Pumpkins: Our Friends from the Field

And because this is Thursday.

Okay, Homeschoolers, can anyone tell me what is big, round, orange and related to zucchini?

Pick Me! Pick Me! Pick Me!

Yes, You on the left.  Good answer. That’s right.  It’s our good friend, Mr. Pumpkin.

Pumpkins are easy to find this time of year.  They are favorites of decorators and turkeys alike.  The first because, the fruit we ignore the other nine months of the year, is a simple way to remind people who’ve just awakened from a coma that this is indeed Autumn.  And the second, because both are passive but vital holiday participants.

Yes, neither the turkey nor the pumpkin have read the fine print on the invitation.

We love Mr. Pumpkin, because he shows up year after year.

You’ll recognize him by his rotund and wrinkled appearance.

You’ll find him at every holiday party.

Mr. Pumpkin is welcome at every echelon of society.

The celebration is not complete without him.

He depends heavily on others to support his good taste.

He is a trusting soul.

He has no idea he’s being used.  It’s a story that’s as old as time itself.


Like Samson and Delilah, Mr. Pumpkin goes with the one with a few flakes and a lot of crust.


3c. sifted flour

1t. salt

1-1/4c. shortening

1 egg, slightly beaten

5T. cold water

1T. vinegar

Blend together flour, salt, and shortening. Mix together egg, water and vinegar. 

Add all at once into flour mixture. Mix and proceed as for any crust. 

Makes two double crust pies or four baked shells. 

This is real flaky and keeps well in the refrigerator until needed.

This is my mother’s recipe for pie crust.  I just found out last year why it’s called that.

I am also linking with Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.



  1. Pumpkin pie is my favorite!

  2. “He has no idea he’s being used. It’s a story that’s as old as time itself.” I’ve read a lot of posts about pumpkins today but this really made me laugh. From the picture of the kids — to your words. Well done. And i LOVE pumpkins. I think I’m totally overcompensating for a lack of pumpkins as a child. Not a lot of autumn hoopla in Central Florida. At least in the dark ages, when I was a child.

  3. I love this post…made me smile. I love using pumpkins for bread, pie, a sauce for my ravioli, ice cream, well, you get the picture. I am excited to try the no fail pie crust b/c I am terrible at baking. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. I’ve never made my own crust before…just used the store-bought Pilsbury ones. I just might have to try your family recipe…no fail, you say? Thanks for sharing!

  5. Loved the build up to Mr. pumpkin being used and not even knowing! Fun post.

  6. very creative–poor Mr. Pumpkin and Mr. Turkey, only invited to dinner because they are–well–dinner! thanks for stopping by my blog.

  7. Great post, I enjoyed reading it, like the way you write. Over from Saturday Sharefest and I’m glad I did pop over. I live in London (well Surrey) and I wish people here made a bigger deal of fall and halloween here because its a season/time that I love.

  8. Oh and I love that first picture 🙂 made me laugh

  9. I thought this pie crust was my mom’s secret family recipe. I was robbed….

  10. Ha Ha, this post made me smile 🙂 I’m definitely going to have to try the recipe too. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Best part about going on a diet in the fall is that I despise pumpkin pie. Worst part about going on a diet in the fall? Apple pie is my favorite. I can’t win for losing.

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