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, March 24, 2021

The Crystal LAMPS of Linderhof

My last post was the prisms --
Now here are the lamps, sconces and my lone chandelier

 The living room --
Astral lamp on the table by the wing chair
(A true treasure)
the 1940s scones over the fireplace that were put up to "colonialize" Linderhof
And the wonderful candleholders with hurricane shades on the mantle

The dining room
A pair of Argand lamps on the mantle
And Fostoria double candlesticks dripping with prisms on the dining room table

The breakfast room
A pair of pressed glass candlesticks on the breakfast room sideboard
Rarely lit, but can be used on the breakfast room table if we decide to eat by candlelight

The guest room
One of the "twins" (a pair of old lamps that I got for the dining room mantle)
After numerous tries, it really is the perfect lamp for this room

The front bedroom
Prisms galore!
From the lamp on the dresser, to the chandelier, to the scones over the fireplace to the small Astral lamp by the chair by the fireplace

And we can't forget the other "twin" of the lamp that's beside the bed in the guest room

And, of course, what dressing table wouldn't be without a pair of lamps
These have prisms and hurricane shades!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Crystals of Linderhof

I love crystals
Especially when they're hanging from a pretty lamp or sconce or candlestick
I love the color, too, when the sun shines directly on them.

It's a rainy day on the prairie
A good day to polish crystals!
(With a new method which seems to be the best I've tried so far!)

My crystals . . . from room to room

An Astral lamp with long prisms in the living room

 The scones over the living room  fireplace -- not original to the house but a 1946 addition
when the house was "colonialized"

Hurricane candle holders on the living room mantle -- crystal themselves with long plain prisms
A souvenir of a trip to Wisconsin

One of a pair of argand lamps on the dining room fireplace
They're plain prisms but rather short ones!

One of a pair of Fostoria double candleholders
Usually they take pride of place on the dining room table

A simple pair of pressed glass candleholders on the sideboard in the breakfast room

I'm sure the type of lamp has a name but I don't know what it is
but the prisms are fairly long and fairly plain
One of a pair that got separated at birth -- this one resides in the guest room --
it's twin in the front bedroom

A lamp from Buffalo, New York (and it has a much longer story)
that sheds light on the chest in the front bedroom

The other twin

In the front bedroom for nighttime reading

A smaller astral lamp with cut glass prism on a little table (from friend Sally)
in the front bedroom by the reading chair

A set of sconces that match the ones in the living room -- above the front bedroom fireplace


Every girl needs some light shed on her dressing table.    These prisms are on the pair of lamps that light up the dressing table.

And the only chandelier that has prisms.    In the front bedroom.

Prism cleaning is no fun!
I've dried the drip stuff but found that it left little dirty drips at the ends of the prisms.
It's a pain to take off each prism, wash in a sudsy Dawn bath, rinse, dry and put back on
But that's really the best method.
Which is why prism washing is a once a year affair!

But then I bought some Dawn Power Wash
I love it for certain things.
Today, I got the brilliant idea that it might be a great prism cleaner.

IT IS!!!!

Spray the prism (on the lamp or sconce), wipe the Dawn off with a wet cloth and follow up with a dry one.
They are sparkling and would be even more so if there was sunlight shining in today!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

One Chicken Equals Many Meals

I'm not into rotisserie chicken
It's much easier and cheaper to get a whole bird and roast it yourself!

And whole it's roasting the whole house smells wonderful!!!!

For Sunday Lunch this week, I bought a whole chicken
A nice plump bird, it was
And I roasted it -- I'm of the school of low and slow
It took about 3 hours and perhaps it's not roasting but rather baking
But I still call it a "roast chicken"!

And while it's baking, the whole house smells amazing!

SUNDAY Lunch was Roast Chicken
Served with potatoes, whole small onions and carrots roasted with the chicken

MONDAY Dinner was Chicken Pot Pie
A favorite of both Jim and I . . . . 
And the pot pie provided Tuesday and Wednesday Lunch!

TUESDAY Dinner was "Hen" Soup
The bones were simmered slowly along with Sunday's leftover vegetables and gravy
This broth was strained and any meat was put back in the broth
For dinner, I added potatoes, carrots and onion and simmer till all was tender.
I garnished with parsley
It made a great dinner last night
And will make a great Thursday lunch

WEDNESDAY Dinner will be curried chicken salad

The breast made into chicken salad with Thea addition of celery and nuts and mayonnaise and curry powder.     The breast will be just enough for dinner for two tonight!

Tomorrow lunch will be the last bowls of soup.

Not bad for a $6 investment!

Monday, March 1, 2021

St. David's Day

Today is March 1

in Wales
It's St. David's Day

David is the Patron Saint of Wales

The feast of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, falls on 1 March

the date of Saint David's death in 589 AD

The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonisation of David in the 12th Century by Pope Callixtus II

But, alas, is not's a public holiday in the UK!
And even though we're not Welsh, we like celebrating British holidays!
We have been to Wales, though . . . 


Snowdonia National Park
with it's breathtaking views

Caernarfon Castle
(Where the Prince of Wales is investured)

the town with the longest name in the UK -- and not even Jim
who is good with pronunciations can pronounce it --
I'm not sure the towns people can either!

(pronounced Betsy coed)
a favorite town on our visit

And one mustn't forget the sheep of Wales
More sheep than people, actually

And Daughter Sarah learned on this trip to Wales that
not all hamburger is ground beef!
And a great lasagna sheep do not make!
(you make sure that beef is in the description -- i.e. ground beef burger; beef sausage)

How do we celebrate St. David's Day at Linderhof?

With Welsh Cakes for tea

They're easy to stir up and cut out

You griddle then rather than bake them

And a plate makes a good tea nosh
These days tea time is either by myself (or myself and a book)
or husband Jim joins me for tea.

With fresh baked tea treats
Jim was in!

These are good little cakes, actually,
and should not be saved only for St. David's Day
which I tend to do.