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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Garden

It's Mid July --
The garden is still lush thanks to an abundant supply of rain

The begonias

There's always "thyme" in the garden
my favorite Indiana Summer petunias and a dark purple salvia
and thyme, of course!

the lilies in the pond are even blooming
(in fact, it looks like the lilies are trying to take over the pond!)

And there is always time to work in the garden . . . 

Garden chores are constant!

But when it's hot out, one stops for a glass of icy tea and a nosh
(in this case pecan shortbread)

I am afraid, however, that the heat and dry that we are beginning to have
will put an end to our lush garden.
I've been watering . . . and trying to keep ahead rather than get behind.

But as it gets hotter, the garden gets tended to less --
for I am truly a fair weather gardener!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Simple Dinner for Company

Friends Anne and Tim had his brother visiting from back east.
We enjoy David and always try to have them over for dinner when he visits.
It has been hot on the prairie
So no garden party last night
But rather an inside dinner
In our cool air conditioned dining room

It was company
So we used the lace cloth
Blue and white dishes
Damask napkins in silver rings

And a bouquet of garden flowers in the center

A simple meal
But a company meal . . . 

Mashed potatoes, with a lump of butter and a sprinkle of paprika
(otherwise they look pretty bland)
And Farmer's Market green beans fixed my grandmother's way

Rich thick beef gravy to go on the potatoes

And the star of the show,
an Angus rump roast -- cooked to perfection
Served with Yorkshire Pudding
(and homemade Horseradish Sauce --
the recipe from Stephenson's Restaurant)

Dessert was Husband Jim's new favorite:

Strawberry Pavlova Roll

A meringue topped with hazelnuts and rolled around strawberries and whipped cream.
It's a made ahead dessert which is good for a company dinner
And it's an "ice box" dessert which is good when the temperature is pushing 100

It's a good meal even though it is a simple one
And a meal enjoyed by all!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Small Change

In the Guest Room

We have wood floors
the original 1920 wood floors
that we refinished 17 years ago

And I adore them
And in the guest room . . .  

The wood floors are bare . . . 
(which actually makes it easy to run a dust mop in there)
But like an outfit needs jewelry
I think a room needs a rug . . . 
The finishing touch -- the jewelry for a room

And I've been searching . . . 
On eBay, at Estate Sales, Flea Markets and Antique Malls
For it can't be "just a rug"
It needs to be a "perfect rug"!

Yesterday, I was in the city
And on a whim I ran into a Tuesday Morning
And there it was!

A braided rug
(which fits my old house style)
neutral in color
(which I've learned -- keep the main pieces neutral -- you can get creative and colorful
with inexpensive pillows and curtains)

I think it is the finishing touch for the guest room
And I adore it!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Most Entertaining Weekend

Saturday was a busy day at Linderhof . . . 

Company for Lunch and Dinner!

Luncheon Company were Air Force Reserve Friends Don and Denise
who came to visit our Fort and the Symbols of Sacrifice
We invited them to stop by for lunch . . . 

A table for four in the dining room
My blue and white plates, of course
A pretty summery table runner
Blue napkins in silver rings
The plates on wicker chargers

And a bouquet of garden flowers in the center of the table

A cool lunch for a hot July day

Homemade chicken salad, fruit and a roll

Strawberry cobbler and ice cream for dessert

We spent a good part of the afternoon visiting
And after they left I cleaned up and prepared for
Party II

Dinner company were dear friends Jack, Shirley Ann and Steven
Invited because he did a favor for me and I can't pay him . . . 
in money but I can pay him in steak!

Same table, same napkins (well Jim and mine were -- I did get out new ones for the company!),
same plates and chargers
Why reinvent the wheel?

A steak house meal --
A tossed green salad with vinaigrette
served family style


Steak -- a KC Strip from our local meat market, The Butcher Block
and a "naked" baked potato
Toppings were on the table so everyone could top as they wish!
A pound of a potato!

And since it was The Fourth of July weekend . . .

We served our most patriotic dessert --
cherry pie
What's more American?
(well, perhaps Apple Pie)
Instead of lattice, we make stars and stripes!

Served with vanilla ice cream!

It was quite a day for entertaining
And we enjoyed each and every minute!

Happy Fourth of July!


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