Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Rhubarb Heaven

Right about now, you're going "rhubarb heaven?" Huh? What's that have to do with stitching? Nothing actually, but if you read my whole post it will make sense. Here's more progress on Sarah Hartley 1827. I am sure taking my sweet time on this. I love how it looks on the 45ct., but it does make my eyes tired if I stitch too long on her. I'm almost finished with Margaret Simcock. Hopefully, I can show a picture in a day or so. I'm totally sick of pastels, and most especially pink, even though it is a pretty sampler. I'm mulling over what I'll do next. Most definitely something with deeper, richer colors. The over one verse went surprisingly fast by doing the tent stitch.
I squeezed in a little painting yesterday. This set will be on Etsy.

And now for the rest of the story. This is the scene in my kitchen today, and the reason why I'm a happy girl. Our local grocery stores are starting to get rhubarb in. If you know me at all, you know how I love it. One would have to be crazy about it to name a dog, Rhubarb, right? We seem to call her Ruby most of the time, but that's her registered name. Anyway, I have been baking my favorite muffins. There is nothing better than one with a cup of coffee or tea. It kind of annoys me that I pay $3.00 a lb. for something that grows like weeds in the Midwest. Ah well, if I'm honest, I'd pay even more if I had to. After all, what's a rhubarb lover to do?
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20 comments:

Love to Stitch said...

Sarah is looking fabulous!!!! I too, love your linen choice, absolutely stunning!! Margaret such a sweet sampler, it will most certainly be a wonderful addition to you collection!! Smells like muffins!

Glenna said...

I LOVE how your sampler is turning out. And colorwise, boy, have I got the sampler for you! I'll post tonight if I get home in time to get a good picture in the light.

I'm a rhubarb lover too. The BF, not at all. I made a lovely rhubarb cake, and you know how rhubarb sort of melts down into soft strands and lumps; BF was totally disgusted by the texture--he said it was like a flesh cake. I like it boiled gently with a bunch of sugar (my mom called it stewed). Or in pie. I haven't tried muffins. And I'll note that I bought a huge bunch at the farmer's market for about $3. And I'm so glad you mentioned yours, because now I'll remember to take it out of the fridge and cook it up!

Theresa said...

Ok, I have to confess.... I've never had rhubarb before.... I'm not even sure what it looks like, but I've heard a great deal about how great it tastes when I lived in Chicago~~ Those muffins looks delicious!! I'll have to try them out one of these days....

Deb said...

Those muffins look wonderful. I'm a rhubarb lover too. I really like your linen choice for your sampler! It's beautiful.

Alice said...

I am also a huge Rhubarb fan. Love it in jam or anything I can find but have never cooked with it. I am a little scared to be honest. I have two rhubarb plants in a pot that I must plant into the ground this summer and I should really make use of it. Maybe you should share your muffin recipe with me for encouragement. : ) Great progress on Sarah. You are nearly finished with her and in a really short time too. Go easy on your eyes. Your needlework set is just adorable. Its going to be snatched up in no time.
Alice

woolwoman said...

my DH is always bugging me about Rhubarb - I have never cooked it but I've been told the texture is like celery and most people here in the south put it with strawberries. Your muffins look divine - Sarah is really wonderful - I have this in stash but never was in the mood to start it - you'll be finished in no time - hope you take time for a cup of coffee and a muffin! Melody

Jan said...

Oh dear dear Tanya, me too, love rhubarb!!! I think it is one of those things, either you love or hate it! I need to get some in and soon...and would love to have your muffin recipe!:)

Sarah is looking ever so lovely!!!

Tanya said...

Loved seeing your progress on Sarah. I hate to admit this but in my younger days, I use to "borrow without permission"
my neighbor's rhubarb. My sister & I would dip it in sugar and eat it raw. I love rhubarb pie too. I will have to try muffins.

farmgirl beth said...

I absolutely adore rhubarb, and have 3 huge bushes of it that I gobble up all Summer long. I can't imagine how shocking it would be to pay money for it, but here in the NW it grows really well. But the reason I'm REALLY commenting for the first time on your blog is that I want your recipe! Would you mind posting it? I've been meaning to post my Rhubarb Custard Pie recipe for weeks now, and you have finally tipped me over the edge. I'll have to get it up tomorrow. :)

Margaret said...

Oh Sarah is so beautiful! I still can't imagine trying the 45ct but you're tempting me! :D I'll think on it. And I have a confession -- I've never had rhubarb in my life. I think it's great that Ruby's name is Rhubarb! (I already grabbed the new set you painted. hee hee!)

Suzanne said...

Beautiful stitching, it looks so delicate.

I love rhubarb as well and I must say it's always very expensive here as well. Hopefully this weekend at the Farmer's Market I am there early enough to pick some up. Last time there was a very unpleasant incident of women fighting over bunches of rhubarb.

Melody said...

Wow, I would be happy to share rhubarb with you if I could. We have a large patch here in our yard, and I usually make some rhubarb bread, pie or crisp with it every spring. My DH and I like it, but not our kids....
Haven't made muffins with it yet...altho yours look very yummy.

Melissa said...

Lovely stitching! And I wish I could have one of those muffins and a coffee with you!

ps Rhubarb is a cute name for a dog!

Sandra said...

Mmmmm, mind if I drop by for a coffee?

Brigitte said...

The sampler looks wonderful. And so do the muffins. They really make my mouth water, it's such a pity that they are not real for me, lo.

Sherry said...

Sarah is coming along wonderfully! I am not a pastel gal and have a hard time working with it for more than 10 stitches! The muffins look delicious! I can smell them from here! Pass one please and I take creamer in my coffee! LOL.

Vonna said...

My Daddy has a whole kitchen table full of rhubarb! We love it in pies...he freezes his so we can enjoy it all year long...nothing like a rhubarb pie at Christmas time!
Love the sampler and I love just coming and looking at your blog *all over* gorgeous home!

Siobhan said...

Sarah looks FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Over one on 45 ct? Girl, you are my new hero.

Confession time... first time I ever tried rhubarb was here in Ireland and I nearly rolfed. And that's not ROFL. LOL I want to try it again because I know people rave about it.

Cindy F. said...

I've never had rhubarb anything....lol...LOVE your kitchen cabinets:)

Your sampler is progressing beautifully!

stephaniesblog said...

I was wondering if I could get the recipe for your muffins? They look wonderful. I too love the taste of rhubarb, hopefully I will be able to find it in California. My email address is steffie0128@hotmail.com. Thanks again, Stephanie