Happy Thanksgiving! From Me and
My Fairytale Pumpkin

happythanksgiving_fairytalepumpkin It was spring, the May plant sale at the Rodale Institute, when I came across a pumpkin called the Fairytale Pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata). Of course I had to buy it immediately. I planted it in a bed near my driveway that’s mostly ornamental but had lots of room for pumpkin plants to spread and grow—which they tend to do. This one certainly did. I got five giant pumpkins and this one, which weighs probably 35 pounds, and which by the time you see this blog will be cooked down into pumpkin pie, with the extra frozen for pumpkin stuff all winter long.

I’m not sure yet how I’m going to cut it up—since it seems like I’m going to need a chain saw. Actually, I saw a photo on Facebook posted by a friend I haven’t seen since high school showing the same kind of pumpkin and his “butchering” attempt. He recommended you cut off one slice so that it lays flat and then…chisel and mallet away.

So, in keeping with the holiday, here is what I am thankful for: gardening, the Rodale Institute, Facebook friends, nature, my cat named Pumkin (who annoys me most of the time, but who decided to pose next to this pumpkin all on her very own), FAMILY, organic food, all the people in my life who love me and even some of them who don’t, YOU!

Oh, and I am also thankful for the recent news that Bruce Springsteen will be coming out with a new album (featuring Tom Morello) on January 14th, 2014!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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6 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving! From Me and
My Fairytale Pumpkin

  1. Nikki Lindqvist November 28, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    Oh, for heaven’s sake… you and Bruce… !!! Ha!

    That pumpkin is incredible-looking. Love it.

    I’m thankful for your blog, even if I most often don’t say a word.

    Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated here in Sweden, of course, but I’ll just HAVE to make a pumpkin pie, anyway!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. maria (farm country kitchen) November 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too Nikki!

  3. Alice Green November 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    I was so tickled to see a cat in your picture. I love cats but the building I live in won’t allow cats unless they are declawed! Something I would never do to any cat, but many of my past cats looked just like your’s, so thanks for including her in your post! And I’m thankful to be alive and grateful to you and all the people in this world who keep reminding us of all that we do have to be grateful for, not just today, but every day. Happy Days!

  4. Carole Cotter Bodner December 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Lovely pumpkin! and a most charming Cat!
    About every 2 years my mother had to go to the hospital for stitches because she had axed her thumb or hand while chopping a chunk off a pumpkin or hubbard squash. I don’t. I find a sack or chair cover and drop the bagged squash/pumpkin a few times and bake the chunks skin side up, then scoop out the cooked meat. This works every time, and I don’t stab myself any more while trying to cut thru the hard rind. Try it.

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