The View From My Loft Window

Under Blue Sky

 Winter can be confining to body and spirit, if permitted.  A daily dose of the view from the loft window refreshes my outlook as it expands the boundaries of my inside world.  Blue sky and distant vistas are like a breath of fresh air, mentally and physically.

Long winter days are what we make of them.  Yesterday, we grabbed a matinée.  One For The Money was a combination of action movie, comedy and chick flick…I think.  We enjoyed it.  Our drive home at dusk increased our deer count by six for the week–perhaps seven if I had gotten a better look at that shadowy shape in the thicket. 

I’m about to go downstairs and bake a rhubarb cobbler.  A new study CD entertains my mind while my hands are busy.  The cobbler will add a taste of spring to Sunday dinner.   When our son arrives, he comes directly to the kitchen asking, “What’s for dinner, Mom?”  I love giving him the menu to see his reaction.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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2 Responses to The View From My Loft Window

  1. Sharon Anderson says:

    I have had such a good time reading your blog tonight. Love to get your e-mails. Now…..I would love to hear how your rhubarb cobbler turned out and also how to make it. Sounds yummy as I just saw some rhubarb in the store today. Thanks

    • Sharon L. Clemens says:

      I’d love to share our Farm Grove Rhubarb Cobbler recipe. Anything for a namesake!


      FIRST: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease an 8×12-inch pan. Place 3 cups diced rhubarb in pan and sprinkle with 1 cup of sugar. Dot with 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter.

      1 cup sugar
      1/2 cup [1 stick] butter, softened
      1 egg
      1/2 cup light cream [1/2 & 1/2]
      1 cup all-purpose flour
      1 tsp. baking powder
      1 tsp. vanilla
      1/4 tsp. salt

      Beat above ingredients well. Pour evenly over rhubarb. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is set and golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream.

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