Monday, October 13, 2008

Pickin' Punkins

Saturday we went with some friends over to Half Moon Bay and picked out some pumpkins from a huge pumpkin patch. It sure beat going to the grocery store.

First ride in a wheel barrow. I think she liked it. She didn't cry, at least.

Lots of roundness in this picture. I told Heather we should paint our stomachs like jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.

This is me and my friend, Heather. Heather and I have a lot in common. We're both from Idaho Falls, both served missions, both have a little girl, we live in the same neighborhood, and our hubbies go to the same school. We're both on the taller side (Heather's got me by three inches, though) and we're both about the same age . . . gestational age, too. Our due dates are only about a week apart. We also have the same doctor, so we book our appointments at the same time and drive together. The doctor and the nurses there think it's pretty funny.

Here's Sophie and Hallie, Heather's little girl. Hallie's almost exactly a year older than Soph. It's fun to watch the things she says and does because that will be my little girl in a year.

We picked out three big pumpkins and one small one. I decided that I'm going to cook a couple of them down and freeze it for baking. I've never used fresh pumpkin before. I've also never made a pie from scratch before. (Yes, grandma, it's true. Sorry if that's disappointing.) I think I'll whip one up, while I still have time to be ambitious. And maybe eat it all myself, while I'm still OK with looking a bit pudgy. (FYI, I can totally afford the calories. I weigh 20 lbs less than I did during month 8 of my last pregnancy. Go me.)


Rebecca said...

1. You are a really cute pregnant lady, and I congratulate you on your 20-lbs-less-than-last-time figure!
2. Let us know how the fresh pumpkin goes with baking. We've got 12 lbs of pumpkin that we need to use up somehow. :)

The Rogers said...

SO cute I love your little family. About Pumpkin you cant just cook and eat any kind (some dont taste very good) as far as pies and sweet treats go you need to get small pumpkins check out Safeway for "Pie Pumpkins" there only about 6 inch in diameter. The bigger they are the more bitter they get.
I have a recipie for a pumpkin pie from scratch. Its really easy to do, the only thing I found diffrent is fresh pumpkin is more gritty then the can stuff but taste WAY better.
Have fun :)

Emily said...

Ok, your daughter is SO CUTE! And you make such a cute pregnant girl, too. Hey, we just went private and I wanted to make sure you could still get in to see our kiddos if you wanted to. If you do, send me an email ( and I'll get you added.

Leora said...

You look fantastic! I'm taking Claire to a Pumpkin Patch next week. I'm glad you guys had so much fun!

Millertime said...

Natalie, You are darling pregnant. I love the picture of you and Heather. I sure miss Cali and going to their pumpkin patches. Hey let me know how to cook down a pumpkin if you do. I would love to learn how to do it. Oh and I have to thank you for doing your food blog. I LOVE IT!! I use it all the time. Its been my goal to try different recipes for each meal. I am just afraid someday I won't be able to access it anymore and lose all of your great recipes. I will have to write them all down or something.

Natalie said...

You guys are so sweet! (I guess it goes without saying that, despite the sweet compliments, I still feel like a cow. You all know what I mean.)

And Elise... as soon as I cook down a pumpkin successfully, I'll post about it. I'm glad there are other people who use the site besides me :)

Shea said...

NAT!! Your daughter is adorable. She should be a kids model for The Gap or something along those lines.

And you..well, you look amazing! I love the shirt you are wearing. In fact, I like all of the maternity I have seen you in! Oh..and I love the family photo of you three.

J J said...

I am all about freezing my own pumpkin, it's so tasty. Good luck!