After Thanksgiving is done and we are heading into Christmas there is always a debate about what to do with the pumpkins. We had nice pumpkins all the way from Minnesota from Grandma’s garden, we had one from the pumpkin patch in Riverton, and we had one from the library. A squirrel had been scratching at one so I decided to chop up the pumpkins and feed the wildlife instead of just throwing them away. I thought this would be great fun for the kids too. So armed with hammers and an ax we went outside to chop the pumpkins.
James got into it right away.
Faith decided to drive from the back yard to the front yard. She just watched the pumpkin pounding, her dolly safely tucked inside her coat.
Gideon on the other hand did not have fun. He never did pound any pumpkins either.
We didn’t have to wait long at all for the squirrel to figure out that we made his job a little bit easier. The very next morning we got to watch him run pieces of pumpkin up the tree.
It has been several weeks since we chopped up the pumpkins. We have watched countless times the squirrel working on hiding his pumpkin bits. James even found some pumpkin pieces way up in the tree branches where the squirrel hide them. We also haven’t had any bunnies lately because the squirrel chases them out of the yard. He doesn’t want to share. All that was left was a big pumpkin that really didn’t get chopped very well. I have been planning on throwing it away and writing this blog post with just the squirrel. But then a few days ago our snow was covered in deer tracks and a big bite was taken out of the pumpkin. Every morning less of the pumpkin was left. I was sad the deer was eating the pumpkin during the night when we couldn’t see it. And then today this happened!
I might have been just as excited as the children!
This buck ate every bit of the pumpkin pieces in the yard and even licked our bird feeder for a bit before walking calmly out the front gate and down the street. Broad daylight, and we live in the middle of town. Crazy!! I am so glad we didn’t throw the pumpkins away!
This year we had a very special Thanksgiving because my mom, Tessa and Emma all came for the week. After two lonely Thanksgivings in CO it was terribly special to have lots company! One of the things I miss the most since moving away is cooking with my mom and sisters on Thanksgiving. And we got to do that this year!
For the children the best part of Thanksgiving was hanging out with their aunts!
Our pretty table!
Little pumpkins that Grandma grew in her garden and brought all the way here for us!
Hanging out with Aunt Tessa watching fun videos on her computer.
Ah Thanksgiving! A time of food and family. I was pretty disappointed that we didn’t have anyone over other than my little family. Thanksgiving seems more special if you have lots of friend or family to share it with. When I asked my hubby what he wanted me to make he said he wanted turkey and chocolate milk. Well……that wasn’t going to happen. I set out making food a few days early, because I knew it wouldn’t all get down on one day. 🙂 I made cranberry muffins just like the ones I grew up eating on Thanksgiving. My boys helped cut the cranberries:
Can I just say that cooking a thanksgiving meal by yourself is A LOT OF WORK! I took a break for a bit on the couch. I missed my mom and sisters a lot. We would cook all day for Thanksgiving in my mom’s one-butt kitchen, but we sure had fun doing it!
But it did all get done! Turkey, potatoes, gravy, snicker salad, deviled eggs, muffins, buns, corn, carrots, and two kinds of pie. 😀
I made everything from scratch too. I was going to make the stuffing from a box until my almost 1 year old got into a bag of new bread. I couldn’t throw it away so I turned it into stuffing.
Check out my turkey! That my friends is what real butter will do to it! Considering it was still frozen the morning of Thanksgiving it sure turned out great! And we didn’t get sick either!! 😀
I cooked the turkey with a bunch of fresh herbs, but I couldn’t taste them at all. The weather was so nice that Titus moved the table outside so we could eat!
Our center piece! It is a pinterest craft that isn’t finished yet, so I put the pumpkins on top. It looks cute.
After cooking for at least two days, and planning the menu for almost a week no one was hungry by the time we all sat down. 😦 I don’t think James ate at all and Gideon only ate a few bits.I guess that is what happens with little kids.
I am so thankful for my little family. I am also so thankful for this house we live in. It has been such a wonderful blessing for us! I am also so thankful I was taught how to cook!!