Thrifty Thursday: Week #14

I am not a gardener. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I was! I am trying this year to grow some tomatoes and peppers, I am just hoping I don’t kill them. I’ve never really had a green thumb. 

However, much to my delight, I was standing on my deck the other day looking out toward my side yard where there’s a cluster of trees growing. See we just bought this house about a year and a half ago, and last spring we had a new well put in. Therefore, in the spot I am gazing upon now, there were massive piles of mud, rock and dirt. Therefore, any perennials that might have been planted there had really no chance of surfacing.

Well this year, I spied with my little eye something that looked like rhubarb. And low and behold it was rhubarb! I’m not quite sure when it’s “mature” so I will need to look it up, but I haven’t had rhubarb since I was a kid. I was very excited to see this FREE vegetable growing in my yard. :) 
What did you do or discover this week that was thrifty?


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  1. Mari says

    How cool! We have rhubarb and I love it. That looks like it’s pretty close to being ready.
    PS – I posted a recipe for rhubarb coffee cake on my recipe blog last week.

  2. MaryBeth says

    I hope all goes well in the growing dept, I would kill it for sure. I love rhubarb, I love to make strawberry rhubarb sauce.

  3. Cheri Sicard says

    I love rhubarb and had it growing in MA where I grew up. We have lots of great rhubarb recipes at if you need inspiration. And remember, only eat the stalks, the leaves of rhubarb are toxic.

    This week I posted about a fun frugal snack, chicken wings. Hope you all enjoy.

  4. Tami says

    I knew to only eat the stalks of the rhubarb but I didn’t know that the leaves were toxic. Good info. to know!

  5. Erin Orr says

    My mother-in-law has rhubarb in her garden (as she does each year). I’ve only had rhubarb in a pie, which was how my grandmother made it. I hated it. I thought rhubarb was an “old lady vegetable”, but it seems to be pretty hot right now in the food blogging world. I might get adventurous and try something with it! You’ve inspired me!

  6. Amanda says

    Thanks Cheri, I didn’t know the leaves were poisonous until this morning when I was reading about it.

    Erin – I found a recipe for a cream cheese pie with a sweet rhubarb sauce on the bottom half. It looks delish, I will blog about it when I make it! I have found quite a few I want to try. Problem I have is I am not much for crisps and cobblers, never have been. Cheesecakes and frosted cakes are more my speed. :)

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