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.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend Activities

This is an odd year --

there's a whole week of November left after Thanksgiving

before December

Husband Jim has decided that

"The Magical City of Scott"

will go up this weekend

And until it comes down,
the breakfast room
holds this magical village
and all of our meals 
are taken in the dining room!
(But until we added the breakfast room,
we ate all of our meals in the dining room for our
first 20 years here!)

A look at how
"The Magical City of Scott"
comes to be:

Chairs are moved out and tables moved in

It's not "smoke and mirrors"
but rather
"toilet paper and mirrors"

We found that toilet paper makes a sturdy base for the tiers
And those door mirrors that are cheap at WalMart make perfect tiers!

I'm a "take it out of the box and put it somewhere" person
Jim is a "gotta see it all before I decide where to put it" person

And so the houses are placed on the dining table so he can pick and choose
(The good news is that the boxes get carried back down to the basement

Photos from last year help with placement
(although he changes things a bit every year)

And once it is all put out
And accessorized

It truly is a Magical City!

Although the city will be built this weekend,
other Christmas rites will wait until December . . . 
like getting out the Christmas china
(the first Sunday in Advent)
Decorating the tree
(after December 5)

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

We at Linderhof

wish you and yours


Happy Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 17, 2018

A November Lunch

I had company for lunch last week
The Lunch Bunch came for November lunch

It's November
Thanksgiving month
My "Thanksgiving" dishes are my Spode blue and white
(they are my "good" transferware" but I also use them for Thanksgiving"

Garden mums
picked before we had the killing frost
in a turkey vase that I bought 49 years ago
when Jim and I shared our first November
at a dime store in downtown Kansas City.
Some things are not forever but that turkey has always held my heart.
The matching salt and pepper were bought a few years ago
Found on eBay because I decided that centerpiece turkey needed matching salt and peppers!

The menu:

A simple "old fashioned" (iceberg lettuce)
salad with a local restaurant's blue cheese dressing

A shrimp and grits casserole
Not authentic but definitely tasty!
And quite unexpected for my guests

No yeast dinner rolls
They're everywhere on facebook
And I decided to try them
They are simple, but don't make a lot
(what you see is one recipe)
Mine didn't brown as nicely as the ones on the internet
They're tasty but more of a biscuit than a dinner roll
But they are quick and I will make them again!

Dessert service on the sideboard

A cranberry sauce cake
That was perfect  for a November dessert!

The recipes:

1 T. olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, minced fine
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped (I used a red one because I had it)
1 3/4 c. milk
1 c. chicken broth
1 c. uncooked quick cooking grits
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. freshly ground pepper
1 container Boursin cheese with garlic and herbs
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and halved
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 T. fresh or 1 t. dried parsley
2 T. fresh or 2 t. dried thyme leaves
Heat oven to 375. Spray 11 x 7 inch baking dish with Pam. In a skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Cook vegetables, stirring occasionally until tender.
In a heavy saucepan, heat milk and broth to boiling. Gradually add grits and salt, stirring constantly with whisk. Cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat.
Stir in pepper and cheese. Stir in vegetable mixture, shrimp, eggs, parsley and thyme. Spoon mixture into baking dish.
Bake uncovered 25 minutes or until set.


1 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 c. milk
2 T. mayonnaise

Mix dry ingredients.    Add milk and mayo.    Stir into greased muffin tins.     Bake at 350 for approximately 15 minutes until golden brown.

3 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. mayo (not Miracle Whip)
1 (16 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce
1/3 c. orange juice
1 T. grated orange peel
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 t. orange extract
1 c. chopped Nuts (recipe called for walnuts but here in Kansas we're partial to pecans)
1 c. powdered sugar
1 - 2 T. orange juice (I needed a bit more)
In a mixing bowl, combine cake ingredients except for nuts. Mix well. Fold in nuts. Spray bundt pan with Pam. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 for 60 to 70 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing to a wire rack. Combine icing ingredients and drizzle over the warm cake.
I sugared fresh cranberries and slivers of orange peel for decoration.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

100 Years Ago Today

The Armistice was signed
The Great War

Which meant that this soldier could go home!

My Dad -- he was in The Argonne Forest when the Armistice was signed!

Thursday, November 1, 2018