Monday, September 27, 2010
The little punkin...

I am so happy for my sister's little man! Vinny is doing so well! He is off of the oxygen and eating like a champ. She even gets to try to nurse the little punkin' tomorrow! I love that he is all cuddled up in a Spider Man blanket. There are a group of ladies that make and donate blankets to the little ones. I have thought about doing that myself (to the children's hospital), but have never done it. I think I will now. It seems like a nice way to pay it forward. Anyway, Vinny is doing so well, they say he may get to got home in a week! Go Vin!

Now for the other punkin'! I couldn't get canned pumpkin at any of my stores, so when I saw these little babies, I grabbed a couple of them. It has been raining here for two days (which I am happy about...we need the rain and the cooler weather), so it was a perfect opportunity to get in the fall spirit. These are so easy to roast and I promise you, the stuff on the inside, is so much better than the canned stuff. 

All you have to do is cut it in half, remove the seeds, place it cut side down in a baking dish, cover it with foil and roast it at 375 degrees for 1 - 1 1/2 hours! (This is a pie pumpkin, so it does not take as long. You can do the big ones too, it just takes longer, but just as good! )Then you can scoop it out and puree it for baking or...

Chunk it up like I did and have it with some warm apples and a little peanut sauce (or a lot, but don't judge)! This was completely out of character for me, but the flavor combo was so good!

One last punkin'...we got an email from the shelter we adopted Luke and Leia from saying happy anniversary to our family. We have officially had these little stinkers for 1 year now. These two kitties have given us so much love and entertainment this past year. Luke (pictured here) is so lovey and awkward...while Leia is so sweet and prissy. My cousin Lauren took this picture of Luke and Leia hid out while she was here this time so no picture of her this time. Not that they read this, but happy anniversary to you Luke and Leia!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 8:28 PM  
  • At September 27, 2010 at 8:38 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    Oh My Goodness!! He's so precious! Please forgive me, but I didn't see any food in this post... all I saw was a precious little baby! Congrats to your sister and family!

  • At September 27, 2010 at 8:43 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    I just tried to post a comment and an error popped up! :( This is a test...

  • At September 27, 2010 at 8:45 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    Ok good it went through!!!! :)

    So glad to hear that the sweet little punkin is doing so well! He's so adorable. You are totally the type of person to make blankets for babies who need a little extra care. You're such an amazing and sweet lady and I'm so happy to know you!! :)

    And I'm am SO impressed with your pumpkin skills! I will have to try this out!!

    Happy 1 Year with the kitties!! Cute picture!! :)

    Have a lovely evening Sarena!! :)

  • At September 27, 2010 at 9:07 PM, Anonymous Rachael said…

    With all that is off in the world, it's amazing how a simple baby picture can be a good reminder of how much is potentially good..
    Thanks for providing a happy moment for a stranger :)

  • At September 27, 2010 at 9:13 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    I'm so glad that Vinny is doing so well. Yay for that. He's adorable. :)

    I wish I wanted pumpkin! Maybe soon!

    I'm thinking about adopting a kitty. There's nothing like the love of a pet.

  • At September 27, 2010 at 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So happy for your sister :) She must be all smiles!!
    And awww, that is a great picture of Luke!! Happy annivarsary :P I SO celebrate animal anniversaries. They're a part of the family, after all!

  • At September 27, 2010 at 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    So glad to hear that Vinny is still doing well-- what a sweet little guy!! Still sending love and good thoughts to you and your family!

  • At September 27, 2010 at 11:44 PM, Blogger Averie @ Averie Cooks said…

    oh i am sooo happy that he's doing so well!

    and that he's nursing well, that makes this lactation educator happy :)

    blessings to you all, hug the lil one for me!!!!

  • At September 28, 2010 at 1:19 AM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    Oh I'm so glad the little one is doing well! And he's definitely already got great style with that Spiderman blanket! And happy anniversary to your kitties!

  • At September 28, 2010 at 2:58 AM, Blogger lynn said…

    so cute! all the pumpkins!

  • At September 28, 2010 at 4:40 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    I'm so glad that Vin is doing great! Congrats!

    I've never attempted to cook a pumpkin. It's very intimidating to me, but I guess it really isn't so tough.

  • At September 28, 2010 at 8:36 AM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    Such good news about the baby. I think that's an awesome thing to do - making/donating the blankets. And can you really have too much peanut butter? ;-)

  • At September 28, 2010 at 8:39 AM, Anonymous Tina said…

    So glad to hear he is doing well!! :)

    And I can't believe you still haven't found pumpkin. It's everywhere in my area now.

  • At September 28, 2010 at 2:36 PM, Anonymous translation services said…

    I am so glad to hear that the sweet little Punkin doing so well! He is so adorable. You are exactly the kind of person to make blankets for babies who need a little care.

  • At September 28, 2010 at 7:58 PM, Blogger laura said…

    Sorry I'm late to this post. So glad to hear that Vinny is getting stronger and doing so much better! He is such a cutie - and you know we love that Spider-Man blanket. Much love to you guys!

  • At September 29, 2010 at 4:51 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw Twins said…

    Sorry for being so late in commenting, things have been a little crazy around here. I am so happy for your sister and the little one. YAY. I will be thinking of you and your family!!

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