Playing with Pumpkin

Dear Liza,

You know I can’t resist a bargain; if I see something useful for a good price, it is hard for me to pass it by. That is how I came to be processing 20 pounds of pumpkin Wednesday morning.

This fine specimen of pumpkin-ness was for sale at Trader Joe’s for $3.97. That came out to about 20 cents a pound! Needless to say, it came home with us, first as a lovely decoration for Halloween, and then as food.

I have roasted pumpkins before, so I know the drill. but this was just…. More. Auntie Bridgett helped me, and we used the electric knife to cut through the thick skin. We scraped the inside and got loads of seeds to roast for later.

We roasted the halves one at a time, because that’s all that would fit in the oven. We let them cool and peeled the skin off, and chopped them into chunks.

Then came the noisy bit. Using the food processor, I ground the pumpkin into a purée, which will be useful for pies, puddings and side dishes for the next several months. I ended up with 8 quart bags full, all stacked in the freezer like gold at Fort Knox. It took all morning, but I feel very rich for making so much food out of such a small investment.

Love,

Grandma Judy

Fall is Whispering

Dear Liza,

And just as summer is kicking into high gear, fall is getting in line. The change in seasons is told in all the gardens in the neighborhood.

Lantern flowers glowing in the afternoon sun

The oranges and reds of autumn are some of my favorite colors, especially when they are backlit by afternoon sun. They make me happy for the summer’s glory, and for the coming of the cozy holiday season.

Leaves are starting to fade…

The larger than life leaves of my pumpkin plant seem to be fading. They are getting age spots and some even are getting yellow.

Linus the pumpkin is getting all grown up!

And Linus, my own Great Pumpkin, is getting more orange and hefty by the day. His stem still shows no signs of giving way and he seems quite content to ripen right where he is.
Love,

Grandma Judy