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, May 8, 2014

Harry S and Birthday Traditions

It's Harry Truman's Birthday!!!

And we celebrate.

In Missouri it's a State Holiday

And it's a Holiday at Linderhof as well

For it's the day that the citrus and geraniums go outside!

Mother's Day is the rule here on the prairie
in Zone 6
(for there shouldn't be a freeze after Mother's Day)
and May 8 is always close to Mother's Day
and in my other life,
when I worked,
I had the day off
And it took a day to move the plants

In my now life, I've kept up that tradition.

Besides moving the plants outside
I clean the breakfast room really well
Windows, walls and woodwork!

But today there will be time for tea
A Harry Truman Tea

Bess Truman's Ozark Pudding

With a dollop of bourbon flavored whipped cream
(Harry favored bourbon)

And it makes a nice tea treat
in the afternoon
When the breakfast room is all clean and shining
And the plants are getting acclimated to their summer residences.

In the 40's and early 50's, the recipe for Bess Truman's Ozark Pudding
was in every cookbook
It was reputed to be the favorite dessert of Harry!

My recipe came from this book

Which was my Mom's
for we lived near Independence
and Mother being a staunch Democrat
would naturally buy a Truman Summer White House Cookbook!

What I like best about it,
besides being my Mom's
Is that all of the recipes are in the handwriting of the contributor

And here is Bess's recipe for Ozark Pudding
The one I use.

There are others on the internet
But none as good as the original!!!!

It is Thursday and my small tablescape of afternoon tea shall be shared with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.     And the pudding makes a great dish for Foodie Friday -- I'm joining Michael at Rattlebridge Farm.

Oh, and besides cleaning . . . I'm rearranging the breakfast room . . . 


Seaview said...

Martha I love how you keep tradition ... Something I like to do myself and sometimes not always feeling up to it...none the less it IS tradition so it is done.. I am planning to try the pudding, it sounds yummy and thanks for sharing . Beautiful penmanship on the recipe too...another lost art !

Barbara said...

How interesting! I have lived most of my live in Western Washington so I didn't know about these traditions in Kansas. Fun! And a squeaky clean breakfast room must feel delicious, heh!

Entertaining Women said...

I've always planted in conjunction with Mother's Day, too. So far, it's been a good plan. Fun to learn about the Ozark Pudding. I'll give it a try. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Canadian Chickadee said...

The pudding sounds wonderful and I like the idea of the bourbon flavored whipped cream. Sounds as if you had a great day. Enjoy the spring and Happy Mother's Day!


Francie Newcomb said...

Happy Birthday, Mr. Truman, and thank you!


Michelle said...

I love how you remember to do certain chores by a special holiday! That sounds like an interesting cookbook! We drove through Abilene, KS on our way home from Colorado a few years ago, and I bought an Eisenhower family recipe book. I should dig that out and try something! You always inspire me!