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, March 20, 2013

A Thank You Dinner for our "Village"

It "Takes A Village"
to replace us
at Linderhof

And when we were gone to Italy for over a month
friends filled in
watering plants
taking care of Dolly
the mail
the trash . . . 

And we said thank you
and brought them a remembrance

But a thank you and a small token
is not enough

So we invited our "village"
for dinner

In the dining room
(Even though it is officialy spring -- it's too cold for al fresco --
but then it was too cold for al fresco in most of Italy as well)

 With a table set for six

Our most Italian looking dishes
Our beloved blue and white

A tongue in cheek
Spode's "Blue Italian"

Always a menu card

 And sunny yellow flowers 
in a Blue Italian pitcher

On this dreary first day of Spring
they bring a little sunshine to the inside of Linderhof!

The menu . . .
Is set and bubbling away on stove top
For pictures,
it will have to be after our guests leave
this evening.

Appetizers in the living room
Italian olives
fig and fennel caponota

Penne Bologonese
from Gina Stipo's ecco la cuisina

Garlic bread


All lined up and ready to serve to our guests

It's Thursday and I'm sharing my Thank You Dinner with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish.


Phyllis @Around the House said...

I love the soft blue of the plates and the darker blue of the under plates, love the napkins and the menu care in that gold with the white lace tablecloth, so pretty and inviting...

The Tablescaper said...

There is nothing like blue and white!

- The Tablescaper

Marlis said...

Blue white and yellow. Always a winning combination. The table looks so pretty. Your tablecloth is amazing. Happy Spring!! xo marlis

Ruthie Miller said...

Your table looks great. LIked your tongue in cheek reference. I agree with the others-blue dishes area always fresh. Lovely.
Bet you Loved Italy!!
Ruthie from:

Diane said...

I wanted to jump into the picture and just devour that Tiramisu - one of my very favorite desserts - yummy! All of the food looks wonderful and your table is so pretty. Love those Spode "Blue Italian" plates. I do not own any, but I have been crazy about them, since I first saw them in England in 1985!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

How thoughtful of you to repay your friends and neighbours with such a delicious dinner party. I've noticed you use menus most times (maybe always?) and wonder what your guests think of this idea? They do like kind of fun to have on the table.

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

What a cute idea to display menus! And next time you need a house sitter, let me know. There isn't a lot I won't do for some tiramisu ;).

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Looks fantastic, Martha! Blue and white makes everything pop!

lindaraxa said...

Tell Dolly Lucy has all the right moves down pat...just in case she needs some new ones!

Marigene said...

What a nice gesture, Martha...I am sure your village enjoyed dinner at your table...the menu sounds wonderful with the exception of the raisins!

Susan Freeman said...

A very pretty table and a wonderful menu!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

As always your table looks wonderfully inviting! What good friends you have. What a good friend you are.

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Martha! What a wonderful gesture to show your appreciation to your terrific neighbors! That's what I love about living in the Midwest. There is that sense of community - or village - that produces some of the best neighbors ever!

Your table is a beautiful welcome and tribute to those who helped make life a little easier for you while you were away! The food looks amazing!

I just looked at your sidebar and saw the Ft. Scott reference there. My husband and I go through Ft. Scott on our way to Pittsburg where he works in the Urgent Care clinic on weekends! We stop for breakfast to go at the (now newly built) McDonalds and occasionally pop into the Long John Silver's on our way back to Lee's Summit on Sunday evenings. My aunt lived in Ft. Scott for many years before moving further on down the road to Pittsburg. I have never had a chance to actually stop and visit any site in the town, but I certainly intend to one afternoon while my husband is toiling away in the clinic and I'm there bored stiff with nothing to do.

I think you guys are maybe getting the worst of this snow storm that is upon us this weekend. Stay safe, stay warm!