Monday, October 18, 2010

pumpkin pride

Reprinted from my weekly column on Southern Mommas :-)

Picking out the perfect pumpkin is challenging. Okay, not in real life. But when you have little ones grabbing at every orange object in site, there’s not a lot of time to examine the perfect stem. As this was our first October at the pumpkin patch with the little one in tow, we decided on the distract, divide and conquer method. First we let Lila explore the patch. And then we let her pick her own little baby sized pumpkin. And then with a new toy to play with, we could browse away for our big person pumpkin.

Once you get your pumpkin home, there are tons of ways to decorate the pumpkin. No need for the old school pumpkin carving kit circa 1990. You know the one I am talking about…with the orange handled serrated knife in the cardboard package. You can find a lot of different ideas on family craft websites.

Now that your porch is cute, time to use up all that yummy pumpkin insides. Okay, I am joking, that is why God made pumpkin in a can. This pumpkin muffin recipe is one of our favorites at home. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Muffins
1 c vegetable oil
2/3 c water
4 eggs
2 c canned pumpkin

1 t nutmeg
1 t cinnamon
3 c sugar
3 1/4 c flour
1/2 t salt
2 t baking soda
-Mix wet ingredients together with mixer. Then add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, till inserted toothpick comes out clean.

I would rather sit on a pumpkin,
and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
~Henry David Thoreau

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