Roasting Pan 02Nov11

Now that Halloween is over and you have these pumpkins, what are you going to do with them? I have come up with a list of things to do with your pumpkin now that it is no longer a decoration for Halloween. And don’t worry, for those of you who have already gutted the pumpkin to make jack-o-lanterns, I have come up with some ideas for your pumpkin too! Here is a list of ten ideas for your post-Halloween pumpkins:

1. Plant the seeds next year to grow your own pumpkin.

2. Bake the seeds – they taste so good on their own or in salads for added crunch.

3. Make some pumpkin puree to bake some delicious dishes like pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, etc.

4. Chop the pumpkin, combine with other hearty vegetables and potatoes in a roasting pan with olive oil and spices. Roast in the oven until fork tender-so good!

5. Plant flowers in the shell of the pumpkin. Then after a few days, plant the whole thing together in the ground.

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6. Imagine using a pumpkin shell as a serving bowl at a dinner party! Use a large hollowed out pumpkin with ice to chill a bottle of wine, or a small pumpkin to serve dip.

7. I recently learned that pumpkins can enrich soil, so you can bury your pumpkin in your garden or in your compost pile.

8. Use the shell as a bird feeder–cover with peanut butter, coat with bird seed and watch the birds flock!

9. Feed deer–apparently they like pumpkins.

10. Launch them! At the annual Punkin Chunkin event in held in Bridgeville, Delaware pumpkins are launched with various contraptions for prizes. Check it out if you haven’t seen this before!. You probably don’t want to build a hydraulic pumpkin launcher in your back yard, but you can come up with fun neighborhood safe ideas. Pumpkin baseball, anyone?

What are your ideas for pumpkins?

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