October 18, 2011

Pumpkins and What Is That?

Love the fall time. This year I wanted to make sure I made the time to cook down a few pumpkins, in order to make fresh pumpkin treats this year! My husband says my pumpkin pie is awesome, but he thinks it's even better when made with the fresh stuff, rather than the canned variety. I will take his word for it, because I don't like pumpkin pie no matter how it's made : ). How ironic, right?

Anyways, if you have never attempted baking your own pumpkin, you'll find it quite easy. Just follow below.

Just a note to say...that about exactly 9 months ago, I did look as large as this pumpkin, and was ready to give birth! Hooray Nathan is on the outside and growing! That last pregnancy month was a killer! : )

Okay...So here it goes. Cut the top off your pumpkin. Cut down each side of the pumpkin, so that you have 2 halves. Does not need to be exact at all. Dig out the inside pulp with a metal spoon. Separate out all the seeds and put them in a water bath to remove the orange sticky mess (as pictured). Lay seeds out to dry on wax paper over night after being cleaned. (More on those this week when they are finished).

Then, place your pumpkin halves upside down (as pictured) on a baking sheet and place in oven. Add about 1/2 inch of water to your baking sheet. Tip: I put the sheet in the oven first, then pour the water in. Turn on oven to 250 degrees for between 1 1/2 - 2 hours. When the pumpkin skin looks kind of brown, you'll know it's done. Allow to cool.

With a metal spoon, scrape out inside of pumpkin, right up to the outer skin. It should just peel out very easily. You can bake right away with it, or do like I do and put it in 1 - 2 Cup amounts into Ziploc bags to freeze. Then you can have fresh pumpkin to cook with all year!

So, stay tuned this week, to finish your deliciously salted, oven baked, mouth watering pumpkin seeds!

And while the pumpkin was baking, I made this food-grade thickness to use in my art project with my nephews tomorrow. See our past Art Session on my sister's awesome blog HERE.  So, can you guess what craft we are doing tomorrow.....or better yet....what this white mixture is?

And while Mommy baked and stirred the white mixture in the kitchen, my little cute guy kept himself pretty occupied with this netted treat I gave him! : ) I love you, son! You are my little 'punkin'!


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