Sunday, May 29, 2011

Rhubarb Lemon Balm Tea Bread...

Well my nursing colleague, Cathy brought this bread in for our LAST nursing meeting of the semester last week and....I instantly fell in love with it....I also have such an abundance of rhubarb that I was needing another way to use it up....besides giving it to our neighbors...fresh from the garden.....

This is the BEST bread that you'll ever taste....even if you push your nose up at rhubarb...honestly try it just once and you'll be hooked...just the right amount of tartness mixed in with all that bread sweetness!....oh yeah...all of us faculty swapped perennials too-I have a TON of lemon balm herb growing like mad over here from one small plant that I put in a couple of years ago...low and behold this recipe calls for my lemon balm...woo hoo....if you've never grown it-its wonderful...just rub the leaves and you get a lemony can us it in salsa, salads and sauces too....and I think it keeps the deer flies away too!
ready, set, go....Here it is: drumroll***$%#&^^%$#@@#$$%^&(()())*@#$$%#

Rhubarb Lemon Balm Tea Bread:

1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil (I will use canola)
1 cup buttermilk (I get the low fat)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chopped uncooked fresh rhubarb
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh lemon balm
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature

preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease 9x5 inch loaf pan. Line bottom and sides with wax paper (I don't think I will do this)
In large bowl combine brown sugar and oil, beat well. In a small bowl, beat together buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Add to borwn sugar mixture. Blemnd thoroughly. Combine baking soda, salt and flour. Gradually stir into brown mixture. Fold in rhubarb. Transfer batter to prepared bread pan.
In a small bowl, combine sugar, lemon balm, lemon zest and butter. Sprinkle mixture over batter. Bake for 50-60 mnutes or until a tester inserted in the cente rof the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. turn out onto racks, Remove wax paper when loaf is coll.

Cathy also brought in this book on herbal growing and cooking which has this recipe:
Kitchen Herbs by Sal Gilberti

here's the link to Amazon where used copies of this start at 10 friend bought one for 12 cents last week...I'm heading on over to Amazon to buy one right now. I bought my copy tonight for .99 (very good condition) I'm weird about books...they must be in great shape!! :)....shipping is about $3.99 not a bad deal for such a great herb's the editorial exerpt:

More than a cookbook, this volume is unique in its 90-plus pages of detailed growing information about 34 herbs. Starting with soil preparation, Gilbertie, owner of the largest herb farm in the United States, gives specific instructions for planting, watering, feeding, controlling pests, harvesting, and preserving culinary herbs. There are suggestions for gardens specializing in edible flowers, as well as for Italian, fish, dessert, salad, and salt-substitute herbs. The rest of the book presents innumerable ideas for cooking with each herb, including about 125 unusual but fairly simple recipes by Frances Towner Giedt. Lavishly illustrated with photographs by Joseph Kugielsky, this book is attractive and useful. Terry M. Cole, Harrisville Central Sch. Lib., N.Y.

Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The first one to respond to this posting with interest will get a surprise in the mail from me...some lemon balm to make your own and maybe even a small rooted piece...must be a US resident (within the continental USA please).
Above pic taken from  (similar but not exact to this recipe)...lemon balm topping is missing...just wanted to give you all a visual.... :)

Sweet Annie seedlings.....

Thank you to all who have purchased my sweet annie seeds so far....Many of you asked how to plant them and what they look like so here are my seedlings that I started in small containers this year (it's my first year growing them too) can either sow (broadcast) them directly in the ground or start them in containers. When you get your seeds they will look like the yellow/green balls on the sweet annie that we all know and love...gently rub them together with your fingers to release the seeds-there will be hundreds of them, really!! You can also put them in a small bag and shake them around to release the seeds. Just sprinkle the sweet annie which will look like dust (but are really the seeds because they are so small) just under the soil no more than 1/4 inch. Watch out for the wind or they will

Remember that they will reseed themselves but you have to leave some to drop to the ground in late fall (usually October for me).

ps I live in the country and our black flies and deer flies are out...the deer flies were just biting me terribly today so I rubbed some of my sweet annie stalks on my arms and neck and they haven't been back....Sweet annie is also a deer repellent too!!....oh yeah and it treats fever and malaria :)

Okay back onto the planting info:

The seedlings will start out teeny tiny and with two small smooth leaves then the second set of leaves will look more jagged and fern like....Sweet annie likes full or partial sun but for those who live in the deep south you might want to try planting them in partial sun since it's so hot down there...good luck and happy planting!!

Click on each pic for a closer look: Here they are with 4 leaves:

Here they are so teeny!! All the pics were taken today! See that some have 2 leaves still and others have 4!

Another closeup:

If you would like to purchase Sweet annie seeds, click HERE. The paypal button is just to the right of the posting. The seeds come with a planting tip sheet too! Best of luck!!

