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, April 29, 2013

Company For Tea

I got a text from friend Pam
who said she'd be in town
And would we be home.

Of course!!!

And so I invited her for tea

In the living room

For comfy chairs and sofas are much nicer 
And tea can be taken anywhere

On the coffee table
the tea wares

It's Whiledon Ware, Pattern Antique
It's that blue and pink flower motif that I simply adore
Alas, no tea pot and I'm not sure that there was even a teapot made.

I especially like the cups for they're nice big ones.
Great for tea with a friend.

The cookies are new
An easy dough of yogurt, flour and butter, filled with cinnamon sugar, rolled and baked.
They're a great tea cookie!

And I love the spirals
They remind me of palmiers. 


1/4 c. sugar
1 1/4 t. ground cinnamon
1 cup flour
1/2 cup plus 2 T. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/3 c. cold sour cream
1 t. vanilla

In a small bowl, stir the sugar and cinnamon together.

Put the flour and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on low speed until the butter is in pieces the size of small ima beans.     With the mixer running, add the sour cream and vanilla and mix just until the dough holds together.      Gather the dough together and pat it into a flat rectangular shape.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and using a floured rolling pin, roll it out to a 18 by 16 inch rectangle with the short side facing you.     Leaving a 1 inch bare edge along both long edges and reserving 1 T. of the cinnamon sugar, sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar evenly over the dough.

Beginning at the bottom edge, roll the dough up tightly, but stop when you reach the halfway point.    Then, beginning at the top, roll the dough tightly toward the center until the second roll meets the first one.    Pinch the seem along the length of the roll to seal it tightly.    Pinch the ends to seal them tinghtly.    Sprinkle the reserved cinnamon sugar evenly over the folk and roll it back and forth to coat the outside with cinnamon sugar.     

Cut the roll in half crosswis to form two pieces, each 6 inches

Wrap each piece in a piece of plstic wrap.   Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight, until firm.     When ready to bake the cookies, position a rack in the middle of oven.    Preheat the oven to 350.   Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.    Use a large, sharp knife to cut each cold log into 18 slices.    About 1/4 inch thick.    Place the cookies 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.

Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time just until brown, about 17 minutes.    The cookies will spread into large open double spirals as they bake.    Let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.    Use a wide metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining the Tuesday parties:

Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Tasting Tour

In the little town 20 miles east of us
a rite of Spring
is the
Tasting Tour

Started 36 years ago
It is an event 
that has stood the test of time

It's always much looked forward to,
They always sell out
(for they limit the number of tickets)

And the sun always shines on Tour Sunday

Besides touring homes,
it includes a taste of foods at each house

Each house has a theme
Each theme has a menu

The theme and food for today's tour . . . 

Lincoln's President Inaguration

The food for tasting at the Bushwhacker Museum:

Celery Crab Bites
Strawberries and Cream
Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits with Virginia Ham
Missouri Spiced Pecans
Molasses Cookies
Mary Todd Lincoln's Almond Cake

* * * * *

Centuries Past Tea Time

The food for tasting at the Barlett home:

Model-T Herbal Iced Tea
Babe Ruth's Cheese Straws
Suffragette Sweet Lavender Scones
Mother's Day Cucumber Sandwiches
Cracker Jack Cranberry Chicken Salad
Vaudeville Strawberry Lilies

Picnic on the Veranda

The food for tasting at the Hutsell Home:

Corn Tomato Salad
Cucumber Sandwiches
Pickle Coins
Glittered Grapes
Lemon Pound Cake
Strawberry Lemonade

Not only do you get to taste the wonderful offerings at each house
but you also get the recipes to take home as well.

In their early years, they sold a cookbook each year
A big effort, I'm sure, to compile a cookbook and do a home and food tour

In 2006, they published a 3 ring binder cookbook

And at your last house on the tour
you get the recipes sized to fit the binder!

I think it's a brilliant idea!

Friend Shirley Ann and I had a "Ladies Day"
Touring some wonderful old homes
Tasting some wonderful food
And, over big glasses of iced tea after
Reliving the tour
Talking about our favorites
in homes and in food
And which offerings we would be making soon.

