The Orange Army

October 15, 2010

The pumpkins go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah!

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Stocked up, yes?!

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I had a lovely photo shoot with my army

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Found them at Food Lion (at Ridge Rd + Harris) and wanted to buy even more. There will never be a shortage of pumpkin in this house! Maybe I will even loosen up enough to bake with a can (previously they have been too precious to bake with). They were $1.59 a piece, so I spent $26 on pumpkin. How appropriate for my Fall birthday month. This should last me until spring – when I’m usually sick of it! Mabye a few cans will even last me until next fall!?

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Here’s what the general thinks of pumpkin. Boo him!

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Upon arriving home (did I mention we BIKED with these pumpkin cans on Matt’s bike rack!?), I broke in

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SMOOTHIE!

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I don’t remember the exact measurements, but I believe it was something like this:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 6ish rounds of frozen banana thick slices
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch all spice

BLEND = pumpkin pudding!

Topped with coconut, chia seeds and Hungry Bar

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Around 5:15, Matt and I got in a funk. I work all hours of the day. I blog at midnight. Answer comments and take conference calls morning to evening. Sometimes I write articles on Saturday mornings. So really, my workweek doesn’t really have weekends. [And I like it that way!]

However, my body still knows when it’s Friday. And when the rest of the world is celebrating.

We had plans for dinner at home tonight (to curb our restaurant + travel spending). But it just felt so DULL to stay home. And the weather was so nice.

So we went biking – with our destination carefully planned

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Yes, it’s already glove weather!! However, within 5 minutes of our bike ride I was already hot.

We arrived downtown

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And found ourselves at a BUSTLING free wine tasting! The Market Street Wine Shop has one every Friday, and we were more than excited to find it to be a true event.

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We tasted a flight of 3 whites, 4 reds and 2 beers. Loved ‘em all! We discussed during our tastes how extremely excited we are about our trip to California in November. You see, I’m going to the Foodbuzz Festival (for a business trip of course!) but since we’re a bit idle in life right now until we get our business moving forward (which is happening as I type!), we figured now would be a good time to take a bit of a bakery babymoon trip. Matt is going to join me in San Francisco on Sunday and we’re spending 3 days in wine country! Can’t. Wait.

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They had cheese + bread at the tasting – excellent appetizer.

Love all the free events we have uncovered in this town. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE living here!?

Once we biked back on home, we did make that planned dinner. Jenna’s Channa Masala! I’ve been meaning to make this recipe for years!

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We followed it exactly except I subbed red pepper for onion and we – gasp – were out of coriander! So we used the zest of a lemon and grapefruit instead. Worked quite well!

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Loved the recipe!! It was super spicy, as promised, and had great chew!

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Wish we had served it with something green – like sauteed collards. But all we had was Flax Oat Bran, which made excellent naan!

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Matt and I are now sharing this from the freezer:

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Another movie time!?

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1 Steph@stephsbitebybite October 15, 2010 at 7:47 pm

What is the freezer treat?

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2 Kath October 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Gingerbread from our Housecooling

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3 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I almost died laughing when I read you biked with all of that pumpkin. Honestly, that is so funny. I’m surprised no one got hurt!

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4 Evan Thomas October 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Wow! I think you’ve more than stocked up. You’ll be pumpkin ready until August!

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5 Heather October 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

yay pumpkin! Our stores got some about a month agao and I bought 5 cans!

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6 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

So glad Matt will be able to join you in SF!

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7 Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm

You’ve made me want to go buy some pumpkin asap… I’m headed to the store tomorrow so I’ll pick some up and try your smoothie!

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8 Kel October 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Fear not! The Great pumpkin has arrived and the shortage has been declared over!

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2010-09-27-pumpkin-shortage-over_N.htm

I am excited to be making our monthly field trip across the Minneapolis Metro to Great Harvest tomorrow!

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9 Christine October 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Are you *sure* that’s enough pumpkin? :-)

I am amazed by how many events Charlottesville has (just by looking at your blog) — it sounds awesome!

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10 stacey-healthylife October 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Wow that is a ton of pumpkin. But it’s a good price and you will have a nice stock.

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11 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Awesome army of antioxidants!! :D

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12 Heather October 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I just bought 3 cans of pumpkin myself today – the supermarket shelves were stocked so I wasn’t too fearful of not being able to find it again. I think I paid $1.69.

Looks like you found a great way to break the evening up – at a low cost!

Enjoy movie night.

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13 Kris October 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I looked all over when we were in NC to find pumpkin; finally found it in Huntersville at Food Lion. Now that the shortage is over, no prob finding in FL and I pick up a can at Wal Mart every grocery trip. Today was pumpkin soup and pumpkin scones for friends arriving back in FL for their three month stay. And, best of all, it’s so fall like and cool here so it’s fun to bake and make soup! Glad you’re loving Cville — our one and only visit there was our honeymoon :)

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14 hippierunner October 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm

What a great thing to be able to hop on your bike to go to a free wine tasting! If only all of America were as livable!

