Saturday, May 22, 2010

It's Rhubarb Time!

My garden is flourishing with rhubarb this spring.
Chris added some awesome compost to the soil and 
the plants are loving it!
...and, it's time for Linda's Rhubarb Cake again...
See below for the easy recipe.

My breakfast this morning on my favorite spring plate!

Last night, we had lots of activity at our birdbath.
Chris noticed that a tiny sparrow was having as much fun
bathing in the water that puddled inside the rhubarb leaves.
It was so cute.
We sat very still to enjoy all the activity...
but I could resist no longer and crept to the window for a photo.
As I approached, all the birds scattered except the one frolicking in the leaves.

...There he is again...
How cute is that !
~ Have some frolicking moments this weekend ~


Rhubarb Cake by Linda's Sweet Mom
Last year, Linda @ Linda's Patchwork Quilt commented that she had made some rhubarb cake... Now, we have a LOT of rhubarb in the garden... soooo,
I asked her for the recipe... which was passed along by her mom...
In a small bowl sift together:
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda

In large bowl cream together:
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar

add one egg
beat one minute

beat in flour mixture alternately with one cup milk

fold in 2 cups cut up rhubarb (1/2 inch slices)and 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts.

place in greased 13 x 9 inch pan
top with mixture of sugar  +  cinnamon
{I have a big shaker with cinn and sugar...about equal parts and I shake away!}

bake 30 minutes at 400 degrees and 5 minutes more at 375

***I substituted Smart Balance for the shortening***
{I reduce sugar by almost a third to make it nice and tart-and less cal's
and use 1c.whole wheat flour, 1c white for even more sustenance.}

It is sooooo delicious!!!
I made two batches!These two went in the freezer for when family visits.Here they are...fresh out of the oven! Son, Jason, is going to LOVE it!

~Thank you, Linda...and Linda's Mom~
This has been a favorite all year long!
(I freeze all the extra rhubarb I can at the end of the season!)

Thank you Michael Lee for hosting
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Julie Harward said...

The rhubarb is such a beautiful plant isn't it, and the little bird is so sweet! I love your birdbath, so pretty! Love the cake recipe, thanks for that, I love anything with rhubarb in it, as a kid, I used to eat it right off the plant. I'll bet you could add the rhubarb to any cake mix, I would like a few nuts in there too and a bit of white powdered sugar glaze drizzled on top! When is the wedding by the way? I have been thinking about that, such an exciting time! Come say hi :D

Misty said...

I love rhubarb. I have a friend who shared a wonderful strawberry rhubarb pie recipe with me. I will have to try the cake also. I haven't seen any ready around here yet. Your garden is beautiful. What else do you grow?
I'm having fun catching up with my favorite blogs today after our long trip. I enjoyed seeing your shower and graduation events. You have beautiful children. Some days motherhood seems like such a long road but you are an inspiration to me!

koralee said...

Yummmmmm....I adore rhubarb cake...this is the same recipe I use..exactly! You are so lucky to have it growing in your garden. I have to go to the market to buy mine. Love the memories rhubarb always grandma had it growing in her garden and we would get a big bowl of sugar and dip our rhubarb into the sugar and eat it..yummmmm those were the days.
Hugs for a wonderful weekend..we have a long one up here...Victora Day on to Whistler {where the Olympic skiing events were held} for another dance competition. See you when I get back. xoxoxox

Linda said...

Oh Maria, how my Mom would love to have a rhubarb patch. It just doesn't work here in south Texas. However, we can always buy some at the grocery store.
I love the picture of the little bird. It is such fun to sit and watch the birds come to our bird bath. Like you, I always run to get the camera, but am not often successful. Wonderful pictures.
Have a blessed weekend and enjoy that delicious cake!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

O.K., sweet Maria, now I want a birdbath too. Yours is great! How fun it must be to watch our little friends playing in a birdbath, especially in your beautiful birdbath. Your Spring plate is so lovely, that cute bird is painted very clear {do not know if this is the right word, I mean to say she could be real}
I'm off to grab a piece of paper and my favorite pen to write down your recipe. Pure deliciousness to me.
Wishing you a most wonderful weekend, enjoy the extra day! xoxoxo

It's me said...

Nice that birdbath.......Maria.....and that frog !! lovely..........and that cute little bird.........happy sunny weekend .hugs from Ria

Yammie ......that cake !!!

Teresa said...

Oh Maria!
That rhubarb cake...
looks so yummmmmmeeee with a cup of coffee.
I do believe I would have to have me a big ole SQUIRT of whipped cream!
I am loving that you grow your very own rhubarb!
What a gal!
And that little birdy...
has the perfect spot on that big ole green leaf...
right next to the big cool pool!
How lovely it must be to watch the birdies play in the water!
Oh...your bride is adorable!
Popped over and saw the pics from the bridal shower!
What a doll-baby!
Just like her mommy! xo

Marsha's Mpressions said...

WOW, you've been a busy lady!

Wanda said...

I've been wanting a rhubarb recipe. Thanks. Loved your pictures, and the cake looks so yummy.

A Write Life said...

My mother had a recipe for rhubarb cake that was lost with her death. Thanks for sharing one.

Diana said...

The cake looks so good Maria! I used to eat raw rhubard as a kid! Crazy isn't it! Love Di ♥

Rosie said...

Ahhh Maria, I love, love, love rhubarb...rhubarb anything...I shall be trying this yummy cake next week when my son comes home for a visit...

and your little birds just make me smile...Still smiling...Rosie

Vicki said...

Hello, Maria,
I have never had rhubarb cake, but the recipe sounds and looks delicious. I love something a little sweet each morning with my coffee, too. Your birdbath is gorgeous, and I am so glad you were able to capture the little bird frolicking in the leaf bird bath. Have a beautiful week, dear friend~ Vicki

Barb said...

I'm still recovering from not tasting the cupcakes with blossom icing and now you post this! Anything with rhubarb is my favorite. Luckily, I'm still traveling, and also, we don't have a rhubarb bush.
PS That little bird has a lovely place for its splishing and splashing.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Wow what a fantastic post !!I really learnt a lot and enjoyed the post !!Great

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Maria, just coming back by to give you the link to the frame I used. I looked it up again and realized that I had renamed the frame when I saved it in my files. No wonder you couldn't find it!! Oooops so sorry! Anyway, here's the link:

Hope no one else had that problem.

B SQUARED said...

I could never stand rhubarb when I was young. I swore to myself, this is the year i'm going to try it. I think I'll use this recipe.

Dianne said...

Hi Maria,
Oh, so much to love in this post. The plate, the plate--I, too, love the plate and the birdbath is gorgeous and is that rhubarb growing right next to the birdbath. I don't think I know what rhubarb is. Not that we don't have it down here--I know we do--I just have personally never seen it growing for some reason.

I hope you stay cool today. I am surmising that you guys don't have air-conditioning in your schools since you live in a cooler climate area.

I remember teaching many years without air but one year in particular when our highs that September week were around 107. I would go home literally dripping from head to toe. It was killer year.

We are supposed to be really warm today also.

This post made me smile--alot.

Love, D.