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It’s pumpkin season

Orange pumpkins now adorn roadside crop markets, orchards and fundraisers on church lawns in County Surry. One of the positive attractions of pumpkins is that they have a long shelf life and can be enjoyed for a long season from now until after Christmas. Their bright oranges now adorn all the way until Halloween and Thanksgiving, and for many more weeks they fill the tables with puddings, pies and cakes, as well as decorations, lanterns, harvest and Halloween demonstrations.

The best pumpkin pie

Round orange pumpkins with stems on top are best for carving lanterns, but elongated varieties are best for pies and desserts. They are not always orange on the outside, but brown, beige or bronze, and tender on the inside. Because of their elongated shape, they are easier to slice, remove seeds, and cut into pieces to boil into a soft mixture and texture, then drip and run through the blender in grater mode or with a potato press. For canned pumpkin, pour the mashed, drained pumpkin into sterilized half-liter jars (there will usually be two pies per pint), wipe the edges of the jars with a paper towel, close the jars, and tighten the lids. Leave half an inch on top of the jars. Work in a pressure vessel at 10 pressures for 50 minutes. Pumpkins are low in acid and therefore require a long processing time.

He enjoys pumpkin bread

The crisp, clean nights of October reveal pumpkin bread in all its spicy goodness. Not too sweet, not too spicy, but just the right recipe for a spicy October night. Real pumpkin bread is moist and easy to make. For this recipe, you’ll need three and a half cups of plain flour, two teaspoons of baking soda, half a teaspoon of salt, a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, four large eggs, milk, a 15-ounce can of Libby pumpkin, or a half-liter pumpkin. , half a cup of dark brown sugar, two cups of granulated sugar, half a cup of chopped golden raisins, half a cup of chopped pecans, a tablespoon of vanilla flavor, a tablespoon of orange flavor. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spices and set aside. In another large bowl, beat the four eggs well, adding the Crisco oil, milk and pumpkin. Mix these ingredients, add the lemon and vanilla flavor, raisins and chopped pecans. Pour the mixture into two loose and floured loaf molds with Crisco fat. We put a foil on the bottom of the baking sheet and the butter is also greased and floured. Bake for an hour, if not already, for a few more minutes. When the cake bounces off touch, it’s done or when the toothpick comes out clean. Cool the loaves in the pans for fifteen to twenty minutes. Wrap the knife around the edges of the pans and aluminum foils after wrapping. Put Saran in clear plastic wrap. This keeps the breads fresh and moist.

The huge oaks produce two cropss

Other trees delight us with gold, yellow, bronze, red, tan, purple and beige leaves. They were transferred to the garden plot and the compost pile and tank with the leaf blower, rake and blower. Oaks now produce double harvests, not only leaves but also a lot of noise from acorns bouncing off metal roofs in barns and barns. My grandmother in Northampton County lived in a tin-roofed house. At this time of year, we listened to the acorn slamming on the roof all night. He watched the acorns fall from the trees closely and said, “If you walk on acorns in October, you can expect to walk on snow all winter.” As October passes, we may have a hint of what winter man has in store for us.

Soil improvement next year

Vines, stems, leaves, cut grass, and prunings and garden remains from the season behind us could be the foundation for next year’s garden soil improvement. Lawn mowing helps warm up the compost and you can also use Plant-Tone organic plant food and Black Kow composted cow to heat and break down ingredients in the compost bin or pile. Building a compost heap or crate creates an ecosystem that feeds on bacteria that thrive on organic matter. Most households with gardens produce more than £ 1,000 a year in lawn and garden waste, which can be turned into compost using very little space and effort. You can start a compost pile by mixing the pile with just one fork once a week, or you can use multiple treated fence posts to create a container that is inexpensive, practical, and useful.

Halloween candies and delicacies

Halloween has arrived in supermarkets and big box stores with colorful orange, yellow and brown displays featuring all sorts of traditional candies for Halloween. Everything for the trick or the masters. The season brings a variety of candy corn varieties, including the old-fashioned combination of orange, white and yellow, and Indian corn in orange, brown and white, as well as the fairly new brown sugar combination available in tan, white and yellow. The canned hazelnuts also appear before the fragile Halloween. Other Halloween favorites include an autumn mix of Hershey’s Kisses, Hershey’s miniatures, marshmallow pumpkins and ghosts, M&M Halloween packages, Three Musketeers and a variety of candies. We always enjoy the show that Food Lion presents at the beginning of the supermarkets, which catches our eye throughout October.

The silence of an October evening. Twilight crisp autumn air spurs the nostrils, and lower humidity makes it easier to breathe in the incoming night air. The smell of new fallen leaves also enhances the evening air. The graceful soft voice of the still falling leaves completes the majestic experience of autumn twilight.

Making Butterscotch Pumpkin Pudding

This pudding has no crust, but you can also use a vanilla wafer for the crust, or you can use graham biscuits. In a mixing bowl, mix a box (15 0z) of Libby pumpkin or a half-liter pumpkin, three large eggs, a three-ounce box of instant caramel pudding mixture, a cup of light brown sugar, a stick of light margarine, half a teaspoon of pumpkin spices and a teaspoon of vanilla flavor , a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of maple flavor (optional), half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Spray on a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking sheet or dish and layer with vanilla wafers or graham biscuits if necessary, or make the pudding without the crust. Mix all the ingredients and pour into the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve with Cool Whip or Dream Whip.

Harvest festivals, Halloween parties and chicken stews

October is a festive month for hay tours, haunted houses, chicken stews, harvest festivals, halloween parties, halloween carnivals and costume contests, and cake walks. Combine all of these events with a hot dog roast and toasted marshmallows, s’mores and a good fire to create an enjoyable night for all ages.

Watch closely for late tomatoes

Towards mid-October, there is a lot of chat about the first frost of the season. It has no effect on cool vegetables. We know the calendar date for the first frost is October 15th, but we usually only get a killing frost later in the month. Even in October, it’s wise to heed the frost warnings. Late tomatoes, sown specifically for pre-frost harvest, must be harvested before frost, wrapped in newsprint, stored in a box lid, covered with newspaper clippings and stored in a warm room or cellar. Their maturity should be checked once or twice a week. Put one or two apples in the boxes to help them ripen.

Last chance to place the bulbs

In just a few weeks, the first frost has arrived, and the planting time for spring flower bulbs is nearing its end. You still have two or more weeks to lay out the bulbs or spring flowers. The bulbs are available for purchase at Home Depot, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Walmart, Ace Hardware, and most kindergartens and hardware. Buy a bag of bulb booster or bone meal to get the bulbs off to a good start.

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– Wow, buffalo. Traveler: “I’d like a ticket to New York, please.” Treasurer: “Do you want to cross Buffalo?” Traveler: “No thanks, I’d rather go by bus.”

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– Dropouts. Bill: “Which school do you have to drop out of to graduate?” Jill: “Parachuting school.”

2021 was a great year for fireflies

In the summer of 2021, fireflies shone through the landscape. From mid-May to early July, we arrived in large numbers in June. Their most glorious exhibition was on the evening of Monday, June 21st. The brightness of 169 fireflies was counted in five minutes. On the evening of Sunday, May 16, we saw the first fireflies. We counted 49 in five minutes that night. We saw an exhibition almost every night. They seemed to appear at dusk, reaching their climax around nine o’clock in the evening. With the number of summer fireflies, there will be more fireflies next year.

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