Pumpkin Processing on Thanksgiving Day

Phew, what a day.  Before the day is over I just wanted to extend a thank-you to you, for following this blog, for your likes, for your comments, for your shares. It’s not an old blog, or a big blog, it’s not shiny, glittery, or sparkly, but it is very real. Thank-you, for keeping it real with me.

Although I’m tired, in many ways this Thanksgiving was less stressful than previous years. We didn’t go anywhere, nor did we host a gigantic feast. Instead we stayed home, worked, and ate as needed. Ha, sounds like a prescription for happiness doesn’t it!? That minimalist thing, in respect to saying no to self-imposed appointments is really nice. We may have found a new two-part Thanksgiving tradition! Step 1 – Stay Home. Step 2 – Be Happy!

Being *almost* out-of-words tired, here are five captioned pictures that summarize the work and joy of today, here, in our neck of the woods. 🙂

Step 1: Peel the pumpkin.
Step 1: Peel the pumpkin.
Step 2: Gut the pumpkin, reserving seeds for roasting, or planting, or the chickens, or the compost... but don't just throw them away!
Step 2: Gut the pumpkin, reserving seeds for roasting, or planting, or the chickens, or the compost… but don’t just throw them away!
Step 3: Bake pumpkin at 300F for 10 minutes, then cut into chunks.
Step 3: Bake hollowed pumpkin at 300 degrees F for 10 minutes, then cut into chunks.
Step 4: Shred pumpkin with food processor. I am so thankful for this handy-dandy, most amazing, kitchen appliance from my late father-in-law. It saved me umpteen hours today.
Step 4: Feed pumpkin to food processor with shredder attachment. Every time I say ‘shredder’ I have a TMNT flashback. Who’s with me? It can’t be just me! Anywho – I am so thankful for this handy-dandy, most amazing, kitchen appliance from my late father-in-law. This food processor saved me umpteen hours today. After shredding, transfer pumpkin in freezable containers. We went with 2cup and 4cup ziplocks because they take up less space in the freezer than tupperware containers.
Step 5: Eat pumpkin casserole and roasted broccoli-beets will vegging out on the couch with exhausted family. :)
Step 5: Eat pumpkin casserole and roasted broccoli-beets while vegging out on the couch with exhausted family. 🙂

Four of these b&w pictures are on instagram, in brilliant color, in their own little one post layout. If you wanted to check them out, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings one bit. 🙂

Until next time,

❅ Happy Holidays ❅

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