Its spring time and the rhubarb is growing like weeds. Of course my brand new puny plant isn’t producing yet. Might be because of the attack of the weed eater? I was saved from a spring without rhubarb by our neighbor who offered some of his! Thanks Chuck!
Yesterday I tried a new rhubarb crisp recipe. It tasted great and would have been better had I thought about adding vanilla ice cream. Or maybe even Cinnamon ice cream.
- 4 cups chopped fresh or frozen (thawed) rhubarb
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Place rhubarb in an 8×8 pan or divide between 6 ramekins.
- Mix together sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan, stir in water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over rhubarb.
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted
- Mix together flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, salt and walnuts. Stir in melted butter until even distributed. Crumble over filling.
- Bake at 350ºF for 45 min or until rhubarb is cooked through and filling is bubbly.
Makes enough for an 8×8 inch square (9 inch round) baking pan or 6 ramekins.
Rhubarb bread is a family favorite. I really don’t have one recipe I like best. I’ve found things I like about all the different ones I’ve tried. This particular recipe is one of the best.
Today was a beautiful day. Great way to start the Holiday weekend!
We sat outside in the warm sunshine. Cailin explored her big backyard and hung out with her mom and cousin Candace.
We worked on the garden.
Even the dogs took the time to relax and enjoy the sunny day.
We finished off the day with a cozy bonfire.
Happy middle of May! At least I think its May. This weather has been crazy! One day the heat is on and the next day the air conditioning is on and then the heat again with frost warnings. Good grief! But, it looks as if spring is finally here!
|The Victory Garden
The Victory garden continues to bloom. I can’t wait until next year when it fills in a bit. We’ll add some more tulips in the fall now that we can see where to ones we planted have appeared.
|Hummingbird planters & feeder
I saw a hummingbird the other day at the living room window. Thought it would be neat to add a hummingbird feeder. You can see it hanging in front of the window. On either side of it are those silly Topsy-Turvy Hummingbird planters. I found them super cheap and thought I’d give it a try. I planted Nicotiana and hopefully they’ll take and begin to grow. At the bottom of the Shepards hook you can see three pots. I planted dill, heather and catnip in those. Right behind that you can see the iris’ growing in!
|Topsy-Turvy Hummingbird planters
This is a closer view of the planters. Interesting to think it is suppose to work and grow upward. Well, we’ll see!
|Cailin – Easter 2011
Cailin is doing well. She started the toddler program at Minnesota Renaissance School (the Montessori school I work at). What a blessing this has been for her and us! I wish I had been turned onto Montessori when my three were young!
|Cailin – May 17, 2011
This is Cailin today (17 months old). Check out the road rash on her nose. She gained a little more momentum than expected on the driveway and slid face first! Oh – the hazards of learning to walk!
Bones. Don’t let this picture fool you! He is NOT normally looking so cute being all sleepy on the couch. He is all 7 months of puppiness. We started obedience but ended up putting training on hold due to my back/hip injury. He is pretty good at the sit. He is pretty good at the recall. Everything else? Forget it! I’ll continue working with him and start training again in June. I;m excited for Sunday….it is BBR’s Spring Into Summer event and there will be an agility demo. I’ve meet the training doing it at the dog park so he is familiar with Bones and wants to try him with agility! He certainly has the energy for it!
This adorable little guy is the newest addition to the family! No worries…he isn’t mine! Anna and JT are the proud parents of Kal….a 6 week old black lab. They were looking for a dog that would be very active to keep up with them. eventually he will be active. For now he just sleeps. He’s just a baby!
Coming up next…. the Spring Into Summer recap!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Today didn’t go exactly as planned but it was a blessed day nonetheless. I had planned on participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure….but that was not possible because on my back/hip injury. With that said – I ended up raising over $500 for the Race for the Cure! That makes me proud!
Cailin was dedicated at church today! It was amazing. What exactly is dedication? No, it isn’t baptism. Here is what our church, Constance Free Evangelical Church, says about dedication: Public child dedication to God is based scripturally from Hannah’s dedication of Samuel (I Samuel 1:19-28) as well as Mary and Joseph’s dedication of Jesus (Luke 2:21-22). It’s a holy time of heart commitment by parents who desire to offer their children as a living sacrifice to the Lord – for His use and glory.
After Paster Randy asked for the parent’s promise to be dedicated to making sure their child is raised in the Lord’s family he blessed the children and our celebration continued (as Cailin went to the nursery – she was getting a bit crabby).
Afterwards we had Perry’s mom over for dinner. After a glorious morning….and then a rainy afternoon…the sun is now out this evening making it quiet and peaceful. Life is good. God is good.
I love tulips! They are my absolute favorite! Here are a few shots from the victory garden we put in last fall.