This past weekend my husband and I went to the Pumpkin Patch in my hometown, while we were visiting my mom. I love going to farms in the valley. In fact I love being in the farm country in general. I love it when the weather is nice and sunny, it doesn’t need to be warm just sunny. Here a few pictures from the pumpkin patch and some of our treasures. Remember how I said that I love squash, well here it is in all it’s glory! There are many more posts about squash were this one came from!!
Nate’s artistic shot!
This looks exactly like a classic pumpkin patch.
Some of the decorative gourds. The glitter pumpkins were made by me. I used funkins.
The sugar pumpkins who were sacrificed for this dish!!
source: Joy of Cooking
One 9 x 5-inch loaf
This loaf can be made with any cooked mashed squash, yams, or sweet potatoes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1⁄2 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
Combine in a small bowl:
1⁄3 cup water or milk
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
Beat in a large bowl until fluffy:
6 tablespoons (3⁄4 stick) butter, softened, or 1⁄3 cup vegetable shortening
1 1⁄3 cups sugar or 1 cup sugar plus 1⁄ 3 cup packed brown sugar
Beat in one at a time:
2 large eggs
Add and beat on low speed just until blended:
1 cup cooked or canned pumpkin puree
Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the milk mixture, beating on low speed or stirring with a rubber spatula until smooth and scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Fold in:
1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
1⁄3 cup raisins or chopped dates
Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes before unmolding to cool completely on the rack.