I wish I had had my camera with me while watering a little while later, as I found an Alligator Lizard just hanging out, basking in a tiny patch of sunlight that managed to squeeze through all the squash leaves. Pretty little guy, about 12" long, pale "tannish" skin who didn't move while I was talking to him and thanking him for making my garden his home. I asked him to stay there and prepare for his close up while I got my camera, but alas, he must have had some other previous, very pressing and important engagement, as he was no where to be found when I got back.
|Out of control volunteer Yellow Pear Tomato - nearly as tall as I am!|
|You can just barely see my poor asparagus fighting for dear life just behind the rhubarb and|
right between the pumpkins! Come on asparagus! I'm rooting for you! No pun intended!
Yellow Cake Mix - homemade or from a box (my grandma liked Duncan Hines, so that is what I used)
Rhubarb - 3 1/2 Cups diced
Sugar - 1 Cup
Condensed Milk - 1 12 oz can
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare baking pan - grease/flour.
2. Mix cake mix according to directions on recipe or box (depending on which you are using!) - pour into greased/floured 9"x13"x2" cake pan.
3. Sprinkle diced rhubarb evenly all over the top.
4. Shake 1 C sugar evenly all over the top.
5. Gently pour canned condensed milk evenly over the entire mixture.
6. Bake at 350 degrees F until toothpick comes out clean - about 50-60 minutes
7. Frost when cooled.
Strawberry Frosting - from this site
Strawberries - 1/2 pint - 8 oz
Sugar - 1/4 Cup granulated
Butter - 4 Tablespoons - softened
Powdered Sugar - 3 - 4 Cups
1. Wash strawberries, then hull and slice.
2. Put strawberries into a bowl, sprinkle with the 1/4 granulated sugar and mix well.
3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
4. Drain excess juices from strawberries (I used mine to pour into fresh squeezed lemonade for a very yummy strawberry lemonade!).
5. Crush or mash the strawberries (I put mine in my little mini food processor for a few pulses)
6. Beat butter until smooth.
7. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and the crushed strawberries. Slowly beat until the sugar is blended in, then beat on medium speed until fluffy. Add more powdered sugar, as needed, until the frosting is a nice spreading consistency. (I couldn't bear to keep adding sugar, so mine didn't get fluffy! But, it was still DE-licious! ! !)