Or: How to Spend Your Entire Sunday.
When your four year old suggests cutting up “her” pumpkin to make a pumpkin dessert, be advised this will be a marathon undertaking, and you may want to rethink a blythe “that sounds like a fun idea!” response.
Step one: Heft the weighty pumpkin up to the house, stopping once or twice to catch your breath, staggering and deftly avoiding stepping on any dogs or small children who are oblivious to your Herculean efforts.
Step three: Finish task yourself when children wander off halfway through.
Step four: Muscle pumpkin into the oven and bake at about 350 for an hour and a half, more or less.
Step Five: Carefully wield pumpkin over to the sink, not spilling a drop of the pumpkin juice that appears during baking process.
Step Six: Let it cool, while saying “when it’s cool” to eager helpers who ask every 30 seconds when you’ll cut up pumpkin.
Step Nine: Sigh at the prospect of doing the rest of this half, plus the other half that is now baking in the oven.
Step Ten: Cheer yourself with thoughts of pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin desserts, pumpkin pies and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
Step Thirteen: Finish project at 9 o’clock at night.
Step Fourteen: Talk your husband into carrying it downstairs to the deep freeze.
Step Fifteen: Fall into bed weary and happy and dreaming of pumpkin treats.
Super easy and delicious pumpkin mousse: 4 c pumpkin, 1 container whipped topping, 1 small packet of vanilla pudding. Mix, refrigerate until thicker. Super tasty with something like grahams, ginger snaps or nilla wafers