Between jack-o-lanterns for Halloween and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, it seems like pumpkins are everywhere for the months of October & November…. Growing up I thought they were just for Halloween, but the older, more mature (?) me appreciates so many things about pumpkins… Here are just a few of those things:
Decorating With Pumpkins
There are SO MANY ways pumpkins can be dressed up for the season.
Here is a link to our post on How to Make a Pumpkin Planter
How about these pretty pumpkins?
You can carve your Pumpkins…
Cooking with Pumpkins
Make a Pumpkin Shake:
2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup of milk
3 tablespoons of pumpkin purée
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Tastes just like pumpkin pie in a glass!
Pumpkin Bites – see our previous post for how to make them
Roast Pumpkin Seeds:
2 cups pumpkin seeds
1 1/2 TBSP butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp c
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Clean and dry to seeds. Melt butter in saucepan and stir in salt, garlic salt & Worcestershire sauce. Add seeds and stir to coat. Spread seeds on a single layer on a large un-greased cookie sheet. Cook for 60 minutes stirring at the 15, 30, 40 and 50 minute marks. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
Pumpkin Soup (courtesy of Allrecipes.com)
4 cups pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
5 whole black peppercorns
- Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
- Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender.
- Return to pan, and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in heavy cream. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.
And finally, you can always store your false teeth in them!
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