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, July 8, 2013

Tea In the Garden

The week of July 4
has been a magical week on the prairie
Instead of prairie hot
We've had cool and comfortable
for tea in the garden

For every afternoon at half past three
I stop
And put the kettle on
And have a cup of tea

But I'm not always alone.
Sometimes a neighbor stops by

The kettle comes to a boil,
the tea is steeped
A tray is set up and the pot and cups and tea treats are placed on top
And sometimes I grab a tablecloth
Lace or crochet being my favorites for the garden

It's a Spode Blue Italian kind of tea
The cups and saucers, the treat plate and the teapot
No cream or sugar for we both prefer our tea plain

The nosh?
Chocolate Shot Cookies
An oatmeal shortbread with a chocolate shot edge
Perfect for afternoon tea

As is the garden . . .
It's fun to sip and munch

And watch the sun and shadows move across the garden.

(They're easy to make, keep in the fridge or freezer and slice and bake as needed -- my kind of tea cookie!)

1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (not quick oats)
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
2 t. vanilla
2 bottles of chocolate shot sprinkles

Cream butter and sugar, add rolled oats, then add flour, baking soda, and vanilla.    Mix well.   Then divide into three parts.    Roll each part into roll.   Set on wax or parchment paper.    Working with one roll at a time, sprinkle the chocolate shot on the paper and roll to coat sides.    Set coated rolls on tray and refrigerate short time to firm up making slicing easier.    May refrigerate overnight if desired.    remove from the refrigerator, slice and bake on silpat covered cookie sheet or greased metal cookie sheet.    Bake at 325 10 to 12 minutes until slightly browned on bottom.

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

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


Pat said...

The Garden @ Linderhof remains a vision of loveliness, dear friend!!!
Beginning today, we have experienced triple digits. I am going to continue to enJOY every green, lush living vegetation here on our side of the Praire as long as I possibly can!!!
Thank you for virtually inviting me into the Garden for Tea!!!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

That is a truly lovely tea set. It is always a pleasure to visit your blog.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a pretty outdoor tea! I love your tea set. Blue is always so cool looking and perfect for the hot summer days. So glad you are getting some relief from the heat. Your cookies look so good and I will be making them soon.

Deb said...

What a welcoming little table in the garden. I would love to be the lucky neighbour. Love the blue and white. Deb

Karen said...

Your blue and white teapot and teacups are just lovely! Your garden looks so quaint and inviting too. I also like my tea black. Wish I could be there to try those delicious cookies with you. Thank you for sharing.
Take care,

hong kong property said...

china wares. i really like it

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You always make your teas inviting, the sign of a true tea lover. The blue and white china is lovely and the biscuits look yummy.

Bernideen said...

So many beautiful blue teatime dishes! Loving your patio too! A perfect spot you have there for tea and viewing what has grown this week!

Pondside said...

Teatime at Linderhof is such a treat. I can imagine the cool of the shade, the tang of the tea and the sweetness of the cookies. I love an oatmeal cookie!

Antiques And Teacups said...

I LOVE Spode Blue Room china! Gorgeous! And the cookies are wonderful! Just perfect...I was looking for a recipe....Thanks for sharing your lovely tea in a garden and photos and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

What a perfect outdoor tea - your china is gorgeous!

I am so glad your weather has been good - I shall live vicariously through you, then!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...


I am your newest follower! : - )

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Martha, you set the most inviting teas! I love your lace and Spode china. Those cookies look lovely too. Your neighbors and friends are blessed as you really do have the gift of hospitality! Thanks for coming to tea with me.


Bernideen said...

This is so fabulous - I am sure I will be featuring this post next week!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I love your Spode. It is just beautiful. Blue is so perfect for a summer day. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

CEM MANIAS said...

What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing.