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, March 26, 2012

Thimble Tea


Joyce's sewing kit with scissors, seam ripper, needles, thread and a wonderful antique sterling thimble -- that's a family piece!

When my grandmother and her friends got together for a Quilting Bee, she called the afternoon nosh of tea and her homemade cookies a "Thimble Tea".     

  Last weekend our town had their every other year "Voices From the Quilts" event at our historic fort.   And even though I don't quilt, I found the speakers interesting and the quilts fascinating.

I do have friends that quilt and I decided to resurrect Grandmother's "Thimble Tea".    Friend Joyce (and a Lunch Buncher) is a quilter -- well, she doesn't quilt but she loves to piece.    I told her to bring her latest project and we'd have some companionable time with our needlework and a pot of tea and a nosh.

The table on the breakfast porch set for tea . . . so we could sip and nibble while we sewed.

Joyce is working on this beautiful appliqué quilt of iris -- which includes fuzzy little beards like real iris have!    They were so pretty!

And I've got my needlepoint.    To be a cushion for the big beige chair in the living room when it is done!   Started on our January cruise through the Panama Canal.  

Not just a nosh, but more of a full blown afternoon tea . . .

With scones.    Fruited yogurt ones which are so simple to make and have a nice almost sourdough tang.

Blueberry Butter.    To slather on the scones.    It's easy to make and makes a scone special!

Blue and White Quilt Cookies.   I nabbed a few from the 5 dozen that I made for the quilt events last weekend.

And of course, it was a blue and white tea with my Spode Blue Italian cups, saucers, teapot and tea plates.   It had to be blue and white since the quilt cookies were, after all!

The recipes are so simple -- the scones can be made up almost as quick as it takes a guest to walk from car to door!     The blueberry butter is as simple as mixing room temperature butter, a smidge of salt and some blueberry preserves!


1 1/2 c. self rising flour
1/2 to 1 t. salt
1 1/4 c. nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl and create a well in the center.    Add the yogurt and mix into the flour until it resembles a crumbly dough.    Turn out onto a floured surface, pat together into a disc and pat out to about 1 inch thick.   

Cut out rounds with cutter or the top of a glass dipped in flour.    Place the rounds on a nonstick cookie sheet.    Bake at 450 for 10 to 12 minutes or until browned.

NOTE:   I added about 1/2 cup of currants to the dough before I turned it out.   I also brushed the top of the scones with egg wash before I put them into the oven.    

Since we spent last Spring in England, I prefer my scones their way -- round.    Scones here are usually made into triangles.   You can make yours in either shape!


1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 c. good blueberry preserves (not jelly -- you want the bit of fruit that's in jam)
1/8 t. salt

Combine the butter, preserves and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.   Serve at room temperature.

You can make butter with any type of jam that you like -- strawberry, raspberry, apricot.   It's as good on biscuits, toast or English muffins as it is on scones!

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday and Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and A Delightsome Life for a Return to Loveliness



Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh, how fun! And an excellent idea too.

Bookie said...

Thimble the name and sweet idea! Those scones...amazingly simple and I need to try them.

My new Southern Living came this afternoon. I thought of you when I saw the recipe for Strawberry curd. Lemon definitely more traditional but this strawberry looks inviting too!

Deb said...

Your photographs are so beautiful it is like looking at a painting. The flowers are gorgeous on your table and blueberry butter...oh my goodness. Deb

Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

What a wonderful tea table! Lovely photos! I love the scones recipe and love blueberry butter. What could be better?


Oh goodness, your table looks wonderful to be sitting down in your beautiful and cozy house I so love to visit. Of course I will not just sit there before having a scone or two with some tea in those lovely blue and white dishes! Have a nice week.

Anonymous said...

Love this post, milady! Sewing notions and projects are a passion of mine - along with tea - and I get precious little time for it - the sewing, not the tea. Tea happens all day for me - sewing is a luxury lately with my schedule. A thimble tea sounds marvie! Love the fruit butter idea, too! So nice catching up with you - I've missed spending a lot of time blog reading as I did before school started. Hoping for change soon.

Connie (aka LOU) said...


Those recipes looks delicious. If they truly are as easy as you say, I must try them. Love your blue dishes. It looks like you have a very interesting blog and I can't wait to check out more from your newest follower.

Connie LOU

btw, thanks from stopping by my blog and your kind words.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Martha,
I never tire of seeing your beautiful blue and white Spode. Your scones look so good and I must try making your lovely fruit butter. Thanks for the recipes.
I enjoyed your Thimble Tea and I would love to have gotten my grandmother's thimble. She quilted and sewed all the clothes for her family. She was an excellent seamstress and cook. She was an amazing lady!
Thanks for sharing your tea with us as it brought such lovely memories to mind. Have a wonderful day.


Beth said...

Sounds delicious, Martha! Your photos are beautiful too.
Blessings, Beth

Bridget said...

Oh I love your blue & white tea setting, so pretty! and the scones and blueberry butter sound lovely :)

Snap said...

What fun! A thimble tea!!!! How clever! Love the blueberry butter! Happy Tea Day!

relevanttealeaf said...

I LOVE the idea of a Thimble Tea. I'm big on theme teas, so will have to remember this. I enjoy your blog very much.

Jocelyn said...

I LOVE this tea!! And thank you so much for the recipes. They look so delicious. Blueberry butter, who would have guessed :-)

Jocelyn @

Elegant Economies said...

What a sweet idea! Beautifully done! Your blues would look lovely with mine!

Kathy said...

What a sweet idea! I love how you honored your grandmother in such a beautiful way. The tea setting is lovely and the food looks amazing! Will definitely try your recipes!
Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Martha,
your Thimble Tea was exiting. The Quilt cookies are cute and the scones with Blueberry butter sound great. This wonderful set tea table makes a great vignette. Thanks for sharing this delightful tea time.
Best greetings, Johanna

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I love a theme for tea and your story of a Thimble Tea sounds like fun.
The scones and blueberry butter look delicious. I was wondering today about using the nonfat Greek yogurt I buy for my scones instead of buttermilk that turns on me before even half used up. Your recipe doesn't call for any extra liquid which I was wondering about, so I'm going to try it with the yogurt.
I'm glad I joined you for tea today.

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Everything looks so lovely! What a wonderful tea set. Your scones and blueberry butter look delicious. Thanks for sharing.