Give thanks for the flesh of pumpkin

Posted on October 9th, 2009 15 great comments. Room for one more!

I’m going north to visit the folks for the Thanksgiving weekend (Canada has it in the correct month). When I say north, I mean black bears and moose in the backyard kinda north. Logging trucks on logging roads kinda north.

I’m hitching a ride with my younger sister in her familymobile; two boys and the “fun” uncle (me). Yay!

To compound matters, I also decided to volunteer my services in the dessert department. Pumpkin pie and crème brûlée. Something healthy, I thought.

Here’s the stash, ready for packing:

one pie

Oh no! A perfectly good pie shell ruined! Guess I’ll Have to make a pie right now :)

two pie

The part I hate is the killing of the pumpkin. Gruesome business, no matter how it’s done.

three pie

I admit, sometimes I feel a little remorse.


But not for too long. The pie won’t make itself! (and how long had the cream been sitting on the table?!)

if i had another pie

Pumpkin mush, milk, eggs, and spices into crust and into oven. Now the hard part.

then i'd have more

Okay, I know, it might seem like a lot of bother, especially since I haven’t started packing yet, but it tastes better from scratch. And, it gave me the opportunity to share an evening with you before I make the great escape. I’ll be gone Monday and Tuesday, and the interweb wiring up north isn’t always reliable, so who knows when we’ll get to chat again.

Probably Wednesday.

In the meantime, how about a slice of pie?

thank you lord!

15 Comments on “ Give thanks for the flesh of pumpkin ”

  • Daisy the Curly Cat
    October 10th, 2009 1:41 am

    I am so impressed that you made pumpkin pie from real pumpkins! We just buy pumpkin in a can. Have a happy Thanksgiving weekend.

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  • Patrick
    October 14th, 2009 8:40 am

    I was thinking of doing that too, Daisy. But once the pumpkins are diced, the recipe's really simple. So as long as you have a good knife, the whole thing's pretty easy. Thanks for the well-wishes! (I do give thanks :) )

  • The Mind of a Mom
    October 10th, 2009 4:43 pm

    Hope you have a blast with the kids and the North

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Patrick
    October 14th, 2009 8:38 am

    Thanks, Mom. When I'm not squeezed into a car with them for 7 hours, they're a lot more fun to hang out with :)

  • Lidian
    October 11th, 2009 5:44 am

    Have a wonderful time up north! I generally go for the canned pumpkin and let others carve the pumpkins around here, as I am also unhappy with the task of eviscerating them.

    Squash I can deal with – I don't know why.

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  • Patrick
    October 14th, 2009 8:37 am

    Pumpkins are pretty messy, Lidian. It's all the sinewy bits, I think. And thanks for the well-wishing; I did have a good time (very restful and rustic!)

  • casie stewart
    October 13th, 2009 7:14 pm

    wowza! you got talent. how was it? do you have any leftovers? I didn't get a turkey dinner ;)

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  • Patrick
    October 14th, 2009 8:36 am

    Actually, Casie, this one wasn't that great :( But that just means I have to try another! (I'll make sure you get a hunk)

  • RE - EntrePOD
    October 14th, 2009 11:17 am

    Patrick,, you are so funny.

    you know that very pumpkin is gonna come back and gettttt youuuuuu..

    I can see it now. you get to the side of the familymobile and voila ! there it issss,, waiting for you – only now it's a full grown jack o lantern, and it's got a chain sawwwww..

    bet you'll use those safe pre killed canned pumpkins nexttime.

    this is a fabulous post. hope you had a fabulous thanksgiving monday.

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  • Patrick
    October 14th, 2009 12:23 pm

    Thanks, Gal :) You know, if that thing's capable of rising from the dead like that, who's to say that the canned mush won't be equally capable of zombification? I don't know if I should take any chances.

    Regarding the fruit, those are just regular Bartlett pears. Same family (and looks very similar), but not nearly as exciting. Or maybe it's the lemons?

  • RE - Recycled Frocke
    October 14th, 2009 11:21 am

    Heyyyyyyyy is that a Quince we see there in the fruit bowl ?

    making mince are we ? I'll have a lil pie please, thank you.

    oooooooo delicious !

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  • Katherine
    October 14th, 2009 1:24 pm

    giggle….I hope you had a lovely holiday :-)

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  • Patrick
    October 14th, 2009 8:28 pm

    I did, Katherine. Thank you.

  • Mom
    October 14th, 2009 5:58 pm

    Oh my gosh. I love pumpkin pie. I would so love to have a slice of that fresh from scratch pie.

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  • Patrick
    October 14th, 2009 8:29 pm

    I could mail you a piece, Mom :F

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