What mansion would that be? The Palace on the Prairie, the Marland Mansion in Ponca City Oklahoma. My mother and her husband, Chester hosted a party for all the church staff in the Kay Baptist Association at the Marland Mansion this week. Chester is the Director of Missions for the association. They have had this event at other places before but the past few years have been at this beautiful landmark.
According to the Marland Mansion website:
The dream of oil baron E.W. Marland was to live in a palace. This magnificent mansion reflects the elegance of the affluent days of the oilman, who lived lavishly and entertained in the same style.
This National Historic Landmark took three years to construct, 1925 to 1928. The mansion is 78 feet wide and 184 feet long, and contains 43,561 square feet distributed over four levels. There are 55 rooms, including 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, 7 fireplaces, and 3 kitchens. It takes 861 light bulbs to light the mansion.
Come with me to the bottom of the Grand Staircase
There were just over 50 guest. The guests were entertained by a very talented pianist (I’ll tell you more about him before Christmas). They dined on delicious Mexican food and sang along to the Christmas Carols.
Mama took these pictures the morning of the dinner.
The globes on tables held green and red pillar candles and were wreathed with holly. There are also songsheets on the tables for the carol-along. The napkins (which she didn’t send me a close up of) were decorated with poinsettias.
Reports tell me that a fun time was had by all. You can read more about the Marland Mansion and see more pictures on their website.
Okay, now back to my humble abode 🙂
We are having potato soup and cornbread tonight and it will be serve yourself in the kitchen!
Looks like the decorating fairy has visited my kitchen cabinets:
Here is another peek at my Swarovski Santa and sleigh:
Another look at the fireplace:
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Today’s Lagniappe (a little something extra): White Hot Chocolate
This recipe from Sandra Lee that is good with or without a little added Christmas cheer (alcohol) .
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 cups half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Vanilla whipped topping, for garnish
- Candy cane, crushed or whole, for garnish
- Peppermint liqueur, optional
- White chocolate liqueur, optional
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine white chocolate chips and heavy cream. Stir continuously until white chocolate chips have completely melted. Stir in the half-and-half, vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Stir occasionally until heated through.
Pour into mugs and top with a dollop of vanilla whipped topping and a candy cane.
Cook’s Note: For a tasty adult drink, add desired amounts of peppermint and white chocolate liqueurs.