I think pansies are the cutest flowers God ever made. And did you know they're edible? I have read that if you buy them from a landscaper or nursery, they may have been treated with fertilizer or pesticides, either of which can make you pretty sick, so you are advised to grow your own. That poses a problem: is there such a thing as pansy seeds? There must be. But this woman is not going to sprout pansy seeds or any other in the near future, so I'll just enjoy looking at my pansies and save the edible ones for Pru.
Who is Pru? Prudence Ruth is a wonderful, industrious lady who owned a farm in Pennsylvania, complete with a farmhouse that had an enclosed porch in which she served the most remarkable teas anyone has ever experienced. Here's a picture of the play house in her garden. In the window sits a nearly life size doll with antique clothing on it.
Pru would serve heavenly sandwiches made with ingredients that we had never thought of combining. Her hot and cold soups were to die for. I even have the ingredients of her pumpkin soup, but since Pru doesn't have the measurements written down for many of her recipes, you just have to wing it. Nonetheless, my friends and family all love my (her) pumpkin soup now. She also served tongue titillating salads, the greens all grown in her own garden. She used pansies and marigolds and other flowers as garnishes. And she made the best clotted cream and scones this side of Heaven, baked and served in little terra cotta pots.
Here's a picture of the table where my sister, cousins and friends usually sat, looking out the window at the pond in the garden. On each table, Pru put a fresh pot of tea that she would choose from her extensive repertoire. The charming tea pots were covered with adorable cozies that she had made for them. I especially liked the Christmas cozies, which were Mrs. Santa Claus or snow people.
And why am I talking about Pru today? Well, for one thing, I miss going to tea at her farmhouse. Today is Pru's birthday. She's probably old as dirt, if you ask her, but she is ageless to me and to all of us who have had the blessing in our lives of knowing her. Happy Birthday, Pru, and many more!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I just completed this quilt for Barbara M, one of Sue B's friends whom she browbeat into sending her first quilt to me to "bring to life." Barbara's quilt was beautifully and carefully made, so it seemed important to make the quilting very special.