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10 fun things to do with pumpkins!October 03, 2011
- Plant the seeds and watch them grow! Or do it the old-fashioned way like I do and let the old ones replant themselves for next Halloween!
- If you can’t plant your own, go pick them! My kids love picking pumpkins. They get so excited going to the local farm every year. We make it a game too. We say “Let’s see who can pick the prettiest or the biggest pumpkin!”
- Decorate the house with pumpkins. Add haystacks and gourds and maybe a scarecrow too!
- Carve your pumpkins. My kids love doing this. They get such a kick out of lighting the pumpkin and shutting off the lights.
- If you don’t want to carve your pumpkins just yet, paint them! We paint silly faces on some of our pumpkins.
- Bake pumpkin seeds! After you carve your pumpkin, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place on a baking sheet and spread them apart separating fibers. Rinse and dry with a paper towel. Coat 1 ½ cups of seeds with tsp of olive oil. Cover with salt if desired and bake for 30 minutes.
- Make pumpkin pie! My daughter loves to help me cook. This year we’ve decided we’re going to bake a home-made pumpkin pie. See recipe below.
- Make pumpkin dip! Also see recipe below!
- Use your hollowed out pumpkins as a candy server for Halloween. Kids will think it’s super cute too.
- Smash your pumpkins! That’s right. Take a shovel and smash them where you want to replant for next year. You know the old-fashioned way of growing pumpkins! ;)
Pumpkin Pie Recipe
- 2 cups of pumpkin pulp purée from a sugar pumpkin* or from canned pumpkin purée
- 1 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
- 1 good crust
Pumpkin Dip Recipe
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate
- In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Gradually mix in the pumpkin. Stir in the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and orange juice until smooth and well blended. Chill until serving.
Serve with graham crackers or pumpkin bread.
If you need anymore pumpkin ideas, you could always try using a pumpkin as a prop like the picture above!
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