After reading The Pioneer Woman's entry on roasting your own pumpkins, I was intrigued. She made it look easy and it sounded like a good activity for a crisp fall day. Today was the day. I had the pumpkins, so I went to work. After realizing that I would need my biggest knife and a mallet, I headed outside to take my pumpkins apart. The boys were asleep and banging with mallet inside just didn't sound like a good idea! I cut off the top and quartered my "pie" pumpkins and cleaned out the goo. That's the fun part...there's just something satisfying about playing in pumpkin guts! I saved all the seeds to roast later (a nice benefit to roasting your own pumpkin). After baking them at 350 for 50 minutes, I let them cool for a while, peeled off the skin, and gave them a whir in the food processor a few chunks at a time. Some I will set aside for pumpkin waffles for this weekend and pumpkin granola. The rest I plan on freezing in one-cup portions for later cravings. Was it worth it? Well, I've not actually eaten any yet, so I'll have to wait and see. Otherwise, it wasn't difficult, but it did take a little time and a little bit of a bicep workout. Altogether, it was a fun afternoon project. I'm sure I'll enjoy the pumpkin waffles even more! If you'd like see the original post and the nuances to making your own pumpkin puree, as well as how to roast those seeds, visit http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/10/make-your-own-pumpkin-puree/
As I was driving home from work yesterday, I heard the new Casting Crowns song, Slow Fade. I am always so convicted of the little sins that I let slip by each day when I hear that song. Especially the line about the little feet following behind. This song especially speaks to my heart as I'm being doubly convicted by the Respectable Sins (Jerry Bridges) bible study at church. God is really bringing to light the "little" (in my eyes, not God's) sins that plague my daily life...anger, impatience, discontent, laziness...just to name a few. I know the little feet that follow me every day are watching and learning. Please pray the I will teach them how to glorify God in that walk. That I will not just have moral children, but children that personally know our God.
Okay...since the big trip to "Ty's building" for the haircut, a certain little 3 year old boy has been obsessed with the lollipops. When asked what he wanted for lunch...answer: lollipop. When told to do a task..."then can I have a lollipop?"
But what takes the cake is the following quote, which has been said off and on for the last two days.
Landon (in a very concerned voice)"
"Mama, Ty's hair is looking kind of big. I think we need to go get it cut."
Here is one of those moments that make you say aaah. Ty crawled up into Landon's "lap". Landon was so happy to love on his brother.