Pumpkins in the Patch and a Bun in the Oven

Summertime in Rhode Island means clam cakes, clambakes and clam chowder. We’ve had our fill of all of the above, and some pretty humongous lobster rolls. My cousins and aunt host an amazing clambake every summer and it is a blast. I always look forward to my annual whole lobster and the prospect of laughing so hard I’m sore the next day.

Me posing for my husband with my lemon-blueberry cake at the Family Clambake
The blueberries and edible flowers are from our gardens (cream cheese frosting)

Actually, I’ve been eating more than my typical one-per-summer lobster this season because, of all of the weird things to crave while pregnant, for me, it’s been lobster.

I’m a little more than 20 weeks into this pregnancy and, per the okay from my doctors, I’ve eaten about a lobster every two weeks since May. I know, it’s a little nuts…but baby gets what baby wants!

Don’t worry! I’ve been balancing the cravings with all of the yummy, fresh fruits and veggies we’ve been getting from our gardens this season. One of the best (and healthy) morning rituals I’ve been enjoying this summer has been peach and blueberry oatmeal. I know – oatmeal in the summer?

…Don’t Knock It ‘Till You’ve Tried It!

It’s basically like a healthy bowl of peach, berry cobbler for breakfast.

My recipe uses – 1/2 cup of organic rolled oats, 1/2 local peach and a few blueberries from my gardens with a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and dash of ginger powder mixed in. I top it off with 1 tsp of maple syrup, and sometimes a little extra cinnamon if I’m feeling a little wild.

After my oatmeal, Lupin and I have been heading out to the gardens nice and early to check on things. My gardening routine has been getting interesting lately, as I have had to find new ways to bend and reach weeds and plants because of my growing stomach. I’ve found that folding a beach towel and kneeling when I work is the most comfortable.

The pride and joy of my gardens has and will probably always be my pumpkin patch. Every year I find myself paying extra attention to my little pumpkins. I was happy for my diligence this year, because I was able to find and carefully extract 20 vine boring larva before they caused too much damage to my vines. All of my pumpkins seem to be doing well so far (fingers crosses).

One of our GIANT Pumpkins…
One of the Sugar Pie Pumpkins (yum, yum, yum!)…
One of our Cinderella Pumpkins!

Happy gardening, friends!

4 thoughts on “Pumpkins in the Patch and a Bun in the Oven”

  1. Ed had oatmeal this morning with granola made by kind with raspberry and Chia seeds. Delixious but surely not as good as yours!
    So glad the rolled towell helped in the garden. :- )

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  2. Oh, I remember Cinderella pumpkins. They used to be more popular. They were a good compromise for orange pumpkins for jack-o’-lanterns that could be cooked later. Some of the prettiest do not taste very good afterward, and some of the best tasting ones are small with thick shells.

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