And thank you for stopping by for the Pick A Pumpkin blog hop which is hosted by Carla at Creatin' In The Sticks! We will, no doubt, see lots of pumpkin-y inspiration!
Fall is a favorite time of decorating for many. It it kind of the "kick-off" for the many seasons of decorating... Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, winter and Valentine's.
The nice thing about Halloween and Thanksgiving is that many of decorations can carryover. Anything pumpkin (with out the jack-o-lantern face) and leaves can serve as double duty.
It is for this very reason that I wanted to make a wall hanging that could be used from late September through November... it features pumpkins of all sorts, flying geese and leaves.
Last year I had participated in the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks blog hop where I featured my Pumpkin Log block and some yummy pumpkin recipes. The inspiration for my pumpkin blocks came from this block...
As I made my variety of pumpkins for my fall wall hanging I recalled the story of my Mom being tricked into eating sweet potatoes... You see, Mom is not a fan of sweet potatoes!
Shortly after Mom and Dad had been married she had enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal with Dad's family. When it came time for dessert, which was "pumpkin pie" (one of my Mom's favorites) my Grandma Schleich >>> (who was an excellent cook and rocked an amazing apron) served up the pie and then watched her closely and asked if she liked it... she said yes. When she was done with her pie it was revealed that the pie had been made with mashed sweet potatoes, NOT pumpkin! Everyone had a good laugh...
And because I was influenced by my mom's taste, or distaste, for sweet potatoes, I never tried them.
My first pumpkin was string pieced with scraps of orange...
When our children were young, and we still lived in Illinois, we participated in a fundraiser called Market Day where you could order a variety of food boxes for a reasonable price, AND support the group that held the sale. One of the regular items I would purchase was a fruit and vegetable box. The fruits were always good, as were the veggies, but not always vegetables I would choose to buy. I sometimes had to be creative to use them...
One such time was when the box included sweet potatoes! I recalled the story of the "pumpkin pie" and thought I would give it a try.
We LOVED it! It was even better than pumpkin. It had a creamier, smoother texture. From that time forward I knew what to do with sweet potatoes. :) Pies!
The second pumpkin was just a patchwork of orange...
After moving back to Colorado in 1995, our family had been invited to visit a Ranch in Stonewall, CO for the day. We enjoyed horseback riding and touring the ranch on a beautiful fall day. When it was time for lunch we all balked a bit when we were told that sweet potato fries were part of the meal. Dave and I bravely tried them and with much surprise enjoyed them. Their girls enjoyed them as well.
Ok, another way to cook sweet potatoes! And now that I have to follow a restrictive diet that did not allow for regular potatoes (they have since been added back in), sweet potatoes are now all we eat. Wow! Has my taste palette expanded and matured. I have to say that white sweet potatoes are not as soft and mushy as the regular potatoes or yams.
I can still be a picky eater though...
The third block was a wonky log cabin... One of my favorite blocks to do since there is no worry of precise cutting for the width of the logs.
Recently one of Dave's customers brought us two winter squash. It looked basically like a pumpkin, but looked as though it has some warts. I knew that I would be able to treat it as pumpkin and use in muffins or breads... or even a soup. I did a quick search for some butternut squash recipes. I came across one for Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole. I was feeling brave and wanted to try it...
It called for corn tortillas, which I cannot have, so I substituted some grain free tortilla chips in their place. I omitted the spinach since I didn't have any on hand. It makes a large portion so I divided it in two smaller cake pans and froze one for a meal in the future...
When I placed the casserole on the table... Dave was skeptical. Okay, so was I... We each dished up a small portion and ended up going back for seconds. We ate half of the pan and saved the remainder for another meal. It was just as good the second time around! I recommend it!
For my final pumpkin block I just used a handsome looking plaid...
I had a beautiful day to photograph my quilt... It was reassuring to know that our dog, Shelby, was performing a security sweep of the various locations in the yard... she gave the all clear. 😉
Thanks for stopping by! I am offering another pattern give away. This one is for the Blossoms pattern by Great American Quilt Factory. Now, it looks a little old school, but I am certain that using modern, brighter (maybe even batiks... ooooh! That could be nice) fabrics would bring it to life.
Simply leave a comment before November 10th letting me know...
Did you know you that sweet potatoes could be subbed in for pumpkin???
Do you think this is something you would try? Our youngest daughter would probably prefer this... she is a hater of pumpkin anything... Sweet potatoes though are a different story!
Be sure to visit all of the hop participants. There is inspiration in abundance!
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