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 4, 2019

An Entertaining Week

It's been a busy week at Linderhof
Guests have come and gone
and I've spent a lot of time in the kitchen
Especially since the garden is beckoning!

A week ago Tuesday, the Lunch Bunch came

 Quaker Lace tablecloth, leftover Easter breakfast alestomera, Aynsley Pembroke

The coffee service on the sideboard

We started with a salad.
A tossed green salad with my own vinaigrette
Not picture worthy

The main course:

Crab noodle casserole
An easy casserole, not a cheap casserole, but one that I will make again
for it was so good!

And a hot roll, done Linderhof's way


White silk pie!
It's French silk pie with white chocolate.
I upped the ante a bit with raspberry sauce!

Plated, with a pour of raspberry sauce and a sprinkling of fresh raspberries

Worthy of company!

Whenever anyone comes to visit, there has to be tea and a nosh

The DAR Regent came and so we had tea and chocolate lavender snowballs as we conducted our business!
(There's always some sort of cookie in the larder at Linderhof!)

The following Saturday, friend LaDonna and her husband Russell came to 
Fort Scott for the Confederate Memorial Day ceremony at our National Cemetery
And of course, I invited them for lunch!

Quaker Lace Cloth, Spode Blue Italian dishes, pansies in a Spode Blue Italian bowl as a centerpiece
(these went to the garden later but they definitely lent a touch of spring to the table)

And, of course, napkins in silver rings!

First course is salad -- in place as my guests sat down!

Because I needed a no-fuss lunch, it was my oven stew

And I tried Joanna Gaines cornbread made into muffins because it's easier to eat a muffin that a wedge of cornbread.

A classic combination!

Courtland Buttermilk Pecan Pie made the perfect dessert.
Served, of course with coffee!

Thursday noon I was at Heritage Park
with herbs, books and more chocolate lavender cookies in tow

As I gave a presentation for the Southwind Extension District on Herbs.
Herbs are my passion and I love telling everyone about them!
We had a great turnout and although the weather cooperated with no rain,
it was cold -- or at least colder than it had been!

My entertaining week ended Friday when Nevada friends came for lunch:

 My Quaker Lace cloth, the Pembroke and pink lilies for the center of the table

Dessert coffee service -- all Pembroke!

We started, of course, with a salad.    Baby greens.
Some of which came from my garden!

Fusilli with a lemon cream sauce and filled with fresh vegetables --
baby spinach (alas, not from my garden), halved cherry tomatoes and broccoli
and lots of grated Parmesan cheese.
Lemon wedges so you know that there is lemon in the sauce!

Two plates of pasta -- one on the 2000 version of Aynsley Pembroke and one on the 1900 version!
There are differences and I adore them both!

Dessert was a "fluffy" strawberry pie!

All pink and pretty with fresh strawberries and garnished with a strawberry.

It was a cool and refreshing dessert.

I've not hung up my entertaining apron as yet --
today I'm in charge of the "Quatro" de Mayo adult fellowship dinner at church
We all bring and I got off easy -- I'm bringing lettuce!!!
And a dessert -- a no bake margarita cheesecake -- doubled and served from a 9 x 13 pan!

With entertaining done, I'm eager to get in the garden . . . 
especially with this week's rain --
the garden has grown leaps and bounds!


Denise said...

You have a wonderful gift for hospitality, Martha! You make time for people and you put so much care into your menus and decorating. Your friends, community and family are so fortunate. And Linderhoff assist you in your efforts; it's beautiful and welcoming!

Pat said...

You have been busily entertaining, indeed!
Lovely tablescapes!
Perfect menu choices with luscious desserts!
I agree, it's time to turn our thoughts and time
to the out~of~doors!

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