Archive for May 12th, 2008

Ten Things I’m Really Good At:

Monday, May 12th, 2008

The prompt this week for Ten on Tuesday is ten things I’m good at:

  • Baking bread (Baking just about anything, really. The process is enjoyable, and the results are edible.)
  • Reading (Oh, for the carefree days of youth when I could travel to other times and places via a good book, for hours upon end.)
  • Writing (Blogging is a beneficial, creative outlet, Right?)
  • Encouraging others to do their best
  • Helping my children develop their talents
  • Working hard and working long
  • Keeping a busy home organized
  • Sympathizing with those who suffer
  • Taking time to enjoy my family
  • Feeling something is my responsibility, whether or not that is true

(This image is from Julie’s Realistic Fiction.)

Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Monday, May 12th, 2008

I found this recipe years ago in a newspaper. It has since become a favorite family coffee cake.


½ cup shortening

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon soda

1 cup buttermilk

2 cups flour

1 ½ to 2 cups raw rhubarb (chopped into ½” pieces)

1 teaspoon vanilla


Cream together sugar, shortening, and egg. Add soda and buttermilk, alternating with flour. Stir in rhubarb and vanilla.

Topping (sprinkle on before baking):

½ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 Tablespoon butter

Cut butter into sugar and cinnamon until it’s coarse crumbs.

Bake at 350 degrees in greased 9 x 13-inch pan for 30 to 40 minutes.