20 Fun Things to Do With a Pumpkin
20 fun things to do with a pumpkin
As we approach the fall season our minds turn to crisp air and Thanksgiving. What better way to celebrate fall than to craft with a pumpkin, whether in cooking or decorating.
Once I made up my mind that a pumpkin, that traditiional autumn symbol, would be my choice of mediums, I found more ideas than I dreamed I would. I found that pumpkins are surprizingly versitile. You can cook them, in more ways than you realize. Did you know there was such a thing as pumpkin pudding? Pumpkins are nortoriously popular as a carved decoration. You won't believe how many different ways you can carve a pumpkin. They are also unbelievably cute used as a decoration for Halloween and Thanksgiving time.
Fun ways to use a pumpkin
- pumpkin vase - Carve out your pumpkin, add a handful of autumn flowers and some fall leaves of various colors and you have a dramatic fall centerpiece.
- pumpkin bread - What a heavenly aroma waffles through your kitchen when you are baking pumpkin bread. It makes your mouth water. I have found if you freeze your pumpkin bread for a couple of days it will make the flavor richer and sweeter.
- pumpkin bird feeder - Imagine looking out of your kitchen window and watching the birds flocking around your pumpkin bird feeder that you made with your own two hands. Oh, what a feeling.
- pumpkin man - Choose a large pumpkin, about the size of a man's head, and paint on two eyes, a nose and a mouth. Add some straw for hair, top it with a hat and there you have your own personal pumpkin man.
- pumpkin pie - What Thanksgiving season is without a pumpkin pie. Just about every home's menu during this holiday includes pumpkin pie.
- pumpkin wagon - Round up a wagon and place it in your front yard. Fill it with pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and corn stalks and you have yourself one heck of an outdoor fall display.
- pumpkin fireplace - Fill your fireplace with pumpkins, thrown in some Indian corn and gourds and you have created a sticking fireplace decor.
- pumpkin place setters - What could be cuter than a little pumpkin holding your seat at dinner. Choose a tiny pumpkin, make a place card and place it on top of the pumpkin. Set them around the table to show everyone where to sit.
- pumpkin dip - No fall get-together would be complete without pumpkin dip. Add tortilla chips, a few appetizers, and something to drink and you have yourself a party.
- pumpkin totem pole - Find yourself three or four pumpkins about the same size and either carve them or paint them. Place them securely one on top of the other and you have yourself a pumpkin totem pole that would look great placed beside your front door.
- pumpkin cake - Frost a cake with orange frosting. Sprinkle shredded green coconut across the top and add candy pumpkins. You now have your own edible pumpkin patch.
- pumpkin spider - Choose a nice big pumpkin and paint it black. Add 8 fuzzy chennile stems as legs. Glue two big eyes on the front. You children will love their new scary pumpkin spider.
- pumpkin seeds - Home made roasted pumpkin seeds are a healthy delicious snack. Making different flavors adds a whole new dimension to this snack. Below you will find a recipe to make bbq pumpkin seeds.
- pumpkin candle holder - Pick out some small pumpkin, cut off the stem and carve just enough of the pumpkin to hold a candle. If you group together three or four of these and scatter a few fall leaves about, you will have a dramatic fall centerpiece.
- pumpkin pudding - This is a delicious pudding that will be finding it's way to my Thanksgiving menu. I have included a recipe below.
- pumpkin painting - Instead of carving you might try painting your pumpkins this year. You can paint faces, scenery, or anything else you can imagine.
- pumpkin soup - Try it, it's absolutely delicious.
- pumpkin soup bowl - Carve out your pumpkin, clean it well, and serve your soup in it. People will be impressed with your creativity.
- pumpkin ice bucket - Carve out a large pumpkin, clean it thouroughly, fill it with ice and add a few drink bottle and you have your own pumpkin ice bucket.
- pumpkin carving - No fall is complete without this age old favorite. Pick out one of the new carving kits that are out there and have yourself a ball.
A pumpkin is a fruit. Most people think of it as a vegetable.
BBQ pumpkin seeds
Prep time15 min - Total time60 min
Ingredients for 2 servings 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds • 4 tsp sea salt • 1 tbsp olive oil • 2 tbsp brown sugar • 1 tsp chili powder • 1 tsp garlic powder • 1 tsp onion powder
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Coat pumpkin seeds with oil then add rest of ingredients and mix to coat evenly.
3. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake 40 to 45 minutes
Prep time10 min - Total time10 min - 249 cal/serv
Ingredients for 4 servings 1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz pkg) • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream • 1 1/2 cup cold milk • 1 tsp pumpkin spice • 1 can pumpkin (15 oz) • whipped cream
1. Whisk together pudding mix, heavy cream, milk, and pumpkin pie spice until smooth and thickened.
2. Place in refrigerator in refrigerator for 4 to 5 minutes to allow pudding to thicken.
3. Spoon into dishes and top with whipped cream.
This recipe contains, per serving, 17g fat, 63 mg cholesterol, 22 grams carbohydrates, 273 mg sodium, 2 g fiber and 4g protein.
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