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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dinner for Two

Dinner at Linderhof when it is just the two of us is taken in the breakfast room.    It overlooks the garden and thankfully, by dinner time the sun is not as intense as it was in the afternoon.

Even when it is just the two of us, I like to set a nice table.

I've always felt family deserves as pretty a table as company.

A cloth on the table.     This one from an Estate Sale and the flowers in the cloth reminds me of sunflowers -- sunflowers with "blue" centers!    Blue and white transferware, of course.  

Flowers or fruit as a centerpiece is a must!

Spode Blue Italian.    The pitcher is as well -- filled with store flowers!    Alas, there are no flowers in Linderhof's gardens!

Inexpensive but pretty and they last a week or more!

I love the peachy orange color of these and even though they didn't come from the garden, they still bring a smile to my face.

A symphony of blues and golds with a pop or orange!

White linen napkins in silver napkin rings -- the ones we use daily!

I adore mirrors and the reflections they provide --

And dinner?    From the Farmer's Market -- even the pork!   Husband Jim grilled the pork chops while I cooked the beans with quartered new potatoes and onions and cucumbers in vinegar.    A summer dinner with ties to our childhoods.

It is Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


On Crooked Creek said...

Dear Martha,
Gorgeous tablescape! I enlarged your photos and the table cloth background does resemble Sunflowers!!! I was also able to see more of that exquisite cabinet in your breakfast room!!! Must have been a "pork chop" kinda day! "Mr. Ed" grilled pork chops at Noon and I fixed pasta salad and Blueberry Lemon Muffins, again!Leftovers for supper were just as delicious!

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

So pretty. I love everything about that room and table. It has such a great feeling to it. Dinner looked delicious as well! Lovely!

Tea Party said...

Oh yes...may we please see more of the STUNNING cabinet in your breakfast room?
What a lovely table, and dinner reminded me of fond memories at my aunt and uncle's dinner table...
Enjoyed your post...again!

Wild Oak Designs said...

Yummy dinner served on spode, nothing better! You did a nice job setting the table...we often forget to do that.

From the Kitchen said...

Your dinner is exactly what my mother often put on the table. She cooked the potatoes on top of the green beans and I suspect you did as well. We always had cucumbers in vinegar! I often do the same. Thanks for the memories.


Bookie said...

Martha, you a link to sanity in this heat. I have no desire to cook so looking at your lovely food and presentations keeps me going. Yesterday I made a cantaloupe soup but neither of us like it. I put in too much basil I think! I have different recipe to try today with orange juice. Hope it is better and that I am not wasting precious melons!


I know you have your transferware collection all in blue, which I also love..but since I have the German onion pattern, I just gor the red transferware. I love your table for two, how lovely and romantic. Enjoy your weekend.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Love the blue transferware! Your tablecloth's texture looks wonderful with your furniture and the dishes!
I'm especially intrigued with your candle holders! I picked on up last year that has that twisted look but they only had one. Great table!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

What a beautiful table!!! My table is blue and white this week also! I love your transferware. The flowers are called astromeria, they are in the lily family. I love that color. Dinner sounds delicious too! XO, Pinky

sweet violets said...

Such mom made cukes in vinegar with purple onion slices!!! Classic table setting, love it......

Pondside said...

One can just feel the cool quiet in your beautiful room.

Marlis said...

Martha, your table is so wonderful. I too will set a table for just the two of us. there is just something so special about that. I love the pretty table covering too. It's perfect with your lovely blue dishes.. Your meals are so perfect.. xo marlis