Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rhubarb Spring 2014

Rhubarb is the first thing that is ready for harvest in my garden.  This year has been a fabulous year for Rhubarb.   We had a bumper crop and have made quite a bit with it as well as put several bags into the freezer too.

Some things I've posted about Rhubarb in the past ......

Some things I've learned about rhubarb  
Rhubarb Muffins
Rhubarb Pie 

and some new recipes to share....

Some new recipes I found over at the Canadian Living Magazine web site are delicious !

A Rhubarb Coffee Cake made with buttermilk.   It has a crunchy nut streusel topping.  I left the nuts out of the recipe as I didn't have any on hand at the time.  This coffee cake is very moist and super delicious.

The coffee cake freezes well and have baked up a couple extra for the freezer. 

Gluten Free Rhubarb-Strawberry crumble.   Recipe called for just strawberries.  However I used mostly Rhubarb and added a quart of sliced fresh strawberries.   I also added some orange zest.   This dessert was served at Father's Day dinner.  Both Fathers (husband and his 90 year old Dad) love rhubarb - especially if it's served with ice cream !

Gluten-Free Rhubarb-Strawberry Crumble

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Saturday, June 14, 2014


 My favourite colour is Blue.
   It has been since I was young. 
For me, it's a colour that brings calm.

I did a search on the colour blue and was it interesting to find out a few things about the colour.  Even more interesting, was how a colour can describe your personality.

The color blue is the color of trust and responsibility
This color is one of trust, honesty and loyalty. 
It is sincere, reserved and quiet, and doesn't like to make a fuss or draw attention.  From a color psychology perspective, blue is reliable and responsible. This color exhibits an inner security and confidence. You can rely on it to take control and do the right thing in difficult times. It has a need for order and direction in its life, including its living and work spaces. 

This is a color that seeks peace and tranquility above everything else, promoting both physical and mental relaxation. It reduces stress, creating a sense of calmness, relaxation and order - we certainly feel a sense of calm if we lie on our backs and look into a bright blue cloudless sky. It slows the metabolism. The paler the blue the more freedom we feel.  

Blue is conservative and predictable, a safe and non-threatening color, and the most universally liked color of all, probably because it is safe and non-threatening. At the same time blue is persistent and determined to succeed in whichever endeavors it pursues.

Try doing a search on your favourite colour and see what you come up with.

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