Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thanks for the Memories!

I overheard the goose talking with the calf about the GREAT time we had around here at Hickory Creek Farms this Fall.

The hen agreed most heartily!
We saw lots and Lots of smiles!

Lots of kids picked their perfect pumpkin to take home.

But first they got to venture into our neat ol' barn...

...where they learned that pumpkins are green before they're orange!
The kids loved the Hickory Creek Express!
And they dove right in the corn tub!
Everyone loved the hay ride!
Some folks experienced their first weiner roast!
Even though some got totally lost in the corn maze, no one called 911.  :)
A few tried their hand at checkers.
And we got the trebuchet going!  Man can it sling those pumkins!
New friends were made...
And old friends united!
Some mounted ponies and galloped around the track.

ALL had to chuckle as our piggies raced for the finish line!

Some experienced their first trip ever to the pumpkin farm.

But when Fall 2011 came to an end, all had to agree... 
"Wow!  This was great!  Thanks for the memories!"

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ever wonder how to make a pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin?  It's really quite easy!   Try it!

First, wash a pumpkin and place it on a cookie sheet inside a 250 degree oven.  Bake it slowly until you can stick a fork into it easily.  Remove from oven and cool.  Peel the pumpkin with a knife (which will be easy now).  Separate the "meat" right underneath the peeling from the seeds and "gunky" stuff.  Place the "meat" in a blender and add a small amount of water to make blending easy.  Once blended, freeze in 2 cup portions in freezer bags.  Then you can quickly thaw and make a pie anytime!


2 C. fresh pumpkin
1/3 C. sugar
1/3 C. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
3 eggs
12 oz. evaporated milk

Pour into unbaked pie crust and bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes.  Knife inserted into center should come out clean when done.


2 C. flour
1/8 tsp. salt

Add to flour mixture and stir with fork just until mixed:
1/2 C. oil
1/4 C. milk
1 T. oil
1 T. milk

Roll out between two pieces of waxed paper.