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.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Holiday traditions abound at Linderhof and long before we had Daughter Sarah, I colored eggs on Good Friday -- after the Tenebrae service at church. Then, when Daughter Sarah came, we both colored eggs after church on Friday. Even though Sarah lost interest in egg coloring in high school, I continued to color Easter eggs. You can't have Easter without colored eggs!!!
I still color eggs. The old fashioned way -- no Easter egg coloring kits but rather food coloring and vinegar and boiling water. Always done as my mother did -- in coffee cups.
And the colors are the primary colors that you get with food coloring. Once done . . .
They're put into the French wire egg holder to dry.
And today, all of those dozen cookies not withstanding . . .
I baked some more. To eat with Saturday's tea and for gifts for neighborhood children and the children of dear friends.
The centerpiece, a beautiful hydrangea, a gift from a dear friend. What a pretty plant and we will be planting it in the garden later. We simply adore hydrangeas and she couldn't have gotten us a better gift!
The Asiatic pheasant is perfect for Easter tea. It's soft blue color reflects the pastels that we associate with Easter.
After painting many bunnies and chicks, I turned to eggs in pastel colors that mimic the German Easter eggs hanging on the tree in the dining room. In fact, I used those eggs for inspiration when I painted these.
They make a perfect nosh for Easter Saturday tea.
The rest of the cookies . . .
Are bagged. A cushion of edible grass and three cookies in a cello bag tied with a ribbon. A small Easter favor for favorite children.
Each bag is different . . . for each child is different.
They're to bring an Easter smile to the little ones on Easter Saturday before they get the real goodies Sunday morning!