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, May 8, 2013

Mother's Day Celebration Brunch

Spring and brunches seem to go together.
Easter Brunch
Mother's Day Brunch

To celebrate Mother's Day this year
I invited two friends and their daughter's 
to join me for brunch

A Spring brunch!

The table in the dining room set with a lace cloth

A crystal vase filled with Farmer's market lilacs
And on each side a wee lead bird

My Aynsley "old" Pembroke plates
Jim's grandmother's silver
Linen napkins in silver rings

The menu:

Eggs Benedict Casserole
Roasted Asparagus
A Berry Good Fruit Salad with Tequila Lime Syrup
French Puff Muffins, Cheese Biscuits, Whole Wheat Toast
Chive Butter, Blueberry Butter, Strawberry Jam
Strawberries and Cream Cake
Pots of Freshly Brewed Coffee

The cake was the star of the meal:

Anything with strawberries and whipped cream has to be good!

A one layer cake, halved, spread with strawberry jam, layered with strawberries, then whipped cream, topped with the second layer
And the whole thing covered in whipped cream.

Garnished with a fanned strawberry.

We talked, we visited, we had a grand time.

It would have been perfect, however, if Daughter Sarah could have joined us!

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


Bernideen said...

That cake looks simply splendid and the table wonderful - YOU have done it again!!!!

Marlis said...

What a pretty table. How long do your cut lilacs last? I've been hesitant to purchase them because of the bad reviews! Love the china and the old silver. So much charm. I am sure with that menu (I don't know why my invite didn't get here? ;-)... I am sure everyone had a fabulous time and went away well satiated with the delectable menu and the warmth of good friendships. xo marlis

hidden art of homemaking said...

Such a beautiful table..and I agree anything with strawberries and whipped cream is a hit...
Love, Mona

Diane said...

I have always adored "Pembroke" plates - jealous that you own them!! The cake looks so good - blogging is going to add 20 pounds to my short self - lol!!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I love your Pembroke plates and treasured silver, Martha. The menu sound wonderful and I'm wishing I had a big slice of that cake right now!!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Oh that cake!!!! It really looks delicious! And I'm intrigued by the French puffs on your menu. Sounds like you had a wonderful brunch. Our lilacs haven't bloomed yet, but hopefully next week. I love the smell of lilacs in the house! Linda

Deb said...

I love the Pembroke plates. And that cake...oh my goodness. I have been craving strawberry shortcake for days and this is killin' me. I think it's time to make one.
Martha - I have not been getting updates of your posts lately. ?

Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley said...

Wow! What nice brunch for your company! I am sure they enjoyed everything from the beautiful atmosphere to the wonderful menu!!

Alycia Nichols said...

Why, oh why did I have to see that luscious cake?!??!!! We just came from having dinner, and I skipped dessert thinking I could make it through the night without. But, NO! You have to tempt me!!!!! :-) Gosh, that looks good! Really light as a cloud!

You set such a nice table for your friends, and I'm sure they appreciated it very, very much! You always take such good care of your guests!

Enjoy the rest of the week, and Happy Mother's Day to you!!!!!

Sarah said...

Beautiful table! That cake is calling out to me. It looks delicious!

Pondside said...

The casserole sounds very good!
It would have been lovely to have had your Sarah with you!

angela hodges abode said...

Everything looks wonderful! I'm hosting a new linky party at

I would love to have you!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful table with so much charm. . The Pembroke plates and silverware are perfect and such treasures to have. We had strawberries and whipped cream last night, so fresh and so tasty.

Kathleen said...

Very pretty! Hope you had a lovely MD!