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.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Shop Local!

Living in a little town
shopping is limited!

We have "The Walmart"
And a few brave merchants
Who have invested both their money and time
in our town.

And so, when we shop, we first like to

Shop Local

It keeps our money in our little town,
our sales tax comes back to our city
rather than going to some other community!
That is a good thing!

Our very favorite place to shop is
The Iron Star

Picture is taken at our local Good Ol Days festival where Barbara brings her wares out to the sidewalk to sell!
The shop is in the background!
Owned and run by friend, Barbara

In looking around the house, I can believe how many of my treasures 
came from The Iron Star!

The Wardrobe and the Rocking Chair
I was in search of a wardrobe and found it at Barbara's
The chair, not really, but who could pass up that magnificent chair?

The little cream holder for the flowers
Just a perfect touch for that table!

A small set of Old Paris, which included the teapot, sugar and cream, and lots of cups and saucers and a goodly amount of tea plates!

After blue and white my second love is gold and white
And the age on these . . . 
A true treasure!

The baker's rack
bought originally for the breakfast room
When we found a different piece, it moved outside
And makes a cool focal point on the patio!

And our upstairs window box is filled with Iron Star silks -- because it's too shallow
to hold real plants!

Somehow, I always seem to find something there every time I go in!

And Barbara and I like to chat
(if there are no other customers!)

And we share recipes!

The latest . . . 

Great Plains Slaw


Gateau au Chocolat
(or a fancy name for chocolate cake!)

Barbara likes to garden as well
And if we're not talking about food, we're talking about gardens!

Not only is is a neat place to shop but it's a neat place to visit!

Thanks, Barbara, for all the treasures
And for your commitment to our little town!

And thanks, too, for sharing the recipes!

1 head red cabbage
1 pound bacon
1/2 c. walnuts
2 T. butter
1/2 t. rosemary (I used fresh so used a bit more)
Julienne cabbage. Brown bacon, drain and crumble. Salute walnuts in butter and rosemary. Toss all with vinaigrette
1 c. olive oil
1/3 c. salad oil
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, mined
6 oz. Dijon
2 eggs, beaten
ground pepper
Whisk together and pour over cabbage, bacon and walnut mixture.
Why it's called "Balsamic" vinaigrette, I'm not sure -- there is no Balsamic vinegar in it! It also is noted that it needs to be tossed together right before serving or the cabbage wilts!


2 sticks butter
4 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
l cup sugar
1/2 c. espresso coffee
1 t. vanilla
4 eggs

Melt sugar, chocolate and butter together.    Stir in coffee and vanilla.    Let cool.    Stir in beaten eggs.    Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.    The middle will not appear to be done, but it will set up overnight in the refrigerator.

Frost with whipped cream that has been sweetened with powdered sugar, flavored with vanilla.     Sprinkle whipped cream with toasted slivered almonds or decorate with candied pansies.

1 comment:

Petra said...

If I lived in your town I would definitely go to The Iron Star. My kind of shop!
I love reading your blog. It always makes me feel like I was having a cup of tea with you.
Best regards from Holland.