Monday, September 29, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday: harvesting the pumpkins

On a beautiful fall evening, we had this view over the garden..
It was time for the harvest to begin.

Our harvesters worked tirelessly.  



Taking pictures of pumpkins in almost as fun as decorating with them. 


We had about 32 pumpkins from the 6 seeds I planted in June.
A great harvest!!

Time to cook them up.  I cut a few of them in half and placed them in the big roaster.  
We can't forget the yummy seeds! 

Now I'm looking for a great recipe for: pumpkin butter!  Anyone have a good one?  For more tackles, visit: 5 minutes for mom.

18 comments:

Mrs. Parunak said...

What a beautiful collection of pictures! I love the view you have--how idyllic! And I can't believe how many pumpkins you got! You must have great soil. I don't have a good pumpkin butter recipe, BUT I do have great faith in our dear friend, Kathy, over at Bona Vita. :)

fairyflutters said...

That is wonderful!

I am planting pumpkin seeds next summer for sure! I wish I'd done it this year. They are $7.99 at the local grocery store. *gasp*

fairyflutters said...

Oh, and check this out:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pumpkin-Butter/Detail.aspx

Sounds yummy!

Organizing Mommy said...

Mrs. P, Yes, we have great soil. I can hardly believe this is my first garden. This is farm country, and it should be a crime not to have a garden here.

Fairyflutters, the pie pumpkins aren't as expensive here: around $2.00. I'll check out the recipes you sent, thanks.

Mrs. Organic said...

I wish we would have planted pumpkins. I wonder if the white ones taste as good.

What a great harvest!

Tammy W said...

Hey, getting a pumpkin from a farm is on my list of 101 goals!!! All six of the kids will love it! Bet you're kinda far away from the Florida Panhandle tho huh? Thanks for visiting my blog

AmyG said...

Wow, you got all those from just 6 seeds? I'm gonna have to try that next summer. Great tackle!

Frugal Finds said...

great harvest from six little seeds!

Susie said...

What a great tackle!! I wish I had a good pumpkin butter recipe but I don't!!

Vanessa said...

What a great harvest. It looks like so much fun.

happyathome said...

Holy cow, is that a pumkin invasion or what! Did they film the Charlie Brown movie there, so many pumpkins, I was lucky to get four fileld pumpkins, no big ones. Stop by to see my Tackle it Tuesday for a garden overhaul!
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HDMac said...

Looks like all had fun!!!!! Here is a pumpkin butter recipe.. very good!

Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Butter

3-1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1 cup toasted chopped pecans
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
4-1/2 cups sugar
1 box Sure Jell Fruit Pectin
1/2 tsp margarine or butter

Measure pumpkin, pecans and pumpkin pie spice into 6- or 8-quart
saucepot. Prepare jars. Keep lids hot until ready to fill jars.
Measure sugar into separate bowl. Stir fruit pectin into pumpkin
mixture in saucepot. Add margarine. Bring mixture to full rolling
boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Quickly stir in all sugar.
Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring
constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.
Ladle quickly into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of
tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids.
Screw bands tightly. Process 8-oz jars in water bath for 5 minutes.
Makes about 5 (1 cup) jars. (for canned pumpkin you just sub your cooked fresh pumpkin!)

This fudge is also good. You have to try it if you haven't before! lol :)


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SPICED PUMPKIN FUDGE:

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup Libby's Solid Pack Pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 12oz package butterscotch morsels
7 ounces marshmallow creme
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In heavy saucepan, combine sugar, butter, milk, pumpkin, and spice; bring to boil, stirring constantly until mixture reaches 234 degrees F on candy thermometer, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat; stir in butterscotch morsels.

Add marshmallow creme and vanilla, mixing until well blended.

Quickly pour into greased 13x9 baking pan, spreading just until even.

Cool at room temperature; cut into squares.

Store tightly wrapped in refrigerator.

Enjoy... and your daughter is so precious!

Karen said...

Wow. That's a lot of pumpkins

Momof3 said...

What a great harvest from 6 seeds. I had a volunteer but it didn't come up fast enough to have pumpkins. So far, I only have flowers. I will definately plant some next year.

Heart of Wisdom said...

How awesome is this! Thanks for sharing these pics. I am in the mood to go for a drive and look at the changing leaves....I guess I need to wait til they are actually changing. huh...lol

I can smell the pumpkin butter cooking.

Good Job MOM!

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CC said...

Wow...just six seeds, huh? I have six seeds (my kids), and it is encouraging to think about their "harvesting" potential! Great pictures!

Kathy said...

I am visiting relatives in San Diego so I have not visited your site in. . . eons! I love our pumpkins - they are beautiful.

SR Brandon said...

Wow! that's a lot of pumpkins!