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.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

And So It Ends . . .

The Magical City of Scott

This morning the village looked like this
with villagers going about their Sunday morning routine . . . 

And this afternoon
The pile of boxes was brought back inside
and the Magical City of Scott
was put back in those boxes!

To await next December
and another appearance!

And after lugging all those boxes to the garage
And a good sweep
The breakfast room has returned to normal!

The centerpiece, a piece of lace and the wee poinsettia from the Guest Room
(we always have flowers for Sarah whenever she comes home)
for it is, after all, still Christmas
(The Tenth Day, actually)

The Magical City of Scott spends 11 months of the year in a corner of the garage
And it was chilly today
Twelve trips to the garage with a bin
(for when you take them back outside, it's one box at a time!)
And that makes for a chill on the inside as well as the outside!

A pot of Harney's Hot Cinnamon Tea
and the updated Grandma's Raisin Cookies
that I baked after church

The tray with my "God Jule" towel
A gift from some dear Swedish friends, Eric and Anna
I love the red and white with the blue and white of the transfer ware

Updated raisin cookies because they're not made with raisins but rather dried cranberries!
Small cookies, as tea cookies should be, and the cranberry is so in tune with the season!

It's nice to have the breakfast room back!
We'll have breakfast out there tomorrow morning!

I can hardly wait!

I'm sharing with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch , Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and Marty at A Stroll Through Life


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy New Year, dear Martha! Your city of Scott is charming! I regret that I didn't get my village out this year; too tired! I will start decorating earlier next time and then we will be able to enjoy it. Love your blues! The cookies look wonderful with the dried cranberries; yum! As always, your tea table is very inviting and how I would love to join you. Thank you for sharing with us and have a beautiful day, my friend.


Pat said...

That's a lot of trips to the garage, dear friend!!!
Your breakfast room and table look so refreshing!!!
It's been cold and dampish on my side of the Prairie today!!!
Those cranberry tea cookies look delicious!!!

Terri said...

Happy New Year Martha. Your city was amazing, and what a job to put away. Your tea time is lovely in the wicker tray. That is a fab tray! The china too is a lovely choice. Cookies look so yummy!
Wishing you a wonderful new year.

Angela McRae said...

Your breakfast room looks lovely! I think it's so fun to watch our rooms come out of their Christmas finery and return to peaceful, cozy settings for the winter. Your pretty tray and the cookies make me wish I was there sampling some!

Lorrie said...

Your pretty tea break with the dainty cookies is well deserved after all those trips out into the cold to put away your Christmas village. It all looks lovely.

Beth in NEPA said...

Happy New year Martha, you deserve that lovely tea after all that work!

Deb said...

It's always nice to get things back to normal. Lovely blue & white. Deb

Margie said...

As much as I enjoy Christmas decor (which I usually put up by late November to maximize my enjoyment), I love the return of normalcy after the holidays. Now you can enjoy many pretty tea times in your breakfast room again!

Entertaining Women said...

As much as I adore sharing our Christmas Village with our grandchildren, family, and friends, I agree with's alway kind of nice to have to top of the Baby Grand clean and simply waiting for someone to sit and play. You always amaze me, woman...baking cookies after church...I can just see you moving smoothly and confidently around your kitchen preparing, then baking goodies. The vision makes me happy. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay