Guest Post by Monica from
One of my favorite Fall decorations is a simple pumpkin! I
recently purchased a 3.4 lb. pie pumpkin at Wal-Mart for $0.78/lb. I thought it would be fun to see how much we could do with just one pumpkin several days in a row to really stretch the value of purchasing it!
Join me as we follow the life of the this small pumpkin…
When I first brought the pumpkin home, it made a lovely decoration perched on my porch.
A few days later, it made a fun greeting for a few ladies I had over for an Autumn in Avonlea gathering.
The next morning, it made a fun vase for our First Day of Autumn breakfast.
And, at lunch, a great hiding place for lunch during our scavenger hunt.
Next, I cooked the pumpkin. (Just half the pumpkin and place cut side down on a baking sheet for one hour at 350 degrees; I got about four cups of cooked pumpkin from the two pumpkins I cooked.)
I used the cooked pumpkin and made some delicious Pumpkin Struesel Muffins.
Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
1/4 c. margarine or butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. pumpkin
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/3 c. flour
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cold butter or margarine
For muffins: cream together margarine and sugars. Add all remaining ingredients and mix together. In a separate bowl, cut together streusel ingredients and sprinkle over muffin batter. Bake in prepared muffin tin at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Makes one dozen muffins. Original recipe from Quick Cooking May/June 2000.
We were able to tie the muffins into our homeschooling this week by having an ‘unbirthday’ party (we’ve been reading !)
Then we toasted the seeds for a snack. Here’s the recipe we used:
Sugared Pumpkin Seeds
2 c. pumpkin seeds (from two pie pumpkins; rinsed and dried on a baking sheet for 48 hours)
1 egg white mixed with 1 Tbsp. water (save the egg yolk for your next batch of pancakes or scrambled eggs!)
1 c. sugar
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
Mix seeds and egg white mixture. Add remaining spices and mix well. Spread on greased baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees for one hour stirring every 15 minutes.
I think I’ll send some in my husband’s lunch tomorrow. After this yummy baking, we took a short walk outside and enjoyed coming into a cozy smelling home!
All that from a $2.68 pumpkin!
How do you like to stretch a pumpkin? I look forward to hearing your ideas!
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