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Pumpkin Patch 2011

It may have been a tad early to go to the pumpkin patch, but it WAS October (although it was only the 1st) but I was worried if we waited until another weekend, we wouldn't find the time. My husband tentatively has two trips planned in October - a week in Germany and a week in Georgia - so I jumped on utilizing the empty calendar space to visit the little pumpkin patch and pick out pumpkins for Halloween. Naturally it was a dry but windy and blustery day. (The following weekend it was in the 80s!)

I also jumped on this opportunity to invite my little sister since we'd be in her neck of the woods that day. She came home with me and her and her cousin carved pumpkins while I worked on boiling and baking the seeds while Rachel napped. We'll carve Rachel's pumpkin another time.

The pumpkin patch is on a farm so we get to take advantage of seeing the animals. Rachel LOVED the animals. It looks like she is crying in this photo, but she's laughing at the goats. The goats were her favorite, although she did enjoy checking out the pigs, horses, cows, chickens and bunnies.

Here's my little sister sitting on a pumpkin and posing with the "farm dog."

 

 

I planned to put random dots on my pumpkin with the apple corer, but soon realized I made a smiling pumpkin! 

Boiling the seeds!

Here is my pumpkin seed recipe in case you are interested. I found this in a newspaper years ago and have always used it. 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Heat oven to 400.

Collect & Clean seeds. Boil in salted water for 15-20 minutes. You will see the seeds start to turn "gray." This is the water absorbing into the seeds, which is important for the recipe. Drain seeds and spread onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt or other flavorings if desired (cheese, garlic, ranch, chili powder, etc.)

Bake 10-20 minutes checking halfway through and pay close attention so the seeds don't burn. Sometimes I flip the seeds, sometimes I don't.

Cool and enjoy!