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 6, 2014

The Last Holiday Party

Today is Epiphany
The day that the Magi came to visit the Baby Jesus
It is our last holiday party of this Christmas season!

Even though we are hovering around zero,
three brave friends joined me for tea and cake
Hoping to find in the cake . . .

This ceramic French feve
of a baby in a manger
which is tucked somewhere in

The King's Cake
or Gallette d'Rois
which I baked this morning

Because it is the last of the Christmas season
There are still some greens on the dining room table
They'll be gone tomorrow
Replaced by store flowers
for January is dreary and we need flowers 
to remind us that Spring is not that far away

It's a simple tea of tea and cake
And I'm anxious to see who finds the baby
For I've a special gift . . .
And it's not Gold, Frankincense or Myrrh

Since it is a holiday party,
tea is served from the silver tea set
With the hot water kettle
for we'll linger . . . . 
over tea and cake

The King's Cake is easy to make
Homemade almond paste and puff pastry
You can buy them in bakeries in larger cities,
but alas, not our little town on the prairie!

Since it's a special tea, the china tea cups

Spode Famille Rose and an English pastry fork

Three guests make for a perfect tea for this

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday and dear friend Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your King's cake looks delicious and the ceramic baby much nicer than the little plastic one that popped out of the cake a couple of years ago at a gathering.
Yes, store bought flowers to lift our spirits over the next couple of months will be in order.

Bernideen said...

How very clever - I had not heard of this tradition which is lovely! Thanks for sharing at Friends Sharing Tea!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a lovely tradition, Martha! Anything to prolong this wonderful Christmas season is fine with me. Your cake looks just delicious and I would so love to sit and join you. Thank you for sharing with us and Happy New Year, my friend!


Antiques And Teacups said...

I lost my recipe with marzipan and couldn't fins another this year. So sad! Yours looks perfect!

Martha said...

Oh, Ruth, I probably should have included the recipe -- it is really easy!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Finding the king in the cake is a new one for me. Looks delicious.

Seaview said...

Love this mother inlaw was born in Paris and this was a tradition of the French especially.
Your table looks lovely.

Pondside said...

I'd love to have the recipe, Martha. Your Gallette looks delicious.

Michelle said...

Happy New Year, Martha! What a nice tradition!

Unknown said...

Hi Martha, Your blog is absolutely lovely. Love the ideas behind your dinner parties. I will visit again :-)