Punkin time

Posted on October 28, 2008


Can’t be October in the Township without the Dawsons’ Pumpkin Dinosaur – can’t deal with Wintry Mix without pumpkin cake – can’t have Halloween without Jack-O-Lanterns – can’t have elections without wackiness. No question, it’s Punkin Time.

Pumpkisaurus Giganticus

The annual pumpkin display at Cherry View Orchards is just plain fun, and I never get tired of it. One of these days I’ll get a really good picture. [Note to Rhinelander devotees: Don’t you think this dinosaur looks suspiciously like a Hodag?]

Mrs. Raymond Schenk’s Pumpkin Cake

I love this recipe.  I’ve had it on a ratty old index card since . . . well, since married women didn’t have their own first names.  I don’t know anymore whether I found it in the Dayton Daily News or the Lafayette Journal or the Detroit Free Press, but if anyone in any of those places knows Mrs. Raymond Schenk, thank her for me.  The newsprint is ochre, the tape I used to hold it to the card fell off, and it’s still good.

2 c. sugar
1-1/4 c. vegetable oil
1-1/3 c. pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
4 eggs
3 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. seedless raisins
1/2 c. golden raisins
1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place the sugar, oil and pumpkin puree in a large mixer bowl and beat well on medium speed.
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt and fold into the cake batter. Stir in the raisins and nuts.
5. Pour into a greased 10-inch tube pan. Bake one and one-quarter hours or until done. Do not open the oven door under one hour. Let cool slightly in pan before turning onto a rack.

Yield: 12 servings.

Pumpkin for President

This cheery artwork is a contribution to the Bellaire Democratic Headquarters decor from Ray Villafane, a volunteer who has been calling all his former art students to vote for Obama.  (Ray won $10,000 in the Home Food Show pumpkin carving contest for another design featuring a skeleton inside the pumpkin, thus becoming an Antrim County Idol.)  Babs Young and HQ Manager Sally Hannert both sent photos—click the images for larger views.

Another thing you can do with pumpkins

If you happen to have a supply of blue tarps for covering firewood and motorcycles and other things that shouldn’t be sleeted on, you’ve probably faced the problem of how to keep the tarps from flying off in the first north wind.  Well looky here: