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.

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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!

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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!

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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 🙂

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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!

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Embracing the tradition of Pumpkin Day 🙂

6 thoughts on “Pumpkin Day

  1. Nicky

    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. littleblackdogsa

    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

    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. Jocelyn

    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.


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