A big thank you to the Thalias organization
for providing not only this year but for 36 years past
a lovely Ladies Day Out
at The Tasting Tour

It's Monday and for the first time I'm joining Little Red House for my first Mosaic Monday!     Thanks to Lavender Cottage for introducing me to PiZap so that I could make a mosaic.     Thank you -- I'm having so much fun with mosaics!!!!

And I'm joining Yvonne at Stone Gable for What's On the Menu Monday

Friday, April 26, 2013

English Teas

Every afternoon at Linderhof
(that I'm home)
I stop at half past three
And have a cup of tea

A longstanding tradition at Linderhof

But one we continued when we lived in England that Spring

A high tea at our cottage in Wiltshire
We'd call it supper but to the Brits it's tea
Meat pies, crumpets and a cake
With a pot of tea, of course!

We visited the little village of Winchcomb at tea time
And had one of the tallest scones!
A fruit one (with currants)
And of course, our pot of tea

Oxford was close by and we went several times
One of the highlights was the Hogwarts Dining Room
(which is really the dining room of King's College)
and after what seemed like miles of walking around Oxford
we stopped for tea
A cream tea -- scones, cream and jam

We lived most of that spring in the Cotswolds
And we passed through the quaint named Cotswolds towns often
A favorite Moreton-On-Marsh
had a great tearoom.
Another cream tea.

Kenilworth is a fascinating ruin of a castle
But it has a tea room!
And after the grand tour of the ruins of Kenilworth
we stopped for tea and cake.

Near our village was the village of Great Tew
and their church one Sunday had a fundraising tea and organ recital
A wonderful array of tea goodies
And real tea served in real cups
in the 1000 year old church

And who can visit London and not have a Hotel Tea?
Ours was at the Waldorf where we stayed
A curate filled with tea goodies and pots and pots of tea

On our first trip to England, we visited Bath and had tea in the Pump Room
A memorable experience.
This trip we were once again in Bath
And back to the Pump Room
Tea this day consisted of a "Bath Bun"
instead of the full afternoon tea.

Our house, Blue Row, was in the Cotswold village of Swerford
After a day sightseeing, we often made it home in time for afternoon tea

As much as I liked our tea room teas, I really liked our Blue Row teas the best!

A lavender tea in the garden
Lavender scones, lavender jam and an Earl Grey with a hint of lavender!

A full afternoon tea 
with sandwiches, cakes and scones
And we invited a friend
A friend who also lived in the village
whom we met at the tea at Great Tew
It was fun to entertain at Blue Row!

A cream tea at Blue Row
scones, cream and jam
Just the two of us!

We'd been to Banbury but alas, we didn't buy any Banbury buns
But we did buy Eccles cakes
And that made for a great tea that afternoon!

Teatime is a great time -- whether we're in England or at home at Linderhof

It was fun to share my real English teas with you
and with The Tablescaper for
Oh, The Places I've Been

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Full English

Saturday is our "big breakfast" day
For on Sunday our church starts too early to enjoy a leisurely Sunday breakfast

Sometimes, it's just bacon and eggs and potatoes,
othertimes it's an omelet
Occasionally, it will be biscuits and gravy
or pancakes or a waffle

And sometimes I like to do "themed" breakfasts
Breakfasts we've enjoyed on our travels.

And my favorite "travel" "themed" breakfast is

A Full English!

We always breakfast in the breakfast room

And we always set the table nicely
Mother taught me that!

Alas, no flowers on the table for we're between bouquets
but my myrtle topiary fills in nice for cut blossoms.

A Full English . . . 

Real European sausages, English beans (Heinz in the blue can), a fried egg on a piece of fried bread
(sometimes there's tomatoes or mushrooms and British bacon as well)

And it wouldn't be an "English" breakfast without

Orange marmalade
In our English marmalade jar
(and you can tell it is a marmalade jar because it says it is!!!)

And to go with the marmalade . . .

A toast "cooler" full of toast.
It's husband Jim's name for the silver slotted toast holder.
For he says that you take nice warm toast, put it in the holder
and presto . . . it's cold!

Once said, that's become our name for it!

Husband Jim likes coffee and I have tea.
It is so reminiscence of the breakfast that we so enjoyed
at bed and breakfasts in England.

As faithful as I can be here, in my little town on the prairie.
Right down to the mats under the plates that were always on the table when we sat down to breakfast.

