My Kid Said What?

When my mommy gets married …” announced our little granddaughter whose mother is too embarrassed to allow Grandma to say which granddaughter came up with this idea.
“When my mommy gets married … we are going to have a baby brother!”
“Oh?  Is Mommy getting married again?”
“Yup!  When Mommy gets married, we are going to have a baby brother!!!”
“Who is Mommy going to marry this time?”
“We have two sisters and we need a baby brother!!!!”
“And Mommy needs to get married to have a baby brother?”
“What if Mommy has another baby sister?”
“We have a baby sister; we need a baby brother!!!”

“And Mommy needs to get married to have a baby brother?”



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Noah was playing at Heather’s house with Heather and with Heather’s neighbor boy Jack.  All three youngsters are four. 
Later, Mommy went to get the mail and met Neighbor Lady.  They exchanged pleasantries and in passing, Debbie asked Neighbor Lady how the three youngsters had played together.
“Well …” says Neighbor Lady.  “They were all playing nicely together in our sandbox when the little boy decided Jack shouldn’t play with them anymore.  Jack came home crying.  I went out to the sandbox and told ‘your two’ that it was Jack’s sandbox and if Jack couldn’t play, they couldn’t play either and should go home.  Home they both went.”
As Debbie went about her work, she kept thinking of ‘our two’ and Jack’s sandbox.  She went to find ‘our two’ and gave them this ultimatum.  “You two can either spend the rest of the day on the couch looking at books or you can go over to Jack’s house to apologize and spend the rest of the day playing nicely with Jack.”
‘Our two’ marched right back to Jack’s house, apologized, and played nicely together the rest of the afternoon. 


Hybrid Winter Squash:

-Acorn:  2 to 3 lbs.  The acorn squash in my past was bland, giving me reason not to grow it.  Customers always ask for acorn and it does sell well.  Maybe my past aversion is explained in the following note.  Well ripened, acorns are delicious.  Harriet
Dr. Loy found that acorn squash often are not fully ripe even when they attain full size and color.  They continue to develop sugars until 45 days after pollination.  Do not harvest until most of the fruits display an orange ground spot.  Much of Acorn’s reputation for watery fibrous, inconsistent eating quality is probably the result of premature harvesting…Seed catalog. 
  Sunshine: Scarlet Kabocha.  Stunning, scarlet fruit.  Tender flesh is smooth, sweet, and bright orange for baking, mashing, and pies.  Deep scarlet fruits are slightly flat-round, average 3-5 lbs.  Sunshine’s fruit appearance and eating quality are superior to other varieties of this type.  Not recommended for storage after New Year…Seed Catalog
Sunshine has been our favorite for the last several years.
Orange Summer:  Attractive red kabocha with vibrant orange color and great uniformity of size and shape.  Fruits average 4 LB…Seed catalog. 
Looks like Red Kuri and Potimarron with a tear drop shape; Sunshine is flattened in the center.
     -Buttercup: Introduced in 1932 by Burgess Seed & Plant Co. of Bloomington, Illinois. Buttercup has set the benchmark over the years for all other small winter squash. Flattened dark green turbans with a distinctive button on the blossom end. Typical fruits weigh 3-5 pounds. Super sweet brilliant orange flesh with very fine eating qualities. Rind is thin but very hard; medium length keeper… Seed Catalog.   
Buttercups need a few weeks to sweeten.  We harvested Buttercup on September 18. 
New for 2015: Heirloom winter squashes. 

– Amazonka:  2-3 pound fruits ripen deep orange. Fruits are slightly flattened globes, are ribbed with some green striping along the ribs and the blossom end. Flesh is orange, and fine for all typical winter squash uses.  Great keeper, too! A Russian commercial variety of recent introduction.  Seed Catalog
Note 9-21:  Baked Amazonka and Hidatsa last night at 400 degrees on a cookie sheet without water.  Amazonka has a thick wall, smallish cavity, with flesh that is nicely dry, semi-sweet, very nice texture.  Not quite as sweet as Hidatsa.  We smashed the flesh of these two squash together and only added butter.  Comments at the table, “This is very good squash!”
(Number Two Son always drizzles his plate with gravy and his comment is the same every week, “Tastes like gravy!!!”)  Harriet
        – Native American Hidatsa:  Native American HEIRLOOM from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. Hubbard-type or French pumpkin type fruit with reddish pink skin.  Excellent keeper. Thick orange flesh, very flavorful. Outstanding ingredient for pies but also delicious by itself. Customers at a Nebraska farmer’s market and CSA kept returning for more…Seed catalog.  
Third year Seedtime has grown.  This is the squash we use for Thanksgiving pies.  Harriet
Melonette Jaspee De Vende:  These golden yellow, netted, round, 3-4 lb fruit have some of the most delicious flesh in the squash family. Very sweet and rich, and the perfect size for two servings. An historic variety from Vendee in western France; a great keeper and a favorite with chefs.   Seed Catalog
Note 9-14:  We baked a couple Melonette for supper last night.  The flesh was soft, smooth, moist, and very sweet.  Only added butter and it was delicious!!!   Noah (4 yrs old) has been begging for ‘yellow squash’ for a couple of weeks so he was very happy!  Harriet
And then …..????
Sweet Potatoes!!!!  Just as wonderful as winter squash.  YUM!!!!!
Harriet @ Seedtime & Harvest
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