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, August 14, 2019

Pembroke Resurfaces Again!

Back in the 70s, I feel in love with an Aynsley pattern

Alas, I had neither the funds nor the dining room for such fine dishes
And so I lusted after them from afar.

We did buy china eventually but it was Wedgwood not Aysnley
Runnymead Dark Blue
A small set bought on a trip to England
I was giddy to finally have china!

Time passes, kids grow up, and like fine things, too.
Daughter Sarah lusted after my Wedgwood
And when she got engaged, we gifted her with it

Thus I went from three
(Royal Dolton Tartan, Wedgwood Runnymeade and Grandmother's Noritake)
to two
(the Tartan and Grandmother's china)

Then friend Shirley Ann and I went to a small, out of the way, flea market
in El Dorado Springs
There on a shelf in the back was a set of Pembroke
(the china I had always wanted)
for $30!!!
It was January -- I had just done my January clean
and couldn't imagine bringing more "stuff" home!
So I left it.

Later that week, I realized how dumb I was.
It was a pattern I wanted and it was only $30
for the whole set!!!

I called up friend Shirley Ann and asked her if she wanted to go back to El Dorado the next day --
she would!

We arrive at the flea market, I flew back to the booth with the china and it was still there!

So it came home with me!
It was a mostly set for eight
It was the newer Pembroke -- made in 2000

It does set a pretty table
I added the tea pot, cream pitcher and sugar bowl

And a coffee pot
(Ebay is wonderful!)

Today at an Estate Sale, on a shelf . . . 

There were eight -- yes, count them -- eight!
Cream soups and saucers
For a very reasonable price
(but alas -- not $30! -- no, they were more than $30 but still a bargain)

And I also found a great tray at the Estate Sale
When I serve after dinner coffee (whether in china or silver), it's nice to bring the
coffee service to the table on a tray -- a manageable tray -- and the one
seems perfect!

The difference between a cream soup and a tea cup
The soup is much larger and I see things other than soups being served from the cup
Individual cobblers
 (filling cooked and warm and topped with a piece of pie pastry baked on a sheet pan)
chocolate mousse, individual floating islands

I was so excited when I found them that my hands were shaking.
You rarely see it in antique shops or flea markets

It looks right at home on the Aynsley shelf in the china cabinet!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Queen and The Princess Take Tea

I waited for this day for six years
Ever since 2013 when first Granddaughter Lucy was born
And it finally came to be
A real Tea Party at a Tea Room With Lucy

We decided before we went that we would be a Queen and a Princess -
Nana would be Queen while Lucy was a Princess!

Our tea room of choice
The Mad Hatter in Anoka, Minnesota

I made reservations in June -- I wanted to be sure that there was room at the tea
table for the Queen and the Princess!

We were seated at a lovely table for two

And Lucy had her very own menu!

Which had entertainment on the back

Our server came and poured first Lucy's tea

Princess Tea

Her first sip.
She pronounced it "outstanding"
with notes of strawberry, lemon and mint!

And "Pinkies Up, Nana"

When I inquired as to how she knew that she replied,

"I'm a tea expert!"

Happy Smiles at her first "grown up" tea!

Our first of many birthday teas!

Lucy had the Children's Tea -- 
three sandwiches, a cupcake and applesauce
cucumber, brie and apple and turkey

I had the full tea -- savories, scones, sweets

My curate
(although I will admit that they got the scone and sandwiches courses mixed up --
it should be sandwiches on the bottom, scones in the middle and sweets on top -- you eat your way up the curate!)

My sandwiches -- cucumber, lemon caper dill, chicken salad on an orange blossom muffin,  old fashioned peas and cheese in a phyllo cup and blueberry, basil, brie bruschetta

A lavender orange scone and a vanilla scone served with lemon curd, orange marmalade and cream
(Lucy ate my vanilla scone but I got even, I ate her cucumber sandwich!)

A chocolate orange cupcake, a lemon cupcake and a jam tart!
We both were full and brought our desserts home!

Lucy stopped to admire the toadstools!

We both agreed that we would do this next year for her birthday!
We've started a tradition and what a great tradition it is!

On the way home . . . 

In the backseat . . . 
Having tea with a Queen wears the Princess out!