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Garden Recipe: Pumpkin Puree

Monday, January 13th, 2014
Yes, those are pie pumpkins around Christmas decorations. Embarrassing as it may be, I thought that I would have used them before now. I should have made pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we traveled for both holidays and I didn't have to do any baking. The pumpkins just sat and waited... Now that the holidays are over and we have settled back into our routine, I have made the pumpkins a priority! Frankly, I am surprised they did not rot! Making pumpkin puree is simple and straightforward. We are accustomed to the convenience of the grocery store, but I don't think we realize how easy food preservation can be. I’m not saying that I make everything from scratch but when I do, I feel a sense of satisfaction and pride. Better late than never; I first washed all seven pumpkins in the sink (they had a dusting of Christmas glitter on them). These left over pumpkins happen to be pie pumpkins, but you can make puree with all types of pumpkins, although different varieties have a different texture and water content. Next, I cut the tops off and removed the “guts.” I saved the seeds to roast and the rest of the pulp went into the compost. I cut each pumpkin into four to eight pieces. I put the pieces on baking pans, pulp up or down. Some people have a strong opinion on which way is better; I don’t think it makes much of a difference. You can form your own opinion when you make your own puree. Bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for forty-five minutes or until the pulp is soft. Remove from the oven and peel the rind from the pulp. I started with a knife, but then realized it wasn't necessary…

How-To: Harvest Sunflower Seeds

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
As local farmers begin harvesting the corn and soybean fields around our school, I had the opportunity to help my daughter’s first grade class learn how to harvest sunflower seeds.  Last spring, as kindergartners, they planted sunflowers in front of the school.  Little did they know, they were planting a delicious snack they would enjoy in the fall!   (more…)

Watermelon Invasion!

Friday, September 13th, 2013
My girls love watermelon. We buy watermelon flavored candy, lip gloss, toothpaste, and drinks! So, of course, our garden has watermelon, too! (more…)

A Blessing and a Burden

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
  I consider my bountiful harvest both a blessing and a burden.  I apologize for less frequent blog posts, but there's no time to blog, celebrate, or complain...  I've got pickling, canning, and freezing to do! (more…)

Corn. It’s What’s for Dessert?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Last night, with true eleven year old wisdom, my oldest daughter proclaimed, “Sweet corn is the only vegetable you can eat for dessert!”  (more…)

How-To: Canning Green Bean Goodness

Friday, August 9th, 2013
The garden is bursting with ripeness! Everything seems to be ready to harvest right now. I find myself scrambling trying to harvest and store it all before it goes to waste. I can’t complain because I am the one who begged for a bigger garden. After the planting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, the real work begins: preserving! (more…)

Garden Fresh Pizza!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Veggies galore! Are you finding yourself eating fresh vegetables three times a day? We are! (more…)

Bikini Bread Makes Zucchini Fun!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
“I’m hungry! Can I have more bikini bread?” asked my three-year-old. “What did you say?” I asked. “Can I have more bikini bread?” she said. I could not contain myself that was knee-slapping funny! Somehow, our summer swimming obsession has crossed over into our food. She was asking for more of the zucchini bread. I wanted more zucchini bread too. If you have never had it, the bread tastes nothing like zucchini and is the only way my three girls will eat it. Zucchini bread is melt-in-your-mouth sweet and tender. (more…)

How to freeze sweet corn

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
We love sweet corn in my home! I don’t have to tell my girls twice to eat their vegetables when sweet corn is being served. It’s a homegrown taste that I like to have all year long. Suprisingly, I have NEVER personally grown sweet corn in my garden. Crazy, I know!  In my logic, I think it’s a waste to use up my little backyard garden plot to grow sweet corn when my dad plants acres of it. He grows the most flavorful sweet corn I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. And even better, he likes to share it with his favorite daughter. (more…)