Thursday, October 29, 2009

Blitz-It Friday # 29

Today was a big canning day. I have already made pumpkin butter once this year, and it was such a smash that everyone wants MORE... So, I've been blitzing little sections of my life around pumpkin butter making. (smash pumpkins.. sounds like I'm getting ready for that holiday)

Every so often I wonder: is it really cheaper to buy and cook up the pumpkins myself?
Well, they ARE cheap this time of year, AND sometimes even free, if you can get someone to grow them for you because all of your seeds went kerflop this year. Ahem..

Just incase you ever wanted to know how to cook up a bunch of pumpkins, I have a picture for you. In the 40 quart roaster, I have four pumpkins cut up with the seeds scooped out and skin still on. I added about a quart of water and let them cook on HIGH (450*) for about 2 hours.

After the pumpkin slices cool down enough to touch, I scrape the flesh into the food processor and puree it and return it to the roaster. I had 24 cups of pureed pumpkin when I was done.

Since two of the pumpkins were donated to my cause, I only had to buy 2 pumpkins. (yeah!)

And this is perfect for making PUMPKIN BUTTER, which is like a spreadable pumpkin pie for toast, rolls or other forms of baking.

As you can see, we have plenty of it! And I remember seeing pumpkin butter on sale for $7.00 a jar. So, I don't think I spent a lot more than $7.00 on my ingredients... so yes, it is cheaper to make your own.

What else? It is starting to cool down here, but not enough to deter the kids from wanting to play outside. Have I shared with you my time management with preschoolers idea? Basically, you have to take breaks and spend time with your children, even when you have a TON of things to do.

Life is too short not to wear a red hat, you know?

And stop and look at the cows.

Or light a campfire to burn leaves..

I wish I owned these cows. We should, you know. They come to the fence whenever we are out, even if we are burning leaves. They love us.

I feed these cows too. They love my stuff. It doesn't seem right to live so close to the cattle and not own them. Where is the justice? Where's the beef? Where's my business sense? I ought to be out there trying to convince them to switch to our field. I ought to be out there offering them a better pasture or something. No, instead they just look at my field, and I at them... and we eat moose instead.

Anyway, does anybody want to blitz with me this week? I confess, this blitz was a plodding kind of blitz, but it worked for this week.
If you are new to blitzing, here are some other links on the topic:

Basically, blitzing is forcing ourselves to focus for a set period of time on hands-on tasks.
Read about the: one hour blitz and staying focused.

Also, blitzing with kids is a blast if you are an airchair general.

Glad you could join us! Now you have MANY choices about using the blitz. You are welcome to do/ try any or all of them.... and so many photos to choose from!

And for you guys who like to move slowly, try plodding.

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