Fireflies, bonfires, and shorts. Ahh, summer. So many people love this hot season and the fun that comes with it. And, while I must admit to loving some parts of the summer season, my joints generally hurt in the heat so… yeah, I feel a little meh about the season usually.
I know it seems like a strange love but it’s a bit nostalgic for me as well as being delish!
When I was a kid, growing up in suburbia Ohio, our street was quiet and friendly. (Duh! It was suburbia — like real suburbia and not some TV version of it.) I had friends that I rode my bike with up and down our street. Traffic was almost none existent so we could ride up and down the barely a hill that was my street. Of course, we felt like we were gliding down some epic mountain as we let gravity do the most work and we held out our arms in the wind. Yeah, we did that dangerous stunt of riding with no hands. There were street hockey attempts, board games, and trips to the local convenient store for candy. We lived outside in our sprinklers and caught fireflies when the sun went down.
But my neighborhood had something special. It had Vi. She was in her late 90s when she passed away. I was almost out of my parents house when she died. I think of her often and, if I ever have a daughter, she will bear her name.
Vi always had M&Ms and she was quick to distribute them to us children. She also had one of the most amazing vegetable gardens. I would go over with my mother and Vi would sit in a chair and teach about the plants as we weeded. I don’t remember many of the lessons but even as the tomatoes, zucchini, and carrots were still growing, the rhubarb was ready.
Vi taught my mother how to make cobbler and we would enjoy it on her front porch. I always felt in those moments as if life could never get any better.
As an adult, I have planted my own rhubarb. I don’t have as many plants as Vi once did but they give me enough.
Father’s Day weekend is a camping weekend for us so I wanted something easy and in line with that all-is-right feeling. Cobbler doesn’t always travel and serve well so I opted for some Rhubarb Cobbler Bars! They are yummy with ice cream or alone. A perfect camping treat that disappeared fast!
Summer Rhubarb Cobbler Bars
An easy and delicious recipe for your rhubarb.
– 2 cups rolled oat
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1-1/2 cups flour
– 1 cup butter at room temperature
– 1/4 tsp vanilla
– 3 cups chopped rhubarb
– 1-1/2 cups sugar
– 2 Tbsp cornstarch
– 1/4 cup water
– 1 tsp vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Use an electric mixer to combine all ‘Crust’ ingredients until crumbly
3. Pat half the crumbly mixture into a 9″ by 13″ baking pan and bake for 20 minutes without filling.
4. In a medium saucepan, combine all filling ingredients except the vanilla.
5. Cook filling ingredients on medium heat until all sugar is dissolved – about 5-8 minutes.
6. Remove from heat, add vanilla.
7. Pour filling over crust and crumble remaining crust on top.
8. Bake for another 20 minutes.