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.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Valentine Luncheon

Every year I host a Valentine Luncheon
for dear friends.

Some years, Valentine's Day is in the middle of Lent
thus we have our Easter egg tree as decoration for Valentine's

But this is a first
Valentine's Day is Ash Wednesday

And Ash Wednesday is the day when I always put up my Easter egg tree

On a chest in the living room
A dozen real hens eggs
Brought home from a Lenten trip to Germany
(bought at Woolworth's for 1 DM each)
Over 25 years ago

They've been part of Lent since 1992
and I couldn't imagine Lent without a Easter egg tree!

But it's also Valentine's and I was busy this morning
getting ready for five friends to join me for lunch

The table set in the dining room, with my Grandmother's china, Jim's Grandmother's cutlery, a Quaker lace cloth

 I love the dining room table set up for company!

At each place, a bag of Valentine heart cookies
For tea later that afternoon
A centerpiece of glass candlesticks, pink roses and a scattering of conversation hearts

I loved he pink of the roses.

The menu?

Cream of tomato soup
Made from my home canned tomatoes and cream -- real cream

A classic quiche
Full of bacon and onions and cheese

Served with a salad of spring greens topped with Gorgonzola

And Valentine's is always about the sweets!

Chocolate raspberry cake
(originally named "Christmas Cake" but I think I'll change the name to "Valentine's Cake")

Served with coffee
It's made in a miniature bundt pan so three little pieces of cake 
But it makes a nice presentation with whipped cream and fresh raspberries

I so enjoy my Valentine's Luncheons
We sat and chatted "forever"
Not wanting the day to end

And we had a special guest . . . 

The newest member of our family

A terrier mix
A Valentine Gift for Husband Jim and myself

We should have named her


Kathy said...

The luncheon looks delicious! You have a knack for putting the right things together. What kind of dog is Molly and how old is she?
Happy Valentine's Day!

Martha said...

She's a terrier? But what kind we're not sure! She supposedly is a year or two. And she looks young.


Bernideen said...

Lovely luncheon and darling doggie!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

So beautiful! And welcome to sweet "Val"....Have you noticed that not only is Valentine's Day also Ash Wednesday, but Easter is April Fool's Day...Very strange.

Connie said...

What a wonderful way to treat special friends on Valentine's Day. Molly is adorable...she looks so sweet! Such a lucky pup!

Lady of the Manor said...

Your Valentine lunch looks like it was simply delightful. The setting was gorgeous and the meal looked delicious. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Your table looks wonderful and so does the food! I like that you have family pieces on the table. Molly looks like a little sweetie!

Ann Y. said...

Martha...I am so glad you posted a comment on my blog because it lead me to your beautiful home and wonderful post. We have almost the same tablecloth! Your luncheon and food looked amazing - I look forward to reading more about your beautiful home!

Seaview said...

Table setting....woweeeee ! Luv it...
But the egg tree is my favorite...that really holds lots of memories of my childhood.