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.
On this last day of 2012, I'm looking back and sharing my favorite posts. Mostly tea ones and often company ones for we love to have company at Linderhof -- to share food and fun over a cup (or pot) of tea!
A friend from Nevada came to share her mother's blue and white china with me. Of course, where there's blue and white china -- there's tea! We spent a wonderful time visiting as we sipped tea and shared our love of dishes.
It's Lent and the French lamb molds are on the table as are some paperwhites. Blue and White for breakfast, of course. It's a partial set of Mother's. Winter Saturday breakfasts tend to be more leisurely -- summer ones not so much.
Carrot food (muffins, breads or cookies) often finds it way to the tea table during Easter week. This is a wonderful carrot and poppyseed bread that goes so well with afternoon tea. Friend Carol joined me as she gifted me with the tea cozy. Spode Famille Rose on the table and my latest acquisition -- a wee myrtle topiary (which I still have and which is much bigger!)
It's never too hot in May to work in the garden. And garden chores abound. But in the afternoon, at half past three, one can always take the time to stop -- not to smell the roses but to have a cup of tea and tea cake and some locally grown strawberries.
It was a nice afternoon and the garden was tidy and so I invited three garden friends to share tea with me in the garden. A tea treat (strawberry tarts) made just for the occasion. We sipped, we visited, it was an enjoyable afternoon.
Alas, the heat wave in July found us taking tea inside rather than out -- in the living room which seemed cooler than other parts of the house. Still tea (only iced) and madeleines which are a good nosh with tea whether hot or iced!
With cooler weather, the garden became lush again. We enjoyed the fall garden as much as the spring one. Garden chores are made easier when one stops for tea and cookies -- white chocolate chip, hazel nut and dried cherry ones.
Not for tea but for sherry (Harvey's Bristol Cream, of course) served with thin slices of Friend Francie's grandmother's brazil nut cake. Just one of the afternoon, when we had Christmas Company. It's always fun to have company when the house is so festive.
I've enjoyed this look back at afternoon teas (and a breakfast) at Linderhof during 2012. And I look forward to sharing more pots of teas with friends in 2013.
There's always tea in the larder and cookies in the tin
And this December, our company included:
Lunch for the Lunch Bunch
In the dining room
Gifts were part of the table decor
A silver bowl filled with pine and pinecones and a pretty bow
and the two glass sleighs filed with antique ornaments.
Our Tartan plates, of course and since this was a special lunch, Jim's grandmother's cutlery
Friend Pam was in town and dropped by for a cup of tea
And a platter of Christmas goodies
A corgi nose checking to see if any of the goodies are for her!
The silver tea pot (always in December), my newest Christmas plate bought on an outing in early December and the Tartan cups, of course!
Some friends stopped by late afternoon.
It was really too late for tea
So we brought out the Waterford decanter of sherry (Harvey's Bristol Cream, of course!)
and some of friend Francie's Grandmother's Brazil Nut Cake, sliced thinly and put on a silver cake plate
We sipped sherry, nibbled on slices of cake and talked of Christmas plans
Friend Sally dropped by with presents for all.
It was a cool day and the wing chairs close by the fire seemed the appropriate place to take
tea and visit.
A real "French" tea for the tea was the Mariage Freres Noel Tea, the "nosh" was French gingerbread (pain d'epices) which is close to my beloved Starbucks gingerbread -- without a cream cheese and candied orange top.
And on Christmas Eve, a plate of fruitcake, Francie's Grandmother's Brazil Nut Cake and some fruitcake that Husband Jim had bought as well as Christmas cookies and punch cups of egg nog.
A family tradition -- Daughter Sarah and her Andy joined us.
We so enjoy filling the house with company in December.
Dinner will be a deli sandwich eaten in front of the television
while we watch The Bishop's Wife
But we celebrated this Fourth Sunday in Advent
at a late tea after we arrived home.
Betty Cookies awaited us when we arrived home.
Friend Betty gifts us every year with an assortment of Christmas cookies.
It's a tradition of her grandmother and mother than she continues.
We're glad she does.
We lit the candle and said our prayer before we took tea.
The Fourth Sunday in Advent
The Fourth Candle is lit.
This is the Angels Candle
(The Angels brought the good news that the Savior of the world was born!)
Dearest God, as we light this candle, we remember the Angels who sang good tidings of great joy at Jesus' birth. Let us also be the angels of good news to the people that we meet throughout our lives. Amen.
Come Lord Jesus
A golden luncheon -- gold tablecloth and napkins and a centerpiece in a blue and white bowl.
The plates are Noritake "Christmas Ball" -- not a planned purchase but a find in the bottom of an auction box that I paid $1 for. I thought they looked like Christmas balls . . . and alas, they do, although they were not intended to be a Christmas pattern.
Christmas red and white -- a damask cloth, red runner, and red napkins. The centerpiece is a vibrant red poinsettia.
The Royal Doulton Tartan, the hotel silver cutlery, and a menu, of course.
I enjoyed going back in time and seeing how the tables were set when The Lunch Bunch came in December.
I am looking forward to the Luncheon today. The menu is set but the table is not! We're eating in the dining room -- the plants have grown way too big and with all of them in the sunroom -- there's only room or 3!
Luncheons will be in the dining room until May 8 -- at which time the plants go outside!