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, April 16, 2017

A Busy Week

Holy Week is always a busy week at Linderhof

First . . . are the PEO cookies

This year over 700 chick and bunnies were baked, iced, hand painted
for our PEO fundraiser

Of course, a package of each went north to Minnesota
for the Grands
Easter, after all is a candy holiday and all candy holidays call for
"Nana Cookies"

Thursday night,

we attended the Maundy Thursday communion service at church

Good Friday morning we were up early,
to tidy for company was company --
to help put all of those bunnies and chicks in bags
and tie them with a ribbon

Tradition now is coffee and hot cross buns after all the cookies are bagged!
Hot Cross Buns are a Good Friday tradition at Linderhof!

Then a trip South to secure provisions for the Easter breakfast at church
I did, however, find something for me . . . 

The Easter cactus -- we were in Germany during Lent one year
and every bed and breakfast we stayed at had an Easter egg tree and a blooming Christmas cactus in the dining room.
I bought 12 real hen's eggs decorated for Easter from Woolworths while in Germany
(for less than $1 each)
But alas, I never did find a Christmas cactus
(until this year!)
A true treasure!

Good Friday tea is always hot cross buns . . . 

And we always dye our Easter eggs on Good Friday
A dozen -- it's just for us
We don't need to hide them -- they are, after all, to be part of Easter dinner,
reincarnated as "deviled" eggs

The service of darkness reminds us of what happen on that Friday all those years ago

As if 700 plus cookies were not enough, Saturday found me making the traditional
"egg" cookies for our Easter breakfast.
They're beloved by children and adults alike.

The centerpiece for our Easter dinner table
It's just us but I still like real flowers
(garden ones this year)

This year we had a Holy Saturday evening service

Easter morning dawned not clear and sunny  but thunderstormy 
(I couldn't help but think of all the children waking up and not being able to go outside to find their Easter eggs -- because of the rain)

I was up early for I had eggs to cook -- 7 1/2 dozen to scramble
And a friend and I did the rest of the prep for our Easter breakfast . . . 
A wonderful church service
The church full of people
Followed by our catered Easter breakfast
(scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, hash browns, fresh fruit, hot biscuits, sticky buns, juice and coffee)
(We were so busy serving breakfast that I got not one picture!)

We're waiting now for Easter dinner --
very non-traditional:
prime rib, yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, green beans with bacon and onions and horseradish sauce
Dessert will be daffodil cake!


Francie Newcomb said...

It all looks beautiful-- and NO ONE can out-Martha our Martha!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

My grandmother used to make daffodil cake - and a similar one called sunshine cake. I haven't thought of it for years. What a Holy Week you had! And Easter, of course.