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, July 31, 2013

Bible Study and Treats

Normally, our Bible Study group meets at church
but this week Linderhof's doors were open
to the group.

Since there were six, the dining room table was perfect

Coffee, treats and flowers

I used my Old Paris china
From around 1860 or so
I love the really big cups and the deep deep saucers.

It was bought here in my little town on the prairie
For not much money
I felt as if I had just received a gift!

The treats?

Crescent Cinnamon Rolls
An easy treat
And one that is perfect for anyone who is yeast challenged.
Warm and fresh from the oven

Today the pot was a coffeepot
I'm not sure if it is a "coffee" pot or "tea" pot
But it whatever pot I want it to be.
Since the cups are so big, I'm assuming it is for coffee -- not tea!

And for a touch of color
Garden marigolds in a German vase
that echoes the orange of the flowers.

Not a cloth but a runner --
a wonderful old runner that is outstanding
And one of my favorite pieces of linen.

The ladies are almost here!
Time for coffee, treats and bible study.


1 tube Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, unrolled and separated

5 T. butter, softened
1/4 c. white sugar
2 1/2 t. cinnamon

2 T. butter, melted
1/4 c. plus 2 T. powdered sugar
1/2 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 375

Place the unrolled and separated crescent rolls on an ungreased rimmed cookie sheet.    

In small bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and cinnamon

Evenly spread the cinnamon butter over the crescent rolls and roll up tightly.
Place tip side down on the cookie sheet
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

For the glaze:   In a small bowl, mix together the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.   You can either place in a zip lock and snip a tiny corner off and drizzle the glaze over the cinnamon rolls or you can just spread a spoonful on each roll.

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

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sarah's Raspberries

They're Sarah's raspberries
Her new old house has a raspberry patch
She picks quarts per day!
She sent us home with two quarts when we left
after Lucy was born

We ate some plain for breakfast
They are so sweet

But I decided to do something else with them
Raspberry Tea Bread
Which made a good nosh for afternoon tea

Blue and white, of course
All Spode Blue Italian

There is nothing like tea and cake

It's a great bread for tea
And a great bread for breakfast
It's full of raspberry flavor!

And our late summer breakfast room bouquet?
marrigolds and sage
in a small blue and white Asiatic Pheasants creamer

The recipe from one of my favorites -- Anna Pump.
From her original Loaves and Fishes cookbook
It calls for frozen raspberries in syrup
But I used fresh -- 1 1/2 cups fresh equal 10 oz. frozen
And I added a little sugar -- just a bit


One 10 ounce package frozen raspberries, thawed
2 eggs
1/2 c. plus 2 T. vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350

Puree the raspberries along with their syrup in your food processor fitted with a metal blade until smooth.   Strain and discard the seeds.

Place the eggs, oil, and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer.    Mix at medium speed for about 3 minutes.    Add the raspberry puree and blend well.    Add the flour, cinnamon and baking soda and mix the batter for about 1 minute at low speed.    Scrape the dough into a buttered 9 by 5 inch loaf pan.    Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes.    Cool for 30 minutes, remove from pan, and cool completely on a wire rack.    Wrap tightly in plastic wrap.

Yields:   1 loaf

NOTE:   I like the fact that this can be made year round and is a simple bread to put together . . . and it goes so well with tea!

It's Tuesday and I'm joining:

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Bernideen for Tea In the Garden

Sunday, July 28, 2013

It's Time

We feel fortunate in our 1920's house that we had a half bath downstairs.
For many didn't - originally.
Nor did ours

What was a closet in the dining room
And the space for the "ice box" in the back hall
Became, in the 40's a small
(emphasis on small)

I've always felt that if you want to do something
creative that either a half bath or bathroom is the perfect room
to do "creative" decorating.

And 10 years or so ago we did --
in that downstairs half bath
which is about 4 foot square!

We painted the wainscotting black
And papered the upper portion with a monkey print wallpaper with black background.

And I liked how it turned out.
We even had an artificial tree with monkey ornaments in the bath at Christmas!

But it finally got "to me" -- the black and the dark.
No window either so there was only artificial light
Which, actually, made it seem dark.

I originally found some beige damask wallpaper
Picking out one of the beiges to paint the wainscoating.
But I wasn't sure I wanted to paper again.
It is a 4 x 4 foot space, after all 
And the ladder goes in there all wonky.

Then, I decided I would paint.
The whole space the same color
Semi-gloss for the beadboard
Satin for the wall above.

