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U is for Upside Down Cake and Understanding!

Traditionally An upside-down cake is a cake that is baked in a single pan, then turned over and eaten upside-down. Usually chopped fruits—such as apples, pineapples or cherries—and a butter and sugar topping are placed on the bottom of the pan before the batter is poured in, so that they form a decorative topping once the cake is inverted.

rhubarb upside down cake

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

The caramelized corners are the best part of this moist and tangy cake, which showcases spring-fresh rhubarb.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 9



  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) butter
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 3 cups (750 mL) coarsley sliced Ontario Rhubarb


  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) nutmeg
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sour cream or plain yogurt

Base: In 8 inch (2 L) square non-aluminium baking dish, heat butter in 350°F (180°C) oven for about 5 minutes or until melted. Sprinkle brown sugar and then rhubarb evenly in dish; set aside.

Cake: In bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Stir into creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, making three additions of each.

Spread batter over rhubarb. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until top springs back when lightly pressed. Let cool on rack for 15 minutes. Run knife around edge of pan; invert cake onto serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.


The Alphabet is coming to a close and I had to talk about a well liked desert.  I hope you understand.

That’s it ‘Understand’.  Yeah

Understand the word is actually difficult to explain and easier to understand. You know what I mean.

Understand means to perceive and comprehend the nature and significance of; grasp.

  • To know thoroughly by close contact or long experience with
  • To perceive the significance of
  • To grasp or comprehend the meaning intended or expressed by (another)
  • To comprehend the language, sounds, form, or symbols of
  • To know and be tolerant or sympathetic toward
  • To learn indirectly, as by hearsay
  • To infer
  • To accept (something) as an agreed fact
  • To supply or add (words or a meaning, for example) mentally
  • To have understanding, knowledge, or comprehension
  • To have sympathy or tolerance
  • To learn something indirectly or secondhand; gather

During experiments aboard the space shuttle “Columbia,” scientists discovered that there are twenty-six lakes underneath the Sahara desert. It’s heartrending to think of the people who are starving and dying of thirst because these hidden resources have not yet been tapped.

Maybe there are untapped gifts in each of us.

So How can WE be more Understanding?’

  • Like in a lot of things; Listen
  • Put yourself in the other’s shoes
  • Draw on your own experience and deep waters of grief, hurt, pain and change and impart that tenderness like a gentle lullaby of peace
  • Keep to your values and let them be building blocks
  • Use wisdom
  • Remember the downside of humanity selfishness, forgetfulness, loneliness, negativity
  • Promote positivity
  • Be compassionate
  • The more you understand the less fearful you will become

How wonderful it is to have to try to understand or actually understand especially during your times of diffuclty and trial.  Never underestimate your value when understanding another person.


Some people never understand, no matter how many times you explain it.

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

There are deterrents to Understanding in Relationships:

  • Neglect in a Relationship
  • Not Dealing with Conflicts
  • Loss of Compassion
  • Withdrawing

Of course the opposite would be:

  • Taking Time Together
  • Nurture the positive experiences
  • Work on any damage or problems
  • Work on a sense of humor
  • Have high standards in a relationship
  • Be in the moment
  • Be supportive in times of difficulty


Article by Stuart Duncan about Autism

Thnaks for reading by bLoG!

Song of Sahel

Looking out from my bedroom at our cottage on the lake; It was a beautiful sunny day, blue skies and white fluffy clouds; the making of a poet’s dream.

I could hear the soft musical lap of the water against the shore while the wind teased the wild flowers.

That day I was writing my submission for Song of Sahel (SOS).

Mic Mac Lake

From my Window!

Sahel, a stark contrast to where I was sitting!


such a stunning name

the ‘edge’ of the Sahara

the belt of Africa

dry heat, flat terrain

lofty sand dunes

and mountains

land of gold and amber

one thing remains

inveterate drought

famine and urgent need

oh Sahel…


Yesterday I was asked for my perspective on my decision to get involved with the Song of Sahel (SOS). I got involved with the Song of Sahel not only as a member of Plum Tree Group but because I felt a deep sense of compassion for the plight of the children in Sahel. I have always had an innate desire to do what I can for children whether they are here in my homeland or in the Sahel.

The present drought and subsequent tragedies in the Sahel requires immediate action to make a difference to a seeming impossibility.

DiAnne Ebejer another member of Plum Tree Group, said that Over 15 million people are directly affected by drought, food shortages and malnutrition. Last year over 600,000 children under the age of five lost their lives here and are facing an even bigger crisis in the coming year.

Dr. Naimh Clune founder and CEO of Plum Tree books placed a call for submissions and join Song of Sahel (SOS); which would raise awareness and the potential to raise funds.

I join with Dr. Naimh Clune in this call To Join Us with your submissions.

Plum Tree Books, a new on-line Internet Publishing Company, sent out this call to artists, poets, musicians, writers and photographers to send in submissions for Song Of Sahel (SOS). Dr. Naimh Clune said, “The project aims to bring creative voices together from across the world to participate in an on-line event hosted on 15th September.”

There is an incredible response of poems, songs, story, photographs, art and music being donated to raise funds and awareness for the crisis facing Sahel.

There is still time – Deadline for Submissions will be August 15, 2012

As Dr.Naimh Clune explained the Song of Sahel, an anthology of poetry, fiction, music, art and photography, will be launched worldwide on September 15, 2012 on Facebook.

The Song of Sahel will be published by Plum Tree Books.

It will be a Multi-Media Kindle and available on

The proceeds of the sales will go to SOS Sahel, an NGO working in the Sahel region of Africa.

On the Plum Tree Dr Naimh Clune has written a compelling blog entitled  “A Song Of Sahel SOS: How Do We Show Solidarity?”

She asked many burning questions. It was rather gripping when I read her words,  ” How do we show solidarity for mothers, too weak in themselves to bury a child. The hungry desert claims tiny carcasses.”

Please go the link below to see all the details written by Dr. Naimh Clune


Here are some amazing people who have written on the Song of Sahel.

Take a moment to check it out.

Susie Bertie

DiAnne Ebejer

Claudio Fiore

Marla Todd

De Ann Townses Jr.

Marla Todd


Thank you for your time today in reading my blog on Sahel!


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