Recovery Mode

My last post was before M’s big singing performance, and it went very well, thank you. Her singing was lovely and she was happy with it. It appears that this evil bug has passed by the adults of our household.

Meanwhile, I dropped some balls in the course of nursing sick children and fretting about performances. I completely blew off my first CSA pick up on Wednesday. I’d been so looking forward to it, and then M was so miserable that I forgot entirely until Friday morning, when I bolted out of bed and realized that I’d missed it. Boy, was I mad! And then I didn’t even say anything, because my first CSA experience was with a rather authoritarian farm where it was drilled into us that if we missed the pick up, that was it. We just have to mourn the loss (that CSA was nobody local–it was when we were in Brooklyn). But the Lansings were they were kind enough to contact me and let me pick up my share today. I also had a big bunch of rhubarb that Mary had given me earlier in the week. So today there was a bit of a kitchen frenzy as I washed piles of greens (including my favorite, arugula! yum-yum-yum!), brewed up some lemon balm tea (which I thought was fine, but M loved, so at least we’ll have something to do with the rest of the bunch), and brewed some rhubarb iced tea (we all thought that it was pretty boring).

The favorite for Cute W, J, and me was Rhubarb-Oatmeal Bars. These were very tasty, although I have to admit that now I’m suffering from a sugar rush. I altered the recipe a little bit. I did one cup of sugar (half a cup less) for the filling and it was still really sweet. For the crumbly part, I used 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread instead of 1 cup of shortening. I’ll probably cut the sugar even more, and maybe replace more flour with oatmeal, the next time, because these bars were almost too sweet. In fact, they were too sweet for M. Who told me so. Repeatedly. I had to remind her again that after giving her preliminary assessment of a new recipe, I only want to hear more if the reviews are complimentary.

Beyond that, it was a lazy day for us today. Good because we needed to recover. But I’m sorry for all the folks who had planned things for outside-what misery, right? Kind of makes me want to brew more tea. . . .


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