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.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Committee Meetings Don't Have To Be Boring . . .

We like to keep busy and so often volunteer for projects. But from the inception of a project until the event itself, there is a lot of plotting and planning to do. Linderhof's doors are always open for "Plotting and Planning Sessions"!!!

An afternoon meeting to discuss our group's latest project . . . and, of course, you can't come to Linderhof without something to drink and a nosh!

Since it's afternoon, tea, of course, and to munch on some wonderful Lemon Sour Cream Muffins which I found on one of my favorite blogs, One Perfect Bite. I "met" Mary ages ago on a food board and then lost contact with her -- when I found her and her blog again, I was ecstatic and many of her recipes find their way into Linderhof's menus.

Cups and tea plates in Spode Blue Italian, a napkin and a pastry fork (in case we want to be more dainty with our muffins!)

Instead of a centerpiece -- the muffins on a cake stand. Within easy reach as we plot and plan our latest project!

(From One Perfect Bite)

1/2 c. butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c. sour cream
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. lemon extract or 1 t. finely grated lemon zest
1 3/4 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. baking soda


2 c. powdered sugar
3 T. lemon juice

Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition. Beat in sour cream and vanilla and lemon extracts.

Combine flour, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture just until moistened.

Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

Combine the glaze ingredients; drizzle over muffins. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen

It's Tuesday and I'm joining the following tea parties:

Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations

Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air

Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen

Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

It's been too hot to want to bake but these look light and yummy. I'm going to save the recipe to hopefully try some weekend. Thanks and thanks to Mary.

Southerncook said...

Those muffins look delicious and I have made my copy. I must have missed them when Mary posted. A perfect nosh for a meeting.


Millie said...

Yummmh! Those muffins look good!

Snap said...

Oh, my! The muffins look so good ... almost good enough to get the oven going in this heat! Great way to have a committee meeting! Happy Tea Day!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, thank you so much for your kind words and the link to my blog. It is always appreciated.I hope everyone enjoyed the muffins. Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Martha,
Your muffins look delicious. I love lemon anything. Spode is always lovely and your tea table looks just wonderful. Thanks for having me. Enjoy your week.


Rose H (UK) said...

Your friends and fellow committee members are SO lucky to share your baking served in such a delightful way :o)

Terri said...

Your tea looks so lovely with your blue and white china! Your fellow volunteers must be thrilled to come and meet at your house. The lemon cup cakes make my mouth water!

Linda Jennings said...

Oh, that looks so good! I love your china and the lemon sour cream muffins sound and look sooo good!

Micupoftea said...

Mmm, I love tart lemon! These look delicious~ Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you get a chance to make the shortbread.

Pondside said...

Mmmmm but it all looks so good! Now you'll have to let us know what you're planning.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Martha,
your Lemon Sour Cream Muffins mak my mouth watering. Look so delicious. Thank you for sharing this delightful tea time. I love the wonderful tablecloth. May I invite you for tea, too?
Best greetings, Johanna

Rebecca said...

We have planning and plotting sessions frequently, too! I'm sure I'll make these muffins soon. Yummy!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Martha - I always enjoy my visits to your beautiful Linderhof! I do like your blue Spode - you show it so well. Those muffins look scrumptious - but I would have to not eat any gluten foods for three days to cheat at a tea with you!

And, how you spoil your committee members - I don't get such treats when I go to meetings! Perhaps I should start something in my own home - instead of dry offices.


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Martha
I'm always on these committees too and have a meeting coming up next week. The muffins sound so easy and delicious, I'm going to bake and serve them.
Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I can't imagine any event at your home could ever be boring!

On Crooked Creek said...

A lovely tablescape for Tea and your committee meeting! Was I the only one wanting a glimpse of the content of your planner???

Cass @ That Old House said...

Well clearly, Martha, you aren't hosting Weight Watchers meetings!
Those muffins look fantastic -- I read the recipe, they must be delicious.

Lucky committee members!

Love that shawl on the table -- is it old?

Martha said...

I'm not sure HOW old it is -- I got it at an Estate Sale because I loved the fabric and put it away (as I so often do) and then thought about it and got it out. I think it looks great on the breakfast room table.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh my! These look soooo good!

Zaa said...

YUMMY...Thos muffins look fabulous ... I must copy that recipe ..Thanks for sharing..Hugs

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: That looks so good. Just perfect for any meeting. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Martha