Thursday, May 21, 2015

I AM A THIEF! There- I've Said It And Have A Recipe To Prove It!

I felt guilty 
okay...just a little bit guilty.

There is a house that no one lives in
on a permanent basis-
close to my son's house.
They check it once or twice a season.
They have a 
Every year it goes to waste!
Well,  when I pulled into my son's drive
and I blame him for LIVING
 there next to that patch
so it is really all his fault
my eyes were immediately 
drawn to that poor neglected patch.
That LITTLE DEVIL on my shoulder
whispered in my ear.
He said- DO IT!
HE did not say STEAL
HE said TAKE.
So- ahem- I did!

Look at the result of my theft good fortune.
The DEVIL made me cut this rhubarb up
and slather it with sugar and a crunchy top.
Oven ready!
Now- The OTHER PERSON I blame is 
GERT@Gert, Tom  & Rusty, too,
because SHE posted the original recipe here

I doubled it for the monster eaters at this house:
You can find her original recipe by clicking above.
Here it is as I doubled it.
This makes a 9x13 pan FULL-(greased pan)

Rhubarb Crisp
8-10 Cups rhubarb, cut into ¾” pieces
1-1/2 Cups sugar
2/3 Cup flour
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

2 Cups flour
1-1/4 Cups brown sugar
1 Cup Oatmeal- I used the one minute kind
1 Cup melted butter 

1.       Combine rhubarb, sugar, flour and cinnamon and put in an 9x13 greased pan.
2.       Combine flour, brown sugar, oatmeal, melted butter  and sprinkle crumbly mixture
  over rhubarb.
3.       Bake a 350 for one hour or until golden brown and bubbly.
We like it served with a scoop of ice cream
 but it is 
GREAT with whipped cream, too.
Yes-Now that I am thinking about it...
That GERT is really the one 
that made me a THIEF!
If you get a chance-pop over there and tell her that!
She does look DEVILISH in that red, doesn't she?
Underneath that devilish look is the 
sweetest lady ever!

ps.  MyHero ate 5 helpings.
I may need a forklift to get him out the door
later this morning.....
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Jenn said...

Perhaps you are actually HELPING the rhubarb plant by now encouraging it to grow more. (Kind of like pruning a tree) You are making me think about making strawberry / rhubarb crisp... Mmmmm, good.

Laurie said...

Oh glory! She's thieving now and her hero ate it. That makes him an accessory. Lol!!! Guess what? I've never had rhubarb in my life. Never saw it in the stores, either. Wonder if it's just too hot to grow around here? What does it taste like?

Vee said...

You are helping the plant. That would be my story IF I had ever done such a thing. *sputter* Okay, once, I harvested a few peonies from an abandoned house. It didn't hurt the plant and I enjoyed the bouquet. I even have photos of this dastardly deed somewhere. I have my own patch of rhubarb and you are giving me ideas!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Lol, too funny. I think if they planted and aren't there to, ahem, encourage it to grow more, then it's logical for the neighbor's mother to help out. I confess I've never had rhubarb either. Sure looks good.

Nancy's Notes said...

Now Diana, You bad girl you!!! But I'm glad you did it! You saved that rhubarb and I'm sure that counts as one big blessing! I love rhubarb pie and I think this recipe that you stole from that little devil will be delicious!! Two peas in a pod and a third one here!! :)

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

I love fruit crisps in the summer but have never tried Rhubarb. Thanks for sharing!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

now the way I see it, is the sin here is that rhubard going to waste and not being used. You took care of that problem. :) Looks delish!

Kelly said...

I'm tellin! Didn't you used to say that when you were little? I've never had rhubarb! I have no idea how it tastes. it almost looks like celery! Your dessert looks yummy.

Wild Oak Designs said...

It must have tasted wonderful! What a shame to let it go to waste, right?
I planted rhubarb this year....enjoyed some already.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I have had rhubarb pie, but not very many times. It doesn't grow much around our area and I don't see it sold in the stores. The times I have had it, the cook mixed strawberries in with the rhubarb, not sure why but it was delish!

My Garden Diaries said...

HA! That is awesome! That devil has been on my shoulder a couple of times too when it comes to plants! Glad it didn't go to waste and that dessert looks amazing!!!!!!! I have seen some rhubarb recipes and yours has inspired me to give it a go! Happy almost weekend! Nicole xo

Patty Patterson said...

