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Baking a Pumpkin

17 Nov

Today was one of those days that really didn’t go quite as planned.  As I was getting ready to leave the house for my doctor’s appointment to get a cortisone shot in my shoulder, I thought the furnace had been trying to turn on for a bit too long.  I went to the basement and turned the switch off.  Sometimes, if the electric ignitor is wearing out, that will let it start and it’s not an emergency to get someone out to fix it.  Well, I’m glad I was in a hurry and waiting by the door of the room because there was a loud boom and the side panel on the side of the furnace was almost blown off.  I could see a flash of light inside the furnace.  I called the furnace repair man.

He couldn’t get there until afternoon, so I called to take the rest of the day off work.  When I got back home from my appointment, the house was getting a bit chilly, so I decided to bake a pumpkin.

It’s seemed like a go way to go psycho and not really hurt anyone (yeah, it’s been that kind of week or so).

Cue crazy “Psycho” music and maniacal laughter! Muwahawahahaha….

Oops.  I forget myself for a moment.  Cut the pumpkin in half so you can clean it out.

I thought about using the seeds and baking them.  It might be useful if the furnace wasn’t fixed very soon, and I needed to do more baking.

I decided instead to let half of the slimy little things slide through my fingers landing on the floor.

I know some helpers that would like to clean them up for me, and they are anti-parasitic when eaten raw.  It also makes my job easier.

I finished chopping up the body pumpkin.

This one was big enough to require two baking pans.  Add a little water, cover with foil, and pop them into the 350*F oven for quite a while.

During this baking time, the furnace repair man managed to fix the furnace, so the gas should not pool and try to blow up the whole place when it ignites.  That’s a good thing.

While the pumpkin is baking, it’s the perfect time to get rid of the evidence innards.  That’s where your volunteers come in.

Back inside and wait a while for the pumpkin to bake.  Finally, I get to take it out and see if the meat is tender to the fork.

After it cools for just a bit, it’s time to peel it.  Get the knife again!  Muwahawahahaha….

Take that!  and that!  Muwahawahahaha…. I’m better now.

The house is nice and warm with a working furnace, but it keeps making a loud squealing sound when it’s starting up.  Really?  Am I going to have to call and ask him about that?

Time to process the pumpkin flesh.  Most times that would mean putting it in the food processor.  Me~I use the vintage food grinder!

It’s way more hands on!

This pumpkin made a fair amount of prepared pumpkin.  Now I can freeze it or bake pie or bread or pumpkin roll or cookies~all comfort foods.

Goats like baked pumpkin too!


Look at that sweet face.  That’s the face that keeps me going on days that are rife with medical and technical difficulties.

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