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Halloween Traditions

I don’t like Halloween. I don’t like celebrating scariness. I don’t like ghouls and goblins. I don’t like the dark, being afraid, collecting a glut of candy. It’s just not my thing. I know I’m not the only Mom who dislikes it. I asked on Twitter one day, and dozens of other Moms responded, “Me, too!” and “Let’s just agree to skip it!” Still, Grace goes to preschool, and she would notice if we skipped Halloween. She and her friends have a party at school, and they talk about their costumes for weeks before the big event. If I made … Read more

‘Tis the Season for Pumpkins

pumpkin pie with pecan topping

Grace, Joe, and I spent this afternoon at a Halloween party. It was sponsored by the local government and geared toward little kids. Everything was fun, nothing was scary. That’s my kind of Halloween party. One of the activities was painting pumpkins. We’re developing quite the collection of pumpkins around here. So many that we’ll need to be using them soon. Do you know how to use a fresh pumpkin? It’s really quite simple. Over the years, I’ve used fresh pumpkins for ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, cookies, cakes, and pumpkin rolls. I don’t think I’ve ever had any pumpkin foods … Read more

How to Cook with Fresh Pumpkin

How to cook with fresh pumpkin - It's simple and easy to use fresh pumpkins to make puree. You can freeze it to save it for later use in recipes like pie, bread, and cookies. What to do with a fresh pumpkin to make a healthy meal. Great for fall and especially Thanksgiving.

Cooking with Fresh Pumpkin Until very recently, I was under the impression that pumpkin came from a can. Har har. I knew it was a vegetable from a vine, but I didn’t know how to use one. I had no idea how to select a fresh pumpkin, how to cook one, or what to do with the pulp. And then I got a couple of fresh pumpkins for free. I couldn’t let them go to waste, so I figured out how to use fresh pumpkin. Here’s what I learned: Picking a Fresh Pumpkin When you select a pumpkin, choose one … Read more