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From the SFC Publicity Director for NRT - 2020 May 27

What wonderful spring days we have been lucky enough to enjoy this past week.  Looks like there is much needed rain in the forecast for all those lovely gardens everyone is planting.  With travel unlikely in the near future staying home and enjoying our own space will be the new norm for a lot of us.  Our county reports that we are doing well during this pandemic but we have to be diligent and abide by the rules in order to keep everyone safe.  If you need any help with this, you can contact us by email at .

The Pembroke 50+ Active Living Centre with  support and partnership of the OACAO and the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility has launched a new program call “Senior Centre Without Walls".  This is a free program much like the Barrys Bay and Ottawa programs previously reported here.  You will need to pre register for this program at 613-735-1226 or and you can check out the options on their Facebook page or the website 

For all those lucky gardeners out there who might have an abundance of rhubarb, here is a great recipe. You can also buy fresh or frozen rhubarb at the grocery store if you don't grow it.

Rhubarb muffins

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted and cooled slightly

  • 1/4 cup hot water

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb , cut into 1/2-in. pieces, divided

  • 1 tbsp coarse sugar

  • Preheat oven to 375F and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

  • Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, buttermilk, butter, hot water and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir into flour mixture until just combined. Stir in 2 cups of the rhubarb.

  • Divide batter among liners. Toss remaining 1/2 cup of the rhubarb with coarse sugar. Spoon over batter.

  • Bake until a cake tester inserted into centre of a muffin comes out clean, 18 min to 20 min. Transfer muffins to a rack to cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.  Enjoy.

Here’s a little chuckle for this week.

An Irish daughter had not been home for over three years. Upon her return, 
her father yelled at her, "Where have ye been all this time? 
Why did ye not write to us? Not even a line. Why didn't ye call? 
Can ye not understand what ye put yer old Mother thru?" 

The girl, crying, replied, Sniff, sniff...."Dad.....I was too embarrassed, 
I became a prostitute." 

"Ye what!!? Out of here, ye shameless hussy! Sinner! You're a disgrace 
to this Catholic family, so yer are." 

"OK, ye wish...I just came back to give Mammy this luxurious fur coat, 
title deed to an eight bedroom mansion plus a $5 million cheque. For me little brother Seamus, 
this gold Rolex. And for ye Daddy, the sparkling new Mercedes limited edition convertible 
that's parked outside, plus a membership to the Limerick Country Club. 

She takes a breath and continues, "and an invitation for ye all to spend New Years Eve 
on board my new yacht in the Caribbean ." 

"Now what was it ye said ye had become?" says Dad 

Girl, crying again, Sniff, sniff...."A prostitute Daddy!" Sniff, sniff. 

"Oh! Be Jesus! Ye scared me half to death girl! I thought ye said a PROTESTANT. 
Come here and give yer old Daddy a big hug."


Stay healthy and safe everyone.