- Holidays and Celebrations
A Halloween Pumpkin
Hello and Welcome Mr. Halloween Pumpkin
What would you do if you opened your front door one morning in October and found a happy, bright orange Halloween pumpkin sitting there?
Naturally, you would wonder how the pumpkin got there? Now begins a mystery that may never be solved. And an adventure for your special Halloween character--Mr. Pumpkin. Maybe he was left on your doorstep by a friendly neighbor, or a family member hoping to carve a pumpkin together, or maybe someone is just hungry and will show up when you have prepared a favorite pumpkin recipe? Or, maybe Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin dropped it there? Yes, there are so many thoughts to think.
One thing is for sure, a pumpkin is a bountiful harvest treat. There are so many possibilities whether you choose to decorate with it, carve it into a jack-o-lantern, or make an autumn recipe, turning it into something tasty to eat.
The choice is yours . . . but here is the adventure my surprise guest experienced one beautiful Autumn day . . .
The 1st Thing Mr Pumpkin Did was Just Chill Under an Oak Tree
Then He Thought He Looked Better by an Orange Bush
But Neither Was What I Had in Mind
Oh, No! Thought Mr Pumpkin
After all, he is a Halloween Pumpkin. And Halloween pumpkins are for carving into jack-o-lanterns.
So, the beauty treatment began and Mr Pumpkin was assured that the results would be fantastic and would make him "glow".
And Glow He Did!
Pumpkin Seeds . . .Grow Your Own Giant Pumpkin This Year! - Will you be growing your pumpkin this year? I will be!
Won't you join me?
These seeds make a Giant Pumpkin, just like the one Charlie Brown hoped for.
Next was an Adventure in Cooking for Mr Pumpkin
Creating Sweet, Spicy and Tasty Treats
Mr Pumpkin enjoyed a relaxing steamy sauna which ultimately brought out his "sweet" side,
. . . and we also learned that he had a savory side as well.
Steaming fresh pumpkin produces the best results; it's not too watery from boiling or dried out from baking.
Prep Time: Around 10 min
Total Time: About 30 min.
Serves: Makes about 40 cookies
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg--fresh ground is the best!
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 to 1 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375. Grease cookie sheets.
- Cream the butter and sugars, beat until light. Stir in the egg and the fresh pumpkin.
- Mix together flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; add to the first mixture; beat until smooth.
- Add the raisins and nuts.
- Arrange by spoonfuls on prepared cookie sheets and bake for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned.
Tassies is a southern name given to cookies baked in a muffin pan.
These cookies come out like miniature pumpkin pies and they are delicious!
- Prep time: 30 min
- Cook time: 30 min
- Ready in: 1 hour
- Yields: Makes 24 cookies
- 1/2 cup butter--softened
- 3 oz cream cheese--softened
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup fresh pureed pumpkin
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- For pastry, cream softened butter and cream cheese together until well mixed. Add flour and mix until a soft dough forms. Press a rounded teaspoon full of dough evenly on bottom and sides of an ungreased muffin cup (1 3/4 inch, small size).
- For pumpkin filling, beat together one egg, fresh pureed pumpkin, granulated sugar, milk, and pumpkin pie spice. Spoon this mixture by heaping teaspoon full into pastry lined muffin cups.
- Bake at 325 for approximately 30 minutes. They are done when pastry is lightly browned and filling is set.
- Cool slightly in muffin pan, then carefully transfer to wire rack to completely cool.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
They are nutritious to eat alone, in a trail mix, or as a delicious garnish for pumpkin soup.
- Pumpkin Seeds removed from pumpkin
- Olive Oil or Melted Butter
- Sea Salt
- Use the seeds removed from one pumpkin.
- Place seeds in colander, wash under running water. Then spread on paper towel to dry.
- When pumpkin seeds are completely dry, place them in a mixing bowl. Add enough olive oil or melted butter to coat seeds. Then salt with desired amount of salt.
- Spread on a cookie sheet and bake in a slow 250 degree oven for one hour--stirring or shaking a few times during baking time. Then at end of cooking time, turn up oven to 400 degrees for 5 minutes and let pumpkin seeds brown slightly.
This recipe is best when made from a fresh pumpkin. So if it is a frosty day and you find a fresh pumpkin on your doorstep, use it for an especially great soup for a chilly Autumn day.
Prep Time: Depends if you use canned or fresh pumpkin
- 1 yellow onion--finely chopped
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 4 cups of fresh pumpkin puree
- 4 -5 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg--fresh ground is best!
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup whipping cream
- Toasted Pumpkin Seeds for garnish
- Saute onion in butter for three minutes until softened.
- Stir in flour.
- Add pumpkin.
- Add chicken broth and salt. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
- Add ginger and nutmeg. Combine egg yolks and cream, stir into soup. Heat until hot, but not boiling.
- Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with pumpkin seeds--Enjoy!
The Delicious Bounty Made from A Pumpkin
What Would You Do if Mr Pumpkin was on Your Doorstep?
What adventure would you make for a special Halloween Pumpkin that showed up unexpectedly?
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown - A Timeless Halloween Favorite
This is the Halloween story in the Charlie Brown series of holiday movies.
This Charlie Brown Halloween story is a family tradition.
Charlie Brown patiently waits, believing The Great Pumpkin will arrive.
The theme is cute, family oriented and one children never get tired of watching year after year . . . even after they are grown and have children of their own.
This movie is loved by children, parents, and grandparents too! Get a copy to share with your loved ones this Halloween.
Our Pumpkin Seed Story
An Additional TIdbit
My children and I traditionally carved a pumpkin each year. One year we carved our pumpkin on the picnic table in our back yard. We were not particularly careful about where the seeds landed.
The next summer, a big vine began to grow. It was so pretty that we nurtured it and when we mowed the grass, we mowed around it. When the vine began to bloom, we remembered back to the previous Autumn. The vine popped up very close to the location of last year's pumpkin carving. It was clear that the big vine grew from a pumpkin seed we dropped in the grass.
The blooms produced several smooth, bright orange pumpkins ranging in size from very small to one large jack-o-lantern size. Growing a volunteer pumpkin from our previous year's pumpkin was a most welcome and unexpected surprise.
And Here Ends the Adventure of Mr Halloween Pumpkin
He enjoyed a full day of activity.
Now it's time to patiently wait for another visit next year from our old friend, Mr Halloween Pumpkin, a visitor anyone would be happy to see . . .
or find sitting on their doorstep any fine October morning.
The Happy Halloween Pumpkin--THE END
Photo Credit: All photos in this lens belong to Deborah Leigh Alexander.