Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Cinderella Photo Shoot...and 1 little stray

Though I've shown my 3 pumpkins before,
they wanted their pictures made again and again...
so I decided to have 

"Cinderella, dressed in yellow...
went downstairs to kiss her fella..."

It is said that Cinderella's carriage was fashioned after the Rouge Vif d'Estampes pumpkin, an heirloom from France that was introduced into the US in the late 1800s. 

also known as

This impressive variety of pumpkin ranges in color from red to pink to a deep red-orange with deep ribs.

 The Cinderella pumpkin is known not only as an ideal decorative pumpkin but also is regarded as a superior dessert pumpkin in the culinary world.

French Pumpkin Pie

6 tbsp. butter
3 lb. kabocha squash or Cinderella or cheese pumpkin, seeded, peeled, and diced
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
34 cup brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, split
14 cup shelled pecans, chopped
2 (7 1⁄2-by-14 1⁄2–inch) sheets puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pumpkin and apples, and cook, stirring occasionally, 8-10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add sugar and vanilla beans, and scrape browned bits from bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon. Cover skillet, and cook until pumpkin and apples are very soft and jammy but still holding their shape, about 30 minutes. Set aside to cool. When cool, discard vanilla beans and stir in pecans.
Preheat oven to 350°. Roll out 1 sheet of puff pastry into a square on a lightly floured surface. Using an 11" tart ring as a guide, cut out a circle and set aside. Roll out remaining sheet of pastry into a square; then ease pastry into the tart ring, and set on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Trim edges to overhang by 1⁄4". Fill pastry with pumpkin mixture; then lay reserved pastry circle over filling. Tuck edge of top pastry between filling and bottom pastry, and brush surface with egg. Fold overhanging bottom pastry back over top pastry. Bake until deep golden, 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
While I've not made this YET..
I plan to give it a try soon...
will let you know how it turns out.....
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"I would rather sit alone on a pumpkin than crowded on a velvet cushion."

"Which came first: The pumpkin or the Pumpkin seed" for the STRAY...


 ...looking for a little BLING to stage my pretty white pumpkin, I robbed the lone sunflower...

 Lesson here....
EVERYthing looks better with BLING....
even plain white pumpkins hanging out with Cinderella beauties.

While surfing for odd pumpkins,
I came across this one...

I had no idea there were BLUE pumpkins...

 The following is from the net:
"Why not try a blue pumpkin such as Australian blue or Jarrahdale? The flesh of the blue pumpkin is orange as any other pumpkin but in contrast with the ghostly blue/grey skin it can be quite mesmerizing and eerie."
I had such fun taking these photos of pumpkins...
it just doesn't take a lot to make things fun for me, I guess.

(hoping my orange, a form of red, will let me play in Ruby Tuesday :)


  1. Those blue pumpkins. look weird. I don't know if we do them over here.

  2. Pretty pumpkins, BJ! I've never seen one as blue as in your last photo but pretty close...I love them all.

    I've never made anything with a real pumpkin, that would be a challenge. Sad that the holidays are the worst time to not cut corners. Even funnier, we never seem to have anything pumpkin related until fall! ;-D


  3. I would love to try a blue pumpkin. Today, a farmer at the market, gifted me a yellow pumpkin. So pretty.

  4. The recipe sound wonderful and I have printed a copy. Love all the pumpkins and have NEVER seen a blue one. Good post BJ. Happy Halloween and have fun.


  5. I love pumpkins, especially the white and pink ones. And I agree, that everything looks better with bling! Yours are very pretty!

  6. Almost Halloween, then we can decorate for Christmas! Anyone eating pumpkin pie at my house on Thanksgiving better be ready to see Santa, his reindeer, and lots of Christmas decor.

  7. Cinderella seems to be the big thing for my niece right now

  8. Ohhh, I do love that blue pumpkin!!!

    No real decorating around here, things are so upside down that I can not find anything. I have a feeling all my autumn décor is in the storage compartment. Well there is always next year.

    God bless.

  9. I have been seeing the blue pumpkins in pictures and I love them! I would definetly buy one if I saw them here!

  10. I love all the pumpkins! I have seen the blue ones but I didnt buy one. I dont know why. now you made me want one! lol!
    happy day

  11. You do create fun! It's a gift. Do let us know how cooking with fresh pumpkin tastes. I think you'll like it!

  12. Your posts always put a smile on my face. And, now I am craving pie.

  13. A very cute and enjoyable post about pumpkins. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful photos. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  14. Beautiful photos!!! I like the blue one. Im amazed.

  15. Love the Blue One...would be a Perfect Coach for a Princess. Happy Haloween!

  16. Pumpkins are a favorite of mine. I have grown the Cinderella version and a few blue ones in the past. Great fun.

  17. You have fun at most everything you do. Keep it up and enjoy life each day.

  18. lots of beautiful pumpkins and blue, who knew, not me!!! the pie recipe is "interesting" i had to read the ingredients twice!! now that sounds different and yummy!!!

    your presentation of everything is always so appealing!!!!!

  19. BJ, I didn't know that the Cinderella pumpkins were prized for cooking. Thanks for the fun post and Happy Halloween.

  20. You always have the cutest posts. We have a little crystal replica of Cinderellas Carriage in one
    of our curio's. Hope you have a Happy Halloween!
    Joy @ Books and Life

  21. Your sweet pumpkin is wonderful -- the photos are just terrific, BJ. I love 'em all! And the recipe looks so good!

  22. Fun! Happy November! Since I'm too late to say Happy Halloween. But your pumpkins are perfect for this month too!

  23. I love pumpkins ... any size, any shape, any color and Pumpkin Spice Latte! :)
    Have a great week filled with pumpkins!

  24. Hi bj,
    I love Cinderella's carriage, simply perfect for a fairy tale Princess. At the Apple Festival on Sunday I saw pink Cinderella pumpkins and blue pumpkins for the first time here in France, it's such a shame that my husband can't stand the taste!
    Great to have you joining us for MM again this week, I always enjoy your company.

  25. BJ, What a surprise to see a blue pumpkin!!! I love the carriage. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  26. What a great variety of pumpkins! I love seeing them as I only usually get to see gray ones here in New Zealand! I'd love to see a blue one!!

  27. Hello my dear sister friend, i adore your great pumpkin post. Especially the "blue" one. lol. The history part of your post really made me smile. Good pumpkin job.

  28. Why do we love pumpkins so much? Is it the pleasing shape with all those pretty ribs? The variety of colors? I don't know, but I do know I love them! The wartier, and odder the better. I love ALL the colors. That blue one is gorgeous!


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