Today was for small crafts, getting some things done that needed to be done. I made Esme another pair of pants, finished my knit slippers and made Esme a new pillow for her bed, which she helped me stuff. There was a lot of laundry to do and some general cleaning up and weeding in the garden. We spent a long time in town - Esme's new mattress had arrived site-to-store and we needed groceries as well. Mark bought a large set of Scooby Doo cartoons and Esme is enjoying them as much as I am. It brings back a lot from my childhood and I get to see her laugh and cry along with them.
I had the bright idea to try a can of Libby's plain canned pumpkin. That is the 'winter squash' I remember eating canned as a child and have not been able to find since. I have been looking in the vegetable aisle and for something marked 'squash' - altogether wrong. All of this time it has been hiding under the label of pumpkin by the pie filling. The 'pumpkin' I remember as a child was always more runny than this - that was what separated it from the 'winter squash' cans. Now that I know we will be buying more of it over the course of the year. There is something to it that cannot be replaced by sweet potato or carrots. I mixed about a 1/4 cup of this can with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder and spread it on a piece of toasted bread. I expect to use some of the rest of the can in thickening what is left of the other day's soup and save some in the freezer until next week.