Not brought home from England
but bought here for others brought them home and you can find them for a mere pittance
of what they cost over there!

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It's April!

 It's April
it's Spring
It should be warm

But it isn't
A Hard Freeze  is predicted for the prairie tonight.


It hasn't been the prettiest spring
It was warm early and plants grew
Then it was cold . . 
and warm again
and then cold.

The riot of daffs that we have in the early spring garden
are sparse this year.
There is foliage but not a lot of bloom!

This afternoon with "sleety" rain falling,
we braved the outside
to pick 

All of the blooming and budding daffs
At least we can enjoy them inside!

Each year I plant more and sometimes I get "different ones"
Can't remember the name but it's a ruffly and  fragrant one!

And these have always been one of my favorites
the pure white petals and the orangy center.

Last year we had a "Lilac Year"
which are rare on the prairie
for often once the buds have formed, there is a freeze
When there isn't, there is an abundance of lilacs
Alas, this year there isn't.

From my four bushes . . . 

This is the total of lilac flowers!
One small vase!

I love a house filled with flowers!
Even if a hard freeze is the reason . . .

the daffodils are on an end table in the living room

While I put the lilacs on the living room desk

They joined . . . 

The planned bouquet in the breakfast room.

We have a fire in the fireplace tonight, we're wearing sweaters and long sleeve turtlenecks
And it's cold outside.
But at least we haven't had any snow
although some is predicted (with no accumulation)

Everyone on the prairie will be glad when this winter is finally over!

It's Wednesday and I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.    I wonder if we'll see any April snow pictures?

Monday, April 22, 2013

An Herbal Tea

I've been doing a lot of "Cooking With Herb" classes
this spring
and so I got out a few of my favorite herb cooking books
to see if I could find some new ideas . . . 

The Country Herb Cooking
I've had "forever"
Bought because I love country cooking books
herb cooking books

Because of that book
Country Herb Cooking . . .
which was written by Judy Walter,
the owner of
Pickity Place Herb Farm and restaurant

When we made our first trip to New England,
we had to stop

On a very rainy wet day

So the gardens were observed under and umbrella and from afar
Alas, no tramping in the gardens!

I love it when you finally get to see something
that you've read about!!!

These books made the perfect companion
for afternoon tea

And not only Country Herb Cooking,  but two more from Pickity Place
 and two from
Ravenshill Herb Farm.     
A place I've only read about
Perhaps someday . . . 
It's not near me
but rather closer to Pondside

Tea was special this day

For I had a new teapot  . . .
I also collect this Asian type bird and pink flower pattern
This is Crown Staffordshire Rock Bird
It's a wee pot -- 3 cups
perfect for tea for me

The tea treat today is mint madeleines

Which I got from this book . . . 

which is one of my favorite "herbal" cookbooks!

Tea, mint madeleines and some good reading material.

Tea doesn't get much better than that!

It's Tuesday . . . . and I'm joining . . . .

Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Garden Sunday

Sunday started as it always does -- at church
This Sunday, however, we signed up to bring "treats"
after service

Husband Jim helps put muffins on the plates

The Doughnut Muffins

The Glazed Doughnut Muffins

And a basket of strawberries

The platters were almost empty and there was a handful of strawberries left.

We took them home.

After Sunday Lunch,
we worked in the garden
Springtime is always a busy garden time

And, as always, at half past three
We stop for tea

A basket of tea goodies for tea in the garden

For one, I prefer a basket to a tray
lined with blue linen napkins
the tea, a cup and saucer and the nosh

Carried to the table under the pergola

Where we admire the chores we've managed to do today
As we sip tea, munch on both a glazed doughnut muffin and a doughnut muffin
and eat the handful of strawberries we brought home

Muffins and strawberries
A lovely tea treat on a Sunday afternoon

And in the garden . . .

we notice that our little French strawberries are blooming.
Bought 5 years ago, they've rewarded us with breakfast berries the last four springs

And our Ozark Beautys in the strawberry jar

Have bloomed and we can see berries!
Strawberry time should be here soon1

The dogs always enjoy helping in the garden
Mostly chasing away the squirrels

Doogie has one spotted

And once inside,

We noticed the shadows in the herb garden

It's Monday and we're sharing our muffins with Yvonne at Stone Gable for What's on the Menu Monday.