*Getting the pumpkin out of pie pumpkins*
*First, you'll need to cut your pie pumpkin in half with a sharp knife. Don't worry, this really is the hardest part of the whole process.
*Next, clean all the seeds out, not worrying about removing all the strings (it's ok-- I promise).
*You will now place both pumpkin halves, cut side down, in a baking dish with about 1 1/2 cups of water. Place in a 200 degree oven, for about an hour and a half (maybe longer). Baking the pumpkin softens the shell so that you can cut it off!
*Take the pumpkin halves out of the oven and carefully cut the softened shell off. Cutting the pumpkin into quarters makes this task easier.
*Once all the shell is cut off, cut pumpkin into large sized cubes, and boil in a pan of water. Remove from heat when tender (but not mushy - don't overcook!).
*Drain pumpkin, then mash with potato masher.
*Fill blender half full with cooked pumpkin, and blend 'til smooth! This step takes care of all those strings, isn't it great? :) :) :)
* Measure 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin for your pumpkin pie recipes, filling quart sized freezer bags or going ahead and making your pies!!! I can usually get 2- 3 pies out of one pie pumpkin, depending on its size.
I have about 5 "pies" in my freezer, wondering if I should put up more pumpkin before pie pumpkins go out of season!
I made the silly mistake of not taking my medicine this morning since I had forgotten to pick up my refill from the pharmacy the day before ... crazy, crazy. I've decided this is not a good thing to repeat in the future. I've been in a cloud for most of the day- *yawn*, The kids had been sick for a couple of days this week, contributing to my forgetfulness to actually get in the vehicle and pick up the medicine!! Oh well ...
Tomorrow will be a better day ... with the meds taken as they should, along with my ability to think and remenber things more clearly (I hope so, anyway)! lol!
Here's a random photo to cheer me up- ;) Our daughter Ashlyn loves playing with her little friends, and I love this pic:
This photo was taken during Reformation night at church (October 31st)! :D