A few weeks ago our oven bit the dust and not that there’s ever a ‘good’ time to replace a major appliance, but this was particularly painful as we’ve planned to install a much needed fence. I polled Facebook friends to get recommendations on brands they loved and/or didn’t love – and then we went shopping. Ooof!

Even going the inexpensive route, the pricetag of a new oven was going to be about $1500 – again, about what we’ve budgeted for our fence and given that we have unattended neighborhood dogs and children in our yard – and given the fact we have a pool that is open in the summer months . . . well, you get the picture.

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After a few weeks of searching, The Professor was able to find replacement parts for less than $100, grabbed a wrench and about an hour later we had an oven again – yay Professor! And while we’re limping along the 20-year-old oven, we’re now able to move forward with our plans for that desperately needed fence.

So what does one make when one has saves big money on appliances? At the Smith Bites homestead, we make pie – and not just any pie, we made a fabulous Rhubarb pie with fresh rhubarb straight from our garden.


Did I mention it was gluten-free?


  1. I wish that I had planted rhubarb. It’s been so long since I’ve had rhubarb pie.

    I can’t wait to give this gluten free crust a try!! Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  2. This reminds me of a rhubarb pie that my grandmother use to make. She grew stalks of it in the backyard, but back then I hated the “pinkish” celery type veggies she tried to sneak in sweet desserts. Now I adore it, and have the hardest time finding. Must scour the markets so I can make this lovely dessert.

    • Denise ~ i finally started a rhubarb patch in my garden a couple of years ago; i keep adding more plants each year because ‘i don’t have enough’ to make all the rhubarby recipes before i run out! and the sad little pieces i could find at the markets just weren’t worth the money; i’m sure you have really lovely rhubarb in your area!

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