Country SunflowerOctober 27, 2012

We had a pretty good crop of pumpkins.. and gave all but about 6 of them away... What to do with pumpkins.. make pie? Make pumpkin bread? Soup? So, I started to peel a pumpkin .. I did not get far.. the arthritis in my hands kept screaming NO NO NO.. Well Larry came upstairs and saw me struggling to peel.. told me to just stop and come for a ride with him..

We went to town, and he ran into the store to get a cabbage, and also came out with a case of canned pumpkin... !!! He told me that there was no need of my working so hard when for just a few dollars and a nice ride in the country to town is a whole lot nicer.. and this way we can much better enjoy our time together.. while reminding me we aren't 25 anymore and need to just concentrate on having a good time and enjoying what is left of our lives...

Gotta love a man like that !! I am so lucky to have met him...

Just had to share that tidbit of joy with y'all..


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Our son loves stew cooked in a pumpkin. Cut a lid for the pumpkin just like a jack o lantern lid. Clean the insides of the pumpkin, and make your favorite beef stew. When the stew is about half done, put the pumpkin into a baking dish with sides, pour the stew into the pumpkin, place the lid on it, and finish cooking it in the oven (325-350). The pumpkin will cook too, so when you serve the stew, spoon out a little pumpkin too.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 4:38PM
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Here's a tip for the future. A friend (a food writer) told me last time she made pumpkin soup, instead of roasting the pumpkin in the oven as the recipe called for, she cut one in half, rubbed the pumpkin with the spices called for in the soup (you could use the spices for your pumpkin bread), wrapped half in saran, and microwaved it 7 minutes. She said it was perfect, and separating from the shell. She just easily scooped out pureed pumpkin. So 14 minutes took care of the entire pumpkin.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 5:28PM
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Azzalea, I like your solution. Sounds so easy. ;)


    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 6:30PM
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I haven't actually tried it myself, but especially for someone with 'free' garden pumpkins, it would be worth a shot. Friend said the shell got hard--her young son immediately took it to use with his toy trucks (not sure exactly how--a hill? garage?.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 6:55PM
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