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, October 31, 2011

Treats for the Committee . . .

Any project is successful because of the committee behind the project.    The plotting and planning necessary  to make a success out of an idea.     I volunteer often to hold a committee meeting here, at Linderhof.    It's easy . . . for a small committee, the breakfast room is the prefect spot and if there are more committee members, there is always the dining room table.

When a committee meeting is at my house, there are always treats before . . . . juices flow better when well fed!

And last week, friends came for a meeting.    A small committee of four.    

I like to have everything ready before my guests arrive.

So our meeting was held in the breakfast room . . . and since it was a morning meeting, we had coffee and coffee cake before the meeting.

A morning meeting always calls for coffee; an afternoon one iced tea.

My blue and white breakfast coffeepot is perfect for morning coffee and Spode mugs rather than cups and saucers (they take up less room on the table).

And the nosh . . .

The recipe calls for a 9 x 13 pan but I like to make it in two round pans.   One for now and one in the freezer for later!

An orange cranberry coffee cake.

Our first one is made when the first cranberries arrive at the market.

Full of orange zest and fresh cranberries.    We make it only during this time of the year.    But it's a treat we always look forward to.

Committee meetings always go better when the committee is fortified with coffee and cake!

Spode plates for the cake and some of my bone handled English forks to eat the cake with.    It's fall and the acorn bridge tablecloth and napkins seem perfect.

It's Tuesday so . . .

I'm joining the Tuesday 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


paperbutterfly said...

This is the way to start any committee meeting! Everyone would be more co operative with this in their tummy. Love the idea of making two cakes and freezing one for a last minute tea invitation.
Thank you for dropping by.
Love your posts.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Martha, I quite agree. The best way to get fresh ideas is feeding them first! Your blue coffee pot is gorgeous and the coffee cake; yummy! What a treat, filled with cranberries and zest! Nice to have one for later too. Thanks for sharing with us today and enjoy your day.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

How lucky anyone is to be a guest at your house. It always looks so beautiful!

Kerin said...

Makes me want to be on that committee :)
Lovely table setting, and beautiful cake.
Hope you accomplished what you needed to in your meeting.
Hope this first day of November finds you happy, and healthy.

Cindy said...

Why rush a meeting when there is coffee cake that looks so yummy. Orange and cranberry coffee cake, hum and it looks even better served up on blue, love your setting.

Wanda Lee said...

Dear Martha,

Oh my.., this is delightful and yummy also! What a good idea to fill their tummies first!

The blue and white tea ware, as well as the tantalizing coffee cake with zest and cranberries, is just too temptingly mouthwatering; (such a good idea to save one for later for yourselves)!

I especially love anything with orange and zest!.., So good! Yum!

Thanks so much for joining in with the fun for TTTT and also for my 108th, Tuesday Tea For Two.

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs, Wanda Lee

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I often serve coffee and coffee cake (blueberry) at my meetings too before we get down to business. It's a good time to relax and chat first and then everyone can focus on the work at hand.

On Crooked Creek said...

Cake and Coffee...a perfect beginning to your meeting! This looks delicious! I'm sure the plans went well and all were blessed to have been guests @ Linderhof!!!

my cup of tea said...

Martha, everything looks so beautiful! That cake looks to good to eat!