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15 Marisa @ Loser for Life October 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm

You are stocked up, girl! LOL!

Looks like a great free night out! YAY!

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16 Jen October 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm

That is incredible! Those cans of Libby’s are $3.59 here in Vermont. Everywhere else is so much cheaper!

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17 Kath October 16, 2010 at 11:03 am

GOL!

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18 Camille October 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Haha, I totally bought 9 cans from Costco the other day. I plan to buy about 20 asap in case they stop carrying it!

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19 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Oh man, I bought 6 cans and I thought I was crazy…I might go back for more only because the store was running low.

I need to find free events like that close to me, it looks like a great way to spend an evening!

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20 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes October 15, 2010 at 8:49 pm

i too, bought a ton of pumpkin when it first “reappeared” in stores…my insecurities on being left without it for a year are not completely gone… ;)
Love,
Cathy B @ brightbakes

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21 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm

you are HILARIOUS kath!!!

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22 wendy sue October 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

given all the hills here in cville, I can’t believe you biked back. not a fan of that food lion, though its the closest market to me too. I pick up a can of pumpkin pretty much every 2 weeks, but think I have only stockpiled about 6.

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23 Meg October 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm

HAHA this made my night :D Thank you!

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24 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm

So.much.PUMPKIN!!! I love it!! :D

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25 Nora@LifeLifeEatRight October 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm

AH!! Jenna’s Channa Masala is my FAVORITE!! Good choice :) Glad you are stocking up on pumpkin!!

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26 Hannah October 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Um, yeah. This is pretty much the cruelest post you’ve ever written. There is not such thing as canned pumpkin in Australia! SOB.

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27 Meagan October 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Bakery babymoon trip? I am not quite sure what this means! I loved the pumpkin shots. That’s fun! I got some at my local Vons a few weeks ago. I made some orange vegetable soup out of it, with red pepper and sweet potatoes. It was so good! It’s on my site if you want to check it out!

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28 Kath October 16, 2010 at 10:59 am

You know how people take a babymoon trip before they give birth? Cause their lives are about to be tied down with the newborn? That’s how we are with the bakery. Once it opens we’ll be pretty tied down. Make sense!?

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29 MonsteRawr October 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Usually your blended concoctions look pretty grody, but that pumpkin pudding/smoothing thing looks yummy. I shall try.

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30 Emilyeatsclean October 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I definitely think you have enough pumpkin to last until spring! :) Cute pumpkin can photos btw….

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31 Char October 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm

You are so beautiful in orange. Great colour on you! Wow, so much pumpkin! Can only imagine the fun you’re going to have :D

xoxo

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32 Kath October 16, 2010 at 11:03 am

Thanks!

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33 Krystina (Organically Me) October 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I think you should have picked up a few more cans!

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34 Sarah October 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I’m not sure if you are ever looking for a movie rec. but My Name is Khan, is one iof the best movies I have seen in a while! I loved the message, very powerful. TGIF :)

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35 Kath October 16, 2010 at 11:02 am

Wrote it down. And funny because Matt’s nickname is Kanz!

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36 skinnyrunner October 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm

oh wow. that is the most pumpkin ive ever seen outside of a grocery store. and i liked that you matched it too. nice.

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37 claire October 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm

This just reminded me that I only have one can left! The horror!

Oh, and I can’t wait to meet you during “business trip weekend” in SF!

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38 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge October 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Oooh, enjoy your trip to wine country!! I went there for my honeymoon. My favorite wineries in Napa were Honig and Kuleto. :-)

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39 Krista (kristastes) October 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Hahhaa! Kath, you crack me up. Love the lineup!!!

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40 Rachelle October 15, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Whoooooo hooo!
Love that pumpkin. I have my 2 year old screaming for pumpkin bread. I am enthralled with all things pumpkin and squash this year (mainly b/c of your recipes and those from the front burner blog). You also said my two favorite words. Baby Moon :-)

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41 Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 15, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Loving your pumpkin action! You can never have too much pumpkin, I say.

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42 thetreadmilldiaries October 16, 2010 at 12:15 am

Wow – You’ve got a whole lot of pumpkin going on over there. :) But if it gets put to good use, why not. I know that I’ll be whipping up that smoothie you took a pic of with my breakfast in the am. Can’t wait.

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43 Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 16, 2010 at 12:19 am

You are all stocked up until Libby’s goes out of business (j/k, hopefully not) $1.59 for a can? Were they on sale? They are being sold here in California for $2.59 and that’s on sale? What a difference. huh?

I can’t wait to see your creations with your army of pumpkins Kat.

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44 Kath October 16, 2010 at 11:01 am

They used to be $1 a can before the shortage! I think the grocery stores are taking advantage of us

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45 Marina October 16, 2010 at 12:41 am

so much pumpkin! awesome pictures :D

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46 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 16, 2010 at 12:58 am

I’ve made that curry before, and it is amazing!! I was wondering how the business was coming along. Glad to hear you’re getting closer to opening.

