Pumpkin Day

I have been thinking a lot about traditions lately.  Come October, my kids never miss out on reminding me that Pumpkin Day is almost here.  What began as a bit of fun picking out pumpkins at the patch, has become a family tradition and I love the fact that my kids have embraced this.

Punkins 1

We have our favorite list of things to do during each celebratory season.  Springtime definitely means Bike The Blossoms.  Christmas is jam-packed with traditions – the Vancouver Christmas Market, Festival of Lights at Van Dusen Gardens, the Santa Claus Parade. October means a trip to the Laity Pumpkin Patch :: our Thanksgiving family tradition!

Punkins 2

The second Monday in October, is Thanksgiving Day (the Canadian one).  Our family usually has a thanksgiving meal on Sunday complete with turkey and trimmings. So, Monday is left for us to enjoy a trip to the local pumpkin patch.  Nothing better than mucking about in soggy mud, picking out the perfect pumpkins to bring back with us.  Of course, I could ditch the rain boots and buy a few pumpkins from the grocery store, but where’s the fun in that!

Punkins 4

This year, I’m going to attempt making pumpkin pie from scratch!  Do any of you lovely people have a favorite pumpkin related recipe to share?  The guys in my household won’t touch pumpkin pie with a 10-foot pole.  I’m  hoping homemade pie will sway them to the other side 🙂

Punkins 3

The mini pumpkins in all of these pictures are from a bag I spotted at Costco.  I had to have them, how cute are they!  I don’t know if these are fake or real.  The bag had a warning in large print that read something like…

“Not for consumption.  Meant purely for decoration.”

I won’t be cutting into them to find out 😉

A recent, re-organization of my yarn bins revealed these long forgotten orangey-terracotta skeins.  A sweater quantity of Malabrigo Sock in a colorway aptly named, “Terracotta”.

Malabrigo Sock Terracota

I shoved them right back into the bin because I’m determined to finish my Twigs and Willows first.  Trying to stay on track here and be monogamous with my sweater!

Punkins 5

Embracing the tradition of Pumpkin Day 🙂

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6 Responses to Pumpkin Day

  1. Nicky says:

    Happy Pumpkin Day and enjoy your upcoming Thanksgiving Day! I love that your family has traditions.

    Good luck with the pumpkin pie … I’m also making my first from scratch this year too. For a co-worker who misses his mother’s pies. The things I find myself in … LOLOLOL!!! I’ll send you any recipes I find that I like.

  2. Stunning little pumpkins, so very cute.

    I have never made pumpkin pie either. But my family loves pumpkin, I caramelize it with sugar and cinnamon, and the pot is always empty after dinner.

    Enjoy your Pumpkin day and Thanksgiving.

  3. tara says:

    so many shades of orangey pumpkiney goodness in your pics! happy thanksgiving! (and good luck with the pumpkin pie — i find for non pumpkin pie eaters, having lots of whipped cream on hand helps, a cheat yes but sometimes….)

  4. Alice says:

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend !

  5. Jocelyn says:

    Those are some gorgeous pum’kins! Match that with a pumpkin/cinnamon spiced scented candle and you’re all set. Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend! I’m sure there will be pictures.

  6. Leslie says:

    Good luck with your pie. I had thought about making all my Thanksgiving pies from scratch this year but I think I’m having second thoughts.

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