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 10, 2014

Saint Nicholas Tea

Saturday was Saint Nicholas Day
A day we celebrate at Linderhof
Alas, not with stockings hung outside the door
But rather at tea

In the best parlor
(actually, Linderhof's only parlor!)
With a fire
(for there was a chill in the air)

The Williamsburg tea table is perfect
Set with a Battenburg Christmas cloth
And the Christmas dishes
And the silver -- always the silver for the Saint Nicholas Tea

Dundee Cake
The star of the show
Made early in November and frozen
until Saint Nicholas Day
When we take the first of the wee loaves out

It's often a tea treat during the rest of December
It's one of our favorite cakes

Royal Doulton Tartan cups and saucers
Lenox Holiday tea plates
A Battenburg lace tablecloth embroidered with poinsettias
And a silver cake basket filled with a Dundee cake

I can't think of a more perfect tea!

Most of Saturday, 
I was at friend Sally's at the Homes Tour
But when our company was gone,
we came to Linderhof
To sip tea, nibble on Dundee cake
And talk about the Homes Tour!

I'm sharing this with Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea and with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday


Anonymous said...

It looks lovely and cozy. Perfect for an afternoon tea...

Unknown said...

Oh,sitting by the fireplace drinking tea and eating cake looks so divine! I am so jealous of your lovely spot.....just so relaxing and comfy! I am glad you had a wonderful day.
Blessings My Friend,

Canadian Chickadee said...

It looks lovely, with the sun streaming in the window. A perfect way to spend an afternoon. xoxox

Debs Dust Bunny said...

So very beautiful and elegant!

Scribbler said...

Right out of Victoria magazine -- a return to elegance.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful setting...tea by the fireplace. It creates such warmth just looking at it in your picture! Very nice, cozy, and elegant at the same time. Blessings~
Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Martha,
Your tea table looks so cozy and inviting there in front of the fireplace. Your Dundee cake looks delicious too!
Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and for the comment. Can you send me the link to your visit to the house?
Thanks and have a blessed Christmas!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Wow that is such a charming setting. I want to jump in there and join you! Pretty dishes, silver and tea cups! Just lovely!

Linda said...

I love that you use your silver every year! What a perfect setting to share with friends. Visiting from The Charm of Home. Merry Christmas! Linda

Pat said...

Your Saint Nicholas Tea in front of the fireplace looks so~o~o inviting and warm, dear friend!!!

Rosemary said...

Such beautiful holiday traditions!

Bernideen said...

I was going through all the Christmas section looking for the Dundee Cake (I had printed out last year's) but finally found it here. I was looking at your recipe and wondered if you put brandy or ? on it.