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, December 1, 2014

Sunday Tea

Traditions are a big part of Linderhof

And on the Sunday after Thanksgiving
We always make the first batch of Christmas cookies

Mother's cut-out cookies
Always with the Christmas tree cookie cutter
(which was also hers)
And sprinkled with green sugar
Sometimes I add a red hot to the top -- but not always!

And Sunday afternoon, 

We have a Cup of Christmas Tea

And cookies!

Our only Christmas decoration is the Advent Wreath
A real evergreen wreath
(It makes the house smell amazing!)

It's tradition!
That Sunday afternoon cup of tea with the freshly baked cookies!
And the Royal Doulton Tartan 

And since it's a special tea, the silver teapot!

It's Tuesday and I'm sharing my Sunday Tea with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea


Deborah Montgomery said...

Those simple cut-out cookies are the best!! And I love your tartan teacup -- beautiful. Sounds like a lovely Sunday afternoon tradition.

megan said...

Everything looks so inviting, Martha.

MomWaldsPlace said...

Most often less is more, and your simplicity is elegant as can be. Mother's cookies are charming. Merry Christmas!

Winnie said...

Your tea pot is amazing, what a great shape! Your cookies look yummy. I am having a cookie swap on the 13th with 20 ladies, so I may decorate some sugar cookies. Love that yours aren't frosted, as that takes a lot of time. Enjoy the holiday season!!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Martha, your tree cut-outs are so festive! I used to make those every year for my kids when they were growing up. I made them for several years after they had moved out but now they seem to prefer the fruit cake and other savory goodies. Love your tartan teacup! The shape of your teapot is unique and the sparkle of silver is so lovely for your Advent tea table. I love the scent of evergreens and unfortunately I didn't get my Advent candles set up this year. We still have Advent at church though which is nice. Thanks for sharing and joining me for tea.


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I have my mother's tree cookie cutter and it looks the same as yours...brings back memories of baking with her as a child.
Traditions are important and I know you always have an advent wreath. I started going to another church back in January and I was so looking forward to the lighting of the first candle. They don't celebrate advent with a wreath and I'm so sad to miss this aspect.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I love your traditions, Martha. Your cut out trees look wonderful and perfect with your tartan teacup. I'll bet your advent wreath does smell amazing! Happy Tea Day!

Bernideen said...

I always enjoy seeing what Martha is baking and making! Lovely cookies so pretty!

Canadian Chickadee said...

Ooooh yum. I love the Christmas tree sugar cookies. And your plaid china cup and saucer are perfect too. xoxox

Zaa said...

Such sweet cookies... and I love the sprinkles( ha Ha).. The tartan teacup is so unique .. as is the shape of the teapot... Everything looks so inviting... It must be Christmas !!! ...Hugs

Michelle said...

Your Advent wreath is gorgeous…so thick and lush. I love seeing the cutout cookies with sprinkles. My mom makes them like that and it's so simple. A really good sugar cookie tastes great even without frosting. But I wouldn't turn either one down! Ha.