Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rhubarb!! Must be spring finally!

Rhubarb!  Isn't it beautiful!

Ready to go into the oven!

And ready to eat!

Rhubarb Crisp

4 cups chopped rhubarb
3 tbsn orange juice or lemon juice mixed with 1 tbsn cornstarch
1 c granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsn cut up butter

1/4 c melted butter
1/3 c brown sugar
2/3 c sifted flour
dash salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2/3 c quick cooking rolled oats

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease an 8 inch square baking dish.  Arrange cut up rhubarn and mix with juice/cornstarch mixture.  Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top and dot with cut up butter.

Combine melted butter and brown sugar.  Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda; mix with oats.  Combine the flour oats mixture with the brown sugar and melted butter mixture until well blended.  With hands, spread the crumb mixture over rhubarb.  Bake 40 minutes.  Serve with whipped cream, cream, or ice cream.  Yumm!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Getting it right

I've tried a couple of things by the front door but none have made me smile like these things do.  This is an old rusty iron piece that the seller could not identify other than it was sitting by some tires in his old grainery.  I thought it was going to be a garden ornament but I like it a lot better here!

I also bought a length of old molding.  I love the chippy paint with blue paint peeking through the yellow.  It is cheery and warm and works well with my kitchen which has blue lamimate counter tops (that I desperately want to replace with granite or some solid surface) and blue vinyl print flooring (which needs to be replaced with wood).  I found some wire hooks in the garage and screwed them into the molding,

And now we have a spot to hang those things we use daily and were leaving on the stair railing.  The old window screen with decorative hooks just wasn't right--that gets to hang outside by the deck and patio.

I'm baaack

Hi again!  I dropped my camera, which interrupted my blogging, which got me out of the habit, then April came with unseasonally warm weather, and well... 

Here is the planning stage of one of my latest projects.  I decided I needed to use up things I had rather than buying new supplies for awhile.

I played around with making some fabric flowers.  These look like dogwood blossoms to me and remind me of my time in Tennessee.

I used an old page out of a French book as the background, layered cheese cloth over it and sewed around the page and the cheese cloth in a free hand manner.  Then layered a variety of created flowers on top of that.  I like the way these bits and scraps came together. 

Check out other great projects at :

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Decor Mamma