Now I'm off to finish vacuuming the pool-yippee it's going to be in the 80's today-I love SUMMER! Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Prim Wall Pocket Board....

My friend Kat from Primitive Echos is having her first giveaway....She is an AMAZING prim artist so head on over to her blog, become a follower and see what she is up to...She is not only talented but funny too. She loves to "pick" and tell and posts some of her funniest thoughts and happenings!! She makes me laugh!

Just look at this Prim wall board with the cute lil' pocket! I secretly want to win this piece!!!

Look what Margie is doing....

Margies from Hungry Hook Primitives is having another giveaway for one of her handmade hooked rugs....This is one of Margie's own patterns...A sheep rug...It's adorable! Head on over to sign up and let her know that I sent you (Raspberry Lane Primitives) won't be disappointed....thanks, patti

Sweet Annie Seeds.....

Can you just smell them through the computer....I am offering sweet annie seeds. Now if you've ever bought seeds online or in the stores you know that you only get a few seeds in the package and not a handful......Here, You'll get a heaping tablespoon size or so  which is about 400 or more seeds to start your own Artemesia Garden aka Sweet Annie Garden !! The seeds are from the crop that I purchased from a local herb farmer here in NYS this past fall.Remember that when it grows, let some of the seeds drop to the ground so it will reseed itself for the next year and you'll enjoy this great herb for years to come!  I have a bunch of my own seedling emerging from the ground from this same crop. I am soooo excited to have it in my garden this year. Email me with any questions. I have posted the paypal purchase button on the right sidebar here on my blog. Remember that you do not need a paypal account to use it, just a ccard. Shipping is FREE (only in the continental US) and the seeds are $4.50/bag. If you live in Canada message me via email FIRST so I can figure out shipping. I cannot ship internationally elsewhere~sorry.

Swap goodies from Lil Raggedy Angie.....

I participated in Tricia's Friendship swap from Hillcrest Home Primitives and this is what Angie from Lil'RaggedyAngie sent to me....She certainly outdid herself...just look at all the awesome prims....The Annie shelf sitter-I love her lil crocheted poncho!!, prim eggs-I need to MAKE some of these!!, sugar cone pantry cake, stitcheries with seeds inside, awesome smelling cinnamon pudka pods, CHOCOLATE-YUM!, coconut/lime (one of my fav-how did you know?) handsoap and handcream, a sweet lil' mouse, prim star, garden tools, a tablet mousepad, annie/andy pattern, fabric (which I couldn't fit in the and a floral-awesome!!...Recipes for zucchini bread, banana madarin pie and apple oatmeal cookies...woohoo!! 
I love it all! THANK YOU Angie and to Tricia for hosting this fun swap!

Monday, May 23, 2011

For the people of Joplin, MO....

Please pray for the people of this horrible tragedy...May they find peace after the storm.....

Sunday, May 22, 2011

An Amazing Americana Eagle Make-Do....

Well Miss Brenda has done it again.....aka The Rusty Thimble is having a second May giveaway and is offering this gorgeous Americana Eagle.....Just look at the detail of this piece...just beautiful....Brenda gives so much attention to detail...If you do not own any of her prims you are certainly missing out....She is an amazing prim artist....I own several and they are some of my treasured pieces....Head on over to her etsy shop to see what she has available....

Pirates and a Pinkeep.....

Well yesterday was a busy day ending with Pirates of the Carribean at the Drive-Inn.....It's never been so crowded...but then again it's the first weekend after 2 straight weeks of rain....Even though Orlando Bloom (Will) or Keira Knightly (Elizabeth) were not in was good....Penelope Cruz did a nice job too!

Wendy from Ravenwood Whimzies hosted a pinkeep swap.....I did get a package in the mail yesterday from my swap partner JoAnne over at The Carter Clan Look how cute this pinkeep is....I Love it! She also sent an Americana bowl with tooties rolls (which my son wanted to rip open before I took the pic but made him wait)! JoAnne also added some quilt squares too.....Thank you so much JoAnne! I hope you love your pinkeep that I sent too.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Great Prim Giveaway....

Misi from Gable House Musings is having a wonderfully prim's a large handcrafted colonial lollipop style rack with aged pewter wood finish.....Go on over, sign up and let her know that I've sent you to peek at this beautiful piece (and of course to sign up yourself...hehe)......thanks so much.
patti (Raspberry Lane Primitives)

Ravenwood Whimzies Giveaway.....

I don't know how Wendy of Ravenwood Whimzies does it all.....blogger, prim crafter, wedding planner....She's even going to be packing up her home to move into another home.....and the list goes on.....She is celebrating 260+ followers on her blog by having an Americana Giveaway....Look at this sweet Uncle Sam on a sheep! Just head on over to sign up for several chances to win.....

