Fresh pumpkin, small helpers

Eliyahu helps with the pumpkin seeds

One of Joshua's coworkers gave us this pumpkin last fall. I love using fresh pumpkin, and finally -- the very day I went into labor with Moshe! -- I found a quick moment to use it! (Good thing fresh pumpkins store well!)

Eliyahu (4, above) had a great time helping me scoop out the seeds. Standing on a stool next to the counter, the task kept him busy for quite a while!

I contemplated baking the pumpkin, since readers here have told me how easy that method is. But in the end I decided to stick with the familiar: cut the pumpkin into fourths and cook in a large pan (covered) with a couple inches of water until tender. I drain the water, remove pumpkin from the rind, and mash with a potato masher to make my "puree".

Pumpkin sheet cake with cream cheese frosting recipe

That same day, I made two pumpkin sheet cakes for Ruth's 2nd birthday. These cakes are really easy to make and always bring rave reviews!

I froze the extra pumpkin puree in Ziplock bags for future cakes and cookies. I never did get around to roasting the pumpkin seeds, but I figured that having a new baby excused me from trying to do "everything". :)


We absolutely LOVE this cake! It is so moist, so easy to make and so yummy!

Multi-Tasking Mommy

I love just about anything with pumpkin in it. I grew and then froze my own pumpkins last year. It is hard to believe that it is almost time to plant them again.

Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers

Pumpkin sheet cake is the ultimate favorite at our house! Yum!

Wife to my Michael and mama to our Willow

We started a few pumpkins in the garden last year and probably harvested 20 plus pumpkins from our patch. Needless to say, I still have one lone pumpkin in my basement waiting to be done up. We cook them in the oven with a bit of water then puree it with a stick blender. It is soo easy and you get so much vegi for the time invested. We use it in everything from muffins to soup - it is hidden behind the other flavors so the kids don't know.:) Your cake looks wonderful !! I may try to convert that to gluten free this week.

I've got to try some of your pumpkin recipes! Now I;m hungry!

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