Thank you to all of our Veterans!

Nothing much to say today other than thank you to all who have served past, present and future.  Sheldon (aka Mr. Blueberry Acres) is a Veteran and while he doesn’t like to make a big deal out of it, Blueberry and I are pretty proud of his service.  I would imagine a lot of Veterans are like that-“don’t honor me..honor the next guy/gal..they did more than me!” 

picture property of Blueberry Acres Farm

picture property of Blueberry Acres Farm

So, I say to all of our Veterans, young, old and like Sheldon, in between..thank you-your duty, honor, loyalty and sacrifice humble me.  God bless you!

From the “why didn’t I think of that sooner” files: shredding pumpkin skin!

Sigh…this is a short but sweet post aimed at simply sharing my most recent d’oh moment.  I’m attempting to recreate Alton Brown’s pumpkin bread recipe which calls for shredded/raw pumpkin.  Despite my extensive internet research (by extensive, I mean I looked on 2 or 3 websites) on the easiest way to peel a raw pumpkin, I struck out.  I even saw one eHow posting about the “easiest” way to peel pumpkins that didn’t deviate from my labor intensive way: cut it, scoop it, half/quarter it, then peel it with either the world’s studliest potato peeler or a knife.  Yeah…not easy.

Enter in the box grater.. (cue also sprach Zarathustra)

pic courtesy of walmart.com

pic courtesy of walmart.com

I was too lazy to take a pic of mine (cloudy day, covered in pumpkin guts-you get the pic) and I couldn’t even find a pic online of my extremely pared down version of the box grater.  It’s basically the smart car version of this multitasker.  Simply cut your pumpkin into manageable slices (for me, it was quarters) and grate it into a bowl.  Stop once you hit flesh and then get rid of the grated skin in the trash, compost, chicken or pig of your choice.  Easy and fast!  Take that eHow!   Hallelujah!  No more worries about cutting off my thumb peeling all of this pumpkin.  Happy baking!