What to Do With those Pumpkin Seeds?

I love pumpkins, hence the name of this blog. It is my time of year to decorate and entertain my neighbors. Inside and out, I find places for this orange marvel. I also love when the pulp comes in a jar, so I can make pumpkin pie. Give me pumpkins seeds and pumpkin butter any time. I buy the seeds, but people often asked me what I do with the ones from my carving craft. I started to roast them; but most often I like to use them in recipes or for décor. You can paint them and include them in a fall collage. They add texture and interest. My best work was a color drawing of a huge pumpkin in its prime with scattered seeds all about. I used a special varnish to make them shine. It was wonderful, and I am tempted to make prints out of it for cards next year. It is now the image on my laptop.  A pumpkin is wonderful to eat and explore as an inspiration for decoration. There is no end to what you can do. Halloween has its own applications and Thanksgiving is a tradition unto itself. Small pumpkins can grace the family table. Cut out the center and put in a tiny votive candle. The effect is magnificent at night. Add a few colorful leaves on the surface of the table to complete the seasonal look.

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere. This is my motto. I put them outside on the steps and in the window. Kids like to come by and ask to come in for pumpkin cookies. They are an easy variation of the popular gingerbread man at Christmas. Buy a mix or make your own. It is fun either way. Sometimes a few small tots like to watch. They think they are “helping.” More often than not, they play with the pull-down faucet that I bought from https://www.kitchenfaucetdepot.net/.

A pitcher of cider next to your pumpkin centerpiece on a buffet table is a veritable draw at a party. You can also make pumpkin chocolate truffles or brittle. I hear there is actually a pumpkin martini. I wouldn’t be surprised. I start to get more serious in November. The fun of a carved pumpkin spewing cookie dough from its huge toothless mouth at Halloween no longer applies. No more stuck on bat ears or pointy eyebrows. Either holiday involves a bit of a mess and some diligent cleanup. To make sure the inside of the pumpkin is flat, I put it under the kitchen faucet. Fortunately, I have a handy pull-down style. I can easily remove any remaining pulp. Given the vast number of pumpkins in my life in the fall, I use this faucet quite often. In fact, the pull-down advantage was the main reason for its installation. The larger the pumpkin, the harder it is to fit under a faucet. An adjustable nozzle is a godsend.