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, July 5, 2016


When I think of violets, I think of my Mother

She had violets in the garden
(as do I)

She had African violets on the windowsill
(as do I)

She had a violet tea set
(as do I -- it's hers!)

Beautifully handprinted
Delicate China
And I use it "sometimes"

While out and about in town Friday, I found

A violet cake plate

Which I thought would go well with Mother's violet tea set
Cups and saucers for tea

And a plate for a cookie or scone

To celebrate, I made my version of Nordstrom's Lemon Ricotta Cookies
(My version is orange!)

Though the cake plate goes well with Mother's cups, saucers and tea plates,
my new cake plate

Is Bavarian

While the cups, saucers and tea plates are


However, even though they have different "pedigrees"

I think they look smashing together
And with a plate to hold tea treats, I'm sure I'll use them more often.
There's just something about purple violets and lace, to bring a smile to your face!


Francie Newcomb said...

This is so sweet.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Martha, violets make the perfect sweet memory of a mother. So glad you have her beautiful violet china pieces.

Bernideen said...

That is really a perfect match! I love them together and what is sweeter than violets - well maybe your Cookies! Ha!

Lady Katherine said...

I love Violet's so much, your set is so lovely,! I need to start sharing more of my things,how I love it when you find a piece that looks pretty with your China,! So happy for you your Mother had this lovely set,which makes it more special!

Ginene Nagel - Fox and Finch Antiques said...

I was just reading that you write columns for two newspapers. That is one of your accomplishments that I am just learning about. If you wrote for our paper, I would subscribe to it.
As Americans move more to cold-fired pottery, plastic dishes and paper plates, I am so happy to see you promoting and sharing these high-quality, hand-painted china and porcelain dishes. Never again will we see this type of manufacturing and art in dishware made anywhere in the world. It is a treasure to cherish while using.

Deb said...

Very pretty.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

So pretty. You're good at growing and collecting violets.

Running with a sharp pencil said...

I love them! Violets are so old fashioned and charming!

Pondside said...

Violets and Lace - it sounds like a great book title!

Marilyn Miller said...

Love the mixture of violets. The Haviland cups are similar to my violet cups.