Good Morning!

It’s going to be a nice day finally and I’m starting to move some of my plants outside.  I can’t resist taking pictures.

And I picked the rhubarb yesterday and instead of baking with it I will make sauce.  We grew up on rhubarb sauce – just cut it up, cook it with some sugar over low heat to a sauce consistency.  I like to leave it on the tart side so I taste as I add the sugar.  Serve it very cold – yum!

This weekend is Garner’s citywide garage sales so Connie and I are giving it a try with some home dec items, pictures, fabric, a few quilts, pincushions, quilt books and old patterns.  I will take some pictures.

This is also a big day for Rick’s son, Eric, who is graduating with a 4.0 and at the top of his class as he gets his Masters degree in business.  We are very proud of him!  He and Nikki are the ones having the new baby next month – they live in Northern Minnesota.  I made the pink camouflage quilt for the baby.  We can’t wait to meet this baby girl!

And here is my work area where I will continue to clean up the houseplants.  Actually I really love messing around with them and seeing them flourish with new strength after some TLC.

Off to the garage sale!

21 thoughts on “Good Morning!

  1. Becky from IA

    My husband, Roger, loves to eat his rhubarb sauce in cottage cheese…..UGH!! I like mine like you do! Have a great day!

  2. Jane Velander

    I really miss coming to the farm/quilt shop, seeing you and Connie and all the animals and plants. But love reading all your emails even though I never send comments (except this one.)

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jane – I love hearing from our old friends – you included!

  3. Nancy A

    One of my favorite memories of Christmas at my grandparents house is sitting at the table at breakfast and eating cold rhubarb sauce on hot buttered toast. Words cannot describe how good it was. The visiting while we ate was fun too.

  4. LMK

    i like rhubarb sauce too, mine isn’t too big yet so will wait another week to pick it. got a load of laundry out on the line awhile ago. i have stuff to put away in the garage, mostly winter stuff, also get out the summer things. you sure have a lot of pretty flowers, we don’t have a lot just yet after moving a year ago but i see some holly hocks are coming up (my favorite flower or at least the top of the list) have fun at the garage sales, never know what you will find, osage is having spring clean-up, we found some goodies for free!!!!

  5. Launa

    This area of the central valley FINALLY GOT RAIN…sure hope the strawberry stand is open as they were closed for 2 days to “give the berries a chance to get larger”. I like the little sweet ones, too and we just have to eat these delicious berries while they are in season……. sigh!!
    My dad had a big rhubarb clump and I loved to cut and make the sauce and an occasional pie. So good.
    Temecula posted Bow Ties this morning in Sheryl’s Circa 2016 free sew along so I’m off to select fabrics for two of those and hopefully get them sewn.
    Wish I was at the Garner city wide garage sale……sounds like a good time and lots of fun.
    Your plants and outdoor decorating look swell, Mary.

  6. Cindie New Berlin, WI

    Ok – for sure I want to go and buy a fern! But, would not know what to do with it in the winter 🙁

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Cindie – move it in your house – that’s where this one spent the winter

  7. Lois Palmisano

    hi Mary, you have inspired to plant veggie and flower plants, I will have tomatoes and cucumbers and petunias and marigolds.

    I am inspired also to make and finish 2 QOV. one will have white anchors on blue background for a 14 year Navy vet.

    Just keep going that’s my motto!!! god bless you all, Lois in Omaha

  8. bernadette

    Thx, Mary, for all the news you share and the time you spend doing so.

  9. Carol

    Mmm…rhubarb sauce! I love rhubarb! Rhubarb strawberry pie … that’s summer on a plate!

  10. Nikki Mahaffey

    Rhubarb sauce….my Mom made this when I was a kid, especially when lived up north…have not had it in 40 years I bet…you just don’t see rhubarb in the markets in Texas
    very often…will have to be on look out for and attempt to make much water/sugar do you add to start cooking it..I too like on tarat side.

    1. Jeri Niksich

      Oh my goodness, you sure made my mouth water seeing that rhubarb!! That’s one of the main things I miss about my home state of Iowa, grabbing a stalk on the way to anywhere to chew on, especially if I had a salt shaker. I rarely find it at the grocer here (Texas) and then it’s all wilted😞 I’m with you Nikki!

  11. Peggy Voorhees

    Add a small box of strawberry sugar free jello to 4 cups of cut up rhubarb, yummy and pretty much zero calories.

  12. Kathy Schwartz

    A friend of mine lived in Alaska. She was going to visit relatives in MN about this time of year. She asked her neighbor to watch the dog while she was in MN. The neighbor was happy to do this. My friend asked the neighbor what she could bring her as a “thank you” for watching to dog. The neighbor said, “Twenty pounds of rhubarb will do.” Your photos re great. Keep it up.

  13. Diane

    Your rhubarb sauce brought back memories of my dad. He loved my mom’s sauce and later in his life, that’s how he took his pills when he found them hard to swallow. Thanks, Mary.

  14. Jeri Niksich

    Oh my goodness, you sure made my mouth water seeing that rhubarb!! That’s one of the main things I miss about my home state of Iowa, grabbing a stalk on the way to anywhere to chew on, especially if I had a salt shaker. I rarely find it at the grocer here (Texas) and then it’s all wilted😞

  15. Ann Barlament

    Spring…I feel like I’ve already missed it. There is just something that I miss, digging in the dirt with my bare hands and I come from a long ancestral line of Gardner’s.

  16. Ann Barlament

    Oh rhubarb… favorite was always Rhubarb Custard Pie……for my birthday, but it was a rarity for it to be available the end of April.

    I too remember mom cooking tart sauce, which was a treat over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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