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.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tea With Shirley Ann

Shirley Ann and I have been friends for a long time and once we lived in the same town but, alas, now, I live 20 miles west but we try to get together every week for lunch. We alternate between there and here. And lunch is usually out.

Once a month or so, we do a "road trip" and head north or south to have a day out which, of course, includes lunch and some antiquing as well. Sometimes we bring home treasure -- other times we just have a great day out and a great lunch.

This week was a busy week for both of us and so I traveled east to her town and instead of lunch we had tea and zucchini bread on her veranda.

A pitcher of icy tea and glasses filled with more ice and thick slabs of zucchini bread -- my contribution.

Her lovely patio table with it's centerpiece of a living herbal wreath.

We chatted, nibbled and sipped and soon it was time for me to head back West -- with plans made for the following week of a "road trip"!

The zucchini bread made earlier in the week and frozen was full of raisins and nuts and shredded zucchini with just a hint of cinnamon. You can find the recipe HERE

I'm joining Michael at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday and because it was a lovely tea on the veranda of my dear friend, I'm also joining Bernideen for Saturday Tea in the Garden


afternoon tea said...

What a great tradition. It's so easy to lose touch with our friends, caught up in our busy lives.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that I have never zeroed in on zucchini bread.....

As a child visiting my grandparents in the summer, the meals revolved around zucchini, breakfast, lunch and dinner, really.

If "they" had tried zucchini bread I might have been much more interested in zucchini...

Lovely as always your presetations of friends and tea.

Marlis said...

Your zucchini bread looks very very good. I'm enchanted with the herb wreath on the table.. What a clever idea. Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm so happy to hear that you still keep up with your friend. Friends are the cherries in life! Many blessings, marlis - thanks so much for dropping in..

On Crooked Creek said...

Your friend has a beautiful place to share tea! What an interesting herbal wreath!I love zucchini bread...but have to make it myself. Omitting cinnamon in recipes for my allergies keeps me from partaking many treats at socials! Keeping friendships is such a JOY for one to partake. Thank you for the suttle reminder to call a life~long friend this weekend to "catch~up".

Martha said...

Pat -- the recipe would be good without the cinnamon. It is a good bread!

Mrs. V. said...

I love the wreath! What is it "filled" with so the plants will live?

Martha said...

It's a wire wreath frame, line with moss and then filled with dirt. The plants are then placed around the wreath. You can buy the wreath frames from Kinsman Company. (I think it's

Pondside said...

It takes effort to maintain a longtime friendship and it's so worthwhile. Your tradition is lovely.

Bernideen said...

Would love to have you link this porch tea with Tea in the Garden!
Zucchini bread is so wonderful and moist!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

what a nice tradition to have tea in the garden with a friend. The tablesetting is very nice.
Best greetings, Johanna

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
What a nice tradition, it is so easy to lose track of friends. The zuccinni bread looks yummy! I am still waiting on th efirst squash this year.
Thanks for sharing your day.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Martha,

It sounds like you had a wonderful day with your friend. Her patio is very nice and I bet the zucchini bread was delicious. Thank you for sharing your day with us.

Southerncook said...

Shirley Ann's veranda is just lovely and I like her live wreath for a centerpiece, beautiful. It is so very special to enjoy the company of a good friend and y'all always seem to have such a great time. I will have to try your zucchini bread recipe, DH would love it.


Pam said...

That is a great tradition and you are so lucky to enjoy that with a good friend. She certainly has the perfect shady spot to enjoy your delicious looking zucchini bread. I've never added raisins to it and will have to do that.

Sherry said...

Next to family, moving back "home" put me back in touch with friends again. I never intend to move away again!

My mother's name is Shirley Ann. :-)