Seasonal & Holiday

Creative Ways to Use Pumpkins

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins, you picked up a wagon full of those beautiful, bright orange fruits at the farm. You plan to carve a few into jack-o-lanterns and display them beside your front door, but what can you do with the rest of them? Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Soup

pumpkin-soup

One option is to turn them into soup. Pumpkin soup recipes aren’t particularly complex. Simply roast that little orange squash in the oven and add a few ingredients to a hot pot. Don’t believe me? Check out this easy Simple Pumpkin Soup recipe that requires only seven ingredients!

Soup Bowl

Speaking of soup, what could be more festive then serving it right out of a pumpkin. Wash the pumpkin, carefully slice off the top, scoop out its contents, add a little salt and roast in a 400 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes. When it cools a bit add your previously prepared soup and serve.

Decorate with Paint

painted-pumpkins

While most of us approach pumpkins with a serrated knife there is no reason you can’t decorate a pumpkin without carving it. For the younger crew paint can magically transform those pumpkins into a head-turning attraction on Halloween night. In need of art supplies? Check out Joann for paint and all sorts of other fun Halloween craft ideas and inspiration.

Make a Body Scrub

body-scrub

It might sound a little strange, but how about adding pumpkin to your weekly skin regimen? You can mix 1 cup of granulated sugar, ¼ cup of coconut oil, 2 teaspoons of pumpkin puree and a drop of honey to create your own honey pumpkin body scrub. Rub the mixture over your face to slough off dead skin cells and reveal the healthier, softer skin underneath.

Bowl with Them

Find one of those not so beautiful pumpkins, pluck off the stem and send it careening into a row of gourds in the backyard. The pumpkin won’t roll perfectly so you’ll have to figure out which way to spin it to knock all the gourds down.

Construct a Pumpkin Centerpiece

Find a nice round pumpkin, cut off the top and scoop out of all that goop. Then find a small glass vase that can fit discreetly inside. Arrange flowers of your choosing so they cascade out over the top and you’ll have the perfect fall centerpiece.

Pumpkin Seed Snacks

pumpkin-seeds

Sort through the goop mentioned above and separate as many seeds as you can from the larger pumpkin chunks. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees then toss those seeds in two teaspoons of butter, lay flat on a baking sheet and roast for forty minutes until golden brown.

Dessert

pumpkin-pie

Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving staple, but don’t limit your options as pumpkin can be used in a variety of desserts. Consider adding it to cookies, brownies, doughnuts and cake. It will add an extra level of moisture to your baked creation and a subtle taste that will leave everyone asking “what was in that?”