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, 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!



So wonderful to visit your lovely home at Linderhof. It's been quite a while.
I love both gorgeous tables you sat for your lucky guests. The first china is stunning.
Although guests are great, I'm sure you are rested and happily back to normal.

Bernideen said...

Looks like a delicious meal! Love the salad as I do a lot of these but I like your red onion entry! This is such a lovely dining room and very inviting!

Bernideen said...

Martha: Could you give us your dressing recipe - this salad really has my eye!!!!

Louca por porcelana said...

Oh my!Just wonderful!Gorgeous china and stunning cloth!

Bonnie said...

Please do share the hot chicken recipe and the blueberry dessert! I am DAR and I just think that is is so lovely that you chose to serve them refreshments. You are an amazing hostess.

Pondside said...

I always think 'lucky guests' when I read about your entertainments at Linderhof. Everything looks beautiful!

Katherine said...

I have been reading your blog for several years and thoroughly enjoy it. Thank you for posting all you beautiful table settings and recipes. I have not seen spiced peaches for many years. My mother always served them on special occasions Thanksgiving, Christmas etc. Hers were store bought but I still loved them. Would you post you recipe for them? I would so love to have it.