Thursday, October 30, 2008

Autumn passes quickly #10


Bountiful Harvests always include autumn pumpkins.

Just as the children love to choose a perfect shape for their very own carving delight, so too do we associate harvest with the orange colors they offer us aesthetically.

What would October be without a pumpkin or many hanging around the inside and outside of the house?
These are their choices this year

We used to grow ours in our backyard garden, laboring long and hard to cook and freeze the inner contents when we had had enough of the decor elements.

For all practical purposes, pumpkins are also nutritious, filled with minerals and good things for the body. The bright orange coloring is a dead giveaway on its most important ingredient - "Beta carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to Vitamin A in the body. In the conversion to Vitamin A, beta-carotene performs many important functions in overall health, the perfect antioxidant to keep many illnesses at bay.

Our children still speak of the night they were too stunned to speak when I placed an entire homemade pumpkin pie before them for their dinner with a dollop of real whipping cream to garnish the top, and fork nearby.

Granted, the nutrition offered is only as good as the pie filling itself, and obviously one can incorporate a tasty and even yummy (!) pumpkin pie without all the sugars and other additional calorie laden additions included in a store bought version.

Why not try your hand at cooking those insides of your own pumpkins this year, or better yet, but extras once they are offered on sale. Have a cookoff with friends to cook, sieve and freeze your bounties.

Oh, and don't forget how wonderful those seeds are for your health too. You can find out more about the nutrition and "body-goodness" promises of pumpkins by clicking on the link HERE...

Enjoy the memories mes enfants for it may happen again some day. :-)