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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Rhubarb and Visiting Birds

Some of my favourite desserts have rhubarb in them. YUMMO! Sister Pammie gave me a recipe a long time ago and it's called Rhubarb "Cake", at least that's what I wrote down. This has been renamed by me, as it's more like pastry so I call it "Lazy Rhubarb Pie".

Today being a perfectly nice day to bake, I got out all my stuff and went for it.

Step One.
Measure and Mix.

I like using all of my Mom's baking stuff, like these cool 60's plastic measuring spoons. Somehow using her things makes my stuff taste better.

Step Two.
Bake Bake Bake (for one WHOLE hour!) Man that's a loooong wait.

Step Three.
Cool on the counter. **taps foot, fidgets, gets impatient, drools a lot**

Step Four.
Do NOT drool in the baked goods!

Step Five.
At last!!! Cut a square.

Step Six.
Get some on your spoon, bring it to your mouth. Eat and savour!

I have to say, this stuff is deelish. Thank you Pammie.


A very weird thing happened today. ALL DAY long and lasting until the sun started to go down, this is what was happening around my house.

Once I realized what was going on out there I grabbed my camera and went out to capture some shots, but decided I needed to share a video with sound. Turn it up so you can hear them, it's so cool!


This is a zoomed shot of the huge tree across the back alley. While I was shooting these, I didn't realize that there were tons more of these birds out front too!

So through my bedroom window (so as not to make them fly away) I got some zoomed shots of these guys. I've never seen this bird before around here, and I've certainly never heard their "song".

Does anyone know what these are? I think they are migrating and stopped at my house today to frolic and rest in the sunshine. As soon as the sun started to go down, they disappeared.

This guy on the right is just opening it's beak to munch a berry from the Mountain Ash.

They're a pretty bird, and I see they have that comb on the back of their heads. They kinda remind me of the shape of a jay or a cardinal in some ways, but I'm stumped.

In some of these shots you can see they have a yellow spot on the end of their tails, and if I'm not mistaken I think I also spotted some yellow on some of the wing tips. Kinda hard to see it in these shots though.

So, anyone know what these are? I'd love to google them and see where they're from etc.

I'm telling you it was a bird paradise out here today! There were hundreds of them, all around my house, and the "cricket-like" twilling never stopped for even one second. HOURS of it! It was so cool.

**EDIT** due to requests for this, here is the recipe for my "Lazy Rhubarb Pie".

Please note that when I wrote this down many years ago I may have screwed up on the butter, it just sounds like so much! I've halved the amount of butter in the recipe and it works fine, but the original amounts are written here:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg, beaten

Mix with fork, reserve 1 cup for topping. Press the rest into bottom of greased 8X8 pan.

For filling:

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
4 cups diced rhubarb

Mix well, pour into pan. Top with 1 cup of reserved topping. Sprinkle brown sugar over top. Bake for one hour at 350F.

Well chicks and dudes, this post is toast. I hope you are all having a decent week, take good care of each other!

Love Jude


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