Thursday, June 11, 2009

Foodie & Fertilizer Friday!

I'm joining 
Fertilizer Friday
Foodie Friday

I thought that you would like to see
my version of the
Succulent Wreath.
works in the shade! 

Since today is Fertilizer Friday
and we're all going 
to be busy in our gardens today,
and Rhubarb is in season and all,
I thought this 
5 ingredient dessert
would be perfect for today. 

Dice 2 cups of Rhubarb.
(I thought that this picture was kinda pretty.)

Place in a traditional 9x13 pan.

Add one 15 oz. can 
Crushed Pineapple
 in its own syrup.

Melt one stick of Butter.
Spread dry yellow cake mix
straight from the box -
evenly over fruit.
Pour melted butter over all.
Sprinkle with chopped nuts.
I used Walnuts.
You could also use Pecans.

Bake in a 350 degree oven
for 1 Hour.

Someone couldn't wait...
(and burned his tongue)

Serve with Whipped Topping.
Actually, Cool Whip (gasp) 
tastes best with this.

Well, our rained stopped 
and it warmed up a bit,
so I went out to plant 
the Lamb's Ears.

Look what I uncovered....
At first I noticed the 
white round ball.
I almost picked it up.

It's a Wolf Spider
with an egg sac
stuck to it's spineret.
It moves fast - 
egg sac and all.

It scurried quickly into the Coneflower.
We decided to leave it alone...

Somebody had to have this gadget,
let's just say it wasn't me.

I guess my herbs needed watering.

The lawn was okay.

Here's one last look 
at the 
Their job is done.
Spring has sprung.
They are retiring 
to the backyard.
Hopefully, the new plants 
will be planted in time
for Met Monday!

Sorry this was long winded today,
now I'm off to check out
the other great recipes
and gardens featured today!



ksarra said...

Hi Robyn! I was so glad to see that you stopped by my blog, and I really enjoyed catching up on yours. That recipe looks delicious, and I am in awe at the gorgeous wreath! I even like the spider picture! Ha

Fifi Flowers said...

That succulent wreath is GREAT!!!

Anonymous said...


That recipe looks YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!I have never had rhubarb! I would love to try it. I am going to see if I can find some and make an attmept to copy your recipe. Wish me luck!

Donna Marie

Chandy said...

I love your pictures and glad you didn't get bit by that wolf spider! Ewwww.... Happy Gardening!

Our patio and plants are super soggy again from the storm that we just had. Oh well...

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Great pictures! Love the succulent wreath! YIKES! That wolf spider is scary looking.

Your dessert looks so delicious. It reminds me of the dump cakes I used to make for pot lucks at work. They were always sooo good! ☺ Diane

Robin~All Things Heart and Home said...

I've never cooked with rhubarb! That looks scrumptious!
It's my first visit to your blog-home and it's just delightful!
All Things Heart and Home

santamaker said...

Robyn, that was one of my Mom's favorite desserts! I never liked it as a kid, but it's sweet and tangy taste is delish and I love it now.

Joyce said...

Your wreath and cake are both wonderful. I love any recipe that is both easy and delicious especially now that it is summer time and I don't want to be in the kitchen all day.

Carrie said...

Ewwww, the spider freaked me out and it was just a picture. Your pansies are beautiful!!

prof en retraite said...

Oh how wonderful! My grandmother grew rhubarb in her garden and made all sorts of things with it! Thanks for the nice reminder! Have a great weekend...Debbie
PS Love the wreath!

prof en retraite said...

Ohhh...I forgot..wolf spider...eeewww!!

Channon said...

I'd been looking for a quick and easy rhubarb recipe. That one is a must-try!

Mary said...

Your recipe will come in very handy over the next few weeks. We have a bumper crop of rhubarb and your dessert is so easy that I guarantee it will be used regularly here. Thanks for sharing, Have a wonderful day.

Mrs. B. Silly said...

I love that succulent wreath, very pretty and your dessert sounds so good. Too bad I'm sugar-free, they need to come out with a splenda cake mix!

Tootsie said...

this is a great post!!! food (that looks absolutely wonderful) and flowers...! outstanding flowers....a good friend...(that's you) ....
Thanks for joining me this week!!! I hope you will keep joining...I was wondering if you made that wreath??? you should make another and show us how...
as for the water guage...."someone" doesn't know it...but they are garbage..I should know...I am embarassed to say that I have several of them....I am even more embarassed to say that when I was offered any free gift with the purchase of my seeds last year (there was a lot) I chose a light meter....yes yes I did...appearantly just opening my eyes was not good enough for me. AND....I use it in the....GREENHOUSE....which is a clear building....yes...if it is not light in means its night time!!!lol but don't tell anyone K?

Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said...

