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 25, 2012

We'll Be Over In 15 Minutes . . . .

It is triple digits on the prairie today.      Therefore, we tend to stay indoors -- gardening now is just turning on the sprinkler for the allotted time and getting back into the cool of the indoors.

Neither breakfast nor dinner nor an afternoon tea break is taken on the porch nor on the patio nor under the pergola.     Any and all food is consumed inside!   (Husband Jim, however, does brave the heat to go out and grill dinner steaks).

I was puttering with inside chores this afternoon when I received a call from friend Barbara.     It seems that she and Priscilla needed to go over garden club "things" with me.       "We'll be over in 15 minutes", she said.

With the larder bare (of cookies or madeleines or financiers), I hurriedly put together some scones, put them in the oven, set the table in the breakfast room . . . and as the doorbell rang 15 minutes later, I was pulling the hot scones out of the oven.

It doesn't take long to set a tea table.    The hydrangeas make a good centerpiece.

The table in the breakfast room.    Plenty of room for note making while we sip and munch.    The china is English -- blue and white but with the addition of pink flowers.    It, too, was an estate sale find.    The teapot is Aynsley's Pembroke.    As is the creamer.

Scones and tea and honey

Afternoon scones are fine with cream and jam but they are also good with butter and honey.
Especially local honey from the Farmer's Market.    The only thing better would be if I could find the beehive that has the store of lavender honey that the bees have been working on most of June.     An English pearl handled tea knife is the perfect spreader for butter.

A pot of local honey

Honey served in a wee Waterford mustard pot.     With a mustard spoon for serving!     It's special honey and needs a special container and I love to see the golden honey through the crystal.

Scones are a perfect afternoon nosh for company

A warm scone with butter melting and honey dribbling over the sides onto the plate.     To be dabbed up with the unhoneyed part of the scone.

We drank the pot of tea, we ate all of the scones, we finished the business we needed to.    It was actually a nice afternoon . . . even though it was unplanned.

The scones are so easy and go together in a thrice.     Two cups of self rising flour, a tablespoon of sugar and a cup of cream.    Ingredients always in the pantry and fridge.    Mix together in a bowl until the dough holds together.    Knead a few times and then cut into American scone shape (triangles) or English scone shape (rounds) and bake for 10 to 12 minutes in a hot (450) oven.

You can make biscuits the same way -- omitting the sugar and just using the self rising flour and cream.   If you've been biscuit challenged, these are easy biscuits (or scones) to make.  

For the scones you can add dried fruit it you want or some herbs.

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.


Rebecca said...

How hot an oven for those scones? They sound TOO easy NOT to try :) said...

What a lovely setting. I bet the scones and honey were delicious.

On Crooked Creek said...

Triple digits on our side of the Prairie,also, dear friend! No scones here...but the oven was on for a roasted pork roast! YuM! These sound incredibly simple and delicious! One for the archives! Thanks!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Hi Martha, what a lovely tea you served. I love scones and your photo with the dripping honey...oh my!! I love the china and the tea service. You have the prettiest things. We are HOT down here in Texas, too.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I don't think we've ever hit triple digits here, now that is hot!
Your scones baked up quick and the tea table looks perfect for an impromptu meeting.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I've never eaten a scone with honey. Can you believe it? It sounds great though. We're supposed to get triple digit temps on Thursday. Ugh!

Bookie said...

Oh, so hot here today, Martha. To be 102 by Wed. I find it depressing to think Ma Nature might be cooking up a repeat of last summer. The flowers are already looking wilted yet sit in damp earth if in pots...steaming.

Thank you for the scone recipe. I want to try it! And I got my madeleine pan! Did you see the recipe for orange ones I tried on my blog? Such sweet little things!

Stay cool if you can....

Pondside said...

It has been years since I've experienced that sort of heat, Martha. It rarely reaches 80 here.
I'll be there in 15 minutes, if you'll make more scones!

Jocelyn said...

Your scones look so delicious. It's never too hot for scones and tea :-)

Jocelyn @

Martha said...

Pondy -- if you'd be here, I'll make more scones!

KathyB. said...

I have discovered over the years my very best times were when unannounced company came over and I wold whip together something to eat and simply enjoy them. No stressing over how clean the house was, what to prepare ( had to be something quick & easy) and all that I could do was enjoy!

I would love to drop in on you and share a cuppa and some fresh baked scones in your beautiful dining room with your beautiful china, but I will only do so via blogging, so no worries.I love it!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
I don't think we have ever hit triple digits here and I hope we never do. That would be the end of me. Unplanned tea parties are oftentimes the best ones and your scones sound delicious and easy to make. Your china is lovely as always and I'm so glad you have shared this tea time with us. I've enjoyed my visit! Have a beautiful day.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I forgot to mention that your honey looks wonderful in the little jar! I got myself a jar of Wildflower honey {very expensive, I'm afraid} the other day and cannot wait to try it on a scone. :)


podso said...

I need your energy and skill. You had those scones made that fast and coming out of the oven? I think you are so adept at making them, they simply flowed from your hands!

podso said...

I need your energy and skill. You had those scones made that fast and coming out of the oven? I think you are so adept at making them, they simply flowed from your hands!

Martha said...

Sandi -- I also have some wildflower honey in the larder -- from the Farmer's market as well -- and I can't tell you how little I paid for it! It's a stronger honey -- more complex.

Down Blueberry Lane said...

I just started following your blog recently. I am enjoying your post with so many pretties.

This post sounds so cozy. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Rosemary said...

I'm drooling all over your post! Lovely photos!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

You're amazing. Scones in 15 minutes. We're feeling the heat too. Try not to melt!