Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Pumpkin Princess-Squash Queen in Training (recipe included)

I am ever SO proud of my granddaughter, Taylor.
She's my little Squash Queen in Training-
A Pumpkin Princess.

She has her very own knife that belonged to her
great grandfather, Dick, when he was a child.
As my husband says 

"It's the perfect size for cleaning small game like rabbits and squirrels.
It's a Sears and Roebuck knife manufactured in the 40's.
Nice leather handle with brass spacers. 
Guess it's time to take the girl hunting for some squirrels."

She also tried Pop's knife, which is much sharper.
The vines are still pretty tough.

Her colorful harvest.

Taylor scooped out the middle after I sliced it open.
Guess what we're doing?
What else would a Pumpkin Princess do?
We'll see how it bakes up.

Place the pumpkin in the pan, flesh side down.
Add about 1/2 inch of water.
Bake at 450 degrees F
for 45 minutes 

I could have taken these out sooner, it was a small pumpkin.

Peel away the skin or scoop out the middle.
Place in a bowl. 

Pumpkin Bars

2 cups Pumpkin 
4 Eggs 
3/4 cup Oil 
2 cups Sugar
2 cups Flour 
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cinnamon
Nuts (optional, I can't eat them)

Mash pumpkin well.
Mix pumpkin, eggs and oil and sugar.
Add the remaining ingredients,

Pour into 2 pans
One 9 X 13 cake pan
One 8 x 8 cake pan
Bake in a 350 degree oven
for 25 minutes

Frost if desired.
Beat together 4 oz. softened cream cheese, 
1/4 cup soft butter, 
1-1/3 cup powdered sugar, 
and 1 tsp vanilla. 

Spread on COOLED bars.

I don't know if we will frost these or not,
they look (and smell) delicious just as they are.

OK, we frosted one 
and added Halloween sprinkles.
Good stuff!

The rest of the pumpkins are for decorating.
For now.
We may change our minds.
We'll eat up the cucumber, acorn and yellow squash.



Kristi said...

Taylor did a great job with her garden, and the pumpkin bars look yummy.

Lisa said...

Your granddaughter is beautiful and very blessed to have you as her Grandmama! What wonderful things you are teaching her. I love pumpkin bars too! Have a great week Kathy.


Michelle said...

She is very cute. It makes me miss my grand babies. They live 5 states away. We only get to see them at Christmas.

Candy C. said...

Taylor is definitely the Pumpkin Princess! :)

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thank you! Her mom was pretty impressed with Taylor when she arrived to pick her up after church. She liked the pumpkin bars too!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Aww, thank you. Have a wonderful week!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Five states! My son lives in Seattle and we live in MO so if he ever decides to marry and have kids, I will have the same situation. That's a long way. Fortunately we have cell phones, video and internet to keep in touch.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

We'll have to make her a crown, maybe we'll carve it from a pumpkin! LOL

Manny said...

Those dishes look yummy! And your granddaughter is a doll.

Gretchen Stuppy Carlson said...

That looks delicious! I just started a new hop and would love you to link up:

Gretchen Stuppy Carlson said...

Thanks for linking up this week at the Backyard Farming Connection Hop - hope to see you next week :)