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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cooking Again

For three weeks we were gone from Linderhof.    A fall vacation.    In the Spring we vacationed in Old England and in the Fall, it was New England.    A place neither of us had ever been but a place that I've always wanted to go for I've always loved Conneticut, admired Vermont, and swooned over New Hampshire.    One week of our vacation was a cruise to Maine and New Brunswick.    The rest we were "on our own" wandering through the New England states.

We were "on the road" and so meals were in diners and restaurants.   No cooking for we didn't have a permanent location.

It was a fun trip but it was also nice to get back home.    To retrieve Oliver from what we call The Doggy Hotel and what he calls "prison".      We arrived home late Monday night.   Monday night's dinner was our last on the road.

Tuesday was filled with unpacking and putting away, doing laundry and mail.     It was a busy day but I wouldn't have thought about getting take out or eating out for I wanted to be in the kitchen again.

But it called for a simple meal so Husband Jim grilled steaks and I baked some acorn squash -- the center filled with butter, salt and pepper and then real Vermont maple syrup brushed on just before serving.    A big salad completed this simple meal -- our first at home in three weeks.

We always eat dinner in the breakfast room.    Actually, it should be called the breakfastlunchanddinner room for the two of us eat all of our meals there.    The dining room is reserved for company.

A table set for two.

We always use real napkins and china even when it is just the two of us!    And we sit with Husband Jim at the head of the table and I next to him.    It's cozier, I think.

Candlelight adds romance to any meal.

And candles -- they're for fall, winter and spring when the night comes before dinner time.    There is something about dining by candlelight -- even if it is just the two of us.   It makes any meal special.

Garden begonias in a blue Spode pitcher make a perfect centerpiece.

And there are always flowers on the table.    It's the late fall garden but I picked some begonias from the planters.    I must admit that I've never done that before but they make a wonderful table flower.

Of course, we eat off blue and white!    For every meal!

Blue and white, of course.    The Asiatic Pheasant by Royal Staffordshire, hotel cutlery, a steak knife and a Pottery Barn "dish towel" napkin -- in the silver rings (of course).  

A perfect end to our first day home.

Even when it is just the two of us, a table nicely set with candles lit makes any meal special.

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.    


Anonymous said...

This is beautiful Martha.

Vacations are fun but it is definitely good to be home again!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Glad you had a nice trip and are safely home.
I need to do the candle lit dinners more but we sit the same way. Easier to hold hands. ;-)
Beautiful plates. Love the whole setting.

Jocelyn said...

So lovely! I love the candle light. Glad you had such a nice trip.

Jocelyn @

Scribbler said...

You do everything with such style.

Marlis said...

How wonderful! I too sit next to my husband. it is cozier and much easier to converse.. Your blue dishes make me want some of my own so badly.. Glad your trip went well and that you are home safe and sound.. xo marlis

Kerin said...

A perfect way to welcome yourselves home again :)
How wonderful to have a cozy meal together.

Marigene said...

A vacation in New England this time of year is usually very colorful, but my family and friends say the leaves are very dull looking this year...not good news for a first time visitor.

Alycia Nichols said...

I DO like the garden begonias for the fall centerpiece! It's a break from the mundane...very different, and that's what makes it so cool! Glad you and your husband are back at home where you can kick back and relax. "Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home." Amen!

Entertaining Women said...

Welcome home. I have friends who returned from their New England Fall just last night. Beautiful table for two, and of course, I always love the blue and white. Thank you for sharing your wonderful design. Cherry Kay

niartist said...

Oh Martha, I love your house!!! So glad you're back from your fall expedition! I bet it was gorgeous! I know the weather we've had here the last 2-weeks or so has been great - and I think most of the Northern states have had similar sunny days. I've never thought of cutting my begonias for vases, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way they look! Thank you for the idea, and thank you for coming by to check out the blog!

Pondside said...

Isn't it lovely to be home? I love the way you love your home and express that love of homemaking and all that it encompasses.

Lara B Knight said...

How beautiful! What a welcome home dinner.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Martha!
Can't wait till you reveal your special finds from your long vacation. I expect to be deliriously jealous and sulk for 6 days afterward.

LOVE this table -- I never would have thought to cut begonias, but they look wonderful! They even seem to gracefully swoop and arrange themselves.

Of course the Asiatic Pheasant is wonderful -- but those steak knives! What/where/when??? They are fabulous.

Lucky Jim. Linderhof must be glad you are home again; Ollie too. I can't show this post to Howard, as I don't want to give him false expectations of weeknight meals!

Love you, my dear -- Cass

Southerncook said...

Such a lovely table for two and yes, candlelight always makes any meal special. BTW, I just posted some new pics of the newest grand baby.


Tess said...

Isn't New England beautiful in fall? We are close by in upstate NY. I'm sure you were happy to get home and back in your kitchen. As Dorothy said "there's no place like home". Your table is lovely and romance is great anytime!

Chubby Chieque said...

You always have those beautiful treasure. Love the twosome mood.


Hope your enjoying the w/end.


On Crooked Creek said...

Ah~h~h. . .how romantic!
I can imagine Oliver seated patiently at the foot of the table!
Always great to travel. . .but "there's no place like home".