Wordless Wednesday: Pumpkin Patch

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We had a blast our local pumpkin patch. How about you? 

And to add to the fun, here's a favorite Paula Dean Pumpkin Pie recipe:


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin, mashed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, optional
  • 1 piece pre-made pie dough
  • Whipped cream, for topping


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place 1 piece of pre-made pie dough down into a (9-inch) pie pan and press down along the bottom and all sides. Pinch and crimp the edges together to make a pretty pattern. Put the pie shell back into the freezer for 1 hour to firm up. Fit a piece of aluminum foil to cover the inside of the shell completely. Fill the shell up to the edges with pie weights or dried beans (about 2 pounds) and place it in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the foil and pie weights and bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust is dried out and beginning to color.
For the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined. Add the sugar and salt, and beat until combined. Add the eggs mixed with the yolks, half-and-half, and melted butter, and beat until combined. Finally, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger, if using, and beat until incorporated.
Pour the filling into the warm prepared pie crust and bake for 50 minutes, or until the center is set. Place the pie on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Cut into slices and top each piece with a generous amount of whipped cream.

More Pumpkin Trivia

[puhmp-kin or, commonly, puhng-kin]
1. a large, edible, orange-yellow fruit borne by a coarse, decumbent vine, Cucurbita pepo,  of the gourd family.

2. the similar fruit of any of several related species, as C. maxima  or C. moschata.

3. a plant bearing such fruit.

1640–50;  alter. of pumpion  ( see -kin), var. of pompon  < MF, nasalized var. of popon  melon, earlier pepon  < L pepōn-  (s. of pepō ) < Gk pépōn  kind of melon
Word Origin & History

1647, alteration of pumpion  "melon, pumpkin" (1545), from M.Fr. pompon,  from L. peponem  (nom. pepo ) "melon," from Gk. pepon  "melon," probably originally "cooked by the sun, ripe," from peptein  "to cook." Pumpkin-pie  is recorded from 1654. Pumpkin-head,  Amer.Eng. colloquial for "person with hair cut short all around" is recorded from 1781.
Computing Dictionary

pumpkin definition

 A humourous term for the token - the object (notional or real) that gives its possessor (the "pumpking" or the "pumpkineer") exclusive access to something, e.g. applying patches to a master copy of source (for which the pumpkin is called a "patch pumpkin").
Chip Salzenberg  wrote:
David Croy once told me once that at a previous job, there was one tape drive and multiple systems that used it for backups. But instead of some high-tech exclusion software, they used a low-tech method to prevent multiple simultaneous backups: a stuffed pumpkin. No one was allowed to make backups unless they had the "backup pumpkin".
 Books: CasaCucurbita
The Wizard of Pumpkin
The Maltese Pumpkin
A Farewell to Pumpkins(Arms)
One flew over the Pumpkin Patch
The Pumpkins of Wrath
Cucurbita in the Rye

Movie Titles:
Best Horror Film on 1998: Honey, I Shrunk the Pumpkins!
Great Expectations
Pumpkin Field of Dreams
Romancing the Pumpkin(Stone)
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All the best,
-- LadyD 

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