EASY PUMPKIN PUREE

Hey all! I’ve picked the last of my pumpkins today and I was lucky enough to get 13 this year! *I knew 13 wasn’t unlucky 😂* 

Our family planted a few types, Big Max, Connecticut, Amish and Ghost 👻 pumpkins. We used the large Big Max pumpkins for carving jack-o’-lanterns and I’m using the Ghost pumpkins for Fall decorations and I’m about to roast the Amish and Connecticut pumpkins and then make puree which I’ll use in pancakes, pies, pumpkin rolls, pastries etc *drool*

So here’s the easiest and shortest recipe ever!

ROASTED PUMPKIN PUREE

1. Wash and dry the pumpkin ( The smaller pumpkins are a bit sweeter)

2. Stab repeatedly *I had too much fun 😂*

3. Put pumpkin in a glass baking dish or tray and bake at 350F for about 45-60 mins or until fork tender. 

4. Let cool, cut in half, scrape the seeds and guts out and then puree the flesh in a food processor/blender.
That’s it! Super easy and so much better than the canned puree and it also freezes well. I like to store 2 cups of puree in each freezer storage bag, so when I need it I know exactly how much is in there.

Here are my pumpkin farmers 🎃🎃🚜👨‍🌾👩‍🌾❤️❤️

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A TIME TO REAP AND A TIME TO SOW

I was comfortable, relaxing on the sofa, icy water in one hand and my phone in the other, playing scrabble and obliterating my competition * Yeah.. I’m calling you out Kirtney and Chad*. The kids were building a puzzle on their leap pad. All was going well until *BZZZ*, then darkness!

*kids start screaming* “OMGGGG THE WORLD IS ENDING SAVE US MOMMM!”

*Me* “Chill out dudes, the power is out! We’re gonna live.”

*Kids still whining* ” But now we’re gonna miss Paw Patrol on tv!!”

So I sent them to get dressed and announced that we were going outside! This power outage was a sign that we needed to be outdoors, because it was beautiful and it was also the push I needed to finally sow my seeds! The kids were more than happy to help, so we got all the things we needed and got to work.

How convenient is it that you can just buy these dried pellets, add water and fluff a bit and you’re ready to plant! So much easier and less messy than filling dirt into pots!. We planted a lot of seeds, a couple types of tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, carrots, jalapenos, pimentos, okra, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini and we have others that we plant directly in the ground like lettuce, beets, corn, onions, ginger, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and some other veggies.

Here are some pics of the kids working hard, and guess what!?!? As soon as we were finished planting, the power came back! ….*Cue Twilight Zone music*

I found this Jiffy Greenhouse at Green Thumb, but you can also get it in Walmart or any garden store really. I usually order the refill pellets on Amazon. com and just save the trays for next year’s plants. * Reduce, reuse, recycle right!*

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My handsome son Myles ❤image

Soaking the pellets with warm water, and waiting for them to magically grow!image

My fireball Hailey Bailey ❤image

Look at the concentration 🙂image

Teamwork makes the dream work!image

I did the fluffing!

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We labelled the box and planted the seeds.image

And now we wait… 🙂

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What’s going on in your garden!? We’d love to know what you’re planting 🙂

LADY BUGS

*Cue Sesame Street music* “The ladybugs twelve at the lady bug picnic!!” http://youtu.be/Xr8vUTm64h0  * Good luck getting that out of your head! Ha!*

I love ladybugs! They’re so cute and so helpful! When I put my seedlings into my garden, a swarm of aphids and mealy bugs quickly descend onto my poor plants! But I have discovered a safe and pesticide free way to get rid of them! May I introduce 1000 hungry ladybugs!!

Luckily I have a Green Thumb store near to me and they usually have containers of ladybugs, they cost around $5.00, and that is so cheap considering the huge job that they do in my garden. I find that broccoli and cabbage attracts the most pests, so I always release ladybugs if I have those planted.

They come, they eat *all the pests*, they mate and then they move on! You know what? I like their style 🙂

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MY GARDEN

Ahhh spring is coming! I can smell it in the air! I’ve already started weeding and pulling out the last of my cilantro, lettuce, carrots, onions and garlic.

This weekend I plan on adding crushed eggshells *great source of calcium! especially for tomatoes and peppers* and some fertilizer to get the soil ready for my new seedlings, which I also have to start indoors.

Then I’ll have the hubs till the soil *don’t tell him he doesn’t know yet 😁*. I’ll probably have to bribe him with some sort of treat to get him working! MEN!! Geez!

Here are a few pics of my garden from last year. I planted pretty much everything! Corn, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, sugar snap peas, long beans, okra, bell pepper, habaneros, jalapeños, pimentos, chives, onions, cilantro, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and the list goes on! I grow more than my family can eat and I give bags of fresh veggies to the neighbors 🙂

There’s such a sense of satisfaction when you can grow your own food from seeds! Plus the kids love being a part of the process and watching the plants get bigger everyday. They actually like eating veggies more, now that they play a part in the growth.

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