Hi Robyn, thank you for stopping by my blog. I really like your succulent wreath and you recipe looks delicious! :O)

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Robyn this sounds sooo good but I am the only one ho likes rhubarb... hmm....maybe I can make it and take some to my I won't eat it all by myself! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

Anonymous said...

The cake looks delicious. Loved the wolf spider, really I did. I had one living on a tree in my house for the longest time. I called him Wolfie. He didn't bother anyone, and I brought in little bugs for him or gave him fruit flies. My granddaughters thought it was great and always looked for him on the tree. One day he just disappeared and we found him shriveled up. I think he was with us for about nine months.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Gorgeous wreath, Robyn. I've always wondered if I could keep one of these alive!

The rhubarb dessert looks delish!

salmagundi said...

Robyn-- To answer your question - the rescue boat was just on a practice mission. We have lots and lots of rafters on our part of the river, so we have quite an active search and rescue team! Wyatt was fascinated with their practice. Have a great weekend. Sally

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

The succulent wreath is great, I think I should try to make one sometime. The rhubarb dessert looked delicious!

Outside In said...

Love the wreath! Happy Fertilizer Friday and thanks for the visit.

Mary at My New 30 said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I love that wreath - my girlfriend is into succulents and would die for that! The rhubarb cake looks delish, the spider looks wicked and I really need one of those gadgets - I keep overwatering everything!!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Love the wreath the spider you can keep...Oh girl that cake looks so Yummy...You always make thing look so good...How is your Jacob doing...Hope you have a great weekend my friend....hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

bj said...

I love love your wreath. just perfect.
We make a Cherry Dump Cake that sounds a lot like this one. Just delicious...
Thanks for your recipe..

Martha said...

Thanks for stopping by -- your succulent wreath is beautiful -- so much fuller than mine! I've made living wreaths "forever" -- pansies in spring and herbs in summer -- but the herbs suffer by July -- thought the succulents would last all summer!

Love anything rhubarb!

Jacki said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :-) I love your pansies - so bright and pretty. My rhubarb is coming along; not really ready for eating yet but soon. I'll have to try out your recipe when it's ready.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Those pansies are gorgeous, but that spider with her egg is not! Yuk! I was going to go to bed soon, but I have spider phobia,so I may have to stay up awhile now! That pie sounds soooo good, and yes, the colors in that picture are so pretty. Great post (except for Mrs. Spider! Just kidding, sort of!) laurie

Bumble Bee Cottage said...

Hi Robyn, I love rhubarb. It is everywhere on the hedge vege stalls in Guernsey at the moment. I do a similar recipe called Rhubarb Cobbler (you can see it on my recipe list on my sidebar) and it is a nice way to get the kids to try more fruit they may not have otherwise eaten. I think your succulent wreath is gorgeous. You have inspired me to give one a try; I hope it looks as good as yours!

Anna said...

Thanks for joining my blog!I liked this post.I think your succulent wreath is fantastic,very original!I'm afraid of big spiders!Bye from the south of Italy!

KBeau said...

I hate spiders. Do those bite?

Rhubarb is not something I've ever eaten, but I think I might have to try that recipe. Sounds pretty easy.

The Bloom Girls said...

The succulent wreath is so beautiful. Did you make it?

Now about the spider...
I was just finishing my morning coffee and starting to head to the door to go work in the yard and then I scrolled down and saw your discovery. I would absolutely have a heart attack if I were digging in the dirt and a big old wolf spider popped out carried a bazillion babies on it's backside. I will have the hibby-jibbys all day! Yikes!!!!

I enjoy the music on your stuff!

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Thanks for the recommendation to link to Christine's Travel and Advnentures Saturday!

Gollum said...

This was so enjoyable, Robyn, and just what I needed today. The expression on Mr. Couldn't WAit's face is precious, and the rhubarb crumble looks like a keeper. I love the succulent wreath, too. I am so overcome with holes in the fence that I wish I could do a Met Monday on my before (holes) and afters (rock cairns piled crudely in front of holes), but I'm going to wait until I finish hanging those curtains. LOL
XX 00

raxx a day in the life said...

Can you say scrumptios?? and eww to the spider!

Cathy said...

Your succulent wreath is beautiful. I don't think I've seen one before, original and lovely. I've been trying to find new rhubarb recipes and your cake looks delish. I like the addition of pineapple. Definitely a recipe I'll try. Thanks.

Jessica said...

What a great recipe and the wreath is gorgeous...Thank you so much for coming by!

J :)

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Robyn, this is my first time here. I popped in via One Perfect Bite.

What a lovely blog you have. It's so relaxing, yet stimulating.

Your wreath is creatively succulent and that nugget of rhubarb crisp has made my visit delighful!