Pumpkins 3 Ways: baking, painting, and roasting

While Daddy was out of town this past week I took my 2 oldest to the pumpkin patch.  They each got to choose a small pumpkin and then we came home and painted them.  We choose painting this year as opposed to carving because daddy wasn’t home and this was something everyone could participate in!

You know Mg and Caleb got right into painting, but even JP painted and loved it!

Miah participated in a different way, he played roll the pumpkin while everyone else painted.

Our pretty painted pumpkins when they were all done.

While the kids painted I tried a new recipe: Baking mini pumpkins.

Here’s how:

Lop the top off of one mini pumpkin, clean it out until the inside is clean and pretty.  Add 1 tbl butter, 1 tbl brown sugar and a few pinches of cinnamon.  Put the top back on and place in a baking dish filled with about 1/4 inch of water.  Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until tender.

Once it is done and soft stir the inside to combined everything and spoon it down the sides of the inside of the pumpkin.  Then just eat and enjoy!

I had never done this and so it was more of an experiment for us.  The kids tried it, but didn’t love it because the texture was a little stringy. To make the seeds I just rinsed and patted dry.  I sprayed them with a little olive oil and sprinkled with salt and a pinch of white sugar, this gives them that nice sweet and salty taste kind of like kettle corn.  Then baked them at 350 until golden brown.

Yum!  Happy Fall Everyone!

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