I decided on a blue
A light blue

And one Thursday, after everything came out
(with the exception of the comode and sink)
I started . . .
Pulling the wallpaper
And painting
the ceiling a warm white
And the beadboard and walls a soft light blue

Plainer definitely
But clean, fresh, and the 4 x 4 room seems so big!!!!

And on the walls
The same pictures we had in there before . . . 

A Venice etching on the right
And two engravings that we bought in England on the left.

Above the sink two old bookplates
which we've had "forever".

I like the "new" bath.
It seems fresh and clean and bigger!

I am still amazed when I go in that room as to how "big" it now feels!

I'm making some other "light and bright" changes to Linderhof this summer
So comeback and see my other projects.
Next up -- my dressing room!

It is Monday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday

Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer Flowers

We love flowers.
Both in the garden and in the house.
Summer means loads of flowers both out and in!

We are generous with bouquets around the house.
I'd like to live with that many flowers inside
all year long.
But, alas, my pocketbook won't allow it!

But I indulge my passion in the summer.

We're home from welcoming new grand girl Lucy into the world
And catching up
With laundry and mail and weeds and watering!

No big bouquets

But sometimes bouquets don't have to be big.

A wee Asiatic Pheasant cream pitcher
With garden marigolds
And garden sage.

We love to incorporate herbs into summer bouquets.

Flowers inside make me smile.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dolly Would . . . Or the Misadventures of Dolly Llama

Note:    This is a recreation of events that transpired last Saturday while we were driving back from Minneapolis and welcoming our first grandchild into the world.

Hi, my name is Dolly
I'm a corgi (to be totally correct, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi -- the one without a tail!)

I got left behind when they went to Minnesota
Not left at home alone (or rather with Doogie)
but with a friend who has other dogs who are fun to play with.

So on Saturday . . .

Someone left the gate open
And I decided to make a run for it

But which way do I go?
I'm never outside in the front without a leash!
I can go whichever way I want to go!

It is so exciting
To have an adventure
And smell new smells!

And freedom!

But I missed them!

I landed up at this very busy intersection.
There were cars going fast this way and that

And the lady who works here at
called to me
And I came
She had a friendly voice and a smile.

I so wanted a friendly voice and a smile.
I was lonely.
And thirsty!

She put me in the garden part of the store to keep me safe and gave me a bowl of water.

She knew I belonged to someone and she was determined to find out who I belonged to.
But it was Saturday and some places weren't open to find out who I belonged to.

To keep me safe, she took me home with her

And I, ungratefully, growled at her puppy 
I was scared
I really shouldn't have done that.

So I ended up at

Lee's Paws and Claws
The private shelter
It's sort of like a doggy hotel
for I had a run and could go outside.
I wasn't confined to a cage.

But I was so glad when they came for me on Sunday morning.
I was so scared that I didn't wiggle my enthusiasm enough but I really was glad to see them!

It was good to be home again.
To even see Doogie again.
I really thought that I would never see my family again.

I won't promise never to run away again
For I'm really just a dog
Let me off the leash and watch me go!

But all the furor about the little one up north
got put on the back burner as they searched and searched for me Saturday night and Sunday morning.

I was once again top dog!!!

As told to me by Dolly herself after we had picked her up and got her settled.

Monday, July 22, 2013

A Lavender and Lemon Tea

We try to plan vacations
when there aren't too many garden chores
When Mother Nature waters the garden
rather than sprinklers and hoses.

However, last week
we were gone
Daughter Sarah and her Andy were expecting their first
In July
When it is Hot and Dry!

A waterer was needed if we expected to have anything left in pots and window boxes when we returned.

Friend Joan came over on Sunday before we left.
To see what needed watering and where hose and watering can were.

Afterwards, because it was really hot,
we had a nosh and tea inside!

Iced tea and cookies

My favorite and old sugar cookie recipe, with lavender added to the dough

Cut with the teapot cookie cutter, sprinkled with sugar and a sprig of rosemary placed on top.

And tea . . . iced tea -- a lemony iced tea!
Because it was so hot -- the icy tea was refreshing!

And my lavender wands in an old blue and white transferware tray.

We nibbled and sipped and talked gardens.

The plants were in wonderful hands --
they grew leaps and bounds while we were gone
But, alas, so were the weeds!
(which is on my to do list for the week)

It's Tuesday and time for tea . .    And Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday

Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Kathy at A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Terri at Artful affirmations Tea Cup Tuesday
Martha's for Tea Cup Tuesday
Antiques and Teacups Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Jann Olson for Share Your Cup Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lucy's Garden

Daughter Sarah and her Andy have a new house
Well, a new "old" house
1892, actually
in a small town near Minneapolis

New house
Now a new baby

Who has time to garden?

