“THE CHOSEN ONE”
AND A WEEKEND STAYCATION WITH THE HARRISONS!
This weekend was filled with lots of things to celebrate. Not only was it a good day of remembrance for the fallen American war soldiers, but it’s a time for family, and taking a moment to celebrate people that mean something to us. And so it was just good timing that Eric’s parents came to visit Boston for the first time since we’ve moved here. We squished in a lot of fun attractions around the city and also some time in Martha’s Vineyard because we knew they’d love to see that island. But the morning before we docked our car on the Steamboat to sail us across the Atlantic , I took a little social media poll asking which Memorial Day recipe to share before the weekend was over, and this is the recipe that won by a landslide.
I did make a mouth-watering potato salad that Eric devoured in a single sitting, wide-eyed with astonishment, but that salad lost miserably in the aforementioned polls. It was a good potato salad, but we all know, that was no fair fight, Hell, I knew that going in. This Strawberry Rum Rhubarb Shortcake has a little too much going on for it–Brown sugar, rum, rhubarb. I mean there’s nothing not to love, and everything to drool over in one piled high cake. Take this one all the way to summertime!
And I’ve been playing with this oatcake recipe for a bit. It’s an amazing, crumbly, brown cake. It almost tastes like I’m eating Girl Scout Shortbread cookies; which, If you’ve read some of my previous cookie posts, you’ve probably heard me ranting about those. But I’ll say it again just in case you missed it: GIRL SCOUT SHORTBREAD COOKIES ARE DA BESSS COOKIES!!! Not a thin mint lady, but maybe I shouldn’t say that because I haven’t re-tested my thin mint theories for many many years. I guess all I can say is, these oatcakes remind me of those shortbread cookies, and so they are too fabulous.
I have you topping these oat shortcakes with fresh macerated strawberries, because there’s just so much shortcake in this recipe, I’m making sure you have enough topping to balance it out.
And here are some snaps of our weekend adventures around town:
We had so much fun hanging out downtown and then in the Vineyard, checking out Edgartown and the lighthouse on the island, walking through gingerbread land, and of course eating lots of good CHOWDA! 🙂
First we strolled through downtown. Did a little shopping.
Then the next morning we got up early and boarded the steamship to take us across the water to the charming little island, Martha’s Vineyard.
We saw the vibrantly colored gingerbread houses.
The Edgartown lighthouse that was much smaller than we thought it would be…
And then spent Memorial Day back in Boston, eatin Sweetgreens and walking around Copley Sq. and Newbury St.