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, November 20, 2013

Having a Birthday

We've been gone
For a month!
Arriving home late in the evening
two days
before Husband Jim's birthday

But I managed to pull together a birthday dinner
for the birthday boy
Sort of a surprise
(it would have been if guest Anne hadn't "blabbed"
and Daughter Sarah said "so I guess you're having company for dinner" during her birthday wishes phone call)

The group which we call
The Cape Codders
all came.

A busy day
Cleaning the very dirty house
(Somehow the "Cleaning Fairy" didn't get my memo)
and a dinner for 8.

But I took the easy way out --
cheese and crackers and olives and pickles
as appetizers with drinks in the living room

And a simple table for a simple meal

The old dough bowl with the Fall pumpkins as the centerpiece
Rattan chargers instead of a tablecloth
Soup spoons only,
A Spode blue Italian plate
And well worn blue hemp napkins in silver napkin rings

The dinner -- simply chili
With cheeses and onions and ketchup and vinegar
And baskets and baskets of saltines

More than one had more than one bowl.

And since it was a birthday . . . 

There was cake
(and ice cream)
The 40th red velvet birthday cake that I've made for Husband Jim
It's tradition!
(It did take me a few years of marriage before it became
the birthday cake)

But ever since on November 18, I've made one.

Alas, there aren't the proper number of candles on the cake
I didn't have that many and I'm not sure there would have been enough room on the cake top!

The middle candle represents the six decades
While the candles around the edge represent the years.
That plan saves us from having to call the Fire Department!

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


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Sounds like all had fun and enjoyed even if it wasn't a total surprise!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Beautiful table -- hope your husband was delighted....(if not surprised)....may all his birthday wishes come true.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Happy birthday to Jim! Chili is one of my husbands favorite meals, too. I love the simple earthy feel to this table setting, with the wooden dough bowl and the rattan placemats.

Diane said...

Happy Birthday to your husband! I know he enjoyed the "almost" surprise - lol! I love the napkins hat you used - they look wonderful with your blue and white china.

Bernideen said...

A very Happy Birthday to your hubby who I am sure knows he is married to a chef!

Deb said...

"Happy Birthday" to Jim. Deb

Tea in Texas said...

It is so nice to see a table and not a piece of fabric for a change. Wonderful blue dished, my favorite color. Have a great birthday Jim, be nice to the wife.

Canadian Chickadee said...

Many happy returns to Jim. Sounds like a great party! xoxox

lindaraxa said...

Those are the best parties.

Glad to have you back.