Pumpkins Galore!

If you don’t follow my {very frequent} posts on Facebook you probably don’t know about my pumpkins! We grew pumpkins in the garden this year!  One of the joys of living in Florida is that I already have pumpkins… in June! Yup! I’m having way too much fun on this little farm.
The heirloom variety I planted is Connecticut Field.

The two smaller pumpkins ripening nicely.

I planted one seed… ONE SEED. I can’t get over it! There are few things more amazing and worthwhile than planting one little seed in the ground and harvesting almost 40 lbs of food from it!

Our first and biggest pumpkin- it weighs 16.5 lbs!

I cut into the smallest pumpkin and prepped it for roasting to make some puree. I plan to repeat the process with the larger two but those will be frozen in puree form in baggies. This first batch is in the fridge to be used this week in every dish I can sneak it into!

I got a ton of seeds too so, I’m roasting some and saving the rest to plant a huge pumpkin patch next year. 

The one 11 lb pumpkin yielded 80 ounces of pumpkin puree. Yay!

For details on how I made the puree click HERE.

Also, if you’re interested in a healthy and delicious recipe the kids and I came up with today. Check out my recipe post for my Pumpkin Coco-Carrot Muffins HERE.

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8 Responses to Pumpkins Galore!

  1. Shirley June 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I live on a farm in MO and I know just how
    excited you can get from growing a whole bunch of stuff from ONE seed! It is so nice to see that your children are learning how to garden. I don’t think some kids even realize where food comes from!

  2. StrikesMyFancy June 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Hi Vanessa! I’m new to your blog and FB page! Love your posts. I’m in FL, Where are you?? Roxanne

    • Vanessa Wilson June 29, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

      We live in Lacrosse, FL . Just North of Gainesville. Where are you?

    • StrikesMyFancy June 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

      I’m down in South Fl. Wish you were closer. Always nice to find Sewing Friends!! BTW, love roasted pumpkin seeds, yum!!
      Big Congrat’s on your guest spot on Sew It All and being published!

  3. Wendy Bellino June 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    WOW! How fun is that?! We planted a garden too this summer. Just waiting for The tomatoes to ripen. What an awesome family project!

  4. Mosaic Magpie June 30, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    You are quite the pumpkin grower! Good to include the children and teach them the joys of gardening. Cute photos of the kids.

  5. KatieQ June 30, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    If one seed produce 40 pounds of pumpkin, I can’t imagine what will happen next year when you plant more. This is really wonderful for your children.

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