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, June 30, 2015

Cookbook Book Club, Vol VI -- RED, WHITE AND BLUE

This month the hostess was Michelle and she chose a

"RED, WHITE, and BLUE" theme

We ended up at Linderhof with Michelle and I working together
on the table!

In the dining room

A table of red white and blue!
A great table for our Cookbook Club and a great table for the Fourth of July!

Blue transfer ware is a natural for a patriotic table!
Red and blue bandana napkins
Some red, white and blue "fireworks"
And vintage flag glasses!

All of the Fourth of July "bling" came from Michelle
I provided the blue and white plates and the chargers!

An easy centerpiece --
red carnations in a blue and white pitcher
And a few patriotic pinwheels to take it up a notch!
(Again the "bling" was provided by Michelle!)

We've been starting with cocktails
And this Volume was no different
It was a nice night and so we gathered on the porch

For watermelon mojitos
They were really good!
And I will make them again
And (aghast) some guests had more than one!

Dinner --

Smoked chicken quarters
(done by Michelle's husband David)
along with your choice of sauce
From Joe's (you can call it Oklahoma or Kansas City -- but it's still Joe's!)


The best strawberries
dipped first in white chocolate
And then dipped in blue sugar!

They were pretty and really looked magazine worthy!

Rita's contribution


A bleu cheese coleslaw with red pepper and green onion top.
An old recipe of mine that I've been making for at least 30 years.
From a Nevada Thalia's Tasting Tour
And our third favorite coleslaw recipe


Twice Baked potatoes.   Red potatoes and the white flesh held plenty of blue cheese.
Angela brought them and we all agreed that the smaller size was a great idea
And they were good -- I ate two!

We served buffet style in the breakfast room.   A paper tablecloth from Wal Mart covered the table and a blue and white sugar bowl full of little flags completed the "red, white and blue" theme.

No Cookbook Club dinner is complete until we've had


Donna's contribution, a no bake cheesecake which was delicious and refreshing and we loved her red white and blue decorations!

It was a fun evening, after dinner we talked about food and other things until almost 10:30!

July's theme is "All Things Ina" and we're looking forward to that one!
Me, I've got desert and I know what I'm bringing!

On Thursday I'm sharing my table with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and on Friday I'm sharing the delicious food with Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

National Iced Tea Month

June is National Iced Tea Month
Appropriate since June is also the month of the summer solstice!
A pitcher of iced tea is always in the fridge in the summer
It's our summer drink
(although sometimes I do enjoy a cup of hot tea in the afternoon -- even when it's Kansas hot outside!)

My grandmother's pitcher which she used for iced tea or lemonade
(both summertime drinks)
A crochet milk jug cover -- to keep out the flies
All on a tray covered by an embroidered guest towel which makes a great tray cloth!
The glasses filled with ice and the tea garnished with garden mint

A friend came by and I just happened to have made lemon bars
A great go-with for the lemony minty iced tea

All placed on a tray and taken outside to the front porch
It faces east, it's screened so even on hot afternoons it is a cool place to sit.
The tray placed on the table between the rockers.

We nibbled and sipped and visited and talked as we rocked the afternoon away.

The tea is called Planation Tea, found long ago in a bed and breakfast cookbook.
It's a bit fussy, but it is a good iced tea!


4 family size tea bags (Lipton or Luzianne)
1/2 c. packed fresh mint leaves, crushed
6 ounces lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 cups sugar

Pour 1 quart hot water over the tea bags and crushed mint.    Let steep for 4 to 5 minutes.     Strain and pour into a gallon container containing the sugar and lemonade concentrate.    Stir well to dissolve sugar.

Repeat steeping with another quart of hot water.   (Same tea bags, same mint).    Pour into container.     Add 1 quart of cold water to tea bags and mint and steep (again 4 to 5 minutes); repeat with another quart of cold water.     Discard tea bags and mint.

Chill, well covered.     Tea only keeps well 1 - 2 days; make new — tea is inexpensive.    (It doesn’t last that long at Linderhof!)

I'm sharing my porch tea in honor of National Iced Tea Month on this, the last day of June with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Daisy Comes to Linderhof

Her first name is Daisy -- her last name is Dawg
She is a playmate and best friend for Doogie

We believe in Rescue Dogs --
Dolly was one, Doogie was one
There are so many dogs without homes 
That it makes sense to adopt rather than buy a new puppy

And with the internet it's rather easy!
Makes it easy

We wanted:
1 - a small dog
2 - a dog that was part rat terrier
3 - a dog that was no more than 4
4 - a dog that Doogie would approve of

We didn't care whether it was male or female

Browsing the net, this picture came up:

Senshi she was called and was "part" Rat Terrier
She also was in the care of The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City
We liked her picture

 She had a look about her!
A mostly Rat Terrier look

But there was a "catch"
The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City prefers to adopt in the Kansas City area
But it does make exceptions.

