Summer Joy

rhubarbEmbracing life’s simple pleasures brings joy. One of summer’s gifts in Colorado is rhubarb. Though incredibly tart, when mixed with a sugar, honey, or strawberries, it is delightful!

It’s also a gorgeous plant, hardy, and resilient. I’ve given mine very little care, but it comes back, year after year. It does require a lot of water if you want it to bear repeatedly throughout the summer, and over-harvesting can ruin your return. Only a third of the plant should be harvested at time. Also, the plant should not be allowed to flower. When blooms start to form, remove the stalk where they grow. Allowing the plant to flower reduces return.

My favorite rhubarb dish is homemade pie. My husband loves rhubarb sauce. He makes a steaming hot loaf of homemade wholewheat bread, covers it in real cream, then covers that in rhubarb. Sarah thinks rhubarb is best when mixed with strawberries. Stephen rates Miss Monique’s homemade strawberry rhubarb jam at the top.

One of my favorite rhubarb stories includes our foreign exchange student from Spain. Before coming to my house he’d never been introduced to pie or to rhubarb. His first few days here he was tenuous about trying such things, IMAG2030even apple pie during our Fourth of July celebration. But after he was here a few weeks he grew bolder–and rhubarb pie became a favorite. He even admitted to getting up in the middle of the night and having a piece! Before returning to his homeland we’d convinced him that pie is one of the USA’s best pleasures.

Part of sustaining my BeNew journey is giving myself permission to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, like rhubarb pie. I can’t eat heavy calorie treats like this at every meal or even every day, but enjoyed in balance with good fresh fruits and vegetables and a mile or two walk through the neighborhood, enjoying life’s good stuff keeps me happy and able to maintain my weight loss goals.

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Rhubarb: a simple pleasure

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4 thoughts on “Summer Joy

  1. mariekeates August 17, 2013 at 9:51 pm Reply

    Hmm, rhubarb is. To one of my life pleasures. I can’t stand it. It was one of Mother’s favourites though. Each to their own I guess πŸ™‚

    • Paula Moldenhauer August 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm Reply

      LOL. One of my children agrees with you. I LOVE it. Maybe you just need more sugar and to eat it with ice cream. lol

      • mariekeates August 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        It’s too sweet already! That what I hate about it. Mind you I don’t like pie either πŸ™‚ maybe I’m just weird πŸ™‚

  2. Paula Moldenhauer August 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm Reply

    I keep wondering if your rhubarb and mine are the same, lol. Sweet is not a word I’d use at all to describe it. It’s incredibly tart.

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