Preserve the Harvest Series: How to Preserve and Store Pumpkin

How to Store and Preserve Pumpkin PRESERVE THE HARVEST SERIES: HOW TO PRESERVE AND STORE PUMPKIN

Preserve the Harvest Series presents a new fruit or vegetable every Tuesday with the goal of helping you get the most out of fresh fruits and vegetables harvested during peak season. Whether you grow your own fruits and vegetables, buy them at the Farmer’s Market or your local grocery store, it is good to remember the best time to preserve your bounty is when it is plentiful. Preserving the harvest stocks your pantry shelves and freezer with whole foods that you can feel good about, foods that taste great, and this approach saves you money.  A sane approach to sustainability!

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Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin

BALANCE YOUR LIFE #2

Today is the second week of my new feature “Balance Your Life.” I have teamed up with some pretty incredible ladies  to offer a few ways to bring balance in all areas. The goal is to to share information on four different blogs balancing Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart.

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Spirit is represented by Heather @ My Sweet Mission.  Visit her to see what great wisdom she is sharing today.

Body will be represented by Caroline @ Fit Pink Mom. She shares simple exercises to to get the body moving. 

I represent Heart @ Pure Grace Farms and  will be sharing healthy recipes and ideas with an emphasis on whole food. I love sharing with you what’s going on in my kitchen! 

Mind comes from Christina and Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks  sharing easy crafts you can make from items found in the home, great book reviews, fun games and activities to build memory. Fun stuff, you won’t want to miss. 

I hope Balance your Life enriches your experience here at Pure Grace Farms and you take the opportunity to see the great ideas from all four blogs that may help to bring balance to your life.

Let’s Talk Pumpkin!

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin The weather in Boise is beginning to turn. I feel a nip in the air that always heralds the coming of fall. I am thrilled! This means harvesting will soon come to an end. Fruits and vegetables will be tucked away in cupboards and freezer, and I will have a brief respite before the holidays are fully upon us.  Pumpkin: Pure and Simple My thoughts turn to leaves of crimson, yellows and oranges, delicious smells from the kitchen and crisp, cool evenings. There will also be pumpkins, an integral part of the fall season. With that in mind, today’s review is all about pumpkins. A true Pumpkinfest of flavors to enjoy this fall season. Roast your pumpkin for a fresh pumpkin puree that adds great flavor and freshness to all your fall treats. If you have never had the pleasure of roasting your own pumpkins, let me suggest that this year be your year. I readily admit canned pumpkin is convenient, but there is a world of difference in flavor when making your own. Did you know that canned pumpkin isn’t really all pumpkin? There may be a touch included in the mixture but butternut squash is usually the main ingredient. I have been roasting my own pumpkins for years and the process is quite simple. Pumpkin also freezes up beautifully. Roast up a few when you can purchase them in the store at a bargain. You’ll then have plenty of pumpkin puree to enjoy all year long. How to make your own fresh pumpkin puree How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree Pumpkin Seeds with Cajun Seasoning: Don’t waste those precious pumpkin seeds, roast them instead How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin

I’ve gathered a few recipes around the web this week to highlight all the great ways to enjoy pumpkin. I would love to hear a few of the ways you use pumpkin too. If you have a favorite recipe, leave me a link in the comments to what you like best. I will be sure to visit and spread the love your way.

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Spice Scones: Honey and Birch

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Oatmeal: Somebody’s Dinner

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Whiskey Butter Sauce: Pure Grace Farms

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles: Bourbon and Brown Sugar

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Focaccia Bread: A Dash of Sanity

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins: A Dash of Sanity

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin

GF  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies: Mommy Summers

 

I do hope you enjoyed all the great features this week and take some time to visit each one.

Have a wonderful week!

Shari

 

7 Ways to Love Pumpkin shared with:

*The Ultimate Linky: Bloggers Brags *Plucky’s Second Thoughts * My Pinterest Adventures: Merry Monday Link Party * Mrs. AOK: Mommy Monday *Yesterfood: Treasure Box Tuesday *April J Harris: Hearth and Soul Blog Hop *Lou Lou Girls: Lou Lou Girls *Creative K Kids: Tasty Tuesdays *New Mrs Adventures: Tasty Tuedays *Recipes for Our Daily Bread: Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop *Smart School House: Whimsy Wednesday *Simply  Sweets: Party in Your PJ’s * The Crafty Wife: The Wednesday Roundup *To Work With My Hands: Wake Up Wednesday * Crafty Allie: Worthwhile Wednesdays *Sweet Haute La Dolce Vita: Sweet Haute * Gingerly Made: Show and Tell *MsMoozys Open House: Tuesdays with a Twist  *Organized 31: Inspire us Thursday  *Living Well Spending Less: Thrifty Thursday *Juggling Real food and Real Life: Let’s Get Real

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Fresh Pumpkin Puree

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ―William Cullen Bryant

Today as I sit down to write, I find myself unable to focus on the here and now, the present tense.

Roast your pumpkin for a  fresh pumpkin puree that adds great flavor and freshness to all your fall treats. Fond memories of fall, times past with my children, spring up, flood over me and serve to remind me that my babies are grown and gone. Nostalgia creeps up, its arrow bulls-eyes right to the heart, and I am undone.

Roast your pumpkin for a  fresh pumpkin puree that adds great flavor and freshness to all your fall treats.

I remember fall picnics, sharing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, watching childish antics and hearing silly stories of great adventures, out beneath the large oak tree. 

Roast your pumpkin for a  fresh pumpkin puree that adds great flavor and freshness to all your fall treats.

There were magical times spent tromping through the apple trees, climbing up and down ladders and scurrying here and there, always at full speed, searching for the “bestest and most perfect apple”. 

Excursions were also frequent to the local Bates Nut Farm, where the kids and I would go pumpkin hunting through the pumpkin patch, buy hot dogs, and afterwards, feed the goats. 

Roast your pumpkin for a  fresh pumpkin puree that adds great flavor and freshness to all your fall treats.

My daughter carried her “blankie” with her everywhere she went and the petting zoo was no exception.  I spent many afternoons, retrieving her blanket from some hungry goats mouth, as she toddled  about squealing with joy and excitement to “touch the pretties.” 

Memories are precious, wonderful things, even if they make us a bit sad. 

So, after walking down this little pathway of memory lane, I tuck them away for now, and look again at the present and give thanks.  I recognize the wonderful part about life is the ability to make new memories. Roast your pumpkin for a  fresh pumpkin puree that adds great flavor and freshness to all your fall treats.

Memories of a little boy who enjoys warm maple syrup on his pancakes and can barely sit still to eat them, in anticipation of his monthly trip to the dump with grandpa. Tucked away are moments to treasure, of our grandson, lugging a pumpkin up the stairs from our pumpkin patch, exclaiming, “look grandma, it is just my size”.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds: Don’t waste those precious pumpkin seeds, roast them instead

Pumpkin Seeds with Cajun Seasoning: Don’t waste those precious pumpkin seeds, roast them instead.

 Always one more memory on the horizon, waiting to embed itself into my life.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Whiskey Butter Sauce - Oh My! Moist, filled with great flavor and not too sweet. Just one more itsy bitsy piece, thanks.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Whiskey Butter Sauce

This fall, pumpkins along with life abounds. I’m ready for a special treat. How about you?

How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Whiskey Butter Sauce

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds 

 

Fresh Pumpkin Puree shared with:

*Homestead Lady: Green Thumb Thursday