Simply Resourceful

Simple ways to be more conscious about how we use our resources.

What do we do with all this squash?!

Like most things in the garden this year, we planted more seeds than we needed.  In Portland, we never had much luck with squash so this summer we planted several mounds of butternuts, acorns, and pumpkins hoping for a few of each.  Well, we received more than just a few:

19 butternuts
22 pie pumpkins
22 acorn squash

What a harvest this year!  We left them on the porch to cure for 9 days and then stored them in the basement on top of a pile of newspapers and straw.  We have a crawlspace under the basement (which keeps the basement warmer than most basements) so I don't know what the best method for storing squash is for our home?  Any suggestions?

One wheelbarrow full of zucchini and pie pumpkins.

What do we do with all this squash?!  If you have recipes for ways I can fix the pumpkins besides pies, breads, and soups, please comment below!  This fall I made Pumpkin & Orange Spiced Jam and Acorn Squash Jam.  I made a batch of each and surprisingly they were both very tasty!  It is recommended that they be served with blue cheese and on top of yogurt as a dessert.  Spread on toast is fine with me!

It's that time of year again, building a scarecrow!  It's so nice having a porch with an overhang that keeps things dry.  This scarecrow will actually be left outside all season this year!


TLB September 25, 2012 at 8:53 PM  

Do you have a pasta maker? You make up a large batch of pumpkin ravioli, and freeze for future enjoyment. Or I have a great recipe for pumpkin gnocchi.

Holly September 26, 2012 at 9:11 AM  

Yes, we do have a pasta maker. Pumpkin ravioli sounds like a great idea! Thanks!

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