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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". :)

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LOVE!

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

Multi-Tasking Mommy
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I love just about anything

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

simplybrandy's picture

Pumpkin sheet cake is the

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

Wife to my Michael and mama to our Willow

Big returns in the garden

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.

momto9's picture

I've got to try some of your

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

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