Fresh Rhubarb Coffee Cake

We planted rhubarb in our garden three years ago.  I read online that you could not harvest until the second year.  Well, we had a fantastic crop last year, but the stalks never turned red!  This year it is growing great again.  I went to our local nursery to ask what I could do to turn them red.  It turns out they are a green variety of rhubarb.  Who knew!  We are using our “green” rhubarb in this coffee cake.  It is not quite as pretty as the red, but it tastes great.


2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup sour cream

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

DSC01790Preheat oven to 350.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder,  and baking soda.

DSC01789Beat butter and brown sugar in a separate bowl until smooth.

DSC01792Stir in sour cream, egg and vanilla.

DSC01793Add flour mixture and mix all together well.

DSC01794Spread batter into a greased 9×11 baking dish.

DSC01795Add the chopped rhubarb to the top.

DSC01796Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top.  If using green rhubarb, you may want to add a little extra sugar.

DSC01797Bake for 45 minutes and serve.

Baked Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts

Our days start pretty early around here.  We made this baked oatmeal for a quick breakfast.  Just spoon out already-baked portions and warm in the microwave.  Add a little milk for a delicious warm breakfast!


3 cups quick cooking oatmeal

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup milk

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

DSC01712In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients; oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

DSC01713In a separate bowl mix together milk, eggs and melted butter.

DSC01715Add to the dry ingredients and mix all together.

DSC01716Chop the apricots and walnuts.  Add all the fruit to the oatmeal mixture.

DSC01718Pour into a greased square baking pan.

DSC01719Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 35-40 minutes.


Megan wanted to try-out the new brownie pan she got for Christmas.  You will notice an unusual ingredient in this recipe for brownies, mashed potatoes! Don’t let this stop you from trying them.  They are moist and cake-like, and really easy to make.  Give them a try!


3/4 cup mashed potatoes (we used instant mashed potatoes)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place in a large mixing bowl, mashed potatoes….

white sugar …

brown sugar….


canola oil….

and vanilla.  Mix together well with electric mixer or by hand.

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

Stir together well.

Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together.  Fold in the nuts if desired.

Pour batter into a greased 9 inch square pan

Place in the oven and bake 23-27 minutes.

Baked Oatmeal

Here is an easy,  yummy way to make oatmeal.  Try it topped with bananas, berries, dried fruit, or milk.

Ingredient List:

2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oatmeal

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup Craisins

1 Tablespoon chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup applesauce

2 Tablespoons butter, melted

1 large egg, beaten

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees

In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients, first the oatmeal…

Next the 1/3 cup packed brown sugar

Then the 1/3 cup of Craisins

1 Tablespoon chopped walnuts…

and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in the microwave.

In another bowl mix together the wet ingredients, first the milk.

Add the 1/2 cup of applesauce…

the melted butter….

Beat an egg in a separate bowl and add it to the wet ingredients.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together.

Spray a 9×12 baking dish with cooking spray.

Pour the oatmeal into the baking dish and spread evenly.

Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Serve warm