Dealing With Those Pumpkins, and a bit of Mountain Living

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is done and we are well into Christmas decorating, the orange pumpkins need to go.  Baking the little pie pumpkin is easy, and will provide wonderful fresh pumpkin for use in recipes.  All you need to do is cut the pumpkin into halves and scoop out the seeds.

Pumpkins 1

Place cut side down in a baking dish.

Pumpkins 2

Place in a 350 degree oven for about an hour.

Pumpkins 3

Scoop out the pumpkin, it will be the consistency of mashed potatoes.

Pumpkins 4

I store it in a container, for a day or two until I can get to baking. I measured the output of this little pumpkin, it came to 2-1/2 cups of fresh pumpkin. The aroma is wonderful, fresh and no preservatives!

Pumpkins 5

So, what to do with the other jack-o-lantern pumpkin? I didn’t want to just throw it away. We don’t have a zoo nearby to give it to, did you know that hippos love pumpkins? On the advice of a few readers, I decided to split it open and put it out for the turkeys. I sprinkled it with birdseed, also a reader suggestion, thank you Linda, Susan and Valerie.

Pumpkins for Turkeys 1

Then the stupid turkeys didn’t show up that day. So the little birds got all the seed. The next morning, I saw the turkeys in the meadow, and walked out to the veranda with a piece of whole wheat bread, and called to them. They came directly up to get their handout.

Pumpkins for Turkeys 2

Then they spent half an hour pecking at the ground, and walking around the pumpkins.

Pumpkins for Turkeys 3

Circling around and ignoring the orange treat, they were making that cluck-purring sound.

Pumpkins for Turkeys 4

Pumpkins for Turkeys 5

After a while, I got bored, and went down to the sewing room. A bit later, DH called me up to see them actually eating the pumpkin.

Pumpkins for Turkeys 7

I didn’t want to disturb them, so I took a couple of pictures from inside the house.

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First one, then the other one got a beak full.

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Oh, and I have to tell you a funny thing!  Our mailbox is down the mountain from the house so it is rare for the postal delivery guy to actually come up here.  But yesterday, the box from Back Side Fabrics wouldn’t fit in the box so he brought it up.  I heard this noise out in the front, and came up from the basement and out to the veranda to see what the commotion was.  The two male turkeys were trying really hard to run him off, and I had to laugh as they chased him around his jeep pecking at him and gobbling really loud.  Then he turned around and began to chase them off, yelling and waving his arms around.  When he came up to the house, winded, with my box, he said they had followed him from the house down the hill, running behind his jeep the whole way up the mountain!  I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I encourage them to stay, LOL, or that the pumpkin halves in the yard were for them!  Nor did I tell him that they chased my car down the hill as I went out earlier in the week, feathers fluffed, tails up and gobbling the whole way.  They are getting really bold.

Anyway, now that I have the pumpkin all baked and ready to use in a recipe, I need to decide what to do with it.  The links below are to my original pumpkin recipes.  Which would you choose?

Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts

Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts at From My Carolina Home

Pumpkin Orange Bread

Pumpkin Orange Bread ~ From My Carolina Home

Do you have a leftover pumpkin?

28 thoughts on “Dealing With Those Pumpkins, and a bit of Mountain Living

  1. That is a funny story to start my day!! THANKS!! So glad the turkeys enjoyed their pumpkin. Oh my I feel terrible now as I loaded all my extra pumpkin into the wheelbarrow and rolled them to the dumpster! LOL!!! (You know I don’t cook…but I haven’t baked since my girls were young!)

  2. Rosemaryflower

    The donuts look good.
    Turkeys are funny, and annoying. And stoopit. I agree
    Your story was funny. We rarely see turkeys here in Northern Virginia, sometimes by the Potomac, mostly further out west.

  3. Oh my gosh, I love your pet turkeys! A woman in my guild has real pet turkeys. They like to be petted and come in the house occasionally for a treat.

  4. The turkeys are funny! A natural security system!! We may have to split our pumpkins outside. Usually the squirrels ‘carve’ them for us, but they’ve actually left them alone this year. I’ve cooked one pie pumpkin and have one left to do. Either I’ll cook it when the house gets cold and needs a bit of extra warmth or will throw it into the oven when cooking something else. Your donuts look delicious! I love anything pumpkin.

  5. Phyllis Smith

    Happy morning to ya,

    Think I would like to pumpkin and orange bread, it sounds wonderful! I sure would have loved to watch the postman with those turkeys, they are so big though glad he didn’t get pecked by one,

    They can do some damage. Going back to your Thanksgiving table setting it was lovely. Especially liked the pilgrims with her skirt looking like it was blowing in the wind.

