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...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 6 July 2020

Daisies and Rhubarb for Tea Time

Then followed that beautiful season...Summer... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape 
Lay as if new created in all freshness of childhood. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hello dear friends, I hope you all enjoyed the holiday. 

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. ~ Luther Burbank

Since I last posted, we Canadians have celebrated Canada Day and my American family and friends have celebrated the 4th of July. 

On Canada Day, we didn't do anything exciting. All of the events were cancelled although we haven't taken anything in anyway since our kids were teenagers. There were no fireworks either so I imagine the children here were all disappointed. 

We busied ourselves cleaning up the house most of the morning. Exciting! But you know what? I'm glad we have a house to clean! 
Hubby mowed the lawn and chased squirrels and chipmunks out of the feeder while I made potato salad for supper.

Our son and his boys were invited out for the evening so Hubby and I ate our supper by ourselves. After a busy day, we were happy to spend a quiet evening, just the two of us. 

Did I mention that Hubby had chased chipmunks out of the bird feeder umpteen times that day? We always thought they were adorable until they wouldn't stay out of the feeder. Hubby was pretty frustrated by the end of the day! 
He had gotten a new bird feeder which was supposed to be "squirrel resistant." I told him it wouldn't keep the squirrels and chipmunks out. I hate always being right! *winks*

I made some muffins on Friday because it was a cooler day. I have two favourite muffin recipes; rhubarb oatmeal and coffee cake muffins. I have shared the coffee cake muffin recipe before but this one I never have. I found this in the newspaper years ago.
If you look closely, you can see the little flecks of red from the rhubarb in them. I will share the recipe at the end of this post.

These rhubarb oatmeal muffins are golden and absolutely delicious! They are the best rhubarb muffins I have ever eaten! Chunks of rhubarb and a bit of zing from the orange zest make these a real treat with your cup of tea, coffee, or iced tea.
Daisy bouquet, so fresh and pretty for summer.

I am using my vintage Royal Albert Shaftesbury cup and saucer from the Festival Collection today. It is in the Gainsborough shape and is adorned with pink and blue forget-me-nots inside and out. An adorable set in yellow made in the '70s and 80's. 

The pictures were taken in front of the patio doors and they were very dark, so I had to lighten them up quite a bit, therefore a bit of distortion in the true colour. 

I love this Gracie China birdie teapot!

Rhubarb Oatmeal Muffins
This recipe says it makes a dozen muffins but I always get fifteen out of it.

1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2-1/2 cups flour
1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 TBSP grated orange zest
1 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp salt
2 cups chopped rhubarb

In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and oil. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, orange zest, soda, and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in egg mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in the rhubarb. Immediately spoon muffin batter into greased muffin pan/pans. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about thirty minutes or until browned on top and firm to the touch. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then cool completely on wire rack. Store loosely covered with tin foil. Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting today and thank you for being such wonderful blogger friends. I appreciate every one of you. God bless you this coming week and remember to be thankful for all your blessings!

Gratitude ~ the quality of being thankful; the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. ~ unknown

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Hi, Sandi! I couldn't copy your recipe fast enough. Our rhubarb is gorgeous this year, and I would rather get a posted recipe, than go fishing on the interenet. Love all your pretty dishes and flowers...lovely, thanks, SANDI to Sandi! ha!

  2. I'm so thankful that you shared your muffing recipe. They look scrumptious! I like your Royal Albert china too.

  3. I stayed in and had a low-key Canada Day too. Our office was closed on Thursday and Friday so we had a super long Canada Day holiday. I spent most of it lazing around, but I did do some house cleaning!

    Love your Gracie teapot and yellow RA teacup! It won't surprise you that I have a rhubarb ginger black tea in my collection...I should try it out one of these days.

  4. We used to have the same problem with squirrels getting into the feeders. We ordered the Squirrel Buster and they have not been able to feast since. I believe it is a Canadian company.

  5. Sandi,
    I have been fighting off squirrels all Summer..My neighbor insists upon throwing whole bags of peanuts out in his yard and the squirrels come to my yard to bury them in my flower pots, digging and throwing the flowers out of the pots!! I have now been using crushed red pepper in the pots and that does seem to be helping. Your tea cup is just stunning and the baked goods look delicious!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  6. I don’t even feed the birds any more because of the squirrels! The birds seem to eat the berries from my trees and love to take a drink and bath from my waterfall.
    Your daisies are so pretty, and your teacup and teapot are, too. Your muffins sound wonderful, but sadly it’s hard to find rhubarb here in Texas. I hope you had a happy Canada 🇨🇦 Day!

  7. Everything is different this year. We got to see our grands who don't live near to us, over the weekend and that was great!

  8. Hi Sandi,

    what a lovely teatime with pretty flowers, china ( a birdie teapot yay) and yummy muffins. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I haven't made anything with rhubarb in ages. My father absolutely loved when my auntie's rhubarb was in season and would beg everyone to make him rhub pies!!! I sure miss him.

    My daisies are doing wonderfully too. But it sure is hot hot hot right now. I haven't been able to stand going out of doors the last two days. We need desperately!

    Hope you are staying safe and healthy during this scary time we are living.

    God bless. Hugs.

  9. A battle with chipmunks and squirrels with a bird feeder can not be won. It seems you are winning and they cone back successfully.

    Your tea cup us a beauty.


  10. Oh don't talk to me about squirrels and chipmunks!! I have lost the battle and only have up my suet feeder. The chipmunks still can get in, but at least not the squirrels. We actually did some decluttering and cleaning over the weekend too. We missed going to our parade and seeing fireworks. We had a bbq with our daughter and SIL and grandson so that was special. Your potato salad looks delicious, as do those rhubarb muffins. xo Deborah

  11. Hi Sandi,
    The rhubarb muffins sound delicious. Our rhubarb is doing so well this year with the cool weather and plenteous rain. We went over to the mainland to visit my parents on Canada Day in the pouring rain. It was a good year for fireworks and parades to be cancelled.

  12. Love your daisies and the pretty yellow and blue teacup! We have pesky squirrels here who love our bird feeders. No chipmunks in this part of the world. I remember when we live in Ohio we had them, and we had a chestnut tree, and we used to run a race in the morning to see who could get the most chestnuts that had fallen from the trees. I think the chipmunks won. No rhubarb here either. I once had a strawberry rhubarb pie that I liked so well I ate almost the whole thing, and then I regretted it greatly all night long, so I am not a fan anymore even if we could get it! LOL. I am sure your muffins are wonderful, however! I'd probably use apples or some other fruit instead. Your potato salad looks delicious.Are those green peas in it? That looks good to me! I love green peas and I think that would taste really good in potato salad! I may have to try that. We didn't do much here for the 4th, although our son and wife came over for supper and we grilled burgers. I did make a potato salad, but yours looks better! LOL. Have a blessed week dear friend.

  13. Oh those rhubarb muffins have to just heavenly...I must give them a try...anything containing rhubarb always gets my attention! Thank you for sharing your recipe, Sandi! Hugs!

  14. Oh, and I forgot to mention that fabulous looking potato salad....YUM!

  15. Sandi,
    Just stopping by to Thank you for your visit! Hope all is well with you..


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