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, March 28, 2012

Breakfast for Three

My brother came for the weekend -- Saturday afternoon.    Sunday morning we skipped church and had a leisurely breakfast on the breakfast porch.

My beloved blue and white, of course.   All Asiatic Pheasant in different patterns and different shades of blue because they are from different manufactures.    But they're all English.

White linen napkins, Johnson Brothers, plates, Crown Staffordshire bread plates with bone handled bread knife.    And for me, Burleigh cup and saucer.     The coffee mugs are in the living room with the guys who are reading the Sunday papers and watching television.  

Breakfast -- an old favorite -- Bender's Hungarian bacon from Chicago (we love to keep some in the freezer -- it is so good) and poached eggs (something has to be healthy!)

Toast served in a silver "toast cooler" (my husband's name for the toast rack), marmalade in the marmalade jar and a silver pearl handled jam spoon for the marmalade.     My utilitarian every day teapot for my tea.   (While the guys second pot of coffee is in the French press or cafeteria (as the Brits call it) behind the teapot.

And a few branches of the blooming red bud tree in a blue and white pitcher for a centerpiece.    This spring, we've been sticking whatever is blooming in that pitcher.    It seems perfect for the breakfast porch table and we like the "revolving" flowers.

My brother and I like fruit for breakfast -- husband not so much and sliced strawberries topped with the lemon curd I had made the day before is a great way to start a breakfast.

It was a leisurely breakfast as Sunday breakfasts should be -- filled with talk and we emptied both coffee and tea pots before we left the table.

It's Thursday and I'm sharing breakfast for three with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Pondside said...

What a cosy, homey way to start a Sunday, Martha. The table is, as always, lovely, and the food sounds delicious!

Deb said...

That is the first time I have actually seen a toast rack being used. It looks so neat on the table. You always serve such scrumpdillyishus meals. Deb

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Sounds like a great visit with your brother.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

A leisurely breakfast on the front porch sounds wonderful and even better with a brother!

Debbie said...

One of my favorite things to do in the whole world is to sit down to a pretty breakfast. I love it. This table would be so much up my alley, especially with those red buds. I love them.

Michelle said...

What a delightful morning catching up on your posts over coffee! Have been far too busy this week, but what a nice way to start today by visiting Linderhof!!! Always so nice to stop by your place, Martha!

Michelle said...

P.S. Bende's in Chicago is one of Hubby's favorite places to order Hungarian products. They have wonderful things, especially salami's!

Sarah said...

A leisure breakfast with your brother and husband. Sounds like the perfect way to begin the day. That the coffee and tea pot were emptied just says how nice it was to sit and enjoy the company.

Jocelyn said...

Oh so pretty and cozy. I love having a table for three. What a lovely way to enjoy the company of a loved one.

Jocelyn @

Entertaining Women said...

I love the Asiatic Pheasant patterns. You described your Sunday morning so beautifully that I could almost feel the breeze wafting thought the screened porch. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful table! So elegant.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)
Have a nice day.

podso said...

I enjoy a tablescape that is real. You set the scene well and described a wonderful morning with good food. My husband would also call that a toaster cooler, he really likes his toast lightly done but warm!

Your lilacs are lovely and I can almost catch the scent!

Martha said...

Podso -- I appreciate that comment. My mother taught me how to set a pretty table -- even if it is just for a family breakfast!

lindaraxa said...

My toast rack disappeared one day only to show up a few months later on top of my daughter's desk. It now holds unpaid bills.

The table is, as always, lovely.

Anonymous said...

This looks wonderful Martha...and delicious!

PAT said...

This looks wonderful Martha...and delicious!

Tess said...

Wonderful your toast caddy. Love how it looks on the table. The english know how to set a breakfast table and you've done a beautiful job with it here in the US! Everything sounds delicious!