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April 30, 2014

Alice Woodhull: A favorite time of year

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Have you been enjoying all the beauty around you lately? This is one of my favorite times of the year. The trees are leafing out almost by the minute. I can see a big difference from one day to the next. From my picture window, I can see redbuds, apples, pears, and cherry trees blooming.

When I walked under the apple tree a while ago, I could hear the bees buzzing in it getting the nectar for their honey. Of course, I can see dandelions by the millions. A lot of people spend a lot of money to get rid of them, but they last for such a short time, I don’t worry about them.

Under one of the apple trees are the little purple violets that someone else was commenting about. I can remember when I was little I would pick violets by the handfuls and give them to my grandma. She always had a lot of them. Yes, this is a wonderful season to enjoy God’s creation.

I promised my family a rhubarb pie this week. I guess I will have to make good on my promise. I found a lot of rhubarb recipes I think I will share with you. Maybe I won’t make a pie, instead I’ll try one of these.

RHUBARB COFFEE CAKE

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed

1 egg, beaten

1 cup sour milk (add a tablespoon vinegar to a cup of milk)

2/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups diced rhubarb

1 1/2 cups chopped nuts

Sift dry ingredients. Add brown sugar. Combine egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and blend well. Stir in rhubarb and nuts. Spread batter into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon melted margarine or butter. Sprinkle over the batter and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Serves 8 - 10.

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