Monday, June 9, 2008

Rhubarb Lemonade

The boys are off at basketball camp this week, so the Mom is entering a Recipe Of The Week. Luke will try to do a growing update at some point. However, because of the rain and clouds, everything is just sort of on hold. We are hoping that the couple days of predicted sun for today and tomorrow will help.

Rhubarb Punch Recipe

12 cups rhubarb, chopped (does not have to be uniform pieces)

12 cups water

2 cups organic unbleached sugar

Combine these items and bring to a boil. Simmer until rhubarb is completely mushy. Strain and chill. You will get 12+ cups rhubarb juice out of this. You may freeze in 4 cup portions, or in portions as you will use it.

We did the above steps in a stock pot with a colander insert. When we were done simmering, we just pulled the colander up and the rhubarb pulp stayed in the colander (for the most part). We set the colander over a large bowl to drain some more.

The rhubarb juice is a beautiful shade of pink!

To make the punch, the "official" recipe says to combine:

4 cups chilled rhubarb juice
6 oz can frozen lemonade mix
16 oz lemon lime soda

We made it like that and it was good. However, we don't drink pop, so the first thing we did was think, "we could skip the pop and it would still be good." It was!

Other options....
*One part frozen lemonade mix to 2 parts rhubarb juice (the boys like it this way)
*One part rhubarb juice to 2 parts pre-made lemonade, add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (the mom likes it this way)
*rhubarb juice as is or watered down slightly (the boys)
*rhubarb juice mixed with mineral water (the mom)
*or??? let us know what you try. : )

Monday, June 2, 2008

Hello from the farm house on a rainy Monday afternoon!

The summer squash and cilantro were moved from the greenhouse to the garden this past weekend. Now we have all the squash planted! We have planted many types this year; Summer Squash, Spaghetti, Acorn, Butternut, Buttercup and Lakota squash. Spaghetti squash got its name because, after baking, the flesh falls into spaghetti like strings. You can eat it like it's spaghetti pasta. Our favorite squash is the Lakota. yum-yum!

Our pole beans are coming up! They are the Kentucky Wonder variety, known for their true bean flavor.

We almost got hit by hail this last weekend. It passed 6 miles north of us. Whew! Thank goodness it missed us! If we had been hit it could have wrecked our garden. Especially so because the hail was quarter sized. When we heard that it might hail we hurried to cover as many plants as possible. Above is a picture of our peppers and tomatoes covered with pots. In the picture, you can just barely see our main garden beyond this tomato and pepper garden.
That's all for now!
the RoseBros