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, October 9, 2013

Oktoberfest, Part Deux

Not really an Oktoberfest
But a dinner in October
A German dinner

Company is coming tonight
And I'm fixing some old family favorites.
We'll eat "Dutch"
as my cousins say
when referring to food
From Germany

The table is set in the dining room
for it will be six for dinner

Lace cloth on the table
And a seasonal centerpiece
the dough bowl filled with pumpkins and bittersweet

And at each end
One of the German "smokers"




(or is it Hans and Fritz?)

The English blue transfer ware
seems right for a German dinner
And besides, I love the blue and white with the orange of the pumpkins

And a menu, of course --

The Fraus will have this menu

While the Herrs will have this one!

And because it is Oktober
Because we're having German food
I got out the German silver
And set the table European style

Which means that the forks are upside down
But they're meant to be that way 
The monogramming is on the underside

And the soup spoon
Big enough to be a serving spoon
I adore eating soup with it
Jim, not so much
(but I make him use it anyway!)

Bought years ago at an Estate Sale
When I got back to the car I realized that it was a monogram
And not just decoration
And I realized that it was German silver

The monogram?

An L and an M

my German grandmother's initials

Could it be?
I'm not sure
I've not heard of the family talk about it
But the silver dates to the time where it could be possible.

I like to think so!
So sometimes I refer to it as my German grandmother's silver!

Not a fabrication but a wish!

And the house is clean
The candles are ready to be lit

The table is ready

We're ready for company

Back in the kitchen for there is still more cooking to do
And, alas, no pictures of the food
That will be for tomorrow!

Although the Lemon Schaum torte is done
It just has to be put together
And the pork is roasting in the oven .  . .
the house smells good
Of cooking meat and herbs!

On Thursday I shall join Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.
And Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish


Diane said...

So pretty and I love the lace tablecloth! The smokers and the figures on the menu cards are so adorable. What a miracle that your grandmother's initials on are the silverware - wow. It was meant to be!

Kathleen said...

Your menu's are adorable, and I love the centerpiece!
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

GardenOfDaisies said...

I did not know about upside-down forks. The menu sounds delish!!

Lulu said...

Ah, tis a true Octoberfest and I would so like to be sharing at a your table. Love all the special touches.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Yum, your menu sounds so tempting! I can smell the pork roasting now. You certainly found some beautiful flatware with your grandmother's initials! Hans and Fritz must be very entertaining at your dinner parties! Linda

Delvalina said...

Everything here just so breathtaking :)
So darling, it looks warm and lovely.
I love the table setting as well.

The Tablescaper said...

Love your centerpiece. Perfectly festive.

- The Tablescaper

Anonymous said...

Love these colors! That centerpiece is wonderful.

Miss Jane said...

I just love Fritz & Hans! Do they help with the dishes? Thanks for sharing your fun table with us.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What a pretty table. Great centerpiece and gorgeous tablecloth.


Unknown said...

A wonderful, special table! Love the smokers...I had a few in my shop a while back. Your menu sounds great! Love all the details!
Blessings My Friend,

Entertaining Women said...

Now I'm hungry for German food. Looks and sound perfect. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay