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, March 18, 2013

A Late Afternoon Tea

It was a busy day today
Which started late
due to a late bedtime
because of a dinner party!

But I was able to savor both tea
and the mail this afternoon
Alas, not at half past three
but more like half past four!

In the breakfast room
with my treasures
a pot of tea and a nosh!

The mail was a treasure trove which included the newest Bon Appetit
and Fed Ex followed close behind with my latest Amazon order!

Laura Child's Sweet Tea Revenge
I've got all of them, adore them and every March am always eager for the next "installment"

Gina Stipo ecco la cucina
 Just coming back from Italy, I decided I needed a new Italian cookbook.   I adore Marcella Hazen but was looking for a book that would let me recreate the foods that we dined on while in Italy.     

I've bookmarked several recipes to try over the next several weeks!


the latest Bon Appetit
I dogeared a couple of recipes -- the buttermilk brined chicken and the lemon chicken orzo soup
Bon Appetit never disappoints.

The nosh was some shortbread that I made this morning while waiting for the oatmeal to cook.
Friend Susan sent me the recipe this morning after she told me about this marvelous shortbread yesterday.

And I just had to try it!!!

With my late start to the day
And my breakfast that was really Brunch
(but can one call oatmeal Brunch?)
and my afternoon tea was lunch
it was good to be able to sit awhile
and slowly look through the lovely books
And read from cover to cover Bon Appetit
And have a cup or two of tea
before the "ding" of the dryer snapped me back into reality
That the last load was done and needed to be folded.


With the time change
And my later than usual tea time
I loved the sun and the shadows for this afternoon tea!

The shortbread are simple, go together quickly and bake slowly so you can do other chores while they slowly bake to perfection in the oven.     Even though Susan doesn't call them "Susan's Oatmeal Shortbread", they shall forever be known at Linderhof as such . . . and to anyone who gets the recipe from me as well!


1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
3/4 cup rolled oatmeal
1 cup butter

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, with a pastry blender or fingers, cut or rub ingredients together -- will be crumbly.    Press firmly into greased jelly roll pan.

Bake in slow oven -- 300 degrees -- 40 to 45 minutes or until deep golden brown.    While still hot, cut into small squares (use pizza cutter).   Cool in pan on rack.    Makes about 4 dozen.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.


Bernideen said...

Oh such fun Martha - I only wish there were more hours in each day to do all the things we want! I can't wait to see the recipes you try! This one is a winner for sure.

La Table De Nana said...

They sound so interesting.

On Crooked Creek said...

YOUR week, dear friend
sounds like MY week. . .Last week!!!
I couldn't get use to the time change and was thrilled I wasn't punching the time clock for an employer!!!
This week...I'm back on track...up at 5 AM!!! For me, it's the best time of the day!!!

Pamela Gordon said...

Tea is good any time of day for me. The shortbread sound very good and I thank you for sharing the recipe. Happy spring to you! Pamela

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I like lazy days like the one you've just enjoyed. I had preordered Sweet Tea Revenge for my ereader and read it right through as soon as it was released. It was as good as the rest.
The shortbread with oatmeal sounds good, and easy enough to whip up.

niartist said...

So I was just thinking as I was reading thru that you should share the recipe, cause that shortbread looks amazing - and there it was!
You're the best!!!
I've got some photos of my new decor up on the blog - hope you'll stop by and tell me what you think!
Here's to spring!

La Tea Dah said...

A beautiful tea tradition! I love shortbread and your shared recipe sounds exceptionally delicious!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Martha,
Such a cozy tea and wonderful reads! I have the whole Laura Childs series too and have one more book to enjoy before reading her newest mystery. The shortbread looks lovely and the recipe is easy enough. I've never had oatmeal shortbread before. I will have to try it once I'm back on my feet. Thank you for sharing with us and coming to tea. Happy Spring, my friend!


Terri said...

What a lovely setting to have tea and go through your mail. I love being able to sit and enjoy a new magazine fresh out of the mailbox! My dryer often snaps me back into reality too (or the oven timer) lol!
Wouldn't a few more hours in the day be lovely?

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Martha,
Late afternoon tea is the best time for me. It's like a little pick-me-up just when I need it the most. However, being able to find ten minutes together to actually sit down is another This daylight savings is really taking a while for me too. :)