Thank you for such a sweet post to our state flower on the Prairie!!!

Pamela said...

Oh, I loved reading your blog post. I could almost imagine myself sitting at your table and looking at the garden...sipping tea. And oh the joy of a sugar cookie -- my favorite sweet of all time. I have never seen one so beautiful. You're an amazing woman.

william said...

Martha, your sunflower cookies do look lovely and so does your table-- as always! I love to read your blog, it is so comforting.


Unknown said...

That must have been super fun for you both! I would love to go visit her store someday.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Love those cookies.
We stayed in the 80s today. I got so much done in the garden today!
Wonderful that you met an online friend.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Martha,
I would love to have a bit of your heat, here in Germany it is realy chilly in this summer. Your table look so delightful and the sunflower cookies look so perfect for summer tea. What a nice idea to meet with Bernideen. I can imagine how much fun it was. Thank you for sharing this delightful tea time.
Best greetings, Johanna

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

adorable cookies. How nice to meet a fellow blogger in person.
I love the blue and yellow together, always a great pairing!

Bernideen said...

Ohmy ...I recognize these cookies since you spoiled me with a bag of them! They were delicious! I would have loved taking your class! Thanks for posting this tea!

The Sewing and Knitting Loft said...

Lovely tea, and your sunflower cookies are so pretty!

Pondside said...

Your cookies are always so pretty - Christmas, summer and everything in between.

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Pretty table setting. The cookies are so pretty...I want one! ;-)


Unknown said...

Sunflower Tea is a very best drink in a Summer and hot weather. I always contain the less amount of caffeine.
herbal tea

You tttube said...

Your cookies are always so beautiful-Christmas, summer, and everything in between.

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