Time Flies

What delicious things have come from this patch! Ring! Ring! “Hello, yes, Dad, we have to eat at 5:00 so that we can meet Don at 6:15 and Judy at 6:30 because the program is at 7:00 and Chris will be disappointed if we aren’t there!”

“Are you sure you can be here by 5:00?  It is 4:15 right now.”

“No problem, Dad.  I’ll call Evelyn and tell her to be at your house at 5:00 too.”

An ant's eye view.Where did the time go?  I thought I had all afternoon! How can I  have the promised dessert (rhubarb crunch) ready in 15 minutes?  It would take 40 min. just to bake it.   Hum…  I’m glad Esther had diced some fresh rhubarb and made granola before she left for Virginia.  I will make rhubarb sauce!  We can pour it over ice cream A new shootand sprinkle the granola on top!

Here is the rhubarb sauce recipe.  It is also very good on plain yogurt, topped with granola.

The stalks are the edible part - the leaves are poisonous. Combine 3½ cups of diced rhubarb, 1 cup sugar, and 2 T. of orange juice.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Stir, cover, heat to simmer.  Cook, stirring several times.  Increase heat slightly as juice cooks out, until rhubarb is tender but not mushy.  Serve warm or cold.

We were late for Chris’ program but not because of a late meal!  We ate our supper on time!


  1. Daniel August 24, 2009 at 7:34 am #

    And me oh my may I testify to how tasty it was! Usually you sacrifice some of the taste and quality by making a speedier variation, but not this stuff! I think it is one of my favorite ways to have rhubarb.

    Necessity is the mother of invention!

  2. The Wilkes Team Children August 24, 2009 at 4:13 pm #

    YUM! Just about all of us are gathered around the computer checking out the blog – way to be flexible and thus come up with a delicious sounding dessert. We enjoy Staddon rhubarb creations!

  3. Brittany Crocker August 25, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    My family experienced rhubarb for the first time last year here in WI. We’ve learned a variety of different ways to prepare it. Thanks for adding another variation of preparing this amazing plant! I know Mama will be glad to try out another recipe!

  4. Michael August 25, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    I wasn’t there, but I heard about that day! The crazy story of trying to find that place is about worth another blog post by itself! I’m glad the dessert turned out so well.

  5. Amanda August 28, 2009 at 7:57 am #

    That was creative! Sounds yummy… we’ll have to try it sometime! 🙂

  6. James September 1, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    Yikes, I didn’t know the leaves were poisonous! Now, how does the poison get to the leaves if not through the stalks? And yet, the stalks are edible and nutritous? It is baffeling to contemplate the amazing ways God has created things!

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