30 June 2009

some housekeeping

I have had several questions about some of my posts from the last month and its time to catch up.

First on my bean bag post, Mary asked for the list of activities that I sent. Well Mary, after way too much time, here you go: Bean Bag Activities for Ace. I have also added it to that post.

After my rhubarb revelry post I got a few questions over email. My friend Cat emailed and asked how many cups equals 2 lbs of rhubarb for the jam. For all of you jam makers without a kitchen scale, it is roughly 3-4 cups depending on how big your chunks are. Really, with jam, you can fudge a little. If its too thick, just add a bit of water and let it cook a little longer. Too thin, add a bit more fruit and again, let it cook a little longer.

My friend Carolyn and my friend Shelley both emailed me to pass along some of their favorite rhubarb recipes and I wanted to share those.

Carolyn's Fresh Rhubarb Cake
"I consider it one of the best. Very simple but very, very good. The more tart the rhubarb, the better in this case."
1 ½ c. brown sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
¼ c. white sugar
1 tsp.Soda
½ c. shortening
2 c. flour
1 egg
1 c. buttermilk or sour milk

Combine and put half batter in bottom of 9 x 13” pan. Cover with raw rhubarb (2 c.) Add remaining batter on top. Sprinkle over top: ¼ c. sugar, 1 tsp. Cinnamon.Bake 350 degrees at 350 for 60 minutes.

Shelley's Rhubarb Cake
"This cake keeps well and is very moist."

1 ½ cups rhubarb, cut fine
½ cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 ½ cups sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup sour milk
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup coconut
2/3 cup brown sugar
¼ cup milk
1 cup nuts

Combine rhubarb with ½ cup sugar and set aside. Mix flour, sugar oil, egg, sour milk, soda cinnamon and vanilla. Add the rhubarb and sugar mixture. Stir until well blended. Pour into greased and floured 9 by 12-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for one hour or until done. Combine the last five ingredients and cook three minutes. Pour topping over cake while still warm.

So, a few things to catch you up on my projects of late. Look for a new garden post tomorrow!

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