We had a blast this afternoon at our chalk painting class held at the Lebanon Antique Mall & General Store. These 4 ladies blew me away with their beautifully transformed pieces! Awesome job ladies! Enjoy the “Before” and “After” photos. Make sure to check back on Lebanon Antique Mall’s FB page where we’ll be posting when we’ll have our next chalk painting class! If you are interested in purchasing Chalk-tique Paint Additive or Chalk-tique neutral or dark waxes, you can purchase them at the Lebanon Antique Mall or here on my website, by clicking on “Greytful Acres Storefront”.
I was thrilled to harvest 5 little sugar pumpkins from our garden this year!
The easiest way to make your own pumpkin puree, I think, is to bake the pumpkins. First, wash any dirt off the outside of your pumpkin(s).
After you’ve separated your pumpkin halves, use a spoon to scrape out all the seeds and stringy stuff. If you’d like, you can save the seeds and dry them to plant in your garden next year. 🙂 (see how to prepare the seeds to dry and store them, later in this post). When you’re done, you’ll have two nice clean pumpkin halves.
Line a large pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. (This is optional, but it saves a lot of time in clean up since the juices will run out and burn during baking. Because of the juices, you’ll want to use a pan that has edges to it, not just a flat cookie sheet.) Lay your pumpkin halves face down on the pan. Put the pan in the oven, and bake for about 1 to 2 hours. The actual time will vary depending on how thick your pumpkins are and how hot your oven actually gets. You can check the pumpkins periodically, to see if they are tender by sticking a fork in them. When they are soft, that’s when they are done.
Once your baked pumpkin halves have cooled enough to hold, use a spoon to start scraping the soft pumpkin flesh off the skin and into a bowl. (Don’t forget to compost the pumpkin skins, and pulp, or feed them to your goats! 🙂 )
Pumpkin Pie Recipe:
2 Cups of pumpkin puree
1 Cup packed light brown sugar
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 Teaspoon salt
2-1/2 Teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
Bake 10 minutes at 450 degrees F, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake an additional 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove the strip of foil about 20 minutes before the pie is done so that the edge of the crust will be a light golden brown.
Instructions for drying and storing the pumpkin seeds:
Take the seeds that you removed from the pumpkin(s) and place them in a colander and rinse them under running water. As the water runs over the pulp, start picking the seeds out from the pulp. Rinse them in the running water as you do.
There will be more seeds inside the pumpkin than you will ever be able to plant, so once you have a good amount of seeds rinsed, look over them and choose the biggest seeds. Plan on saving 3 times more pumpkin seeds than the number of plants you will be growing next year. Larger seeds will have a better chance of germinating.
Place in a cool dry spot for one week.
Once the seeds are dry, store pumpkin seed for planting in an envelope.
Store them so that they will be ready to plant for next year. Any seeds, pumpkin or otherwise, will store best if you keep them somewhere cold and dry.
One of the best places to store pumpkin seed for planting next year is in your refrigerator. Put your pumpkin seed envelope in a plastic container. Place several holes in the lid of the container to ensure that condensation does not build up on the inside. Place the container with the seeds inside at the very back of the fridge.
Next year, when it comes time for planting pumpkin seeds, your pumpkin seeds will be ready to go!
I am honored to have my custom designed Lebanon subway art towels, featuring Lebanon historic landmarks, on sale at the Lebanon Antique Mall & General Store.
For Middle TN folks who are interested in purchasing my towels, you can either purchase them at the antique mall or contact me through my website or Facebook page to arrange payment and pick up locally. For those folks outside of Middle TN, you may purchase the towels through my website. Click on the “Greytful Acres Storefront” tab to place your order. A portion of the sales of my towels will be donated to 2 greyhound adoption groups that are near and dear to our hearts here in Tennessee.
I have also custom designed a Nashville subway art towel and at the current time, it can be purchased through my website or if you are local, you can contact me through my website or my Facebook page to arrange payment and pick up locally.
I am currently working on another subway art design towel and will post it as soon as the design is finished and printed. 🙂
For those of you folks looking for a natural alternative to chemical and drug wormers for your livestock, please check out Molly’s Herbals from Fias Co Farm. She developed the Herbal Worm Formula System after much research, and uses it on her own animals. Here’s the link if you’re interested in reading about this herbal formula & would like to order it. http://fiascofarm.com/herbs/wormer.htm This can be used for goats, cattle, pigs, horses, sheep, chickens, llamas, alpacas and even cats and dogs. Some animals don’t care for the taste of the herbs, so Molly provides a recipe on her website to make dosage balls by adding Slippery Elm Bark (acts as a binding agent to hold the herb mixture together) and molasses. Wouldn’t you know neither Esmeralda or Scarlet would eat the herbs mixed in with their grain, so I ordered some Slippery Elm Bark powder. My order arrived today, so I made a batch of dosage balls.
I gave the first ball to Esmeralda who gobbled it up and was delighted to receive another one!
Here’s a little video of Esmeralda enjoying her Molly’s Herbals Worm Formula dosage ball!
Scarlet took a little coaxing and me breaking the ball into small pieces. Once she got a taste of it, she gobbled hers up and ate the second dose with no hesitation!
I am thrilled to see my lavender plants doing so well! I think it’s safe to say a field of lavender will grow here at Greytful Acres!
My husband got an idea for a hay feeder on the goatspot.net forum. It’s made out of an 18 gallon Rubbermaid tote. The instructions: Cut out 2 openings towards the bottom of the tote that are 4×4 then filed and sanded the edges to be sure there were no sharp edges. Placed a piece of 2×4 inside the top flat area of the tote and screwed it into the stall boards at a good height that the goats can reach it. Took another piece of 2×6 and placed under the tote to give it extra resting support. Cut 2 pieces of scrap wood that fit below the 2×4 inside the tote and rest at the front bottom of the tote, laying at an angle to help direct the hay toward the openings. Place the lid on top to seal the tote (important step if you’re keeping it outside your barn–it will help keep rain out of it). Dave constructed an angled board to mount above the tote (hinged to the stall, and has a hook and chain to keep it raised while refilling the tote with hay). He constructed the angled board to deter the goats from jumping on top of the tote and possibly knocking it off. (I will be posting a hilarious video of Esmeralda jumping up on the angled board and sliding off. We are seeing how clever these little goats are. Smart idea Dave!)