5 more days! Yes, the countdown to Halloween has begun! I’m really excited because I love seeing so many pumpkins everywhere. My friends at the Dallas Arboretum had a great idea for all of their pumpkins. They made pumpkin houses, pumpkin landscapes and a huge pumpkin village out of them.
It took more than 40,000 pumpkins to create these gardens bursting with fall colors. That’s a lot of pumpkins. I don’t have that many pumpkins but even with a couple we can have tons of fun!
What we really do is create pumpkin obstacle courses. Use small pumpkins like orange sports cones and zig-zag in and out of them. You’ll be surprised how much the kids get into it. Let them create a course for you too. We often play so hard that we never get to even carving our pumpkins. We wind up doing that the next day! (Last Halloween we actually carved our pumpkins the day after! I guess when I saw I’m flexible when it comes to playing it’s true!)
‘Tis the season for truck loads of pumpkins.
I know most kids tend to think about only carving pumpkins, but don’t forget pumpkins are a vegetable too! They are totally edible! To prove my point we’re making
Once the fries are cut, throw them into a plastic zipper bag or bowl and mix them up with olive oil and salt. Place them onto a cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Once they start turning brown, it’s time to pull the fries out of the oven and let them cool for a couple minutes.
As soon as my daughter took a bite she declared that her “taste buds were doing cartwheels!” I’ll take that food review any day!
We’re also created the traditional pumpkin pies and mashed pumpkin but these fries are our favorite!
Nutritional note: raw pumpkin only has 15 calories per ½ cup and is full of iron, zinc and fiber!
It’s bragging day! I’m bragging about our big fat pumpkins!
And to think they started from one tiny seed just a few months ago. When we first started our garden, I was told by a “garden guru” to be sure to include pumpkins. He said, they’re easy to grow and boy was he right!
Pumpkins are like orange monsters that come in all types, colors and sizes. We planted seeds that were labeled Giant Pumpkins hoping they’d grow BIG!
Pumpkin vines love having tons of room to sprawl out. After 10 weeks, the first flowers start to bloom. They’re usually yellow and big. The bees often cruise by and help pollinate the pumpkins. And then you see it! The small pumpkin starts to form.
In late July and August the pumpkins start to pop up all over the place. The orange balls start to grow at super speed. By the end of August, it’s like having our very own pumkin-mania! Totally cool.
I feel very proud of our great big fat pumpkins. The jumbo pumpkins are so big I can’t do anything with them but smile at them!
I do know that people enter their giant pumpkins into contests and perhaps next year we’ll try to win a blue ribbon at the state fair but until then we’re just going to enjoy sitting around with our pumpkins!
Play with your friends to warm up for trick-or-treating!
I took a deep breath and decided to ask why? Why would this pumpkin be better than another one? I quickly turned the stress into a fun seeking game. I decided to be smart about it and use my head…really use my head.
We now choose pumpkins that are the same size as our heads. Of course, if you want bigger pumpkins, you could find pumpkins as big as your arm. Smaller pumpkins could be the size of your foot or hand.
This idea makes hunting through the patch really fun. You have to bend down to see if your head matches or lift the pumpkins up.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.