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, August 18, 2014

Afternoon Tea in Versailles

Friday, friend Shirley Ann and I took a road trip
We had a destination

Alas, not this Versailles

but rather this

pronounced Ver-Sales
a town in Missouri about 2 hours from Linderhof

Our destination . . . 

photo courtesy Shady Gables website

a tea room in that little town

We were, after all, celebrating Shirley Ann's birthday

We were seated,
we placed our order for tea
and had our first cup poured

Mine was Earl Grey
Shirley Ann chose Southern Belle

We both those the mis-matched china and cutlery quaint

Our first course

A croissant with chicken salad and an individual quiche

Then Juli brought our curate

filled with real tea goodies

Scones --
Shady Gables Famous Scone
and a lavender white chocolate one
(served with strawberry jam and key lime curd)

Sandwiches and savories
Cucumber, of course; egg mayonnaise on toast, an apple chutney in celery and a pinwheel

Dessert was a quaint tea pot cookie, a cream puff and a brownie bite and a tea pot mint

And to cleanse our palate -- raspberry sorbet
served in wee cups
(which they had for sale in case you wanted to duplicate at home)

We drank our pot of tea
It was perfectly brewed and kept warm under a cozy.

After tea, we browsed the gift shop

I bought a Cookbook -- to add to my tea room cookbook collection
(and which had all the recipes for the wonderful food we had just eaten)


A set of those teapot cookie cutters
(I have a huge one but these sizes are more quaint)
for I wanted to make

These darling little tea pot cookies

 And tonight I did.
Right now they are "naked" but soon will get a colored glaze.
I've company coming for lunch tomorrow
And I thought three of these would be a good favor in a cello bag
A nosh for my guests tea that afternoon.

I'm joining Bernideen for Tea in the Garden . . . even though my tea wasn't!

And even though it's a week late, I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.


Pondside said...

Martha, life on the Kansas prairie is full of exotic outings!! I enjoyed this tea with you, and just wish I'd been along to pick up a few of those cookie cutters. I'll have to look around here - I'm sure I'll find some!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Delightful looking....When I was a little girl my mother and I went for tea sometimes at Halle Brothers Dept. Store in Cleveland and I loved the tiny sandwiches! So different and each so delicious...

Canadian Chickadee said...

Sounds like a wonderful day, and the food sounds fabulous. xoxox

Bernideen said...

The tea room looks darling and that's wonderful that you supported this venture in a small town. I thought their scones looked lovely!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Martha, I'm swooning at all the lovely food you had at the tearoom! What a fun trip for you and your friend. I have a teapot cookie cutter, but not a set. I'm visiting from Bernideen's party.

Rosemary said...

That looks like it was well worth the journey! What an enjoyable afternoon with friends!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Looks absolutely wonderful!! I need to figure out how far from me it is.

Millie said...

It must have been a great afternoon, and the items you came home with are so lovely!

Tea in Texas said...

Great place to have a Birthday Tea! Your friend must really enjoyed herself. The food looked delicious!

Have a great week!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Delicious food at the tea room, and your teapot cookies look sweet.

Snap said...

What a wonderful outing and a great way to celebrate your friend's birthday! I love tea rooms. Each is so unique. Love your new cookie cutters. You'll enjoy them, the cookies you make and the memories! Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a delightful tea room, Martha. The food looks delicious and I am smitten with those teapot cookies! And those scones look amazing. I'm so happy you shared your lovely outing with us and have a beautiful day.


MomWaldsPlace said...

What a charming visit! It is all so appealing, that I simply had to pin a photo to my Tea Cup Tuesday Pinterest Board, linking directly to your blog post. It was is so nice sharing Tea Cup Tuesday with you. My blog is stop by for tea cup fun, and say "hi".

Carrie said...

What a nice tea with your friend. And you ended up with goodies afterwards. Have a great weekend!