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Prim Uncle Sam...

Just had to post my new prim from Jenn over at Bittersweet Prims I won her giveaway awhile back and just received it today....He's just so adorable!!....I love his eyes and all his Americana garb....Click on the pic to get a more detailed view....Thank You So Much Jenn...I love him!!
I also received a sweet Snow Mommy and her baby and will post at a later date....Can't think of winter just yet....hehe!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Birds, Bees and Flowers Display Chain...

I'm participating is Misi's 1890's Gable House Musings display chain this week, hosted by Amy @ BumbleBeeCottage
here's what I'm posting....this is for next week so I'm a bit early (well that NEVER happens!)....

My Bees have been returned from Create and Decorate magazine....Did you all see them in the June issue? It was my first project publication for those who've been hiding under a rock here in blogland (hehe)...I put them in my new bowl...
Here they are next to the article:

Birdies in my front feeder: with my new gorgeous daisies

A baby crabapple tree with pink blooms:

Angelique Tulips....I also have lemon balm here and learned a lesson after I placed peppermint in this goes everywhere...I love the smell though...they say its medicinal...
we still need to put down the mulch...:)

Some tulips and lilac bushes which are not in bloom yet

I love forget me nots!

Here are some daffodils next to a lil' birdhouse on a stake made by Kat of Primitive Echos...I love it!

Thought I'd pop in my zinnias from last year so you can see them:

Faux blackeyed susans in a patriotic my new lil' firkin...

Beehive bowlfillers that I made with crows and watermelons last year.

and most favorite flowers: Lilacs...Beauty of Moscow...a double flowering pink lilac that is extremely fragrant....

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Pantrycake peg hanger and random pics

Here's a pantrycake that I wrapped with hemp and added grungy cheesecloth, sprig of delicious sweet annie and a yellow paper daisy....just so prim...I just love how it came out. What do you all think? I brought a few to my booth.  

Look who's coming to life...hidin' in the basil, strawberries and allysum......he'll be a critter that you don't mind having in the house.....

Me and my Beautiful Mommy....can you believe that she is almost 70....she is AGELESS !!

My Beautiful Babies:

A Monkey and A Princess....ummmm I mean Joshua and Rachel....
How do you like Rachel's Red and Orange hair...It does look cute in person....

Saturday, May 7, 2011

New finds....

Here are some new finds from a church sale last weekend and today......A solids oak desk (to be refinished)probably from the 50's..maybe from a city office/lawyer office? It's just what I've been looking for!!...A pewter pitcher and small goblet, candlesticks, another heart mold, old postcards, Buffalo pottery platters, old bottles, wooden wheels, grater, chandelier (in the box that I'm going to redo with a textured bronze spray paint), old wooden hammer, pewter candlestick holders....My most favorite find at this sale was this old trunk...$10...and as a bonus...the inside is not even stinky! Yay!!

This was my treasure trip today:
Found 10 pewter wine goblets for $1 each...I'll keep a few and maybe do some pinkeeps with the rest?...a firkin (not olde), wooden candlestick bases, a willow plate, shoo fly covers (2)-going to paint and grungy up...flat grater, more candle stick holders with handles...pewter salt & pepper shakers, an enamelware pot, olde cookie cutters (25 cents each), a cigar box with dove tailing, baskets, shaker box (for redo)..lil' flags, a bag of glue sticks, a Hallmark Santa Key ornie and a couple of Cherished Teddy's....gotta love those church sales!

I'm going to replace this checker backing on this shelf with beadboard soon...

Love how the sun beam is showing through...

Also bought some plants today: romaine lettuce, basil (I usually grow my own from seed; looove the basil scent and wanted it a bit early), tomato, broccoli, allysum (blooms all summer), strawberries, and two plants that look like garbera daisies...there all closed up in this pic though...

Here's a sweet PIF gift from Holli over at Where the Rooster Crows....I just love this lil' prim bunny and the bath bomb that she made! Isn't he sweet hanging out in my new bowl? Can't wait to use the bath salts too!! Thank you so much Holli-It was a nice surprise today!! :)

ps Can you just smell the Hyacinths in this pic...they are second favorite flower scent right behind Lilac...can't wait for those to bloom too!

and finally....there is a barn is coming down on my road. I asked the new owner if I could have some of the wood and he said YES!!! Yippee. I can't wait!! Have a very Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Angies Mother's Day Giveaway....

Angie from LilRaggedyAngie is having a sweet Mother's Day giveaway...even though she is feeling sick....poor honey! Head on over to check out her blog...She makes the cutest dolls and is so multi-talented. She's also trying to get to 100 followers....and will add other goodies if she gets what are ya waiting for?? Click on the pic or the link above to get there!!