- In the spring and fall I open up a bedroom window in the front of the house and climb out onto the porch roof to clean out the gutters. When I'm done I climb back inside, then repeat the process using the master bathroom window to reach another gutter on the north side of the house. A couple of weeks ago I realized all I had to do is walk on the roof to the north end of the porch, walk over the gable, and then I'm on the back section. (We've lived in our house for 25 years. I can't believe this hasn't occurred to me before now.)
|Down the roof and over the gable
- The early part of this week was record-setting hot (upper 80s Fahrenheit). However, a cold front came through and today there was a nice nip in the air. To celebrate the change I decided to buy a pumpkin, cook it, and process it into puree. While I was out running errands today I picked up one that weighed approximately 15 pounds. Back at the house I cut the pumpkin into quarters, removed the seeds, placed the pieces into a large roasting pan, and put the pan into the oven. While the pumpkin cooked I started a pot of broth from the vegetable peelings in the freezer, then busied myself with paperwork. Both items were done cooking at the same time. I took the pan of pumpkin out of the oven and set it on the stove to cool, then poured the cooked broth into a colander placed inside a large bowl to strain.
At this point the kitchen was looking pretty messy. I usually puree pumpkin with the food processor, but I did not want to add to the mess nor wash up the multiple processor pieces in addition to everything else. So, thinking creatively, when I took the rind off the pumpkin I tossed the pieces of flesh in the stock pot, then used my immersion blender to get it smooth. There was a lot of pumpkin to puree, so I probably didn't save much time, but the easier clean up was so worth it.Five years ago today: Apple-On-A-Stick