Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How was your June?

Summer. It continues to fly by. Looks like I successfully didn't blog for the whole month.

Above is a sunrise at the Camp on Big Travers in the UP. One of the things we've been up too. I can't get the underline off of this thing...

The opportunity to capture this picture (taken from across the yard so as not to interrupt their trip to Michigan...or maybe it was PR this time...) brought me out of my blogging drought, however. It just seemed like the perfect reprise of this: of my favorite pictures from Elsa's first year. In this one, she had just learned to sit up.

Add a few years, another baby on the way, some more sawmill equipment in the background, and a newly adopted dog, Reina. And life goes on...

I'll grab a moment and share a moment from the past weeks.

A successful fishing trip for Grandpa and Oliver.

Blueberry season. A growing garden. Summer. It all goes by to fast.

Monday, June 7, 2010


Num. Rhubarb cake. This recipe I make is utterly delicious. I made one on Friday...and another today. (In my defense, I brought most of the first one to a family gathering. I only ate half.) Warm, with some coffee (finishing this morning's pot...I've been planning this all day, and saved the coffee.)

Fresh from a bath, Oliver wanted to help me. Feeling amicable, I told him to pull up a chair and had him dump in a few ingredients. Then to turn on the mixer.

Note to self: next time say "only turn it on a little bit" rather than, "okay, Oliver, turn it on." Cuz to him, that meant full. speed. And a flour cloud. And a giggle fit.

He kind of looked like this. Except with flour all over instead of cherries. And two years older.

The giggles brought Elsa, also fresh from a bath over.

By the end, she kind of looked like this.

Okay, not quite like this. Not even a fraction of this. This is a full bottle of power look. Tonight was only a light dusting.

No harm, the cake turned out even better than last time. Making regular recipes to gluten free sometimes takes a few tries to get it right.

Lots has been happening the last few days. I've been feeling productive, and could share...but really, this post is just me trying to delay the inevitable second...okay, third piece of cake...

Following is the recipe. Make it.

Enjoy. Savor. Inhale. Many pieces in a row. With coffee at 10:00pm.

Then I won't be the only one.

Rhubarb Cake
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
Cream these then, add:
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour (I use a gluten free mix. Last year I used regular. Both are wonderful)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup butter milk
Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk

3-4 cup rhubarb
1 tbsp flour
Toss together to coat rhubarb, add to batter. Spread in greased 9x13 pan.

1/4 cup butter
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
blend together, sprinkle over cake.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.