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!”

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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

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.

335 Responses to “Rhubarb mojito + a giveaway”

  1. Julie

    Glad to have a great idea for a drink for a clothing swap this weekend! Thanks for highlighting such a wonderful company, looking at finding a mother’s day happy present

  2. Kel

    I just came upon your website today. Lovely pics! I am hoping to make the rhubarb cake soon.

  3. Sarah Munger

    Anything made with Rhubarb has my heart! Also, I’m a faithful facebook devotee <3 – please enter me in the drawing!

  4. Selah

    I love the necklace you pictured – reminds me (in a horrifically nerdy way) of the computer game Minecraft, and its priceless diamond blocks. I would love to get something from that site!
    I’ve also liked you on Facebook and followed you on Twitter. I’ve been a fan of this site for a few years now and all of my friends RAVE every time I make the Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies for an event (although I do leave the salt off of the top, because I’m the only one that likes it). Your recipes are fantastic!

  5. Hazel Tan

    so so gorgeous! i love all your recipes and everything that you post about. :)

  6. Stephanie

    I’m a little late to join, but I must say that hot fudge pudding cake looks so delish!! Thank you for sharing your skills and passion!

  7. Katy

    Noonday looks like a good spot for some sister and girlfriend gifts. I’m eager to use my rhubarb!

  8. Jill

    I’ve read and loved your blog for a long time now… and I’d love to win. I’m already a Facebook follower as well. Thank you for your continued, wonderful blog!

  9. Katherine

    I have been looking for a rhubarb syrup recipe because I <3 rhubarb and have run through all my usual recipes already! And a giveaway too! wow!

  10. Lori

    I was already a fan on facebook, and have now joined your following on Twitter. Love your posts.

  11. camille

    Thanks for the giveaway and I am looking forward for rhubarb season to try this refreshing cocktail.

  12. Mai Fink

    I am not quite sure how I stumbled across your lovely blog last year, but I remember the first recipe and story I encountered was yam brûlée. I knew that very instant that I was going to be great friends with notwithoutsalt.
    I have been blessed by your deep love for your husband, children, and good food.
    Thank you for sharing a great shop with a great cause! Your twitter, Facebook, and instagram is always such a delight! Thank you!

  13. Meagan C

    I’ll have to tell my mom about this cocktail recipe – she loves Mojitos and is always excited to try new recipes!
    The giveaway sounds fantastic. I “liked” you on Facebook today (well, I’d been meaning to do that anyway, for a while now) and I’d follow you on Twitter too, except that I don’t use Twitter! :)

  14. Michelle B

    mmm… RHUBARB! I’ll have to make this for my husband and thank you too for the giveaway and hard work you do for this wonderful blog.

  15. kristel wyman

    drinking this now. i didn’t have limes, so i used a lemon. not quite as delicious, but it sure does the trick. thanks for all your awesome recipes. :)


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