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47 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 16, 2010 at 1:59 am

I know I’ve said this many a times before, but you look SO good in orange!!

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48 Kath October 16, 2010 at 11:01 am

HA, thanks!

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49 Hope October 16, 2010 at 2:22 am

Wow that is a lot of pumpkin!!!
Did you know that in New Zealand you can’t even buy pumpkin in a can! Gosh that would save soooo much time!
Lucky you have so many cool events in your area!

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50 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 16, 2010 at 3:31 am

I have YET to find Libby’s Canned Pumpkin! Not for lack of trying…but like you I will most likely be biking (or walking) home with my load of pumpkin once I find it!

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51 Cara Craves... October 16, 2010 at 4:12 am

I love how you match your pumpkin!
Looking forward to see all the ways you use that pumpkin.
Does Matt dislike everything with pumpkin?

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52 Kath October 16, 2010 at 11:01 am

He tolerates it..

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53 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 16, 2010 at 5:29 am

Today is pumpkin picking/carving day and I am so excited! I still haven’t bought pumpkin yet. I have one calling me name to roast right now! I LOVE pumpkin!

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54 Nathalie October 16, 2010 at 5:49 am

Total pumpkin envy!!! Canned pumpkin is such a rarity here in the UK- it’s tragic ;-)

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55 Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] October 16, 2010 at 6:23 am

Looks like so much fun :)

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56 freck October 16, 2010 at 6:51 am

We are on our way to San Fran right now! Too funny! Have fun :)

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57 Simply Life October 16, 2010 at 7:20 am

I have yet to try canned pumpkin but something tells me I may have to change that :)

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58 MaryB October 16, 2010 at 7:20 am

I’m not sure that will last til Christmas! I bet you end up buying more. Congrats on the trip!

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59 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 16, 2010 at 7:52 am

Haha wow you are stocked up! Did you match your shirt to the pumpkin intentionally? ;)

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60 Kath October 16, 2010 at 10:59 am

Accident!

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61 Brooke October 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

omg, tell me you didn’t bike home with all of those cans? it’s all i can do to carry my 8 cans of pumpkin up the steps to my kitchen in my townhouse!!!!

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62 christina cadden October 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

Looks like a fun evening!

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63 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun October 16, 2010 at 9:06 am

Oh. My. Gosh. Look at all that pumpkin – I think you are addicted. LOL ;-)

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64 Kim October 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

Your housecooling inspired me to have a Fall party of my own. It’s tonight!! It’s a pumpkin carving party and I’m even making your butternut squash soup and those cookies!

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65 Kath October 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

Have fun!

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66 carpensm October 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

OMG that smoothie looks so good! I just recently came over to the dark side and found the love of pumpkin…experimenting with pumpkin pancakes this morning actually…. but then I think I’ll have to try your smoothie!! YUM!

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67 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

This is probably one of my favorites of your posts.

My stock of pumpkin looks pretty similair…isn’t it the best thing ever?

And I’m making that channa marsala next week. I’m always looking for quick ‘n’ easy (and delicious!) vegetarian recipes for the fam. Thanks! :D

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68 Lindsey October 16, 2010 at 10:28 am

Let me know if you need winery/dinner suggestions while your in wine country – my husband and I just went to Napa in the spring and loved every minute of it! It’s beyond beautiful and the wineries are amazing!

PS – I think you should be the spokeswoman for Pumpkin!

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69 Kath October 16, 2010 at 10:59 am

We will probably stay on the Sonoma side, but I’d love some recs

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70 Krista @ Can't Survive on Yarn Alone October 16, 2010 at 10:41 am

The pumpkin army cracked me up esp since the first can is turned so it is more so “looking at” the camera.

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71 Kath October 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

Haha. It is!

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72 Jaime October 16, 2010 at 10:49 am

Love how you and your “babies” match! NO, I’m not saying you look like a pumpkin, just the same color. ;) Enjoy!

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73 Bree October 16, 2010 at 11:32 am

My husband doesn’t care for pumpkin either. He will eat pumpkin baked goods only if generously slathered in some kind of ridiculous frosting.

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74 Jessica M October 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I love the pic of matt making the face. Too funny!

I think you and matt love wine and beer as much as me and my husband!

Have a good day! :)

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75 Krit October 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

I bought my FIRST EVER can of Libby’s pumpkin yesterday. It was $1.37 at SuperTarget, I had no idea there was a shortage at one time?? Now I just have to scour all the food blogs and pick a pumpkin recipe to try. =)

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76 lee October 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Pumpkin is one of my favorite baking foods…it’s so comforting to find someone else who understands my relief and joy that canned pumpkin is once again available in the stores after a long, sad absence!! When I first saw it in the stores a few weeks ago, I bought half a dozen cans, and have been adding to that stock a can at a time, here and there. Trying not to become a hoarder, and crossing my fingers that last year’s outage will NOT be repeated!

Happy pumpkin eating! =)

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