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.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Homes Tour Weekend

It's Homes Tour Weekend in our little town

Thirty-five years ago
a few ladies decided that a good project
to raise money for the
would be to have a Holiday Homes Tour

And it's lasted!

Linderhof has been on tour twice
And I enjoyed each and every guest that came to our home.
And each and every guest got a freshly baked cookie
for I spent the whole tour in the kitchen

But that's really a place I'm most comfortable in.

This year . . .

Friend Sally's house is on tour
It's a grand Victorian
and Sally's decorated it in grand style

"Christmas at Rose Haven", 924 S. National, Home of Sally Richardson. A Victorian style home started in 1882 and completed in 1884. This beautiful house features the best of Victorian style with leaded windows, large porch, multiple fireplaces, and ornate wood work. This home was featured in the movie, "The Learning Tree" which was produced by native son, Gordon Parks, in Fort Scott in 1968.

She asked me to help since Linderhof had been on the tour
And because it was Sally, I said yes

Since Sally said yes, we've been plotting and planning
And the last few weeks, we've been shopping and decorating

We decided to give each tour guest a cookie to take home
And Sally being Sally, it was no ordinary Christmas cookie

But a Christmas tree cutout cookie
Frosted in pink
And sprinkled with silver

We're anticipating 400 guests
And so on Monday I baked, frosted and sprinkled
400 cookies!

And then they need to be bagged and tied with ribbon

I had help with that!

400 individual bags of cookie are awaiting tour guests

And in the Family Dining Room at Rose Haven
the cookies decorate a tree!

If you love homes tours, this year ours is superb!
Sally's house alone is worth the price of the ticket
And if you live anywhere close to Southeast Kansas
we'd love to meet you, Sally and I
For the tour, the whole tour
I'll be in the kitchen!
(It's my room for the weekend!)

The tour is this weekend, December 6 and 7
(11 to 5 on Saturday, 12 to 4 on Sunday)
and the tickets are just $12.00

Homes for the Holidys tour tickets may be purchased at Sally's Home,
or to purchase in Advance, call The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce
1-800-245-FORT (36780


Sarah said...

I enjoy going on Christmas home tours, so I'd be there if I lived near you. Hope you can share some photos with us. Have a great time!

lucy said...

I hope you take lots of pictures to share with us. Enjoy!

Southerncook said...

Oh how I wish I could be there for your Christmas Homes Tour. I bet friend Sally's home is spectacular. I hope she will allow you to share pics.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARTHA, tomorrow is your special day and I could never forget, why it is the same birthday as my Miss Scarlet. I hope you have a lovely day.

Fondly, Carolyn

lindaraxa said...

No wonder we get along so well, I am a Sagittarius too!! 18th. Have a wonderful bday dear friend. I know the house tour will be smashing!

Rhondi said...

If I lived near you I'd be coming to see you at the home tour. Those cookies look pretty, too pretty to eat actually!
I hope it is successful and you make lots of money!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Love Christmas home tours! Enjoy the festivity!

Michelle said...

So bummed I didn't see this in time to plan a road trip south! Wow! You were busy baking!