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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


My husband of 44 years is generous to a fault. Nothing pleases him more than to give to people and help them out when they are in need, especially from my garden. He will go out of his way to be of service to someone, to heal their hurts.

The large banana is for comparison. The  body of the squash measures 21 inches, not including the stems
Years ago when the church supper organizers were having difficulty getting enough squash  donated for the fall suppers, I suggested that maybe someone could plant a large patch just for the church suppers. My father in law jumped at the suggestion and planted a huge garden of squash, enough  for the church suppers, for sale at the fancy table and for family and friends. He did this for many years. After all we live on a farm and have access to tractors and land and compost.  My dear father in law is gone now and my husband has kept up the tradition and every year I've helped planting the squash plants and weeding and tilling them and making sure that the cucumber beetles didn't destroy them, that is until this year when I said that I really didn't have time any more since I was looking after the calves and office work as well as running a household and looking after the grounds at our place etc.

My dear husband bought the seeds himself and decided to try two different type of squash instead of sticking with the Buttercup squash. He bought some Buttercup and Hubbard seeds and never said a word about his purchase. The seeds were planted and cared by a friend nursery man until the plants were large enough to transplant in the garden. My husband enlisted the help from the young hired hand to plant and care for the squash and I really didn't had anything to do with it this year.

A few days ago,  my husband proudly brought the monster squash in the house. I thought that it was a mishap squash until he said, "This is a Hubbard squash and they say they're really good when fully mature" My reaction : Oh  my gosh!  That squash would feed an army, this is not practical, it's too big" What can I say, didn't I told you that he's generous to a fault.  I'm just waiting for the church supper kitchen staff's reaction. After all it won't cost them a cent.

Too bad most of you live so far away.  JB


  1. I'm guessing that Hubbard Squash is named after Old Mother Hubbard who had to feed all those children in her shoe. :)

    I am looking forward to trying a squash casserole out of a small part of my Hubbard squash.

  2. Christine if you need more squash recipes you can get some from Jackie. She has a cookbook that is all about squash.

  3. Oh Julia, that is a squash to be reckoned with! It looks like it could only be sliced with a chainwsaw!
    I've never seen anything like it!!!

  4. Wow what a size. I love squash but I have a hard time cutting them, so I buy the pre-cut cubes in the grocery store when I see them. There was an unfortunate incident one thanksgiving. Needless to say, I don't try to cut them anymore! Lol. Your husband is a sweetie to do all that. Lucky girl.

  5. Kim and Pat, My husband crafted a leaver type guillotine to cut squash with. The church borrows it every fall. I use a large machete to cut my squash at home. No doubt I'll need his guillotine for this one. lol. JB

  6. Hey Julia - I'm glad I can still blog too. Renee' works on her rug the same amount of time every day, she is coming along with it. She is going to take one of her small rug kits when we go camping four days next weekend and I'll take my locker rug probably. Locker hooking is faster, and really mindless. I still like the wool rug hooking, it seems more creative and versatile.
    A story about veges - Quite a few years ago, my husband grew veges. He brought in a very huge green vege and I thought it was a zuchinni squash, so I battered and fried it - come to find out it was a cucumber. Not too bad tasting. I do love fried green tomatos though.
    Enjoy your garden. How's Raspy? /Deb

  7. Deb, good to hear from you. That's funny story about the big cucumber. It got me laughing out loud.

    I'm glad Renee is still working on her rug hooking. It's nice to have a routine.
    Raspy is drinking by himself from the bottle holder and is up to two bottles per feeding now. So he's doing fantastic.

    I just got back from the farm and need to shower and cook breakfast this morning. JB