Thanks to all who participated and entered! Winners please email me at grumpyshoneybunch at yahoo dot com with your full name and mailing address so I can pass this on to Aaron at Magsdirect.com!
First of all, I finally have a photo to post for my blogging friend Debbie of The Friday Friends. She has been posting photos of “Outside my kitchen window”. This is off the side of my front porch and is basically the view from my kitchen window. I just didn’t want to take a photo thru the screen. ;o) Surrounding 2 sides of my home this is basically what you will see. Green grass and fields and/or pasture. This side you can see out in the far left corner Grumpy’s target practice section. :o) Another day I will give you a shot from the other 3 angles! You will be surprised what I see in the evening hours outside my living room window!
This morning as I was on the CL boards updating my info (thanks Helene for bringing me back there!) I was typing in my signature line that I like to use. “Loved you yesterday, love you still, always have, always will.” in memory of my Nanny, Mae Iris. This still brings tears to my eyes and I miss my grandmother so much…she has been gone over 6 years now. It would be mornings like this that I would jump in my car, pj’s and all and drive the couple miles down the road to her house where I would have coffee and breakfast with her. I can’t believe it is still so hard after this much time when the memories come flooding back. I wish she could be here now to see Justin married and happy (almost a year now!) and Christopher so kind and handsome and both so willing to be here for me anytime I need them – I’m certainly well taken care of! She would be happy to know that Grumpy and I just live down the road from her home still and that we are married, happy and successful. For the most part. ;0)
She would also love my blog – I am certain of it. When I think of her favorite baked item I would make I remember Rhubarb Pie. The first time I ever made a rhubarb pie I was living in my Uncle Jimmy’s little brown farm house (just across the road from where I grew up and only a few miles from where I am now!). There was rhubarb growing out along the shed and I decided I wanted to make a rhubarb pie. I think I was probably all of 19 years old. Gram loved that pie and for years she would mention my “first pie” I ever made and how it was the best she had ever had. I believe she would love this recipe I am going to share with you today also. Of course she would. She loved to eat sweets (the apple doesn’t fall to far from the tree eh?!). This sweet however is on the lighter side because it is yet another Cooking Light recipe. I made this recipe for the first time in 2002. Grumpy and I hadn’t been together a year yet and I remember making this for him ~ and remembered that we really loved it. Recently I my parents gave me some rhubarb and I had enough for the rhubarb jam I made and this recipe. Grumpy took this treat in his lunch box, Amanda and Randy had some for dessert on the day I made my Cooking Light recipe for the Apricot-Glazed Grilled Chicken, and I had a couple small pieces myself! This is a definite keep around recipe and I will make sure to make this again next year – along with a pie, as my dad planted some rhubarb for me at my own home to have!
You can view the recipe for these Rhubarb Custard Bars by clicking here.
Now for the giveaway! My sponsor gave me the opportunity to tell you about the Pillsbury Million Dollar recipe contest a little while back. Now they are giving me the opportunity to offer you a giveaway AND the opportunity to be a judge!
How does the You Be the Judge! voting work? Judges will select 20 recipes to be placed online at www.bakeoff.com in pairs for a period of two weeks for each pair. Consumers can vote for their favorite recipe in each pair. The recipe from each pair that wins the most votes will earn a spot in the final competition, April 11-13, 2010, in Orlando, Florida. Voting is limited to one vote per person per each pair of recipes. Voters must be registered members of www.pillsbury.com and 18 years of age or older as of May 1, 2009, to participate. The first pair of recipes was posted on May 14, 2009 and a new pair of recipes will be posted every two weeks (namely, May 28, June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6, August 20, September 3 and September 17, 2009). The voting period for the tenth and final pair of recipes will close at 11:59AM CDT on October 1, 2009. Visit www.bakeoff.com for the official rules. To help you decide which recipe deserves a shot at the million-dollar top prize, watch this short video of Jann Atkins, Bake-Off® Kitchens assistant manager, as she shares some tips for evaluating a recipe.To celebrate this exciting opportunity to help chose the bake-off winners, MyBlogSpark is offering two prize packs featuring a magazine of past Bake-Off® recipes and a Pillsbury Doughboy giggle doll. To enter the contest, check out past Bake-Off recipes and leave a comment telling me your favorite recipe. Entries will be accepted until midnight on Thursday, June 18, 2009.