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October 29, 2006

Peeking. . .

Peeking out of hiatus, because I want to post links to recipes that I don't want to forget.

Pumpkin Seeds / Buttered and Salted

Butternut Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing

Pumpkin and White Bean Soup

We went to Detwiler Farms (where we usually buy our produce) for pumpkins yesterday. We were going to buy one, ended up buying two, but took home five! The lady selling the pumpkins gave us several for pumpkin shakes and pumpkin seeds when she found out we like pumpkin seeds. They were still good but had a tiny soft spot and couldn't be sold. So we have pumpkin baking in the oven (and then off to the freezer for Thanksgiving pies!

My folks are coming for Thanksgiving! I'm so excited. My sister and her kidlets are flying out, too. I've e-mailed my brother an invitation, but haven't heard from him. (He's not big on e-mail, but I don't have a current phone number. . .) The last time we were all together was a year and a half ago, for my brother's college graduation.

This is our second Thanksgiving back in the States, and it makes me happy that it's become "tradition" for my parents and sister to come spend this holiday with us. Okay, so it's not a huge, long-standing tradition, but after two years, it feels like one.

Speaking of seeing family, we're going to New Orleans soon. We'll see my grandparents, my other brother and his family, and maybe even some family on my Dad's side. I'm kinda scared, to be honest. I have so many memories of childhood set in New Orleans, and I know things are different, but I don't want it to change my memories, you know?


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:o) so glad you peeked out:
i have a thing for pumpkins. it's spring here, and pumpkins are traditionally an autumn produce, i know. but i found one lurking in my pantry and made roasted pumpkin and lentil soup over the weekend.

and "it's MY considered opinion" (said owl, in winnie the pooh) that it only takes *twice* to make a tradition!!
we don't celebrate thanksgiving here in NZ, but our J10 was born on thanksgiving day. cool memory.
have a wonderful time xx

Posted by: kate5kiwis at October 31, 2006 03:05 AM

Mmm, pumpkins. I'm excited for Thanksgiving! I hope your hiatus is going well. ;)

My ds ADORES pumpkin seeds... he gets so excited to munch on them, spicy or plain.

Posted by: busybusymomma at November 1, 2006 09:26 AM

I'm glad you peeked out, too! We had our team retreat over in western Ukraine last week. The Head Honcho prayed for all of us, including all of our past team mates. I thought of you and wondered how you are doing....

Posted by: Columbine at November 1, 2006 02:01 PM

Mary and I are now hooked on your "Best Pumpkin Seeds Ever" from the Kiev missionary cookbook. We even brought some to the retreat!

Posted by: Dawn at November 3, 2006 03:13 AM

Ahhh. . . I would have loved to have been there for the retreat. And I'm glad you like the pumpkin seeds, Dawn! I don't know if I notated it when I shared it with the Kyiv cookbook, but while I like to make them with the hulls on, my Ukrainian friends only like to eat them with the hulls off (same recipe, just with only the green "meat" of the seeds.) Do you know/remember Roma? He liked them a lot. . . *grin*

Posted by: TulipGirl at November 6, 2006 08:27 PM

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