We filled out an application
And were vetted
And contacted
And arranged a "meet and greet"
Between Doogie and "Senshi"

It was a good meet and greet.

We interviewed a couple of other "applicants"
Which were immediately dismissed by Doogie with a low growl.

Husband Jim, however, wanted "Senshi" since we first laid eyes on her.
I was the one who insisted that we interview others.

And yesterday . . . 

She came home to Linderhof
Not as "Senshi" -- for we gave her a new name --

Daisy Dawg

She's a  little shy
(but then she traveled by car from her foster home to the shelter
And from the shelter to Linderhof -- that's a big trip for a little dog)

Doogie greeted her like an old friend
And even invited her to play
But she was tired and wanted to rest.
And deemed under the coffee table as her "safe place"
(The sofa is Doogie's)

The first night went well . . . 
And this morning

She came out from under the coffee table

And joined Doogie on the sofa

He wasn't all that happy sharing his space
(but then he really doesn't like to share it with Jim either)

This afternoon . . . 

Both decide that it is the perfect place for a nap!

She's not totally acclimated to Linderhof
But she's getting there.

She still has to be taught to use the dog door --
right now we're opening the door for her

She is worming her way into our hearts --
She is a cute pup

And I thank Christine at the Humane Society for putting us together
And I thank Stacey who fostered her while she was in the care of the Humane Society.

And I can't preach "RESCUE" enough
There are so many homeless dogs
The good thing, though, is that are a good many no-kill shelters

If you're looking for a dog, please look at a shelter to see if you can find a dog
that will fit.

And wherever you get your dog -- spay and neuter --
I can't say that enough!
That's why there are often so many dogs in shelters!

They are there, just waiting for someone to love them
And the love they give in return . . . 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Of Plants and Flowers and Cinnamon Rolls

The lady who lived at Linderhof in the 60s, 70s and early 80s
always hung ferns at Linderhof
She was successful in wintering them over
I'm not!
In fact, one of her ferns belonged to a great aunt
And was said to be over 100 years old.

Linderhof's ferns are circa 2015!
But as Ruth did so do I

But I like mine in a sheet moss lined pot
I had two . . . but could only find one
And one mossy pot and one green pot
was not a good look!

A friend told me about a local nursery that had these great pots
$15 for this size plus $2 more for the chains!
The moss is on the outside, the green pot goes in and it looks as if it's planted in
a sheet moss pot!

A great look for little money
(Far less expensive than the old fashioned metal form that you line with the moss
And reline the following year and reline again the year after that!)

There is something about summer and flowers in the house
No more boughten flowers
For there are garden flowers!

zinnas and day lilies in a pewter vase in the living room

Hydrangeas in an old blue and white transfer ware pitcher in the dining room

My favorite summer bouquet -- a little bit of this and a little bit of that
In another old blue and white transfer ware piece -- this time a sugar bowl
on the breakfast room table.

For Husband Jim for Father's Day
I made fresh cinnamon rolls for breakfast

Coffee and hot cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Seven Years -- The Heart and The Soul of Linderhof

Seven Years Ago
In May
I started Lines From Linderhof
And somewhere soon after I discovered the "sidebar"
And so I included pictures
The Heart of the Home

 The kitchen
With it's marble counters
It's plethora of 
oils and vinegars
wooden spoons and cooking utensils
Asian blue and white used to store flours and sugars
And a red toaster!

The Kitchen 2015

Same cabinets
Same pots hanging over the island
Same stove
Same wooden countertop next to the stove
But the countertops less cluttered
The knives are on a magnetic knife strip
My "collection" of wooden cutting boards nearby
Big clear glass containers to hold sugar and flour
And the mixer moved to that side of the room.

