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, May 14, 2012

A Porch Tea

It's Monday -- the bed linens get changed and washed and the house gets cleaned -- and then, if there is any time left, I do odd chores . . . but always . . . at half past three I stop for tea!

Today's "odd chores" were trimming the boxwoods in the front yard.     And since I was working in front . . . tea today was taken on the wicker table on the front porch.

the corner of the porch where the tea table resides.

Set properly, of course, with a tea cloth and garden flowers.    A tea for two for Husband Jim joined me as he often does if he's home.

A cloth with crochet edging

It's still cool enough that a pot of tea (rather than a pitcher) is the half past three refreshment of choice.  

Flowers, tea, scones

And there's always a nosh.    Sometimes a cookie or two from the larder.    Sometimes a freshly baked treat.

Today, I did some baking . . .

Goes together in a thrice and so good!

Garden Fresh Herb Scones slathered with butter!

the oak leaf hydrangeas are blooming!

Just because it's just us doesn't mean that things can't be nice.    A cloth for the table, napkins for our fingers and a china pot for tea.    Everything served on my beloved blue and white, of course!

The freshly baked treat because I ordered and received a new cookbook -- Sweet Remembrances Recipe Collection.     From Nancy of Sweet Remembrances who with her sister, has the blog, Rosemary's Sampler .     Nancy has the tea room and her sister has  Rosemary House and as it says on their blog, "it's all about herbs and tea"!  

What's not to like about that?    And when I found Rosemary's Sampler, I immediately added it as a Friend of Linderhof for I enjoy keeping up with their teas and their herbs.

And I saw on the blog about the cookbook.    But . . .
A wonderful cookbook -- Thank you Nancy!

I have way too many cookbooks.    Many of which I don't use and even though it was tempting, I resisted.   I truly didn't need another cookbook.     However, on another favorite blog, Tea With Friends, a post about the cookbook with a great orange basil cookie was posted.

I immediately ordered the cookbook!

I got it today and I was mad at myself that I had not ordered it sooner!     What was I thinking?    Taking a mid morning break, I thumbed through the book and knew that I had to try the Garden Fresh Herb Scones for tea this afternoon.

They were delicious.     Thank you, Nancy, for a great cookbook to be added to my collection.    An herbal and a tea cookbook in one!

The scones . . .a cheesy, lemony, herby scone plus they were easy and I'm also serving them for a lunch in the garden tomorrow for friends.   They were wonderful for tea and they will be great with the pasta, pesto and peas that I'm serving as the entree for lunch.  

From the Sweet Remembrances Cookbook:


2 cups flour
2 T. baking powder
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/2 c. buttermilk
1/3 c. olive oil
1 egg
2 t. lemon juice
1/2 t.minced garlic
2 T. fresh chives
1T. fresh basil
1 t. fresh oregano

Preheat oven to 375.    Combine flour and next four ingredients in a large bowl.   In another bowl, whisk buttermilk, olive oil, egg, lemon juice, garlic and freshly minced herbs.    Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and combine just until mixed.    Turn dough onto lightly floured surface.   Knead dough about 10 times.    Divide dough into two small balls.    Flatten each ball to about 1 inch thick.    Cut each circle into 6 or 8 wedges.    Place wedges on baking sheet.    Bake 15 minutes or until done.

Serve warm.

NOTE:   I also added the zest of the lemon and I brushed the top of the scones with egg wash and sprinkled on a bit of Parmesan cheese and some of the herbs before I baked them.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.


podso said...

Oh I will have to try those scones! I prefer savory to sweet. And I enjoy making things special just for us! Makes a special stop during a busy day!

PAT said...

The cloth is fabulous as is the entire table Martha. Oh my and those scones!

Bookie said...

Everything looks so nice, so inviting... Tomorrow is tea and cookies here on the deck in the morning while it is still nice outside. Most of my friends want pitcher instead of pot always...but will see...
Scones do look extra good!

Aledia said...

Beautiful tablecloth and tea dishes!
Those scones look so delicious, thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful night!

Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Beth said...

Hi Martha, Your scones sound so good! I'll bet you used some herbs from your lovely garden too. Sounds like you had a busy day today, Martha. I'm glad you and Jim take a break to enjoy tea every afternoon, and that you let us take a peek at your pretty table outside. You might want to link this to Bernideen's Tea in the Garden on Wednesday too. You can find her at
Also, thanks for the link to Rosemary's blog - I MUST visit, for I too am a tea lover.
Hugs and blessings, Beth

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my, those scones sound fabulous! Your whole tea setting is just so pretty. I think I have all the herbs to make those scones, too.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I love having fresh herbs to cook with. Your 3 o'clock time for tea is such a great idea to sit a spell and take in the day!

Scribbler said...

These sound fabulous, and I am saving the recipe.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Martha,
Your blue and white china is always a welcome sight and oh my, those scones look delicious! Such a pretty tablecloth too. Thank you for sharing this with us at Tea Time and enjoy your week.


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I have never made savoury scones but I would like to try this recipe. My hubby will stop in the afternoon for a drink with me but he doesn't like tea. A nice idea to use your pretties for tea too, no sense in them sitting in a cupboard gathering dust.

On Crooked Creek said...

Your screened in porch looks so inviting! A lovely tea with pristine white cloth and your beautiful blue and white tea set! Flowers from your garden...and husband Jim...a perfect tea, indeed!

Rowan said...

The scones look and sound delicious. Such pretty china too.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Martha,
the recipe for the herb scones sound really interesting. Thank you for the recipe. I will try it sometimes. Your tea setting is very inviting, too.
Best greetings, Johanna

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Can you come here next to do some housework?? I will give you scones! (SMILES)

Snap said...

Thank you so much for sharing the recipe for the herb scones! I was ready to sit at your lovely tea table with you and partake!!!! :D :D Happy Tea Day~

Betsy B. said...

I use Nancy's cookbook all the time. Everything is delicious . Her scones are the best. I may start a tradition of afternoon tea just so I can have Nancy's scones more often.

Pondside said...

You'll be responsible for a run on this cookbook, Martha! The scones sound lovely, and if there are more like them, well, I may have to order too!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh the scones look sooooooo good. Beautiful setting as usual. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

Jocelyn said...

I can't tell you how much I enjoy tea on the porch. Your scones look divine. Your setting is so inviting. I'd love to sit and join you.

Jocelyn @

Cindy Adkins said...

Lovely table (pretty blue dishes again!) and oh, yum...those scones look delicious. Thanks for the recipe!
Hugs, Cindy

Unknown said...

lovely tea setting! The porch is a favorite place for a cup of quiet tea at my house as from Sandi's party to say hello! ~ Trish from Sweetology

Lily said...

These sound delicious, and I am saving the recipe.

Lily @