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Pretty Pumpkins 
Sep. 14, 2011 7:02 pm 
Updated: Oct. 4, 2011 4:53 pm


The frost that I've been dreading came two

nights ago, of course while I was sick.  So I

spent a miserable afternoon cutting

pumpkins and squashes (along with the last

few cobs of corn) and hauling them in the

children's wagon to the house.  Luckily the

kids carried the smaller pumpkins and

squashes to the wagon for me.  After about 5

or 6 loads I was done.  I spent the rest of the

afternoon drowsing on the couch and when

my husband got home I went to bed and he

fed the kids supper and picked several more

loads of pumpkins. 


Today I'm feeling much better and am

looking at my pumpkin room with a

speculative gleam in my eye.  What

wonderful thing, aside from a few

jack'o'lanterns, am I going to make with

these beauties?  I've made many cakes and

muffins, the usual pies and cheesecakes and I

adore a pumpkin smoothie.  I've made soups

and chilis and even Pumpkin rice in the past. 

I'm dreaming of pumpkin pudding and

drooling over pumpkin french toast.  I don't

know if I can wait for them to be ripe!  What

are your favorite pumpkin foods and


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Sep. 15, 2011 7:18 am
Sep. 15, 2011 7:20 am
Hi Sarah May - above is one of my favorite pumpkin recipes. You know what? I didn't know that pumpkins will continue to ripen off the vine.
Sep. 15, 2011 7:34 am
Thanks B'Nana! I'm heading to check that one out. It's a good thing they do ripen off of the vine or I wouldn't be able to grow them up here :).
Sep. 15, 2011 9:17 am
My favorite thing to do with pumpkin is roast it and then eat it with a little butter, salt, and pepper. YUM!! I also like pumpkin soup, but NOT if it is "sweet" or if it has things like cinnamon and nutmeg in it. Unless it's in something like pumpkin pie, muffins, or bread, I want my pumpkin savory. You're making me jealous! Now I can't wait until the week after Halloween, when our local WinCo sells their leftover pumpkins for 5 cents a pound!
Sep. 15, 2011 9:27 am
I LOVE pumpkin pancakes! Topped with some toasted pecans- yum!
Sep. 15, 2011 9:34 am
good lord!! Now that's abundance of pumpkins! Here's a great twist! Pumpkin pudding would be good-really good when its hot with vanilla ice cream, pumpkin blondies, are gonna be gourd out of your mind-hehe!
Sep. 15, 2011 9:37 am
These waffles are really good..
Sep. 15, 2011 11:28 am This is SOOO good! I used almond milk, pumpkin pie spice and dried cranberries. We drizzled a little cream cheese frosting thinned with some spiced rum on top. mmmm
Sep. 15, 2011 12:51 pm
Thanks Keri, I don't think I've ever eaten pumpkin completely plain :). I'll give it a try, I like the sweet savory combo myself but your way is probably healthier and would be a nice change when I'm about halfway through the pile ;).
Sep. 15, 2011 12:55 pm
Thanks Arich01, I may make some of those to freeze for quick breakfasts for the kids! Awesome :).
Sep. 15, 2011 12:57 pm
Thanks Wicked Creations! Giggling at gourd :).
Sep. 15, 2011 12:58 pm
Thanks CanItRachel! Another to stash in the freezer for quick breakfasts, if I can hide them from my husband long enough for them to cool, he's a waffle snatcher :).
Sep. 15, 2011 12:59 pm
Thanks Hazelnut! that's going in contention for Thanksgiving dessert for sure! Very different from the usuals but perfect!
Sep. 15, 2011 3:06 pm
everyone here loves pumpkin pie and cheesecake. Anything else pumpkin is usually subbed into muffins and quick breads just like apple sauce. The pumpkin harvest was huge here also, the boys do not carve as many as they used to, some Halloween's they each carved 3 or more. I will be baking pumpkins and freezing many in the weeks ahead
Sep. 15, 2011 3:09 pm ..also make something similar to this, make my own cake mix and also use a bit of the cake mix for the top crumbles
Sep. 15, 2011 4:09 pm
We will roast some of the small er pumpkins like acaorn squash and eat as a side to pork chops. Just add a dab of butter and some S&P, good stuff!
Sep. 15, 2011 4:09 pm
my fingers seem to have a mind of their own today LOL!
Sep. 16, 2011 6:37 am
