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, January 20, 2014

The FIRST Tulip Tea

Some teas just are more special than others
Sunday teas often are

Served in the breakfast room
Where most afternoon teas are taken

Celebrating this Sunday
(not a football win)
but the fact that once again I could buy tulips
A true harbinger of Spring
That it is just around the corner

And tulips make me smile!

I splurged . . .

on two packages

It has to be special, this first "Tulip Tea"

And since the house was clean, the silver polished,
I used my silver teapot
And a special cup and saucer which was a birthday gift from a friend

The nosh?
One of my favorite cookies.
I liked them even as a kid when they called them "elephant ears"
And we would buy them at the Cake Box Bakery
(my brother went for the chocolate chip -- I went for the elephant ears!)

I always keep a supply in the freezer for they make a quick tea time treat.
Sometimes I'll make savory ones as well --
They make a great nibble when we have guests for cocktails.

Tulips will be on the table until the real tulips bloom in the spring

My favorite are the orange ones!
And that's the color I chose most often.

Tea, Tulips, Palmiers
There is not a better Sunday afternoon!

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea.


Sarah said...

Martha, if I lived near you, I'd be stopping by for tea at Linderhof most afternoons. That is if I were invited. ;-)
You always set a beautiful teatime.

Martha said...

Sarah -- you would always be invited! In fact, if you're ever in or near Southeast Kansas . . . our door is open and the kettle is on!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your tulips are certainly centre stage for this tea. It's a nice feeling when everything is cleaned and polished and the kettle put on.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I love tulips too, Martha, and yours are beautiful. I have seen only the pink, purple, and yellow here so far at the grocery store. Those cookies sure look good and you always make one feel welcome at your table. Thank you for having us and coming for tea.


Pondside said...

How satisfying it is, to sit at a table after you've swept and dusted and polished - fresh baking, a gleaming silver pot and steaming tea, all under a bouquet of tulips. It just doesn't get much better than that. Perhaps I'll join you and Sarah!

Martha said...

You'd be welcome Pondy!

Snap said...

I haven't brought any tulips home yet, but am really looking forward to tulip time. I think we all are dreaming of spring! Lovely teascape you've set for us. The goodies are making my mouth water. Happy Tea Day!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I just love the tulips. Thank you for a wonderful tea today. Always a pleasure to visit. Hugs, Martha


Wish I could go by for some tea and your always yummy goodies Martha! Love the gorgeous tulips around here!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Tulips make me smile, too. they put a song in my heart. It can be difficult picking out the color, but the one you chose usually wins! You know how to live, Martha!

Bernideen said...

I totally agree! I have never made them but have collected some recipes I need to try - sometime!
The lace on the table is so lovely!

Michelle said...

So tulips are my favorite! Your home always looks so warm and cozy. xoxo

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Love the tulips! That's a wonderful way to spend Sunday afternoon.