Taste of SUMMER

It's mid-February and though it's been a mild winter, there is a dusting of snow on the ground, most of our time is spent INDOORS and fresh produce has traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to get to my plate.

It's mid-February and I have CABIN FEVER.  I don't want to eat soup or snuggle under a pile of blankets.  I want to have a picnic, go for a leisurely walk in the woods wearing only flip flops (oh, shorts and a tank top too... of course) and PICK BERRIES (here and here).

Now, I am NOT the homemaker GODDESS that I aim to be.  My pantry is not stocked full of things I've "put up".  In fact, I did not can one darn thing last summer.  Here's hoping I do better this summer!  Hubs is nearing completion of his greenhouse and has some grandiose plans for his garden/farm, so seriously, I'd better make use of all the delicious, organic, free-ish food he provides.

I do much  slightly better with plain ole freezing.  Last night I volunteered to provide a dessert for a dinner with friends tonight, but will not have a chance to go to the grocery store before dinner.  So, I opened my freezer and dug around until I found the last bag of rhubarb from my father's patch.

Yes, it's mid-February and tonight, I will TASTE SUMMER!  I even threw in a few strawberries that were wilting in our fridge after my hubs bought an unappreciated treat for our girls.
Like most delicious foods, this dish is not photogenic!

RHUBARB + STRAWBERRIES = SUMMER.  Now that is math that I truly understand!

Here is my favorite rhubarb recipe:  Rhubarb Squares
1 cup flour
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb (I used 2 cups rhubarb, 1 cup strawberries.  Mix and match to your hearts content!)

Combine flour & powdered sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into the bottom of a greased 11-inch x 7-inch x 2-inch baking pan (my pan is MIA, so I used a pie plate... you can't mess up this recipe). Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes. For filling, combine first four ingredients. Stir in rhubarb; pour over warm crust. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm if desired. Store in refrigerator.

Now, I don't mean to be going for the longest post ever award, however I want to pay-it-forward today since a sweet blogger is sending me a free book simply because I simply have no extra funds to buy nice things for myself.  

A few years ago, farmer (sometimes referred to as "hubs" or "Jake" or not-appropriate-to-admit-publicly) and I received TWO copies of this book for Christmas.  When we he DOES can, this book has been invaluable.  Instead of continuing to keep this book in my "potential gifts" box, I want to give it to one of my readers.  Simply because I love blogging and LOVE that someone reads what I write (ie endless tales about my girls...what did I write about before them?). 

I only have one extra book and am only willing to spring for shipping to the US and Canada.  I will choose da winner on March 1st via random.org...yada yada yada.

If you live abroad, feel free to leave a comment with your email (so I can get your real address) and I will mail EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU a personal card... much more affordable shipping and at least you get some real mail :) 

So, to win, please leave a comment telling me how you access my blog.  Do you read via Google Friend Connect, Facebook, frequent Google searches (my stats tell me this happens a lot), through a link on someone else's blog, through a bookmark, through facebook, via your email...  Also, make sure I have a way of getting in touch of you if you win!  

Summer lovin',

WINNER:  #3  Congratulations to MO Kasch!  You are a winner :)


  1. Hi Jules! I read through email, checking your blog, and the link through my blog, Marianne's and Shayne's. I would LOVE this book and I'll pull the sick card and puppy eyes :(

    We'd love to can our own garden one day and produce we pick in the summer at some of our favorite places.

  2. OOOOOOOOOOOOO! Canning!

    I'm so intrigued by this and I kind of want to learn how to do it (even though I'm sure my hubs will tell me I'm crazy!).

    C'mon random.org! PICK ME!

    Oh and I access your blog via my bookmarks :) I forget how I found you originally (probably your facebook page) but you're dutifully saved as a "favorite" on my computer. And I maybe have memorized your blog address too...

    What can I say? I'm an internet stalker.

  3. I stalk you every day. You're in my favorites. Because you're my favorite (and only) sister.
    If I win, I'm passing this book on to my cousin with a messed up neck. I hope I win it for her. I have this book already and LOVE IT! The rhubarb apple chutney in it is delish!!!!

  4. I haven't canned since we had our big garden in Johnstown, but I was just looking at my jars and all of the paraphernalia (thank you, spell check!) and thinking of starting again. I have your blog stored on my "favorites," but I also sometimes access it through Facebook.


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