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 πŸ˜‚* 

Our family planted a few types, Big Max, Connecticut, Amish and Ghost πŸ‘» 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 πŸ˜‚*

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.

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PUMPKIN AND CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS

My mini chef and I experimented with pumpkin muffins today and it was quick and super easy! They are moist and yummy, can’t wait to have another for breakfast!

Filling Ingredients

8-ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla

Muffin Ingredients

1 package spice cake mix
15-ounces canned pumpkin

Optional: confectioners sugar to sprinkle on top 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put muffin liners into pan.

2. Beat filling ingredients together until combined.

3. Beat muffin ingredients together until combined. (only use the mix and the pumpkin, nothing else) Batter will be thick.

4. Drop about 1 tablespoon of the batter into each muffin cup, spreading it to cover the bottom.


5. Drop in a level tablespoon of filling.

6. Cover with enough batter to fill the muffin cups full.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

Makes 12 muffins

FRUIT ASSASSIN FOR SALE!!

SO… I am putting my 3 year old daughter up for sale…no seriously.. my little ‘angel’ picked all of the young peaches off of my peach tree except one and then stood there smiling at me! She thought it was hilarious! I guess the culling lesson went a bit over her head, I mean she is 3 after all πŸ˜‚… I’m still furious πŸ˜²πŸ˜’πŸ˜’ but she’s lucky that she’s cute, maybe I’ll consider keeping her.

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The criminal escapes!

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So anywayyyy in other gardening news, I have an apple on my tree! Only one apple you say? Well somehow I felt my little ‘angel’ also had something to do with this! Grrrrr!! πŸ˜’πŸ˜’

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The blueberries are ripening. She helped herself to the ripe berries yesterday. Thanks kid, such a great sharer!

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The hubs and my 4 year oldΒ sonΒ tilled the soil in my raised bed and added supplements and eggshells. Β I am so grateful for that because I still feel pretty blehhh. They did a great job with my micromanaging of course hehehehe!

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They found a rogue tomato plant that must have sprouted from last years seeds, so they moved it to a safe place in the corner and it even has a cute little tomato on it already!

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I’ve moved my seedlings outside to get used to the weather. At this time last year it was still freezing and as I write this its 90F!!😰

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Once again I am trying my hand at herbs. I think they dislike me and things go awry and they always end up dead. Am I an herb murderer?!? *gasp* I just don’t understand it! I can keep difficult orchid species alive and prospering but IΒ can’t keep basil alive!? BASIL!!! Come on Natasha! Get yourself together for heaven’s sakes!

I hope that the weather is lovely where you are and that you’ll be able to get out and garden soon! What are you planting this year?

Happy Gardening! πŸ™‚ πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„