Friday, October 3, 2014

Pumpkin Crafts and Recipes

Thirty-One Days of Halloween 
Day 3

Happy 3rd day of Halloween!
Only 27 days left until Halloween.
Today the topic is PUMPKINS! They come in all shapes and sizes, are beautiful to decorate with and taste delicious :)

Have you ever had the privilege in growing a pumpkin? We have. One year,before we bought our Organic Blueberry Farm -Middle Creek Blueberry Farm, someone dear to us let us plant an acre of pumpkins and pop corn on their land. It was a great experience and is what got us to where we are now.
We grew pie pumpkins, carving pumpkins - great big ones and other squash (such as acorn, spaghetti and Hubbard). 

We tended to those pumpkins and corn everyday after work. Watered, picked weeds and checked on them often. I think they grew so well because they could feel the LOVE :)
At harvest we carefully picked each one and loaded them into a truck (which ended up taking 3 or 4 trips)  to Grandma's house. She lived on a busy highway- a perfect place to display and sell the pumpkins. We decorated her yard with the pumpkins, corn fodder, hay/straw bales, squash and even made scarecrows. We also had a vegetable garden and made fresh salsa and had herbs for sale. 
We sold every last pumpkin! Apparently we were the only ones around for miles that had any luck with pumpkins that year-it's the love I tell ya!

Since we moved here we have had a hard time growing pumpkins- we don't use pesticides and the bugs here are much more plentiful. So we purchase our pumpkins from other had working farmers. We got two already, thanks to Andy at the Kingsport farmer's market. One was a Cinderella type pumpkin(field pumpkin) and the other was a green warty apple gourd-makes me think of a witch.

~Pumpkin Decorating ideas~

Paint your pumpkin and add a candle.

Love this Pumpkin Tree

Pumpkin decorating Martha Stewart style. This link has templates, how to and many other ideas.

Geeky Super Hero Pumpkins- For the Geek in you :)

Candy Corn Pumpkins - Check out the Candy Corn projects!

~Pumpkin Crafts~

Tutorial on making these cute Terra Cotta Pumpkins

I love these pumpkins! She has some cute designs.

Book Pumpkin - I have made a few of these before

Here are some fun ways to had out candy for Trick-or-Treat.

Wrap some jelly beans in orange tulle. Twist off with a green or brown pipe cleaner.
Wrap candy in orange tissue paper or an orange napkin. Tie off with raffia and pipe cleaner.

~Pumpkin Treats and Eats~

Here is a list of 31 treats

While looking for a recipe I discovered too many good pumpkin recipes to list here. I should make a post just for yummy pumpkin food.

~Pumpkin Games for Kids~

Pumpkin Balloon Darts

Well, I am ready to get to the pumpkin patch this weekend!! Hope you enjoy some pumpkin treats.

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