    I found some baskets of apples and other fruits to use with my pilgrims at Hobby and Lobby and fix up a vinyette with my sets for decorations. I haven’t put out anything for Christmas yet, doing

    Good to get my baking done, have just about gotten over the pneumonia but tire out and get a bit winded still but the worst is over thank goodness. Need to get started with my chores for the day

    So have a great time doing your favorite things today.


  6. Lesley Gilbert

    Loved your turkey story. I’ve never tasted a pumpkin – not something big here in the UK, yet! We can buy small pumpkins for Halloween, which I’ve never done and I don’t know anybody who has ever cooked/baked one. I liked the idea of cutting in half and roasting (seedless) in the oven. Oh well; I’ll just enjoy reading your stories and recipes; gobble gobble 🙂 🙂

  7. Linda B

    Great pictures and tale Carole, and glad they finally found the treats and got up enough courage to sample! You cook your pumpkin like I do any hard squash/pumpkin…cook first then cut up. It scares me to try to cut into a whole raw one with a knife. They are SO hard! My favorite squash is butternut, and I like a savory recipe from Grow Cook Eat by Galloway: roast the butternut squash, cut up and put in shallow 9×14 glass baking dish. Preheat oven to 350. In skillet gently cook one pound of sausage (I like breakfast sausage, but it is also good with Italian sausage) in a little water until mostly done, add apple and onion and cook together for a little while. Cover the squash with the sausage mix. Add dollops of ricotta cheese (6-8 depending on portion size). Sprinkle any seasonings you love. Dot with butter. Add rounds of provolone cheese to the top. Bake about 30 minutes until cheese is lightly browned. You can also add nuts, like pecans for variety, and dried cranberries are fun too. We fix this at least once a month and love it. And because there are only two of us, I usually put it in 2 8×8 ceramic or glass baking dish, and bake one right away, and freeze the second for later.

  8. Brenda Ackerman

    Good Morning Carole! What a fabulous story to hear first thing in the morning…the postman being chased by the turkeys and then the postman chasing the turkeys! LOL. Can not wait to share this one with my Father, he will really get a good laugh and then have a good story to share. Hubby is the true baker in our house, he loves to grow pumpkins every year and either can them or freeze them after baking them for use year around. He makes the moistest Pumpkin Muffins and an Excellent Pie. Although your Bread sounds delicious; there are so many ways to use fresh pumpkin and it is so much better tasting than a can.
    My flu bout is doing a bit better today, thankfully. Yesterday, between naps, I managed to get a good majority of Half Square Triangles done. Today, I should finish sewing the remainder of them and get them all cut apart, ironed and squared up into the two and a half inch pieces. I am sure glad that this worked out the way that it did; the fabrics I chose are so pretty together. LOL. For the life of me, I can not remember how to load pictures onto Flickr…so Hubby and I are going to try and figure it out later on today! Just what happens when I do not use something often enough. Well have a fantastic creative day!

  9. Melanie

    What a fun and funny story! Yes, those gobblers are getting possessive of their feed farm. Who knew pumpkins and bird seed would bring such a treasure of activity and entertainment. Thanks for a good laugh! LOL

  10. I hope the box of goodies survived the mailman’s drama!!! The bread recipe, I have saved this, as it is so good to have a loaf or two in the freezer for a gift. And to cook them in the oven, no peeling first, great idea.

  11. I loved the tale of the attack turkeys. We’ve had our pumpkin-loving daughter here for a week and a half. I baked a pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin pudding crunch. She must have been satisfied, because she opted for cardamom muffins rather than pumpkin for her last breakfast here.

  12. Denise force

    Pumpkin-Orange bread. If I leave an address could you send a loaf????
    I made soup with left over squash from Thursday. Pumpkin gets mixed with coolwhip for a desert .

  13. Sharon Schipper

    Roast turkey sounds good to me! just like the colonists, hee hee! maybe with baked pumpkin pudding (around here that’s pumpkin pie without the crust…)
    My sis lives in the Sacramento basin, and the turkeys run wild, just like the Canada Geese here. They have funniest home videos of the turkeys attacking people and chasing them, even attacking cars. We raised a couple of turkeys when I was little, the big black ones. It was my job to feed them before school every morning. I WHISPERED ” chicky, chicky” because the old Tom would flog me every time. He was delicious, by the way…
    sharon in colorado

  14. Sharon Schipper

    AND for our UK sis: acorn squash, or any winter squash, will cook up like pumpkin and make pies as well. We dopey Americans make pies out of the darndest things: I have a recipe for Maryland White Potato Pie in my Southern Living cookbooks I’ve made before (comes out a bit like a chess or custard pie) I think for the most part we draw the line at kidneys though… 🙂


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