Wednesday, November 07, 2012

What's not to love?

I don't think I ever get tired of seeing pumpkins. I mean what's not to like about something that grow tiny, small, medium size, large and SUPER LARGE AND is ORANGE.

When we had a house out in Ridgeway, our nearest neighbor raised GIANT pumpkins. He managed a restaurant in Dodgeville and he would hire some guys to come out to his place with a forklift and haul one or two of his mammoth pumpkins into town for decoration in front of his place. 

I'm not sure how he got them to grow so big but I do know that he once told me he was very selective about which buds he left on the vine and where he got his fertilizer from. Secrets that he has taken with him to Colorado.

I managed to raise three pumpkins this year. I thought I had lost all hope after our drought. I've got a space that works, a system that seems to work and if the weather cooperates with me maybe I'll be lucky next year and get more than three.

I remember one year, at the place out in Ridgeway I decided to create a LARGE pumpkin patch. I covered a huge area with black plastic, cut the plastic and dug deep holes in a grid, filled the holes with horse manure, that I hauled back from another neighbor's horse stall. 

I had more energy and drive back then.

 I also did a lot of work with ZILCH in the way of rewards. I think the bunnies or deer ate all the pumpkin blossoms. 

Over the years I have carved my share of pumpkins, scooped out the innards, separated pumpkin seeds from the slime and roasted them in the oven.

I even remember, back in my early homemaking days, making a pumpkin pie from scratch.  The scratch being a real pumpkin. It was terrible and not to mention a heck of a lot of work.

I love pumpkin pie and making it from a can works for me. I love pumpkin bread, soup, muffins, cookies, pancakes and waffles but I draw the line at pumpkin coffee. YUCK

I mean I love pumpkin but I love coffee too and to my taste buds those two do not belong in the same container. They can sit next to one another on the table.

 You have to draw the line somewhere.

:)Bea




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