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, December 28, 2011

The Morning After Breakfast

The Morning After Breakfast -- the breakfast on December 26.    It's part Christmas and part not.     Put away are the Christmas china.    It's our custom as we wash the dishes after Christmas dinner, back into the cabinet it goes until next year.

We do, however, usually keep the tree and greens up until after the first of the year -- Christmas isn't really the end but the beginning of the season.

Often, Daughter Sarah and Andy leave on December 26 to head back to Minneapolis -- they need a good breakfast for it's an 8 hour drive!    They need fuel!

An early breakfast so much better for them to arrive home before dark!

Breakfast is often in the dining room for it's still dark and the breakfast room is best when it's sunny and light and you can watch the birds flit from one bird feeder to another.

Part Christmas (the tablecloth and centerpiece and candles) and part "normal" -- the blue and white plates and mugs and my favorite casual napkins.  

The centerpiece worked as well for breakfast as it did for Christmas dinner.

The Christmas centerpiece -- a silver cake basket filled with shiny red apples.    The candles are new -- a gift from Andy's parents and I though they looked smashing and so we immediately put them on the dining room table for Christmas dinner and even lit little votives in them!     Such a thoughtful gift.

We've missed our old friend, the blue and white, during December.

The Spode is back as our everyday china as is the hotel cutlery.    Blue napkins.    The tablecloth was our Christmas one -- a damask that is one of my favorites.     There's nothing as posh as a damask tablecloth and freshly ironed damask napkins!

For breakfast . . . toasted bagels, vegetable cream cheese, sautéed new potatoes, and for the entree

Easy to make and a great way to fix eggs for a crowd.   I don't have a recipe for I just whip eggs, add meat and cheese, onion and parsley and pour into the skillet and bake at 350 until it's baked.

A ham and cheese frittata with onion and parsley.      It's a great day after breakfast when Christmas dinner is ham!     Served at the table in the iron skillet in which it was baked in.

Breakfast was over far too soon, gifts were loaded in the car and they were off!    It was a great Christmas and we're grateful that they still come home for Christmas.    

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


On Crooked Creek said...

What a wonderful "fuel full" breakfast to send daughter Sarah and hubby Andy on their way! Memories made for another year! Know you'll be missing them terribly...keep them close in heart!

Babs said...

How nice that Sarah and Andy still come home for Christmas. Your breakfast looks delicious and filling enough to last at least til supper time.
Glad to know you don't take down your decorations til after the 1st, either.

Pondside said...

A proper breakfast before a journey is a lovely gift to give your travelers. I loved the beautifully-set table in the still-dark dining room.

Southerncook said...

I tried earlier to place a comment on your blog and lost it????? I know it must have been so difficult to see them drive away but you sent them off after having such a wonderful breakfast. The fritatta looks delicious.


Entertaining Women said...

Even in the 'going out', you made them feel so special. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

Unknown said...

Happy New Year! Love your table !

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Well the table looks great and the the food looks so good...I love those sweet and inviting...Happy New Year

Marlis said...

OOh the fritata looks amazing.. I have to try one of those. Love your beautiful breakfast setting. So fresh and lovely. May the year bring warmth, good cheer and many, many blessings. xo marlis

Taste the Rainbow said...

Great looking breakfast Martha. Yum!


CJ Foss said...

The fritata looks yummy! We always start our Christmas with a strata made much the same way, but I like the way you make it in the pan. What a great way to start the morning. Enjoy your New Years! ~CJ