Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Three-quarters Baked

That would be Busy. He is three-quarters baked up. We can hardly believe it - something like 10 weeks to go and then there will be another human in our house. He is not even here and he cracks us up already, like so:

B: "Maybe we should have a blueberry smoothie on the back porch while the sun is shining out there."
Me: "We should probably do that."

Did you know that he can taste what I'm eating? Crazy.

Anyway. After some unfriendly 90 degree weather, we are back to a sweet spring. There have been a few threats of frost, but nothing has materialized, and we're hopeful that this year we'll get our first cherries and peaches. Also a first: rhubarb. Sweet Mary, our two plants just roared into life about four weeks ago and from round alien nubs sprang long stalks with leaves the size of a trashcan lid. They are HUGE. Kind of scary huge. Definitely "Heather, you once again planted things too close together huge." I will move them in a few years, I swear it. I find it kind of exciting to eat something that is partially poisonous, don't you? Anyway, we're only supposed to pick for two weeks this year, but even so I think we'll have plenty. We're eying a sour-cherry-rhubarb-brown-betty from this lovely book, because duh: the strawberries won't be on until late June! I intentionally got a later bearing variety because I didn't want yet another thing that we had to protect from late spring frosts, but the upshot is that our strawberry-rhubarb timing is a little off. My plan is to squirrel away some frozen strawberries so that next year we can pull those out right when the rhubarb is on. Although now that I type that I am remembering that you can also easily freeze rhubarb so this cheat can go both ways.

B has been cracking on house projects lately, including a set of shelves for the crappy little closet in Busy's room. Woo-hoo. I know I've said it before, but the man kills me in his painter clothes. How I love this guy. He's been painting in these pants for eons, and already I can look at them and find the color of our kitchen or bathroom - he's like a walking paint chip.

Anyway. All to say: life is very exciting around here. Hope yours is too.


queenbeehoney said...

Oh oh oh, cutest photo of my little Heater eva. Love you guyz, all three of you.

Mieke said...

Hi, I'm a new reader of your blog. Just wanted to say I love it! Especially the garden stuff and cooking, yummie...

Heather said...

Hi Mieke, thanks for the visit! I will peek over in your world too...


cake said...

we had a near 90 degree day too! i want my spring!

still though, the garden is taking off!

i have been watching some rhubarb in the community garden i am helping with, and i had no idea it had those alien looking balls that un-furl into leaves! so cool. i think last year, you posted some crazy-delicious, huge crumb, rhubarb crumb cake or something? i know i made it, and it was incredible.

Heather said...

Yah, the rhubarb alien balls are pretty awesome. A tad "Little Shop of Horrors" even, especially with the poisonous leaves!

This was last year's rhubarb treat: http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/02/big-crumb-coffee-cake/, with a lot of sour cherries added. If I make that again I'll not only add the cherries but double the rhubarb too, but I like more fruit than cake in general...oh yum yum...