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.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Friend Indeed

Friend Joyce borrowed some CD's before Christmas
and she returned them today

And no one stops by Linderhof
even briefly
without being offered a cup of tea

In the breakfast room
With Spode Blue Room and Blue Italian

And for a nosh
leftover cake that I took to a meeting last night
gussied up with sugared violas

There is always cookies in the larder
And sometimes cake
And although it was way before half past three

It was still time for tea

With a dear friend.

The leftover cake is a favorite of mine -- called Almond Poppyseed Bars
These bars and the Texas Sheetcake and White Texas Sheetcake
are my "go to" recipes when I must take cake for a crowd.


3 eggs
2 1/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. milk
1 c. veg oil
1 1/2 t. almond extract
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 t. butter flavoring
3 c. flour
4 1/2 t. poppy seeds
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. salt


2 T. butter, softened
2 to 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 to 3 T milk

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, milk, oil, extracts and butter flavoring.    Combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt; add to the egg mixture and mix just until combined.     Spread into a greast 15 x 10 pan (a jelly roll pan)   Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack.

In a mixing bowl, combine the glaze ingredients, mix until smooth.    Frost bars.

It is Friday and I'm joining Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday


Sarah said...

Tea time at Linderhof is certainly a sweet treat.

lucy said...

Cake sounds delish. Can leftovers be frozen?

Martha said...

Lucy, I would assume so --

GardenOfDaisies said...

Martha, you are the perfect hostess!

Pat said...

I love it when friends drop by! Sometimes I know ahead...other a moments notice!!! Your tea looks so inviting!!!

Pondside said...

The bars look yummy! What a treat to have tea at Linderhof, even vicariously!

Unknown said...

R u interested in purchasing addtl pieces?