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, September 12, 2011

Tea for Two

Saturday, Friend Shirley Ann and I traveled North to Liberty, Missouri for tea!!!   Not an afternoon tea but a morning one for our choices were 10:30 am or 2:30 pm -- neither of which, to me, is the perfect tea time.    But since both of us had evening plans and Liberty is a long way North, we decided that we would do the early tea -- or an "elevenses" as they would say in England!

It wasn't just an ordinary tea but a fall Harvest Herbal Tea.     And you know how I

Anne Marie's -- tea shop, tea room (by appointment only) and Inn!

The Tea Room -- a delightful 1913 house which was wonderfully decorated and there were touches of fall throughout the downstairs rooms of the home.

The table full of fall colors and a centerpiece of minted simple syrup for our tea.

Our tea table -- set for four so we could visit with some new friends!

I loved the little herb booklet -- can I see that idea at Linderhof?

And each place had a knife, a fork, a menu, a napkin and a little book that told about herbs.

Curates are always such elegant presentations.

The three tiered curate with the savories . . .

A savory truffle -- goat cheese rolled in sesame seeds -- half were black seeds while the other half were white!

An herbed goat cheese truffle with tiny flatbread

A wee baked potato -- good for tea or for an appetizer!

A small baked potato filled with herbal sour cream and topped with smoked salmon.

bruschetta with white beans and herbs.

A bruschetta with white beans and herbs.

My savories and I did savor each bite -- they were all delicious!

lavender scone with lemon curd and "mock" devonshire cream
The scone was light and flakey and the lemon curd was delicious.    After all the months in England with real "Devonshire" cream -- mock just isn't as good anymore!

The dessert plate -- filled with herbal desserts -- basil is a wonderful dessert herb as is lavender.

And the sweets -- basil chocolate pot de creme, a lavender shortbread and a strawberry.    We could have licked out pot de creme pot clean!     But we refrained!

And some views of the house . . .

Small tables scattered here an there were topped with teapots.

Tea pots and cups and fall decor . . . it certainly did get one in a fallish mood!

My favorite, of course!

And of course, my favorite, the Spode Blue Italian Sandwich Tray on top of which is a Spode Blue Italian teapot full of herbs and a cup and saucer.     Fresh flowers, of course.

But we didn't just "do" tea and come home -- we also stopped at a favorite garden center where I bought . . .

A vining porcelain berry . . . with such beautiful colors of berries and a great fall color in the leaves as well.    A vine for all seasons!      Which will go . .

On one side of the arbor in the garden -- to trail up and over and give some more color and interest to the garden!

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

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

Tabletop Tuesday with Marti at A Stroll Thru Life

for those tabletops at the tea room are just to die for!!!!


Bernideen said...

How fun to see the photos and of course a trip to the garden center was most important! I am addicted to those places!

Bookie said...

Oh my, Martha, are you sure about that berry vine? It is beautiful for sure, but I have heard it is like kudzu...a problem plant. Am I getting confused here?

The same can be said of mint I guess. I love mint but the neighbor's corner has come into our yard,driving hubby nuts. I keep my mind in container on the deck where I can keep him in line.

On Crooked Creek said...

What a wonderful Tea for Two post!!! The food all looked so divine and the decor was such good "taste" for the upcoming Season! Thank you for taking us along for this delightful day.

Sherry said...

What a fun day!

BTW, I love your Shirley Ann posts...that is also my mother's name. I have answered to "Shirley" half my adult life...and to "Ruby" my mother's sister at times.

A Few Pennies said...

Yum; all those wonderful, pretty food-stuffs! Lovely post and ideas you've shared. Have a great week.

Pondside said...

I enjoyed that morning tea very much! It made me long to go out for a proper tea - something I've not done since the spring.

Terri said...

What a perfect place to have a tea room. Everything looks so very delicious. You two must have had a fabulous time together there.
Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with us all.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

We can buy imported Devon creme in our stores here, but oh my, the price is not in the realm of reasonable!

Such a lovely tea party!

Zaa said...

Seeing this lovely tea.. makes me want to on a journey to find a teahouse...The menu looks divine... especially that mouth watering potatoe..mmmm... Thank You for sharing this lovely journey... Hugs

Unknown said...

Love your photos and your dog is cute too.Thanks for sharing.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Martha,
lovely photos, which make my mouth watering. The table settings look all very charming and right for the season. Visits at the garden center are always enjoyable. I havent seen a porcelain berry before and it looks amazing. Thank you for sharing this delightful tea time.
Best greetings, Johanna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
What a fun trip you had. The tea was especially nice and the berries from the garden center are so pretty. Thanks for sharing this with Tea Time.


Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Hi Martha. What a nice way to spend the day, having tea and visiting a garden center with a friend. The food looks delicious.
Thanks for for stopping by our blog.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a wonderful tea! Most teas I go to don't include many savorys, this one looks to be delicious! What a lovely way to spend the day.(-:

Babs said...

Your tea looks so nice and the sweets and savories, delicious. Right now the tiny potato with smoked salmon is calling me.. must be my Scottish genes. :)
Thanks for sharing a lovely time.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Martha, it all looks so delicious! I'll have to look it up online and find out more about it. My best friend and I love to go out for afternoon tea.

Sandi McLean said...

What lovely fun! You inspire me to set a date out for tea. Here in Victoria it would be afternoon tea in the lobby at the Empress Hotel.

KathyB. said...

Most definitely my kind of tea. Herbal savories, cozy and charming tea room, good company, and ending this all with a trip to a garden center, perfect!