Intro

CONTEST IS CLOSED. A winner was selected and contacted. Thanks to all who entered! It was a joy to introduce so many of you to Noonday Collection. 

Sometimes you take baby steps and sometimes you leap.

There are times when a task feels like a mountain and other times you jump over them like molehills.

There are mornings when getting out of bed seems impossible and others where you are so excited for the day you can’t sleep.

At times it rains and others when the sun warms your face casting a rosy tint to your cheeks.

Sometimes the words are plentiful and eloquent, other times they are bulky and incoherent.

There is a time to selflessly serve and a time to humbly ask for help.

There are seasons of planting and pruning and times when the harvest is fruitful.

The challenge lies in finding the purpose and joy in it all. Every season tucks away lessons and occasions for growing and bettering. It’s our duty to seek the truth whatever the season.

This is a lesson that I’m currently learning or I should say re-learning. I hold firmly to the truth that everything is made beautiful in its time. In this I find hope.

 

Then there are the days when you stop taking yourself too seriously and realize that a cocktail and a bit of retail therapy goes a long way. Which is why I’m here today.

This pleasantly pink brew is the perfect accessory for spring. A gentle touch of cinnamon and nutmeg blended with rum leans towards a tropical punch but the heady scent of mint wins out giving this cocktail the title of “mojito”. The rhubarb flavor isn’t overly intense but rather lends a floral sweetness that is too light for summer but perfect for the gentle warmth of spring.

Today I come bearing more than just a cocktail. I’ve recently been introduced to Noonday Collection – a company that carries a stunning array of jewelry, gifts and accessories with a bold mission behind the brand.

“Our passion at Noonday Collection is to connect you with the lives of artisans struggling for a better future while styling you along the way. Fashion and design are a vehicle for opportunity and change. You, too, can be a voice for the oppressed!”

image from noondaycollection.com

The products sold by Noonday Collection are created by artisans from around the world. The money goes to the artists and back to their community as well as helping to fund costly adoptions for loving families.

For one of my dear readers, Noonday Collection has offered to give a $50 gift card. If you’d like to enter just leave a comment below. To increase your chances become a fan on Facebook or give a follow on Twitter. Comment below and let me know if you have done either of those.

It is a joy to tell you about this great company and I hope you love their products and their mission as much as I do.

Now go make a cocktail and start shopping.

*I am hosting this contest because I believe in this company and am eager to share it with you all. I wasn’t given anything in return – well, except the excitement of being able to share it.

You have until noon on Monday 4/30/12 to enter . At which point I will randomly select a winner.

 

 

 

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Rhubarb Mojito


makes 1 small cocktail

1 oz white rum
2 oz rhubarb syrup (recipe below)
5 (or so) mint leaves
1 Tablespoon lime juice
lime zest
nutmeg

In the bottom of a glass add a bit of nutmeg, lime zest, mint leaves and the lime juice. Using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon muddle the ingredients. You want to really bruise and break up the mint leaves. Add the rum and syrup, give a light stir then top with ice. Garnish with mint and a thin slice of rhubarb.

 

Rhubarb Syrup
This is enough syrup to make plenty of cocktails. If alcohol isn’t for you a couple ounces of this syrup added to sparkling water and a squeeze of lime makes a delightful non-alcoholic version of this drink.

 

8 oz chopped rhubarb (2-3 small stalks)
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ vanilla bean (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a small pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 5-7 minutes. Let cool completely.
Strain the ingredients. Reserve the rhubarb to top yogurt, ice cream or oatmeal.
The syrup will keep covered in the fridge for two weeks.

324 Responses to “Rhubarb mojito + a giveaway”

  1. Jessica Rudder

    I’m a huge fan of Noonday. If I won I’d have to think really hard about whether or not to buy something for myself or get my sister a pair of Ssekos. I’ve got a well loved pair and think she’d love a set too, but, there are so many other Noonday items I adore.

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  2. Rachel

    Wow! Great concept and beautiful products! I’ve got my eye on the Patchwork Journals, the Loop Drop Earrings, the Patchwork Clutches, the Crochet Bracelet and the Ripple Bangles. Oh, and the Kikoy is just beautiful! Aaaaaa…love it all! (Yes, I’ve liked them on Facebook!)

    Thank you for such a lovely giveaway.

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  3. Krystina

    The items at Noonday Collection are just stunning! What an incredible company. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Pal Koenig

    I came here for the rhubarb idea (Love Rhubarb!)
    Would love a necklace like that one too….

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  5. ry

    that rewind clutch is lovely! that would be my pick. the patchwork clutch and the journals also caught my eye. thanks for the lovely giveaway and the always amazing posts! much appreciated.

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  6. Anna

    Mmm, I just turned 21, so I am gonna have to try this drink real soon. :)

    Great giveaway, thank you!!

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  7. Jenni

    I love the necklace you featured! I have had my eye on Noonday products for a while but haven’t purchased yet:) I also liked you on FB

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  8. Jenny

    What lovely jewelry, I love the bone earrings! And, I all of your rhubarb recipes are wonderful, we tried the rhubarb cake the other day and we devoured it. Thank you.

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  9. Tasha Muresan

    now following you on twitter–it’s about time!

    this recipe looks phenomenal. i’ll take any excuse to use rhubarb. and in such a pretty beverage? SOLD.

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  10. .tonBouton.

    I just discovered your blog being sucked in by the title. I love your photos and will be back!
    Ps: I wouldn’t be a true girl if I didn’t love that necklace and your give away as well ;-)

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  11. Kelsey Crowe

    I would love to win this giveaway. This little pick-me-up is exactly what I need right now.

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  12. Sis

    I love stuff like this, where families can earn $. For our 25th anniversary this year, my husband gave me just want I wanted – we gave 2 goats to families through Heifer International. :) Loved that.

    Anyway – I already liked you long ago on facebook. :) And am commenting here. (fingers crossed!) Now to go see if I have the ingredients to make a certain hot fudge pudding cake :)

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  13. Shanley

    rhubarb is about the only thing that’s more accessible in the canadian prairies than for our southern friends.. reminds me of home :) thanks for a good way to start the day!

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  14. Emily Willert

    Yet another reason to take you (and Ina) up on the suggestion to try fresh nutmeg. I have yet to buy one, but this may be the recipe to start with! Looks like the perfect adult summer refreshment. I’m thinking a saturday hubby date on the back porch while the kids nap! Beautifully portrayed as always.

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  15. Leeah

    Ooh, those necklaces are pretty! And the rhubarb cocktail looks mighty tasty as well!

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  16. chefroommate

    This looks like such a wonderful summertime drink – I don’t have too much experience with rhubarb, but I’m definitely looking forward to trying this!

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