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.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

It Was Thirty Years Ago Today . . .

That we changed our citizenship . . .

Both Husband Jim and I were born and raised in Missouri
(Kansas City to be exact)
and I'd never lived anywhere else.

Even though Kansas City spans two states
(Missouri and Kansas)

I thought to live in another state you had to have a passport!

But thirty years ago we switched our allegiance
from Missouri -- The Show Me State

Kansas -- the Sunflower State

Fort Scott, Kansas to be exact
Which was only 20 miles from where we lived in Missouri
It wasn't like we had to trek half way across the country --
we really only moved 20 miles!

The move happened because Husband Jim's employer
wanted us to move.
I didn't want to --
especially to Kansas

But one blustery day in March (a Tuesday to be exact)
on his way to work, Jim happened to see a for sale sign

this picture was taken in 1924 -- not the year we bought it

on an American Foursquare Craftsman
on National Avenue -- the Main Street in our little town

It was the only house we looked at!
We made an offer, it was accepted

And because we had been to England a year earlier and had fallen in love with the fact that houses had names rather than addresses, we decided this house had the same charm that those
English cottages had and needed a name!

At Husband Jim's suggestion, we named it Linderhof
for the builder was of German descent as was I.

That was in 1988
We've been Kansans for 30 years, we've lived in Fort Scott for 30 years
and we've lived in Linderhof for 30 years
It's the longest we've ever lived anywhere!

And that calls for a celebration!

Using the 1924 photo, we made postcard invitations and mailed out a goodly number

We don't like to do things the easy way . . . 
We were in Minnesota for Mother's Day and arrived home Tuesday night
The party was Friday --
Three days to put a party together!

Jim was in charge of the patio and setting up drink

I was in charge of the garden . . .

And the house . . . 

And the food!

We got it all done in three days -- 

The weedy needy garden was made presentable
(and received many compliments)
The house was clean
The patio and drive were made leaf free
and Jim set up the bar with wine, spirits and beer

And our guests came . . . 

A whole patio full

And then off in the corner were the Pergola People!

It was a perfect evening --
Not too warm, no rain, no bugs
The drink flowed
And the food was in the dining room

Rainbow Vegetable Tray

Fresh Fruit with White Chocolate Dip

Ann's Cheeseball

 Lumpy Dip

Stuffed Eggs

Oh, and meatballs, we can't forget the meatballs even though I forgot to take a picture of them!

Dessert was served in the breakfast room

 Texas Sheet Cake
A classic recipe but a good one
For crowds, it is my go-to chocolate cake recipe
And the good news is that it feeds a crowd.

We were happy to share our home of 30 years with our friends as we celebrated
our 30 years in what we consider now our "adopted" home town.

Linderhof 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

An Entertaining Week . . . A Week of Entertainment

Last year was quite a week . . . 
We had company
four days!

On Sunday . . . 

Four  for lunch

The Aynsley Pembroke

Redbud sprigs and white tulips in a crystal vase

Every thing done and we're waiting for company to arrive

Sunday's Menu:

Fresh Pea Soup

Lemon chicken, herbed rice and roasted asparagus

Meringues Chantilly with strawberries

On Tuesday:

Four for lunch . . . again!
But a different four!
The dishes are the Spode Blue Room

Tuesday's Menu:

Sarah's Salad from the Lion House Pantry

Penne with a creamy mushroom Sauce

Sunday's extra meringues were made into Eton mess!

On Wednesday:

The DAR came by to cheer the Combat Veterans 
as they passed in front of Linderhof
No one can come to Linderhof without an offer of hospitality
Cookies, coffee (because it was cold and rainy) and iced tea

Ina Garten's Ultimate Ginger Cookie
(one of my all time favorite cookies)

 We waved as the Veteran's passed by the house!

On Friday:

Four guests for lunch . . . again!

I chose to use the Spode Blue Room

The centerpiece is the first blossoms of my mother's lilac!

The Menu:

One of my favorite salads:
lettuce, strawberries, red onion, pecans with a sweet celery seed dressing

Taking a page from my mother when she entertained
Hot chicken salad, a pickled peach and roasted broccoli

A dessert that I discovered this year and the third time I've made it . . .
Fresh Blueberry Cream Pie --
I, however, made it into a tart

It is fabulous and the blueberries here have been exceptionally good

The week:

Sunday:   the Quaker Lace tablecloth, white tulips and redbud sprigs in a crystal vase, Aynsley Pembroke china and white damask napkins in silver rings . . . 

 Tuesday:  the same Quaker Lace tablecloth, the same centerpiece as Sunday, white damask napkins

Wednesday:   no tablecloth, the same tulips and redbud in the crystal vase and Spode Blue Italian coffee cups and saucers

Friday:   The Quaker Lace cloth, Spode Blue Room, white damask napkins but lilacs in a crystal vase

Thursday:    a bare table and a quiet dining room . . . 
It's nice to have company and I enjoyed visiting with so many friends!