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, November 14, 2011

Admiring the New Chair . . .

I must confess that I have a chair fetish.    I don't need any more chairs.    I shouldn't look at any chairs -- anywhere!    But I do . . . and at an Antique Mall in the little town 20 miles east of here, I found . . .

I didn't buy it until I figured out a place to put it!

This sweetheart of a chair.    I was good . . . I left the Antique Mall without buying it.      But obviously, I had a change of heart for it's here at Linderhof!     And I'm glad that I did!

I was not overly thrilled with the needlework on the seat!

Gold velvet upholstery with an embroidered piece stuck on the top.  

Mama Chair and Baby Chair (Papa Chair is in the dining room1)

I assume it's a child's chair.    It's a bit smaller than my 1860's breakfast room chairs.  

Not liking the embroidery piece, I took it off . . .

For everything there is a reason, I suppose!

to find this -- the reason that there was that embroidery piece.     What did I do?

Martha Stewart would never have an "oops" on a chair seat in her house!

I plunked my newest Martha Stewart book on top.   You'd never know there was an "oops" on the seat!   And that, actually, is the purpose of the chair -- to hold my latest breakfast room reading material!

I called Friend Sally and told her about the chair -- she had to come over to see for herself!

And whenever Sally comes, I put the kettle on and we share a pot of tea.

Tea for two in the breakfast room!

In the breakfast room, of course!

Wedgwood transferware, wee tea napkins, my bone handled cake forks.

The table set with the teal blue Wedgwood Asiatic Pheasant.

This was my first Asiatic Pheasant.   Six tea cups and saucers, six tea plates, a tea pot, open sugar and creamer.

One of my favorite patterns.

With tea, there's always a nosh.     I made pumpkin bread Saturday which was a perfect accompaniment for a fall tea.

Pumpin Bread Two Ways.

Served on one of my cake stands.    With my mother-of-pearl handled English cake knife.

My grandmother's recipe.    One of the mini loaves is her way -- which is plain.    The other is with my embellishments -- walnuts and raisins.      We can have our choice -- or a slice of each!    (Who thinks we only had one slice?)

Cinnamony nutmegy pumpkin bread served with cinnamon clovey tea.

It is fall and the perfect fall tea -- especially for pumpkin bread is . .

This is even good for breakfast especially after walking Ollie on a cold morning!

Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice.   A loose tea full of cloves and cinnamon.    It's one of my favorites and I'm so fortunate that Cynthia carries it at Life+Style!

As we sat and sipped and nibbled at the pumpkin bread, we admired . . .

Talk mostly was about "The Chair"!

The Chair!

Good memories of slices of pumpkin bread at Grandmother's in the Fall and Winter.

The pumpkin bread is one that my grandmother made.    It makes two loaves and I prefer tea bread recipes that make two loaves -- one for now and one for later.     I also like the mini loaf pans and often I will make one regular size loaf and four minis.    They're perfect for the freezer and they're a nice stash to have if you have unexpected company for tea.     Grandmother made hers plain -- no nuts and no raisins.    I embellished the big loaf that I made as well as one of the little ones.     I served one of each when Sally came -- she preferred the nuts and raisins while I preferred the plain.      Perhaps because the plain was what my grandmother always made!


3 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2/3 c. water
2 cups canned pumpkin (a whole can)
3 cups sugar

Sift dry ingredients together.    Mix pumpkin, walt, oil and eggs together.    Pour into dry mixture and mix well.   Pour into greased and floured bunt cake pan and small loaf pan or two medium loaf pans.    Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350.    Cool 30 minutes before removing from pan.    (Obviously, the smaller pans will take less time to bake.)

NOTE:   I poured the plain batter into 3 greased and floured mini loaf pans.   I then added about 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to the remaining batter.    I then used it for a big loaf pan and one mini loaf pan.

It's Tuesday and 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


Kerin said...

Glad the chair found a new home with you. I love it!

So wonderful to have a great friend to spend time with and appreciate the same things that you do.

Hope your week is wonderful!

Pondside said...

That chair was calling your name. I love how you are using it - a chair beside a chair!

Snap said...

The Wedgewood transferware is gorgeous! Thanks so much for the pumpkin bread recipe. Looks like the chair found a good home with you! Happy Tea Day!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

This is a lovely little chair with wood of a warm and pleasing color and nice shape. I think it would not be difficult to re-upholster the seat. I like the color too, but you could choose anything. It looks happy to be in your home.

tracy said...

I am so glad you bought the chair! It looks perfect in your tea room...
Very nice Wedgewood is beautiful, when I went to England almost every tea shop we stopped at served us tea in Wedgewood...
I will be sure to follow so I can come back and look at all your other wonders..I am off to see other blogs
Blessings to you

Terri said...

Dear Martha, what a lovely post! I too, love chairs and have been on a mission to find one that I can sit on and have my feet touch the floor! You see, I am only 5 feet tall, and most chairs today are made so large, I always feel like a child in them. I love the chair you picked and I bet it is just my size. I have my eye on one at an antique store nearby and am going to go back and have another look at it.
It is kinda funny about the needle work covering the rip in the cloth! I guess they had to think of something to fix it with. Are you going to recover it eventually?
Love that new MS book!
The transferware is beautiful and your tea bread looks yummy!


Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Martha,
the little chair is sweet. I like the embroidery, it is made like a German Hummel figurine. But it would look nicer when framed instead of the seat. You will surely find an good idea to redo the seat of this nice chair. And it is perfekt for your purpose. Your tea looks delicious and I guess, you girls had a nice time.
Best greetings, Johanna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good afternoon Martha,
I do love your chair. Funny how we all seem to have a fettish for certain things, isn't it?
I simply love your teal transferware; so very pretty! And the pumpkin bread; yummy! Those old recipes are always so good. I have many recipes passed down from my grandmothers and they are all such a treat when I make them.
I really enjoyed your post today. Thanks for sharing and have a delightful day.


Rose H (UK) said...

I love the shape of your sweet new chair, and what a great use for it!
Your tea set is so lovely, it must be a joy for your friends when they drop by :o)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Martha, you have a good eye! That chair is adorable, and it looks as if you could recover it right over the existing fabric seat. It's easy -- it's "cheating," of course, but no one will ever know.

All you need is courage. :-) And a glue gun and staple gun.

It might be a child's chair, or it just might be a little boudoir chair -- I am picking up an Empire chair today that is diminutive. Ladies were smaller back in the day!

Lovely table -- you have so much transferware that I am PEA GREEN.

Really. I am. And it's not a good look.


Richard Cottrell said...

I love your chair and the seat would be easy to recover or make a slip. Chairs just tend to come to me as well. I want a slice of your pumpkin bread, looks so good. Thanks for stopping by today. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Bernideen said...

It's darling! And what a wonderful home IT FOUND!

Pamela Gordon said...

That's an adorable chair. I like the wood and the back of it. I'm glad it found a home. Your china tea set is beautiful! Blessings. Pamela

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Martha: I love, love, love the chair. What great lines it has. Your transferware is beautiful. What a great post! Blessings, Martha

On Crooked Creek said...

Adore the chair...believe me...I understand your fetish!!! Perhaps it's time to get out your yarns and weave some magic! However, I had such a chuckle at your "creative MARTHA Moment"!!!
P.S. I could, truly, see your smiling face when I saw that little chair! Enjoy!