Life in Christian County, Kentucky...
Lke Wilbur in Charlotte's Web, these pumpkins are ~"radiant"~! Their rich warm colors lift my spirits on this dark, damp day. They're selling for $1.98 each at WalMart. Their minor imperfections are offset by their jumbo size.
I have been thinking about baking a pumpkin custard (pumpkin pie filling baked without a crust.) I like to make it with canned pumpkin puree (rather than ready-made pumpkin pie filling.) I use the recipe on the Libby's pumpkin can and make it a little spicier. I will probably use a blend of sugar and Splenda to reduce the calories yet a little more.
I've learned that pumpkins from your own garden are great for jack-o-lanterns, but it takes a lot of time and messy work to pick a pumpkin from the vine and convert it to a pie. Now that my kids are past the Halloween stage, I'm happy to buy a few cans of pumpkin puree at the store instead of raising my own.
Update: I did bake it, and it was good. :)