I have not had rhubarb anything in so long. I'm not even sure I remember what it's like. But - that plant is beautiful. Could you just grow rhubarb in a flower garden? I'm thinking you could. It looks like an ornamental plant to me.

designchic said...

This looks amazing and I'm sure the owners would not have wanted that delicious rhubarb going to waste…happy Thursday!!

Kelley said...



Kathy @ Smile for no Reason said...

Our lips are sealed. The rhubarb crisp looks wonderful. Would have been a shame to waste it. ;)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You are so funny, Diana...looks delicious!

Kathy said...

Oh you are such a bad person! Ha, ha, ha! I don't think they would mind at all that you took the rhubarb. It's just going to waste. I would want someone to use my food. Your crisp looks wonderful. I don't like rhubarb but my husband would eat five helpings too!

Debby said...

Ha Ha. That brings back memories. My grandmother had a small patch of this. I can taste take the pie right now. If someone didn't know how good it is, they are missing out. Who would think that stuff would make a good pit.
A lady always came to my grandmothers and would ask to pick some. every year she would say yes. One year came and she not only took some, she took the plants. No more rhubarb after that. Mean person.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe with us you robber! Haha! This recipe looks so good and my aunt used to make that for us when we were little. I love this and have not had any in years. I will have to look for some in the grocery store. Have an enjoyable Memorial Day.
Julie xo

Victoria's Vintage Designs said...

Waste not, want not!
It's just going to waste so go back & get more!!
Have a good weekend... Vicki

Anonymous said...

Yummy....I have some rhubarb in the backyard....better use it with this and running.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Awww too funny!!! just think how much better it tasted by rescuing it from neglected care and tasting total enjoyment!!!
Enjoy your Holiday weekend

Jackie said...

I've never had rhubarb....and I'm quite certain that the person who owns the patch wouldn't mind one bit that you gathered what would have otherwise gone to waste.

Pam Kessler said...

I was just looking at rhubarb plants at the nursery the other day. My mom always had a big patch of it, but I can not for the life of me remember what it tastes like. I think I'll run back and grab some of it. It may be too late for this year, but it'll be back next year. Unless someone steals it of course.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Lol! I would have done the same thing! I mean, why let it go to waste? My hubby LOVES rhubarb and your dessert looks delish!!! I especially like the crunchy top part. I've been known to double the crunchy tops of many a dessert. ;)

Bethany Carson said...

Too bad we're not neighbors. We have a large rhubarb patch and way too much rhubarb every year...would love to share! Your dessert looks great!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

It was not being used...

Cutting is will be good for it. Don't want it to go to seed.

It will be there again next year. Just waiting for someone to make use of it.

So there.

Our rhubarb is up and my husband is crying for a rhubard pie!!! ,-))))

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said... would have been sad to let it go uneaten! Can see why the mister ate so many helpings, it looks YUMMY!

Kim said...

We had rhubarb growing in our yard when I was little. I always thought it was just a weed. Then my grandmother would come over and make pie and try to get us to eat it. I would never touch it. It was a weed!! She also used to have us gather dandelions for her salad. More weeds. Ick. Now that I am older and so much more cultured, I understand their culinary appeal...but I still won't eat them. Once a weed, always a least in this kid's mind!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I've had a strawberry (or was it cherry) rhubarb pie once, before I had to go gluten free, Diana, and I remember it was delicious. Yours looks mouth wateringly good! I think it would be more of a sin to let that rhubarb just go to seed without anyone enjoying it.

Simply LKJ said...

What they don't know won't hurt them, LOL. Looks delicious.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

The rhubarb pie looks so good. thanks for the recipe. I really don't think that you stole it, if no lives there it's just going to waste anyway. You might as well pick some as it's good for the plant.
Have a great weekend.

Gert said...

Oh Diana, I will take the total blame for encouraging you to help that beautiful patch of rhubarb to continue to grow this season!!! So...glad you liked it and especially your hubby! smile... When my daughter lived in South Dakota, she said she tried to kill it off (Lord forgive her), then when she moved to Georgia and worked in a greenhouse, she couldn't believe how terribly expensive it was down there. It was always a staple around the home places here in Iowa growing up!!


living from glory to glory said...