Thanks RnG,there seems to be a pumpkin epedemic around here, everyone I talk to had a great pumpkin crop this year, they must've like the wet July. Thanks for the recipe!
Sep. 16, 2011 6:38 am
Thanks BSM, Definatley in mind for quick and easy sides :), especially since my winter squashes didn't managed to produce much, they were started later than the pumpkin plants and ended up being overgrown by the crazy pumpkins.
Sep. 16, 2011 8:58 am
I made Wicked Creatiions' recipe for Pumpkin Brown Bread for breakfast. Yum! Here is one of my recipes for using pumpkin:
Sep. 17, 2011 6:42 am
Thanks Sueb! I'm going to check out your cookies now, I don't think I've ever seen a pumpkin snickerdoodle!
Sep. 17, 2011 6:06 pm
LOVE this recipe. One time I scorched the bottom a bit, so the next time I think I didn't cook it high enough and it didn't set right. Even that batch was wonderful! One day I took crackers and bagels to work, and we used the botched fudge as a dip/spread. The next day I took my mini crock and warmed the botched fudge to serve over ice cream - heaven!!!! Just yum!
Sep. 17, 2011 6:07 pm
(I think green pumpkins are so pretty - or where they are half and half. I used to by them that way - because I thought they were pretty - and was so disappointed when they weren't green anymore.)
Sep. 17, 2011 6:42 pm
And I honestly like this recipe better than pumpkin pie:
Sep. 17, 2011 6:44 pm
Thanks Barb, I loooove fudge and I've had that saved for awhile now, I'll have to get to it this year. I think the motled green and orange ones are prettiest myself :).
Sep. 18, 2011 8:26 am
One of my granddaught's favorite pumpkin recipes is pumpkin pancakes
Sep. 19, 2011 3:52 pm
Pumpkin Spice Latte!! Does that count? ;) I love all things pumpkin, too!! It's probably one of my very favorite things about this time of year.
Sep. 19, 2011 4:14 pm
Hi: What is your best way of making pumpkin puree and snacks of pumpkin seeds? Sandra
Sep. 20, 2011 6:37 am
Thanks PINKAEROGIRL! I love doing pumpkin for breakfast and pancakes will be on the pumpkin agenda for sure :).
Sep. 20, 2011 6:58 am
Thanks I ? allrecipes, I love pumpkin spice lattes too, and Sarah Jo had a really great personal recipe for one posted here. I think she's since changed her recipes to unshared because of trolls but it's my favorite homemade one :).
Sep. 20, 2011 7:16 am
Hi Sandra, I personally cut my pumpkin up and roast it fleshy side down then pulll the cooked flesh away from the shell and allow it to drain in a colander for a while before pureeing it. I clean the seeds, season them and roast at about 400 stirring frequently :).
Sep. 21, 2011 1:14 am
I just adore pumpkin ~ one of the wonderful things about fall, that and the sound of crunching leaves under foot!
Sep. 21, 2011 7:14 am
I too am a Pumpkin addict!! Pumpkin spice Latte!! Ohhhhh Please Please share the recipe.... it's so hard to get out to buy one. Thank you in advance
Sep. 21, 2011 8:05 am
Hope you are feeling better soon kid!
Sep. 21, 2011 12:05 pm
Thanks for dropping in apple.strudel! Fall is my favorite season, my only complaint about it is that it is too short lived up here. We'll have snow by early November at the latest, probably sooner.
Sep. 21, 2011 12:47 pm
Hi Karen, the recipe is no longer shared and I can't give you her recipe but I can tell you that it consists of double strength hot coffee, hot milk, a tbsp or so of canned pumpkin puree, sugar free vanilla syrup and pumpkin spice. I have used vanilla extract and sugar instead of the syrup before with great results.
Sep. 21, 2011 2:31 pm
Thanks Mauigirl, I was only sick for a couple days so I'm fine, it just happened that I got sick on the last two days before frost and was srambling to get everything in while sick :).
Oct. 3, 2011 7:00 pm
Hi Sarah-May - love your blog! Just wondering - are those all sugar pumpkins or can you use regular jack-o-lantern style ones for eating? I grew a few but they are jack-o-lantern style, not the small ones you see for baking in the grocery stores.
Oct. 4, 2011 4:53 pm
Hi cookingmomma, thank-you. You can use the larger ones to eat just fine. I often do. The sugar pumpkins are smaller and sweeter. The flesh is a little denser and not quite so watery when cooked, but both are fine for cooking :).
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