4/2/14

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It's been a busy couple of days. I got a little bit of sewing done yesterday, but I think today is going to be a wash. This morning I did a little bit of embroidery, but then I got to work in the kitchen making some potato salad for tomorrow's dinner. Also, I made the component parts of a new recipe for a Roasted Rhubarb and Ginger Streusel Tart.


This is a new recipe for me, and so I have no idea whether it will be good or not. Rhubarb is available, and so it seemed a good time to give it a try. I liked the recipe because I can make up all the component parts ahead of time: roasted rhubarb, rhubarb syrup (drained off from roasting the rhubarb), streusel topping, and crust. Tomorrow I'll assemble it and bake it off, and then we'll have it for dessert. Some of you know that I'm not a great fan of rhubarb, but I do love streusel toppings. I figure even chopped up carpet padding can be made edible if one just adds a streusel topping.

Also today, I did the laundry and a little housework, and then I went to Zumba. It was much easier the second time around, but I still have a long way to go before I get rid of that second left foot of mine. I'm telling myself that having two left feet is what makes me such a klutz while doing it. It is fun, however, and so I'll keep going. Practice makes perfect. Besides...it makes free motion quilting seem easy in comparison.

Tomorrow I'm going to start some pulled chicken in my crockpot for dinner, and then I'll be heading off to pick up my friend, Marei, who arrives tomorrow afternoon. We have both been counting the days ever since she emailed me her flights way back in mid-December. I'm hoping for some good weather while she's here, but one can never count on the weather in Oregon in April. We'll let the rainfall guide our activities.

And I can't forget to wish my Matthew a very happy 30th birthday today! Just remember, Matthew...you're still a twenty-year-old guy with ten years of experience!


Poor guy is spending the day sitting in class from 9:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., which is a positively terrible way to spend a birthday. He's looking on the bright side by acknowledging that he will be graduating very soon, and this will all be a distant memory.

So that's it from me. I won't be blogging again until after Marei's visit, and by then I'll have lots to tell you. Have a good rest of your week and keep your fingers crossed for some good weather at this end.

13 comments from clever and witty friends:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I am not a huge fan of rhubarb either, but for some reason I do love it mixed with strawberries - warm over vanilla ice cream. Enjoy some down time before your guest arrives - then laugh you ribs sore!!

Marei said...

Oh my! Pulled chicken and potato salad and rhubarb/ginger tart?? I think I just drooled on myself (I have NO class...as you know) You're going to spoil me:) Now quit working so hard....sit down and put your feet up. You've done enough!!!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Have fun with your friend.

quiltzyx said...

What a way for Matt to have to spend his birthday - 11 1/2 hours of class! Good on him for looking on the bright side.

I agree with you about the struesel topping - I love it too! It's my favorite part of a dump cake...mmmmmm! Enjoy your time with Marei!

crazy quilter said...

The recipe looks good, I will miss your post but I know you will be busy laughing sewing maybe walking and having a great time with your friend, Enjoy! Happy B Day to your good looking son, I do hope it was the best!! ( I know he was in class but on the bright side he wasn't slaving away a some bad job!!!! Lol

Teresa in Music City said...

I hope you have a lovely visit with your friend and make many new memories to cherish!

Cath said...

Have a lovely visit with your friend and I, for one, look forward to reading about your joint adventures.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Doris Rice said...

Oh I'm so jealous of your rhubarb availability. No rhubarb in Texas where we live. I can't even buy it in the frozen food section! And both hubby and I love it! I'm also green with envy of your fun weekend you're going to have with your friend. Those are the best times and memories!!! Have a GREAT time! I know you will!!!!

Denise :) said...

I love rhubarb. I don't know why -- probably because I'm terribly contrary? Ha! Happy birthday to your sweet Matthew!!! I hope the class passed quickly and he's on to celebrating! Have a *great* visit with your friend -- can't wait to read all about it!! :)

Brown Family said...

Enjoy your visit. Laugh a lot, sew a lot and have fun!

Dar said...

What fun to have a good friend visit from out of town. Have a blast and I hope the weather cooperates with your activities.

Judy1522 said...

Have fun with your friend!

Kate said...

I've never understood the attraction of rhubarb, my dad loved strawberry and rhubarb pie. Must be an acquired taste!