Pumpkin Custard Recipe

Yesterday,  after I finished roasting pumpkins I was so excited to make something with my fresh pumpkin puree.  I found a recipe from Taste of Home for Pumpkin Custard.  I tweaked it just a little bit and it came out so good!   I will be making this yummy treat for out wheat free guests at Thanksgiving.  Top a dish of this smooth, creamy goodness with a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream and I promise…. you will be in heaven!

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Roasting Pumpkin

This year the pie pumpkins that we grew did really well.  So, yesterday I decided to try my hand at roasting pumpkins.

 After we washed the pumpkins, I cut them in half and cleaned out the seeds and yuck (yes, that’s scientific terminology) The kids especially enjoyed getting in on the fun here.

Once the pumpkins were cleaned out I placed them cut side down on a baking tray, uncovered with about a ½ inch of water in the bottom of the tray.  I roasted the pumpkins at 350 degrees for about 2 hours. (until the outside of the pumpkin was soft to the touch)

 After doing 4 pumpkins this way, I decided to try the roaster.  This actually was much quicker and worked just as well. After the pumpkins cool, it’s easy to scoop out the flesh. 

I put the pumpkin into my food processor and blended until smooth.  Because you cannot safely home can pumpkin puree, I froze mine.   I froze mine in 1 ¾ cup and 3 ½ cup sized bags.  It used these amounts because they are the equivalent to 15 and 30 ounce cans of canned pumpkin, so I’m hoping it makes it easy to thaw the right amount for my recipes.  Although I have to tell you it made some amazing pumpkin custard fresh!

Pumpkins are really relatively easy to grow and super easy to preserve not to mention delicious!  ***If you decide to give it a try, hold onto the seeds.  They make a delicious crunchy snack!****

Roasted pumpkin seeds

 Wash seeds and pat dry.  Spread 2 cups of pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet with 2 table spoons of coconut oil and a sprinkle of salt.  Baked at 275 degrees for one hour, stirring occasionally.  Cool and enjoy!

Homeschool Phys Ed?

Since we began homeschooling we have been looking for a good organized “physical education” option for the girls. In the past they have done various activities, they have taken swimming lessons, ballet lessons and played soccer.  A few of the things I was considering in my search were the proximity to our home, timing of activites, the chance for multiple childen to partcipate, ability to develop and refine both physical abilities and character traits, affordability and fun!

 I think I have finally hit the jackpot with figure skating.  As it turns out there is an ice rink less than 30 minutes from our home.  They offer skating lessons to homeschoolers twice a week during the day.  The program is taught by a former Olympian, Mark Cockerell. They have open skating everyday, and they also have a Learn to Skate program in the evenings. Everyone is welcome to attend, even little Mowgli at 2 1/2.  ( He may end up an accomplished skater before I get him out of diapers) The facility is very nice, and the people are even nicer. I havent been brave enough to put on a pair of skates but the kids are having a wonderful time and I am so pleased!

4 New Babies

Last weekend we had the joy of welcoming 4 new little bundles of joy within 3 hours.  At 1:00 we went to check on the expecting mommas.  We knew they were close but figured we had time to go next door for Sunday lunch with mom and my sisters who were in town.  After lunch we decided to go back home to check on them.  Sure enough within 40 minutes Butter had delivered 2 beautiful kids.  They were cleaned off and up nursing.  Yeah!

It didnt take long for the troops next door to make their way over to witness the new arrivals.  It was especially exciting for 2 of my sisters friends from Chicago who came along to visit for the weekend. Welcome to the country ladies!

Before the afternoon was out Brownie also delivered a healthy set of twins. Both Megan and Makayla got quite a Biology lesson.

It is on days like this that I love having animals. They are just so darn cute!  With Hurricane Sandy expected to make landfall within 24 hours of their arrival.   We are considering the names, Hurricane, Sandy, Pumpkin and Spice.

The babies are now a little over a week old.  Now that the wind and rain has finally past for the most part, the babies are having a ball bouncing around the pasture exploring their new home, and Im having a ball watching them.