But the corner of the lot was desolate 
to say the lest

Of course, the dirt was far better
than the knee high weeds that were there when they closed on the property.

Cleared of weeds
And spaded

Husband Jim and I
found a shopping cart full of plants

We talked of annuals

But decided on mostly perennials
purple cone flowers, coreoposis
and Angelonia (which is an annual)
The cone flowers are bookended on either end by grass
(for Husband Jim loves grasses)
a homage to the grass that filled the bed when they moved in!

Made for a pretty bed
worthy of the pretty new house
A line of yellow mums which will bloom in the fall
And purslane will spill over the bricks

Instead of a bouquet of florist flowers
We chose "roots"
for our new grand girl, Lucy

It's "Lucy's Garden"

And there is a sign that says so.

They can watch the garden grow as they watch Lucy grow!

We're are home now
The dogs are happy
(Although Dolly did have an adventure yesterday)

Today was a busy day
We went to church, unpacked, did laundry, filled the fridge
And on my way through the breakfast room this afternoon

I was entranced by the sunlight streaming in the window on the vignette on the sideboard!

It's Monday and the garden transformation is my Met Monday post -- join Susan at Between Naps On the Porch to see the other transformations this Monday!

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Blue Box

The blue box is a very special box
It's an old box and a little the worst for wear!

 Even though it's spent most of it's life
safely tucked in drawers
For it is an old box!

Inside is a tiny circle of gold
Real gold

To be slipped on a finger
And although it is a gold circle, it's not a wedding ring
but rather a baby's ring

Bought for me
For baby's rings were popular when I was born.

Given to me by my mother when she first visited Daughter Sarah

And saved all these years

To be given to Daughter Sarah by me when 
Grandgirl Lucy is brought home from the hospital

Grandgirl Lucy was born on Wednesday
at 2:29 p.m.
And weighed 8 pounds 1 oz.
A big grand girl!

Her proper name is Lucille Geneva
Named after her grandfather's mothers

I think it's a great name and honors two wonderful women

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sunday Brunch

Some Sundays we have Sunday Lunch after church
And other Sundays we opt for brunch

A bigger first meal of the day
We fix special foods
And linger over coffee

Blue and white makes for a very pretty table!

Instead of fresh flowers a very old blue and white platter filled with cherries

Some of which

Went into the muffins
baked in my grandmother's cast iron gem pan

A basket full for the table
to go with

The potato and basil frittata
(from my favorite, The Barefoot Contessa)

Along with little sausages it made a great brunch.

We served ourselves,
had an extra muffin and another cup of coffee
And had a very enjoyable Sunday morning!

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

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bible Study Coffee

We decided last year to keep our Bible Study Group through the summer
Attendance is not as good
vacations or family visiting
keep many ladies away

And although we usually meet at church
The church reroofing project
took the group to Linderhof

It's hard to study when there is the rat-a-tat-tat of nail guns overhead!

We're mostly Germans and we're Lutherans
Neither would let anyone come to the house without offering something to eat
And as often is said of Lutherans,
coffee runs through our veins!

It was a small group
And I planned our bible study around the dining room table
But the treats were offered in the breakfast room

A lace cloth, cake and coffee!

The Johnson Brothers Indies
Because it has the coffee pot!
Cake plates, cups and saucers to match

And cake!

It's a morning study group 
It's not a gooey icing time of day!

A new recipe
Found long ago in a magazine and clipped
With the year's first blackberries and apples

It's a good cake and perfect for a Bible Study morning coffee!


granulated sugar, for pan
1 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
6 T. butter, melted, plus more for the pan plus 2 T. cut into pieces
3/4 c. plus 2 T. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. milk
2 large eggs
4 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 8 wedges
1 cup blackberries
1/4 t. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375.   Butter a 9 inch springform pan and dust with sugar.    Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.    Whisk together melted butter, 3/4 c. brown sugar, milk and eggs in another bowl (I like to use a big measuring cup for you measure the milk and add the rest of the ingredients -- no extra bowl!).     Whisk into flour mixture.

Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.    Arrange apple wedges over batter and sprinkle with blackberries.    Gently press fruit into batter.   Combine remaining 2 T. brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over fruit.    Dot with 2 T. butter.    Bake until top is dark gold and apples are tender and a cake tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.    Let cool.    Dust with powdered sugar.  

It's Tuesday and time for tea . . . except this week it's coffee at Linderhof . . . but I'm still joining the tea parties!   And Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday

Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Kathy at A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Terri at Artful affirmations Tea Cup Tuesday
Martha's for Tea Cup Tuesday
Antiques and Teacups Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Jann Olson for Share Your Cup Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home