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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


The Tween time
That time between Christmas and New Year's

The house is still decorated
But the hustle and bustle of Christmas is past

There are no more presents to wrap . . .
No more cards to  be addressed

The ribbon and wrapping have been put away

A peace has descended upon Linderhof

And it's a great time to entertain

Which I did --

Luncheon for 3 guests on Monday

And luncheon for 4 on Tuesday

Same table setting

A new Christmas gift lace cloth
My blue and white transferrer
And old white damask napkins in the silver rings

A Christmas rose in a birch pot
And the glass sleighs filled with greenery
(and the Santa salt and pepper shakers)

Old brass candlesticks complete the centerpiece

Luncheon at Linderhof

Monday, December 29, 2014


Roasted Pear Salad
(with blue cheese, cranberries and pecans)

French Chicken Pot Pie

Double Chocolate Creme Fraiche Cake
with whipped cream and cranberry/rosemary garnish

Luncheon at Linderhof

December 30, 2014


Gingered Carrot Soup

Christmas Quiche
Tossed Green Salad

Double Chocolate Creme Fraiche Cake
with Grand Marnier whipped cream and orange/rosemary garnish

Even though it was the same dessert --
it wasn't the same cake.

I baked two -- one for each day
But in my small bundt pans
Two small bundt pans equal one regular bundt recipe

Monday's Cake with whipped cream and candied cranberries and candied rosemary

Tuesday's Cake with Grand Marnier flavored whipped cream and an orange slice and rosemary garnish

I love to entertain and this week is perfect for at Christmas, the house is often aglow
with it's Christmas finery!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your table cloth is lovely, Martha; a fabulous Christmas gift! You are quite the hostess and both menus sound delicious. I'm sure your guests had a splendid time. I'm stopping by to wish you and your loved ones a Happy & Healthy New Year.


Lottie said...

Yes, both menus do sound delicious! Happy New Year!

Beth said...

You're a fabulous hostess, Martha. I wish I lived closer and could join in! :)

lindaraxa said...

Beautiful table, Martha and great food, as always. Happy New Year!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a great way to spend tween time.
Happy New Year!

Canadian Chickadee said...

I love your referring to the time between Christmas and New Year's as being the "tween time."

Your luncheon menus look and sound delicuous.

Hope you have a wonderful New Year, and a happy, healthy, and wealthy year in 2015. All the best, always, Carol

Pat said...

Lovely new lace tablecloth, dear friend!!!
Thank you for the tip of two smaller bundt cakes= one bundt cake!!! Still mulling over about purchasing a bundt pan!!!

Michelle said...

Love the leaf pattern on your new tablecloth. Great tip about baking once and having two cakes. It all looks so lovely!