Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pumpkins On My Mind

Maybe it was the frost on my windshield yesterday morning or the leaves that are starting to pile up in our yard, but I can't deny that fall is upon us. And fall means pumpkins. When we homeschooled you could count on me bringing home a stack of pumpkin books and coming up with some pumpkin crafts. But time is at a premium around here with the kids in school, so instead I will find other ways to celebrate fall using my favorite orange gourds.

I am thinking of making a batch of these brownies. I will let you know how they turn out.

I heard a commercial on the radio advertising Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pancake mix for just $2.99 a bag. Am thinking that sounds like a great breakfast this weekend before we head to our favorite apple orchard to get apples and take some fall photos with our younger 3. I am putting a stop at Trader Joe's on my errand list for today.

And finally, my friend Christy (the same one who wrote this post) told me about a very cute party she is hosting at her house this weekend. She is having a pumpkin decorating party. Here is what she wrote to me about her plans:

We will have eight girls here. I have purchased the small
pumpkins: two white ones (my oldest wants to paint hers zebra stripe) and six
orange ones. I am going to have acrylic paints and brushes for them to
paint their pumpkin however they want to-- faces, favorite college team, just
let them be creative. This will be done outside on our porch on a card
table and our outdoor table that will be covered in newspaper. Then we
have a fire pit that my husband will have a fire going in and they
will do smores and probably play volleyball, very simple. I will have food
of course. They will take their pumpkins home. Some friends of ours
had a pumpkin carving party Saturday night and just had six couples over. We
each took an appetizer and our own pumpkin and carving kit and we had a contest.
Obviously I will not be having a carving contest w/preteens so this is our way
of having a pumpkin party safely...And still allow them to be creative.

Ok, now that sounds like one of the cutest parties ever!! I may have to scramble and do something similar with my kids next weekend.

Finally, I will still get out some pumpkin books to read at night with my little ones. This is one of our favorites that we pull out each year. Be sure to check your local library for books about pumpkins or I know Barnes and Noble had a huge selection when I was in there this weekend. Seems I am not the only one who gets into pumpkins.

Do you have something fun you like to do with pumpkins? I would love to hear your ideas!
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Thena said...

I keep hearing about Trading Joes but we dont have one here in the south. We're planning a trip this afternoon to the library so I will definetly add the book to the list. Looks like a good one.

Anonymous said...

We have a tradition of getting together with our small group for dinner and pumpkin carving party. We have done it for years and the kids love making their own. We have 6 families with 15 kids 16yrs down to 2yrs. When they finish they line all the pumpkins in a row and light candles inside. It is a fun time to hang out and eat and try roasting pumpkin seeds. My daughter has been making the butterscotch pumpkin muffins. They sounded different but they are wonderful.

Chinamama4 said...

I was just at TJ's this morning. They recommended putting a teaspoon of pumpkin butter in your coffee along with your usual cream and sugar for a pumpkin latte sort of drink - sounds yummy!

Anonymous said...

I do enjoy all the tips you share in your blog! I'll be trying the pumpkin pancake mix. My family likes the TJ's pumpkin bread mix. I add chocolate chips to the batter. It's yummy for breakfast or snack.


Julie said...

I love decorating and baking with pumpkins. I have a few posts so far at my blog about Autumn and pumpkins.

Julie =)