We’d been having an unseasonably warm fall
and were spending Every Moment Outside.
When my daughter invited Beka and I to a pumpkin patch
we dropped our books and headed out the door.
Sometimes you just gotta’ follow the sun,
especially since ya’ know once the rains come,
they don’t leave for a long, long, time.
Although we call special outings for school
we rarely end up in a field.
This was a field field trip.
The kids loved running to and fro,
with every pumpkin they could lift a possibility to take home.
I found a handmade sign at a garage sale that says,
“Grandchildren are a reward for not killing your children”
but since it isn’t PC and some people don’t get
it’s a joke
I don’t display it.
But grandchildren are a reward.
After raising six kids with lotsa rules and nutrition and bedtimes,
I love having little people who depend on me for only
candy and toys.
My definition of Gwamma.
The pumpkin adventure wasn’t over.
The assignment only said “make Pumpkin Pie or stewed pumpkin.”
I think not.
To make sure we finished the project
and that Beka had success her first time making pie,
I opted for store bought piecrust and canned pumpkin.
Don’t tell my brothers.
Joel and Allan make amazing pie.
One Thanksgiving, Allan even brought his own rolling pin to Mom’s house
because he was in charge of making the pies.
Of course, my brothers make their own crusts,
use fresh pumpkin,
and yes, they are both single, as a matter of fact.
I don’t know why.
I am the black-sheep, pie-crust buying member of the family.
But not for long.
Last week I read this beautiful book
and it inspired me to get back to my pioneer roots.
She has a simple pie-crust recipe Beka and I will be using
when we make our second pie.
It also is going to make my Christmas shopping a lot easier!
Wouldn’t this book look adorable in a basket
with a few vintage cookie cutters and a cookie mix in a canning jar?
I love to give my kids moments like these!
There was a little filling left, so we filled little graham cracker pie crusts.
They were also delicious.
See that sweet little pie pumpkin in the middle of my fall display?
Hopefully, that will be in Beka’s second pie, too.
It just needs to hang around and look harvesty for awhile.
For those of you ambitious kitchen people here are some
pumpkin recipes from a blog called “Laura’s Sweet Memories.”
Anything is better than stewed pumpkins!