The Soul of the Home

The dining room
With the 20's Duncan Phyfe table, Shield Back Chairs and Sideboard
The chandelier defies description but it seems to fit
It's Eastertide for a big blue and white vase holds branches and the German Easter eggs
The "Green Man" is over the buffet, two blue and white candleholders flank the silver tea service and behind it is my huge Spode Blue Room blue and white platter
The table is centered on a mostly red Oriental

The Dining Room 2015

The table and chairs
The buffet are all the same
(although there are new upholstery on the chairs)
The "Green Man" still hangs over the buffet
And those blue and white Asian candleholders still flank the silver tea service
(they're famous, those candleholders for they've been featured in a magazine --
not showcasing Linderhof but another, more classy and more expensive home)
The table and chairs are still on a red Oriental
But this one is large and it's a Karastan
A flea market purchase
And the bigger rug definitely looks better!
The chandelier is still hanging over the dining room table
And Husband Jim still feels that it's a "tad" too high!
The table is set for a luncheon
Which seems more fitting than an empty table
For the dining room really is the "soul" of the home!

The changes I've made the last seven years are small
Not redecorating but rather refinement
Homes should change a bit over time
But that doesn't mean that it needs to be a complete redo.
For, to me, the familiar is good!

As everyone calls the Kitchen
the heart of the home
for it's where food is prepared with love
for family and friends
But the dining room to me is the soul
for it's where family and friends gather
To eat and share conversations and ideas.

I'm using the two newest pictures of the kitchen and the dining room to update my sidebar -- it's about time!     Would you wear the same dress for seven years?
I don't think so!

And since it's Monday, I'm sharing my kitchen and dining room updates with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday

Thursday, June 18, 2015

It's Tradition -- St. Paul's Salad Luncheon

Starting in 1979, the ladies of St. Paul's Lutheran Church
in Nevada, Missouri

hosted a Salad Luncheon
as a fundraiser
(It was the time that Salad Suppers and Salad Luncheons were popular)

And they're still doing it in 2015!
That's a lot of salads!
That's a lot of luncheons!
That's a lot of funds raised for good causes!

The ladies are always busy in the kitchen
They do limit tickets but they still feed a large crowd.

The menu in 2015:

Celery and Parmesan Salad

  1.  Yummy Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

Roasted Chicken with Peaches, Goat Cheese and Pecan Salad

Raspberry Chicken Salad 

Pear Heavenly Delight

Sally's Breadsticks
(A tradition for most of the luncheons)

Brickle Pecan Squares
(There is always a taste of a dessert!)

Centerpieces vary from year to year
This year it was vintage linens and garden flowers in assorted containers

It's always well attended.

And the bonus?

The recipes!
So you can make the salads at home!

They have holes in them

So they can go in the cookbook that the church sold as another fundraiser.
Besides all of the good "church lady" recipes,
it has all of the recipes used in all of the salad luncheons
since 1979
And if you're faithful
And attend every year,
You get the handout to insert in the cookbook!

When we lived in Nevada, I attended St. Paul
And I worked the salad luncheon, chaired the salad luncheon, chaired different committees of the salad luncheon, submitted recipes for the salad luncheon
And I must admit that it was always a fun project
(Although we all were very glad when the clock struck 1 and it was over!
We'd each grab a plate and get our salads and sit and talk and
"Monday Morning Quarterback" this year's luncheon!)

Now, that we live in Fort Scott, I get to just attend!

It is Friday, and I'm joining Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

We Love Cherries!

In early Spring, we welcome these

So that now, we can harvest big bowls of these --

Tart red cherries
"Pie" cherries as my mother called them
Alas, not from a tree at Linderhof
but from a tree of a friend
who gifted me with all of these lovely cherries.

First --

I made cherry muffins for breakfast
(And used the remaining cherries as a centerpiece)

Today, I made

An old fashioned cherry pie

We had company for after lunch dessert
Coffee and cherry pie
Fresh cherry pie!

And we're a purist . . . 
Warm cherry pie doesn't need ice cream to make it better
So we had it plain!
With coffee!

It's Friday and I'm joining Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Cheery Cherry Breakfast

What a lucky girl am I?
A friend brought me a gift

 Of cherries!

Cheery Cherries!

Perfect for a breakfast centerpiece!

And for breakfast muffins
Baked in my grandmother's muffin tin

My Johnson Brothers Indies
Which I have christened my "breakfast" dishes
(Doesn't everyone have a different set of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner?)

And a blue basket with the cherry muffins
As well as the remainder of the cherries as a centerpiece!

The muffins are small so you need two
(it is an old muffin tin after all, made before muffins became "mega")

I like making breakfast special every day of the week
With the breakfast table set with dishes, cloth napkins (in my silver rings), glasses for juice and a coffeepot for the coffee (rather than the carafe!)

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday