What’s In Your Pumpkin Pie

A few months back when I was showing pictures of the sugar pumpkins I had grown, a reader commented on them and in passing, mentioned that her dad (I think that’s what she said) had worked in a pumpkin processing plant (at first I typed “pumpkin factory” but for some reason, that made me laugh!) and that a lot of what we buy as canned pumpkin may have varieties of squash added. 

Sugar Pumpkins

Sugar Pumpkins

Within days of her comment, I began seeing articles about this – mostly concerning pumpkin drinks at Starbucks.


I’m not picking on the pumpkin industry. I’ve bought whatever is in those cans for years and I never knew the difference. It’s good stuff. It tastes like pumpkin . . or what I’ve come to think “pumpkin” tastes like. If I didn’t have my own pumpkin, I’d buy it and be happy to have it, even now knowing that it may not be all pumpkin. I just don’t see why we can’t be told the truth . . not just about pumpkin but about everything! There’s nothing wrong with saying “it’s not your business” or “you don’t need to know” or “in the interest of national security, we can’t tell you that right now”. Anything short of 100% truth is no longer truth . . in my opinion.



As far as pumpkin, yes! I do know what will be in my pies this year!

I planted the seeds, I watched the vines grow, I got all excited when the first tiny little pumpkins appeared. I picked the sugar pumpkins, I peeled them til my fingers ached and canned the chunks. Then I roasted them, scooped out the pulp and froze it. It’s hard work but it’s worth it to know exactly what I’m eating and to know exactly how it was grown and how it was processed.

It kinda makes me wonder now what else we may think is one thing but it’s something else. In the end, I suppose it doesn’t matter . . so long as dessert on Thanksgiving Day tastes like pumpkin pie, we’ll all be happy.

Kitty Litter Choices

We have never had an inside cat, nor had we wanted an inside cat, until we walked outside one morning to find a very friendly, cuddly, but scrawny little tuxedo kitty with the loudest purring I had ever heard. We were suddenly in love with a cat – Boots was too cute and sweet to be left outside so he took up residence in my craft studio.


We have a studio that all of my quilting fabric, batting, completed quilts, as well as my wool knitting yarn is stored in, so keeping a fresh smelling litter box is of utmost importance to me. I have tried almost every brand of litter out there and when I heard about ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ MicroGuard™ Cat Litter, it was immediately added to my shopping list. I’m already a big fan of ARM & HAMMER™ products and especially their products dealing with odor elimination so I had high hopes for ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ MicroGuard™ Cat Litter. Their claim that heavy-duty odor eliminators plus ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda destroy immediate odors on contact had me rushing out to buy a box.


I have been so delighted with the scent of the sewing room and while out shopping recently, I picked up three more boxes. Until reading the material about Clump & Seal™ Cat Litter, I had no idea that even after you scoop, bacterial odor can keep growing. The new MicroGuard™ technology seals and destroys immediate odor, plus, prevents the growth of future bacterial odors for 7-day odor control. That matters to me and I love having the confidence in knowing that Clump & Seal™ Cat Litter will be doing its job for 7 full days. You can read the info about the benefits of switching to ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ MicroGuard™ Cat Litter on their website.

Our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter were recently here spending a week with us and of course, the granddaughter loved spending time with Boots. My daughter-in-law pretty much summed up why I love Clump & Seal™ Cat Litter. She walked into the studio and said “I’m surprised your studio doesn’t smell like a cat” and she went on to tell me about her friend who has a cat and as soon as you walk in the house, you smell the litter box. For someone who doesn’t have a cat to notice and comment that there is no kitty litter box smell at all… that says a lot about 

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It’s Not The Garden

Vince went outside and if he told me what he was doing, I didn’t hear him. After a while, I heard the tiller. I thought . . WOW! He’s tilling up my garden and I didn’t even have to ask (and ask and ask!). I had already showed him where I was going to plant the fall garden and that’s where we dumped the rabbit poop we picked up the other day. I walked outside with Speck and there he was . . NOT in the garden tilling.

Food Plot

Food Plot

He had talked about planting a food plot for the deer and I’m so happy to see him doing that. 

Food Plot

Food Plot

It’s way bigger than I thought he was going to till up. I assure you if I planted one bean plant outside my fenced in garden, the deer would find it.  

We’re so lucky to have such good dirt here. Too bad the well water screws up the pH so badly but now that we know that, we can amend the soil every year and be good. This soil has never had well water so whatever Vince plants . . it’s going to outshine my garden but I guess I’d rather have venison than carrots or beets!