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

Easter Weekend

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!


Babs said...

Oh, your Easter cookies are little works of art...much to pretty to eat, although they look really delicious.
I'll bet the children will love them.
It looks like you're having sooo much fun.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

You are so sweet.
Some of us were talking at work yesterday about our memories of coloring eggs and we agreed that the old fashioned way making your own dye colors was best right down to using coffee cups!
Happy Easter!

Deb said...

I love the way you 'do up' Easter. Just beautiful and your cookies look divine. The kids will love them.
Wishing you a very "Happy Easter" from our home to yours. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x6

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness, what gorgeous cookies! They're almost too pretty to eat, but I sure would love one with a cup of tea!!! Happy Easter!!

podso said...

This post brings a smile to my face! Such prettiness and spring colors and the cookies look so beautiful. Such care with each one!! I also like the peek into your serene living room. I could curl up and read a book there most easily. Happy Easter.

Bernideen said...

Who wouldn't like to live next door to you!

Meredith said...

Those cookies are so so cute. Happy Easter! You blue and white china is beautiful as always.

Lottie said...

What a sweet thing to do for the children! Yes, I wish I was your neighbor, too! And the coffee cups with homemade egg dye really does bring back memories!

Anonymous said...

As always you do things very special.... would love to know more about edible grass - do you make? or is it "bought"? Just one more thing to make the bag special.

On Crooked Creek said...

Oh, how well I remember the egg dying from my youth! MoMa would be 'bone tired' from styling the ladies of town hair for Easter and left the egg dying to my oldest beloved Bubba!He LOVED Easter!!! After all the eggs had been dyed...he'd forever take the last egg and place it in each color at a time. The end result was always the same... an egg in muddy brownish black hue. Then he would tell us the story of the Cross and how Jesus died for our sin. On Easter morning, Bubba would crack that sinful egg and show us the yolk and the white. The yolk was our sin Christ took upon we could be washed white as snow! Siblings! One of life's greatest treasures!!!

Michelle said...

Your cookies are just beautiful. My kids would love to be your neighbors! Me too! You are right...homemade egg dye is the way to go!

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

What gorgeous cookies! I wish we lived in your neighborhood so I would have gotten a little bag of them! ha. I have never seen painting like that -- maybe you could share on your blog how you do exquisite!!

Have a good week. Donna

Tessa said...

hi martha ~
yours were prettier!! haha! beautiful blog! beautiful life!! so glad to "meet" you!