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, June 4, 2012

Garden Friends for Tea

It was very pretty last week -- the heat of the previous week was gone and afternoons in the garden were pleasant.

And as I love to have company, I invited three garden club friends to join me for tea and a treat in the garden.

Under the shade of the tulip poplar on the patio.

One of the tables on the patio set with a lace cloth and my Blue Italian.

Blue and White transfer ware is always preferred at Linderhof.

Through the arbor is the herb garden . . . and the birds were entertaining as they were busy feeding.

Just tea and a treat.

But we also had a treat with tea . . . strawberry tarts.

On a Spode Blue Italian sandwich tray -- brought home from my trip to England last year . . . a Harrod's purchase (but alas, not at Harrod's -- at the Harrod's shop at the airport)

Blue and white looks as good outside as it does inside.

A mix of Spode blue -- a Blue Room teapot, Blue Italian cups and saucers, an odd creamer that's English and just the same hue as the Spode Blue Italian.      Wee tea napkins embroidered in blue and with blue crochet edging.

Wee strawberry tarts

St. Paul's Strawberry Cream Cheese Tarts.    A recipe from friend Anna and they will be served at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Salad Luncheon later in June.

It was shady on the patio as we sipped tea and enjoyed a tart or two!

Mr. and Mrs. Dove who are frequent back garden visitors

But we had visitors -- I looked up and found these two "spying" on us.     I don't know if they're eyeing the tarts or they're wondering if they can swoop down for seed while we're at the table.

The tarts are easy to make but I did deviate from the original recipe by topping with a half of a strawberry instead of the icing called for.    My guests thought they were spectacular!


17.5 oz. Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
6 T. softened butter
1 egg
8 ounce container strawberry cream cheese spread
1 c. powdered sugar
2 T. milk
1 aerosol container decorating icing
candy sprinkles, if desired

Mix sugar cookie mix, butter and egg to form dough.    Roll dough into 32 1 inch balls.   Place in greased mini-muffin cups.    Press each ball in bottom and up side of mini-muffin cup (a mini tart shaper or melon baller works well).    Bake at 350 for 10 to 11 minutes or until edges just begin to brown.    Remove from oven.    Cool 1 minute and press center down again.    Cool 10 more minutes and remove cookies from pan, cool completely.

Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk with mixer on medium speed until smooth.    Fill each cookie cup with rounded teaspoonful of filling.    Top each cookie with decorating icing and sprinkles.   Store in refrigerator.

Makes 32 cookie tarts.    Cookie tart shells can be baked ahead and frozen.    Fill after thawing.

NOTE:   I made the cookie tart shells, filled them with the cream cheese but topped them with a strawberry instead of icing and sprinkles.

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.


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Martha, what darling little tarts! Thanks for sharing the is easy, but looks spectacular. I love the strawberry on top, too. They look so pretty on the blue and white, which I LOVE!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your blue and white tea table looks inviting and the strawberry tarts, yummy.

Deb said...

Looks delicious, Martha. I am so in love with that sandwich tray. YOU are the one to turn me on to blue and white.

Taste the Rainbow said...

Very pretty Martha, as usual....

Bookie said...

What a lovely tea!!! Can't beat blue and white.....

On Crooked Creek said...

Oh, dear friend, what a lovely table!!! In the shade... on the Prairie...and in June! I'm sure your invited guest felt priveleged to take part in tea with Strawberry Tarts. The un~invited guests seem to be a bit inquisitive. Sweet, sitting polietly on the fence! What a beautiful day for your festivity!

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a perfectly lovely setting! Love the china and a gorgeous place to have tea!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Martha, I do love your blue Spode! The mini tarts are adorable and look so delectable. I'm sure everyone had a lovely time over tea and tarts! Thank you for joining me and have a delightful week.


Beth said...

Martha, Your table looks pretty with your treasured blue and white! A very pretty tablecloth too. Your friends are very lucky - you treat them so well with the lunches, dinners, and teas you host!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

What a lovely blue & white table, so cool yet inviting looking. the strawberry tarts look wonderful, and love the tray too.

Thanks for visiting my blog from TTT! Pam

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi martha,
lovely tea table in you patio and the wee strawberry cakes look really yummy. Thank you for sharing this delightful moment.
Best greetings, Johanna

Clara said...

Hi Martha!
Your tea was perfect. The tarts look delicious! We have a St. Paul's tearoom here also but it is held in the early spring. I love your blue and white transferware.

Snap said...

Tea and treats in the garden! Delightful! I love blue and white -- so fresh and clean feeling. Tarts ... YUM!!! Happy Tea Day!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such a beautiful and inviting setting. Love the teascape and the strawberry tarts look sooooooooo good. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

podso said...

Those tarts look delicious! and I know it would be a peaceful, enriching experience to sit at your table! Always love looking at the spode and blue and white!

janice15 said...

Your blue and white everything is beautiful, I'm a huge fan of blue and white so inside or out yes I love it..but it does look very pretty outside...Have a lovely afternoon with love Janice

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hello Martha,
What a lovely Tea you gave your friends! I just love the setting and your blue china with the lacy white tablecloth looks so perfect! Thanks for the tart recipe! I will be trying it soon.

Rowan said...

Those strawberry tarts look very good and a pretty table setting too.

Lily said...

Your blue and white tea table looks nice!

Lily @ table top fridge