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, February 3, 2014

A Cozy Tea

It's been cold on the prairie.
Really cold
We've had a fire most days
For warmth

And several days I've taken tea in the living room
by the fire.

It just seemed cozier!

My favorite wing chair
pillows for comfort
A throw -- just in case
A footstool
(to keep feet off the drafty floor)
A small tray to hold the tea things

A wee pot (because it's just me)
And matching cup and saucer
(It's blue and white but a softer blue than most of my other transfer ware)
It's an Asiatic Pheasant pattern
I have a small compote which is perfect for two cookies for tea

And when it's just me, I like to read as I sip and nibble.
It's an old book on "Colonial" furniture --
from the turn of the century
And it does mention prices -- pennies, that 18th century furniture sold for pennies!
And it does mention transfer ware!

It's a good read . . .
And one that can be picked up and put down!

And the nosh?
A new cookie recipe that I found in a Betty Crocker Cookie cookbook.
Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread

They were so good, that I made a second batch.
They're really good if you like oatmeal cookies.
Crisp, not too sweet -- perfect for tea!


1 cup butter, softened
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
2 cups rolled oats

Cream together butter and brown sugar until smooth.    Stir in flour and oats.    Chill in refrigerator for at least two hours.    Preheat oven to 350.    Roll out dough on a lightly floured and sugared surface to 1/4 inch thickness.   Cut out with cookie cutter and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

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


Terri said...

Mmmm, your shortbread sounds so delicious! Your tea set very pretty in pale blue. We too, have been enjoying more fires in the fireplace.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love shortbread and having a cup of tea by the fire is perfect. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

RachelD said...

I've just caught up on the past few posts, and they're perfect for this snow-covered, about-to-be-more day.

I love seeing all your adventures and parties, and those quiet moments just you and a teapot---reverie and a gentle fire are perfect companions.

I wish you well and warm in this promised stormy weather.


Beth in NEPA said...

Pretty tea cup. And by the fire. What could be better.

Pat said...

Stay warm by the fire, dear friend!!!
This shortbread cookie recipe sound divinely delicious!!! Simply, at hand, ingredients. My kinda' "go~to" recipe!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Pondside said...

Martha, don't leave the house under any circumstances...unless it's to mail me a box of those cookies!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Martha, your tea looks very cozy there next to the fire. The pale blue china is so pretty and oh, those oatmeal shortbread cookies sound delightful. I'm going to have to try the recipe.
Thanks so much for sharing and coming to tea. Have a lovely day and stay snug.