Hello. You did that plant a favor, as if you pluck it each stem out, it will grow back and get two portions, now you will have to go back! It really looks yummy! I love it so much, it is tangy and when you add the sugar you have a perfect combo!
Much Love, Roxy

Nonnie said...

You are sooooooo bad!! But so good at it! That looks yummy and I don't think I have ever eaten rhubarb.

Anonymous said...

I like Roxy's explanation - you did the plant a favor!!!!! (just hope your hubby does not get sick from the stolen rhubarb) lol

amy espinosa said...

I do it every year, just not with rhubarb but gorgeous blue hydrangea. I just can't stand it there, it's beauty going to waste every summer. I always cave, it ends up in our living room every summer!

Beemie said...

Give a woman a fish...I mean rhubarb, she eats for a day...teach a woman to steal rhubarb from a neglected rhubarb patch she eats dessert. As judge and jury I feel you are 100% justified...enjoy the fruits of your just desserts.

Junkchiccottage said...

Diana this looks so yummy. I have had rhubarb with apples in a pie but never just the rhubarb alone. I bet it is really good. Can't blame your hero for eating five helpings himself. Looks so delish. Have a great evening.

Missy George said...

You devil you..Looks good..You better pull the reins in on your husband. 5!! Really ??.Love the fork lift thing...

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Well... I never! - have eaten rhubarb.
But... I've have been tending the berry bushes at the abandoned house next door. I mean ...tending, You know taking all those berries off the vine, so the pesky birds don't come and steal them! ...Thieves!

NanaNor's said...

Girl, I just noticed you have 40 comments-how in the world do you keep us with them? O.k. so I'm not surprised and as long as you didn't take the whole plant, I doubt the owners would mind. I don't eat rhubarb, either with strawberries or in anything. Yours looks good though.
Have a great evening.

amazingsusan said...

ah yes, rhubarb anything please :) Thanks for reminding me of how Mom used to stew it... <3

Laura said...

That looks delicious!
I have never made anything with rhubarb,but that sounds like too big a temptation to ignore.

I've got your back!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

I bet you wont go to hell in a hand basket, I think the Lord want you to use his bountiful fruit lol.....I'm not to keen on rhubarb, but I will take the topping and whip cream! Oh, I would have loved it if you could have made it to the Flea...How fun would that be!


Carol said...

How to catch a thief......follow the aroma of baked goods! Waste not want not, so with all my earthly powers, I say you are forgiven!

Lisa Mangold said...

Any chance you got me some? Better yet, a transplant for my garden?
Blessings ~ Lisa

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Oh yum! I'm glad you stole, er, took it, because now that you posted that amazing recipe, I'm going to try it. Except, I'll have to buy my rhubarb...unless you go back tomorrow and get some more, and then mail it to me!

Petie said...

Do you have to do anything special to the rhubarb before you cut it?

Ping~ The Laotian Chic said...

This reminds me how much my late father in law loves rhubarb in any form. I should give rhubarb another try and this looks so scrumptious especially with the ice cream on top. Cheers!

Ping~ The Laotian Chic said...

This reminds me how much my late father in law loves rhubarb in any form. I should give rhubarb another try and this looks so scrumptious especially with the ice cream on top. Cheers!

Ping~ The Laotian Chic said...

This reminds me how much my late father in law loves rhubarb in any form. I should give rhubarb another try and this looks so scrumptious especially with the ice cream on top. Cheers!

cathy, 1929 Charmer Cottage said...

Well you better be careful how many people you tell cause someone could turn you in to the rhubarb police, just saying. You know I've never had rhubarb pie before, and i have to trust a recipe from a woman who wears a big red hat so well! I think it's the people who left the houses fault. Cause if they were there you wouldn't have borrowed any!

Carla from The River said...

LOL ~ I have done the same. I have kind of reached over to our neighbors rhubarb fence and pulled a few extra stalks. I do not think they noticed. :-) I made two rhubarb pies!! YUMMY

Kimberly~Nutbrown Cottage said...

You naughty girl! Got any leftovers?? :-D

Really, it's a shame that they let it go to waste. Can you ask them for permission to take it? I bet anyone growing rhubarb would be nice enough to say yes!