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, December 4, 2016

Homes Tours and Candlelight Tours

December is the month of Homes Tours
Houses decorated for Christmas
Open wide their doors
for tour goers
The recipient of the ticket sales is always a good cause.
There are literally close to hundred tours within an easy drive

But it is always good to stay close to home
On Friday night,
we enjoyed the Moonlight and Mistletoe Tour
here in our little town

At what we know as The Chenault Mansion
(the name chosen by the third owners of the Victorian home who opened it as a Bed and Breakfast)
however, it is now The Dancer Mansion
after the Dancer family who lives there now

Moonlight and Mistletoe

involves food

 And desserts
(And I spent most of the day Friday making the desserts for the party --
a labor of love for me
-- for sixteen years earlier, I came up with the idea of a special evening tour
attached to our Homes Tour -- it has been a success!    In early years, I made all the food for the event -- so I enjoyed just desserts!)

Saturday, Friend Shirley Ann and I headed south to Carthage
(a town in Southwest Missouri known for it's marble)
A town full of Victorian Houses
And tour six of them, we did . . .

We saw

trees decorated for Christmas

lovely woodwork all bling-ed up for the tour

And my favorite of all . . . this little glass room on one of the oldest houses in town
How perfect to winter over plants

I also fell in love with

These little six by six

Original oils 

of the tour homes
(And I got his card -- can't you see one of Linderhof?)

And in one bathroom

Was this little "feather" tree full of real shell ornaments

And dining rooms had tables set for a Christmas feast!

Our fort does a Candlelight Tour the first Friday and Saturday of December

And we go from the bling of Victoriana
to the simplicity of the prairie
with this centerpiece on the refreshment table in the Grand Hall
where tour goers stop for hot cider and peppernuts

And "nineteenth century" children teach twenty-first century children
an old fashioned game with hoops

And husband Jim joined Old Fuss and Feathers for one number

Sunday dawned rainy but the sky cleared by tour time
We were local this time . . . 
And as if we had our fill of Victorian homes,
our tour featured quite a different home

A 1929 Art Moderne "Florida" home complete with palm trees

We enjoyed the Art Moderne built in mail box

The gift wrapped refrigerator

And we finished with the three Victorians on the tour

 Woodwork and garlands in the Sample Home

Lots of stained glass in both tours

The Friday night home and the last Victorian we visited, were built by
Banker Brothers who came from Kentucky to the prairies of Kansas
to open a bank
And built a big home

Brothers can be competitive
And I think the Chenault Brothers were no exception:

The original dining room chandelier in
the Walter Chenault home
(the north house, the Sample House)
originally gas it had been modernized by electrifying the fixture

The original dining room light fixture in
 the Edgar Chenault Home
(the south house, the Dancer Mansion)
formerly gas -- now electric!

Which brother had the neatest fixture?
Obviously, Walter's had a bit more bling than his brother!

And I must admit that it is fun to compare the two houses!

After the tour, friends Shirley Ann and Freida came over
to refresh ourselves with a cup of tea and a nosh . . . 

On the breakfast porch
with a few of my unkempt garden
we enjoyed orange cranberry shortbread and cups of restorative tea!


Sandra said...

So much fun to visit your blog and see all the wonderful things you have to share. What wonderful home tours. The desserts looked delicious. Loved all the lovely photo's.

Beth said...

Hi Martha, Beautiful decor; I especially liked seeing the Old Country Roses in a Christmas tablescape. I'd never thought of using mine for Christmas. It looks elegant.
I wanted to thank you for turning me on to Ina Garten. I just purchased two of her cookbooks: Barefoot Contessa Family Style and Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again. The latter I haven't yet received but I've read through, marked, and even made one of her recipes from Family Style. Do you have ALL of her cookbooks? And do you have a recommendation on your favorite(s)?
Thanks again.
Merry Christmas!