Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fun Times at the Pumpkin Patch

This past Sunday, our little family went to the local pumpkin patch. This particular place is pretty special to us, despite the fact that it was our first time stopping to look at the pumpkins.

In the past, this location had a little old house that sat in the middle of the property. In April of 2007, the owners of the house donated it to a local fire department to burn for training. This happened to be the same department that our fire chief works at. He invited a few of our members to join the other department at the burn. I was so excited about possibly going into a burning building for the first time! But the morning of the burn, Buddy and I realized that there was a huge possibility that I might be pregnant. We decided that maybe I should just sit this one out. Later that night, I took a home pregnancy test and....I was!

*ahem*....back to the pumpkin patch story.....

So anyways, we decided to meet up with another family and their little boy, who happens to be Quinn's best friend from daycare. This little place had lots of places for good pictures. The only problem was getting Quinn to look at the camera, and not all the traffic that was going by.

They even had some really BIG pumpkins. Quinn had fun standing beside them and beating on them. I think he liked the hollow sound that they made.

They also had the pumpkins set out in groups by size, and then in groups of about 20 or so pumpkins. I found a group of nice ones with one pumpkin missing from the group. I plopped Quinn down in the middle of the group and caught this cute shot.

Near the area where we had to pay, they had another photo-op, and we got this cute shot of our entire family.

And finally, here is Quinn with all of our pumpkins. Notice that we have "Daddy", "Mama", and "Baby" sized pumpkins!

Now, my question is....what in the world do I do with all these pumpkins? I did see this link on the Money Saving Mom website a few weeks ago. I will definitely try the recipes for pumpkin muffins and pumpkin seeds. But how in the world do I cook pumpkins this big????

I'd love to hear some ideas!!


Anonymous said...

You and Buddy are not the only ones blessed. Quinn is a wonderful blessing to the whole extended family. Love you all, AL

Anonymous said...

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Heather said...

Congratulations on the news! Looks like you need one more baby pumpkin though. You can't cook those pumpkins, their not for baking. There is a special kind for baking.

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

These are great shots! And all I've ever done with them is make Jack-o-lanterns and bake the pumpkin seeds.

Perhaps Pam can give you some tips and ideas! :)

Kimberly said...


One baby pumpkin is enough!! What I meant was that was the day I found out I was pregnant with QUINN. Trust me, one child is enough for me right now....

Heather said...

Glad you told me...I was fixing to spread some rumors!!!

Pam said...

Well, here I am finally, but I won't really be much help. Heather is right that there are special pumpkins for cooking, but I have cooked that kind of pumpkin before (because I hate to waste anything), and put them into muffins. I even pureed some of the cooked pumpkin and fed it to Joshua when he was a baby. Just do a Google search for how to cook pumpkin seeds. I have only done it once, and wasn't that impressed. Maybe if you find a really good recipe you like, you can tell US about it!

Pam said...

That pumpkin patch is really cool, by the way, and the pictures of Quinn are so cute!