Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Spring is in full gear around here,
and my raspberries are leafing out real nice.
But its the rhuBarb that I am keeping a good eye on. I can't wait for that 1st pan of rhuBarb desert. I think the one with the custard topped with meringue will be my favorite this year, and yes my favorite does change every year.
This is the other reason I'm keeping track of it. I'm leaf looking to make some more of these. Willy and I made a few late last spring. It was a trial and error kind of thing. I had seen one at a friends house, she said she paid $25 for her's, I wanted one but do love the challenge of seeing if I can do a project for little or nothing. Willy made rounded mounds of sawdust(we have so much from the ski making business), we laid rhuBarb leaves bottom side up on the sawdust. The bottom side has more detail and that gives a better impression on the cement. Willy mixed the bags of cement and scooped it onto the leaves. We smoothed them off and on a couple built up a little flat area. The cement did go threw the one leaf that had a couple of holes in it, it kinda looks like it has warts. I broke one before it was dry because I jumped the gun a bit, moved it, and it cracked. Another one cracked on its own.
One I took to my friend Barb, she has it on her deck with bird seed in, and the birds kept her company all winter long. The warty one we put on the ground where the rain water runs off the house. I no longer look at rhuBarb leaves the same, they are for more than being fanned with:)


StitchinByTheLake said...

How beautiful! I love the way that looks...perfect in your yard. blessings, marlene

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

That is so cool! We LOVE it - even the one with warts :) hee hee hee! We can't wait for Rhubarb to come out makes a killer rhubarb pie - mmmmmmm!
Now we're going to be checking out those leaves when then start popping out - if we have some time we'd love to try this - thanks for the great idea Jody!
Karla & Karrie

Brenda said...

You are so creative. I wanted those genes, too! Very clever idea, and looks nice as well. Remember Grandma B's canned strawberries and rhubarb? That was my favorite sauce.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Oh, I DO love rhubarb--too bad it's too hot in the South to grow well here!
Is that hypertufa you made the leaves with? They are lovely in the garden!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I have seen this done with other kinds of leaves before and they are so beautiful! Enjoy your rhubard dessert soon! blessings,Kathleen

Tami said...

I can't believe you haven't told me about this before! Those are very beautiful.

Linda said...

I noticed my rhubarb was trying to make a peek yesterday. I have a friend that makes leaves like that and uses peat moss mixed into the cement so moss will grow on them;)