Monday, August 6, 2012

Pumpkinhead

Its Harvest Monday again but I am running short on time.  Also, still not motivated to take more tomato/zucchini/eggplant, etc. photos.  So I thought I would instead show you what my son snuck into his small garden in the front yard.

My son and his pumpkins
Seems he was able to grow pumpkins this year.  He won't admit that he actually planted them.  We don't grow pumpkins and have never had a compost pile in that area so the idea that it is a volunteer is highly unlikely.  He probably knew I would tell him they would get too big so he planted without asking.  Seems he has already figured out it is better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.

I am pretty surprised he was able to do this since we always get SVB's.  Makes me wonder if I should try my hand at some winter squash next year!

I have no idea what kind these are or what to do with them. Looks like we have a lot of pumpkin pie, bread, and soup in our future!  Suggestions about what to do with these are greatly appreciated.

Pop on over to Daphne's Dandelions to check out the Harvest Monday blog hop.

21 comments:

  1. I need to know his secret! THAT is amazing!

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    1. I know he obsessively hand picks bugs. Other than that he left them alone. We have had a good year in terms of SVB's. For some reason they must not have been that bad this year.

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  2. Those are some pretty pumpkins! I think you have a farmer in your future ;-)

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    1. It is wonderful having a young back and set of eyes to help in the garden. He is willing to spend an hour in 90+ degree heat hand picking squash bugs!

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  3. That's awesome. No suggestions, but when I have too much of one thing, I Google for recipes that sound good.

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    1. I was hoping you would have a good one after your eggplant ravioli one!

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  4. Kudos to your son! I can't even grow them here given our shorter growing season and lack of constant warmth and sun. I've tried growing melons and they amount to nowhere near the size that they are meant to be.

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    1. I have to admit I am not the best melon grower either. Maybe I should ask my son to do it!

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  5. Your sons pumpkins look absolutely wonderful! Wish my sons could be that sneaky! :) Have a great week! /Mia

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    1. His sneakiness does not always work out in our favor. Last year he sprayed mosquito repellent on the squash. We had a heart to heart about organic gardening after that ;).

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  6. Nice pumpkins. I see soup, curry, roasted. Clever son!

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  7. What beautiful pumpkins! So cool that your young son grew them; that may inspire him to do more planting in the future! Pumpkin soup is a great option; there are lots of good recipes out there.I have found that my pumpkin plants resist the svbs better than a lot of the other winter squashes.

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    1. That is good to know about SVB's and pumpkins.

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  8. Beautiful pumpkins! My favorite pumpkin recipe is "pumpking stuffed with everything good" Here's the link to the NPR feature which put me on to it and the recipe.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130704456

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  9. I would make sure they're even worth eating... the carving types aren't very tasty. They will stay in a cool dry place for months once they've cured. I usually cut them in half, scoop out the guts, brush the flesh with a little butter, then roast them in the oven until they are soft. Then once they cool down I scoop out the flesh off the rind, set it in some cheesecloth over a colander to reduce the moisture a few minutes (just until it's no longer dripping wet), then puree it and bag it in 2 cup servings for the freezer. Then I make pumpkin muffins! And pies! And a friend of mine even makes Pumpkin Pie Liquor with it! Congrats on his great pumpkin harvest, I'm very impressed.

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    1. The seed packet, which he finally produced, says jack-o-lantern. Googled it and it seems like it might be worth eating.

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  10. I love pumpkins, winter squash and the like are my absolute favorites. Your son's pumpkins look wonderful, such a great harvest! Enjoy! My suggestions for use fall in line with kitsapFG and AnywhereEden, stuffed or frozen for use later. I also like it in risotto, whether fresh cooked or thawed from the freezer, it always yummy.

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    1. Since I adore risotto with anything and everything in it that definitely goes on the menu. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  11. Someone has a green thumb! Congrats on the pumpkins. How cute...he looks so proud!!

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